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Eventide Spring Reverb for Desktop and iOS
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Eventide Releases Spring Reverb for Desktop and iOSEventide Audio has released Spring Reverb – a new plug-in for desktop and iOS. Spring models the sound and character of the popular artificial reverbs found in guitar amplifiers. It also goes a step further by allowing access to physical parameter controls not readily available in a real spring tank.

By tweaking these parameters, Spring can create faithful representations of real springs or push the physical boundaries to achieve new distinctive sounds. The Tension [TNSION] and Num Springs [NUMSPR] knobs work in concert to control the amount of "springiness" in the processed sound. Additional adjustable parameters include Resonance and Low and High damping. The beloved performance controls made popular in Eventide’s Blackhole, UltraTap and MangledVerb plugins are also available – Ribbon allowing users to program two settings for any combination of the controls and seamlessly transition between them while the programmable HotSwitch an instantaneous jump to an alternate setting at the push of a button...

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PG Music Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Windows
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

PG Music releases Band-in-a-Box 2020 for Windows with over 50 New FeaturesPG Music Inc. has recently released version 2020 of its popular, award-winning Band-in-a-Box® intelligent music accompaniment software for Windows® with over 50 great new features and enhancements! Plus, 202 RealTracks, RealStyles, MIDI SuperTracks, Instrumental Studies, RealDrums transcriptions, Xtra Styles PAK 8, Loops-with-Style PAK 1, and more!

In announcing the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows®, program author and creator Peter Gannon said, “I’m thrilled to be offering the newest 2020 version of Band-in-a-Box, with many enhancements inspired by program users, new add-ons like the soulful Gospel Vocal RealTracks, Xtra Styles 8, Loops-with-Styles for Band-in-a-Box, and great updates to the included RealBand program and VST DAW Plugin!”

There are over 50 new features in Band-in-a-Box® 2020! There are a number of enhancements to the RealTracks (Smoother Sounding Vocal RealTracks, RealTracks Thickening, "Find-a-Sub" RealTracks, and MultiRiffs). Most RealDrums now have RealCharts (with accurate Drum Notation). There’s a new RealTracks Artist Browser to find info/bios/links/lists of RealTracks on all the artists. A new Feature Browser allows...

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Best Service ARABIC OUD Virtual Instrument
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Best Service releases ARABIC OUD Virtual InstrumentIn Arabic music, the Oud is considered one of the oldest musical instruments; in fact, in the Middle East it plays an important role in musical tradition. Although the origins of this instrument are uncertain, the popularity of the Oud has spread across the Mediterranean, North and East Africa and the Middle East, where it is still very popular to this day. In the Western World, the Oud is probably best known as the forerunner of the European lute.

The Arabic Oud Library was created in close collaboration with the renowned musician and Oud virtuoso Bassam Ayoub. Bassam Ayoub performed and recorded all playing variations with the main emphasis on achieving an authentic sound, both for melodic playing and rhythmic accompaniment.

The Arabic Oud offers three different, meticulously recorded Oud instruments with breathtaking 39 articulations and brings one of the oldest string instruments to life right under your fingertips. The versatile sound spectrum of the Oud can enrich any kind of music and the integrated microtunings are very appealing to professional Maqam performers! Because of its wide range of playing styles, the Arabic Oud is ideal for both studio and live performances...

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Acoustica Mixcraft 9 Music Recording Software
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Acoustica Releases Next Generation Mixcraft 9Acoustica has announced the release of Mixcraft 9, described as "a true labor of love, built for musicians, by musicians".

Acoustica says "From its slick, modern interface to its powerful new effects, instruments, and features, we've upgraded nearly every aspect of Mixcraft, with new visuals, new sounds, and more power than ever."

Improvements Everywhere. The first thing you'll notice is Mixcraft 9's modern look. The transport and details panels are all individually undockable and can be placed anywhere around your desktop. The transport can be moved to the top of the software if desired, and the controls can be left-justified, rightjustified, or centered.

