Big Fish Audio releases Vintage Strings for Kontakt

Big Fish Audio has released Vintage Strings, a virtual instrument for Kontakt 5 and Kontakt 5 Player designed to emulate the classic violin string section sounds of R&B, Soul, and Funk records from the 1960s and 1970s.

Big Fish Audio Vintage Strings

Whether you’re an experienced arranger or casual producer, Vintage Strings was designed to make it quick and easy for you to create great sounding string tracks for your productions.

Like its sister product, Vintage Horns, Vintage Strings was not designed to be a shiny, perfect sounding virtual instrument. Instead, Big Fish Audio tried to capture the way string sections sounded back in the ’60s and ’70s; including the decidedly not classical playing style and minor imperfections that added character to those sections and made them sound so good.

Vintage Strings features

  • 3 group sizes: 2, 6, and 12 players.
  • Recorded with the highest quality vintage outboard gear.
  • 11 articulations.
  • Auto harmonization feature for impressively quick arranging.
  • Hand selected IR options available for the convolution reverb.
  • 5.1GB (uncompressed).
  • Kontakt Player 5 included.

The library is available for purchase for $199.95 USD.

More information: Big Fish Audio / Vintage Strings

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Samplephonics launches Neo Soul Guitars & 66 Wavestation Sample Presets

Samplephonics has announced the release of Neo Soul Guitars, a sample library featuring guitar loops by Andy Baker.

Samplephonics Neo Soul Guitars

Neo Soul guitars is a sumptious collection of beautifully played and expertly recorded guitar loops and samples, taking us back to the days of analogue recording, girl groups with class & style and a funk driven rhythm so groovy you can’t help but shake ya booty!

Producers of house, pop, RnB, soul and funk – this sample library is a must have in your collection. Packed full of timelise hooks and catchy riffs, the loops are just begging to be sliced and diced like the sadistic little riffs they are!

Recorded through a stunning vintage Neve 1081 Pre amp this exquisite sample pack shows off the vast range of tones available from Andy’s delicious Fender Tweed Valve Amp showing that this man really is a modern guitar god!

Neo Soul Guitars is available for purchase for £34.70 GBP.

Samplephonics has also launched 66 Wavestation Sample Presets, a collection of presets featuring sounds sampled from the world renowned Korg Wavestation synthesizer.

Samplephonics 66 Wavestation Sample Presets

This expertly crafted sample library was given the gift of life in a secret boutique studio in down town Detroit, USA and with each unique sampler patch containing an exquisite selection of the finest modulating and harmonically rich chords we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, you know this collection will slam on any system it graces!

Perfect for house, techno, garage & beyond this truly bespoke collection harnesses the raw power of ‘Vector synthesis’ ensuring your next production stands head & shoulder above the competition. So, expect to hear the richest of wave forms, the lushest of modulations, the most flexible of chords and the widest of ripping saw tooths available on the market today.

What more, this collection accommodates everyone with formats available for EXS24, Reason NN-XT, Kontakt, Ableton Sampler, Maschine, Motu MachFive, Steinberg Halion and SFZ as well as being 100% royalty free.

The Wavestation sample pack is available for download for £5 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics

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Patchbanks releases Super Breaks sample pack

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Patchbanks has announced the release of Super Breaks, an all-original collection of vintage drum breaks for producers and beatmakers in search of the hottest new sounds available anywhere.

Patchbanks Super Breaks

Inside contains 75 mixed stereo drum loops processed with vintage EQ filters and tube gear for some dirt and grittiness, of which many contain added musical bits for extra sample material, along with the drums isolated in the mix.

The styles include various genres from 70s soul, blaxploitation, film scores, classic rock and other old genres widely sampled for hip hop drum beats.

Super Breaks features

  • 75 Drum Loops (Mixed Stereo).
  • 24bit Aiff format.
  • Music Styles: Breaks, Hip Hop, Classic, Soul, Blaxploitation.
  • Range: 64-116 bpm.

The sample pack is available for purchase for $19.95 USD.

More information: Patchbanks / Super Breaks

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Synthblitz updates VA RAXS plugin to v1.2

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Synthblitz Audio has released version 1.2 of its VA RAXS multi-effect mastering rack plug-in for Windows.

Synthblitz Audio VA RAXS

VA RAXS is now equipped with its own saturators that allow the rack to operate in several modes, including one dedicated to the emulation of analog circuits.

Changes in VA RAXS v1.2

  • New dB module processor (check dBfs and RMS for each module and for outputs).
  • New features for sub (Q control and more).
  • New feature cut-frequency for incoming signal (cut from 1 hZ up to 40 hZ).
  • New switch Mono/Bypass for test (in the amplifier).
  • 3 mode for processing incoming signal (bypass saturators, internal saturators and analog emulator).
  • New shourtcuts and mouse double click – right click.
  • New feature “after output compensation” (up to -1.5dBfs).
  • New parameters for gain input and gain output.
  • New internal saturators.
  • New algorithm for va mode (circuit emulator).
  • New flash alerts for output over the zero db (Show dB saturating and more).
  • Show dBfs and RMS for each module (also RMS percentage in/out).
  • Improved refresh for VU METER coil.
  • Fixed error frequency eq 10k and 8 k and “Q” resonance problem.
  • Changed parameters for eq (from +/-24 to +/-12dB, more usefull for mastering).
  • Fixed preset parameters (resolve more error when save reverb eq and others in project).
  • New Presets (up to 28 presets).
  • Fixed “rename” in preset manager.
  • Add new visual features in plasma emulator (amplifier).
  • New parameter for predelay in reverb.
  • Add post-delay for each channel in reverb.
  • New Limiter settings, now double position switch (-0.1dBFS and -1dBFS).
  • Modified limiter “speed control” now works with attack (more bass and RMS).
  • Improved “fast mode” compressor.

VA RAXS for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 39 EUR.

More information: SynthBlitz Audio / VA RAXS

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UVI updates CS-M synthesizer instrument library to v1.5

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UVI has announced version 1.5 of CS-M, a virtual analog synthesizer instrument for UVI Workstation and MachFive.

UVI CS-M

Now including the full set of raw waveforms for the CS-01, an expanded preset library with over 200 patches and a massive boost of performance, delivering dramatically faster load times.

CS-M is back for only $79. There’s never been a better time to explore the warm analog tones of the CS-series!

CS-M features

  • Flexible dual-layer architecture.
  • Authentic raw waveforms and noise oscillators, updated with CS-01.
  • Performance-optimized sample engine provides dramatically faster load times.
  • Expanded preset library including over 200 patches.

The library is available for purchase for $79 USD.

More information: UVI / CS-M

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