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Best Service Drumasonic Bundle for Kontakt
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Best Service presents Drumasonic Bundle - Exceptional Virtual DrumsBest Service announces the release of Drumasonic Bundle, which contains Drumasonic 2 and Drumasonic Luxury -- exceptional virtual drums.

Drumasonic at a Glance... As the name suggests, drumasonic represents a high-end approach: A comprehensive virtual drum sound library with top of the line recording quality, flexibility and sonic versatility, developed with minute attention to detail, meeting the high standards required by professional drummers and mixing engineers. All signals were converted with high-end equipment directly after the preamps. The goal was to provide the discerning musician, sound technician or producer - in the sense of authentic drum miking - a variety of phase-coherent, freely combinable and routable signals out of a selection of distinct recording rooms. With its integrated high-end effects...

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Modartt Hohner Collection for Pianoteq
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Modartt releases Hohner Collection for PianoteqModartt releases Hohner Collection for Pianoteq, authorized by Hohner. The Clavinet D6, which Modartt released for Pianoteq in 2010, is now joined by two other members of the Hohner instrument family — the Electra-piano and the Pianet T. Three famous Hohner keyboard instruments The Electra-piano, the Pianet T and the Clavinet D6 are electro-mechanical pianos, manufactured by Hohner from the early sixties until the early eighties. They appeared in many hit records of that period, including “She’s not there” by The Zombies, “Stairway to Heaven”
by Led Zeppelin and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.

In the Electra Piano, forks are struck by hammers and their electronically converted vibrations are transmitted to a transistorised amplifier. In the Pianet T, reeds are plucked by silicone rubber pads and the resulting vibrations are converted into electrical signal via an electro-magnetic pick-up. In the Clavinet, strings are struck by small rubber tips and pressed on to an anvil. Two pickups allow the amplification of the string vibrations...

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Image-Line FL Studio 12 Music Production Software
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Image-Line releases FL Studio 12 Music Production SoftwareImage-Line Software has released FL Studio 12, a complete software music production environment, representing more than 16 years of innovative developments and Image-Line’s commitment to Lifetime Free Updates. FL Studio 12 is everything musicians and producers need to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music.

About FL Studio 12... FL Studio 12 introduces the biggest change to the application in 10 years – a vectorial user interface. With high resolution video displays at 4K and 5K resolution flooding the market, FL Studio 12 can take full advantage of these and is ready for the future with support for up to 8K (16 x the pixels of a 1080p display). Experience a pin-sharp, user scalable, interface that is now among the most advanced in the world. The Mixer utilizes the power of the vectorial back-end to present a fully customizable user experience. It can be dragged to any size and coupled with 6 selectable layout styles plus...

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Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach, 2nd Edition
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Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach, 2nd Edition from RoutledgeRoutledge has published Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach, 2nd Edition. This title comprises a textbook/workbook and interactive website designed for those who want to learn the basics of reading music. Intended for students with little or no prior knowledge of music theory, it offers a patient approach for reading, writing and even performing music. Musical examples range from Elvis Presley songs to Beethoven symphonies, from rhythmically challenging African songs and syncopated Brazilian choro melodies, to humorous Filipino ballads and Schubert lieder. The website includes graded quizzes and numerous skill training exercises.

By reinforcing musical concepts with numerous written examples, offering a more balanced mixture of global, classical, and popular music, and encouraging practice through an online, interactive tutorial, Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach, Second Edition is a comprehensive textbook for building musical foundations...

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iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+ Audio/MIDI Interface
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iConnectivity Releases iConnectAUDIO4+ Audio/MIDI Interface for Mac, PC, and iOSiConnectivity, developer of innovative interfaces for musicians, announces the immediate worldwide availability of iConnectAUDIO4+™, their next-generation audio and MIDI interface for Mac, PC and iOS. iConnectAUDIO4+ is a multi-host audio and MIDI interface for MAC, PC, and iOS that enables new possibilities in creative workflow by combining several of iConnectivity’s innovative technologies in a uniquely flexible device.

iConnectAUDIO4+’s Multi-Host technology supports multiple audio and MIDI peripherals, and also multiple computing devices, all at once. iConnectAUDIO4+ can do the job of multiple interfaces and numerous cables. Any combination of up to 2 Mac, PC, and iOS devices as well as up to 9 connected MIDI peripherals can share iConnectAUDIO4+’s high quality audio inputs, outputs and MIDI I/O...

