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Wave Arts Tube Saturator 2 Plug-In
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Wave Arts Releases Tube Saturator 2 - Authentic Tube Warming and Distortion Plug-In

After intensive R&D, Wave Arts is please to announce Tube Saturator 2.

Tube Saturator 2 is a super accurate circuit simulation of a tube pre-amp with analog EQ, which can be overdriven gently for warming effects, or cranked for fat distortion. Like its predecessor, Tube Saturator, TS-2 is based on circuit simulation techology to capture every nuance of an analog circuit. But while the original consumed large amounts of CPU power, TS-2 is now super efficient. The Saturation section of TS-2 runs about 7x faster than the original and yet the modelling is even more accurate. TS-2 includes the original circuit simulation of the three band Baxandall type EQ as found in many guitar amplifiers.

In addition to this breakthrough improvement in speed, TS-2 has many new features...

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PreSonus Studio One 3 - Artist and Professional
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PreSonus Introduces Studio One 3, The Next Standard in Music ProductionPreSonus has announced that Studio One 3, the most significant update to its powerful, easy to use digital audio workstation, is now shipping. Available in Artist and Professional editions, version 3 adds true innovations in song arranging and experimentation, as well as inspiring new ways to craft unique and evocative sounds. In addition, Studio One 3 opens users to new ways to control and mix within the application as the first DAW to offer a dual platform (Mac and Windows), multi-touch interface. Furthermore, Studio One 3 Professional users now have the freedom to create away from the desk through Studio One Remote for iPad. The new Studio One promises to look as good as it feels, with a sleek, modern, configurable UI for high-resolution displays.

Innovations in arranging and experimentation
Studio One 3 Professional introduces the Arranger Track, which makes it easy to build and rearrange songs, letting you copy or move entire song sections with simple drag-and-drop. It has its own Track Inspector that shows all sections of the song, which also doubles as a quick navigation tool for your song...

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Toontrack Lo-Fi EZmix Pack for EZmix 2
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Toontrack Lo-Fi EZmix Pack for EZmix 2 adds that Lo-Fi Sound to Your Hi-Fi MixesToday Toontrack announced the release of a new expansion for their widely popular multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2, the Lo-Fi EZmix Pack. This marks the thirty-first title in the ever-growing assortment of content for EZmix 2.

About the Lo-Fi EZmix Pack
Modern sound design and mixing contemporary music often revolves around using vintage sound ideals and elements – tube sizzle, grit, distortion, vinyl noise. It’s an uprising against the digital revolution and an attempt to sand the surface off of what sometimes can come out too polished. This is where this collection of settings for EZmix 2 comes in – but with a twist. It goes beyond the obvious tape saturation settings, the compressors or the tube amps and rather focuses on the details – creative ingredients that can elevate your mix and lend you completely new ideas and landscapes of sound. Maybe a broken phone line setting on a vocal part, some vinyl noise on your intro or a bit crushed bass to spice things up?

This EZmix Pack gives you 50 one-click settings – anything from non-instrument specific inserts to presets for drums, vocals and amp simulation...

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Ploytec 2.1 Firmware Update for PI L Squared Synthesizers
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Ploytec produces fanciful Firmware Update for its Super-Small SynthesizersHardware and software developer Ploytec is proud to introduce its latest (V2.1) firmware update for its πλ2 MIDI- and πλ2 Leukos USB-powered, super-small footprint, software editing-enabled duophonic synthesizers at Musikmesse 2015, January 15-18 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The synth world was, quite frankly, taken aback by something so small sounding so huge when Ploytec’s ‘playful’ πλ2 made its impressive musical debut last year. This MIDI-powered, super-small synthesizer — with a super-small footprint fit for fitting into the smallest spaces — was soon joined by its USB-powered, super-small sibling, πλ2 Leukos, seriously satisfying those with a hardware craving to make music while on the move, wherever their inspiration might (literally) take them — with or without eminently portable laptops or an Apple iPad — with Camera Connection Kit — in tow (though these are always helpful to have at hand to power πλ2 Leukos, of course). Without wishing to sound silly, surely it’s impossible not to be impressed? It’s a knockout concept, after all!...

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Audified u73b Compressor Plug-In
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Audified announces old German broadcast compressor/limiter-emulating plug-in - U73b CompressorMultimedia software and hardware development specialist Audified is proud to announce availability of the U73b Compressor effect plug-in for Mac (AAX, AudioUnit, VST2, VST3) and PC (AAX, VST2, VST3) — an authentic emulation of the unique-sounding Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter hardware predecessor with which its shares its name (and which, despite its origins, found favour in European mastering circles) — as of May 12.

