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Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) announce Hydrasynth wave morphing synthesizer
Posted: 16-Sep-19


Newly-formed music hardware company Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) is proud to announce (upcoming) availability of Hydrasynth — a wave morphing synthesizer representing its inaugural hardware product, produced
as a keyboard version (featuring an ASM Polytouch™ 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keyboard and a user-assignable ribbon controller) and desktop version (with 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads, plus
an included 19-inch rack-mount kit) — as of September 3…

Hydrasynth itself is an eight-voice, three-oscillator synthesizer anchored around a unique wave morphing synthesis engine. OSC 1, OSC 2, and OSC 3 can all make use of any one of the 219 single-cycle waveforms
available, while Wave Scan mode (for OSC 1 and OSC 2 only) flexibly facilitates defining eight waveforms into a list and then morphing from one to the next using modulation sources.

Said synthesis engine also features four mutators, allowing for further tonal modification. MUTANT 1, MUTANT 2, MUTANT 3, and MUTANT 4 have an ability to perform complex FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis;
each include three different types of pulse width modifiers, hard sync, harmonic sweep, and a Wavestack™ function that generates five detuned copies of the incoming waves for super-dense sounds. Furthermore, flexible
routings within the mutators make available (almost) unlimited options for tweaking, twisting, and turning sounds inside out.

On top of that, the synthesis engine also contains two filters that can be configured in parallel or series. FILTER 1 features 11 filter models spanning new and classic filter modes, while FILTER 2 is a continuously-variable
multimode affair.

As modulation sources add much-needed movement into a synthesized sound, Hydrasynth far from disappoints in that regard with five envelope generators — ENV 1, ENV 2, ENV 3, ENV 4, and ENV 5 — capable of
looping as well as tempo synchronisation and five LFOs (low frequency oscillators) — LFO 1, LFO 2, LFO 3, LFO 4, and LFO 5 — capable of acting as step sequencers or one-shots. The modulation matrix — MOD
MATRIX — offers 32 modulation slots with which to route sources to destinations. Such sources and destinations can also be received or sent via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) CC (continuous controller)
messages or front panel-accessible CV (control voltage) INPUTS and OUTPUTS.

Of course, connectivity to the wider world is as far reaching as it comes, courtesy of that full-blown MIDI implementation (via the usual connection compliment of MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, and MIDI THRU on five-pin DIN as well
as USB) alongside CV/GATE connections (for playing nicely with the likes of today’s ever-widening world of Eurorack modular gear, vintage synthesizers, and more).

Hydrasynth has brought back one of the most requested features in synthesizers and controllers — namely, polyphonic aftertouch. As such, its unique polyphonic aftertouch keyboard breathes life and dynamics into
otherwise static sounds, so users can create expressive musical passages using a standard-sized traditional keyboard. It is not necessary to learn a new keyboard technique to be able to play and perform with the
Polytouch™ keyboard.

Alternatively, a desktop version of Hydrasynth — dispensing with that Polytouch™ keyboard and the user-assignable ribbon controller in favour of 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads — is available to
those not needing to add another keyboard to their studio or stage setups; saying that, all other performance attributes are still at hand, including an adaptable ARPEGGIATOR and dedicated FILTER CONTROLS, with
crisp OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays duly providing welcomed visual feedback across the easy-to-follow front panels of both versions of ASM’s inaugural hardware product… when it comes to working with a
sensational synthesis engine, the choice is out there!


Expected to ship in November 2019, Hydrasynth will be available through ASM’s growing global network of authorized retailers at an MSRP of $1,599.00 USD ($1,299.00 USD MAP) for the keyboard version and at an
MSRP of $999.00 USD ($799.00 USD MAP) for the desktop version.

For more in-depth information, please visit the ASM webpage via the link.


About Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) (www.ashunsoundmachines.com)
ASM is a new music hardware brand started in 2019, based in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Shanghai. The brand is wholly owned by Medeli, an established electronic musical instrument developer founded in Hong Kong
in 1983. Passionate about using technology to create exciting products that spark creativity, the core company team comprises Fanny Cheng (President), Daniel Troberg (VP of Sales and Marketing), Glen Darcey (VP of
Products), Dominic Au (Product Manager), and Chen Jiejun (Director of Engineering).


Web-Link: www.ashunsoundmachines.com


Producer Loops releases Cinematic Underscore FX
Posted: 16-Sep-19


'Cinematic Underscore FX' is a compelling collection of foley, impacts, risers, soundbeds and subs. Featuring exquisite sound design, these samples are perfect for bringing tension and a
sense of the foreboding to your productions.

