Elysia expands rack series with karacter

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NETTETAL, GERMANY: high-end audio processing manufacturer elysia is proud to announce availability of its karacter coloring box in a single rack space 19-inch unit as of May 23…

In addition to the complete feature set of the existing karacter 500 series module, an amazing feature of the karacter  rack version is its CV capability. External control voltages routed to the rack allow modulation or recall of its Drive and Mix parameter settings by analog synths, MIDI-to-CV interfaces and many other sources which can be used to feed the karacter with oscillator rates, value sweeps, and setup changes.

The karacter offers two individual channels that can be used in dual mono, linked stereo, and Mid/Side configuration, making it a remarkably flexible tool for any imaginable studio or live application. The karacter’s unique Color filter  network allows subtle or extreme harmonics-frequency relationship tweaks to take place, while  the  integrated  Mix control helps dial in just the right amount of enhancement or grit. Stepped potentiometers ensure fast and precise recall of favorite settings.

“The additional control voltage capability of the rack version brings a whole new dimension into the world of saturation and distortion,” says elysia CEO Dominik Klassen. “In no time at all, you can create the most organic and vivid sounds out of plain and static sources. And the entire unit is designed with discrete class-A topology, so even the most lo-fi sounds will benefit from karacter’s high-end touch.” 

The karacter is made in Germany, exclusively using top-quality components, gold-plated PCBs,

a rugged 4mm aluminum front panel, and solid aluminum knobs. It is available from any elysia dealer for

$1,499 MAP ($1,679 MSRP), or 990 € net (plus VAT where applicable), and is shipping right now. 

The karacter rack can be seen and heard on elysia’s Youtube channel here: www.youtube.com/elysiaTV

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Kirk Hunter Studios delivers 50% off Storewide

Celebrate with Kirk Hunter Studios as they launch an entirely new web store and you will receive 50% off your next purchase. Visit the store to see over 18 years of world-class orchestral virtual instruments.

Be sure to take advantage of this deal soon, as it expires on June 1st.

To receive 50% off at checkout, use the coupon code: 50off

www.kirkhunterstudios.com

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Arturia advances Analog Lab composite virtual instrument to include V Collection 5 sound selection

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GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to announce availability of Analog Lab 2 — an all-new incarnation of its composite virtual instrument that gathers together a broad selection of sought-after sounds from its V Collection 5 software bundle — as of May 19…

Analog Lab 2 is a powerful yet painless way of accessing a sought-after selection of sounds from all 17 of Arturia’s authentic-sounding virtual instruments as a single application. Included are sounds from eight emulated analogue synthesizers (ARP 2600 V, CS-80V, JUP-8V, Matrix-12 V, Mini V, Modular V, Prophet V, and SEM V), two digital synthesizers (Prophet VS and Synclavier V), two electric pianos (Stage-73 V and Wurli V), an acoustic piano (Piano V), and three electronic organs (B-3 V, Farfisa V, and VOX Continental V). Those virtual instruments recreate hard-to-source hardware synthesizers and classic keyboards of the past and conveniently transport them to the present-day desktop.

Analog Lab 2 invites instant exploration as an AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-compatible plug-in in any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or as a standalone version. Its redesigned, resizable (Retina/4K-compatible) GUI (Graphical User Interface) is as easy on the eye as it is to use. Studio View shows the original historic hardware, helpfully bringing up the best presets from each instrument in question. But there’s a whole lot more to Analog Lab 2 than good looks alone.

Accessing those sought-after sounds at the speed of sound is simple, thanks to a new preset browser. Browse presets by TYPES, BANKS, sonic CHARACTERISTICS, and INSTRUMENTS (crossing categories). Create PLAYLISTS. Or simply Search for presets by NAME. Needless to say, with 4,500-plus presets to choose from there’s always a sound to suit every mood, every ambiance, and every music style — sounds that transcend time and fashion.

For those wishing to dig deeper then the dual-instrument MULTI feature with independent MIDI settings panel for each instrument will make their musical day. Drag and drop splits and layers of those presets to take ownership of the sound. Sounds and Multis can be organised in the PLAYLISTS area for instant recall via program change messages, making Analog Lab 2 a best friend in the studio and a pillar of live performance.

