Studer Micro Series V2.0 software update now available

Studer by HARMAN is pleased to announce the free Micro Series V2.0 software update is now available for registered Studer Micro Series customers. Based on usability feedback from Studer Micro power users, this release offers several new features and improvements that enhance Micro functionality and mixing workflow. In order to ensure you have the best user experience with Studer Micro, we recommend users install this software into all Studer Micro Series systems as soon as possible.

Included in the 2.0 Update:

  • VoiceMix: automatic mixing of up to 12 mono inputs—perfect for group conversations and panel discussions
  • Ducking: automatically attenuate backing audio when voice dialog is present—ideal for broadcasting or podcasting
  • Definable user access privileges: ideal for giving access to pre-defined functionality to interns or volunteers
  • Assignable FX: enhance your mixes and productions with embedded Lexicon® effects

Plus with the 2.0 update, Studer Micro is now frequency compliant for the Japanese market and contains over 10 other enhancements.

Where to get the software update

The Micro Series V2.0 software update is available on the Studer Micro Series webpage.

Cherry Audio announces Ladder Filter and Euclidean Duel for Voltage Modular!

Ladder Filter

FREE for all Voltage Core users! Based off the famous transistor ladder filter patented by Bob Moog in 1966, and made famous in the Moog Modular and Minimoog synthesizers in the 1960s and 1970s, this filter is the definition of raw, raunchy, and powerful. Turn up the Saturation knob for even more overdriven tone. Cutoff, Resonance (or “Emphasis”), and Saturation are all CV-controllable, too!

If you own Voltage Core, be sure to upgrade to the new Voltage Modular 1.1.4. Then you’ll receive the Ladder Filter in your library!

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Euclidean Duel

A dual trigger sequencer based on the Euclidean geometric principle, where a selectable number of triggers are evenly distributed around the arc of a circle. It’s fantastic at creating unique rhythmic patterns, especially when both sequencers are used “against” each other to trigger percussive sounds. Features extensive CV mod inputs for real-time pseudo-random music creation

Euclidean Duel is $20 in the Cherry Audio store. ORDER NOW. Free demo available

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Voltage Modular 1.1.4 Update

Voltage Modular 1.1.4 update includes new capabilities for module developers, and is required to use the latest modules.

Voltage Modular users should visit theirVoltage Modular library and new modules will appear in the library!

The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc introduces Pianoforte 1900 VI featuring four priceless antique pianos

Cutting-edge audio technologies developer The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc is proud to announce availability of Pianoforte 1900 — its latest hybrid virtual instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit), featuring four priceless antique pianos combined into an amazingly affordably-priced package. Begin at December 21st 2018.

Pianoforte 1900 is a collection of four exquisite antique pianos, three of which are grand and one of which is upright. The pianos found in this majestic collection were all manufactured in the early 1900s. Toward the end of the 1880s, Steinway manufactured the first modern-day piano, featuring 88 keys.

This is truly a priceless and timeless collection, owing to not just the age of the pianos (110 years old), but their impeccable quality too. What’s more, these pianos sound drastically different from today’s pianos. These antique counterparts tend to have less overbearing bass and more or a crisp sound with uneven dynamics at certain intervals. Each piano found in this collection also, of course, features a set of distinct characteristics that make each undeniable one-of-a-kind.

Discover more about each Pianoforte 1900 piano below:

Antique Bechstein: This is a Bechstein Grand Piano manufactured around 1897. This particular instrument delivers a sound that’s typically “Old Bechstein,” with a more “primitive” attack and less body resonance.

Antique Steinway: This sublime Steinway D Grand Piano dates back to 1902, and is still in unbelievably pristine condition. The piano offers a characteristically and undeniably Steinway sound, with plenty of dynamics and resonances that effortlessly compete with modern Steinway pianos.

Lost Pearl: This classic and elegant Erard Grand Piano was created in 1883. Sebastian Erard was a French instrument maker and piano manufacturer of German origin – a craftsman who shared the same position as Steinway in the 19th century. Today, it is hard to find anyone as talented, or with such tenacity, as men like these. This particular piano has 83 keys.

Antique Upright: This vintage upright piano was manufactured in 1903, and has a breath-taking sound that’s entirely its own – making it completely unique from other uprights.

Pianoforte 1900 is powered by Hybrid Modeling technology and HD Velocity Layer technology providing a natural boost to expressive power that can be felt with every strike of the keys. Along with the new Neo Piano engine, which achieves 400 times more variations than a traditional sample engine, every note played is unique, creates vivid sound representation, and strikes a rich, accurate tone even with small movement. In essence, it’s an instrument with a musical soul instead of a machine feel.

