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Blue Cat's Destructor 1.1 Distortion and Amp Plug-In
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Blue Cat Audio Launches Blue Cat's Destructor 1.1 - Get 10% off!Blue Cat Audio has released Blue Cat's Destructor 1.1, a new version of its comprehensive distortion and amp simulation plug-in.

This new version of the plug-in mainly brings user interface and workflow enhancements, to improve the tone sculpting experience: with the addition of locks for the gate, compressor, pre-filter, destruction module and post filter, it is now possible to prevent preset changes from modifying the settings of selected modules. A general GUI lock option is also available to keep the same layout and user interface settings when switching presets.

Blue Cat's Destructor 1.1 also brings more than 200 new visual styles, in addition to the 1400 existing combinations already available for racks customization...

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Free Arturia MiniFilter V Virtual Instrument
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Free Arturia MiniFilter V Virtual Instrument is Available for DownloadIn the spirit of giving, this holiday season Arturia will be releasing a free, standalone version of the famous ladder filter found in their highly acclaimed Mini V software synth.

The filter itself is based on the legendary monosynth developed by Dr Bob Moog in the 1970s, and has been painstakingly reproduced to be as faithful and accurate to the original as possible. Arturia worked closely with Bob Moog back in 2004 to recreate this timeless ladder filter, and their team of passionate, skilled engineers have been using the latest breakthroughs to refine it in the years since...

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Audified U78 Saturator Saturation Plug-In
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Audified releases U78 Saturator Saturation Plug-In Based on U73b Compressor CircuitryHost application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of U78 Saturator — saturation effects plug-in par excellence, utilising meticulous models of the amazing-sounding analogue circuitry central to the U73b, the treasured Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter that found favour in European mastering circles well into the Eighties and beyond, but supplementing the tube saturation circuitry with high-pass and lowpass filters and a unique tone filter for some seriously satisfying saturation — as of December 12.

Despite having recently rebooted its award-winning U73b Compressor as a new and improved emulation of the unique-sounding Sixties vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter hardware with which it shares its name and takes its inspirational sound...

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eMedia Ukulele For Dummies Lesson Software
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

eMedia ships new Ukulele For Dummies Lesson SoftwareeMedia Music Corp., developer and distributor of award-winning music software, is now shipping its latest addition to an impressive line of instrument instructional software, eMedia Ukulele For Dummies.

New eMedia Ukulele For Dummies delivers over 65 ukulele lessons that can teach you how to play ukulele and learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. 35 high-definition videos teach important ukulele techniques. Over 25 popular songs give you a chance to apply what you learn. Songs feature band accompaniment tracks that make practice fun. Make learning even easier by looping sections of songs and slowing down difficult sections...

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Rob Papen eXplorer4 Audio Plug-In Bundle
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Rob Papen dives deeper into inspiration with all-encompassing eXplorer4 software bundleVirtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of eXplorer4 — taking the fourth incarnation of its all-encompassing eXplorer software package to even deeper depths of musical inspiration by combining all of its award-winning virtual synths and acclaimed effects plug-ins, including its simultaneously-released latest product, Predator2, a natural-born, killer-sounding soft synth reboot, into an attractively-priced production and sound design dream bundle — as of November 25.

eXplorer4 features 15 Rob Papen products — namely, Blade, quite literally a cutting-edge soft synth; the breathtaking BLUE-II, the self-styled ‘Crossfusion Synthesis’ soft synth (since it covers so much musical ground so effectively)...

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Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete Virtual Instrument
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Best Service announces the release of Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete Virtual InstrumentChris Hein – SOLO STRINGS COMPLETE is an extensive Solo Strings Libary including Chris Hein´s Solo Violin, Solo Viola, Solo Cello and Solo ContraBass - all recorded with greatest care and endless details, precisely edited and merged into a practical and musical instrument for NI's Kontakt Player.

