AIR Music Technology has introduced the Advance Music Production Suite, a comprehensive collection of virtual instruments, effects, sample packs, and production resources pre-loaded on a 500GB hard drive.
A collaborative effort involving over a dozen developers, this wide-ranging collection offers > $5,000.00 worth of professional-grade music software, samples, and subscriptions to DAW users.
The Advance Music Production Suite features over two dozen virtual instruments, more than 15 effect plug-in processors, and over 15 sample packs, enabling musicians to compose, produce, mix, and master music with their DAW of choice. Continue reading →
AudioThing has released Tank Drum for Kontakt 5, a new virtual instrument based on samples from a steel tongue drum.
Also called hang drums, these instruments are usually made out of propane tanks with tongues of different sizes and tuned in different scales.
The instrument sampled features 8 tongues and is tuned in E minor pentatonic. It was played both with hands and rubber mallets, along with some sound effects with hands and brushes. The sound has a long release and is rich in harmonics.
Today Arturia released a software emulation of the sixties-era transistor-based combo organ, the VOX Continental 300, called (not surprisingly) VOX Continental-V .
Introduced in 1962, the VOX Continental, or ‘Connie’ as affectionately it became known, was originally designed as a portable keyboard to address the needs of touring musicians. Our readers will recognize the organ by its distinctive sound in The Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ and ‘Light My Fire’ by The Doors. Although the VOX Continental was discontinued in the early 1970s, the organ and its distinctive sound show up in tunes by bands like Madness, Elvis Costello (in his Attractions incarnation), and Tom Petty. Continue reading →
Arpology, recently announced by Sonic Faction, is available for download today. A virtual instrument for Native Instruments’ Kontakt, Arpology is dedicated to arpeggiated/sequenced instruments.
The core of Arpology has been designed around Sample Logic’s Step Animator – a step sequencer and arpeggiator, combined into a single engine for animating complex melodic and rhythmic patterns on a per-step basis.
The first video, above, takes an in-depth look at Arpology’s features and how they can be used. Continue reading →
Modartt has released Pianoteq 5, the latest version of their virtual piano instrument for Linux, Mac OS X & Windows
Here’s what they have to say about the new version:
We have devoted two years of research to developing and refining the award-winning Pianoteq physical model. Pianoteq 5 brings a new clarity and authenticity to the piano sound. Moreover, it offers no less than 9 new piano models, and sound recording is taken to a higher level of control with the addition of directional microphones, letting you choose from a range of well-known microphone brands.