New Effects. Mixcraft 9 is loaded with new effects from ToneBoosters. Great sounding reverb, flexible multi-effects, useful parametric equalizer, compressors and limiters, an effective de-esser, and a whole lot more. Plus, Pro Studio users will find the TB FlX and TB FlX4 multiband EQ/compressors and the new TB Dither plug-in to be useful tools for mastering...

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Ueberschall Cinematic Bundle Elastik Sound Library
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Ueberschall releases Cinematic Bundle - a Pack of Five Full Elastik Sound LibrariesUnsettling atmospheres, heavy impacts, deep drones or tension-developing FX, the Cinematic Bundle has everything you need for your next film score. Inspired by films and series like Blade Runner 2049, Terminator, Dark, Stranger Things and many others, this comprehensive collection includes five full Elastik libraries: Synthetic Soundtracks 1,2 and 3 as well as Score FX 1 and 2.

A total of 88 construction kits covers everything from calm, soothing atmospheres or futuristic dreamscapes to intense, synth-based scores. With more than 30GB and over 8000 loops the bundle has all the tools needed for epic, interstellar film music.

The sounds include bass, sub bass, arpeggios, pads, leads, 3D-animated ambiances, risers, lifters, SFX, whooshes, cuts, accents, beds, analog style synths and many, many more. The Cinematic Bundle is the ideal companion for media composers and producers who create music for film, documentaries, games or animations...

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Modartt Organteq Virtual Pipe Organ
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Modartt releases virtual pipe organ Organteq
Modartt releases virtual pipe organ Organteq, the most advanced physically modelled organ reproducing the heart of the complex flue and reed pipes physics.

Three years of research
Modartt, the producers of the award-winning physically modelled software instrument Pianoteq, has spent the last three years developing a virtual organ instrument based on the most advanced physical model reproducing the "heart" of the complex flue and reed pipes physics: the nonlinear interaction between the vibration of the air in the pipe and the "exciter" (air jet striking the labium for flue pipes, beating reed for reed pipes). The aim was to produce a more vivid and effective music instrument than the current state-of-the-art.

Physically modelled
Organteq does not rely on samples: the sound is created in real time from scratch using a refined physical model. Even the action noises from keys, stops and couplers are there. The pipe attack transients "chiff" are accurately reproduced with...

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Sterling Audio Professional Studio Headphones
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Sterling Ships S400 and S450 Professional Studio HeadphonesDesigned for the discriminating professional recording engineer and studio recordist who needs an uncompromising set of headphones, Sterling's new S400 and S450 studio headphones combine excellent audio quality for critical monitoring with outstanding comfort for extended use. Both models feature Sterling's high-definition transducers, which provide an advanced soundstage for superior sound reproduction with intimate, mid-range clarity and articulate low- and high-frequency response.

The S400 and S450 employ a closed-back, circumaural design that delivers the superior isolation required for professional recording, as well as the comfort needed for long sessions. Both models provide removable, replaceable, and lockable ear cushions. Transportation and storage are easy and convenient, thanks to a foldable design with a collapsible earcup mechanism. The detachable 8-foot headphone cable has a twist lock 1/8-inch connector and ¼-inch adapter.

The Sterling S400's 40 mm drivers use neodymium magnets and oxygen-free copper voice coils to deliver impressive output, up to 101 dB SPL, over an extended 15 Hz to 24 kHz frequency range...

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ProjectSAM Symphobia 4: Pandora
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

ProjectSAM releases Symphobia 4: Pandora Orchestral Sample LibraryGive your action, sci-fi, and horror scores a blockbuster boost with the fourth volume in ProjectSAM’s acclaimed Symphobia Series. Pandora lets you summon rousing cinematic risers, foreboding falls, and earth-shattering crescendos with unmatched ease and flexibility. Pandora’s innovative Adaptive Sync quickly and effortlessly matches its huge library of articulations and effects with your sequence – so your next deadline needn’t be a nightmare. Plus, fully-customizable sound design tools help you quickly sculpt your desired timbres.

