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C. Bechstein Digital Grand Virtual Piano Instrument
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

C. Bechstein Digital Grand Virtual Piano Instrument for KontaktApart from the fact that to date a lot of sampled pianos are available to the modern musicians - but no real, authentic Bechstein yet - the concept behind the C. Bechstein Digital Grand (from C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG) represents a completely new and modern approach to the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) oriented digital grand piano. All the existing solutions and concepts on the market have been completely put to the test and questioned before only the first note was recorded.

This resulted in a kind of reversed process, as between the DAW and the classical grand piano the developers did not start their product design with the actual instrument, they started with analyzing what the modern music producer and musician expects from a professional grand piano for his DAW based music productions.

The C. Bechstein Digital Grand user experience and its user interface now are optimized for both, the enthusiast musician and also the sound design expert. Providing easiest possible access to the C. Bechstein sound, its touch and access to the innovative Instrument parameters...

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Steingraeber E-272 grand piano for Pianoteq
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Modartt releases Steingraeber E-272 grand piano for PianoteqModartt releases Steingraeber E-272 concert grand piano for Pianoteq. This physically modelled virtual instrument is authorized by Steingraeber & Söhne and is available as an instrument pack for Pianoteq 6.

Authorized by Steingraeber & Söhne
Steingraeber E-272 Concert Grand Piano is praised by many pianists as being one of the most distinctive and outstanding instruments on the market today. This physically modelled virtual instrument for Pianoteq 6 is authorized by Steingraeber & Söhne and captures the characteristic Steingraeber sound with a range of presets offering different colours suitable for various types of music.

Innovative tonal qualities
Steingraeber offers creative ways for more delicate playing: a Sordino pedal activates a very thin strip of felt inserted between the piano’s hammers and strings; a Mozart Rail reduces key depth and hammer to string distance for playing more softly; the surface of the treble soundboard is reduced, hence strings have 27% less wood weight to set in motion and even when softer intonation is called for, the player is rewarded with an immediate, singing resonance. This...

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Output ARCADE Loop Synthesizer
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Output releases ARCADE - A game-changing loop synthesizerAfter years in the making, Output Inc. is ecstatic to announce ARCADE, a playable loop synthesizer with new content every day. Like a Netflix or Hulu for music makers, only Arcade also packs powerful tools to transform loops until they sound like you.

Output has revolutionized a musician’s workflow by eradicating countless folders and websites from the search process. Tempo and pitch-locked loops are organized into sonic worlds and available directly within the Arcade plug-in. Playable kits contain curated loops dialed in with 11 effects, customizable sliders, advanced modulation and Output’s proprietary black key modifiers, making it easy to tweak on the fly.

With respect to every artist’s unique voice, users can also drag and drop their own loops and samples to manipulate them with the same creative tools. Founder and CEO, Gregg Lehrman says “All you have to do is watch someone use Arcade for 5 minutes and you grasp the impact this will have on music production...

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Acon Digital DeVerberate 2 Reverb Reduction Tool
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Acon Digital releases DeVerberate 2 - Reverb Reduction Tool with new Early Reflections FilterAcon Digital has released version 2 of their acclaimed DeVerberate plug-in for reverb reduction. While earlier versions of DeVerberate successfully focused on the suppression of late reverberation, typically the diffuse reverb tail arriving 20 to 30 milliseconds after the direct sound, the first reflections to arrive after the direct sound were left untouched. These early reflections change the tonal character of the recording and can cause the hollow and disturbing sound frequently experienced when recording in small reverberant rooms.

DeVerberate 2 introduces a new and unique Early Reflections Filter that works in conjunction with the late reverb suppression found in version 1. The Early Reflections Filter uses sophisticated statistical methods to estimate the so called impulse response of the early reflections. The impulse response is then utilized to calculate an inverse filter that cancels out the effect of the early reflections.

Further improvements have been made in the automatic reverb time estimation which now works more reliably than in earlier versions...

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TASCAM 202mkVII Dual Cassette Deck with USB
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

TASCAM Unveils 202mkVII Dual Cassette Deck with USBTASCAM's new 202mkVII dual cassette deck is the latest generation of the company's professional cassette recorders. Coveted for their reliable performance, comprehensive feature set, and audio quality, the 202 series has long been the leading choice for recording studios, houses of worship, audio/music enthusiasts, and other professional applications.

The 202mkVII's most noteworthy new feature is a rear-panel USB output that enables recording and archiving cassettes to digital media. A front-panel ¼-inch, high-impedance (200 kΩ) microphone input with dedicated level control enables live input to be mixed with Tape 1 audio and recorded, in real time, to Tape 2 for karaoke and voiceover applications. The mic input also can accept line-level signals. In addition to the USB output, the rear panel provides stereo analog line-level input and output on unbalanced RCA connectors. A ¼-inch stereo headphone output with dedicated level knob is conveniently located on the front of the unit...

