Loopmasters releases Synth Explorer – TR-505

Loopmasters has launched Synth Explorer – TR-505, a twisted collection of beats and drum shots from the often overlooked Roland TR505 drum machine.

Loopmasters Synth Explorer - TR-505

This edition of Vintage Explorer features loop and one shot samples covering a wide range of sounds perfect for Techno, Dubstep, Drum & Bass or even Experimental Electronica.

The collection features an inspiring range of one shot sounds that have been sourced directly from a real TR505 but you will have never heard a TR505 sound like this before as we have tormented this digital beast with a range of tonal tweaks in the form of DIY circuit bends and heavy use of external processing from Distortion, Phaser, Delay, Reverb and Flanger and well anything that made it sound RUDER!

The sample pack is available for purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Synth Explorer – TR-505

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Drumdrops intros Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit BFD Pack

Drumdrops has announced that it will be releasing the Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit BFD Pack on Wednesday February 18th at 4pm GMT with a special offer.

Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit BFD Pack

Drumdrops are excited to be releasing their first kit as a drum expansion pack for FXpansions BFD. The BFD pack of the 1960s Vintage Gretsch Round Badge Soul Kit is compatible with BFD2 and BFD3 and was produced and played by Timmy Rickard. This kit is an amazing recreation of the Al Jackson Junior drum sound of the early 70s and is a great example of a vintage drum sound recorded solely with five kit mics.

Customers can utilise all the great features that come with BFD to get the best out of this kit, and add it to their BFD libraries.

The kit comes with a 20” Kick drum, four snares, large 16” Bosphorous New Orleans hi-hats, a 20” ride and 17” crash. Some of the articulations include wallets on snares, tea-towels on toms and chains on ride cymbals. Also included are congas,a tambourine and shakers. The kit was recorded at Miloco’s The Square Studios in London using vintage pre-amps and ribbon mics.

The first 20 lucky customers will get the pack for free, the next 30 will be £15 GBP, the next 50 will be £25 GBP and then it will return to the retail price of £35 GBP.

Customers will need to have a Drumdrops account to purchase the kit. Login and at 4pm head to the Buy Kit page. The free kits go in a second so you have to be quick!

More information: Drumdrops / Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

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Waves releases dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter plugin

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Waves has announced the release of the dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter effect plug-in for Native and SoundGrid.

Waves dbx 160

Considered one of the best drum compressors ever, the original dbx® 160 stands tall among its peers, boasting a very clean sound with minimum THD. The fast-acting dbx 160 compressor was used in almost every major recording in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s, and later models in the 160 series also became industry standards.

Created in collaboration with dbx, the Waves dbx 160 compressor / limiter plugin is an authentic-sounding software version of this storied piece of hardware. In addition to its meticulous modeling of the vintage compressor, the Waves dbx 160 plugin incorporates unique and exclusive features not found in the original hardware, such as Waves’ MS Matrix, mix and noise controls, and a stereo component. The result is a must-have compressor / limiter for use in the studio, live, or both.

dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter plugin features

  • Created in collaboration with dbx®.
  • Meticulous modeling of the original dbx® 160 compressor.
  • Designed for both studio and live use.
  • MS matrix.
  • Mix & noise controls.
  • Stereo component.

The plug-in is available for purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $150 USD).

More information: Waves / dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter

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The Drum Broker releases 12 Bit Soul 2 sample pack

The Drum Broker has launched 12 Bit Soul 2, a new sample pack by Divided Souls Productions.

Drum Broker 12 Bit Soul 2

Twelve Bit Soul Vol. 2 picks up where the first installment left off by taking you on a journey and showing you their world as defined by the SP-1200, a place where analog coexists with digital in a relevant and lasting way. As producers continue to look for the newest and trendiest sounds, vintage continues to outlast the ephemeral offerings of the competition.

“Classic but updated” best describes this sound kit with its punchy kicks and crunchy snares. Where Vol. 2 differs from its predecessor is in the layering. Meticulously stacking 12-bit drum samples to capture a signature sound was a primary concern. Producing fully textured sounds that flourish in stand-alone fashion or components in further layered soundscapes showcases the versatility of this kit. The content has been trimmed, leaving the leanest and meanest from the SP 1200. Simply put: these are blue collar drums that work in white collar productions. The only crime is not including Twelve Bit Soul Vol. 2 in your arsenal.

The pack is available for purchase for $14.99 USD.

More information: The Drum Broker

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Plogue updates chipspeech, chipsounds, chipcrusher & sforzando plugins

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Plogue has released updates for chipspeech, chipsounds, chipcrusher and sforzando.

chipspeech

Plogue chipspeech

chipspeech is a vintage-style speech synthesizer which recreates the sound of famous 80′s voice synthesis chips. It features 7 different voices, each with its own characteristic timbre. It is specially tailored for musical needs – simply type in your lyrics, and then play on your MIDI keyboard. It’s a true synthesizer, the sound can be extensively modified for easy and expressive performances.

Changes in chipspeech v1.009

  • Tweaked Lady Parsec’s consonants.
  • Added ‘Attack’ parameter (CC30).
  • Added Mod Wheel (CC01) GUI control.
  • Added “save as default” in plugins.
  • Improved Release time in POLY mode.
  • Fixed silent playback when restarting in some hosts.
  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.
  • Fixed SP0 Bending’s “non looped” allophone-built strings.
  • Fixed ambience reverb memory use under 192kHz.

chipspeech is available for purchase for $95 USD.

chipsounds

Plogue chipsounds

chipsounds turns your VST, AU, RTAS or AAX host into a classic video game console, vintage 8-bit home computer and even an 80′s arcade.

Plogue chipsounds authentically emulates 15 vintage 8-bit era sound chips (on top of their variants), down to their smallest idiosyncrasies.

Changes in chipsounds v1.809

  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.
  • Added “save as default” in plugins.
  • Fixed ambience reverb memory use under 192kHz.

chipsounds is available for purchase for $95 USD.

chipcrusher

Plogue chipcrusher

chipcrusher is an vintage DAC emulator, a speaker simulator and noise machine. It’s an audio effect which plays back input audio through a simulation of early lofi digital audio codecs (DAC Encoding), adds grit (Background Noise), and outputs through a selection of speaker and filter impulse responses (Post-Processing).

Changes in chipcrusher v1.809

  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.
  • Added “save as default” in plugins.

chipcrusher is available for purchase for $39 USD.

sforzando

Plogue sforzando

sforzando is a free, highly SFZ 2.0 compliant sample player. Advanced sample hobbyists now have a powerful tool to experiment and share instruments without relying on proprietary formats. sforzando has only one instrument slot; no fancy UI, effects or mixers. Every tweak has to be done at the SFZ file level, no cheating!

Changes in sforzando v1.809

  • Fixed parameter automation in a few hosts.

The updates are now available to download.

More information: Plogue

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