Put simply, Analog Lab 2 is so much more than just a sound library. It’s a substantial sound design tool and an amazing live performance instrument integral to immeasurably improving everyday workflow. When connected to one of Arturia’s many MIDI (Musical Digital Instrument Interface) controller devices, Analog Lab 2 will automatically adapt to reflect their physical controls. Generic MIDI controllers of course can also be used with MIDI learn to easily map all parameters to a MIDI CC (Control Change).

Changing the sound of Analog Lab 2 is even easier thanks to two EFFECTS slots with pre/post fader switch per instrument. Included Bitcrusher, Chorus, Delay, Destroy, Dub Delay, Eq4, Flanger, Overdrive, Phaser, Pitchshift, Reverb, Roundpanner, and Vocal Filter effects ensure that Analog Lab 2 always sounds the way you want it to.

Take your sound and workflow to another level with Analog Lab 2, an easily-accessible environment at an easy-to- swallow price point. What’s not to like?

The AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible Analog Lab 2 is available to purchase as a boxed version from any authorised Arturia dealer or online as a download directly from Arturia for €89.00 EUR/$89.00 USD here: https://www.arturia.com/products/analoglab/buy

Analog Lab 2 is included in Arturia’s simultaneously-available V Collection 5 bundle of 17 legendary keyboards, available to purchase as a boxed version from any authorised Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia for an introductory promotional price of €399.00 EUR/$399.00 USD — rising thereafter to €499.00 EUR/$499.00 USD — here: https://www.arturia.com/products/v-collection/buy (Existing Arturia customers additionally benefit from preferential pricing according to the number of qualifying products that they already own.)

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Analog Lab 2 product webpage here: https://www.arturia.com/products/analog-classics/analoglab/overview

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FXpansion releases Geist2

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Geist2 is a streamlined environment for beat creation and sound sculpting that provides instant inspiration and new ideas for your productions. It combines deep sample manipulation, arrangement and modulation capabilities for intuitive and fast workflow. Geist2 is designed so that nothing gets in the way of your creativity.

  • Load samples or record direct to pads, slice loops, intuitively sequence beats and manipulate your sounds with unprecedented speed.
  • Trigger scenes and retro-capture performances to take the pressure out of the recording process.
  • Create evolving polyrhythmic beats with individual track lengths, event probability and the new TransMod modulation system.
  • Reworked vector interface can be resized, rescaled and reconfigured to your needs.
  • Circuit-modelled filters, new effects, loop point modulation, 64 pads for slicing longer loops and much more.
  • Vintage sampler emulation mode for authentic old-school crunch.
  • Quality sounds and loops to inspire your creativity.

Equally at home as a triggered sample player, loop machine, performance beatbox, production station, or all of these at once, so you can approach beat making your way.

https://www.fxpansion.com/products/geist2/

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IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Saturator X for Mac/PC

May 17, 2016 – IK Multimedia, a global leader in music production software and hardware, is pleased to announce the release of T-RackS Saturator X – a new T-RackS digital signal processor module that imparts the color, flavor and saturation effects of classic analog audio processing gear to digital recordings.

 

tRacks_Saturator_XT-RackS Saturator X is a plug-in that can be used on individual tracks or on the master fader in a user’s favorite DAW. It provides simple controls that let users select from 10 modes of saturation effects that span the panorama of classic analog gear. It also features a Brickwall limiter and oversampling options.
 
Comprehensive Warmth and Growl
From tape to tube to transformer to transistor, T-RackS Saturator X provides options – 10 individual styles of saturation and distortion from the gentle, subtle hint of drive from a slightly overdriven transformer to the full-on, aggressive “in-your-face” mayhem of tubes driven beyond their limit… and everything in between.
 
Saturator Operator
T-RackS Saturator X is intuitive and extremely easy to use.  It can be used as a plug-in on the individual tracks in a mix or as part of the T-RackS signal processor chain. It works by imparting distortion into the digital signal path which by its nature doesn’t typically change or alter the linearity of the frequency response and harmonic pattern of a signal. The introduction of distortion simulates the way analog circuitry behaves especially when pushed beyond its limit.
 
The controls on the Saturator X are straightforward and intuitive: Input Gain, Output drive (can be independent or inverse linked controls), Saturation Mode select, Brickwall limiter engage and Oversampling select.
 
