The Simmons SDS 8 Drum Synthesizer

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Remember those classic electronic drum sounds of the 80s?

There’s a good chance that what you remember is the sound of the the Simmons drum synthesizer.

The video above captures some manual tweaking of a Simmons SDS 8 Drum Synthesizer.

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Apple Logic Express 9 – The Best Entry-Level DAW?

apple-logic-express-9Apple has released Logic Express 9, the entry-level version of its industry standard DAW, Logic Pro.

Like the new version of Logic Pro Studio, Logic Express 9 adds a variety of features for guitarists and flex time, Apple’s tools for editing the timing and tempo of recorded audio.

Features include:

  • More than 70 studio-quality effect plug-ins, including vintage and modern compressors, delays, reverbs, and more;
  • New Amp Designer plug-in to help you re-create the sound of 25 legendary amps and 25 speaker cabinets;
  • New Pedalboard plug-in with an assortment of 30 virtual stompbox pedals inspired by the classics;
  • 36 software instrument plug-ins, including the Ultrabeat drum synth and beatbox, ES2 synth, and EXS24 sampler.

At$199.99, and featuring most of the power of the very competitively priced Logic Pro, Logic Express 9 may be the best deal in entry-level DAWs.

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Get 100+ Free Impulse Response Samples

irMeatscience has introduced the Open Impulse Response Library, a free impulse response library for users of all convolution reverbs.

Library Features:

  • Free for users of ANY convolution reverb.
  • Easy to upload.
  • Supports WAVE/AIFF/SDII/FLAC (libsndfile).
  • Clean, attractive user interface.
  • Onsite playback of convolved IRs.
  • Coming soon : Batch upload / 4 Channel Support.

If you’re a convolution reverb users, check it out and leave a comment here on your impressions.

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GrooveMaker Overview

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IK Multimedia has introduced GrooveMaker for iPhone/iPod Touch, a new loop-based audio sequencer.

Everything in GrooveMaker is done in real-time. You can add, remove, and replace single or multiple loops as you listen.

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MetaSynth 5 For OS X

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U&I Software has released MetaSynth 5, an electronic music studio for Mac OS X.

MetaSynth is not intended to be a soft-synth or plug-in. It is a complete sound design and electronic music composition environment with six “rooms “that you can use to create and process sounds in a variety of paradigm-smashing ways.

MetaSynth 5 Features:

  • MetaSynth 5 is universal binary, multi-threaded and fully Leopard-compatible.
  • Recording available in both Sample Editor and Montage Room.
  • 32-bit floating point sound buffers and 64-bit floating point math for all audio operations.
  • Full support for .caf and .wav files. – MetaSynth 5 can read and write .aif, .sd2, .caf and .wav files in all rooms.
  • Add output device selection to Preferences. – MetaSynth no longer uses the default output device chosen in Audio MIDI Setup. MetaSynth now allows the selection of any available output device.
  • Files can be saved at up to 32-bit resolution.
  • Much longer sounds can be loaded and created than previously.

MetaSynth retails for $599.

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