KORG’s Minilogue and Monologue get serious update

Minilogue users will enjoy creating custom tuning settings using the updated librarian software and can now dive even deeper into sequencing editing with a refreshed motion view and original value indictors for all parameters, expanding any player’s performance. Monologue fans will embrace the synth’s new active step programming, MIDI filter updates, and like the minilogue, an original value indicator for all parameters. Programming has never been easier or more fun for the synthesizer community.

The new 2.0 system will be available for free on June 28th, 2019. Visit www.korg.com for more information and instructions on updating your current minilogue or monologue.

Native Instruments releases Massive X

Native Instruments today releases MASSIVE X – the much-anticipated successor to one of the most popular synthesizers in the world. Designed and built from scratch, the new instrument builds on its heritage to rethink and redefine the possibilities of a virtual synth.

The original MASSIVE, having helped define the sound of modern genres such as dubstep and EDM, became synonymous with an exciting, forward-thinking approach to synthesis that unapologetically embraced its digital DNA. Famous for its intuitive interface and sonic potential – from enormous basslines and soaring leads, to evolving ambient textures – it quickly became a staple part of many production toolkits.

MASSIVE X is Native Instruments’ new flagship synth, built by the same team as its predecessor. Based on a state of the art architecture, it delivers pristine sound, and huge creative flexibility for artists and sound designers alike – allowing them to create, modulate, and experiment with sound from a huge range of sources, in any way they like.

At the heart of MASSIVE X is a rich new oscillator section with dual wavetable oscillators and 170 wavetables. 10 different oscillator modes, each with their own submodes, provide countless ways to create exciting and dynamic sounds or textures. Three primary sound sculpting controls include wavetable position as a standard control, plus two additional custom parameters for each mode. Two phase modulation oscillators and an auxiliary modulation input mean MASSIVE X is capable of huge variation right at the sound source – even before additional modulation, effects, or routing are used.

Switchable filters, noise generators, insert effects, and master effects enable real flexibility when building and editing sound, and a comprehensive preset library provides a wealth of production-ready sounds that also showcase the possibilities of the instrument.

Users of the first MASSIVE will recognize the ‘saturn ring’ drag-and-drop modulation workflow that has been carried over into the new instrument.

Routing has been completely rethought in MASSIVE X. Taking its predecessor’s semi-modular approach much further, any output can be connected to an input, and audio can be routed to or from multiple components simultaneously. The intuitive routing matrix makes creating complex patches and wild sounds possible with just a few clicks.

MASSIVE X boasts a huge array of modulation sources – with nine slots for creative LFOs or envelopes, four Tracker modulators, Voice Randomization, as well as an exciting new section with three Performer modulators that allow users to draw in up to eight bars of modulation patterns to assign to a parameter.

For real playability and variation within a single preset, these patterns can then be assigned to a control octave – great for live performance or recording sessions – surpassing the kind of expression normally reserved for traditional instruments, or for generating and controlling complex movement over long periods of time.

In the future, free updates to MASSIVE X will introduce new presets, and expand the instrument’s functionality. MASSIVE X will evolve alongside the sounds, music, and sonic cultures it helps to create.

More information

More information about MASSIVE X can be found on the Native Instruments website.

Pricing and availability

MASSIVE X is available from the Native Instruments website for €199 / $199. MASSIVE users can upgrade for €149/$149, and MASSIVE X is also included in KOMPLETE 12, KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE, and KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE – COLLECTOR’S EDITION.

About Native Instruments

Native Instruments is the industry leader in innovative, software, hardware and digital services for music creation, production, and DJing. Founded in 1996, the company pioneered the application of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers.

Today, NI caters to producers, performers, and DJs with a comprehensive ecosystem of connected hardware and software systems: KOMPLETE, the industry-leading collection of virtual instruments and effects, complemented by a range of keyboard controllers and audio interfaces; MASCHINE, a powerful range of beat-making instruments now at the heart of hip-hop and electronic music communities; and TRAKTOR, the first DJ software to conquer the club, and now a range of integrated controllers that power house parties, club booths, and the world’s biggest stages.

In 2018, Native Instruments launched Sounds.com, a market-leading online subscription platform for loops and samples that also creates new revenue and promotion opportunities for individuals, brands, and business across the music industry. Along with recent acquisitions of Metapop and The Loop Loft, these three online platforms further enhance NI’s ecosystem for music creation and community.