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iZotope Creative Suite and VocalSynth 2
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

iZotope Creative Suite and VocalSynth 2 Now AvailableiZotope, Inc., the experts in intelligent audio technology, released VocalSynth 2 and the iZotope Creative Suite. VocalSynth 2 offers an immersive vocal experience that adapts and evolves with a user’s unique style. iZotope Creative suite is a collection of exciting, inspiring products including Iris 2, Trash 2 Expanded, BreakTweaker Expanded, Stutter Edit, DDLY, Mobius Filter, and VocalSynth 2. With this release iZotope brings music production into the next evolution of vocal processing and a new suite of creative tools.   

VocalSynth continues to offer music producers tools to take a mix through past, present, and future vocal sounds with five vocal processors including Vocoder, Compuvox, Polyvox, Talkbox, and now Biovox: a brand new effect based on the sonic qualities of the human vocal tract. iZotope has re-engineered VocalSynth to sound better, perform better, and provide a better result faster. New and updated effects can be found in the stompbox section including: Chorus, a commonly used vocal effect in vocal production and Ring Mod, a new ring modulator with a hint of tremolo. The Shred effect also offers extensive improvements that make it more powerful for chopping, slicing, and achieving beat repeating effects...

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PreSonus Studio One 4 Music Production Software
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

PreSonus Studio One 4 Lets You Create without BoundariesPreSonus is shipping Studio One 4, a major update to the company’s award-winning, easy-to-use DAW that combines the best of the traditional recording studio model with the modern methods of creating beat- and groove-oriented music.

Top-of-the-line Studio One 4 Professional’s new Harmonic Editing features give you freedom to try out harmonies, transpositions, and chord progressions. The Chord Track goes far beyond a simple chord track for note data, working with instrument tracks and audio tracks for fast, efficient, multi-dimensional arranging and transposition. An ingenious Chord Selector makes it easy to experiment with new chord patterns and ideas. Built-in chord detection extracts chords from audio or instrument tracks. The combination of Harmonic Editing and Studio One’s Arranger Track and Scratch Pads makes Studio One the most flexible program ever for arranging and testing out new song ideas...

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Antares Auto-Tune Pro Pitch Correction Software
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Antares Auto-Tune Pro Now Shipping - New Pitch Correction SoftwareAntares Technologies, the global leader in professional vocal processing tools, is thrilled to announce that Auto-Tune Pro is now available. This new, most advanced version of the industry-standard pitch-correction software, can be purchased at antarestech.com and at authorized dealers worldwide.

For two decades, Auto-Tune has remained the industry standard for natural, real-time pitch correction and vocal effects. With Auto-Tune Pro, Antares has incorporated its most advanced engineering innovations along with feedback from the user community to develop a flagship application aimed at raising the bar for music production, in the studio and onstage.

Auto-Tune Pro features a sleek, intuitive interface that has been redesigned from the ground up for streamlined workflow, offering new modes optimized to help users work smarter and faster, whether they’re novices or seasoned pros...

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Best Service Celtic ERA Virtual Instrument
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Best Service releases Celtic ERA Virtual Instrument by Eduardo TarilonteWith Celtic ERA, Eduardo Tarilonte once again takes you to a fascinating journey through time. This time, he travels far north to the roots of the Celtic culture. Sounds having been been played in the green vastness and the high mountains of Ireland for ages are now available at your fingertips with Celtic ERA. After creating successful libraries such as Ancient ERA Persia, Forest Kingdom, Desert Winds, Epic World and ERA Medieval Legends, sample-mastermind Eduardo Tarilonte has dedicated himself to the sound of Celtic myths.

This library offers you instruments and soundscapes of highest quality. Whenever the unmistakable flutes are heard, they’ll magically enchant our dreaming minds with pictures of the green island and its majestic Northern mountains. Hence, Celtic ERA is the pick of the bunch for film scores and background music for television documentations taking place or being settled in this region...

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Enhancia Neova MIDI Controller Ring
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

ENHANCIA launches MIDI ring controller Neova on KickstarterENHANCIA is pleased to announce that MIDI ring Neova will be available for pre-sale on Kickstarter on April 17, 2018 at 17:00 UTC+2. The campaign will continue until May 17, 2018 and ENHANCIA set out the goal of $50,000 to finish the product development and manufacturing.

Neova is a MIDI ring controller that lets musicians control any musical effect with natural hand gestures. The ring comes with a hub that connects via USB to the computer or via MIDI with instruments that supports it. Neova synchronizes to any DAW and compatible with any software synthesizers and MIDI controllers.

“As a musician, I believe that emotion is the purpose of each melody. In musical performance, subtlety is a key. Every intention, every micro-gesture should be captured to reflect the intensity of your feeling as truthfully as possible. We imagined Neova with the simple idea of creating the shortest path between your musical intention and music creation” - says Enhancia’s co-founder and CEO Damien Le Boulaire...

