8Dio Hybrid Tools Vol. 1 – A Hybrid Scoring Tool For Soundtracks (Sneak Preview)

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8Dio has introduced Hybrid Tools Vol. 1 – a scoring tool designed to ‘give a modern sound to your compositions’.

Here’s how they describe it:

The instrument contains 38 different core banks of hybrid scoring tools from hybrid rhythms to transforming metals, motion picture boom drones to sick, sick mega-horns, cinematic synths to impacts, phat downers to wild risers, crescendo and decrescendo FX, screaming distortions etc.

The library contains over 900 different musical sound designs in 38 core banks – covering all the essential elements used in contemporary hybrid scoring. The library is using a highly advanced, yet ultra intuitive layout that essentially allows you to control most things from you keyboard. The bottom part of the keyboard controls the pitch of the sounds. The mid part of the keyboard controls the sounds themselves.

The upper part of the keyboard gives you real-time control over all the effects, including distortion, phaser, flanger, lofi, convolution reverb, delay, lowpass, hipass and several other effects. In addition we also added a grain (bit-resolution) to the pitchbender and filter to the modwheel – giving you an extreme amount of controls right at your finger tips.

Pricing and the release date are still to be announced.

Protect Your Ears With An iPhone Digital Sound Meter

iphone-digital-sound-meterIf you’re a musician or music fan and you’ve got an iPhone, check out the Digital Sound Meter (App Store link).

Digital Sound Meter is a app that uses the iphone integrated microphone to capture and display the sound level in decibel.

It displays the average and peak levels with a bargraph and with a numeric LCD display.

It works with the iPhone 3G, but the integrated microphone of the first generation of iPhone is not recommended (use the included headset microphone.)

It would be great if Digital Sound Meter indicated dangerous sound levels, like this DB chart. Too many musicians have hearing loss and a free dB meter that indicated dangerous volume levels might help save a few ears.