Free Novation Circuit Updates Make It Way More Powerful

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Novation has announced the release of Circuit Components, a suite of free tools that expand the functionality of their Circuit groovebox.

Circuit Components makes Circuit way more powerful, adding sample import, a patch editor, cloud-based backup and more.

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Korg Electribe Review

In this video, Erik Magrini shares his thoughts on the new Korg Electribe.

The Korg Electribe Music Production Station, is a 16-track polyphonic synth groovebox. It features sixteen back-lit Trigger pads, an X/Y Touch pad, and is now more mobile than ever, because it can run on battery power (optional AC adapter available). Continue reading

New Groovebox App For iPad, Zillidrone

zilldroneDeveloper Andrey Savitsky has introduced Zillidrone – a sample-based groovebox for creating, performing and interacting with 32-step sequences for snares, kicks, hi-hats, sampler and two multioscillator synthesizers.

Here’s what he has to say about Zillidrone:

Use drum pads for making extra drum shots over the saved drum patterns. Shuffle samples, randomize patterns, use synth preset sequencers, apply DSP effects with automations to produce a wide range of sound transformations for your composition.

Upload your own samples and use the magic of randomization without any editing to discover more ideas for your music. Record loops or full tracks in real-time, export recordings to other applications or share them via dropbox or email.

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Electrify NXT Turns Your iPad Into A ‘Virtual Groovebox’

electrify-nxtDeveloper Ingolf Koch has released Electrify NXT, a virtual groovebox for iPad.

Features:

  • Rewritten and enhanced audio engine.
  • New session mode lets you perform with loops and clips by creating arrangements on the fly.
  • New polyphonic FM-style Synthesizer: Electrify NXT comes with a fully fledged frequency modulating synthesizer with 11 Algorithms and wave-morphing oscillators.
  • The new drumkit combines 8 samplers into one ‘grooving loop factory’.
  • Looper and slicer lets you deconstruct audio loops or rearrange your own clips beyond recognition.
  • Comes with more than 1600 audio loops and one shot samples
  • A huge load of effects
  • Powerful parameter modulation: nearly every parameter of instruments and effects can be modulated by LFOs, Envelopes or by realtime parameter sequencing.
  • Flexi-Groove templates
  • Audiobus, AudioCopy and Midi are integrated.

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Bastl Instruments Intros Trinity Line Of Modular Grooveboxes

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New Czech instrument maker Bastl Instruments has introduced Trinity, a new line of inexpensive modular grooveboxes.

Here’s what they have to say about the Trinity modules:

Trinity is a universal musical instrument and original sounding modular groovebox. It can function as any type of digital synthesizer, sequencer, controller, arpeggiator or almost anything that can be programmed into a micro-controller.

Trinity is designed to be connected and combined with other Trinities of different functions in a chain, so you can create your own music making environment. It is ready to communicate with the outer world via MIDI and different sync and CV methods using MIDI Bastl.

We have developed 4 different instruments for Trinity which work great together. They are sequencer, drum synthesizer, polyphonic synthesizer and monophonic FM synthesizer.

All Trinity instruments have the same starting price: 60 Euro for assembled instruments and 45 Euro for a DIY kit. And they’re open-source, DIY, hackable and repairable. Continue reading

BeatSpiral Sample Performance Instrument For iOS

Xylio has released BeatSpiral – a new sample performance instrument for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

BeatSpiral is designed to let you chop samples, make beats and perform with them live. You can choose from an included library or import your own.

Features:

  • Create new sequences by rearranging and looping sample slices
  • Hold the wave stripes at different locations to play slices, slide out to record
  • The two waves on the left get recorded to one track, the others to the second
  • Select different loop regions on each track, change their length, copy and erase content
  • Mute pads for temporary silencing, erasing track content and deactivating waves
  • Eject buttons for selecting sample files and setting volume and panning
  • User sample import via iTunes File Sharing (mp3, wav, aiff, m4a)
  • Animated metronome shows tempo controls (20-200 BPM) with Tap Tempo
  • Zoom, Undo and Rotate tracks
  • Audio engine featuring high quality interpolation and low latency
  • Sample library and handy user guide to get you started
  • Crossfader
  • Autosave

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