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Spitfire Audio LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA STRINGS
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Spitfire Audio releases the LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA STRINGS Virtual InstrumentSpitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA STRINGS — serving up everything needed to make cutting-edge strings music on a beautifully prepared platter, perfectly produced in partnership with the London Contemporary Orchestra, whose work with the likes of Radiohead and Jed Kurzel (Alien: Covenant) has contributed significantly to a shift in string writing, with rich recordings of violin, viola, cello, and bass sections resulting in a host of dynamically-controllable, never-before-sampled articulations that are as playable and musical as they are transformational — as of February 23.

Always a company keen to keep its collective ear to the ground and never one to rest on its collective laurels, Spitfire Audio noted a shift in string writing based on innovative techniques and performance styles becoming a global movement. Most certainly that was the case, but it was also nigh on impossible to program with the tools (then) currently available. As a distinct collection of multi-sampled, multi-dynamic, and, most importantly, ‘playable’ strings, LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA STRINGS sets out to change that...

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Impact Soundworks STRAIGHT AHEAD! JAZZ HORNS
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Impact Soundworks announces the release of STRAIGHT AHEAD! JAZZ HORNS Virtual InstrumentAudio software creator Impact Soundworks is proud to announce availability of STRAIGHT AHEAD! JAZZ HORNS — a newly revised virtual instrument library featuring over 75,000 samples created in collaboration with jazz sampled instrument specialist Straight Ahead Samples, served up as 13 solo brass and sax instruments ideal for jazz, funk, pop, R&B, and much more besides for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT PLAYER platform — as of February 14.

Though the (admittedly deep) sample pool remains largely the same as that found in ‘version 1’ of STRAIGHT AHEAD! JAZZ HORNS (originally released by Straight Ahead Samples) — albeit with some additional tweaks and a cleanup operation that has to be heard to be believed, below the hood STRAIGHT AHEAD! JAZZ HORNS represents an entirely different proposition altogether. All-new scripting smooths the way for smooth jazz or otherwise, thanks to Smart Voicing technology...

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StudioLinked ZAYTOVEN'S FUNKY FINGERS Virtual Instrument
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StudioLinked is proud to announce availability of ZAYTOVEN'S FUNKY FINGERS Virtual InstrumentUrban and contemporary music virtual instrument creator and distributor StudioLinked is proud to announce availability of ZAYTOVEN’S FUNKY FINGERS — a dynamic virtual instrument influenced by the signature sound of GRAMMY® award-winning American record producer, DJ, and pianist Zaytoven, aimed at aspiring producers and budding beat-makers — as of February 10.

Asked about the motivation behind the creation of his virtual instrument namesake, Zaytoven himself has this to say: “I just took everything I learned over all of the years of making beats and playing piano, and put it into this virtual instrument engineered with the modern producer in mind.”

Mindful of that very thought, no fewer than 500 Zaytoven-influenced presets are available across 17 instrument categories, including...

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Touch Innovations Kontrol Master DAW Controller
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Touch Innovations announce availability of Kontrol Master Ergonomic DAW ControllerPhysical hardware touch technology and cutting-edge software specialist Touch Innovations is proud to announce availability of Kontrol Master — a touch technology-driven desktop design that speeds up workflow with enhanced ergonomic control of unlimited DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) virtual faders and knobs (or, indeed, any other creative software) — after an award- winning showcase at The 2017 NAMM Show, January 19-22 in Anaheim, California.

Kontrol Master provides a revolutionary and unique experience, effectively and effortlessly integrating its user’s second hand into the musical mix using a high-precision, highly-responsive knob to control virtual knobs, faders, and more. Music production workflow works like never before by simply hovering the mouse pointer over the object to be controlled and immediately start using that knob for that tactile feel that us humans know and love...

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Acoustica Mixcraft 8 Music Recording Software
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Acoustica announces the release of Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio and Mixcraft 8 Pro StudioAcoustica is pleased to announce the release of Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio and Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio. The most dramatic improvements lie under the hood with the implementation of a next-generation sound engine design, making Mixcraft 8 the fastest, most powerful release in the company's 19-year history.

Our standard edition is Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio ($89), aimed squarely at home and project studios. This award-winning package is a complete recording studio, featuring unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, seamless video editing, and a Performance Panel for real-time live loop triggering. New effects include the EU ProMixEQ-10A Equalizer, DTC-1 Compressor, and ORB7000 Octave Reverb. Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio delivers a total of 15 virtual instruments, including two samplers, 28 pro-quality effects, and over 7,800 loops, samples, and sound effects, plus integrated access to hundreds of thousands of additional sounds from...

