BVKER releases Chaos Trap sample pack for free

BVKER just released a free Trap Sample pack, which is filled with a total of 257 files, including drum one shots, drum loops, melody loops and MIDI files.

The “Chaos Kit” contains 150 one shot samples, including tuned and key-labeled 808s, claps, kicks, snares, percs, crashes, rides, closed and open hats. One shot samples from the pack have further been used to create 30 drum loops ranging from 130 – 160 BPM.

Additionally you’ll receive 40 key- and BPM-labeled melody loops and 37 matching MIDI files. 

BVKER states:

“They’re all 100% royalty-free so you can use them for your own beats, without having to worry about copyright problems.”

and that:

“the free Chaos trap sample pack can be used with every DAW, no matter if you’re using FL Studio, Live, Maschine, Logic, Reason, an MPC or anything else.”

This Chaos Trap Sample Pack is free to download on BVKER’s website:

https://bvker.com/free-trap-samples/

Contents:

  • 150 Drum Shots
  • 30 Drum Loops
  • 40 Melody Loops
  • 37 MIDI Loops

Waveform Pro from Tracktion – The most creative, inspirational and affordable DAW ever

Tracktion announces Waveform Pro, the eleventh version of this affordable, award winning, fully featured digital audio workstation.

Designed for the needs of modern music producers, this deeply capable DAW is a suite of tools that is powerful, intuitive and very user friendly. The latest evolution includes new features developed to harness the potential of multi-screen setups, touch screens and user customization. Plus, system stability has been improved with plugin sand boxing.

Waveform Pro introduces the User Interface Layout allowing almost any window panel can now be undocked for the ultimate customization. Use with the Quick Action Bar to assign short cut actions including custom macros. Both work great with the Quick Action Window, designed with touch screens in mind, which allows multiple screens or touch screens to be dedicated to a specific instrument, plugin or app.

New additions to the composition tools include the Arranger Track, a new tool to make the arrangement of musical ideas a lot easier.  Clips of a composition can be selectively created, named and colored for ease of identification, then simply dragged and dropped in to different parts of the work. Annotation and movement of entire pieces of work is now quick and effortless. The Edit Overview makes navigation of musical pieces rapid and smooth,

Waveform Pro ships with a set of FIVE new MIDI tools. The Arpeggiator offers classic arpeggiation as well as tight control over timing and input. Note Repeat allows notes to be repeated based on selected patterns and clock settings. Complex chords can be triggered with just a single note using the Chord Companion. Meanwhile the MIDI Monitor aids analysis and troubleshooting by clearly listing all MIDI events as they occur and the MIDI Filter works to filter out notes, effectively allowing two instruments to be played with one keyboard, one on the left side, one on the right.

Third party plugins have always been the weak link for any digital audio workstation. Waveform Pro has addressed this with the implementation of Plugin Sandboxing. When activated, if a plugin crashes, it is deactivated rather than the host closing. In addition to sandboxing, the new DAW has had several ‘under the hood’ tweaks addressing stability, including one to automate any crash reports.

Last, but not least, one hundred and twenty two new Artisan Plugins have been added including a DeEsser, new filters, a de-noise plugin and many more.

Together this enriched collection of deep dive tools, additions, features and improvement mean workflow is enhanced and key strokes reduced to make more time for music creation.

Click here to try a 90 day FREE trial. Take Care, Keep Well and Go Produce!

To find out more please go to www.tracktion.com/products/waveform-pro

 

SPL of Germany Announces Crescendo Duo 2-channel microphone preamplifier featuring 120V technology

SPL of Germany has announced the new ‘Crescendo duo’ mic pre that extends SPL’s 120V technology microphone preamplifier portfolio with a two-channel version of the SPL Crescendo. The new product is set to ship worldwide April 14, 2020, and is distributed by Focal-Naim America in the US and Canada, it retails for $2,499 USD.

Crescendo duo excels with the same outstanding sonic and technical features as the flagship of the product line – Crescendo, an 8-channel mic pre, released in September 2018. It is nearly impossible to overdrive this preamplifier. It excels with absolute signal fidelity and clarity and lets microphones appear in a whole new light – they have never been amplified like this before.

Besides the switchable +48V phantom power for condenser microphones, Crescendo duo offers a high-pass filter to eliminate low-frequency noise, the ability to reverse the polarity of the signal and a PAD to lower the input level. The two large VU meters visualize the output level of the amplified signal. The ability to reduce level, shown on the VU meter, by 10dB makes it easy to display the dynamics of high levels. A highlight of the Crescendo duo is the individual control of Mic Gain and Output Gain. This way, the microphone signal is amplified in the best way possible without wasting a single dB.

