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Native Instruments release West African sample pack

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via Native Instruments:

The latest instrument from our Discovery Series focuses on the rich and inspirational traditions of West Africa. The iconic sounds of the region have been carefully sampled in incredible quality, and include 26 percussion and 8 pitched instruments playable solo or in ensembles. A built-in sequencer allows one touch triggering of authentic pre-programmed poly-rhythms, perfect for adding depth and character to everything from film scores to cutting-edge dance floor music.

DISCOVERY SERIES: WEST AFRICA* is available now from the Online Shop for $119 / 99 €.


Looks and sounds tasty!


Written by majorshake

June 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

News: Steinberg HALion now shipping

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via this:

Steinberg HALion is now available. This is the press release:

After winning plaudits at the Frankfurt Musikmesse for presenting the new HALion 4 VST sampler and sound creation system, Steinberg is now shipping the latest version of its acclaimed virtual instrument.

In its fourth incarnation, HALion has undergone a massive overhaul and shift to an entirely new sampling and sound creation environment. With a cornucopia of creative capabilities, including a top-notch synth section, advanced tools and an inspiring sound library, HALion 4 is a truly universal tool for producers, sound designers musicians alike. The future-proof sample engine and a modular and efficient workflow approach, make HALion 4 an indispensable tool for creative professionals.

HALion 4 is now being shipped to our distributors worldwide* and is also available in the Steinberg Online Shop.

Find out more on HALion 4


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June 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

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News: D16 SilverLine Group Buy

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Before the 15th of June, if you buy any effect from D16’s SilverLine collection, you’ll get the rest of them for free! Sounds like a great deal to me, and I thank Ronnie from Rekkerd.org for posting about it because thats how I know about this deal. I’ll be getting mine in the morning!

Info here 

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June 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm

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News: NI release Vintage Compressors bundle

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The folks at NI sure are on a roll lately!

Via NI:

VINTAGE COMPRESSORS is the sound of character compression. Created in collaboration with Softube, the VC 76, VC 2A and VC 160 are painstakingly accurate emulations of three of the most popular compressors in studio history. Each has its own unmistakable sound, and with added sidechaining and parallel compression, these VINTAGE COMPRESSORS actually improve on the originals. Add legendary character to your productions with VINTAGE COMPRESSORS.

The VINTAGE COMPRESSORS* bundle is available in the Online Shop for $229 / 199 €. The individual compressors are also available separately for $119 / 99 € each.

For more info and to purchase go here

Written by majorshake

June 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

Time+Space Cinematic Bundles Contest

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Time+Space have announced a competition in which three lucky entrants can win a copy of their Cinematic Bundle.

This includes:

You need to be 18 to enter, and the competition ends on the 7th of July.
For more details read here. 

Good luck friends!

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June 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

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News: Dada Life releases the Sausage Fattener

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Looks tasty. This is what they say about it on their website:

“The Sausage Fattener only has two knobs. But don’t be fooled. With those seemingly simple parameters you can create loads of different sounds. Use the Sausage Fattener on a single channel with moderate settings as a musical compressor. Turn it up and you have a dirty bastard of distortion. But you can also use the plugin on a bus (for example all the drums and the bass) or the whole track as a mastering plugin.

The Sausage Fattener is used by Tiësto, Kaskade, Diplo, Laidback Luke, Chuckie, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South, Hardwell, Angger Dimas, Frank E, Zedd, Lazy Rich, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Marcus Schossow, John Dahlbäck and many other DJ/producers.

Just see what Laidback Luke thinks about our little creation:
“Ever since I stepped away from Fruity Loops I was looking for a plugin like this. And you did it. Instantly hooked, and loving it!”

More info here.

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June 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

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News: FaderFox announce the LV3 Ableton Live controller

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Fader Fox have announced the LV3, their new Ableton Live controller. To quote their website: “The device controls track volumes by faders, rack parameters by encoders and joysticks and important global things like tempo, quantization & cue/master-volumes. Further you get a total track control by 24 programmable buttons, organized in 3 rows.”

Looks pretty cool I’d say. The size suggests to me that it’s aimed more at the DJ market than anything else, but I could see a use for it myself, and I’m by no means a DJ.

Here are the features of this baby:

-Special controller for Ableton Live (also suitable for other DAW software)
– Automap setup files for Live 8 are shipped with the controller (no manual mapping necessary)
– USB interface – class compliant / no driver necessary
– Controls 8 tracks with possibility to shift the 8-track-window to further tracks
– 24 programmable buttons for all track functions
– About 280 commands – all freely reassignable (each track sends on separate midi channel)
– Select and start/stop of scenes/clips with dedicated encoder (clip-scroll in session view)
– 4 mulifunctional push-encoders to control rack parameters in the selected track
– 2 non-centered joysticks to control rack parameters in the selected track or in send tracks
– Global control of several global parameters like tempo, quantization and master / cue volumes
– All controls with double function by holding down the shift button
– 33 LED’s in different colors to display various informations like clip states etc.
– 2-digit-display to show current scene number and track window
– USB bus powering – consumption less than 500mW / 100mA
– Very compact design in a black, plastic casing (desktop format 180x105x70 mm, 350 g)
– High-quality faders and encoders from ALPS
– New rubber knobs for best tactile feeling


Written by majorshake

June 3, 2011 at 9:53 am