Avantone Pro pushes into classically-designed Class A/B amplification territory with CLA-10TM-complimenting CLA-200

Having recently made (sound) waves with its passive CLA-10TM effectively bringing ‘back’ to market an iconic studio reference monitoring mainstay, affordable high-quality audio products producer Avantone Pro is proud to announce availability of its complimentary CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier — a classically-designed Class A/B amplifier (also developed in close collaboration with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge, to whom it not only owes its ‘initials’ but also its very existence) — as of October 30…

Avantone Pro’s CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier is a dynamic, high-output, high-resolution, full-range system built the old school way. Working with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge — whose signature is boldly blazoned across the CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier’s no-nonsense front panel, particular care was taken to create an amplifier in the traditional studio style, with generous VU meters, high-quality Japanese components, and a serious toroidal transformer linear power supply.

Seriously housed in a standard 2U rack-mount chassis, the amplifier itself can generate over 200 watts per channel into an 8 ohm load — under testing it delivered a powerful 208 watts into 8 ohms, actually, and can run at one third power without thermal fault, making it a perfect fit for medium to large speakers in serious studios. Still better, because it is convection cooled, it can be used in the same room as the monitors themselves. The CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier is designed to be used in a studio environment requiring high-power output with no fan noise, in other words.

Words paint a pretty picture when it comes to the CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier, as borne out by some serious specifications, including a quoted 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.5dB frequency response; 200W at 8 ohms, 300W at 4 ohms, or 500W bridged into 8 ohms output power; <0.05% distortion; >94dB signal-to-noise ratio; 20KΩ (balanced) and 10kΩ (unbalanced) input impedance; 28V/us slew rate (at 1KHz); 0.775V (0dBU) input sensitivity (1KHz); <0.1% total harmonic distortion (1KHz); <0.1% intermodulation distortion (at 10% rated power 1KHz); -70dB crosstalk; 200W 8Ω stereo power (1KHz); 300W 4Ω stereo power (1KHz); and 500W 8Ω bridge power (1KHz).

In the case of the CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier, specifications only tell part of the story. So who better to pick up the thread, then, than the talented individual to whom it owes its very existence? Ears are always wide open, it seems. Says Chris Lord-Alge: “I have mixed 20,000 songs on my classic studio monitors and they have become my companions and part of what I do! They are truly the sound of hits! Every good pair of monitors needs a powerhouse of an amplifier to give you clear results. So now, thanks to Avantone Pro and the ears of CLA, we’re making available for the first time the return of a classically-designed amplifier for your studio. No longer do you need to take a chance on something used, old, and unreliable — the CLA-200 is here!”

Here it is, indeed — designed to be paired with CLA-10TM classic studio reference monitors, yet works equally well with just about any passive studio monitor requiring serious dynamic range. Really low distortion, steady performance under harsh conditions, and an open and transparent sound make the CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier an obvious choice for discerning studios… just ask Chris Lord-Alge. And he should surely know, having applied his Midas (mixing) touch to just about anyone who’s anyone!

The CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier arrives at Avantone Pro’s US Dealers (http://www.avantonepro.com/us-dealers.php) in late December, priced at $799.00 USD. (Worldwide Distributors are listed by country here: http://www.avantonepro.com/worldwide.php)

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier webpage here:


About Avantone Pro (www.avantonepro.com)

As a producer of affordable, high-quality microphones, studio monitors, and accessories, Avantone Pro is a different kind of audio company — a creative vehicle, in effect, enabling its core team to bring to market the things viewed as missing in the industry. Indeed, this could be anything as simple as meeting a particular price point to give excellent quality for reasonable pricing to a product that simply does not exist until built by that team. Far from using the shotgun approach to creating a product line, however, each and every product produced has passion and purpose driving it forward. Regardless of whether attracting a two- or four-figure price tag, attention to design is consistent throughout all Avantone Pro products. Performance comes first, of course, but a great deal of design time is spent creating visually attractive products. Put it this way: the company collectively enjoys classic, timeless designs itself; it is convinced, therefore, that others feel the same way! With its microphones and monitors used in studios around the world — whether within home-based project setups or world-renowned multi-million-dollar facilities, Avantone Pro is sensitive to the real-world operating budgets of bigger and smaller studios alike but also appreciates struggling songwriters/artists who are passionate about creating great music yet must adhere to budget limitations based on common sense spending. Since it strives to offer products that anyone would be proud to own and have long-term use of in the quest for creating great music, even those on a budget can comfortably access Avantone Pro’s world-class sound.