Gain unmitigated control over 40 customizable piano aspects, including the ability to lift the lid, tweak tone and harmonics, alter dampers, change dynamic range, and adjust velocity response. You can even apply a ‘style’ or resonance to your sound or adjust up mix by changing different microphone perspectives.

Pianoforte 1900 is available to purchase online directly via The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc for €129.00 EUR/$149.00 USD/£119.00 GBP from here: http://www.supremepiano.com/p1900.html

For more in-depth information, including several superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated Pianoforte 1900 webpage here: http://www.supremepiano.com/p1900.html

Watch The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc’s informative Pianoforte 1900 video walkthrough here:
https://youtu.be/LW1-jrxzp8g

The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc

(www.supremepiano.com)

The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc aims at bringing more cutting-edge audio technologies to professional musicians. Originally founded (as Sound Magic) by in 2007, it is now a leading developer in virtual piano software, with many patented technologies specializing in physical modelling and DSP (Digital Signal Processing). The company mainly focuses on virtual pianos, high-quality effects, and other virtual instruments, including traditional Chinese musical instruments, and has been nominated for three TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Awards.

© 2018 The Best Computer Music And Acoustic Technology Inc

Cherry Audio announces the release of Voltage Modular Ignite

This deeply powerful $50 package includes 45 modules and over 185 presets. Voltage Ignite is the perfect introduction for people that want to experience a taste of modular synthesis. Best of all, you can upgrade from Voltage Ignite to the full Voltage Core package when you’re ready to expand your module collection!

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MPE Interface

Use an MPE MIDI controller with theMPE Interface Module to control polyphonic modules. MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is a method of using MIDI which enables multidimensional expression. Each note has its own pitch bend, pressure sensitivity and slide or timbre. Connect poly cables out to various modules in your setup for the ultimate in expression with MIDI

The MPE Interface is available for $10 in the Cherry Audio Store

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Poly Unison

Included FREE with Voltage Modular Core. With Poly Unison, you can play polyphonic modules in Unison mode, with all voices playing the same note. The Detune control detunes each voice a different amount, so that the average tuning of all voices will remain at the original frequency. The end result? MASSIVE Sound!

Just run Voltage Modular and this new module will appear in your library!

New Loops releases 120 new HIVE presets

New Loops as released a new sound bank for U-he HIVE. Wavetable features 120 presets based on HIVE’s new wavetable oscillators and includes 50 hard basses, 16 deep and cinematic pads, 14 digital synth leads, 12 punchy plucks, 11 keys and synths, 11 sequences and arps, and 6 sound effects.

Each preset is fully tagged and uses the mod wheel with many morphing the preset into completely different sounds. Whether you’re making heavy dubstep and trap, or cinematic electronica, you’ll sure to find plenty of inspiration in these presets.

Features

  • 120 Hive presets
  • 50 basses
  • 16 pads
  • 14 leads
  • 12 plucks
  • 11 keys
  • 11 sequences
  • 6 sound effects
  • Presets categorised by type
  • Fully tagged with descriptions
  • Mod wheel assigned

Currently 25% off at £14.98 (RRP £19.98) from https://newloops.com/products/wavetable-hive-presets

J3PO signature sound bank for Nord Stage 3

We are excited to release the J3PO Signature Sound Bank for Nord Stage 3 including 50 brilliant patches from the creative US keyboardist/producer Julian “J3PO” Pollack.

The J3PO Sound Bank incorporates influences of electronic genres such as progressive soul, experimental hip-hop and 80s synth-wave and features killer lo-fi sounds with vinyl crackle and tape hiss, retro analog synths, vibey ambient patches and much more.

“Many patches are derived from the classic and contemporary “retro” funk, soul, hip-hop, and r&b genres and a lot of the hip-hop stuff has been inspired by a band I play in called The Lesson GK based out of NYC. Many of the patches were also inspired by my analog synth and pedal collection and what was really fun about making this sound bank is actually realizing I could make a lot of those sounds just using the Nord Stage 3 itself!”

Julian “J3PO” Pollack is a sought-after keyboardist/producer based out of Los Angeles. He has recorded/performed with the likes of The Lesson GK, Marcus Miller, members of Snarky Puppy, Grace Weber and many others.

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Download the J3PO Signature Sound Bank for free at nordkeyboards.com!

SKYLIFE releases SampleRobot 6 Korg and Wave

SKYLIFE’s new addition to the SampleRobot product line-up is called
SampleRobot Korg+Wave and it is available now via the dedicated online
store. It is not only for Korg users though.

SampleRobot Korg+Wave is an entry ticket to the world of automatic
sampling. The application is designed to speed up and simplify complex
audio sampling procedures and loop finding, audio editing and
multisample mapping. It can clone instrumental sounds automatically via
Midi or semi-automatically one after another for acoustic and non-Midi
instruments. Beginners can achieve excellent results with just a few
clicks. SampleRobot Korg+Wave offers multisample exports for various
Korg products including volca sample, microSAMPLER, Kronos and Pa4X. But
it’s not only for Korg users. Offering export as standard wave files as
well SampleRobot Korg+Wave enriches any kind of music production and
studio facility.

