64 Presets For Impaktor

Sunsine Audio has released Impact, a set of 64 new presets for Impaktor.

The pack makes full use of every aspect of both synthesis engines. Physical Modeling is explored through the “Membrane” and “Resonator” sections, Noise Shaping through the “Noise + Vocoder” section, and Frequency Modulation though the FM synthesizer section. Many of the presets contain a combination of these techniques interacting and combining in various ways, including some “tuned” presets that allow playing discreet pitches in a scale depending on the frequency of the impulse. In this manner some presets allow a melody to be played in the style or spirit of a talking drum or steel drum.

The sounds in this set range from classic “ethnic” sound types such as clay or frame, steel, or talking drums, to more traditional electronic sounding drums, and finally futuristic style percussion and drum sounds which may be defined as industrial, alien, or hybrid instruments.

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Explorer Adds 64 New Presets To Magellan Synthesizer

Sunsine Audio has released Explorer, a collection of 64 new presets for Magellan.

Here’s what they have to say about Explorer:

“Anyone looking for a bit of insight and exploration into this semi-modular behemoth should be pleased. Following hot-on-the-heels of our factory presets, these presets are of equal quality, and will greatly expand your palette.” says Fletcher Kaufman, owner of Sunsine Audio.

Each preset has the mod wheel and X-Y Pad routed to useful destinations. In addition 21 presets have been “Coupled” and labeled accordingly to be used as dual layer presets utilizing both synth engines. These presets maintain their function and individuality when used un-“Coupled” as well.

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CyberStep Intros KDJ-ONE GameBoy Style Mobile Music Workstation

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This the 2012 NAMM Show, CyberStep introduced the KDJ-One GameBoy style mobile music workstation.


  • The KDJ-ONE is a mobile audio workstation with synthesizer, sequencer, and audio capabilities.
  • Compact size and battery allow it to be carried and used anywhere.
  • WLAN support enables quick and wireless integration into any existing production environment.
  • Multi-touch screen, keypad, and jog dial.
  • ACIDized WAV support allows time stretching/pitch shifting of audio clips.
  • Internal synthesizer can also be accessed via external software as a VSTi.
  • Sonic vibrator

The KDJ-One is priced at $799 without WIFI or $829. Which seems pretty high, but none of our gear came with a sonic vibrator, either.

Check out the details and let us know what you think of the KDJ-One.

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KDJ-ONE Mobile Audio Workstation (Sneak Preview)

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This is a sneak preview of the Cyberstep KDJ-One – a mobile audio workstation running the MeeGo OS.

KDJ-ONE Features:

  • 5-inch multi-touch screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • Physical keyboard and jog dials
  • 1 GHz Atom processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4.0 GB of internal storage
  • Wireless LAN
  • USB

It can also run other Linux applications, including Firefox and Skype.

According to this report, the KDJ-ONE will be released during 2011, and priced at around 60,000-70,000 yen, which translates to about US $740-$860.  Continue reading

Wireless iPad Control App For The Access Virtus – iXimix VTI Pro

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iXimix has introduced a new wireless iPad control app for the Access Virus, VTI Pro.

VTI Pro is designed to control your Access Virus range synthesiser directly from your iPad. Using Coremidi networking technology, VTI Pro connects to your Access Virus synthesiser via your DAW, using Wifi. It offers full control to nearly 150 control parameters.

VTI Pro is built for use with the Virus TI / TI2 Range, but will work for all Access Virus synthesisers (A, B, Classic and C). Some parameters only work exclusively with TI models.

VTI Pro retails for $7.99 for the iPhone, $12.99 for the iPad. Details below. Continue reading

RapcoHorizon Intros i-Blox Smart Phone Audio Interface


At the 2011 NAMM Show, RapcoHorizon introduced the i-BLOX, a smart phone interface that connects an instrument to an iPhone amplifier as well as mobile recording applications.

The 6? interface cable connects the i-BLOX to a musician’s smart phone through the headphone/microphone input jack. The interface itself includes a momentary bump switch to start and stop the iPhone music player application, a separate jack for headphones, a strap clip which can attach to the musician’s belt or instrument strap, and a pre-terminated 2? lead with a hand soldered right angle connector. Continue reading

New Modular Sampler For iOS, Ricepad

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iPad Music Software: Alessandro De Nardi has introduced Ricepad – a modular environment for portable live music.

With Ricepad you create music by arranging modules in a single chain. You start from existing sounds, available from the library, importable from your computer (Mac/PC/Linux/…), pastable from the clipboard of compatible apps, or you can use the mic line (*). Then the combination of modules you compose, divided between audio sources and effects, will manipulate the sound in an unexpectedly great number or ways.

Ricepad allows you to create music that is immediately listenable to the audience: less editing and much more playing with the quick and simple interface. For example, if you like beat boxing, you can live record yourself through the mic, record a sequence and play it back as a loop, ready to be post processed, everything in sync with the bpm, e.g. quantized at 1/16. Nearly every interaction can be quantized, even the preview of audio clips when you want to set up a drum kit.

The video demo was recorded in a single shot and the audio has not been post-processed in any way.

Ricepad is $4.99 in the App Store. If you’ve used Ricepad, let us know what you think of it!

Note: Ricepad is currently designed for the iPhone & iPod touch and runs on the iPad in compatibility mode.  Continue reading