Native Instrument Announces Komplete Kontrol 1.5, NKS Plugin Format & S88 Keyboard


Native Instruments today announced several updates to its Komplete Kontrol line:

  • Native Kontrol Standard, a new plug-in format allowing third-party instruments to achieve the same deep integration previously only reserved for Komplete Instruments;
  • VST support lets Komplete Kontrol owners load and play their entire software instrument collection; and
  • Komplete Kontrol S88 is a new keyboard controller with 88 fully weighted, hammer-action keys.

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Soniccouture Intros Imogen Heap: Box Of Tricks

Soniccouture has introduced a new sound library for Kontakt, featuring the sounds of Imogen Heap, Box Of Tricks.

Box Of Tricks is a selection of virtual instruments, sampled in detail and with custom scripts, effects, and tools; all designed the way she wanted to use them. Soniccouture says that Box Of Tricks has already been beta-tested in Imogen’s live performances and studio projects: a process that helped generate ideas and refine the instruments.

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Orphinio Gets 3D Touch

orphinoDeveloper Bastus Trump has released an update to Orphinio for iPhone, adding support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

‘3D Touch’ is Apple’s name for its pressure-sensing screen technology.The ability to sense pressure introduces new options for creating musical controllers and software instruments for iPhones. Several developers have added 3D Touch aftertouch to their software synthesizers.

In his announcement, Trump notes that Orphinio 1.2 is ‘Now even more expressive with 3D Touch on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus’. Continue reading

bitKlavier A Digital Prepared Piano For iOS


Developer Dan Trueman has introduced bitKlavier – a digital prepared piano for iOS.

Like the prepared piano, the “prepared digital piano” feels just like a piano under the hands and often sounds like one, but it is full of surprises. Instead of bolts and screws stuck between the piano strings, virtual machines of various sorts adorn the virtual strings of the digital piano, transforming it into an instrument that pushes back, sometimes like a metronome, other times like a recording played backwards. Continue reading

Amazing Machines Intros Colorful Noise For Reaktor Blocks

blk_colorful_noise_hiAmazing Machines has introduced Colorful Noise for Reaktor Blocks.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

A Noise Generator like no other, Colorful Noise can do much more than a standard Noise Generator. Earth Shaking Noise Sweeps, Modulated Noise, Tuned Noise, Chiptune Style Noise and Random LFO Speed Noise are so easy to achieve with Colorful Noise that you won’t believe your ears.

Colorful Noise also comes with a Builtin Output VCA, making the setup of complex patches fast and easy.

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New Virtual Instrument Recreates The Sound Of The Ancient Lyre Harp

8dio_lyre_poster8Dio Productions has introduced Lyre, a new virtual instrument for Kontakt.

The Lyre is a ancient Greek Harp, dating back to ancient Mesopotamia (2500BC). The earliest depiction of the a seven string Lyre was found in a sarcophagus in Crete (1400BC).

The classical Lyre has a soundbox/resonator and extending from this are two raised arms connected with a cross bar. The crossbar has strings attached to it – essentially making it a primitive harp. Continue reading