Each Instrument has over 10,000 samples, 38 articulations and 4 different legato transitions. Unique phase align techniques enable perfect X-fade blending between up to 8 dynamic layers. Play from smooth & soft to screaming loud with completely natural sounding transitions, all without artefacts or phasing.

Choose from a staggering 102 different attack shapes per note using the unique Note Head function, all with just a single fader. Two on-board convolution reverbs allow you to design the body of the instrument and the performance space itself. The DSP effects rack gives unlimited power to process the string sound, from soundtrack-ready to other-wordly...

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Best Service ERA II Vocal Codex Virtual Instrument
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Best Service releases ERA II Vocal Codex Virtual Instrument by Eduardo TarilonteBest Services announces the release of ERA II Vocal Codex Voices of the past by Eduardo Tarilonte. Vocal Codex is the perfect addition to Era II Medieval Legends of 2015. It completes this extraordinary medieval-library by adding authentic sounding solo voices.

Eduardo Tarilonte, creator of several award-winning libraries such as Forest Kingdom, Desert Winds, Epic World and Shevannai, has recorded a blistering extensive library of historic singing voices with incredibly convincing sound quality, creating the perfect addition to Era II.

Vocal Codex takes the moods and sound aesthetics of the medieval and bygone times to the production environment of the digital audio workstation. The carefully designed user interface of the Engine player facilitates working with the library, allowing the voices of Vocal Codex to inspire and fully unfold the musicians' creativity...

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Wavesfactory MERCURY Piano Sample Library
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Wavesfactory makes KONTAKT (VI) with Freddie Mercury's favoured Fazioli F228 Grand PianoSpanish sample libraries and audio plug-ins developer Wavesfactory is proud to announce availability of Mercury — an aptly-named sample-based grand piano virtual instrument for Native Instrument’s industry-standard KONTAKT PLAYER platform featuring Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s favoured Fazioli F228 grand piano, professionally recorded to the highest standard possible in Studio A at London’s leading Metropolis Studios, carefully crafted to perfection during a one-year production period — as of November 28.

This long and winding road to sampling glory began before then, though, so who better to lead us into temptation than Wavesfactory founder Jesús Ginard. “I’ve been a Queen fan since I was a little boy,” begins the perfectionist. “I remember listening to the Made In Heaven album on cassette and being absolutely amazed by it. That album totally changed my musical perspective. Fast-forward to 2014, I saw that Metropolis Studios had uploaded a photo of a nice Fazioli piano in one of their studios, stating that it’s ‘...the Freddie Mercury piano...’

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PreSonus FaderPort 8 Mix Production Controller
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PreSonus FaderPort 8 Makes DAW Control Fast and EasyCompact and easy to use, the PreSonus® FaderPort™ 8 Mix Production Controller connects via USB 2.0 to provide precise tactile control over your favorite DAW’s mix and automation functions, including complete transport control. With 8 touch-sensitive, motorized, 100 mm faders and 57 buttons covering 78 different functions, you can quickly zoom in on audio files for editing, adjust your click-track tempo with a simple tap, modify plug-in parameters, manage aux mixes—and, of course, control track levels with the touch of a finger.

The unique Session Navigator provides easy access to eight mission-critical functions for maximum flexibility. Dedicated buttons are provided to instantly arm all tracks for recording; control mutes and Solo Clear; view only the tracks, buses, and VCAs you want to see; and more...

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SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC WOODWINDS Orchestral Sample Library
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Spitfire Audio announces availability of SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC WOODWINDS Orchestral Sample LibrarySpitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC WOODWINDS — with a decade of woodwind virtual instrument-making experience going into creating this second-to-none conclusive compendium for Native Instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT PLAYER platform, featuring the finest woodwind performers recorded and ‘deep sampled’ with no expense spared via the finest signal path at Lyndhurst Hall within London’s legendary Air Studios — as of December 15.

Concluding this year’s namesake symphonic sampling journey that has already seen Spitfire Audio recently releasing SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC BRASS and SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC STRINGS to widespread critical acclaim, as implied by name, SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC WOODWINDS represents the culmination of four years spent capturing the finest woodwind players performing in one of the finest recording locations — Lyndhurst Hall within London’s legendary Air Studios...

