Best Service releases Voyager Drums

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Best Service Voyager Drums

Best Service has announced the release of Voyager Drums, a virtual drum instrument for Windows and Mac.

Voyager Drums by Best Service brings you two Power Drum Kits, recorded and edited by the maker of “Artist-Drums” and “Artist Grooves”. The punchy and powerful sound is perfect for your Pop, Rock, Jazz and Funk productions. 360 MIDI Grooves for instant use are included.

Voyager Drums has been recorded from three different microphone positions with 24 bits and 96 KHz, 5 Round Robins and 16 velocity layers in the Principal Studios near Münster, Germany. Finest equipment from SPL, API, Apogee as well as microphones by Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG, Rhode and Shure were used to achieve the best results possible. You can set individual Attack and Decay times for all three microphone positions. Since the direct signal has been recorded in mono you can set your own panorama.

Voyager Drums features

  • Yamaha Maple Custom & Yamaha Recording Custom drum kits, with Paiste Line Series cymbals.
  • 3 different instruments for each kit:
    • Full kit with direct, overhead and room microphones,
    • Overhead with direct and overhead microphones,
    • Direct microphone only.
  • Trigger Sound allows you to enhance the natural sound of the bass drum (also available for snare and toms) with synthetic drum sounds.
  • Effect Section featuring a compressor, limiter, equalizer and distortion.
  • Arranger allows you to trigger midi grooves from within Voyager Drums. Select from 5 different speed presets, each containing 48 straight grooves, 12 triplet grooves and 12 fills.
  • Best Service Engine 2 interface with easy access to all real-time performance parameters.

Voyager Drums is available for purchase for the introductory price of 79 EUR until March 15th, 2015 (MSRP 99 EUR/$99 USD/£75 GBP).

More information: Best Service / Voyager Drums


Gospelmusicians releases TGX-99 synth library for UVI

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Gospelmusicians has announced the release of TGX-99, a new Yamaha SY-99/TG-77 instrument library for UVI Workstation based on the Pure Synth Platinum platform.

Gospelmusicians TGX-99

In keeping with the amazing structure of as PSP, we have included ALL of the raw sample waveforms from the actual hardware. You get 4-oscillators in which to combine your waveforms as well as two filters, and two LFOs per oscillator. The arp and gate can be global or per oscillator as well as global and per oscillator effects, depending on the template you choose. In many ways the TGX-99 rivals that of the actual hardware, because of the added modulation sources, the number and quality of effects as well as greater polyphony. The goal of the TGX-99 is to virtually put the feeling of the actual hardware right into your hands.

Since the SY99 contained one of the most sophisticated and advanced FM engines (AFM and RCM) of any of the Yamaha keyboards, we could not replicate this. In fact no one really can. So in order to compensate, we have included a re-creation of the the original 128 factory presets from the actual hardware by using sampling, synthesis, and sophisticated UVI scripting techniques. We were even able to model the actual reverbs of the unit in order to provide the most realistic experience possible to owning the hardware.

TGX-99 features

  • Sampled at 96kHz/24-bit using an Apogee Rosetta 200 for pristine A/D conversion.
  • Dithered down to 44kHz/16-bit using iZotope MBIT+ Advanced Dithering.
  • Uses FLAC Lossless compression for faster streaming, loading, and RAM optimization.
  • Contains the complete set of raw waveforms minus individual drum sounds.
  • Drum kit sounds are included in in the preset patches.
  • Modeled Impulse Responses of the hardware’s reverb unit.
  • Includes the hardware’s original 128 factory presets and 64 Wave Rom Presets.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $99.99 USD until February 20th, 2015 (regular $149.99 USD).

More information: Gospelmusicians / TGX-99


Cluster Sound releases CS15D for Ableton Live

Cluster Sound has announced the release of CS15D, an extensive multi-sample Live Pack reproducing the sound of the vintage Yamaha CS-15D, a great sounding monophonic analog synthesizer released in 1979.

Cluster Sound CS15D for Live

The CS-15D is a monophonic analog synth with loads of character, one of the most solid and warm single-VCO machine ever. The synth features 29 preset voices divided in two mixable channels, plus a manual section comprising a variable pulse-saw oscillator, a PW modulator, a noise generator and a 12db filter with a dedicated ADSR envelope.

