iZotope announces free Neutrino effects plug-in

iZotope has released a new free plug-in that offers a glimpse into the company’s newest mixing technology.

 

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Neutrino is designed to improve the overall spectral balance of an entire mix by making subtle changes to each individual track on which it’s used, bringing unprecedented balance, clarity, and focus to your mixes.

Unlike traditional compressors and equalisers, Neutrino analyses the incoming audio and applies gentle amounts of dynamics processing across dozens of psychoacoustically spaced frequency bands. It customises the processing based on four modes:

  1. Voice Mode focuses processing on mid and high frequencies for adding clarity and detail that helps vocals sit on top of the mix without becoming harsh or strident.
  2. Instrument Mode smoothes resonant frequencies while preserving the authentic character of the instrument.
  3. Bass Mode is designed to attenuate notes that stick out while adding punch and weight to electric, acoustic, and synth basses.
  4. Drum Mode emphasises transient detail across the spectrum while minimising frequency build-ups that can sound “muddy” or “flabby.”

With simple controls and low-CPU usage, you can put it on every track in your session and achieve better-balanced mixes without sacrificing dynamics and sonic integrity. Best of all, it’s free to download, and easy to use.

For full details and to download visit:
http://www.timespace.com/product/NEUTRINO-120/3/10000041/izotope_neutrino_(download).html

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IK Multimedia announces iRig HD 2

irighd2iRig HD 2 provides plug-and-play simplicity with 96kHz sound, integrated headphone output, a ¼” amp out with dual mode switch, plus full AmpliTube versions and more 

September 15, 2016 – IK Multimedia, the pioneer and leader of the mobile music revolution, is pleased to announce iRig HD 2 — the sequel to the best-selling, wildly popular iRig HD digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC. The iRig HD 2 raises the bar for guitarists and bassists to play, perform and record with their device at a higher level either while on the go or in their studio.

24-bit/96kHz pristine noiseless sound

First and foremost, iRig HD 2 gives players superior sound quality in a compact, mobile interface.  It features 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion and a best-in-class 96kHz sample rate that delivers an ultra clean, pure noiseless guitar signal to devices and computers. It features an input gain control for dialing in just the right amount of signal for playing and recording and a multicolor LED indicator for precise signal monitoring.

Integrated headphone out, iPhone 7 ready

iRig HD 2 includes a Lightning cable to connect directly to your iPhone and features an integrated headphone out jack with a preamp and level control. For newer devices like the iPhone 7 without a dedicated headphone output, this lets players use their existing headphones to monitor their playing and recording, or for just listening to music.  The output features a high-quality headphone preamp with a volume control that delivers the full, rich complete audio content.

Amp Out with dual mode switch

iRig HD 2 also sports a new Amp Out jack that lets players use their iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC live on stage with a traditional guitar amplifier without the need for special adapters — a standard ¼” instrument cable is all that is needed to make the connection. This output is controlled by a new FX/Thru switch that lets users choose what type of signal is sent — FX sends the processed signal coming from the device, while Thru sends an unprocessed direct signal for using a tuner or in-line recording of the dry signal. iRig HD 2 also comes with a mic stand mounting bracket and Velcro® strip for convenient attachment to a mic stand on stage for live performance. 

Full versions of AmpliTube included

iRig HD 2 owners also receive free downloads of the full versions of the ultimate guitar and bass tone and recording studio – AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC (a $/€149.99 value) and AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad (a $/€19.99 value for each).  With AmpliTube, guitar and bass players will have access to a whole new universe of gear: stompboxes, amps, cabinets, microphones, speakers, rack effects and more, all on their computer or mobile device. All versions of AmpliTube are expandable with gear from some of the top manufacturers in the industry like Fender®, Orange®, MESA/Boogie®, Ampeg®, T-Rex®, Fulltone®, Seymour Duncan® and more.

Pricing and availability

iRig HD 2 is available now for preorder from IK retailers worldwide or from the IK store for only $/€99.99*. iRig HD 2 will be available and shipping late September, 2016.

Once players register their iRig HD 2, they can download the full version of AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC from their user area on the IK web site.  Users should install the Free versions of AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad and once the iRig HD 2 is registered and plugged in, they can “restore purchases” and the full version features of both will be available.

For long playing sessions iRig HD 2 is compatible with iRig PowerBridge ($/€ 69.99) which keeps the iOS device charged while playing, as well as other IK accessories to complete a live guitar set up like the iRig BlueBoard wireless pedal board ($/€99.99), and the iKlip range of mic stand holders for iPhone and iPad (starting at $/€ 39.99). 

*all prices listed are excluding taxes

For more information on iRig HD 2, please visit:

www.irighd.com

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New “Keyscape” Virtual Instrument from Spectrasonics

keyscape_mosaic_horizontal_webBurbank, CA — September 12, 2016 — Spectrasonics has announced that their major new software virtual instrument Keyscape™ is now available worldwide. Ten years in the making, Keyscape features the largest selection of collector keyboards in the world. The instrument includes an eclectic array of rare and unique keyboards that have never been sampled before. Each of the 36 sought-after keyboards were carefully restored and then deeply sampled and behavior modeled in unprecedented detail by the award-winning Spectrasonics Sound Development team. As the company’s fourth virtual instrument, Keyscape operates both as a self-contained software plug-in and also integrates fully within the company’s flagship synthesizer, Omnisphere 2.