INTRODUCING ADAPTIVE SYNC
Pre-recorded crescendos and rolls sound great. But they used to have a disadvantage: they were not very flexible. Any composer will recognize the trial-and-error process of nudging a crescendo note around until it ends in the right spot. It’s a tedious task that most of us would rather skip if we could.

This is why we developed Adaptive Sync.

Symphobia 4: Pandora is packed with transitional samples – sounds that progress dynamically or directionally over time – ranging from...

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iZotope Dialogue Match Post Production Tool
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

iZotope Launches New Time-Saving Tool for Audio Post Production, Dialogue MatchiZotope, Inc., the experts in intelligent audio technology and makers of two-time Emmy Award winning software RX, has launched Dialogue Match, the first tool to automatically learn and match the sonic character of dialogue recordings. It is also the first product to combine brand-new machine learning from iZotope with ground-breaking reverb technology from Exponential Audio’s product line, which was acquired by iZotope earlier this year.

Re-recording mixers that are responsible for delivering the final sound mix for films and television programs, often need a way to quickly match dialogue from lavalier, boom mics, and ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement), in order to create a seamless and cohesive dialogue performance. With Dialogue Match, users can analyze audio to extract a sonic profile, then apply the profile to any other dialogue track for fast and easy environmental consistency in scene recordings, allowing them to complete the tedious process of matching production dialogue to ADR in seconds, rather than hours.

“Users who have tested Dialogue Match are telling us that it will change the way they approach dialogue editing forever,” said iZotope’s Senior Product Manager, Mike Rozett...

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AAS Funky Cat Sound Pack for Strum GS-2 and AAS Player
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Applied Acoustics Systems releases the Funky Cat sound pack for the Strum GS-2 and AAS Player plug-insApplied Acoustics Systems releases the Funk Cat sound pack for the Strum GS-2 and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with resident sound designer Niall McCallum.

Funky Cat transports Strum GS-2 to the golden era of funk—the foundational experiments in groove from the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, and The Meters. From choppy 16th-note riffs loaded with tight, muted stabs to slick rhythmic chord progressions, this kaleidoscopic new set takes the very best from the forefathers of the game and sends the whole package hurtling into the present. Classic chorus, spring reverb, and the indisputable hallmark of funk, the wah-wah, put in the work in the 84 guitar sounds of this fantastic collection. Further, 12 styles deliver 84 smooth strumming patterns that stand in readiness to thrust your extended chords into full-on hypnotic grooves...

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Spitfire Solo Strings Total Performance Update
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Spitfire Audio ships SPITFIRE SOLO STRINGS update with newly-added SOLO CELLO Total Performance patchOriginally released last year to widespread critical acclaim, Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of a free update to SPITFIRE SOLO STRINGS — itself featuring first-call London virtuoso single players performing in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, the acoustic luxury of which was captured on rich- sounding 2-inch tape to join a long line of outstanding sample-based virtual instrument libraries for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT PLAYER platform, also adhering to the NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) extended plug-in format for full compatibility with NI hardware, and now including the sound-specialising British music technology company’s SOLO CELLO Total Performance patch alongside its highly-intuitive SOLO VIOLIN (virtuoso) one — as of October 17.

Not only are those highly-intuitive SOLO VIOLIN (virtuoso) and newly-added SOLO CELLO Total Performance patches included in SPITFIRE SOLO STRINGS, so effectively available for free to existing owners of this superlative-sounding sample-based virtual instrument library that is designed to stand out and also sit perfectly alongside Spitfire Audio’s other orchestral ranges, they are also available to purchase as separate sample-based virtual instrument libraries — namely, SPITFIRE SOLO CELLO and SPITFIRE SOLO VIOLIN — for the KONTAKT PLAYER platform. Either way, though, they represent the sound-specialising British music technology company’s most detailed and advanced solo violin and solo cello to date...