Based in the heart of the German capital’s creative hub, the company currently employs more than 500 people in its seven offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Toronto, Paris, and Shenzhen, and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to ensure its future growth and success.

All FabFilter Pro plug-ins now available as AUv3 on iPad

FabFilter is proud to announce availability of all FabFilter Pro plug-ins in the AUv3 format for iOS on the iPad. They can be used in any AUv3-compatible host, including GarageBand, Cubasis, AUM, Auria, and n-Track Pro.

Apple’s iPad has become a more serious music production platform in recent years, thanks to more processing power and the advent of the AUv3 plug-in format. FabFilter has been offering its plug-ins as in- app purchases in the popular Auria host for quite some time, but they could not be used in other hosts. With this release, all FabFilter Pro plug-ins are available to use in any DAW on the iPad that supports AUv3 plug-ins.

As might be expected, FabFilter has put a lot of effort into refining and tweaking the plug-in interfaces with great touch behaviour and support for various interface sizes, including full screen support in all plug-ins.

FabFilter Pro-Q 3, Pro-C 2, Pro-DS, and Pro-G are available individually for $29.99 USD. Pro-L 2, Pro-R, and Pro-MB are available for $39.99 USD. Users can purchase all AUv3 Pro plug-ins for iOS as a Pro Bundle for $129.99 USD. It is possible to purchase one or more AUv3 plug-ins now and upgrade to the AUv3 Pro Bundle later, in which case users will pay just the remaining sum.

For an overview of all available AUv3 plug-ins and bundles, see: www.fabfilter.com/ios

Upgrading to FabFilter Pro-Q 3 (AUv3)

Users who purchased the AUv3 plug-in version of FabFilter Pro-Q 2 for iOS earlier can upgrade to the AUv3 version of Pro-Q 3 by purchasing the Pro-Q 3 Upgrade Bundle. If one already owns Pro-Q 2 AUv3 for iOS, the amount that was paid for it earlier will be deducted from the bundle price, resulting in up to 50% discount for the upgrade.

About FabFilter plug-ins in Auria

Until recently, FabFilter plug-ins were only available on iOS as in-app purchases in Auria. Users of the in-app FabFilter plug-ins in Auria can of course continue to use these and FabFilter will keep supporting them. New plug-ins, like Pro-Q 3, will only be made available in the AUv3 format so they can be used both in Auria and in other hosts.

Unfortunately, App Store limitations make it impossible to offer an upgrade path from the plug-ins bought as in-app purchases in Auria to the new AUv3 plug-ins.

About FabFilter

Beautiful sound. Fantastic workflow. These are the foundations of FabFilter. Continually challenging and rethinking industry standards, FabFilter creates powerful audio plug-ins with superb sound quality and innovative interfaces. FabFilter was founded in 2002 by Frederik Slijkerman and Floris Klinkert, and is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

© 2019 FabFilter Software Instruments

Introducing Synthetic Resistance

Put your own spin on the golden era of electro, IDM and underground dance music with Synthetic Resistance, our latest expander for Strobe2 and Strobe2 Player!

Available to buy now on FXpansion.com for Strobe2 creators, Synthetic Resistance is packed with dark, dusty and euphoric presets, all inspired by the hardware that drove the evolution of early electronic music to its breakthrough in the late 80s.

Download today for £11 ($14) — 30% OFF for one week only! Make sure you have the latest version of Strobe2 (v2.5.1.2) before you download:

Use Synthetic Resistance to build tracks for atmospheric home-listening and warehouse raves alike! Hear a sample of the sounds and learn how to give your productions a retro edge in this film:

Synthetic Resistance joins All About That Bass and Cinematic Synthesis in the growing family of Strobe2 expanders. And for one week only you can get all expanders (including Cypher2 expanders) for 30% less:

The new sounds are exclusive to Strobe2, the critically-acclaimed soft synth rated 4.5/5 by MusicRadar. Buy it today on FXpansion.com — then create a future electronic classic with Synthetic Resistance!

The FXpansion Team

Cubase and Nuendo now with ARA2 support

Steinberg Cubase 10.0.30 and Nuendo 10.1 integrate basic support for the ARA2 interface, which makes significantly improved communication with ARA-capable plug-ins possible. In the case of Melodyne, for example, ARA makes time-consuming transfers unnecessary, allowing you instead to just open the desired audio events directly in Melodyne – almost as though Melodyne were one of the DAW’s own editors. Furthermore, Melodyne now also follows automatically whenever you move, shorten, lengthen, copy or mute audio events in the DAW, which considerably simplifies the subsequent rearranging of Melodyne-edited content.