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Best Service Chris Hein Ensemble Strings Virtual Instrument
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Best Service releases Chris Hein Ensemble Strings Virtual InstrumentChris Hein – Ensemble Strings is an incredibly detailed, flexible and musical string-ensemble-library. A special characteristic of this library is the fact that the ensemble-sounds have not been recorded in a group. Instead, the carefully selected and matched instruments have been recorded separately and edited. Consequently, each instrument is perfectly in tune, offers excellence in timing and still (or thereby) seamlessly fits the ensemble’s sonic character. You won’t find a wrong note that ruins the whole ensemble.

Recorded with greatest care, precisely edited and combined into ten useful Kontakt Player instruments with a custom made user interface and comprehensive scripting, Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings offers highest sound-quality, lots of articulations and incredibly realistic results...

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Native Instruments SESSION GUITARIST - ELECTRIC SUNBURST
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Native Instruments releases SESSION GUITARIST - ELECTRIC SUNBURSTNative Instruments recently released the latest KONTAKT instrument in the SESSION GUITARIST series. Created in association with award-winning sample instrument team Drumasonic, ELECTRIC SUNBURST provides producers and composers with a highly playable, contemporary electric guitar.

ELECTRIC SUNBURST captures the sound of a classic mahogany-bodied electric guitar, chosen for its rich, warm, and versatile sound. Signals from the bridge and neck humbuckers were recorded separately, with an additional condenser microphone mounted above the strings to capture fine sonic details for added punch and realism. Further tone-shaping options include tone and volume controls, plus five fully-tweakable amplifiers, 10 cabinet emulations, and 14 effects units...

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Chris Hein Solo Strings EXtended Virtual Instrument Library
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Best Service announces the release of Chris Hein Solo Strings EXtended Virtual Instrument LibraryBest Service has announced the availability of Chris Hein Solo Strings EXtended, which includes eight new instruments. This Update makes Chris Hein Solo Strings EX the most comprehensive collection of virtual solo string instruments you can buy in one package.

Version EX 2.0 brings you up to eight additional Solo Instruments. Eight additional handpicked instruments, all with a unique sound and played by professional studio musicians have been recorded with great care and detail. Their virtual counterparts have been further optimized for playability and performance (EX instruments), thus saving your computer resources and still granting you access to all required articulations for authentic performances.

- Solo Violin EX 2.0 now includes 4 different Violins (2 Full, 2+2 EX) – was 1 or 2 Violins
- Solo Viola EX 2.0 now includes 3 different Violas (1 Full, 2+1 EX) – was 1 Viola
- Solo Cello EX 2.0 now includes 4 different Cellos (2 Full, 2+2 EX) – was 2 Cellos
- Solo Contra Bass EX 2.0 now includes 3 different Basses (1 Full, 2+1 EX) – was 1 Bass
- Solo Strings Complete EX 2.0 now contains all fourteen (!!!) Solo Instruments as listed above (6 Full, 8+6 EX)...

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Soundiron MICRORGAN 49-Key Analog Synth for KONTAKT
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

Soundiron releases MICRORGAN 49-Key Analog Synth for KONTAKTSoundiron's Microrgan is a vintage 49-key analog synth from the 1950’s. Rare and highly sought-after, little is known about the origins of this instrument, though the instrument's classic wooden exterior echoes the popular aesthetics of the 1970s and early 1980s, during which the instrument is thought to be produced. We’ve captured its old-school fat, creamy tone in 9 classic waveform shapes, with infinite sustains and tight staccatos. But to take this far beyond an ordinary analog synth sample library, we’ve also created 20 awesome sound-designed custom synth and effects presets and 40 unique sound-designed ambiences that can be played chromatically as atmospheric synths, dronescapes and pads or used directly in your DAW for underscoring and texture.

It comes packed with sound-shaping controls to give you tons of flexibility with Volume, Attack, Release, Transient Offset, Vibrato and Octave layering controls...

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IK Multimedia Total Studio 2 MAX
Posted by Scott R. Garrigus

IK Multimedia announces Total Studio 2 MAX - the Ulimate Music Software CollectionIK Multimedia is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the brand-new and unique Total Studio 2 MAX bundle, the world's most complete studio collection of software instruments and FX. It brings together an amazing 94 products in one single suite for Mac/PC and equips composers as well as engineers, creative sound designers, producers, performers, multimedia artists, broadcast professionals, and others with everything they need to be inspired and to take their music making and audio processing to a new level. From full orchestral arrangements for TV, cinema and video games to complete, polished mixes and masters, ready for distribution, as well as full-blown tracks in any style and genre, everything is within easy reach. Total Studio 2 MAX and its entry-level version, Total Studio 2 DELUXE, are now available for purchase today.

World's widest and most balanced collection
Total Studio 2 MAX comprises 94 award-winning products, 16,800 sounds, 39 high-end mixing and mastering processors and over 350 of the most sought-after gear models for guitar and bass...

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