© 2018 Avantone Pro

Elysia turns to metallic meteorites for latest limited-edition 500 Series hardware inspiration

High-end studio processor manufacturer elysia [sic] is delighted to unveil its aptly-named xpressor 500 meteor — a new limited-edition version of its best-selling xpressor 500 compressor that remains the same sonically, but boasts a completely unique appearance reminiscent of metallic meteorites found in the greatest natural science museums all over the world — as of October 31…

The thrilling 3D-structured surface of the special aluminum involved in making the xpressor 500 meteor live up to its name was never meant to be used for front panels of high-grade audio equipment, not least that its pleasing patterns are actually the result of gigantic buzz saws used to cut the massive blocks into big slices.

This rough surface is not exactly easy to work with, however; yet — after many experiments — elysia has managed to create a smooth, anodized panel with all the details reflecting beautifully in changing light. Labeling has been burned into the highly-structured aluminum with a special MOPA laser.

“We are very happy that we could tame this tough material and finally turn it into high-grade faceplates,” says elysia co-founder Dominik Klassen. “It has certainly been a lot of effort, but the result is simply breathtaking.”

The xpressor 500 meteor will be strictly limited to 100 modules worldwide, and will be available for purchase from select elysia dealers on November 1, 2018.

The xpressor 500 meteor can be seen and heard on elysia’s YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/elysiaTV

About elysia (www.elysia.com)

elysia is a union of creative audio enthusiasts that was founded in Nettetal (Germany) in 2006 by RubenTilgner and Dominik Klassen.The company has a clearly defined objective: creating outstanding pro audio gear without compromise, both in the analog and digital domains. elysia stands for highest sound quality, truly sophisticated manufacturing, innovative features without voodoo, and — most of all — creative tools enjoyable for a lifetime.

© 2018 elysia GmbH

Iconic bassist Leland Sklar to appear at GRAMMY museum, Thursday, November 8

On the evening of Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. PST, “An Evening with Leland Sklar,” presented by American Express, will take place at the GRAMMY Museum®’s Clive Davis Theater (800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90015). The event will feature an intimate conversation on his illustrious career, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, followed by a performance.

Leland Sklar has contributed as a session musician on roughly 2,600 albums by artists ranging from James Taylor to Alice Cooper, Billy Cobham to Barbra Streisand, BB King to Ray Charles and more. As a touring musician, Sklar has backed Jackson Browne, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Chapman, Véronique Sanson, Toto, Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins and more, touring every year since 1970. Sklar’s success began in the ‘60s as the bassist for James Taylor. The immense success of Taylor led to Sklar being called as a session player for other big albums. Collaborating with fellow session musicians along the way, Sklar was also a member of The Section, a staple group in the L.A. recording scene that included Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar and Craig Doerge. Currently, Sklar is touring with Phil Collins, Judith Owen, and his newest group, The Immediate Family, consisting of Sklar, Kunkel, Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel and Steve Postell.

Read More: https://www.grammymuseum.org/events/detail/leland-sklar


Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy™ and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

Spitfire shares Eric Whitacre’s joy at crafting and conducting namesake choir library like no other

Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR — capturing the breathtaking range of that most personal of musical instruments, the human voice, joyfully crafted and conducted from within the luxurious Lyndhurst Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios by namesake GRAMMY® Award-winning American composer, conductor, and speaker Eric Whitacre (famed for his so-called ‘Virtual Choir’ projects bringing individual voices from around the globe together into an online choir, as well as his choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble music), ultimately showcasing his 22-singer-strong The Eric Whitacre Singers as Spitfire Audio’s arguably most anticipated virtual instrument library release to date — as of October 25…

ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR really represents one of Spitfire Audio’s largest library undertakings to date, taking the sound-specialising British music technology company’s decade’s worth of sampling experience and applying an authentic approach, affording music-makers a creatively-inspiring choral library that uses voices just like any other section of its orchestral libraries like no other. Famed for its exceptional acoustics, stunning architectural features, and natural light, as well as accommodating a full symphony orchestra with choir simultaneously as one of the largest recording rooms in the world, one of the world’s most experienced sampling teams returned — with Eric Whitacre and his 22-singer-strong The Eric Whitacre Singers in tow — to London’s legendary AIR Studios’ luxurious Lyndhurst Hall to record the large library in question. “It was magical,” marvels the man himself, before adding: “It must be my favourite recording room in the world. There’s something about the atmosphere in there; it’s absolutely perfect for voices. It’s got just the right amount of bloom, and the spiritual uplift of its original intention as a church.” Charged with capturing this — via an ‘ear-watering’ selection of sought-after microphones, pristine preamps, and legendary tape machines — was recording and mix engineer extraordinaire (and Spitfire Audio regular), Jake Jackson, justly ensuring that the resulting stunning-sounding ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR shares the same acoustic DNA of Spitfire Audio’s acclaimed orchestral catalogue, so works well with any of those libraries.