ARA offers Steinberg users far faster and simpler access to Melodyne’s powerful audio correction and sound design functions. These include tried-and-tested, musically sensitive functions for the editing of vocals as well as instruments of all kinds, workflow advantages such as Multitrack Note Editing for the simultaneous editing of notes on multiple tracks, and the unique possibilities afforded by the Melodyne Sound Editor for tone coloration and filtering. And all this with the Grammy Award-winning sound quality that is Melodyne’s hallmark!

To use Melodyne with ARA in Cubase or Nuendo, you need Cubase version 10.0.30 (or later) or Nuendo version 10.1 (or later) and Melodyne version 4.2.2 (or later).

You will find further details regarding ARA integration in the Steinberg DAWs in the Melodyne Help Center: http://helpcenter.celemony.com/hc-2/doc/melodyneStudio4/en/M4tour_CubaseARA_IntroHub?env=cubase

Users of Cubase or Nuendo who don’t have Melodyne can try out ARA integration with the Melodyne trial version: https://www.celemony.com/en/trial

For more on Melodyne: https://www.celemony.com/en/melodyne/what-is-melodyne

About Celemony

Celemony is the pioneer and market leader in the musical, note-based editing of audio. The company’s principal product, Melodyne, inaugurated this type of audio editing in 2001, established itself in the intervening years – for vocal editing in particular – as the standard worldwide, and has gone on pushing out the envelope in innovative audio editing ever since to the limits of what is technically possible. In 2008, for example, Celemony presented its patented DNA Direct Note Access, which extended Melodyne’s editing capabilities to polyphonic audio material – right down to individual notes within chords. Other important technologies developed by Celemony include the musically intelligent restoration tool Capstan, the pioneering plug-in interface ARA, the unique Sound Editor introduced by Melodyne 4 and – another Melodyne 4 revelation – Multitrack Note Editing, which facilitates the simultaneous, note-based editing of an unlimited number of audio tracks. Melodyne and Celemony have won numerous awards – among them, in 2012, the Technical Grammy.

Santos Martinez launch a completely new range of nylon strung acoustic and electro-acoustic classical guitars

All models, which include full or single cutaway body designs, are constructed with a choice of high quality tonewoods for the backs, sides and soundboards. Tonewoods that include premium and grade A solid spruce and cedar for the tops, while sapele and mahogany are the chosen woods for the backs and sides. Blackwood body bindings capture the splendour of those classic traditional lines adding a touch of elegance to high gloss, satin and open pore finishes, complete with intricate inlaid soundhole rosettes.

Open headstocks are in keeping with tradition while higher spec’d models feature stylishly inlaid maple caps, with engraved Santos Martinez initials and gold/black decorative machine heads with black or white pearl buttons. Necks with sculpted heels and super smooth, 22 fret pau ferro fingerboards allow for swift and accurate chord changes and solo runs.

Whilst all Santos Martinez classical guitars have a naturally dynamic and focused output, Fishman’s Clásica II Onboard Preamp System with an easy to read chromatic tuner, low profile control knobs, volume control, phase button and 2-band EQ, is the ideal choice to electrify and translate the lively full-toned, clear bass, warm mid-range and sweet high end response of the Preludio and Allegro electro-classic cutaways.

The Santos Martinez classical and electro-classical guitars combine rich, sweet toned performance and effortless playability and are enjoyed by students and professionals on stages all over the world.

Santos Martinez classical and electro-classical guitars are priced between £99-£349 rrp

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Santos Martinez products are distributed exclusively worldwide by JHS.


Synchro Arts updates VocALign with ARA2 compatibility

Audio timing and pitch adjustment specialists Synchro Arts have released free updates to both their VocALign Project & Pro instant time alignment VST3 plug-ins. VocALign works by capturing a ‘Guide’ signal with the right timing, capturing a ‘Dub’ signal to be aligned and, at the press of a button, a new aligned ‘Dub’ is generated and returned to your DAW. It’s that simple!

