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Synchro Arts VocALign ARA in Cakewalk SONAR
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Cakewalk and Synchro Arts Announce VocALign ARA Integration with SONARSynchro Arts’ legendary automatic time-alignment software, VocALign Project, now integrates with Cakewalk SONAR via the ARA (Audio Random Access) protocol. Compared to non-ARA DAWs, ARA provides instant access to the host’s audio data—simply drag and drop Guide and Dub audio events into VocALign Project 3, and it edits the Dub audio instantly to match the Guide’s timing.

Since 1995, VocALign has been acclaimed as the unique, ‘must have’ time alignment tool for audio professionals. It provides vast time-saving and quality benefits when tightening double-tracked vocals and backing harmonies, aligning instrument tracks or sound effects, and syncing ADR or foreign language dubbing. The Synchro Arts/Cakewalk collaboration has culminated in a simpler, streamlined workflow that can save users hours in the studio...

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Free Propellerhead Reason 9.5 Update with VST Support
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Propellerhead Announces Free Reason 9.5 Update with VST SupportPropellerhead Software announced Reason 9.5, the newest update to the award-winning Reason music production software. Reason 9.5 is a free update for Reason 9 owners that introduces VST support – the number-one feature request by both Reason and non-Reason owners alike.

Drag and drop from the browser, use CV and audio connections with your plugins, play in new ways with Players, put them in Combinators with Reason’s own devices or Rack Extensions. Explore a new workflow and discover new creative ways to use VST plugins with Reason 9.5.

“Today’s music makers need access to all the great software instruments and effects out there – but without compromising their creative process,” said Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Reason Product Manager...

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TASCAM DR-100mkIII Portable Digital Audio Recorder
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Capturing a World of Sounds with Sean Murray and the TASCAM DR-100mkIIISean Murray's powerful music has been the backdrop behind award-winning games like Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, and Counterstrike: Global Offensive, as well as acclaimed TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and God, The Devil, and Bob. His scores are musically dense, visceral, and at times almost otherworldly-all the more interesting in light of his love of organic sounds and natural musical instruments.

"I have a huge collection of vintage synths, as well as a ton of wonderful orchestral sounds and samples," he observes. "We've got every sound you can imagine. But there's nothing like recording real instruments for your score. I make it a point to always add something real and organic to my scores..."

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Arturia Step Black Edition Sequencer Controllers
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Arturia Announces the Step Black Edition - KeyStep, BeatStep, and BeatStep Pro Sequencer ControllersArturia are set to release a limited number of “Black Edition” KeyStep, BeatStep, and BeatStep Pro sequencer-controllers.

Known and loved throughout the industry, Arturia’s trio of DAW controlling, step-sequencing hybrids are now available in a sleek black finish. Offering something for every musician, the Step range synchronizes the analog and digital worlds, letting musicians control hardware instruments, outboard modules, virtual instruments, and recording software simultaneously.

Each of the new Black Edition models comes complete with CV cables, giving you immediate access to the sequencer’s hardware control functionality...

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Audified Studio Bundle Plug-In Package
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Audified announces availability of attractively-priced plug-in Studio Bundle of joyHost application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of Studio Bundle — an attractively-priced plug-in bundle of its latest and greatest (TNT Voice Executor, second-generation U73b Compressor, U78 Saturator, and MixChecker) hit releases, rendered as appealing to the eye as they are to the ear for a wide range of production purposes — as of April 18.

Recently released to widespread critical acclaim, TNT Voice Executor is a unique utilitarian plug-in offering no-nonsense processing of vocal and spoken word tracks to sophisticatedly solve any issues instantaneously. It does what it says on the tin, so shaping superb-sounding voices couldn’t be simpler. Simply select a preset then use the three knobs to set the INPUT and OUTPUT volumes (using the I/O meters), tweak the DRIVE (effect) amount, and you’re good to go! Gathered into four groups, each preset contains several variants for both male and female voices...