Keyscape has a suggested retail price of $399US and 349€, and is available now for delivery. Visit www.spectrasonics.net/keyscape for more information.

Technical Specifications
• Extensive library w/over 500 “Best-in-class” sounds, 36 Models & Hybrid “Duo” Patches
• Deeply Multisampled sounds with up to 32-way velocity switching, Round Robins, etc.
• Custom Controls specially crafted for each patch allow intuitive sound modification
• Software features high quality, authentic circuit modeled amplifiers and effects
• Mechanical Noise, Pedal Noise and Release Noise behavior modeling
• Available as Download (77 GB) or Boxed USB Drive Edition
• Optional “Lite” installation (30 GB) for stage use
• Full Omnisphere® 2 integration

Keyscape is available to purchase now in either Boxed or Download Editions. The boxed edition features USB installation drives, and is sold exclusively through Spectrasonics’ worldwide authorized dealer network. The Download edition is available exclusively from the Spectrasonics Webstore

Keyscape has a suggested retail price of $399US and 349€. An extensive introduction video, full sound listings, background information on each model and over 5 hours of audio demos showing Keyscape are available at: www.spectrasonics.net/keyscape

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EastWest Releases PLAY 5

Hollywood, CA (September 13, 2016) – EastWest proudly announces the 5th version of PLAY, boasting a major performance upgrade. PLAY 5 is the fastest version to date with dramatically improved load times thanks to an optimized engine.

eastwestplay5“This is a massive upgrade to the PLAY engine,” says Doug Rogers, founder and producer of EastWest. “Power users in particular will appreciate the special optimization settings for SSDs and PCIe-based flash storage. We’re really proud of the improvements we were able to make.”
PLAY 5 also includes an impressive array of professional audio processing tools: The SSL/EW FX Global Suite, a $99 value, is now included for free to all PLAY 5 users. This collection of authentic SSL tools includes a filter, EQ, compressor, gate/expander, transient shaper and stereo bus compressor. EastWest has also included 726 new reverb impulses for the EastWest Convolution Reverb.
Additionally, an Amp Simulator and the Ohmicide multi-band distortion ($99 value) are included free for the EastWest Goliath collection which contains hundreds of instruments of all types from the EastWest product range, and many more unique to Goliath. For film/TV/games composers or musicians looking for a more edgy sound, this powerful combination opens up a new world of possibilities using real instruments as the source instead of oscillators. For the next week, EastWest is going to be offering Goliath for 50% off for anyone that doesn’t have this incredible collection.
With the release of PLAY 5, EastWest is pleased to announce that all ComposerCloud subscriptions are now supported by PayPal. Subscribers no longer need a credit card to access the entire EW collection of over 10,000 award-winning virtual instruments.
To download PLAY 5 and the Goliath instrument update, go to the EastWest Support Center
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BandLab Acquires MONO

unnamed-1SAN FRANCISCO/SINGAPORE — September 8, 2016  BandLab, the Singapore-based social music-making platform for musicians who create, collaborate and share music together—today announced that it has acquired MONO Creators Inc., the San Francisco-based design studio that creates high-end instrument cases, straps and accessories for gigging musicians. Together, BandLab’s social, digital tools for musician and MONO’s creator-focused accessories will deliver tools designed to meet the needs of the fast-growing mobile musician market. BandLab and MONO will execute an integrated marketing and product development strategy including participation in a combined space at the upcoming 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.

MONO is a San Francisco-based musical instruments accessories brand founded by designer Daniel Kushner. Designed for musicians on the move, MONO is an IDSA Award-winning company that makes innovative instrument cases and accessories. Players in bands ranging from The Roots, Faith No More, Death Cab for Cutie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Rolling Stones, Mastodon, Phantogram, Black Sabbath and more trust and use MONO products.

“MONO is a brand that I’ve admired since they arrived on the music scene”, said Meng Ru Kuok, BandLab’s CEO / Co-Founder.  “We know the MONO business well as we’ve already been working with MONO for four years, through Swee Lee Music, our Asian Retail / Distribution business. I am very excited to be able to take MONO to the next level around the world as part of BandLab. MONO’s mantra of #GOPLAY is entirely in sync with BandLab’s vision of serving the needs of a fast-growing community of creators—from fans to artists—in a mobile-centric world. We’re excited to welcome the MONO family into the BandLab community, to support them online and offline and continue to take a design-driven approach to the way we develop our products.”

“BandLab is the perfect fit for us”, said Daniel Kushner (Founder/Design Director – MONO), “Being a successful musician today requires a completely different tool kit, and we share a vision for what those tools need to be, and now BandLab and MONO have the ability to create them together; This deal further solidifies MONO’s ability to remain an innovation leader and category disruptor in the music industry long-term. As a global company, we are now actively expanding the team to further develop our existing product lines, as well as accelerating our roadmap for new product lines.”

