Epic Soundlab has introduced Octacontrol for Reaktor – an 8 points MIDI Transmuter sound design tool, made to control ANY MIDI device, both hardware and software, for the creation of complex and shapeshifting sounds. Continue reading →
Output have announced the release of their new, powerful pulse engine, Signal. This software instrument, created for use with Native Instruments’ Kontakt, focuses on generating pulses, combining “the warmth of fat analog and digital synths” with “the beauty of organic instruments.”
Working from the premise that “nearly all music is centered on a pulse,” Output, who also created the REV software instrument, gathered a team of 70 designers and developers to build an instrument “that pushes beyond conventional limits of synths and samples.” Continue reading →
Native Instruments today introduced a new audio file format standard, Stems, at the Winter Music Conference.
Stems is an open audio file format that basically stores four ‘stem’ tracks (for example – bass, drums, melody & vocals) along with the full mix. The format is designed to simplify live remixing of tracks, because it provides a standard way to deliver remix-friendly audio.
When playing a track, the Stems format makes it easy to do drop out any of the four stem parts. Native is aiming at broad adoption by making Stems an open format. They also plan to release a free tool for creating Stems files, Stem Creator Tool.
Compositional tools creator Spitfire Audio has announced the first releases in its “Extended Family” series of sample libraries, all produced by third-party developers. The first libraries released are SD01 Dustbundle, and Redcola Trailer Giant volume 1.
British sample developers Sound Dust have created the first library, SD01 Dustbundle, a purpose-built bundle comprising all six of the company’s top-selling, “most inspiring, and delightful” virtual instruments for Native Instruments’ Kontakt platform. The bundle has instruments sampled from vintage 19th century Scottish Dulcitone keyboards, tonewheel organs, a “plastic ghost piano,” and the hilariously named Grand Thrift Autoharp. Continue reading →
Rishabh Rajan has released the NI Massive Sound Design Recipe Book – a free iBook.
In this book, sound designer and producer, Rajan, shares 8 self-contained sound design projects that are recipes to get your synth skills honed.
Each project includes zoomable screenshots and audio examples so you can follow along. You will learn how to create monophonic sawtooth leads, basses, click organs, retro strings, wobble basses, eerie pads, EDM snare sounds and more. Continue reading →