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NATIVE INSTRUMENTS MASCHINE 2.6 Software Update
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NATIVE INSTRUMENTS Releases MASCHINE 2.6 Software UpdateNative Instruments has released a feature-packed new software update for their acclaimed MASCHINE family of music-making tools. The MASCHINE 2.6 update, free to all registered owners of MASCHINE 2 software, brings several innovative features to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO that were previously only available for MASCHINE JAM customers. It includes a suite of features that help spark creativity, add variety to tracks, and add flair to live performances. It also extends MASCHINE’s powerful workflow to external synths by introducing MIDI CC capabilities.

MASCHINE 2.6 comes with a new tool to help music producers spice up their compositions. Variation Engine, now for MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE MK1 and 2, and MASCHINE MIKRO, relies on two unique functions, Humanize and Randomize, to add variety and spontaneity to any programmed melody or drum pattern. First enabled on the MASCHINE JAM, Humanize shakes up the quantization on...

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Voxengo Polysquasher 3.0 Mastering Compressor Plugin
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Voxengo Polysquasher 3.0 - Mastering Compressor Plugin ReleasedVoxengo is happy to release a new major version 3 of its Polysquasher plugin. Polysquasher is a mastering compressor plugin for professional music and sound production applications, available in AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plugin formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac OS X (v10.6 and later), and Windows computers.

Changes version 3.0 implements:
- Redesigned the compression algorithm and its parameters.
- Added ProTools 12+ AAX-64 support.

Polysquasher was designed with a main goal: to be transparent. Transparent compression action is a cornerstone for any mastering compressor. Transparency of audio signal processing is necessary to preserve all existing elements in the mix, while compression itself is necessary to make the mix sound uniform to other mixes (tracks) and to make it sound more solid and “glued”...

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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre and OctoPre Dynamic Mic-Pre Units
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Focusrite Debuts Scarlett OctoPre and OctoPre Dynamic Eight-Channel Mic-Pre UnitsFocusrite is debuting two new Scarlett OctoPre mic-pre units: the standard Scarlett OctoPre and the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic. With eight channels of Focusrite's second-generation Scarlett preamps and built-in Focusrite precision 24-bit / 192 kHz conversion, Scarlett OctoPres present an ideal way of adding eight extra mic/line inputs to a DAW or digital console. And there are eight analog line outputs too, perfect for stand alone use in a live sound environment.

The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic adds analog compression and D/A conversion to the standard Scarlett OctoPre described above.

The preamps feed precision 24-bit Focusrite A-D converters that operate up to 192kHz sampling with 109dB dynamic range, making the OctoPres ideal for hi-res audio recording...

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The Recording Engineer's Handbook, 4th Edition
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Bobby Owsinski Releases The 4th Edition Of His Recording Engineer's HandbookBOMG Publishing today announced the release of the fully updated fourth edition of Bobby Owsinski's The Recording Engineer's Handbook, a complete compilation of the best recording techniques currently used today. Along with the rich treasure trove of information from the previous versions of the book, the latest edition also includes new sections on immersive audio recording, electric guitar recording tricks, and DIY microphone and mic preamp kits. Best of all, the information is presented so that musicians, artists, engineers and producers at any level can learn both the basic and advanced skills required to make their recordings shine.

"It's really humbling that so many colleges and universities around the world have adopted The Recording Engineer's Handbook as the main text for their music production programs," said best-selling music author Bobby Owsinski...

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elysia Beech Boys Xpressor and Filter Modules
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elysia Applies Beech Boys Makeover to Limited-Edition Xpressor and Filter ModulesHigh-end studio processor manufacturer elysia is delighted to announce availability of the ‘beech boys‘ — introducing a unique new look for its xpressor and xfilter 500 series modules, manufactured as a brand-new limited-edition with handmade wooden front panels — as of January 30...

“The origin for this special run was a lucky find,” says elysia co-founder Dominik Klassen. “We got hold of two stunning, rare batches of premium spalted beech wood, showing striking individual waveform patterns and amazing discolorations — a result of natural processes within the wood over a long period of time.”

Handcrafted by the elysia team, the stunning front panels created from those pieces of wood are rock solid, and a truly sophisticated four-layer construction:...