SampleRobot Korg+Wave comes with the sophisticated WaveRobot wave and
transient editor / batch processor already included at the same price as
the former single WaveRobot was. So now you get all the advanced
sampling features as a bonus.

New features of SampleRobot 6 Korg+Wave

•    Modular graphical user interface.
•    Integrated central WaveRobot loop and transient editor.
•    Native MacOS and Windows 10 support.
•    Floating Peak Meter.
•    Context-sensitive project hierarchy.
•    Sample list for easy browsing and searching.
•    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 Korg products and as standard wave files.
•    Intuitive project assistant.
•    Sophisticated auto-loop processing, transient recognition and
sample editing.
•    Many loop and crossfade types including auto-gain crossfades.
•    Over 400 MB premium multisamples taken from classic synthesizers
included.

System Specifications

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

Availability

Now as download from the SKYLIFE Store.

SampleRobot 6 Korg+Wave

https://samplerobot.com/products/samplerobot-korg-wave

SampleRobot 6 Pro Trial

https://samplerobot.com/pages/samplerobot-6-pro-trial-version

Price

SampleRobot 6 Korg+Wave: € 79 / $ 99
Upgrade from previous SampleRobot Korg Edition / Single-X / WaveRobot
versions: € 39 / $ 49

Web

http://www.samplerobot.com

Twitter

https://twitter.com/intent/follow?screen_name=SampleRobot

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCirsBspEqG9UQ79HEJG5cCQ

Nektar Technology launches BOLT VSTi synthesizer

BOLT is Nektar’s first foray into the world of virtual instruments and employs a new form of synthesis with unique sonic character and intuitive user interface.
BOLT enables a different and fast approach to sound design with an unusually organic and warm sonic character. Harmonics Synthesis generates and shapes the sound directly in the oscillator: It doesn’t require the dedicated filter section typically found on subtractive synthesizers. By turning just one knob, a wave’s shape can be changed from dark and subtle to bright and overtone-rich.

Harmonics Synthesis is based on the MSO (multi sine oscillator) concept by Professor Dr. Udo Zoelzer of Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany. Mr Zoelzer is a scientist with decades of experience in digital signal processing and a passion for audio and synthesis. Over the last two years, the university and Nektar have collaborated on developing MSO into a full-blown synthesis engine.

“The unique sound of this oscillator intrigued us right away – it really is something else”, comments Nektar’s Marketing Manager Ralf Schluenzen. “What’s more, you don’t need hundreds of controls to tweak a sound. This makes the technology very accessible, almost like a classic analog synthesizer concept: On those synths you can practically turn any knob – even if you don’t know what it does – and it almost always sounds great. Transporting this ease of use into a digital synth concept has been our design goal. Tweaking should be inspiring and not a chore!”

BOLT is up to 16 voice polyphonic and offers 2 oscillators per voice, each equipped with suboscillator, noise generator, distortion and a dedicated ADSR envelope. Three syncable LFOs and a Modulation Envelope provide extensive modulation features. The number of overtones is set with BOLT’s Harmonics parameter, Rolloff additionally adjusts the steepness of the Harmonics “cutoff”. Apart from standard waveforms such as sine, saw or square, Harmonics Synthesis is also capable of generating pulse chains and alternating shapes. Cross modulation between BOLT’s two oscillators opens the door to FM-like sounds and all sorts of modulation mayhem. A Voice Double mode provides unison features and 4 integrated effects processors simplify the creation of production-ready patches. Over 500 factory sounds, including many artist patches, demonstrate the flexibility of this new synth engine: Lush pads, deep basses, screaming leads or percussion sounds that almost sound sampled are just some of its strengths. The triple LFO section allows the creation of interesting rhythmical soundscapes and drones.
The BOLT plugin is compatible with VST, VST3 and AU and runs on all current 64bit Mac OS and Windows systems. The recommended retail price is $ 99 US with a special introductory offer of $ 69 US until January 31st, 2019.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

• Harmonics synthesizer with up to 16 voice polyphony
• 2 oscillators + 2 sub-oscillators)
• White noise generator per oscillator
• Overdrive stage for each oscillator
• 1 ADSR envelope per oscillator
• Unison Voice Double Mode with detune and stereo spread (stack up to 4 instances)
• FM: Frequency Modulation of oscillator 1 by dedicated additional sine oscillator
• X-Mod: cross-modulation of OSC1 from OSC2
• 1 ADSR modulation envelope generator
• 3 LFOs with extended range up to 10 kHz, 13 waveforms and MIDI sync
• 4 modulation targets per modulation source (LFO 1-3, Mod EG)
• 4 FX processors: EQ, chorus, delay and reverb
• Mono and Poly modes with adjustable pitch glide
• Support for multiple sample rates
• Automatic 2-stage Protection Limiter

Minimum System Requirements

• Computer running Windows (64bit) version 7, 8, 10 or higher or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or higher.
• Any host DAW application with support for VST 2.4, VST 3 or AU Instrument Plug-Ins.
(All other requirements dependent on the DAW software / audio interface used, please consult the respective manuals for further details.)

