Roland SH-101 Plug-Out Software Synthesizer Now Available As Free Download For System-1

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Roland today announced updates to the entire Aira line. In addition, they announced that the SH-101 Plug-Out software synthesizer is now available as a free download for the Roland Aira System-1.

The new software synthesizer is a reproduction of the iconic Roland SH-101. According to to Roland, the new virtual analog emulates the original ‘right down to the fine details and odd quirks that make it one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time’.

The SH-101 is a monophonic synthesizer, launched by Roland in 1982. The SH-101 became popular for its characteristic tone and simple one-VCO > one-VCF > one-VCA > one-LFO structure.

The SH-101 Plug-Out software synth offers seamless DAW integration, via AU and VSTi. This means that the System-1 can be used as a dedicated controller for the plugin in your DAW, or the SH-101 can run on the System-1, independent of your computer.

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Sample Logic Rhythomatix

Rhythomatix, a new Live Pack, is now available from Sample Logic and Ableton.

Developers are calling Rhythomatix an “arsenal” of percussion sounds and loops, intended for creating “epic” builds – whether layered together exclusively, or with other sounds from your library.

The 442 sounds included in Rhythomatix are derived from both real-world acoustic material and from synthesis – ranging from tiny blips and bongo hits to cavernous explosions. The Pack comes with a generous amount of processed percussion sounds from all around the world. A few synths round out the selection and add color to the mix.
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New App, Caramel, A Distortion, Crusher & Fattener Effect For Audiobus & Inter-App Audio

Holderness Media has released Caramel - a stereo distortion, crusher and fattener effect, designed for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio.

According to the developer, ‘Caramel is perfect for adding lo-fi grit and punch to drums, bass, synths, guitar and more.’ Continue reading

Nagual Dance Uses Kinect To Translate Movement Into Music

Berlin-based Nagual Sounds has developed a new gestural musical instrument, Nagual Dance, based on the Microsoft Kinect.

The system is based on two main components:

  • Control data – from sensors, cameras, files and all kinds of sources – is used to turn gestures and movement into sounds; and
  • The Soundscape -an interactive piece of music that doesn’t consist of pre-recorded musical sequences, but of musical possibilities. The music decides the behavior of the used data source.

In the example above, a Kinect camera is used by Nagual Dance to control the Soundscape ‘Firedance’.

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Livid Taking Orders For Ds1 MIDI Mixer

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Livid Instruments has begun taking orders for their Ds1 MIDI mixer. which they first previewed at this past winter’s NAMM Show.  Livid developers describe the Ds1 as a “rugged, portable solution for computer-based mixing, production and performance.”

The Ds1 works with any software that supports MIDI. Templates will be available for digital audio workstations such as Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Logic and more. The mixer uses the familiar layout of an analog audio mixer to introduce MIDI control, and affords more options for signal routing and sound processing when using digital audio workstations, allowing the user instant access to their mix, effects, and instrument parameters.

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iMPC Pro 1.1 Offers Bug Fixes, New Features

Retronyms and Akai have submitted an update for iMPC Pro to Apple. iMPC Pro version 1.1 includes several bug and performance fixes, plus adds a sound delete option.

This video offers a sneak preview of the changes in the new version.  Continue reading