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Spitfire Audio BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Sample Library
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Spitfire Audio announces availability of BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA as new standard in orchestral compositionLaunched late-August at London’s legendary Barbican Centre to widespread wonderment, Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — the most essential orchestral package the sound- specialising British music technology company has ever created, working in partnership with BBC Studios, the British television production and distribution company that is the commercial arm of the oldest entertainment organisation in the world, and in close collaboration with one of the world’s most renowned orchestras (to which it obviously owes its notable name) at one of the world’s most renowned recording venues (London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios) to realise a new standard in orchestral composition as a landmark library lovingly presented within Spitfire Audio’s award-winning standalone plug-in (also available to buy as a sleek 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD housed in a beautiful bespoke hard case, providing plug-and-play-style playability in an instant, without waiting to download the library) — as of October 24.

“To suddenly have all I need at my fingertips is a game changer.” Cutting to the creative core of what makes BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA so special is Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Christian Henson. He has every right to be so musically moved since this is...

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REVIEW: Spitfire Audio SYMPHONIC ORGAN
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

REVIEW: "Achieve that awe-inspiring cinematic sound made famous in blockbuster scores such as Interstellar, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tron. Presenting the Rugby School Chapel organ — a monstrous, 3,721-pipe, cathedral-sized organ housed in an intimate chapel — creating an epic but immediate sound like no other. To capture its unique depth, power and beauty, we teamed up with composer, producer and organ expert Andy Richards, who has curated stop combinations for instant playability, enabling you to get the best out of this beautifully-voiced instrument." That is the official description for Symphonic Organ, now available from Spitfire Audio, which has provided DigiFreq with a NFR copy for review.

The Symphonic Organ Sample Library
Symphonic Organ is a Kontakt Player-based sample library consisting of approximately 17,760 samples for a NKX compressed size of 23.8 GB with 24 GB of disk space required during installation. While Spitfire lists the Kontakt version requirement as 5.6.8, we were unable to test that exact version. We did, however, test the library in both 5.8.1 and 6.1.1 without any difficulties.

Two main instruments are provided, with the first being the Organ itself (Symphonic Organ.nki). This instrument, at a total sample size of 55.22 GB with 1.90 GB loaded in memory, includes 16 curated articulations numbered in order of intensity, as follows:...

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ELYSION Ensemble Engine-Based Scoring Tool
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Best Service and Sonuscore announce the release of ELYSION Ensemble Engine-Based Scoring ToolElysion is our big answer for big questions! A huge and incredibly fast scoring tool, perfectionated to fill the space with inspiration. Score the future and experience the infinite sound cosmos, Elysion unfolds just on a fingertip.

- Elysion is built on handcrafted processed and synthesized sounds, treated like acoustic instruments
- Elysion sets a high level for hybrid composing: incredibly simple and outrageously beautiful.
- Elysion is the massive hybrid twin to The Orchestra
- Elysion contains 142 playable instruments and over 230 complex animated themes.

Built on Handcrafted, Synthesized Sounds bursting of Expression and Variety
As the first one able to catch the incredible dynamic and lively character of synthetic instruments, Elysion redefines sampling...

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Acon Digital Restoration Suite 2
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Acon Digital updates Restoration Suite to Version 2 - a Giant Leap in Audio QualityAcon Digital announces the release of Restoration Suite 2. Restoration Suite consists of four cutting edge plug-ins for audio restoration work: DeNoise 2, DeHum 2, DeClick 2 and DeClip 2. DeNoise 2 introduces the novel dynamic noise profiles that help reducing noise that varies randomly over time, such as wind noise or rustle from lavalier microphones. Where the earlier versions merely captured a static noise print with time-constant noise levels, the dynamic noise profiles capture statistics from the noise to be reduced. The noise suppression algorithm then estimates the most suitable noise threshold curve for the noisy input signal using the measured statistics.

The adaptive de-noising modes have also been significantly improved in version 2 and use a completely new estimation algorithm. Regardless of operating mode, the new noise suppression algorithm further reduces the typical and well-known artifacts from heavy noise reduction...

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