Despite referred to an array of realistic instrument names (Tuba, Oboe, Horn, Harpsi, Xilophone..) the 29 presets give a variety of synthetic sounds ranging from fat basses to solid percussive organs and warm brass synths. These sounds can be altered by the Brilliance slider which acts in several interesting ways depending on the selected preset.

CS15D is based on 74 multi-sample recordings reproducing all the presets with different brilliance amounts, several variations of the VCF envelope and various manual oscillator settings (including a tuned noise). The Live Pack features 90 Instrument Racks with useful macro controls, including special Mixed Racks for easy drag ’n drop customization.

CS15D features

  • Size: 1.5GB.
  • 74 Multi-Sample recordings.
  • 90 Instrument Racks.
  • 74 Sampler + 74 Simpler Devices.
  • 1 Audio FX Racks.
  • One sample per note (5 octaves).
  • Perfect Loop Points (no crossfading).
  • Host: Ableton Live 9.

The Live Pack is available for purchase for 24 EUR. A free pack with 3 instruments can be downloaded at Cluster Sound.

More information: Cluster Sound / CS15D


Primal Audio updates FM4 synth app to v1.1

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Primal Audio has released version 1.1 of FM4, a 4-operator synthesizer app for iOS.

Primal Audio FM4

Modelled on the popular DX series from the 1980s FM4 provides the same gritty sound, with a modern interface, and without being bound by the limitations of the original units.

Every aspect of the hardware — from envelope curves to sine-table sizes and quantisation errors to digital-to-analogue converters — has been meticulously analysed, in order to recreate the raw and dirty sound of the original units.

Changes in FM4 v1.1

  • Audiobus support.
  • iOS 7.0.x crash has been fixed.
  • Performance boost: the UI responsiveness has been drastically improved.
  • App-size has been reduced with more than 60%.
  • The manual is up.
  • Added a tempo popover with manual control of the tempo.
  • Added a waveform popover with an overview of waveforms.
  • Minor bug fixes.

FM4 is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.

A free FM4 Lite version is now also available.

The lite version is fully functional except for the following limitations:

  • MIDI is disabled.
  • Inter-app Audio is disabled.
  • Audiobus is disabled.
  • Saving is disabled.
  • Only 40 factory presets are included.

More information: Primal Audio


Synthogy announces Ivory II download products

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Synthogy has announced that all of its Ivory II virtual piano products are now available both as boxed products and via digital delivery.

Synthogy Ivory II

Authorized music products resellers may order Synthogy products through ILIO’s Skuport digital delivery system. ILIO is Synthogy’s exclusive North American distributor.

When a customer orders the download version of any Ivory II virtual piano product from an authorized reseller, the reseller may place a custom purchase order at When the order is placed Skuport automatically processes the purchase order and sends download links and serial codes directly to the customer through the reseller’s email account. This method protects the reseller’s relationship with their customer while providing the quickest, most reliable method of digital delivery in the industry.

Synthogy products available for download include:

  • Ivory II-Grand Pianos, a collection of three classic grand pianos including the Bosendorfer(R) Imperial Grand, German Steinway(R) D Concert Grand and Yamaha(R) C7 Grand.
  • Ivory II-American Concert D, featuring a famous New York Steinway D selected by Steinway for artist promotion and concert hall specification.
  • Ivory II-Italian Grand, the 10 foot concert grand used by music’s most influential artists.
  • Ivory II-Upright Pianos, a collection of four hand-selected upright pianos including a new Yamaha U5, a 1914 A.M. Hume vintage upright, a honky tonk barroom piano, and a real tack piano, all suitable for modern rock, retro and vintage music.

All Synthogy products come with the Ivory II piano engine, which features their exclusive Harmonic Resonance Modeling, half pedaling, lid position control, adjustable pedal noise, tuning tables, parametric EQ, lush reverb, a synth layer, plus many other features. The products may be used as plug-ins in a digital audio workstation or stand-alone.

More information: Synthogy


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