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Acoustica – Mixcraft Pro Studio 7

January 9th, 2017

No Limits

Unleash your creativity with unlimited tracks, sounds, effects, and virtual instruments! Embrace the power of 64-bit computing with full 32-bit and 64-bit compatibility. Mixcraft’s advanced technology even lets you use both 32-bit and 64-bit instruments and effects simultaneously (64-bit version only). Effortlessly adjust clips and digital audio to suit your compositions with the most powerful, best sounding time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology available.

Mixcraft 7 7,300 Loops

Over 7,500 Loops, Sound Effects, and Samples

Mixcraft’s enormous collection of royalty-free studio-quality loops is organized into Song Kits, so it’s incredibly easy to build your own tracks — no musical training required! Build a unique beat in seconds with over 650 professional drum samples, both acoustic and electric. Put the finishing touches on videos or ambient compositions with our comprehensive collection of sound effects and music beds.

 

Serato – Pitch n’ Time Software Range

January 3rd, 2017

The Pitch ‘n Time Software Range

Pitch ‘n Time is a high quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology that premiered in 1998 to revolutionize the way we work with audio in the studio environment. 
Pitch ‘n Time allows changes in the original length of a piece of audio to be changed without affecting the quality of the overall performance. It also allows the fundamental key of the audio to be changed up or down in pitch (or transposed) without compromising quality, definition or intelligibility.

For these reasons Pitch ‘n Time is renowned as the choice of audio professionals in the film and music industry for altering the original pitch or time length of an audio track. As a result you can hear Serato Pitch ‘n Time technology at work on a huge variety of different tasks over the last 15 years. Pitch ‘n Time’s flexibility means it’s an application that can be used to quickly overcome problems in the studio through to its inspirational use as a creative tool for sound design.

 

Roland SYSTEM – 8

December 27th, 2016

Powerful and deep, the SYSTEM-8 delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) engine powers an eight-voice, three-oscillator monster with stunning filters and effects, highly versatile LFOs, and a massive array of high-resolution knobs and sliders to control it all. Support for three PLUG-OUT synths means the SYSTEM-8 can host spot-on recreations of numerous Roland classics, and JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTS are even included with purchase (*). Split and layer synths for unheard of sounds, and tap into the integrated vocoder, arpeggiator, CV/Gate outs, and advanced polyphonic step sequencer to fuel endless creative explorations.

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Merry Christmas 2016 – Arturia announces availability of MiniFilter V effect plug-in for free

December 23rd, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

FREE Arturia MiniFilter V Effect Plug-In

CLICK HERE:

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Roland DJ-808 – DJ Controller

December 5th, 2016

THE FIRST AND ONLY INSTRUMENT FOR THE PRODUCER DJ

The DJ-808 is a state-of-the-art DJ controller with a 4-channel mixer, built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, and the deepest Serato DJ integration available. Going way beyond a typical DJ controller, the DJ-808 is an instrument, with a Roland “TR-S” drum machine that contains the world’s most iconic drum sounds and can even control the Serato Sampler within Serato DJ. The VT Voice Transformer can pitch your voice to match the key of your Serato DJ tracks, while two AIRA Link ports let you connect compatible synths and electronic gadgets, and produce a live remix, with just a simple USB cable. Sound quality is high-end and the hardware is built tough yet easy to carry—ready for inspired sets that push the boundaries of what it means to DJ.

 

  • Built-in Roland TR drum machine with 606, 707, 808, 909 kicks, snares, claps and hi-hats
  • Control the Serato Sampler with the TR-S sequencer
  • Built-in VT Voice Transformer with Pitch, Formant, Ducking and Serato key matching
  • Velocity sensitive RGB color pads for HOT CUE, ROLL, TR, SAMPLER and more
  • Large ultra-low-latency platters with integrated displays
  • 4 high-quality integrated Channel FX
  • Standalone professional 4 channel digital mixer
  • Connect external instruments via MIDI or AIRA Link USB and jam along with Serato DJ
  • 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
  • Control two decks simultaneously with dual deck mode
  • 100mm pitch faders
  • Unlocks Serato DJ and comes with a Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ license
  • Connect turntables or CDJs with the purchase of a Serato DVS license
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FAB Filter Pro-R Reverb

November 19th, 2016

Natural sound, musical controls

As one of the most used effects in the audio world, reverbs come in all forms and flavors. A great reverb sounds natural and sits in the mix perfectly. At the same time, it should not confuse you with over-technical controls, but must be easy to set up and a joy to work with. Enter FabFilter Pro-R.

