At the 2015 NAMM Show: Focusrite introduced the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suites, featuring 64-bit AAX, AU, and VST compatibility
These are the first Focusrite plug-ins to include AAX support, making them compatible with Pro Tools 10 and above. With its introduction, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite is bundled free with all Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire, Forte, and Clarett audio interfaces. The plug-in suite will also retail separately for $299.99. Continue reading →
2015 NAMM Show Preview: Akai Professional today introduced a new line of control keyboards, the Advance Keyboard series, that’s designed to provide deep integration with virtual instruments.
Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key sizes, the Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61 let you load, play and control your virtual instrument plugins directly from their keyboard.
According to the company, the Advance Keyboard series has been designed “to fuse the power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation,” transforming the use of computer-based plugins into an entirely hands-on playing experience.
Berlin-based audio software developer Eisenberg Audio has released a new software synthesizer, Vier.
If you remember high school German class, you’ll recall that Vier means four, and Eisenberg’s Vier emulates the Doepfer MS-404, the monophonic analog synthesizer from the 1990s.
The Doepfer MS-404 was a single rack device. Vier combines four independent rack modules in one interface. More than an emulation of a beloved vintage synth, Vier uses modern technologies for its synthesis engine, such as anti-aliasing oscillators, which are capable of audio range modulation and zero-delay feedback filters best known from synthesizers like LuSH, Monark or Diva. Continue reading →
Virtual instrument maker AIR Music Technology has introduced The Riser, a new synthesizer for “creating powerful transitions.” Created with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind, The Riser “infuses tracks with progression and hype.”
Central to The Riser are three editable sound generators – sweep, noise, and chord – which allow the user to manipulate the movement, timbre, and tonality of the transition. Three low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) provide modulation duties for each patch, including beat-synced movements and what AIR are calling the “Pumper” effect to modify dynamics. Reverb, delay, and mixer controls allow the user to shape transition volume, effect saturation, and stereo imaging. Continue reading →
SineVibes has introduced Turbulence 2, a distortion processor that “bends” and “curls” the input signal in real time, transforming it into synthetic textures.
Here’s what they have to say about Turbulence:
Even the most basic waveforms instantly become rich sounds with great density and character. Almost all of Turbulence’s parameters are animated by an extremely flexible sequencer with each of its 32 steps having individual transformer model, curve, modulation envelope – allowing easy creation of complex, lively rhythmic soundscapes. Turbulence can also store eight full snapshots of itself within a single preset, letting you switch them during performance or via host automation.
Controlling all of this technology is never hard thanks to Turbulence’s clean and simple, colour-coded user interface. It is rendered by your Mac’s graphics processor which means super-swift responsiveness and zero effect on audio performance. And with subtle animations of parameter changes, using Turbulence is always nothing but a pleasure.