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Cakewalk Rapture Pro for Mac and Windows
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Cakewalk Announces Rapture Pro for Mac and WindowsCakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the new Rapture Pro virtual instrument for Windows and Mac. Rapture Pro is the first performance synth to combine algorithmic and sample-based synthesis in an intuitive design for musicians of any skill level—whether simply browsing for the right preset, thrilling audiences on stage, or diving deep into sound design.

Based on Cakewalk’s award-winning Rapture and Dimension Pro, Rapture Pro combines the best of both into a unified, cutting-edge instrument that transports synthesis and sampling to new sonic frontiers. Whether you want a classic piano sound for a smooth jazz ballad, searing rock guitars, breathtaking atmospheres, or step-sequenced beats for EDM or hip-hop, you’ll find them all in the 10+ GB sound library of instruments, textures, and soundscapes that span all musical genres. What’s more...

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Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition
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Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published the Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition. Handbook for Sound Engineers is the most comprehensive reference available for audio engineers, and is a must read for all who work in audio.

With contributions from many of the top professionals in the field, including Glen Ballou on interpretation systems, intercoms, assistive listening, and fundamentals and units of measurement, David Miles Huber on MIDI, Bill Whitlock on audio transformers and preamplifiers, Steve Dove on consoles, DAWs, and computers, Pat Brown on fundamentals, gain structures, and test and measurement, Ray Rayburn on virtual systems, digital interfacing, and preamplifiers, Ken Pohlmann on compact discs, and Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert on computer-aided sound system design and room-acoustical fundamentals for auditoriums and concert halls, the Handbook for Sound Engineers is a must for serious audio and acoustic engineers...

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Spitfire Audio ARTISAN CELLO and ARTISAN VIOLIN
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Spitfire Audio adds awesome-sounding ARTISAN CELLO and ARTISAN VIOLIN to its Producer PortfolioCompositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of PP015 ARTISAN CELLO and PP016 ARTISAN VIOLIN — the latest additions to its Producer Portfolio range of sample-based virtual instruments for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT 5 platform, dedicated to providing producers, songwriters, and composers with raw, untreated instruments in a neutral space to make their own — as of April 13...

PP015 ARTISAN CELLO represents the next installment in Spitfire Audio’s vibe-y, personality-led, performance-orientated range of sample-based virtual instruments that are finding their way onto award-winning recordings the world over. This time, the London-based compositional tools creator has turned to fellow London-based cellist Chris Worsey with a view to bringing cool to user’s solo (virtual) instrument arsenal. As such, it is centered around a sophisticated sample-based virtual instrument with a host of ‘artisan’ phrases — hence its apt appellation, together with standard and additional techniques, including ‘Performance Vibrato’ to provide a realistic-sounding out-of-the-box instrument that truly captures Chris’ very soul with an on- trend cello style suited to searing emotion to heartbreaking timidity and (almost) anything in-between...

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Impact Soundworks PEARL Concert Grand
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Impact Soundworks Releases PEARL Concert Grand for Kontakt PlayerSample developer Impact Soundworks has released PEARL Concert Grand for Native Instruments KONTAKT and KONTAKT PLAYER. The sample library features over 14,000 recordings of a pristine Yamaha C7 piano in a concert hall with four mic perspectives, edited and designed for immediate playability and ease of use. PEARL Concert Grand is available now at the introductory price of $99 (MSRP: $119) through April 21st, 2015.

PEARL is the debut piano instrument in the Impact Soundworks catalog, which includes a wide selection of tools for composers ranging from orchestral percussion, world instruments, and guitars, to cinematic synths, electronic effects, and choral sounds. As with all Impact Soundworks libraries, PEARL is “designed with composers in mind”. “When we first heard this piano in the hall, we fell in love. We had to sample it,” said Andrew Aversa, lead developer at Impact Soundworks. “But recording was just the first challenge. We spent months fine-tuning and tweaking everything to make it sound as sonorous as possible, from the moment you first press a key...”

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Impact Soundworks ReForged: Cinematic Metallic Sound Design
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Impact Soundworks Releases ReForged: Cinematic Metallic Sound DesignSample developer Impact Soundworks has released ReForged: Cinematic Metallic Sound Design for Native Instruments KONTAKT and WAV formats. Created by sound designer Ali Lacey, the library features a deepsampled array of found metal instruments recorded in the Welsh countryside. These natural sounds are accompanied by an extensive collection of transformed and processed material and a powerful synthesis engine. ReForged: Cinematic Metallic Sound Design is available now at the extended introductory price of $119 (MSRP: $139).

ReForged is the third library in Impact Soundworks’ sound design series, which includes the criticallyacclaimed Juggernaut: Cinematic Electronic Sound Design and Celestia: Heavenly Sound Design libraries as well. These virtual instruments are designed with film, TV, video game and media composers in mind, offering a large collection of modern presets with easy editing and customization...