Although the samples were originally designed for us in Cinematic music, they will work equally well in dark electronic music such as Techno, Trance and Psytrance.

These samples are ready to simply drag and drop straight into your compositions, with minimal time required to get that quintessential underscore sound. However, FX files are also
provided, each providing a twist to the original sample it is based upon, and offering users more variety and inspiration.

Royalty-Free:
Every loop in this product is 100% Royalty-Free, so once purchased, you can use this pack in your commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs. Please check the licence
agreement for full terms and conditions.

Specifications:

  • Total 140 WAV
  • 31 Standard & FX Foley
  • 10 Standard & FX Impacts
  • 11 Standard & FX Risers
  • 13 Signature Soundbeds & FX
  • 13 Standard Subs & FX
  • ACIDized WAV Files
  • AIFF Files
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • 44.1 kHz/24-Bit
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • Royalty-Free (No Exceptions)

    For more information including audio demos, check the Producerloops website via the link.


    Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Producer-Loops-Cinematic-Underscore-FX.html


Producerloops releases 'Popped Up 5'
Posted: 16-Sep-19


'Popped Up 5' is a goldmine of inspiration for songwriters and producers aiming to create the next multi-platinum Pop smash. Catchy guitar lines, big drums, vocal synths, pianos and future-proof Pop synths
combine to make five hugely accessible Construction Kits.

These writer-friendly chord progressions and engaging drum patterns are just waiting for a vocal topline to take them to next level.

In addition to audio content, you'll also find MIDI files for the majority of the melodic phrases heard in each Kit, allowing you to substitute your favourite synths and samplers for the pre-rendered audio. Tail
files are included where possible, meaning you can end a phrase with the natural decay of the instrument - there's no need to worry about the listener noticing when your sample suddenly ends!

And of course, all files are provided in 44.1kHz/24-Bit quality, meaning they're ready to drag and drop straight into your projects at full fidelity. ACID/WAV, Apple Loops, Reason Refill, REX2 & Ableton Live
Pack formats are available for purchase separately.

Product Specifications:

  • 5 Construction Kits
  • 199 Audio Files
  • 27 MIDI Files
  • 44.1kHz/24-Bit
  • ACID/WAV
  • Apple Loops
  • REX2
  • Ableton Live Pack 8.1.3
  • Refill
  • 100% Royalty-Free


For more information & audio examples visit the Producerloops website via the link.


Web-Link: www.producerloops.com/Download-Inspiration-Sounds-Popped-Up-5.html


IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 - Mobile MIDI keyboard controllers
Posted: 16-Sep-19


IK Multimedia announces the iRig Keys 2 series of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers. Building upon the acclaimed features of IK's award-winning iRig Keys series, these new controllers offer new ways to connect and control, updated compatibility, and a sleek new look.

The iRig Keys 2 Pro offers 37 full size velocity-sensitive keys, and the iRig Keys 2 features 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys for backpack portability or use in restricted spaces. Each model comes equipped with a variety of convenient top panel performance controls plus MIDI IN/OUT for use as a stand-alone MIDI controller.

In addition to offering laptop and desktop compatibility, these ultra-slim MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers connect directly to iPhone/iPad and most Android models*. They also include a dedicated audio output to connect speakers or headphones - especially useful for the owners of newer iPhone models.

For instant inspiration, a selection of powerful music-making apps is bundled with each controller, as well as an assortment of cables.

Control it all
Onboard MIDI input and output enable users to control stand-alone gear such as IK's UNO Synth and UNO Drum, other synths and drum machines, and more. While being used with a computer or mobile device, iRig Keys 2 controllers can also act as a MIDI interface to streamline an entire rig.

Each controller can be powered by a computer or mobile device, USB power supply, or USB battery pack, for reliable control whether in a studio or classroom, during a performance, while travelling, or even outdoors.

For additional musical expression, the rear panel also features an external pedal input.

Top panel customisation and control
Controls for programming and performance are easily accessible from the top panel. They include modulation and pitch bend wheels, volume control, octave up/down buttons, a data push encoder, and a variety of other function buttons. Custom settings can be programmed to four assignable knobs for easy access to favourite performance parameters.

A convenient Edit mode lets users personalize the controllers and easily recall preferred settings with the touch of a button. Options include keyboard transpose, touch sensitivity customisation, MIDI channel change, customised knob assignments, and more. All changes can also be saved into Sets using the Set button, for instant recall.