Lest anyone needs nudging in its general direction, Spitfire Audio is also renowned for its innovative Evo Grid technology. Simple in principal, inspiring in practice, the grid — itself inspired by the breakthrough British EMS VCS3, which made musical history upon its introduction in 1969 by being the first commercially portable synthesiser available anywhere in the world, thanks to its innovative modular matrix-based patchboard dispensing with the telephone exchange-like cabling of other (much larger) modular systems in favour of making space-saving connections with (removable) coloured pegs — takes samples that change in different ways over time and arranges them across the keyboard. Play a simple gesture or chord and it will weave a ‘micro-composition’ that never stands still. Simply speaking, users of ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR can construct their own Evo — ‘Spitfire-speak’ for evolution — by placing an ‘EMS-esque’ (virtual) peg in the relevant hole on the aptly-named Eric Whitacre Choir Evo Grid screen or hitting the randomise button to generate automatically a unique instrument from an almost infinite array of possibilities! Always original, and always musical.

Evidently ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR doesn’t disappoint in that regard; in addition to a full set of orchestral samples — the Choir section of which includes six soprano, five alto, and six bass singers totalling 170 techniques, Spitfire Audio also recorded another stunning-sounding Evo Grid, with each element — 111 evolutions, no less — sculpted by Eric Whitacre. Where the choir meets that Evo Grid technology, a new instrument is born, one that so impressed Eric Whitacre that his was musically moved to comment: “Frankly, I wish I could compose like this in everyday life. The idea is that you can take up to three or four of these evolutions and combine them, or cycle through them as one of them evolves, and suddenly you’re painting music a totally different way, sculpting sound in real time. You can create minutes of profoundly beautiful music in this way.”

While clearly converted to the joy of working with his namesake Eric Whitacre Choir Evo Grid, when Christian Henson and Paul Thomson — fellow founders of Spitfire Audio — approached Eric Whitacre with the idea of sampling his choir, he took time to consider the project before eventually realising that this was the perfect vehicle with which to free composers from preconceptions about the voice and how it can be used in music. According to Eric Whitacre, “The palette of sounds is much broader than many people think when it comes to just using voices — from delicate whispers to gritty sounds at the back of the throat, to shimmering clouds of overtones.”

Once onboard the good ship Spitfire Audio, Eric Whitacre set sail towards finding himself at home with the microscopic detail of sampling. Indeed, it reflects his approach to composition, with which he crafts every sinew of sound to have its own musical life and integrity, or, as he puts it, “… hyper-musicality.” Many weeks of recording saw him conducting his choir for every thread of music destined to be housed in the ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR library, conjuring up sounds that range from familiar vocal techniques — including vowels and open vocalisations whose harmonic content transforms with changes in mouth shape — through to more unusual articulations, including shorts and rhythmic passages.

Pressing into play the welcomed assistance and advanced skillset of design and user-experience agency ustwo — responsible for DICE, the world’s fastest- growing live music discovery app, and MONUMENT VALLEY, a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry, ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR creatively delivers as a bespoke, self-contained (AAX-, AU- VST2-, and VST3-compatible) plug-in, developed primarily for composers, by composers. Above and beyond that, though, it is an exceptional library, filling 200GB of audio that transcends choral cliches of sacred, angelic, and apocalyptic as an encyclopaedia of the voice, vying to enrich any composition. Cue a thought-provoking closing commentary from Eric Whitacre: “What I love about writing for voices is that sometimes a simple minor triad is all you need — no need to dress it up. It’s sophisticated because it’s so simple. And it has a gravity to it. It goes deep — at a cellular level.” Like ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR itself, surely?

ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR can be purchased and digitally downloaded — as a dedicated (AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3) plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.10, 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13 — 200GB HD or SSD space required) and PC (Windows 8, 10 — 200GB HD or SSD space required) — for a time-limited introductory promo price of £399.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$449.00 USD/ €449.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until November 9, 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £549.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$599.00 USD/€599.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/eric-whitacre-choir/

For more in-depth information, including some superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/eric-whitacre-choir/

Watch Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR here: https://youtu.be/ca1G-4nMXtg Watch Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson’s haunting contextual video, beautifully blending ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR with HANS ZIMMER STRINGS and ÓLAFUR ARNALDS CHAMBER EVOLUTIONS here: https://youtu.be/uhE726Fbn4w

Watch Spitfire Audio ‘composer-in-residence’ Oliver Patrice Weder’s ‘In Action’ video for ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR here: https://youtu.be/PP2Wb2AtyCQ Watch Spitfire Audio’s ambiguous yet tantalising trailer video for ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR here: https://youtu.be/W30h9f5bVpw

Watch another ambiguous yet tantalising trailer video for ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR from Spitfire Audio here: https://youtu.be/_1W9k0tUDyw Watch Spitfire Audio’s alluring final trailer video for ERIC WHITACRE CHOIR here: https://youtu.be/4KdLYDRqJlc

About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com)

Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company that specialises in sounds — sample libraries, virtual instruments, and other useful software devices. It collaborates with the best composers, artists, and engineers in the world to build musical tools that sound great and are exciting to use.

© 2018 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited

ATC immerses itself in installation-friendliness with wall/ceiling mounting points-equipped SCM12i Pro passive monitor

Specialist British loudspeaker drive unit and complete sound reproduction system manufacturer ATC is proud to announce availability of its SCM12i Pro passive monitor — effectively an adaptation of its SCM12 Pro compact, high-performance, two-way passive studio monitor released in September 2016 to widespread critical acclaim, albeit (re)designed for simple installation into recording, post-production, broadcast, and film studios of all shapes and sizes — as of October 25…

While weighing in at a reasonable 15kg/33lbs (per cabinet), the SCM12i Pro’s compact cabinet size — 400x238x235mm/ 15.7”x9.4”x9.3” (HxWxD) — and exceptional performance attributes — amplitude linearity: 80Hz – 16kHz (+/-2dB); cutoff frequencies: 56Hz – 22kHz (-6dB freestanding); dispersion: ±80° coherent horizontal, ±10° coherent vertical; maximum continuous SPL: 108dB (per pair @ 1m) — make it an ideal loudspeaker for use in surround/multi-channel recording/mixing, and immersive audio applications such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D. To facilitate simple installation in whatever audio environment it may find itself — immersive or otherwise, the cabinet features mounting points compatible with popular wall/ceiling brackets, such as those offered by the likes of Californian company Adaptive Technologies Group and German giant König & Meyer (K&M).

Distinguishing Deutschland-compatible, installation-friendly features apart, the SCM12i Pro is designed around the same philosophy as ATC’s two- and three-way active monitor loudspeakers and also employs driver components and technology found in those larger models, resulting in exceptional consistency across the product range. Indeed, it is worth noting that the monitor makes use of the company’s celebrated drive units for both the mid/bass and tweeter, both being meticulously hand built at its UK facility.

The tweeter itself is a 25mm/one-inch soft-dome designed around ATC’s unique dual-suspension technology. Unlike conventional tweeters, this precision part employs two suspensions, offering far greater control of the voice coil and dome motion — especially at higher sound pressure levels. The result is an extended high-frequency response with much greater clarity and definition due to the reduction in disturbing anharmonic distortion. Listener fatigue is also greatly reduced, resulting in users being able to work for longer periods with greater accuracy.

At the lower end of the frequency spectrum, mid/bass reproduction is handled by ATC’s 150mm/six-inch proprietary CLD drive unit. Using a 45mm/1.75-inch diameter voice coil, and employing an FEA (Finite Element Analysis) optimised high-energy symmetric gap motor system, the driver is capable of tremendous dynamic range with minimal power compression. Cone construction is courtesy of another proprietary ATC technology that represents another advance in driver performance — namely, Constrained Layer Damping (CLD), a process that uses multiple laminated fabric cones to form a stiff, light, and tremendously well-damped structure. Speaking acoustically, this construction creates a smoother on- and off-axis frequency response and also a reduction in distortion leading to a more lifelike reproduction of source material. Meaningfully, judgements and decisions can be made more quickly, more accurately, and for longer periods of time by busy working audio professionals.

Put it another way: by employing exceptional drive units, the passive crossover can, by design, use the minimum number of components in a simple, second-order implementation. Indeed, the capacitors are all 250Vdc metallised polypropylene and all the inductors are air-cored types for minimal signal distortion. Additionally, all of the inductors are very high-purity copper while large- gauge wire is used for the bass components to minimise signal losses.