10 modes of Analog
T-RackS Saturator X provides users with 10 saturation modes that accurately deliver the behavior of the analog hardware component and circuitry or medium, selected for their special or unique character. The modes include replicated models of classic analog processors; there are 2 “tape”, 2 “master soft saturation”, 2 “tube”, 2 “solid state” and 2 “transformer” modes from which to choose. This comprehensive offering covers a full palette from the very subtle “color” of the transformers to the more pronounced and downright “nasty” distortion from tubes and solid state circuit designs.
 
Magic Eye Metering
Saturator X also features a “Magic Eye” VU meter that quickly gives users a vintage-looking, visual indication of the amount of saturation being applied to the incoming signal.
 
Brickwall Limiter
T-RackS Saturator X also has a built-in Brickwall Limiter feature. When engaged, the Brickwall Limiter ensures that the saturation level never overdrives the signal to the point of harsh digital distortion that can ruin a recording.
 
T-RackS Modeling – in a class of one
Saturator X is part of the growing family of T-RackS signal processors, the leader in digital signal processors for professional audio production used in recording studios around the globe. All T-RackS processors are available from the T-RackS Custom shop, a free plug-in and standalone audio processing workstation, and can be taken for a test drive as a full featured demo without restriction for a 14-day period.
 
Pricing and Availability
T-RackS Saturator X is available now from the IK online store for $/€79.99, or from within the T-RackS Custom Shop for $/€79.99 or 80 Custom Shop Gear Credits. T-RackS Saturator X may also be downloaded from the T-RackS Custom Shop and operated as an unrestricted demo for a period of 14 days before purchase.
 
*All prices excluding taxes
 
For more information, please visit:
 
To watch T-RackS Saturator X in action, please watch the video:
http://www.ikmultimedia.com/trsaturatorxvideo
 
To download a free version of the T-RackS Custom Shop, please visit:
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Best Service releases KWAYA African Voices by Eduardo Tarilonte

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Kwaya is an unrivaled choir library offering authentic African voices and chants. With Aba Taano from Uganda, Eduardo Tarilonte has found the perfect choir for this long and intensely prepared project.

Kwaya is an ideal choice for every producer wanting to use distinctive and expressive African chants and vocals in their works. Kwaya stands for incomparable inspiration paired with unbeatable versatility – no matter if you work on movie- or television-soundtracks, thematic documentations, musical compositions, atmospheric ambient themes or tribal-dance-tracks.

Kwaya allows you to create individual vocal lines and choirs by arranging syllables in different pitches as well as voice effects with the typical sound of African vocalists.

The awarded Aba Taano choir consists of four male and two female vocalists which have been recorded separately for this library in Kontakt 5 Player format, allowing you to create individual vocal-ensembles to your specific needs. Being able to freely set the level and pan-positions for each voice, you are given full control over the sound of the choir, resulting in the highest possible versatility.
40 different syllables have been recorded for each singer. These can be switched exactly in time by using keyswitches. By using five “True Legato Vowels” (a, e, i, o, u), these syllables can be combined in a most natural way. In addition, there is an extra “mm” articulation being unmistakably typical for East- and Central-African chants.

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All syllables can be played as solo voices or within an ensemble. Here, you may chose between short and longer articulations for the syllables. For the short syllables in particular, the speed of each individual syllable can be fine-adjusted in the phrase arranger.

Although Kwaya is founded upon over 10,000 samples and 7 GB of data (lossless compressed to 5 GB), it is really straight-forward and easy to use. The library offers a set of 20 different phrases which eight syllables each. These can be changed using the keyswitch function and edited in the phrase arranger. Here, you can chose between 40 different syllables, five vowels and the “mm” articulation. After having selected the syllables, you just need to decide between short and long articulations. There is full NKS support for Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol controller-keyboards.

To add special highlights to the vocal arrangements, a comprehensive collection of over 700 vocal effects have been that can be played as phrases along to the syllables of the choir. Finally, Kwaya also offers a choice of soundscapes with atmospheres ranging from harmonic to sinister.

The recordings of Kwaya took place in the Spanish Eldana Studio, where Eduardo Tarilonte already worked on different instruments for Era II. This small studio offers wonderful acoustics and excellent technical equipment. The singer of Aba Taano have been recording via an API preamp using a U47, a unique microphone perfect for voices that has been carefully restored by Pablo Kahayan. Quality wise, this adds that certain something to the library.