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Cakewalk L-Phase Mixing and Mastering Plug-ins
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Cakewalk Releases new L-Phase Mixing and Mastering Plug-ins for Mac and PCCakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the distinctive L-Phase Plug-ins series. Comprised of the L-Phase Equalizer and L-Phase Multiband compressor, these modernized VST3 plug-ins represent a new breed of processing with advanced capabilities and extraordinary accuracy.

The unique features of the L-Phase series set it apart with modes that can be used for both mixing and mastering. The internal 64-bit double precision processing allows for mastering-level sound quality and also offers a zero-latency non-linear mode for mixing at sample rates up to 192 kHz; while all information is viewed in a precisely detailed user interface. In addition, both plug-ins feature Stereo and Mid/Side processing, helpful A/B comparison switching, 3 different range scales, and a configurable spectrum analyzer along with output metering in 16dB, 32dB, 48dB, and 60dB...

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8Dio Studio Percussion Orchestral for Kontakt
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

8Dio releases Studio Percussion Orchestral for Kontakt8Dio has announced the release of a new sample library - Studio Percussion Orchestral for Kontakt. Studio Percussion Orchestral is the most comprehensive collection of deep-sampled tonal percussion instruments ever created. First of all we hand-picked all the instruments (Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Crotales and Tubular Bells) and found the best models available.

Secondly we actually recorded them all with two different types of mallets (Soft/Felt and Harder/Wooden). We also recorded all of them with brushes and in most cases, we also bowed them, so you virtually have every type of mallet choice at your finger-tips. We designed a custom user-interface.

But equally important we applied our Groove Sampling™ method to the library. This means that you do not only have all the multi-samples you've come to expect, but also an entirely different sample set of Groove Samples - allowing you to create completely life-like percussion. You have to see it to believe it...

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Soundiron Mercury Micro - Symphonic Boys' Choir
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Soundiron announces the release of Mercury Micro - Symphonic Boys' Choir for KONTAKTSoundiron has announced the release of the Mercury Micro - Symphonic Boys' Choir KONTAKT library. Mercury Micro is the compact starter edition of our acclaimed Mercury Symphonic Boys’ Choir library. This slice of a traditional English boy’s choral ensemble library includes piano and forte versions of the sustaining and staccato articulations of two important vowels: “Ah” and “Oo.” It also includes two sustaining, tempo-sync-able word articulations from Christian liturgy, “Kyrie” and “Eleison.”

The Mercury Boys’ Choir captures the youth and purity of a full boy’s choral ensemble consisting of 25 singers ages 8 to 13 with a close microphone position. We recorded the award-winning Pacific Boychoir in the same large hall that our Olympus Symphonic Choir, Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble, Montclarion Grand Piano and many other Soundiron libraries were captured...

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Steinberg Cubase Music Production Software
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Steinberg Unveils Latest Line-up of Cubase Music Production SoftwareSteinberg Media Technologies GmbH has showcased its flagship DAW, Cubase Pro 9, alongside the smaller siblings, Cubase Artist 9 and Cubase Elements 9.

Building on the heritage that has made Steinberg one of the world’s leading companies in audio and music software, Cubase has constantly evolved and redefined digital music production, providing access to all the tools of the trade, yet also finding new ways to deliver efficient approaches to composing, recording, editing and mixing music.

For the first time in the long history of Cubase, the entire range is being made available at the same time, allowing customers to select from Pro, Artist and Elements editions that are each crafted to suit the very different needs and levels of expertise in music recording and production...

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Spitfire Symphony Orchestra KONTAKT Sample Library
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Spitfire Symphony Orchestra KONTAKT Sample Library Now AvailableSpitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (SSO) — sampling everything needed to create blockbuster symphonic works for film, games, radio, and television via the finest signal path at Lyndhurst Hall within London’s legendary AIR Studios, served up as an appetising all-in-one, comprehensive core-level professional product for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT PLAYER platform — as of January 13.

SSO is an epic saga of orchestral instrument recordings unified under the same (sublime-sounding) roof of Lyndhurst Hall — Britain’s premier scoring facility, attracting some of the world’s biggest movies scores, as well as maintaining its popularity with major classical labels and high-profile recording artists — within London’s legendary AIR Studios by an award-winning team of engineers and composers collectively committed to accomplishing a simple, singular vision:...

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