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Toontrack releases EZkeys Mellotoon and Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI

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Toontrack has announced the release of EZkeyz Mellotoon, a virtual Mellotron instrument for Windows and Mac.

Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon

EZkeys Mellotoon is based on the classic Mellotron keyboard introduced in the early 1960s. This unique instrument was the first of its kind to include samples of real instruments, but as opposed to the modern-day digital sampler, the Mellotron pulled them off a magnetic tape loop that ran inside the keyboard. It came with various sounds for piano, strings, flutes, brass and is likely best described as the first-ever “band in a box”. Naturally, it was a revelation from the get-go. Early adopters included the Beatles, the Moody Blues and King Crimson, who all immortalized the unmistakable tone of the Mellotron in numerous hits. Today, this piece of instrument history is enjoying a massive resurgence in a wide range of genres.

EZkeys Mellotoon captures the essence of this one-of-a-kind keyboard and comes with 15 individual instruments, carefully sampled directly from a model M400 Mellotron using a blend of direct and amped signals. On top of that, it includes a generous selection of custom effect and sound chain presets, giving you a completely new, creative outset to an already seemingly bottomless pool of awe-inspiring sounds.

EZkeys Mellotoon is available for purchase for 159 EUR.

Toonttrack Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI

Toontrack has also released the new Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI pack.

Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI was created with the Mellotron, its rich palette of sounds and music history in mind. However, it works just as well in with any EZkeys sound library!

This is the perfect well of inspiration for anything from ambient pop to classic rock.

Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI features

  • Material influenced by popular music of the late 1960s through today.
  • Separate keys and strings sections in each song.
  • Played by professional session pianist.

The MIDI pack is available for 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack

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Synthblitz Audio releases VA RAXS mastering plugin

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Synthblitz Audio has announced the release of VA RAXS, a virtual mastering rack for Windows.

Synthblitz Audio VA RAXS

VA RAXS is a vintage-looking rack, designed for mastering and remastering of any sound materials.

This virtual rack consists of 4 effects and the sound pass through them in the following order:

  • A preamplifier with gain control, enhanced features for sub and high frequencies, combined with a mid-side processor that can divide the incoming signal.
  • A crossover module 6dB / Octave, with a ‘transient perfect’ filter that passes both amplitude and phase unchanged across the range of interest.It has separate tone controls -/+12dB, and other features like two types of noise reduction, de-esser, dc bias, and more.
  • A compressor to handle small compression ratios, useful for mastering, but also able to work with large compression ratios. The compressor has “knee” control, “Make-Up” gain and a high precision vu-meter led to reading the dB reductions.
  • A limiter designed to get a good sound quality, and fast enough to allow a good RMS output.

When set correctly, VA RAXS is designed to provide high quality sound at low cost. It can also be used for remastering old recordings of audio cassettes and other sound material.

The plug-in is available for purchase for Windows (VST), priced at 39 EUR.

More information: Synthblitz Audio / VA RAXS

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Manx releases SJ-2 synthesizer plugin

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Manx has announced the release of SJ-2, a synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Manx SJ-2

Of all the different kinds of vintage hardware synthesizers, our favourite has to be the wave of programmable polysynths which appeared during the eighties, such as the Jupiter 8 and the MJS-80 rack-mount. It wasn’t just the breakthroughs of polyphony & patch recall that made these instruments popular – they also have a distinctive sound which was quite magical. We’re very proud to present the SJ-2 as our own tribute to these awesome, IC based beasts!

It’s no accident that the SJ-2 sounds the way it does – it features several layers of audio processing ‘algorithms’ designed to reproduce subtle audio nuances that you’ll find in analog synthesisers. This ‘no stone left unturned’ approach is, of course, computationally expensive and depending on patch settings, your CPU may take a hammering. Rest assured that we have tried to minimize CPU use as much as possible, spending many hours on optimisation.

SJ-2 features

  • 6 note polyphonic, with double and unison modes..
  • Filter and envelope technologies exclusive to Manx.
  • Midi Learn for all parameters.
  • Patch memory system with full library.
  • Independent PWM lfos, velocity sensitivity, generous modulation routings and much more…

SJ-2 for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD.