Let it be known, then, that simple, well-engineered products almost always trump feature-rich, cost-engineered alternatives, and ATC’s SCM12i Pro has been duly designed with that philosophy very much intact. Its neutral fidelity makes for a very versatile proposition, one which — when backed up with the company’s industry-leading six-year warranty — makes for a high-value, longterm investment for anyone looking to make a move into immersive audio or upgrade their existing monitoring system. So surely now is the time to consider entering that brave new world of EQ’ing, balancing, and editing faster, with more consistent results and reduced listening fatigue using the latest, high-performance, compact two-way passive monitor marvel from ATC, perfectly positioned for installation into recording, post-production, broadcast, and film studios of all shapes and sizes!

The British-built SCM12i Pro retails in the UK for £1,604.00 GBP (plus VAT) per pair. For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated product webpage here: http://atcloudspeakers.co.uk/professional/loudspeakers/scm12i-pro/

For availability and pricing internationally, please visit the ATC website to find a distributor for your region here:


For availability, and pricing in the United States, please contact Brad Lunde at Transaudio Group here:


About ATC (www.atcloudspeakers.co.uk/professional)

ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) is a specialist British manufacturer of loudspeaker drive units and complete sound reproduction systems, including all associated electronic equipment.All such systems and components are designed and built in-house to achieve levels of performance far in excess of the industry norm by adopting a thoroughly professional engineering approach to the issues of basic design, materials science, and production technology. Formed in 1974 to manufacture custom drive units for the professional sound industry, ATC’s groundbreaking ‘Soft Dome’ mid driver technology was originally developed in 1976 and is still featured in the company’s current SCM25A Pro, SCM45A Pro, SCM50ASL Pro, SCM100ASL Pro, SCM110ASL Pro, SCM150ASL Pro, SCM200ASL Pro, and top-of-the-range SCM300ASL Pro three-way active professional series loudspeakers. Constantly improved, it is still unique in innovation, and remains the only midrange device capable of delivering ultimate performance; flatteringly, it has been widely copied — without success. Similarly, the ‘Super Linear’ technology found in ATC’s professional series bass drive units is equally unique — not only in its ability to accurately reproduce piano, but also the precise manner in which male voices are articulated. All drive units in ATC active professional monitors are powered by their own ATC-designed amplifier, optimised for the relevant bandwidth, and all amplifiers — working substantially in Class A — feature even-order-filtered active crossovers that are individually aligned and phase-corrected to ensure unmatched stereo imaging.

© 2018 ATC Loudspeaker Technology Ltd

Gullfoss version 1.2.0 now even faster

Visitors to AES last week were able to experience Soundtheory’s Gullfoss 1.2.0. The new version features a 100% increase in CPU performance, resulting in double the number of instances of Gullfoss running at the same time while taking up the same amount of resources. Additionally, the developers have added support for higher sampling rates up to 192 kHz.

The intelligent EQ Gullfoss amassed high praise at AES. Comments such as “I love Gullfoss” were frequently heard. One of those commentators was Alan Meyerson, who told the team that he was their “greatest evangelist”. Meyerson is one of the great music scoring mixers for film, and who won a Grammy for his work on The Dark Knight.

Multiple Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter, musician, and mixer Greg Wells also stopped by the booth to greet the developers of his go-to plugin Gullfoss. He later talked about it in his AES keynote speech, which he summarised on Instagram: “Talk about next level….. the Gullfoss plugin was 14 years in the making. FOURTEEN YEARS. It’s a formidable plugin that is modeled after the way the human brain perceives sound. It was a pleasure to meet the brains behind the software. And Rick Beato!!”

Greg Wells and Rick Beato visiting Soundtheory at AES

From left to right: Eddie Ruff (Support Manager); Andreas Beisler (Development Director); Rick Beato (musician, teacher, author and creator of “Everything Music” on YouTube); Greg Wells (multi-award winning producer and musician),  Andreas Tell (Research Director and inventor of Gullfoss), David Pringle (Co-Founder and Managing Director)

Gullfoss is nominated for this year’s Music Tech Awards for Best Innovation. Please vote here: https://www.musictech.net/2018/10/mtawards2018/

The Windows version of Gullfoss is expected later this year or early in 2019.

Price and Availability:

Gullfoss is available for EUR 159 / US$ 199 at soundtheory.com

Gullfoss compatibility:

Currently for Mac OSX 10.9+ with hosts supporting 64bit plugins for AU, VST/VST3 and AAX.

