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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Alesis Introduces VX49 MIDI Controller Keyboard

Alesis_VX49_AngleAlesis has just introduced their new MIDI controller, the VX49.

Dubbing it “revolutionary,” the keyboard provides advanced control of virtual instruments and DAWs via a full-color, high resolution 4.3-inch screen, a 49-key keybed with aftertouch, and “intuitively placed,” performance-friendly hardware controls.

VX49 is powered by the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software (included). The VIP software enables users to access any VSTi virtual instrument in their computer directly from the keyboard. Using the built-in “tagging” function, users can quickly filter and search through every patch in their plugin library. After a plugin is selected, VIP auto-maps the VX49’s controls to the selected plugin, and displays the plugin parameters directly on the VX49’s full-color display for a full 1:1 workstation style experience.
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Alesis Intros SamplePad 4 Percussion Instrument

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Alesis today introduced the SamplePad 4, a compact percussion and sample-playing instrument.

SamplePad 4 comes equipped with four responsive, LED-illuminated rubber pads, dual-zone trigger input, and eight preset kits.

Users can tune and add reverb to their sounds. Intuitive navigation makes it easy to browse through kits and players can drag and drop their samples via USB on a Mac or PC without removing the SD card.  Continue reading

Alesis SamplePad Pro Review – ‘8 Pads Of Pure Awesomeness’

This video, via SPEARFISHER (Peter John) takes a look at the Alesis SamplePad Pro percussion instrument.

The SamplePad Pro has onboard sounds or can play custom sounds, via SD card. It has stereo output, headphone out and MIDI In/Out.

Npte: John notes that the ‘crosstalk’ issue he mentions in the video demo has been solved with the latest SamplePad Pro firmware update.  Continue reading