But before delving deeper into Audified’s authentic-sounding U73b Compressor effect plug-in, perhaps a little history lesson is in order here? After all, only by gaining an appreciation of its namesake hardware predecessor can U73b Compressor be truly appreciated in its own right.

Working with the NWDR (Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk) — responsible for public broadcasting in the German states of Hamburg, Lower-Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and North Rhine-Westphalia from September 22, 1945 to December 31, 1955, Telefunken developed the U73, an all-tube, three-stage push/push variable mu design (with a theoretical compression ratio of 100:1), during a three-year period, born out of a need to conform to the high standards...

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New Expansion Packs for Output SIGNAL
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Output Releases Expansions Packs for SIGNAL - Free For A Limited TimeOutput, Inc., innovative music software developer for producers, composers and musicians, has announced Expansion Packs for their new software instrument, SIGNAL. SIGNAL is the world’s most powerful pulse engine, combining the warmth of fat analog and digital synths with beauty of organic instruments. Released on March 31st, SIGNAL has seen incredible success finding a strong following among composers, producers and sound designers alike.

The new expansion packs, Tape Loop and Cinematic, each offer 125 new Pulse Instruments (presets) made by Output’s leading sound design team. Adding on to SIGNAL’s existing 500 Pulse Instruments, SIGNAL owners now have an even greater arsenal of starting points. Tape Loop includes pulse instruments utilizing SIGNAL’s proprietary Looper, a feature much like a tape loop infinitely repeating while a note is held. This fun and unique tool ranges from...

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Toontrack Southern Soul EZX for EZdrummer 2
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Toontrack releases EZdrummer 2 expansion from FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama - Southern Soul EZXToday Toontrack announced the release of the fourth EZX sound library expansion since the EZdrummer 2 launch in 2014: the Southern Soul EZX. ”I think it’s safe to say that never before has so much history, heritage and magic been captured in a drum sample library. There is definitely something unique about Muscle Shoals, Alabama and the FAME Studios. We’re truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to come to this landmark recording facility”, commented Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s head of Sound Design.

About the Southern Soul EZX
Some studios are famous not only because of their body of work, but because they helped change the course of music history. Because their heritage seeps through to culture and myth. Because they play an integral part in how we define a sound or an era. Because there truly can be magic inside four studio walls. Ask Aretha Franklin, Etta James or Otis Redding and they’ll probably tell you that, yes, there is something that special about a place in the small rural community of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. A place that has soul – true Southern soul: FAME Studios...

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Sample Logic BOHEMIAN Cinematic Street and New World Instruments
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Sample Logic announces BOHEMIAN Cinematic Street and New World InstrumentsBOHEMIAN is a diverse collection of 800+ exotic, traditional, and morphed instruments & multis. This fresh and innovative library, performed by multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher Laura Inserra, is derived entirely from recordings of an extensive collection of unique bohemian street and world instruments ranging from Hang Drums and Harmonic Tubes, to Didgeridoo, and beyond.

The instruments included in this collection are totally unique, and were hand crafted especially for Laura Inserra. Recorded on the scoring stage at Skywalker Sound with renowned engineer Dann Thompson, BOHEMIAN’s source sounds capture the unique cinematic space of Skywalker Sound, which allowed Sample Logic to morph and expand these one of a kind instruments, creating a whole new world of bohemian street sounds, ready for any composition. Weighing in at over 9 GB, BOHEMIAN not only includes ready-to-play, psycho-acoustically sampled world percussive, melodic, and effectual instruments, but uses these instruments to enter into a world of rich and organic score-ready new world hybrid sounds. BOHEMIAN is compatible with the free Kontakt Player 5.4.3 or higher (See Tech Specs for OS compatibility)...

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Softube HEARTBEAT Software Drum Synth
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Softube sets pulses racing with innovative software drum synth in major musical move - HeartbeatIn a major musical move, Swedish high-end software developer Softube set pulses racing when showcasing Heartbeat — its innovative software drum synth with comfortably familiar, yet special sound characteristics — at Musikmesse 2015, April 15-18 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Come its scheduled summertime release date, however, Heartbeat is likely to cause severe palpitations! Why? Well, by bringing back classic drum synthesis with a vengeance, Heartbeat harkens back to yesteryear’s much-loved modeled analog synthesis approach, but brings a wealth of forward-thinking features and flexibility to bare on what could well be the ultimate dream drum synth software solution suited to satisfying (almost) anyone’s beat-making needs! Now if that still sounds like a tall order... read on! So what makes Heartbeat so special? Well, while it draws its inspiration from the best Eighties-vintage analog drum machines, it does...

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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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