The Best New Desktop Software Synths Of 2015


best-of-2015-desktop-software-synthsBest of 2015: We asked and you voted, choosing Spectrasonics Omnisphere – by a wide margin – as the Best New Desktop Software Synth Of 2015.

Omnisphere was already an extremely powerful synth. But with Omnisphere 2, Spectrasonics amps up everything, bringing new synthesis capabilities, an improved interface, a better arpeggiator, 25 new effects and a massive 10,000+ presets.

The long-awaited Native Instruments Reaktor 6 took the second place in our reader poll, followed by Arturia’s V Collection Classics.

Here’s the full list – check it out and let us know what you think of software synths in 2015! Continue reading

Sample Logic Introduces Cinemorphx for Kontakt

Sample_Logic_CinemorphxThis week, Sample Logic announced Cinemorphx, their “groundbreaking” cinematic virtual instrument library.

Intended for use in sound design or music production, and powered by Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player platform, the library is built on the framework of Sample Logic’s Cinematic Guitars Infinity.

Totaling more than 6,000 presets and 30 GB, Cinemorphx is made up of all of the sample material from Sample Logic’s legacy Ambience, Impacts, Rhythms (A.I.R.), The Elements, and Synergy virtual instruments, but with all-new sound design, presets, and effects functionality.
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Native Instruments Intros Flesh Performance Instrument


Native Instruments has introduced Flesh – a new ‘performance instrument’ designed for turning rhythmic source material into all the elements of a complete production, including basslines, melodies, chords, harmonies, and more.

Flesh lets you load up to 12 samples, then it analyzes the transients and spectral profile of the sound. This information is transformed it into curves and triggers, which get sent to four audio engines for re-synthesizing as new sonic material. The result is dynamic riffs and grooves that they say ‘feel faithful to the source material’

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Output Announces Exhale – A Modern Vocal Synth Engine


Output has announced the release of Exhale, which they have dubbed “the first truly modern” vocal engine.

“As musicians, we’ve always wanted a vocal instrument that was cool, creative and modern,” says Output Founder Gregg Lehrman. “So we decided to build it!”

To develop EXHALE, Output enlisted a team of record producers, vocalists and sound designers to “capture, manipulate and shape” the vocal sounds.

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Oscar Flores On Scoring With Archetype For NI Kontakt


Sonic Faction has released a new Kontakt bundle, Archetype. 

Achetype is a collection of eight virtual instruments (Beatdown, Sickness, Evilfish, Hatchet, Clone, Pulsator, Whoosh Machine and Rogue-One) which run the gamut of vintage and modern instruments.

They asked composer Oscar Flores – who has scored trailers for many films, including The Martian, Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World – to give it a try. He put together a track, Interceptor, that uses a variety of Archetype sounds to create a piece in his signature trailer style: Continue reading

Amazing Machines Intros Programmable Wavetable Oscillator For Reaktor Blocks

Amazing Machines has introduced the AM102 Programmable Wavetable Oscillator for Reaktor Blocks.

The AM102 Programmable Wavetable Oscillator features a 16 stage wavetable with 3 selectable playback modes and 3 types of output curves.  Continue reading