The output signal can be accessed at the rear via two parallel XLR outputs per channel. For example, two different recording systems can be used (for example for creating a back-up) or two different signal paths can be fed.

The Crescendo duo is the perfect start for an engineer entering into the world of the SPL 120V technology microphone preamplifiers. The Crescendo duo is perfectly suited for the most demanding stereo recordings but is also ideal for mono signals such as vocals. It is the ultimate front end for all professional recording studios.

“After having brought my vision of a 120V technology microphone preamplifier to life with the Crescendo, I am now pleased that this philosophy is being continued with the two-channel version Crescendo duo. It is the ideal front-end for studios and production spaces that only require a few, but high-quality, microphone preamps to get the most out of their microphones and recordings using SPL 120V high dynamic linear technology,” said Wolfgang Neumann, Chief Developer at SPL.

The new SPL Crescendo duo is set to be available in stores starting April 14, 2020, with a US retail price of $2499. USD

Find further information on the Crescendo duo product page: https://spl.audio/crescendo-duo/?lang=en

For more information about Focal Naim America visit their website at https://www.focalnaimamerica.com or call (800) 663-9352.
 

 

About SPL
SPL has been developing and manufacturing analog and digital audio gear for the music, film, multimedia, and broadcasting industries for more than 35 years. SPL products are respected worldwide for their innovative approach and user-friendliness, but most of all for their outstanding performance. Among SPL’s most celebrated developments are the patented Vitalizer(r) sound-optimization processing, the first-ever level-independent dynamic processor known as the Transient Designer, the 5.1 microphone system Atmos, as well as compact monitor controllers and channel strips. The development of the SUPRA op-amps by SPL allowed analog signal processing to outperform the best digital processing in terms of quality. These op-amps, which make use of the unsurpassed 120 Volt Technology, were first used on the MMC mastering console. Ever since, the 120V technology has become a quality trademark of SPL products, laying the foundation for all SPL Mastering devices as well as various devices of the SPL Studio line, like the 120V microphone preamplifier Crescendo. Within the SPL Hi-Fi series “Professional Fidelity” this technology gained popularity under the name of VOLTAiR. SPL stormed the USB and MADI audio-Interface market with the introduction of the Crimson, Madicon, and Madison interfaces. Its collaboration with German company Brainworx resulted in the Analog Code(r) plug-Ins, which translate to the digital realm the same quality expected from all SPL products. This relationship has led SPL to become a member of the Plugin Alliance.

About Focal Naim America
Focal Naim America (formerly Audio Plus Services) is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Studio Furniture, Vicoustic, and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, the company has sales personnel located throughout the United States and Canada to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. The company specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America.

For more information about Focal Naim America visit their website at https://www.focalnaimamerica.com or call (800) 663-9352.

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Positive Grid invites musicians to download full version of Bias FX Mobile for free

Positive Grid, creator of the acclaimed BIAS FX 2 desktop software, invites guitar and bass players to create with their BIAS FX Mobile application with a 90-day FREE full download. Users can download the app for the next 14 days, from March 25 to April 8, 2020, and utilize every feature offered in the BIAS FX Guitar Amp & Effects app at no charge. Simply download the app and sign up for a new ToneCloud account to unlock all the features and expansion packs that BIAS FX has to offer.

“It can be difficult for many musicians to remain creative and positive right now,” shares Robert McCullar, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing for Positive Grid. “We want to create an opportunity for them to keep playing and stay connected to music.”

BIAS FX Mobile is a powerful application that turns an iOS device into an incredible sounding guitar amps and effects processor built on the backbone of Positive Grid’s award-winning pro-level software. Like the desktop version, the BIAS FX app also comes with a library full of realistic-sounding guitar and bass amps, effect pedals, and studio racks for players to create tones using only an iPhone or iPad.

BIAS FX Mobile also seamlessly integrates with Positive Grid’s BIAS AMP 2 Mobile and BIAS Pedal Mobile applications to let players dive deeper into limitless tone customization. Cross-platform ToneCloud® access allows users to share and download thousands of custom presets, for easy mobile access to favorite sounds.

BIAS FX Mobile supports IAA, allowing guitar and bass players to pair it with other iOS music applications. Plus it supports AudioBus, AUM, GarageBand, Cubasis, and more so that musicians can easily integrate it into their mobile recording rig using any iOS device. BIAS FX Mobile can also be controlled for live use using a simple LiveView controller, so now you can take your full rig anywhere!