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Keith McMillen Instruments increases killer K-MIX support with Windows compatibility

unnamedBERKELEY, CA, USA: innovative hardware and software developer Keith McMillen Instruments is proud to announce availability of K-Mix Editor for Windows 7, 8, and 10 (64-bit only) — widening the appeal of its critically-acclaimed K-MIX 8 In 10 Out Audio Interface Programmable Mixer with Windows compatibility — as of September 7…

“We’re happy to officially announce that we have a version of the K-Mix Editor and drivers available for Windows!” With this far-reaching release — the latest in a lengthening line of developments witnessing welcomed compatibility with Windows 7, 8, and 10 (64-bit only) as the killer K-MIX mushrooms onwards and outwards following its integration into iOS, Keith McMillen Instruments Founder & CEO Keith McMillen is justifiably proud of his namesake company’s achievements and appreciative of its considerate customers, having blown musical minds and opened open-minded ears during its initial introduction as a mould-breaking Mac OS X-compatible device at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24in Anaheim. “We would like to thank Windows users for their patience as we finished this project,” he continues, before adding: “We’re excited to be able to offer cross-platform support for Mac OS X, iOS, and, now, Windows to all of our amazing customers — K-MIX for everyone!”

Exciting times, then, for company and customers alike as ‘McMillen & Co.’ can look forward to welcoming Windows users into the thriving K-MIX community of refined recordists and perceptive performers, thanks to the latest K-Mix Editorand accompanying custom K-Mix USB Audio Driver v1.1.0 (that must be installed first). Finally, more musicians than ever can come to appreciate the technical nuances of the farther-reaching, feature- packed K-MIX — not least its precision opto-tactile control surface, designed from the ground up to command any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with an unprecedented level of control, combined with two ultra-accurate, low-noise μPreTM proprietary preamps, providing a quoted THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) + Noise rating of -105.12dBu @ 0dB gain, 20Hz–20kHz (unweighted); -116.49dBu @ 0dB gain, 20Hz–20kHz (A-weighted). An enlightening experience for users of all persuasions — Windows or otherwise!

K-Mix Editor for Windows 7, 8, and 10 (64-bit only) and K-Mix USB Audio Driver v1.1.0 can be downloaded directly from Keith McMillen Instruments itself here: https://www.keithmcmillen.com/downloads/

K-MIX carries an MSRP of $579.00 USD and is available to purchase from any authorised Keith McMillen Instruments dealer or directly from Keith McMillen Instruments itself here: http://www.keithmcmillen.com/shop/

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated K-MIX webpage here: http://www.keithmcmillen.com/products/k-mix/

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Time+Space presents new DRONAR Guitarscapes

Dronar GuitarscapesTime+Space announce release of DRONAR Guitarscapes

Following on from the huge success of DRONAR: Hybrid Module earlier this year, Time+Space has announced the eagerly awaited arrival of the second module in the series. Introducing DRONAR: Guitarscapes from Gothic Instruments.

From shimmering ethereal pads to dark and chaotic tension-packed atmospheres, Guitarscapes is perfect for cinematic soundtrack projects, yet its ability to produce natural strumming accompaniments also make it a versatile tool for a variety of genres including Rock, Pop, Indie, Hip Hop and Ambient music.

And, thanks to the power of DRONAR, all it takes is the press of a few notes…

DRONAR automatically spreads out the chord in the mid-range, adds a root bass note, a high note and then adds evolving sound effects. Eight simultaneous different sounds are then animated with LFOs, a rhythm sequencer and arpeggiators to bring them to life.

You barely need any other sounds to quickly create a complete piece of atmospheric, expressive music! 

KEY FEATURES

  • Sounds derived from recordings of mandolin, electric, acoustic and steel guitars
  • Create huge shimmery pads, complex atmospheres and otherworldly soundscapes
  • Simple controls deliver massive control
  • Great for soundtrack projects as well as Indie, Rock, Pop and Ambient music
  • Hundreds of inspiring presets
  • Easy to use for beginners and a vast depth of control for experts
  • Create your own rhythm patterns in amongst the pad magic with new Rhythm Editor.
  • Dive deeper with DRONAR´s unique independent arpeggiators
  • Onboard FX provide further sound design options
  • Works with the full version of Kontakt

DRONAR: Guitarscapes is available to download now with an introductory 20% discount until 20th September.

For full details visit: http://www.timespace.com/product/DRONARGS-110/3/10000128/dronar_guitar_soundscapes_by_gothic_instruments.html

Existing DRONAR users save more!

The DRONAR loyalty discount means existing DRONAR customers automatically save 20% on additional module purchases – this is in addition to the current 20% intro discount so there’s potential to save a total of 40% if bought before 20th September!

For details visit: http://www.timespace.com/product/DRONARB-110/3/10000128/dronar_bundle_by_gothic_instruments.html

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