About Soundtheory:

Soundtheory emerged from a long term research project in 2016 and is the brainchild of mathematical physicist Andreas Tell, who has been researching and working with sound for over 20 years, and Managing Director David Pringle. Soundtheory has developed exciting new and unique methods for realtime audio processing. Its highly advanced model of computational auditory perception opens up new possibilities of analyzing sound as perceived by human ears and of processing it without introducing any audible artefacts at all. Gullfoss is the first in a line of products that employ Soundtheory’s technology and demonstrates that simplicity, innovative technology and incredible sound can work together in a product made for everyone who loves audio.

EastWest releases Voices of Soul

EastWest/Quantum Leap proudly presents the latest addition to their vocal instruments line: VOICES OF SOUL. A powerhouse vocal product of soulful perfection that will be your new secret weapon, perfect for any music requiring solo vocals or vocal harmonies using chords.

EastWest recorded VOICES OF SOUL with C.C. White, who has sung with many of the greatest and most iconic names in the music industry. Her voice is a thrilling blend of Funk, Soul, Reggae, Southern Blues, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, with a bit of Latin flair. From soft and angelic to powerful and earth shattering, her voice effortlessly captivates and enthralls audiences.

VOICES OF SOUL was produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, the most awarded producers in the sounds industry, and includes a collection of expressive, soulful multi-sampled vocal instruments with hundreds of expressive phrases in every key and highly realistic true legato transitions. Composers can switch between multiple articulations on the fly with Combo instruments and play chords to create vocal harmonies with Mod Xfade Chords instruments.

VOICES OF SOUL features vocals across a variety of categories, including:

  • SUSTAIN contains a variety of single syllable vocal instrument types, including Ah, Doo, Ee, Eh, Ha, Hm, Ho, Ho Expressive, Hoo, La, Mm, Oh, Oh Expressive, Oo, So Expressive, Wo, Wo Expressive. Most contain multiple velocity-sensitive dynamic layers, and a few contain additional “expressive” versions.
  • LEGATO contains instruments that playback true legato intervals when playing notes in a connected fashion (legato) for every interval up to an octave in either direction, and sustain layers that playback when playing disconnected (separated).
  • COMBO MOD contains instruments that combine multiple articulations and use the Mod Wheel (MOD) or Velocity Sensitivity (VS) to determine which playback.
  • COMBO RR contains instruments that combine multiple articulations by using Round Robin programming to cycle through articulations.
  • MOD XFADE CHORDS contains polyphonic, single syllable vocal instruments that use the Mod Wheel (CC1) to crossfade between dynamic layers.
  • PHRASES contains over 600 phrases and adlibs sung in a soulful style, spread out across 12 instruments, one for each of the 12 root note positions.
  • KEYSWITCH contains instruments that combine multiple articulations into a single instrument, and use keyswitches to activate the desired articulation.
  • PHRASES KS FX PRESETS contains the phrases keyswitch instruments saved with a variety of FX Rack presets. The FX Rack includes the SSL Channel Strip and Bus Compressor, OhmForce Ohmicide, and EastWest EP-1 Delay, ADT, Amp Simulator and Convolution Reverb.

VOICES OF SOUL is available for purchase at www.soundsonline.com/voices-of-soul at a special introductory price of $199 until October 31, 2018.

The regular price is $399.

VOICES OF SOUL is also avaialable as a free addition for all subscribers ofComposerCloud, EastWest’s multiple award-winning subscription service that has revolutionized the virtual instrument industry.


EastWest (www.soundsonline.com) has been dedicated to perpetual innovation and uncompromising quality of Sample Libraries and Virtual Instruments for more than 30 years, setting the industry standard as the most critically acclaimed sound developer. Find more about EastWest at soundsonline.com.

Erica Synths announces launch of Techno System

Erica Synths announced the release of its Techno System — the ultimate tool for rhythm-based music production, live performances and sound design. The drum modules on the Techno System are internally patched to the sequencer, so they are able to receive trigger and accent signals even without patching — allowing music creators to remain fully focus on the audio signal.

The new Techno System is the ultimate, flexible sonic tool and isn’t limited to specific music genres — it is solely dependent on the user’s creativity in patching and settings of modules and is almost limitless in its creative applications. Comprised of 15 modules altogether, it is one of the most advanced techno/industrial music performance instruments ever created.

Included in the Techno System is a set of new analogue drum modules, advanceddrum/loop sampler, and a fat sounding fully analogue synth voice designed for screaming acid basslines. Further, the Techno System comes in Erica Synths Travel Case (universal PSU and case lid included, hand-made leather strap or backpack optional) and with 25 black patch cables.


