Here Comes The Sun! EDM Eclipse: Solar For Omnisphere

ILIO_EDM_Eclipse_SolarIt’s all right. Virtual instrument and sample library-maker ILIO has announced EDM Eclipse: Solar. This collection of 130 new patches for Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere is the counterpart and contrast to ILIO’s sister collection EDM Eclipse: Lunar.

As described by its creators, Solar is

“geared for adrenalin-inducing power using hard-hitting synths, sick basses, leads, pads, SFX, and a variety of tempo-locked sonic goodies… [with] roughed up … edges, added some funk, and even included some triplet-timed, tempo-synced groove monsters.”

EDM Eclipse: Solar exploits the capabilities of the modulation wheel to allow users rapid sound-altering control. Many patches are also optimized for use with The Orb, giving the user/performer even more real-time control, on the stage or in the studio. Continue reading

iMPC Pro MIDI Input Details For Custom Controllers

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Akai Pro released iMPC Pro, its re-imagining of the Music Production Center for the iPad, earlier this week. While iMPC Pro was heavily anticipated, many musicians have expressed disappointment over the app’s lack of MIDI support. Many would like to use the app with their existing controllers or use it like a hardware MPC, to sequence other apps or devices.

Developer Retronyms has responded at their blog by documenting the MIDI IN controls that work with iMPC Pro and providing example layouts for several controllers, including the Korg NanoPad 2, Touch OSC, Arturia Beatstep and MiniLab.

If you’d like to configure a custom controller setup, they have also provided this information on creating mappings: Continue reading

NI Releases Circuit Halo Expansion For Maschine

NI_Circuit_Halo_Maschine_Expansion_ScreenshotNative Instruments today released Circuit Halo, a new Maschine expansion. Circuit Halo combines “intricately-sampled” vintage synths and classic drum machines with more contemporary patterns. Circuit Halo’s sound set also boasts new presets for the (included) Massive and Reaktor Prism synths.

Synth Sounds. Circuit Halo features a collection of samples from vintage synthesizers such as the Roland Juno 60, Casio VL-Tone, Prophet 5, Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Pro One and Six-Trak, and the original Korg MS-20. Each instrument was carefully multi-sampled to capture the “characteristic warm low end,” and idiosyncrasies such as pitch drift, that analog equipment adds to productions. Continue reading

Resin Sample Pack For Kontakt

JunoVHS_ResinJuno VHS has a new sample pack out, called Resin:

“Resin is a collection of 59 cutting, hollow, and razor-sharp percussive samples. Painstakingly created using advanced and proprietary sound design techniques. The essence of every sound comes from complex analog synth programming, treated with the highest caliber of modern analog effects.”

System requirements. Resin comes in Kontakt Instrument format, and includes the raw Wav audio samples neatly organized. Users must have the full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later in order to use the NKI instrument preset.

Pricing and availability. Resin is available for download via Sellfy for $9.95.

Akai iMPC Pro Now Available

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Akai Professional has announced the availability of the iMPC Pro app for iPad.

iMPC Pro re-imagines the classic music production center as an iPad app – offering 64 tracks for composing, editing and mixing music. It offers most of the features of classic MPCs and adds new features that the iPad makes possible, including: touch-based sample editing, a new timeline view, Inter-App Audio and social sharing.

It’s available now – with a US $20 regular price and discounted $12.99 price for early adopters.

iMPC Pro is the type of app that gets musicians excited about the iPad. For the price of a pizza, iMPC Pro puts a music production center on your iPad that’s surprisingly powerful. While it won’t replace the traditional MPC for hardware fans, iMPC Pro makes MPC-style music making affordable to anyone with an iPad.

Here are the details: Continue reading

UVI Vintage Vault ‘The Ultimate Vintage Synth Collection’

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UVI has introduced Vintage Vault, a bundle that they say puts ‘the history of synthesis at your fingertips’.

Vintage Vault bundles UVI’s entire line of vintage series instruments, including 36 virtual instruments, with over 5,000 custom presets. The bundle is priced at a savings of 80%, compared with buying the individual instruments.

Includes: Beat Box Anthology, Darklight IIx, Digital Synsations, Emulation II, Emulation One, Mello, String Machines, The Beast, UltraMini, UVX-3P, UVX-10P, Vector Pro, Vintage Legends and WaveRunner.

Here’s a video intro to Vintage Vault: Continue reading