ThumbJam Coming To Galaxy Note 4, Five Years After iOS Release

Sonosaurus has announced that the iOS instrument ThumbJam is coming to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 ‘phablet’.

The announcement is good news for Android mobile musicians, because ThumbJam is one of the most playable mobile instruments. ThumbJam lets you customize how your gestures are mapped to expressive features like volume, filter or vibrato.

But the announcement also highlights how far Android is trailing iOS as a platform for mobile musicians. ThumbJam was released for iOS in 2009, close to five years ago. Continue reading

Bazille ‘Monster Modular’ Soft Synth Now Available For Mac, Windows

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Developer Urs Heckmann has announced that Bazille 1.0 – a modular software synthesizer for Mac OS X and Windows (VST2, AU & AAX formats – 32bit & 64bit) – is now available.

Bazille is described as ‘a monster hybrid modular’, with digital oscillators combined with analogue-style filters and realistic effects.

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Serum ‘Dream Synth’ For Mac, Windows Now Available

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Xfer Records has introduced Serum – described as an ‘advanced wavetable synthesizer’ for Windows and Mac.

Xfer Records says:

The dream synthesizer did not seem to exist: a wavetable synthesizer with low aliasing / high-quality sound, visual and creative workflow-oriented interface, the ability to create / import / edit / morph wavetables, and manipulate these tables further in real-time.

So Serum was created.

Here’s a video preview of the sound of Serum: Continue reading

Universal Audio Debuts Thunderbolt Satellite DSP Accelerators

UA_Satellite_Thunderbolt_DSPThis week Universal Audio announced its new line of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators, for use with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and shipping early October.

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators enable Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to run larger mixes filled with DSP-intensive plug-ins. These “desktop-friendly” units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.
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Roland System-1 Plug-out Synthesizer Overview

The new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer puzzled a lot of synth fans when it was originally introduced, mainly because it introduced a new ‘Plug-Out’ technology that promised to let the System-1 have different sonic personalities.

Now that several ‘Plug-Out’ synths are available, it’s easier to appreciate the System-1 as a platform. In this video, Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher offers another look at the System-1 platform and shows how Rolland’s Plug-Out technology lets you use their soft synths as a hardware synth.  Continue reading

Output Releases Free REV Loops

Today software instrument developer Output announced the release of a set of free “organic, electronic and percussive” loops.

The large package of loops was created using Output’s REV,  the world’s first suite of instruments, loops, rises, pads, pulses, swells and more — all in REVERSE.

Using REV’s four engines (Instruments, Timed Instruments, Loops and Rises), the loops feature a variety of reverse textures for use across multiple musical styles.

The loops package includes WAV, Apple Loops, Kontakt and REX2 file formats.

Pricing and Availability. Output’s REV loops package is available free of charge for download. For more information, or to download the loops, visit Output Sounds.