Roland TR-8 Doubles Sound Options With 7X7 Expansion Pack

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The Roland Aira TR-8 drum machine twice as interesting. Roland has announced the 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion pack, a new add-on for the TR-8 that adds two new drum machine sound libraries – TR-707 and TR-727.

All 30 original TR-707 and TR-727 sounds are there – each with Tune and Decay controls – opening up a whole world of sonic possibilities.

And, in addition to the TR-707 and TR-727 sounds, the 7X7 expansion includes new sounds inspired by the original 808/909 designs:

  • New TR-808 “noise” sounds and finger snaps bring more tonal variety; and
  • Modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds take the classic combo into new territory with enhanced attack characteristics.

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Korg Module Now Available

Korg today released Module for iPad, a new app that turns an iPad into a mobile sound module.

Korg Module features five dedicated sound engines, a set list function with PDF image score viewer and music player, and the ability to record performances and share them via SoundCloud.

The engines feature technology that was developed for Korg’s keyboard workstations and synthesizers, including: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Clav, Organ, and Multi.

Korg Module is available now at an introductory price of US $29.99 (normally $39.99) in the App Store.

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Hans Zimmer Cinematic Percussion Library For Kontakt

Spitfire_HansZimmer_PercussionSpitfire Audio has announce availability of Hans Zimmer Percussion: London Solos — the third virtual instrument installment of Hans Zimmer’s cinematic percussion production for Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player.

According to Spitfire, London Solos is an authentic recreation of the percussion techniques Zimmer has used on his soundtracks Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Inception, and The Dark Knight.

The library features percussionist Frank Ricotti playing a wide variety of instruments — including bucket, snare, crusher, paper djun, tombek, dohl, darbuca, surdu, and darbucket. Continue reading

BOCS – Volume 1 (Boards Of Canada Synthesis)

BOCSSampleism has released BOCS Volume 1 – a sound library inspired by the sound of Boards Of Canada.

These sounds have been created using the same types of methods used by the group. Vintage analog synths, 4-tracks, valve amps VHS recorders were used.

As a result, the sounds have a ‘dirty, dusty, and dream like quality’.

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Elektron Intros 808 Sample Library For Analog Rytm

Elektron-Straight-808Elektron has announced a soundpack for the Analog Rytm drum machine – Straight 808.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

A classic reborn in a future classic. The hand picked selection of tape saturated 808 samples, all recorded by Goldbaby, and the magic circuits of the Analog Rytm are thick as thieves. Load ‘em in, tweak, mangle, and enjoy. The Analog Rytm is ready to retro-boom.

The sound pack is specifically made for the Analog Rytm. Included is an Analog Rytm project featuring 16 patterns and 16 kits. The kits also feature performances and scenes, great for live tweaking the patterns.

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New ‘Ethereal Pad Instrument’, Angelic Vocal Pads 6

angelic-vocal-padsPrecisionsound has introduced Angelic Vocal Pads 6, a collection of ‘ethereal pad instruments’ for Kontakt (full version), EXS24 & Soundfont.

Unlike most choir libraries, Angelic Vocal Pads features multiple voices from a single singer layered in each vowel. The sound  therefore expresses the unique voice of the singer.

Angelic Vocal Pads 6 features the voice of Swedish singer Angelica Henriksson.

Angelic Vocal Pads 6 contains 6 vowels:
“A”, “E”, “I”, “U”, “O” & “M”. The natural range of the singer is F2-C5, stretched to C2-C5.

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