Quietly legendary, VocALign’s early life included use in music production ranging from Shania Twain and Steely Dan to Black Eyed Peas; as well as in popular TV shows such as Friends and Seinfeld and in blockbuster films including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

The newly released VocALign Project and VocALign Pro VST3 plugins both add support for ARA2 (Audio Random Access), the revolutionary audio plug-in extension that enables unprecedented instant communication between ARA-enabled plug-ins and DAWs.

Adding ARA2 support for VocALign means tighter integration and a faster, easier workflow with the latest versions of;

  • Steinberg Cubase Pro & Nuendo
  • Presonus Studio One Professional
  • Cakewalk by Bandlab
  • Reaper

Full ARA2 support for Revoice Pro, the ultimate toolbox for timing and pitch adjustment from Synchro Arts, has already been released and is available now.

All VocALign Project and VocALign Pro owners can download this free VST3 update now from the Synchro Arts website -  http://bit.ly/VocALign-download

More info and a free 14-day VocALign Project demo can be found here – http://bit.ly/VocALign-project3 and VocALign Pro here – http://bit.ly/VocALign-pro4

Release date

Thursday 27th June, 2019

About Synchro Arts:

Founded in 1994 and based outside of London, UK. Directors Jeff Bloom and John Ellwood released Synchro Arts’ first pro-audio plug-in, VocALign, in 1995 and TITAN (for auto-conforming) shortly after that. In 2001, the company created Revoice Studio, which first appeared on the Shrek DVD, and let consumers replace the character voices in a number of DVD films and music videos. Synchro Arts’ flagship product Revoice Pro was introduced in 2012, to wide critical acclaim.

ProCo Sound unveils industry’s most compact wireless in-ear monitor system

ProCo Sound, an ACT/RHC brand, introduces its new wireless in-ear monitor system (W.I.E.M.S.), which made its debut at InfoComm 2019. W.I.E.M.S. is the most-compact in-ear solution on the market today. It features a sleek and simple design, with no external antennas and a seamless plug-and-pair set-up. With up to 30 meters of range (line-of-sight) between the transmitter and belt-pack receiver, the W.I.E.M.S can be used in a variety of applications, including live sound, broadcast and film, as well as in educational and other install-based instances.

ProCo’s new W.I.E.M.S. has four user-selectable channels and features a 3.5-mm headphone jack—enabling users to plug in their preferred earpiece. The receivers are powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is easily rechargeable with a micro USB, ensuring that users don’t lose power when it’s needed most. The receiver automatically pairs to the transmitter, which uses the 5.8GHz frequency band, keeping it isolated from the highly crowded 2.4GHz band. Additionally, with a simple XLR cable, the transmitter works through any Dante-enabled wall-plate or drop-snake, such as ProCo’s latest AoIP solutions.

“We put a great deal of time and energy into designing a wireless in-ear monitor system that is smaller than anything else of its kind,” says Darius Seabaugh, vice president of marketing, RHC. “We showcased the solution at InfoComm and it has been humbling to receive the incredible initial feedback from industry professionals, especially with regards to the system’s high level of audio quality in such a compact design. It’s a small solution with big capabilities.”

This low-latency (less than 5.6 milliseconds) solution has 24-bit audio quality with a 48KHz sampling rate and transmits from a balanced, line-level output.

For more information, visit: https://www.procosound.com/.

About RHC

RHC, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, ProCo, RAT, RoadHog, ACT Lighting, Lava Cable and StageMASTER, each RHC brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

Spitfire Audio works with world-renowned composer and soundsmith on namesake Hauschka Composer Toolkit

Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT — created in close collaboration with world-renowned German composer and soundsmith Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka), best known for film scores such as the Oscar-nominated Lion (2016) and Adrift (2018), as a multifaceted musical toolkit to add dazzling depth, tension, and texture to anyone’s scoring spadework by bottling a sought-after signature sound palette, performed by Hauschka himself on a Steinway Model D grand piano with 40-plus preparations, presented in Spitfire Audio’s advanced Evo Grid layout and masterful Mercury synth engine with mix-and-match multiple signal options as an industry-standard KONTAKT- powered instrument benefiting from the sound-specialising British music technology company’s seasoned sampling expertise, encompassing unique soundscapes from epic industrial rhythms and thundering bass lines to offbeat, atonal plucks and beautiful, shimmering pads that truly capture the sound world and creative spirit of a true innovator — as of June 27…