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Yamaha MX88 88-Key Weighted Synthesizer Keyboard
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Yamaha Expands MX Series with 88-Key, Weighted-Action MX88 Synthesizer KeyboardYamaha has announced the MX88, the latest addition to its popular MX line of synthesizers for stage and studio.

Equipped with 88 weighted keys, the MX88 represents the logical extension of the MX line, known for its high-quality instrument and synth sounds, deep computer and iOS integration, and with this introduction, a full-size keyboard featuring realistic piano action.

Connection to both Windows and Mac computers is a breeze, thanks to a class-compliant, bi-directional USB audio/MIDI interface. Players can record the keyboard’s superb internal sounds into a computer-based DAW and monitor the computer’s output through the keyboard’s 1/4-inch audio outputs or headphone jack...

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Best Service Evolution Atlantica Virtual Instrument
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Best Service releases Evolution Atlantica Virtual Instrument for KontaktBest Service has announced the release of the Evolution Atlantica Virtual Instrument for Kontakt.

Evolution ATLANTICA is a powerful collection of high-quality sound effects, as well as aggressive and sophisticated instruments for creating trailer & cinematic music and game soundtracks in a short time. Trailer Brass, Guitars, Sound Effects, Pulses Pattern, Agressive Instruments - all in one product.

The Idea of creating Evolution: Atlantica
Modern trailer and hybrid music is a very unique genre , located at the junction of several styles at once. Here the elements of sound design harmoniously interlaced with melodic instruments. Our main goal was to create a tool that allows controlling all aspects of writing such music. We provide an opportunity for deep customization, which allows you to quickly create your own unique sound. Nevertheless - Evolution: Atlantica is simple and intuitive to the user as much as possible...

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Best Service Evolution Dragon Virtual Instrument
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Best Service releases Evolution Dragon Virtual Instrument for KontaktBest Service has announced the release of the Evolution Dragon virtual instrument for Kontakt. This sample library is specialized in creating cinematic/hybrid trailer music. The main product's feature is easy customization, that saves your time. Its powerful rhythmic sequencer allows you to make own underscore patterns and simplify your work as never before.

The hybrid scoring tool includes all "must have" elements for creating real Hollywood trailer sound design and will be useful not only for composers but for everyone who has relation to film/game trailer industry. "Our main goal was to create something special that helps to make easy and fast music score."

This library contains high quality recorded, ready to work instruments and designed rhythmic elements, synths, basses pads and other types of instruments designed with both acoustic and synth sources...

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Spitfire Audio BT PHOBOS Polyconvolution Synthesizer
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

BT PHOBOS Polyconvolution Synthesizer sees Spitfire Audio aiming for the Stars with Notable Namesake Co-CreatorSpitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of BT PHOBOS — conceived in close collaboration with notable namesake American composer (The Fast And The Furious, Monster, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and electronica pioneer BT (Brian Transeau) as a must-have Polyconvolution Synthesizer for any AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-supporting DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and lending itself to writing cinematic electronic, epic, and hybrid compositions, courtesy of its liquid, morphing, and transformational convolution capabilities — as of April 13.

All of which begs some serious questions: what, exactly, is BT PHOBOS? One of Mars’ moons, maybe? A synthesizer? A tool for creating colossal cinematic and electronic rhythms? An engine for endless spectral combinations of wide, lush pads and ambiences with propulsive rhythmic figures? Is it a sound library of an astronomical vintage synthesizer collection, bespoke beats, field recordings, live acoustic and orchestral treatments, micro-rhythms, percussion, and textures?...

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Free Plugin Alliance bx_subfilter Sub-Shaping Plug-In
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Plugin Alliance announces availability of bx_subfilter Sub-Shaping Plug-In for FreePlugin Alliance, a new ‘Über-standard’ supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of bx_subfilter — an AAX Native and DSP-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible sub-shaping, punch-pronouncing processing plugin perfect for bringing clarity and definition to tracks that have troublesome low frequencies — fresh from founding partner Brainworx as the sixth addition to Plugin Alliance’s altruistic FREE category, as of April 11.