BIAS FX Mobile is available in the App Store for FREE for use for 90 days if you download from March 25, 2020 to April 8, 2020. Simply download the app here and sign up for a new, complimentary ToneCloud account.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay positive.

About Positive Grid:

Based in California, Positive Grid has satellite operations in Germany, Italy, Australia and Taiwan. The company began in 2008 by designing and developing a core technology base, and focuses on delivering superior and highly creative experiences for musicians in both hardware and software. Positive Grid’s current product portfolio features some of the best-selling solutions in the industry for guitar technology, including not only BIAS AMP and BIAS FX software, but also JamUp, X Drummer and their award-winning Spark amp with smart technology. Find out more at positivegrid.com.

EastWest offers 10,000 free ComposerCloud subscriptions for students stuck at home

The entire world is currently faced with unprecedented difficulties, and never before have so many students had to stay home because of school closures.

EastWest would like to help and is offering 10,000 ComposerCloud X EDU subscriptions for free for 90 days to high school and college students across the world. These students will get access to the same 40,000+ award-winning instruments used by the top professionals in the industry.

ComposerCloud has been the #1 subscription service for music creators, and is widely popular among music producers and composers.

EastWest Producer Doug Rogers says: “Together, we’ll get through this, and the world will need the music produced by these 10,000 students more than ever before.”

Hurry and enroll, EastWest expects these ComposerCloud X EDU subscriptions to go quickly!

Students can sign up at http://www.soundsonline.com/stay-at-home-trial

About EASTWEST

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

Catalinbread donates all of Blood Donor pedal’s profits to the American Red Cross

Here at Catalinbread, we’ve been hard at work coming up with any way we can to help our country’s most vulnerable citizens. Our Blood Donor pedal does just that: we pledge to donate 100 percent of all this pedal’s profits to the American Red Cross, along with a little gentle encouragement to give your own blood to the cause.

With that said, our Blood Donor is a revamped and fine-tuned version of our venerable Katzenkonig with a slew of changes that truly unlocks the circuit’s potential. We’ve added a carefully selected transistor set that pushes the boundaries of saturation and gain to their electrical limits, giving the old cat a little more fur and bite. The noise floor has been trimmed while widening the utility of all controls, giving an increased range of input sensitivity that mimics the volume knob on your guitar. Get into it! And give blood!

The Blood Donor goes for $179.99 and starts shipping on April 6th. Pre-orders are available now through participating retailers and Catalinbread.com

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. https://www.redcross.org/

KRK Systems ROKIT G4 grille covers now available

KRK Systems, part of the Gibson family of brands, introduces the ROKIT G4 Studio Monitor Grille Covers, providing a protective shield and sleek aesthetic for the range of powered near-field studio monitors. Made specifically for the 5-, 7- and 8-inch ROKIT G4s, these grille covers are comprised of premium components and built to spec, ensuring a seamless integration into the monitor’s cabinetry system.

“We deeply respect the time and effort that our customers put into their music, and KRK ROKIT G4 Studio monitors are an investment into that dedication,” says Jimmy R. Landry, Global Director of Marketing, Pro Audio Division, Gibson Brands, Inc. “With the addition of grille covers to the ROKIT G4 line, users can now protect their investment in style. Whether you’re a producer on the move creating tracks in different places or a touring DJ out on the road, ROKIT G4 Grilles Covers will have your speakers protected.”

Constructed with top-grade 22-guage powder-coated perforated steel, these durably crafted grilles are the defense mechanism in place to protect the high-quality drivers. Super high-strength magnets manufactured with alloy metal ensure that the grille covers stay in place—protecting the ROKIT G4s in any environment. The form factor of these monitor accessories has not only been tested for solid protection from environmental factors, but also to ensure that frequencies are not hindered by their use.

For more information, please visit: www.krksys.com/Studio-Monitors/Rokit-G4-Grille-Covers

About KRK Systems:
Over the past three decades, KRK Systems, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, has become synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance in the world of studio monitors, subwoofers and headphones. KRK offers products that meet the diverse needs of home studios and professional studios alike no matter the style of music or application. For more information, visit www.krksys.com.

