Native Instruments Adds VST Support, Invites Third Party Plug-In Development, More

Native_Instruments_at_Musikmesse_2015At Musikmesse 2015: Native Instruments has introduced three “major innovations” for their Komplete Kontrol keyboard portfolio:

  • NI announced the inclusion of the new Komplete Select instruments and effects suite with Komplete Kontrol keyboards,
  • a “significant update” to the Komplete Kontrol software,
  • and the debut of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) – a new format allowing “deep integration” of third party plug-ins.

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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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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

AAS Strum-GS2 Virtual Guitar Instrument Now Available

Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) has announced the availability of the updated virtual guitar instrument, Strum GS-2.

Strum GS-2 reproduces the sound of acoustic guitars as well as the playing techniques of a guitar player, which, developers say, makes “producing realistic guitar tracks very straightforward.”

As we mentioned in an earlier story, Strum GS-2 is a major redesign of its predecessor. In addition to the synthesis and strumming engines that have been completely revamped, Strum GS-2 ships with a new streamlined interface, a new equalizer and compressor module, a new multi-effects processor, native 64-bit operation on Mac OS X and Windows, and much more. Strum GS-2 comes with an all-new factory library with quite a few nylon and steel acoustic guitars of various sizes, both in natural and production-ready configurations.
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