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Impact Soundworks Turkish Oud Virtual Instrument
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Impact Soundworks releases Plectra Series 4: Turkish Oud Virtual InstrumentImpact Soundworks has released the Plectra Series 4: Turkish Oud virtual instrument. The most realistic and detailed virtual oud instrument ever released! Plectra Series 4 includes a custom-made, masterwork Turkish Oud performed by Stelios Varveris and produced by Dimitris Plagiannis. It features all crucial articulations, a gorgeous & inspiring UI, and a full microtuning engine for authentic playing.

Continuing our tradition of beautifully-sampled, stringed Plectra Series instruments comes the Turkish Oud. This Kontakt library, produced by Dimitris Plagiannis, sets a new standard for depth, playability, and realism in non-Western sampled instruments. We are delighted to present plectra Series 4 - the most realistic and playable virtual oud ever released...

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Soniccouture The Hammersmith Grand Piano Virtual Instrument
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Soniccouture releases The Hammersmith Grand Piano Virtual InstrumentSoniccouture has released The Hammersmith Grand Piano Virtual Instrument. Your ultimate piano? It might be. Pianos are very personal. There is always another 'greatest': more samples, more articulations, more tricks. But this one is ours, the way we wanted it. We think it's smoother to play, cleaner-sounding and a bit more real than any other sampled piano out there. We hope you agree.

True Sustain Sampling
When you play a note on a piano, one string rings. When you play a note and press the sustain pedal, all the strings ring. Most piano VSTis only do the first thing, and then fake the second thing. We recorded both. 21 velocity layers per note with sustain pedal up and down. When you press down your sustain pedal, you'll understand why we did it.

Pro Edition: Mic Channel Mode
Hammersmith with a mic channel expanded: from here you can switch the mic choice via the drop down menu, EQ the sound and adjust envelope parameters...

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XILS-lab miniSyn'X Virtual Analog Synth Plug-In
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XILS-lab launches low-cost luscious soft synth emulation of Eighties polysynth - miniSyn'XMusic software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of miniSyn’X — an authentic, cost-conscious soft synth emulation of a much-loved Eighties-vintage analogue polysynth of Italian origin that helped define the sound of an era — as of April 8...

miniSyn’X is a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit polyphonic, duo-timbral virtual analogue synthesizer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) Windows (XP, Vista, and 7/8) that faithfully emulates the still-sought-after sound of the Synthex, a luscious, 1982-vintage, eight-voice programmable analogue polysynth independently designed by Mario Maggi and built by Italian home organ manufacturer Elka. Indeed, it was much loved by synth luminaries of the day — not least French synth wizard Jean-Michel Jarre, whose well-known Laser Harp performances still emanate exclusively from an amazing-sounding Synthex patch produced by one-time UK demonstrator/ programmer Paul Wiffen and audible in isolation in ‘Second Rendez-Vous’ on Jarre’s multi-million-copy-selling Rendez-Vouz album of 1986...

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Hal Leonard - Create Music with Notion
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Hal Leonard Publishes Create Music with NotionNotion is a unique program that combines notation, sequencing, and live performance into one easy-to-use package. This book shows all types of users - amateurs, teachers, and professionals - how to best use the program and how it fits their creative needs for efficient and effective music production and performance at any level. Learn the fundamentals of Notion's interface, develop an intelligent and well-thought-out workflow, and discover how to integrate your desktop computer and iPad so that your productivity can continue whether you're at your desk, in the studio, or on the road.

Create Music with Notion includes practical projects and supporting session files for all experience levels, along with focused video tutorials that demonstrate many of the creative techniques presented in the text, while revealing how to get the most out of the included sessions...

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Best Service presents Hybrid Strings Virtual Instrument
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Best Service presents Hybrid Strings by Neocymatics for Ethnic String Arrangements

Best Service announces Hybrid Strings by Neocymatics. Hybrid Strings perfectly fits to oriental, eastern, and ethnic string arrangements. Hybrid Strings is 3 Libraries in 1 - each with its own character and tone.

After a long period of detailed research, development and fine-tuning Neocymatics is proud to release of Hybrid Strings, a Kontakt Library that will bring a new perspective to Virtual Strings.

The purpose of Hybrid Strings is to serve as a Solo String Library but also as a Section one. The aim was to achieve the highest playability and expressiveness possible in real time, with no compromise in quality or diversity. Due to various tuning scales Hybrid Strings perfectly fit to oriental, eastern, and ethnic string arrangements...

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