Arturia iSpark A Powerful iPad Drum Machine, Compatible With Spark 2

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Arturia has released iSpark for iPad – an iPad version of its Spark virtual drum machine.

iSpark is designed to let you play drum patterns in-real time and to tweak your sound on-the-fly. It also integrates a powerful and flexible 64-step sequencer.

iSpark combines Arturia’s TAE technology with with a modular engine and multi-layered samples – so it can do drum and percussion sounds – but also sonic effects and virtual analog synth sounds.

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Korg Gadget 2.0 Now Universal

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Korg has updated Gadget for iOS to version 2.0, making it Universal (iPhone, iPad & iPad Pro), adding support for iCloud synchronization between your devices; adding insert effects; support for Korg’s wireless controllers and more.

KORG Gadget offers a collection of more than 20 different synthesizers and drum machine virtual instruments called “Gadgets “.  Continue reading

Air Music Tech Expands Virtual Instrument Offerings With AIEP3

At the 2016 NAMM Show: Virtual instruments developer AIR Music Technology announced this week their newest expansion pack, AIEP3.

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The AIR Instrument Expansion Pack 3 (AIEP3) is a collection of existing titles, such as Loom, Strike, Structure, Transfuser 2, Vacuum Pro, Velvet, Hybrid 3, along with the newly added DB-33, Mini Grand, The Riser plus Flux Transitions and Fresh AIR Expansion Packs. The AIEP3 assortment covers a broad range of styles and musical sounds, along with comprehensive sound-shaping controls and presets.
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SoniVox Debuts ‘Singles’ Virtual Instruments at 2016 NAMM Show

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Virtual instrument developer SONiVOX announced at The 2016 NAMM Show that they have released the first five of its series of virtual instruments called Singles. SoniVox describe Singles as “bite-sized downloadable virtual instruments” which provide producers “a single high-quality instrument at an outstanding value.” With Singles, artists can choose the specific instrument they need, complete with a powerful synthesizer and effects to customize the instrument for a range of production situations.

Each Singles instrument is self-contained and comes with its own player. Each Singles instrument is optimized for its specific task, and each player differs slightly from the others in functionality and aesthetic, but Sonivox staff assure that all share “the same essential traits of sonic realism, intuitive operation and unexpected low cost.”
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Aerodrums Intros Virtual Reality Drum Set For Oculus Rift

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Aerodrom developers introduced Aerodrums – a virtual reality Oculus Rift virtual instrument.

Developed by former researchers at the Trinity College Dublin Vision and Visualization lab, Yann Morvan and Richard Lee, Aerodrums is an air drumming musical instrument which utilizes motion capture technology to create a fully functional, customizable drumset.

Aerodrums are intended as an alternative for drummers who lack space for an acoustic or electronic drum kit, as well as for drummers who don’t want to annoy their neighbors — or even as the perfect starter kit for a young aspiring drummer who may have difficulty convincing their parents to commit to buying an acoustic drum set.

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SoniVox Announces Pitch2MIDI

SONiVOX_Pitch2MIDIAt the 2016 NAMM Show: Virtual instrument and sythesis tech developers SONiVOX announced their “revolutionary” new Pitch2MIDI real-time audio-to-MIDI synthesizer and converter software.

Designed with singers and (acoustic) instrumentalists in mind, Pitch2MIDI gives these artists the ability to play and record music with software virtual instruments. SONiVOX’s Pitch2MIDI software plugin doesn’t require the user to record their audio first, then stoping and waiting to hear the results as the audio is pre-processed. The Pitch2MIDI software works in real time, immediately converting the audio signal into MIDI events so the artist can hear the results while singing or playing.
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