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The Secrets of Dance Music Production
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Attack Magazine announces new book: The Secrets of Dance Music ProductionElectronic music production magazine Attack has announced publication of The Secrets of Dance Music Production, the definitive guide to making cutting edge dance music.

Featuring 312 colour pages packed with technique, tips, illustrations and hands-on walkthroughs, The Secrets of Dance Music Production pulls together all you need to take a mix from concept to club-ready master – whether you make house or techno, 2-step or D&B, EDM or trance.

Attack Magazine was launched in 2012 to offer impartial, independent insight, news and reviews on technology, technique and creativity to dance music producers. The Secrets of Dance Music Production is its debut book, featuring a wealth of exclusive content from its award-winning team of writers, including:...

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KMI K-Board Pro 4 MIDI Controller
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KMI Kickstarts Cutting-Edge MPE-Compatible MIDI Keyboard Controller - K-Board Pro 4Innovative hardware and software developer Keith McMillen Instruments is inviting capital investment for its innovative K-Board Pro 4 — a four-octave MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboard controller that is MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) compatible with multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity in each key, and a duly desirable device which will be the next product to come out of KMI Labs, the R&D (Research and Development) division of Keith McMillen Instruments, further forging the appeal of the cutting-edge company — courtesy of a Kickstarter campaign kicking off as of November 16.

K-Board Pro 4 is a new kind of keyboard controller that feels and responds like a musical instrument — with all the nuance and sensitivity that makes an instrument musical...

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Native Instruments SESSION GUITARIST - STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2
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Native Instruments introduces SESSION GUITARIST - STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2Native Instruments has released SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2, a new addition to the SESSION GUITARIST series. STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2 complements the original STRUMMED ACOUSTIC instrument, adding two carefully selected, vintage acoustic guitars – a 6-string Martin and 12-string Guild – plus more strummed patterns and new performance controls. STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2 runs in KONTAKT 5 and the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER and is available at the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 € / ¥ 12,800 / £89 / AU$159.

STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2 includes two renowned instruments, captured in precise detail and played by skilled session players. Users can choose the warm, mellow tone of a small-bodied mahogany 6-string from 1934. Or they can select the full yet articulate sound of a benchmark jumbo 12-string – first produced in the late 1960s...

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Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio Music Software
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Cakewalk Announces SONAR Home Studio - Music Production Software for WindowsCakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the new SONAR Home Studio for Windows. Packed with the same tools and features used by professionals, SONAR Home Studio is the ideal platform to get started in music production. Whether you want to make beats, record a band, compose video soundtracks, upload directly to social media, play along with backing tracks, or write the next hit song, Sonar Home Studio is the most direct way to realize your creative vision.

The new “Lenses” feature optimizes your experience based on what you want to do – whether recording your guitar or vocal, editing drum loops, or mixing your song, Lenses will give you the right tools at the right time – nothing more, nothing less. The first time you launch SONAR Home Studio, its guided Audio and MIDI setup, Help Module and Lenses will get you up and running fast...

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iZotope Ozone 7 Elements Mastering Software
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

iZotope Simplifies Mastering with Ozone 7 ElementsiZotope, Inc., makers of award-winning tools for audio production, today announced the release of Ozone 7 Elements, an easy-to-use, affordable mastering solution that delivers high-quality, professional polish to each track. Ozone 7 Elements gives users the control and processing power needed to take on the mastering process.

Mastering is a critically important step in music production, but many musicians feel intimidated by the complexity of the process. Ozone 7 Elements simplifies the process of mastering through an easily approachable user interface. Under the hood, powerful audio processors give users access to the same technology found within iZotope's flagship mastering software, Ozone 7. With professionally crafted presets and simple goal-oriented macro controls, Ozone 7 Elements enables users to achieve a full, rich, and loud final master...

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