Be heard by all
Both iRig Keys 2 models work directly out of the box with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, and are compatible with most Android devices*.

A unique new headphone output can be used for silent practice or composition, especially while using newer iPhone models. The audio out can also be used to connect speakers for increased volume and audio quality that surpasses a device's built-in speakers.

Powerful software bundle and more
For instant inspiration, iRig Keys 2 controllers come complete with IK's award-winning Mac/PC sound and groove workstation, SampleTank 4 SE, which offers more than 2000 sounds to create cutting-edge tracks.

It also includes free apps like SampleTank FREE for iPhone and iPad, iGrand Piano FREE for iPhone, iPad and Android, and iLectric Piano FREE for Android.

The iRig Keys 2 series is compatible with hundreds of other popular music app titles for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC, offering an endless stream of possibilities for learning to play, practising, composition or live performance.

* Requires micro-USB to OTG or micro-USB to USB-C cables, sold separately.

Pricing and availability
Both iRig Keys 2 models are available now from the IK Multimedia online store and from authorized IK dealers worldwide for $/€129.99** (iRig Keys 2) and $/€149.99** (iRig Keys 2 Pro).

** All prices excluding taxes

For more information about the iRig Keys 2 series, please visit the IK Multimedia website via the link.


Web-Link: www.irigkeys2.com
Web-Link: www.irigkeys2.com/video


Samplecraze release Vocal Masterclass
Posted: 10-Sep-19


20 videos, totalling nearly 4 hours, exploring a wide range of vocal production techniques

Samplecraze have once again expanded their extremely popular ‘masterclass series’ of video tutorials,
this time with Vocal Masterclass which consists of 20 videos with a combined runtime of 3 hours and 45
minutes. Suitable for producers of all levels, the package comprehensively covers a wide range of vocal
processing tricks, tips and techniques.

Vocals are the most important aspect of any non-instrumental production and are at the forefront of the
quest to engage and satisfy the listener. They are also one of the toughest engineering aspects to
master for any producer and getting them right can elevate a mix to greatness.

Renowned Samplecraze founder Eddie Bazil draws on nearly 40 years of professional audio
engineering and sound design experience to cover both male and female vocals in significant depth. In
his own words, “The vocals tell the story, drive the energy of the song and communicate with the
listener!”

After covering the foundations of preparing, layering and harmonising vocal parts, applying EQ, de-
essing and a variety of dynamics processing techniques the collection then progresses to more esoteric
and creative methods such as using modulation to add dynamic motion, advanced dynamics, ducking
reverbs for clarity, gating, a number of automation tricks and more insider tips than it’s practical to list
here.

As with most Samplecraze masterclasses a subset of the content is aimed specifically at engineering
vocals within the genres of EDM, Rock, Hip-Hop and Rap. However those same techniques can of
course be applied to a much broader set of creative use cases.

Samplecraze are currently offering Vocal Masterclass at the special introductory price of £19.99 which
considering the wealth of valuable information in the package is worthy of serious consideration for any
producer serious about their art.


Web-Link: Vocal Masterclass


Free T-RackS Metering Suite for iLoud MTM and iLoud Micro Monitor users
Posted: 29-Aug-19


IK Multimedia is offering its acclaimed T-RackS Metering Suite at no charge to registered users of iLoud Micro Monitors and iLoud MTM monitors. The suite is part of IK's industry standard T-RackS mixing and mastering software workstation, and offers a full range of metering tools that will enhance any type of recording, mixing or mastering work. Combined with the award-winning accuracy and precision of the iLoud range of studio monitors, users can now work even more quickly and easily to create professional tracks in any environment.

The Metering Suite provides complete visual feedback about audio creations to help users achieve professional results. The precision LUFS meter offers information about the loudness of an audio piece based on its final delivery method, from digital music, to broadcast, and everything in between. Peak, RMS and Dynamic Range meters offer feedback about the dynamic response of mixes. A timesaving Spectrogram detects frequency imbalances and phase issues before masters are finalised. VU/PPM meters provide a classic "needle style" visual, while similarly styled Mid-Side meters enable comparisons between mono and stereo content.

Offering several flexible user options, the suite is available as a resizable plug-in for all popular DAWs, or inside the T-RackS shell when being used for stand-alone mastering work.