Pricing and availability (MSRP):

99 USD // 69 GBP // 99 EUR – Introductory offer on nektartech.com until January 31th, 2019: $69 USD*

(Available from nektartech.com and other online dealers starting in December 2018)

* Euro and Pound prices calculated based on current exchange rate.

For further Information about Nektar Technology, Inc please visit: www.nektartech.com

Rode Microphones launches all new PodMic podcast-ready dynamic microphone

Australian pro audio giant RØDE Microphones has launched the all-newPodMic.

The PodMic is an XLR-connected, end-address dynamic microphone tailor-made for use with the RØDECaster™ Pro Podcast Production Studio and PSA1 studio arm. Stylish and easy to manoeuvre, the PodMic is perfect for podcasting. And it sounds as good as it looks.

Features include:

  • Richly-detailed RØDE dynamic capsule.
  • Internal pop shield and double-mesh housing for excellent plosive and sibilance control.
  • Solid brass construction finished in a hard-wearing matt black.
  • Integrated swing-mount for easy positioning. Works perfectly with boom microphone stands such as the RØDE PSA1.
  • The PodMic is specifically tuned for use with the RØDECaster Pro but will deliver impeccable results with any XLR interface. It’s perfect for anyone in podcasting or broadcasting looking for a professional-quality microphone.

The PodMic is a triumph of The RØDE Difference™, the result of RØDE’s in-house design, Australian-made precision and deep market understanding that delivers a microphone of exceptional quality at an unbeatable price.

The release of the PodMic comes hot on the heels of the RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio, an all-in-one console solution for podcasters of every level. The PodMic is tuned specifically for use with the RØDECaster Pro and even has its own setting on the RØDECaster’s touchscreen interface.

RØDE CEO Damien Wilson said, “This is the best end-address dynamic microphone in the world at this price and one of the best at any price. Peerless quality and price accessibility have been the cornerstones of our success and continue to ensure RØDE is the choice of today’s creative generation – the PodMic is a perfect example of that ethos. Together with the RØDECaster Pro, the PodMic will revolutionise podcasting.”

The PodMic will be shipping in January! Go to rode.com for more info, or to find your nearest dealer.

About RØDE Microphones:

Part of the Freedman Group, RØDE Microphones (www.rode.com) designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live, film, location, broadcast and podcast use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 117 countries globally – the Choice of Today’s Generation. Freedman Electronics celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

8Dio and Sequential announce user sample support for Prophet X

Sequential today announced that the Prophet X, the company’s flagship samples-plus-synthesis instrument, now allows users to import their own samples to create custom instruments and content. Sample import and mapping is done via an easy-to-use software application created by 8Dio, Sequential’s factory sample content provider for the Prophet X. The application is available for download as a free public Beta from 8Dio’s website.

Because the Prophet X was designed to accommodate up to 50 GB of 16-bit, 48 kHz user content, custom sample import has been a highly anticipated feature of the instrument since its introduction in June of this year. The 50 GB of user sample storage, along with the 150 GB of internal factory samples make the Prophet X the most capacious of any hardware instrument supporting sample playback available today.

Sample playback is only part of the Prophet X package, however, as the instrument’s sound engine actually powers two simultaneous sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators, and adds a full complement of traditional synthesis tools,  all processed through analog filters. Dual digital effects and a 64-step polyphonic sequencer round out the package. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice stereo, or 16-voice mono operation. 32-voice performance mode, which is a feature of the new 2.0 OS, allows paraphonic filter operation when using a single sampled instrument and oscillator.

“Letting users import their own material was an essential part of the Prophet X design from the beginning,” commented Dave Smith. “It makes what’s already our most sonically versatile instrument truly open-ended. We can’t wait to hear where musicians take it now. Things are going to get pretty wild.”

The Prophet X ($3,999 US MAP) and Prophet XL ($4,399 US MAP) are available from Sequential’s worldwide network of dealers.

8Dio’s Sample Mapping Utility can be downloaded at https://8dio.com/instrument/sequential-prophet-xxl-mapping-utility/

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. Visitwww.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 Ensembles,Titanic Choirs, Cinematic 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.