Polishing a mix’s low end can be tricky. Trying bass guitar DI tracks can sound ‘mushy’ and kick drum tracks can lose their ‘pop’. Put it this way: everything below 100Hz can sometimes become such an undifferentiated ‘soup’ of noise that it is difficult to know just where to start. So why not start with bx_subfilter...

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Metal Music Manual: Producing, Engineering, Mixing
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Metal Music Manual: Producing, Engineering, Mixing, and Mastering Contemporary Heavy Music from Focal PressFocal Press has published Metal Music Manual: Producing, Engineering, Mixing, and Mastering Contemporary Heavy Music.

Metal Music Manual shows you the creative and technical processes involved in producing contemporary heavy music for maximum sonic impact. From pre-production to final mastered product, and fundamental concepts to advanced production techniques, this book contains a world of invaluable practical information. Assisted by clear discussion of critical audio principles and theory, and a comprehensive array of illustrations, photos, and screen grabs, Metal Music Manual is the essential guide to achieving professional production standards...

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accSone crusher-X 6 Granular Synthesizer Plug-In
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

accSone releases crusher-X 6 Granular Synthesizer Plug-Incrusher-X version 6 will again present a couple of features that are unique in the world of granular synthesis: Besides the grain processing innovations “X-Crush” and “Overdrive” the new “Diffuse” processor will generate up to 10 independent reverbs inside the grains. The "reverb memory" will betaken from one grain to another and diffuses the grain content but not the grain output. This unique process will generate laser sharp grain edges while a warm sound environment is created at the same time. The reworked “Sweep” processor allows spline- and step-modulated grain-pitch runs.

In version 6 grain generators can now be modulated with the new “Spread” parameter that modulate switch different frequency offsets for each generator. This leads to very intensive, pulsing, diverge and converge grain modulations. In addition...

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Arturia KeyLab Essential MIDI Keyboard Controllers
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Arturia announces KeyLab Essential MIDI Keyboard ControllersArturia is thrilled to announce the imminent release of KeyLab Essential - an affordable, yet fully-featured range of universal MIDI controller keyboards.

Created with the budget-conscious musician in mind, KeyLab Essential provides everything they need to create and record music straight out of the box. The 49- and 61-note controllers are packed with intuitive performance controls, feature powerful DAW integration, and come with 3 incredible software titles. KeyLab Essential features:

• 49 / 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard
• Pitch bend & modulation wheels
• Transposition by semitones & octaves
• MCU / HUI compliant for comprehensive DAW integration
• 8 RGB back-lit, multi-purpose performance pads...

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Applied Acoustics Systems Objeq Delay Plug-In
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Applied Acoustics Systems announces the release of the Objeq Delay effect processorApplied Acoustics Systems announces the release of Objeq Delay, an all-new effect processor.

Objeq Delay is a creative effect plug-in combining acoustic filtering with a clever delay unit. The plate, beam, drumhead, and string objects impart evocative acoustic resonances to the input signal. Further shaping is also available via low- and high-cut filters. The in-series delay acts as a classic unit or can split the first and subsequent repeats to either remodel the attack or create complex rhythmic patterns. A LFO module completes the package with comprehensive modulation destinations to the filter, resonator, and delay parameters.

”Objeq delay is a truly creative and fun effect with multifaceted applications,” said Eric Thibeault, the product’s designer...

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Free NKS Update for Rob Papen Predator2 Synth
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Rob Papen puts Predator2 in the hands of NI hardware users with welcome NKS-supporting updateVirtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce that its popular Predator2 soft synth supports Native Instruments’ Native Kontrol Standard (NKS®) extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers — delivering intuitive and seamless interaction with the German giant’s cutting-edge KOMPLETE KONTROL S- Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware — alongside additional improvements in its latest free update.

Ultimately, updating Predator2 offers owners of Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware hands-on control of the soft synth from the get-go, thanks to its newly-implemented NKS® compatibility. Clearly, getting going has never been easier as almost all Predator2 parameters can be speedily and comfortably controlled with the tweak of a neat Native Instruments knob...

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