About Gibson:
Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and Gibson Pro Audio division brands Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at http://www.gibson.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Music & Arts partners with D’Addario Woodwinds to launch new VENN series of synthetic musical instrument reeds

Music & Arts is proud to debut D’Addario Woodwinds’ newly announced VENN Synthetic musical instrument reeds – available exclusively through Music & Arts online from now until April 30, 2020, and in select locations starting April 2020. Currently available for Bb Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, this new species of reeds combines a natural, cane-like feel with the durability and low maintenance of a synthetic reed.

Megan Waybright, National Retail Marketing Manager at Music & Arts comments, “VENN reeds are a perfect new complement to fit the needs of students and pros alike. They’re not as prone to chipping and splitting from active use, and they enable young players to ‘find their sound’ more easily than an all-synthetic reed, so it’s like getting the best of both worlds. We invite everyone to be the first to discover VENN at Music & Arts, and we’re excited to see all of the great music that gets made using them.”

For more information about each of the VENN reeds on Music & Arts’ online store, visit www.musicarts.com/venn-advanced-synthetic-reeds. To contact a nearby location in April to check availability, please visit stores.musicarts.com.

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About Music & Arts
In 1952, Music & Arts began as a single location in Maryland. Since the 1990s, the company has expanded nationwide through organic growth and a series of acquisitions and mergers with other music dealers. Countless students across the U.S. have benefited from their fun and safe learning environment, and many have gone on to further their musical studies on a higher level or pursue a music-related career. Presently, Music & Arts has more than 500 retail and affiliate locations, 140 educational representatives, and teaches over 2 million lessons per year, making it one of the nation’s largest school music retailers and lesson providers. Visit MusicArts.com for more information.

About D’Addario & Company, Inc.
D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, marketed under several product brands: D’Addario Fretted, D’Addario Orchestral, D’Addario Woodwinds, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Puresound Snare Wires. A family-owned and operated business with roots dating back to the 17th century, D’Addario now has over 1,200 employees worldwide, and manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. while utilizing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario musical accessories are distributed in 130 countries, serve more than 3,300 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and are the preferred choice of musicians worldwide such as, Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani, Julia Fischer, Anderson .Paak, Kacey Musgraves and more.

Synchro Arts offers free 90-day licences for customers who can’t use their software due to COVID-19

To ensure customers can continue working remotely with both VocALign and Revoice Pro despite many workplaces being closed due to COVID-19, Synchro Arts are offering all owners of their products free duplicate 90-day licenses until further notice.

If you’re an individual Synchro Arts customer who needs to request a free duplicate 90-day product license just complete the form on this page. Alternatively, companies or institutions that need to request multiple licenses should contact Synchro Arts directly.

About Synchro Arts: Founded in 1994 and based just outside of London, Synchro Arts create tools and technology to help craft great vocal performances. Their products enable music producers, engineers and audio post professionals perform complex manual editing tasks both quickly and intuitively, saving countless hours of studio time.

Their first product VocALign was released in 1995 and is now the world’s number one audio alignment plugin. Then in 2012, Synchro Arts launched Revoice Pro, their flagship vocal production software which offers not only timing and pitch adjustment across multiple tracks, but advanced tuning and vocal doubling too.

SYNERGY Amps releases dual-channel all-tube Synergy module

ENGL Amplifiers have a long legacy of well-loved, precise-sounding high-gain amplifiers. The legendary Powerball is one of ENGLs most iconic designs and allows metal players to find equally inspiring shades throughout the whole gain range.

By partnering with such iconic amplifier brands like ENGL and designers such as Horst Langer, SYNERGY is able to offer these sought-after tones in all-tube designs that are perfect for the direct-recording, lower-stage-volume, and compact-guitar-rig demands of today.

Just like the original head, the all tube preamp Module also features the standard
3-band EQ, gain, and volume controls, but two Gain Lo/Hi and Mid Boost switches per channel to put a world of these German-engineered tones at your fingertips.

It’s easy to see why the SYNERGY preamp module system is taking the industry by storm.

Engl Powerball Preamp Module Features:

  • Built in U.S.A.
  • All-tube preamp module custom designed by Horst Langer and Engl Amplification
  • Two channels offer switching between Overdrive and High Gain Distortion
  • Blue: Channel 3 Powerball – Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Gain & Mid Boost Switches
  • Red: Channel 4 Powerball – Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Gain & Mid Boost Switches
  • 2 x 12AX7 preamp tubes ensure rich harmonic performance
  • Easy to install and remove from Synergy preamp docks
  • Dual/Single switch allows the module to be used with older Egnater and Randall hardware
  • Three-position cathode select switch allows you to configure the input tube bias setting for optimum input gain and bass response

Visit www.SynergyAmps.com