About iLoud MTM
iLoud MTM is a compact reference monitor that delivers pristine sound and unprecedented accuracy for the professional and home studio. Users can take advantage of its unsurpassed clarity, 100W RMS power and class-defying 40 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response. It also features an ultra-flat frequency response, but more importantly, a truly linear phase response for true-to-life sound. In addition, a symmetrical MTM design (two 3.5" high-performance woofers and 1" high definition tweeter) provides precise, point-source sound to minimise ear fatigue. Its self-calibration is derived from IK's ARC™ System, with an included reference microphone, and its tilting isolation mount adjusts from 0° to 20° for correct positioning in a wide range of setups.

About iLoud Micro Monitor
Available in a choice of black or white, these ultra-compact, high quality reference studio monitors offer the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. iLoud Micro Monitor provides ultra-accurate, transparent, true linear frequency response with no colouration in every listening environment, especially home and project studios. iLoud Micro Monitor is comprised of two extremely portable, high-performance bi-amped speakers that deliver a combined 50W RMS of power for solid bass, plenty of headroom and a defined stereo image for recording, editing, mixing or mastering audio, editing video, sound designing or gaming.

How to obtain
A serial code for the T-RackS Metering Suite will automatically be added to each registered user's User Area on the IK website, and new users will receive an e-mail with instructions upon registering their iLoud Micro Monitor or iLoud MTM. Existing users who have already registered one of these products can visit their User Area now to view their serial and download the installer.

To learn more about the T-RackS Metering Suite, visit the IK Multimedia website via the link.


Web-Link: www.ikmultimedia.com/products/tr5metering


Voxengo Voxformer 2.15 vocal channel strip plugin released
Posted: 28-Aug-19


Voxengo are happy to inform you that Voxengo Voxformer version 2.15 update is now available for download. Voxengo Voxformer is a multi-functional vocal channel strip
plugin for professional audio production applications, available in AAX, AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plug-in formats, for macOS and Windows computers.

Version 2.15 includes the following changes:

  • Added spectrum color selector.
  • Improved visual quality at different visual interface scales.
  • Windows: implemented (switchable) higher-precision user interface update timer, for smoother display.



The coolest feature of Voxformer is its one-knob vocal compressor. Using only a single knob, you can get a tight, open and definitive professional vocal sound with an
excellent articulation in no time. You do not have to worry about common ratio and make-up gain controls since they are automatically selected by the advanced compression
algorithm while attack and release parameters are stored in a mode preset. Moreover, Voxformer features two compressors of this type, allowing you to apply either a two-
band or a two-stage (serial) vocal compression.

Voxformer also features the de-esser with selectable center frequency and threshold. Multi-band noise gate is available, which, in a manner similar to the compressor, was
designed to bring ease of tuning while providing excellent sonic results. For those who like a saturated vocal sound, Voxformer implements a special module which applies a
smooth saturation. Another useful feature Voxformer has to offer is the presence boosting module, which you can use to add some shine and space to the vocals.

Voxformer features:

  • Two built-in vocal compressors
  • Two-band compressor operation
  • Asymmetric compression
  • 5-band parametric equalizer
  • Real-time FFT spectrum analyzer
  • Noise gate (de-breath) module
  • De-esser module
  • Presence boosting module
  • Saturation module with 4 modes
  • Residue listening mode
  • Stereo and multi-channel processing
  • Internal channel routing
  • Channel grouping
  • Mid/side processing
  • Up to 8x oversampling
  • 64-bit floating point processing
  • Preset manager
  • Undo/redo history
  • A/B comparisons
  • Contextual hint messages
  • All sample rates support
  • Zero processing latency
  • Retina and HighDPI support


Voxengo Voxformer end-user license is available for purchase on-line for US$79.95. Demo version of Voxengo Voxformer can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site via the
link.


Web-Link: www.voxengo.com/product/voxformer


Reason 11 is coming – the rack as a plugin, workflow improvements and more
Posted: 27-Aug-19


Take your favourite Reason devices to any DAW with the Reason Rack Plugin (VST/AU*)

Craft and polish your sound with new innovative modulation effects and a trio of devices pulled from
Reason’s million-dollar mixing console. Or sequence faster than ever with razor sharp focus. Edit, draw,
crossfade, curve and zoom—building your tracks in no time.

Reason 11 is coming – read about the news, check the videos and sign up for beta testing today!
WATCH VIDEO

* VST 3 version is coming on September 25, AU version is coming before the end of the year.


Web-Link: www.propellerheads.com/en/reason/new
Web-Link: Watch the video