SampleTank For iOS Instruments In Action

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This official demo video for SampleTank for iOS, via ikmultimedia, explores using the new rompler app and demonstrates the range of sounds available.

SampleTank for for iPhone/iPod touch is the mobile version of IK’s SampleTank for Mac and PC, a virtual sound workstation for the studio.

It is a 4-part multi-timbral instrument with a sound set of over 900 MB of samples for over 400 acoustic, electric and electronic instruments (including a selection of the best workstation sounds from SampleTank, orchestral sounds from Miroslav Philharmonik and synths sounds from SampleMoog) plus a selection of over 900 melodic and rhythmic patterns that span every musical genre.

Sampletank is available in the App Store for $19.99. A free version is available – so try it before you get the paid version and make sure it meets your needs!

SampleTank For iOS – A 4-Part Multi-Timbral Sound Module (Sneak Preview)

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IK Multimedia announced SampleTank for iOS back in July, but today they released this demo video that shows the rompler in action.

In essence, SampleTank for iOS turns an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a 4-part multi-timbral sound module.

t features a sound set of over 900 MB of samples for 400+ acoustic, electric and electronic instruments (including a selection of the best workstation sounds from SampleTank, orchestral sounds from Miroslav Philharmonik and synths sounds from SampleMoog). It also includes a selection of over 900 melodic and rhythmic patterns, from a variety of musical genres.

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Music From A Dry Cleaner (More Diego Stocco Sound Design Magic)

Every couple of months or so, I get a note from sound designer Diego Stocco letting me know about his latest video. And it’s always a treat, because his sound experiments are consistently so creative.

His latest video is no exception. I’ll let Stocco explain:

Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners. When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment.

Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments.

I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines.

There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!

Stocco’s videos are a reminder to stop and listen. Are you walking by something every day that could be a cool sound to work with?

Spending more time being playful, experimenting and doing some things that look crazy might lead to more creative results than you’d get from working with a new piece of gear.

“I know it’s funny,” notes Stocco in the video, “but that’s the whole idea – that you can really make music with everything.”

Fairlight CMI-30A Sampling

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In this second video preview of the new Fairlight CMI-30A, founder Peter Vogel demonstrates the sampling page.

Vogel notes, “This video includes what is probably the most expensive method of generatng a sawtooth wave known to mankind.”

A bit of trivia: The sounds samples in the making of this demo are used in the sting at the start and end of the video. Listen on big speakers.

See our previous Fairlight CMI-30a post for more info and the Fairlight site for the latest specifications and pricing.

Fairlight CMI Legacy XXL For Reason

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Bitley has introduced Fairlight CMI Legacy XXL for Reason 5 or Reason 5 & Record 1.5. It offers about 3,000 individual patches..


  • All sounds from II+ – demos and info here
  • 3,04 Gb of files unpacked
  • About 3,000 patches for all Reason instruments

The Fairlight CMI Legacy XXL Refill is priced at 100€ (100 Euros).

EMS VCS3 Sample LIbrary – The VCS3 Collection

The Electronic Garden has introduced Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection, a new sample library featuring the EMS VCS3 synthesizer.

Here’s what they have to say about the new sample library:

Welcome to the weird, whacky and wonderful world of the EMS VCS3. This unusual instrument was developed by EMS in the late Sixties and intended as a portable electronic music studio. Unlike more famous instruments of the day, the VCS3 was initially released without an accompanying keyboard.

As such, it was embraced (often by those under the influence of certain mood enhancers) as a resource for special effects. It became an electronic voice for space rockers, psychedelic bands and sound designers. The VCS3 and its big brother the Synthi 100 were used by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to create effects for many programs, including of course, Doctor Who.

With clever marketing (“every nun needs a Synthi”), the VCS3 and its electronically identical suitcased brother the Synthi A became mainstays of the European rock scene.

The collection features bread n’ butter patches here, including leads, basses and pads, but also ‘ freaky, crazy modulated effects’.


  • Over 850 16/44.1 kHz and 24-bit/44.1 kHz .wav format samples.
  • Over 70 patches for Kontakt.
  • 101 REX files, tempos 100, 110 and 120 BPM.

Joystick Journeys – The VCS3 Collection is available now for US $20.

Free Ableton Live Rack – AfroDJMac Nintendo

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AfroDJMac is on task and sends word of another one of his weekly freebies for Ableton Live:

Hello friends at Synthtopia 🙂 It’s that time of week again, another Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack Download.

This one samples a Nintendo using a MidiNES by wayfar. Thank you and enjoy!

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Gnomehammer 2010 Bringing The Most ‘Emotionally Disturbed Christmas In The History Of Virtual Instruments’

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Tonehammer has announced Gnomehammer 2010, the return of the gnomes:

Yes… they are coming… the dreaded gnomes! But with more vengeance and teenage angst then ever!

You may wonder if we are releasing our long awaited POP “Passion Of Panflute” library … You may even fear that it will be our first 192 khz release … But fear not my friend …

Gnomehammer is our way of celebrating and ending the year with the sickest, baddest, memorable and emotionally disturbed Christmas in the history of virtual instruments.

The deal is that we will be releasing something new EVERY day here on from December 1st to 25th. But make sure you check our site every single day during December, since we will have some hot, hot offers – some only lasting a single day.