  • Bassline: fully analogue synth voice module for ultimate basslines and leads. It features AS3340 VCO with three waveforms, a filter inspired by Erica Synths Acidbox andunique features – transistor-based suboscillator and two BBDs that emulate VCO detune.
  • Bass Drum: takes classical drum machine kick drum sounds to the next level with a modular functionality – more parameters and CV control.
  • Snare Drum: 909 inspired sound with with modular functionality in mind – CV controls and Accents will add lot of expression to your performance
  • Toms: the module contains Low Tom, Mid Tom and High Tom, each with individual Pitch and Decay controls and outputs plus CV control over pitch.
  • Clap:  brings classical drum machine sounds in eurorack. Accent and CV control over tune adds more versatility in sound.
  • Hi-Hats: classical Hi-Hats samples are passed thru AS3330 based VCA with adjustable shape and controlled via envelope generators of unique design. Extra feature is Open HiHat looping – when it’s on, a certain part of the sample is looped while the envelope decay is on, thus creating distinct, delay-like effect.
  • Cymbals: distinct topology digital/analogue module, where cymbal samples are passed thru AS3330 based VCA and controlled via envelope generators of unique design. The module features 10 sets of custom Crash and Ride cymbal samples with Tune control and individual Decay control.
  • Modulator: features two identical syncable to the BPM LFOs/noise sources with selectable morphing waveshapes. LFO frequency can be manually adjusted or CV controled, as well as they provide frequency divisions and multiplications in Sync mode. Each LFO has two outputs — main one and secondary one with adjustable phase, so you can create evolving modulations
  • Drum Sequencer: this is the ultimate modular drum sequencer with 16x trigger outputs, 12x Accent outputs, 1x CV and Gate track and 2x Synced or free running LFO outputs.
  • Mixer Lite: this is compact 6 input version of a Drum Mixer. Built in vactrol based compressor settings can be adjusted to a taste via trimpots through the front panel.
  • Dual Drive: features two independent distortion circuits with gain and overdrive parameters, each with three overdrive flavours. Thanks to CV inputs, it is possible to create very lively distortion and great stereo effects.
  • Dual FX: this combines two Spin FV-1 chips in one module, each filled with eight custom effect programs with two adjustable and CV controlled parameters per effect and analogue dry/wet circuit. The effects repertoire of the Dual FX has been specially tailored to drum sounds and all parameter settings can be saved with the effect.
  • Drum Mixer: this is a compact, 7 input mixer of unique design provides greater dynamic range and built in vactrol based compressor for high clarity of each drum sound in the mix. The first three inputs have selectable allocation – to the Main output or Main output + Aux Send
  • Stereo Mixer: this comes equipped with four channel strips, each containing two inputs (L / R).Thanks to some clever routing options, mono signals can be placed nicely in the panorama as well. All four stereo channel strips feature a level potentiometer and a limiter provides protection against very hot signals.
  • LINK: the module that bridges eurorack to stage mixers — it has 5 sections that attenuate eurorack signals to line level signals and send them to 6,3mm jacks for quality connection to the performance mixer.

For More information, please visit www.ericasynths.lv

Sequential announces Prophet XL synthesizer, featuring 76-note keyboard and expanded polyphony

Sequential today announced the Prophet XL, a 76-key version of their flagship Prophet X samples-plus-synthesis hybrid synth. The new instrument provides the same powerful combination of high-fidelity samples from 8Dio and full synthesis capabilities that has earned the Prophet X critical acclaim — but makes the concept even more compelling for studio and stage by adding a semi-weighted-action, 76-key, premium-quality Fatar keybed and a new performance mode that allows 32-voice polyphony when using a single sampled instrument and a single oscillator.

At the heart of both the Prophet XL and the Prophet X is a sound engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo, or 16-voice mono operation.

Dave Smith commented: “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing. By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling 32-voice performance mode, we’ve made it even more satisfying to play the acoustic and electric pianos and other instruments where increased polyphony is crucial. We’re making 32-voice mode available on the Prophet X, as well, so that all of our users will benefit.”

Sample content for the Prophet X series was created by sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling.” Regarding the new instrument, 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann said: “For us, it’s all about giving musicians the best tools to express themselves. The Prophet XL is a great enhancement of the original Prophet X concept because it gives artists more room to breathe. More keys and more voices means more room to explore and create.”

The 150 GB sample library in the Prophet XL and Prophet X includes numerous acoustic and electronic instruments as well as an extensive collection of ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the synthesizer’s many sound-sculpting functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, a deep modulation matrix, and other tools. The Prophet XL and Prophet X also provide 50 gigabytes of internal storage for importing additional samples. Support for user-created sample content is planned for December, 2018.