More information: Manx / SJ-2

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u-he updates Satin tape effect plugin to v1.2 (incl. AAX)

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u-he has announced the release of version 1.2 of its Satin tape machine effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

u-he Satin v1.2

Version 1.2 brings AAX support, a new Azimuth control, faster GUI loading and new analyzer features – plus a number of bug fixes.

Changes in Satin v1.2

  • New azimuth control for the repro head.
  • ProTools AAX support.
  • Value display now shows parameter units.
  • Much faster GUI loading time.
  • Link feature for “Circuit” & “Compander”.
  • New analyzer options via right-click.
  • More details in the changelog.

Satin for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $129 USD excl. VAT in EU. Version 1.2 is a free update for all existing Satin owners.

More information: u-he / Satin

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AudioThing releases Valve Exciter effect plugin

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AudioThing Valve Exciter

AudioThing has announced the release of Valve Exciter, a harmonic enhancer effect plug-in with vintage valve emulation.

The exciter section features hand tuned filters with the ability to sweep the center frequencies via the Harmonics knob.

The valve section is modelled after a softer custom version of the vintage Telefunken ECC83 tubes with drive, triode/pentode mode and bias settings.

Valve Exciter features

  • Harmonics Enhancer: Bass and Treble (with Harmonics sweep).
  • Valve Emulation with drive.
  • Preset system with randomizer.
  • Formats: AU and VST (32/64bit).
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows.

The plug-in is available for the introductory price of 35 EUR (regular 45 EUR).

More information: AudioThing / Valve Exciter

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Prime Loops releases Vinyl Revolution sample pack

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Prime Loops Vinyl Revolution

Prime Loops has announced the release of Vinyl Revolution, a sample pack featuring 500 super-versatile live drum samples, bringing you that authentic & warm vintage vinyl vibe.

Vinyl Revolution is an essential collection of 500 lovingly selected drum samples, delivering you that authentic & warm vinyl vibe!

Each drum hit has been carefully recorded, professionally processed and precisely chopped at zero-point crossings.

Great care was taken to select only the best sounding hits for your music productions. Get “Vinyl Revolution” today and add some instant magic to any track!

The sample pack costs £7.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Vinyl Revolution

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Loopmasters releases Synth DNA – Korg MonoPoly

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Loopmasters has released DNA Synths – Korg MonoPoly, the first sample library in a new series aimed at sound designers, vintage synth enthusiasts and any producer looking for authentic vintage synth sounds on a budget.

Synth DNA - Korg MonoPoly

In the Loopmasters studios we have had the privilege to sample, use, admire and abuse many different synths over the years and so finally the DNA series is born. The concept behind this brand new royalty free collection is simple, to focus on the building blocks of great sounding vintage synths by multi sampling the raw analogue waveforms with subtle use of filter only so once loaded into your favourite soft sampler, you can go to town with modulations and effects.

First up for the DNA series is the incredible Korg MonoPoly first launched in 1981, it was one of the last 100% analogue synths to hit the market and is very much a pro synth. It has all the features you would expect to find on a large modular system including 4 very fat VCO’s which can be shared in 4 voice Polyphonic mode or linked in Unison for a versatile monophonic lead.

Synth DNA – Korg MonoPoly features

  • 1.5 GB content, 24-bit/44.1kHz.
  • Multi sampled instruments with 3,200 samples.
  • Includes 8 x 1 oscillator multis, 7 x 2 oscillator multis, 5 x 3 oscillator multis, 7 x 4 oscillator multis, 15 custom bass multis, 8 custom lead multis, 4 raw oscillator multis.
  • 54 soft sampler instrument patches for Kontakt, HALion, ESX24, NN-XT, sfz and Ableton Live 9 Simpler rack presets.
  • 800 MB of bonus material within an Ableton Live 9 Set.

The sample library is available for purchase for £17.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / DNA Synths – Korg MonoPoly

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