Wave Alchemy Spotlights ‘Vintage’ Digital Drum Sounds With ‘Slim’ Version of Upcoming Digital Revolution

Wave Alchemy recently announced the release of a free, ‘slimmed down’ version of their forthcoming Digital Revolution instrument for Native Instruments’ Kontakt.

Powered by ‘Revolution Engine’ technology, the newly-relased Digital Revolution SE demo and forthcoming Digital Revolution virtual instrument spotlight vintage digital drum sounds from the 1980’s:

“We have faithfully captured the unique sound of 9 iconic digital drum machines (and 3 analogue ones!) spanning from 1980 to 1989, including all sample variations of the original drum machines, tune, decay and various other settings. Each drum sound has also been re-sampled multiple times through an iconic ‘grey’ 12-bit sampler to allow for real-time re-sample/grit modes which can easily be selected from the instrument interface!”
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Wave Alchemy’s Transistor Revolution MKII Channels TR-808 and TR-909

Wave_Alchemy_TransistorRevolution_MK2Wave Alchemy has announced the release of Transistor Revolution MKII, their re-creation, for Native Instruments’ Kontakt 5 Player, of the iconic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines.

TR MKII has been “fully redesigned and re-scripted from the ground up.” Designers have tweaked the workflow and added a new, more intuitive graphical interface, a ‘TR style’ 16-track step sequencer, unified instruments for both the 808 and 909, a dedicated 10-track mixer with individual processing, reverb / delay sends, volume control and pan for each drum sound, a master tape section with individual tape saturation per sound, and so on.

Pricing and Availability. Wave Alchemy’s Transistor Revolution MKII is available from Wave Alchemy for £89.95 – $137US.  Existing owners of the previous version, Transistor Revolution MKI, can upgrade to TR MKII for £10  ($16US). For additional information, sample sounds, and screen shots, check out the product page at Wave Alchemy’s website.

NI’s Kinetic Metal Puts Cauldrons, Typewriters, Swords In Motion

Native Instruments this week introduced Kinetic Metal, a new instrument to help producers and sound designers create “ethereal sound beds, shifting textures, and delicate, tonal percussion.”

Comprised of over 200 multi-layered patches running in NI Kontakt 5*, Kinetic Metal combines sampled “unconventional” metal objects with artificial waveforms. The result is a broad range of atmospheric textures, mallet-like lead sounds, and delicate percussion. Two large, easy-to-use modification wheels allow users to quickly manipulate the sound. An auto-motion feature (explained at around 3:20 in the video, at the bottom of this story, as being “like an LFO on steroids“) allows users to set one or both of these wheels turning on their own, giving producers freedom to focus on performance.

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Native Instruments Introduces Drum Lab

NI_Drum_LabNative Instruments today released Drum Lab, an “advanced drum layering instrument” with an intuitive workflow designed for fast results for use with their Kontakt 5 Player (included in free Komplete Players), or Kontakt 5.

Drum Lab combines acoustic and electronic drum samples with a “groove library” of over 900 patterns for fast groove production.

Drum Lab creates a hybridized layering technique from the combination of the organic sound of acoustic drums with the weight and punch of electronic samples. Drum Lab’s acoustic layer is made up of 38 individual drums, each recorded in three different rooms with high-end vintage and modern equipment on analog tape. For Drum Lab’s electronic component 380 drum hits were sampled from a range of classic and modern drum machines, then matched, phase aligned, faded, and pitched to blend with the acoustic drum samples.

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RealiBanjo, Because Everyone Needs A Little “Yee-Haw” Sometimes

Realitone has released Realibanjo, a banjo sample library for Kontakt.

Realibanjo features a Pattern Player, as well as animated graphics, something you don’t see very often (maybe never?) in a sample library.

“The first thing everyone asks us about are the graphics,” note Realitone’s Mike Greene.  “We designed the GUI with a static cartoon banjo player and his dog.”

“But then we started thinking, ‘Why not make them move to the beat?’ The animation took more time than we expected, but it makes the instrument fun, so we think it was worth it.” Continue reading

Free Analogue Synthesizer Sample Collection

Reader Tomislav Zlatic (Bedroom Producers Blog) sent word of a free analog synthesizer sample collection, BPB’s Mini Analogue Collection.

Mini Analogue Collection is a free library of analogue synthesizer samples in Kontakt 5 and SFZ Format. The samples were recorded from five different analogue synthesizers, including one quite rare Soviet drum synthesizer:

  • Korg Delta
  • Korg Poly-61m
  • Korg Poly-800
  • Solton Project-100
  • Lell UDS

The pack includes 125 drum samples and 9 multisampled instruments (with an addition of two Kontakt 5 Multi Racks).

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Native Instruments Damage Now Available

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Native Instruments has announced that Damage is now available.

Created by sound design house Heavyocity and powered by the Kontakt 5 engine, the new software instrument provides ‘hard-hitting cinematic percussion for professional movie scoring and high-impact music production’.

In the video, above, Heavyocity talk about the recording process behind Damage, in an in-depth look at their sound design process.

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Native Instruments Intros Damage ‘Cinematic Percussion’ Instrument

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Native Instruments has introduced Damage, a new instrument that offers ‘hard-hitting cinematic percussion for professional movie scoring and high-impact music production’.

Created by sound design house Heavyocity and powered by the Kontakt 5 engine, Damage combines industrial sounds and orchestral percussion. The instrument is based on over 25,000 individual samples recorded in 24bit/96Kz, resulting in 30 GB of source material. Sounds were captured in a variety of locations, including a Connecticut junkyard, and range from traditional instruments to exploding cars and cranes dropping objects from great heights.

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