The Prophet XL will be available in November of 2018 with a MAP of $4,399.

About Sequential

Originally launched in 2002 as Dave Smith Instruments, Sequential is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

The company’s products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Sequential is based in San Francisco, where its instruments are also manufactured. Visit www.sequential.com.

About 8Dio

Founded in 2011 by Troels Folmann and Tawnia Knox, 8Dio is the leading independent developer of software instruments and the inventors of deep-sampling. Troels is an Academy Award, TEC/Mix Foundation, GANG and D3 award-winning composer and Ph.D scholar in music technologies. Tawnia is the CEO of 8Dio Productions and has had a long career as an executive in luxury brands.

8Dio has created an extensive, deep-sampled catalog of advanced instruments based on literally millions of samples. Notable titles include Majestica – the largest symphony orchestra ever sampled, Epic Taiko EnsemblesTitanic ChoirsCinematic Scoring Tools, and over 250 other instruments. 8Dio products are used by high-profile artists, composers, and top music producers in all genres. They are featured in a majority of current blockbuster movies, independent films, video games, TV-shows, Broadway productions, and the professional sports industry. For more information, visit www.8dio.com.

SKYLIFE releases SampleRobot 6 Multi-X and a new trial version

Just a few weeks after the launch of SampleRobot 6 Pro SKYLIFE releases the budget-priced version SampleRobot 6 Multi-X, which offers a lot of professional auto-sampling features from his big brother. Sampling an instrument in fine detail is an intense task that normally would take hours and hours for recording, editing, looping, mapping and exporting. With SampleRobot 6 Multi-X musicians and sound designers will benefit from the fully automated recording and editing process. It’s better having a coffee break and letting SampleRobot do the job in the meantime.

Compared to SampleRobot 6 Pro, which includes 24 bit resolution sample export and also some advanced Midi features like the monitor and support for continuous controllers, SampleRobot 6 Multi-X offers 16 bit export resolution and basic Midi remote control. Users can start the sampling sessions with SampleRobot 6 Multi-X and crossgrade at a later time to SampleRobot 6 Pro if these features are needed. All project files are compatible between both versions. Multi-X stands for multi export offering a huge range of different multisampling formats for various software and hardware instruments.

Try before buy! Just in time for the SampleRobot 6 Multi-X release SKYLIFE offers the opportunity to test SampleRobot 6 Pro / Multi-X. The trial version can be used without any time restrictions. Certain features are limited in this version e.g. the recording length and the multisample export options.

New features of SampleRobot 6 Multi-X

Modular graphical user interface.

Integrated central WaveRobot loop and transient editor.

Native MacOS and Windows 10 support.

Large-scale Midi monitor.

Floating Peak Meter.

Context-sensitive Project hierarchy.

Sample list for easy browsing and searching.

Library and user bank export for Yamaha Montage.

Optimized activation process.

Benefits of SampleRobot (abiding by relevant copyright laws and license agreements)

Build your own sample instruments easily.

Create digital copies of your favorite instruments and sounds fast.

Turn virtual instruments and complex sound layers into CPU-lightweight multi-samples.

Play in other studios or on stage without carrying additional keyboards / sound expanders.

Perform laptop-based sounds on stage without laptop by using a hardware sample player.

Shape optimum loops for loop-based arrangements.

Build and sell/share your own sample libraries.

Have all your sound hardware on your hard disk and travel with your laptop.

Buy used gear and resell it after the automatic sampling procedure.

Use all your software instruments cross-platform and independently from specific operation systems.

Play monophonic instruments polyphonically.

Have total recall and editing capabilities for all instruments in every session.

Key features

  • Fast sampling process.
  • Fully automated workflow.
  • Sample export for many software and hardware samplers.
  • Intuitive Project assistant.
  • Sophisticated auto-loop processing, transient recognition and sample editing.
  • Many loop and crossfade types including auto-gain crossfades.
  • Over 800 MB premium multisamples taken from classic synthesizers included.

System Specifications

Mac OS 10.12. and higher, Windows 10 / 8 / 7.


Now as download from the SKYLIFE Store.

SampleRobot 6 Multi-X


SampleRobot 6 Pro Trial



SampleRobot 6 Multi-X: € 169 / $ 199

Upgrade from previous SampleRobot Multi-X versions: € 79 / $ 99
Upgrade from previous SampleRobot Single-X versions: € 129 / $ 149