Although Hauschka has a number of prepared piano compositions to his notable name — not least, appropriately, an album titled The Prepared Piano (released in 2005), his HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT namesake collaboration with Spitfire Audio is not actually a prepared piano sample library in the way that someone hearing those two words out of context could conceive it to be, but rather a creative exchange and an opportunity for its users to effectively collaborate with a one-of-a-kind composer. Clearly uncompromising and unorthodox, who better to formally introduce that sought-after signature sound palette than Hauschka himself — Hauschka being the stage name under which Volker Bertelmann mainly performs and records. “When I started to prepare the piano, I didn’t know much about John Cage,” confesses the innovator in question. “I wanted to create electronic-sounding music with an analogue instrument, instead of using electronics or a computer, and to play the instrument I can play in a new way. The first sound I came up with was a hi-hat created by a Christmas cake wrapper that was given to me by a friend in a studio. That demonstrates the principle of my work, and reflects the idea of how important it is to stay as creative as possible.”

Hauschka continues: “Creative exchange is essential; if you don’t have it as an artist, you get to a very boring place. I always try to work with people who bring me into new territories.” It is for this reason that he ended up working with Spitfire Audio. After all, the sound-specialising British music technology company collaborates with the best composers, artists, and engineers in the world to build musical tools that sound great and are exciting to use. Ultimately, its collective ambition was to capture the sound world and creative spirit of a true innovator, drawn from Hauschka’s 30 years’ worth of experience as a pianist and Oscar-nominated film composer.

Clearly a match made in musical heaven ensued, enhanced by Spitfire Audio’s seasoned sampling expertise and advanced Evo Grid and masterful Mercury synth engine technologies, buoyed by the beautiful blend of vintage equipment and instruments — including a 1972-vintage Cadac G-series fully-discrete, Class A console with mastering-grade inductor EQs on each channel, Studer A80 two-inch 16-track multitrack recorder, and a heritage Steinway Model D concert grand piano — respectively residing in the perfectly proportioned (50m2/540 sq ft) control room and (120m2/1,300 sq ft) live room replete with natural daylight and revered reverb at Berlin-based Vox-Ton, the fully-analogue recording studio where the London-headquartered creative contingent had previously decamped to record the acclaimed ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS. It is also the go-to recording space for some of today’s most renowned composers, including Icelander Jóhann Jóhannsson (R.I.P.) — famed for his collaborative film work with French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival), and American pianist and composer Dustin O’Halloran. Here everything essential to creatively crafting HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT’s unique soundscapes — spanning epic industrial percussive rhythms and thunderous bass lines to offbeat, atonal plucks and beautiful, shimmering pads — were carefully captured by team Spitfire Audio, ably captained by Production Manager Harry Wilson, working with Francesco Donadello, in-house engineer at Vox-Ton and longterm Hauschka collaborator, who was instrumental in curating each sound. Saying that, the results mostly sound far removed from the original instrument, despite being performed by Hauschka himself on that heritage Steinway Model D grand piano with which he is so comfortable.

Conceptualising HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT through to those Berlin-based recording sessions, Spitfire Audio worked in close collaboration with Hauschka, perfecting and expanding upon the tried-and-tested preparations used in his existing works to capture both standalone notes and rhythmic performances. “Randomness mixed with intent…” effectively encapsulates Hauschka’s writing and sampling approach — an adventure into the unknown, in other words. With that in mind, Spitfire Audio allowed ample room in the recording process, propelling the piano to places it has never been before, borne out of Hauschka’s signature, multifaceted sound — itself borne out of his endless fascination for the interaction between existing instruments and other materials and textures. Truly inspired by sounds in nature, Hauschka’s sounds are chaotic, unpredictable, and non-repeating — ranging from jarring and noise-like to melodious and spine-tingling, the combination of which creates compelling results, clearly contrasting with the minimalism of his predecessors — including the prolific and influential John Cage.

Creativity abounds as each of HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT’s prepared samples are available as an organic sound while multiple signal options afford additional control to dramatically alter the sound of each sample since users can utilise effects from Francesco Donadello’s desirable modular rig, Hauschka’s pedalboard system, Spitfire Audio’s distortion techniques, and a vintage Binson Echorec tape delay that truly defined Pink Floyd’s classic Seventies sound to take things further. Better still, Spitfire Audio’s interactive and highly-intuitive Evo Grid user interface imparts complete control over how the preparations are used and combined. Positioning ‘pins’ via an onscreen 11 x 12 grid arrangement allows access to recordings across 12 intervals. Instantly select which sound sits on each of those 12 key ranges or explore endless possible combinations and instant gratification with built-in randomisation features. Furthermore, each patch is also available as a warped version in Spitfire Audio’s masterful Mercury synth engine, loading with pedal and modular effects for more extreme warping.

While HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT itself is split into six sections (Plug Hits, Plug Rhythms, Pad Sounds, Pad Hits, Swells, Drum Kits), four are presented as Evo Grid layouts. All are distinctive in their own right, yet designed to compliment each other when layered together. The Plug Rhythms are created from objects jumping and flying off the piano strings, such as tea lights and ping pong balls, resulting in unexpected rhythms. Other objects used span saxophone reeds to toy drums, tambourines to gaffer tape, and light filters to wooden pegs, creating an array of new instruments. Indeed, the Evo Grid layout and multiple signal options allow (almost) endless possibilities for each sound, with different results for every user.

Ultimately, then, HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT is ideal for any composer inspired by the avant-garde or any sound designer looking to explore new sonic territories with sounds that can be applied to a wide range of compositions from leftfield electronica to orchestral scores. Summarises Hauschka: “I would love people to use this library whenever they are stuck and don’t want to use obvious sounds.” Sounds like a good game plan. Time to play… with 40-plus preparations, 50 curated presets, and 16,000 samples!

The 16,000 samples-strong HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT can be purchased and digitally downloaded (24.5 GB) for a time-limited introductory promo price of £199.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$229.00 USD/€229.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until July 11, 2019 — rising thereafter to an RRP of
£249.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$299.00 USD/€299.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/hauschka-composer-toolkit/

HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT needs Native Instruments’ KONTAKT PLAYER (5.6.8 or higher) — a free version of the KONTAKT sample playback engine (included in the purchase) — to run as a fully NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD®) supporting plug-in instrument for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) or Windows (7, 8, or 10 — latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit),
while Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime.

For more in-depth information, including some superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/hauschka-composer-toolkit/

Watch Spitfire Audio co-founder Paul Thomson’s ‘traditional’ video walkthrough of HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT here: https://youtu.be/3k1LdEeSeas

Watch Spitfire Audio’s absorbing HAUSCHKA COMPOSER TOOLKIT introductory video here: https://youtu.be/C5Ck9Sjqwmw

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.

© 2019 Spitfire Audio Holdings Limited

BOSS announces Version 2 update for Nextone Artist and Nextone Stage guitar amplifiers

With the free Nextone Version 2 update, BOSS brings a host of new sound customization options to the stage-class Nextone Artist and Nextone Stage guitar amplifiers. Combining classic tube sound and feel with next-generation tonal diversity, Nextone amps offer instant panel re-voicing via four Class AB analog power amp types, plus advanced internal tone shaping using the Nextone Editor for Mac and Windows. The Version 2 update adds numerous sound tools to the editor, allowing Nextone players to personalize their amplifier’s voice at a very deep level.

One of the most potent Version 2 features is Character Shape, located in the heart of the power amp. This allows players to adjust the amp’s feel and response along with the tonal characteristics, providing circuit-level customization with just a few mouse clicks. An Extra Headroom switch is also available, bringing added punch for loud gigs and clean playing styles.

Separate pre/post preamp EQs are now available (including a new 10-band graphic), letting players re-voice the sound and compensate for the gain and tone variations of different guitars. Seven more boost types have also been added, and Nextone’s built-in delay, tremolo, and reverb types can now be set independently for custom mode channels. A graphic EQ option has been added to the system EQ section as well.

Version 2 also brings new usability enhancements to the Nextone Editor. Import/export and librarian functions have been added, making it even easier to work with different Nextone setups. In addition, 20 new presets replicate the behaviors of many classic tube amplifier types, taking full advantage of Nextone’s selectable tone stacks and variable analog power stages.

The Version 2 update is available as a free download and can be installed by connecting a Nextone Artist or Nextone Stage amp to a Mac or Windows computer via USB.

To learn more, visit www.boss.info.

About BOSS

BOSS, a division of Roland Corporation, has achieved legendary status among guitarists by offering a diverse, world-leading product lineup that includes amps, compact effects processors, multi-effects processors, digital recorders, rhythm machines, metronomes, tuners, vocal products, and more. For more information, visit Boss.info.