Click on pic for Video Demo:

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Key features

  • Beautifully designed room models, ranging from small ambiences and rooms to large concert halls and huge cathedrals.
  • Carefully developed to easily fit in the mix, without causing undesirable coloration, density or phase problems.
  • Gorgeous Retina interface with large interactive reverb display featuring Decay Rate EQ and Post EQcurves.
  • Very easy to set up, with user-friendly, non-technical controls.
  • Stepless Space control, which smartly and smoothly combines the room model and decay time of the reverb. You can choose from over a dozen carefully designed room models and seamlessly vary between them, without hearing clicks or unwanted artifacts.
  • Decay Rate control, changing the overall decay time from 50% to 200% of the current Space setting.
  • Intelligent Stereo Width control, ranging from pure mono to true stereo and beyond.
  • Distance control to adjust the proximity to the sound source in the selected space.
  • The Character control changes the sound from a clean, transparent decay, to a lively reverb with pronounced reflections and echoes, all the way to an over-modulated chorus-like effect.
  • Perfectly tuned Brightness knob, affecting not only overall brightness, but also the decay of high frequencies.
  • Mix knob with a Lock Mix option, which prevents preset loading from overriding the current mix setting.
  • Predelay control via the bottom bar, ranging from 0 to 500 ms, with optional host tempo sync.
  • Innovative six-band Decay Rate EQ, giving you full control over the decay rate at different frequencies.
  • Six-band Post EQ to equalize the final reverb sound. Together with the Decay Rate EQ, this lets you design reverbs of any style or character.
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer that also visualizes the decay time at different frequencies.
  • Full Screen mode, offering a large analyzer display and Decay Rate EQ and Post EQ controller.
  • Multiple interface sizes: Medium, Large and Extra Large.
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available.
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.
  • MIDI Learn.
  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison.
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation.
  • Sample-accurate automation of all parameters.
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints.
  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only).

2nd Sense Audio – WIGGLE Dynamic Waveshaping Synthesizer

October 20th, 2016

 

2nd Sense Audio has released 1.1.6 of its dynamic waveshaping synthesizer WIGGLE.

The new version has added 76 new factory presets. WIGGLE now comes with 500 factory presets.

https://2ndsenseaudio.com/

Roland Aerophone

October 8th, 2016

All-new digital wind instrument with traditional sax fingering and flexible onboard sounds

 

In the studio and on stage, your trusty acoustic sax is always by your side. But if you work across a range of musical genres, imagine how useful it would be to own a single wind instrument that delivers every sound that’s required. The Roland Aerophone AE-10 is a trailblazing digital wind instrument that fuses traditional sax fingering with the flexible onboard tones you need. Seasoned players will feel instantly at home with the familiar saxophone fingering system, responsive SuperNATURAL sounds, and a breath sensor that reacts like your favorite acoustic horn. The large sound selection faithfully recreates saxophone models from soprano to baritone, plus wind instruments like clarinet and trumpet, string instruments, and even synths. With built-in speakers, battery power capability, and DAW connectivity, the Roland Aerophone AE-10 is the versatile, play-anywhere choice that supports you in every musical scenario.

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Roland – ELCajon EC-10

July 12th, 2016

This is a super cool innovation on the traditional Cajon instrument by Roland Music!!!

Click on the pics and have a  listen and see the new innovation of changing acoustic to digital!

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Roland Digital Piano Design Awards

May 10th, 2016

 

Click HERE!

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