SampleRobot Volca-X For Mac & Windows Now Available

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SKYLIFE has released SampleRobot Volca-X – a new version of SampleRobot that’s designed to work with the Korg Volca Sample.

SampleRobot Volca-X is designed to let you:

  • play plug-in sounds on your Volca Sample,
  • sample vintage drum machines automatically,
  • slice all-in-one files,
  • store all your sample banks on hard disk,
  • rearrange sample slots,
  • use the stereo export options to mock stereo sample playback on the Volca Sample, etc.

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NI Intros Astral Flutter, A ‘Psychedelic Hip-Hop’ Maschine Expansion

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Native Instruments has  introduced Astral Flutter – a new Maschine Expansion aimed at producers creating psychedelic hip hop

Astral Flutter includes new presets for NI’s Massive synth and the Maschine 2 Drum Synths. Additional construction kits feature sampled drums processed. A collection of patterns, characterized by the off-kilter beats and tight syncopations of experimental hip hop styles, are also included. Continue reading

Francis Prève Releases Pro-2 Patch Collection

Francis_Preve_WeebleIn conjunction with the release of his new EP, “Weeble”, Francis Prève has put together a collection of Simpler patches from the Dave Smith Instruments Pro-2, one of the synths he used on the EP.

Prève explains:

“For those who aren’t up to speed on the Pro-2, it’s Dave’s latest monophonic synthesizer, based on the Prophet 12 architecture – but with new features like paraphonic mode, an Oberheim SEM style state-variable filter, and loads of modulation amenities. [Here is Prève’s Pro-2 review for Keyboard Magazine].

“Several of the patches are based on existing Pro-2 presets, a few are heavily tweaked.”

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Questionably Barbershop Is ‘4-Part Harmony In A Box’

barbershop-quartet-sound-librarySoundiron has introduced Questionably Barbershop – a 4-piece male vocal ensemble sound library, crafted in the style of an ‘old timey’ Barbershop Quartet.

Soundiron describes the new vocal library as ‘4-part harmony in a box.’

Here’s what they have to say about Questionably Barbershop:

Each one of our singers (Mike: Tenor Lead, Gregg: Baritone, Spencer: Bass and ‘Mikey’: Tenor Falsetto) performed 3 types of sustains and staccatos: Doo, Lah and Woh. Using our custom GUI controls, these 3 different sounds can also act as pure Oo, Ah and Oh vowel sounds, with adjustable durations and attack shaping.

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BPB Releases Free ‘Game Boy Drum Kit’ Sample Pack

Bedroom Producers Blog and SzcZ have released Game Boy Drum Kit, a free drum sample pack.

Game Boy Drum Kit features the sounds of a black Nintendo Game Boy running LSDJ software. The pack contains 64 unprocessed Game Boy samples in 24-bit WAV format, along with a set of NKI and SFZ patches.

The included samples are completely dry and unprocessed. In addition to the standard selection of 8-bit drum hits, the pack also contains a “bonus set” of classic chiptune style arpeggios, SFX hits and pulse wave bass samples.

Game Boy Drum Kit includes two types of NKI patches. The first one, GB Drums, is a simple Kontakt instrument with a set of basic control parameters; the second one, Game Bot, is an advanced experimental drum machine crafted by SzcZ (aka Fairly Confusing Waveforms).
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Output Debuts SIGNAL Pulse-Generating Instrument

Output have announced the release of their new, powerful pulse engine, Signal. This software instrument, created for use with Native Instruments’ Kontakt, focuses on generating pulses, combining “the warmth of fat analog and digital synths” with “the beauty of organic instruments.”

Output_SIGNAL_boxWorking from the premise that “nearly all music is centered on a pulse,” Output, who also created the REV software instrument, gathered a team of 70 designers and developers to build an instrument “that pushes beyond conventional limits of synths and samples.” Continue reading

Diego Stocco Releases Experibass Album & Producer’s Edition Loop Library

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Sound designer, composer and instrument builder Diego Stocco has released Experibass, a new album of 8 compositions played with his custom Experibass instrument; and Experibass Producer’s Edition, which adds 100 Experibass rhythmic loops in REX format.  Continue reading