Eduardo Tarilonte then carefully selected the best and most harmonic coherent tones out of the multitude of recordings. Because of the sensitive recording process and the excellence of the signal chain, the voices could almost be left unaltered to deliver most natural sounding results. Consequently, the sound sources give you free choices to process and edit in order to embed the voices of Kwaya into your productions.

Kwaya offers:

  • 4 male solo voices
  • 2 female solo voices
  • 5 different true African style legatos (a, e, i, o, u)
  • “Mmmh articulation”
  • A powerful Phrase-Arranger with 20 phrases, 8 syllables each*
  • 40 words can be combined with true legato playing while the corresponding vowel is automatically selected
  • more than 700 voice effects*.
  • 16 soundscapes,
  • 10.000+ samples (mono, 44kHz, 24 bit), Library Size 7 GB uncompressed and 4.5 GB compressed
  • Free Kontakt Player included (Version 5.5 or higher required)

KWAYA                                              MSRP    € 259.-         $ 259.-          £ 199.-

Available boxed or download

http://www.bestservice.de/

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Audified makes mixing for the people plain sailing with MixChecker mixing assistant plug-in

MCBOSKOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC: host application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce availability of MixChecker — a must-have mixing assistant plug-in that transforms studio monitors into classic reference monitors or one of several consumer devices to instantly improve mixes — as of May 16…

Mixing music or other content for consumer consumption is an art in itself, one that takes time to master. MixChecker saves time when inserting it as the last plug-in in the master output track of any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) project to transform studio monitors into classic reference monitors or one of several consumer devices at the press of a (virtual) button. But why would anyone need to do that?

Think about it… if you’ve ever wondered why music mixes (or videos, movies or showreels) sound worse when moving out of the comfort zone of the studio and into the real world — why it is that they lose the clarity and punch deftly delivered by amazingly accurate-sounding studio monitors, in other words — then try this for an answer: as they are not listening to similar studio-quality playback devices, consumers cannot hear what you hear. However, surely it is better to ask: do you hear what they hear?

Which was exactly the thinking behind bringing MixChecker into DAWs the world over. As Audified Marketing Director Jakub Turecek explains, “Ex-broadcast pros from our team always wondered, ‘Why do our trailers always sound so good in the studio, but never the same when you catch them on air?’ When they realised, they said, ‘We should have a TV and a radio in every edit room, so that we can mix directly for TV or radio.’ When they joined our team they expanded upon this idea since sound engineers who mix for iPhone or iPad computer games and YouTube content creators all face the same problem: ‘Do we really need so much gear in our studios? Surely there has got to be a more clever and more convenient way to handle these issues?’”

Indeed, issues such as those commonly faced by broadcast engineers are now even more common. Consumers — the everyday people for whom that content is mixed — do not use high-end studio monitors, but often use desktop speakers, tablets, and smartphones to satisfy their everyday listening needs, while watching TV and listening to music in the car remains routine. Best mixing practice today, therefore, involves ensuring that mixes are going to sound the best that they can on a wide range of different devices that sound so wildly different by their very nature — not just on high-end studio monitors. Meet MixChecker, then… the clever and convenient mixing assistant plug-in that takes all the pain out of checking mixes.

Make-do-and mend-mentality-mixing is a thing of the past with MixChecker, meaning no more time wasted exporting mixes to smartphones or burning CDs to listen in a car before going back into the studio to tweak the mix only to have to repeat the tiresome process time and again. As an altogether more convenient and clever software solution, MixChecker can perform a quick round of tests in only a matter of seconds, allowing users to get on with the task in hand — making mixing corrections at a (key)stroke, still fresh from knowing what the problem in the mix actually was!

Working with MixChecker is simple. Straightforward functions are separated into two specific sections: Simulation accesses acoustic models of several consumer devices and classic reference monitors — simply select the device you want to check the sound of your mix on by pressing a single button clearly labelled with an instantly-recognisable icon… indeed, cycling through these buttons bring about an authentic overview of how the mix should sound across a variety of realistic real-world listening devices; not all studio monitors deliver a flat frequency response, however — hence the Compensation control section… select from four more clearly-labelled buttons to tell MixChecker that you are using average 5” or 8” speakers or headphones and listen to the resulting sound change accordingly (although high-quality studio monitor owners should simply select OFF). The BYPASS button turns off all processing, ensuring that the signal passes through MixChecker without being treated.

There you have it, then. Thanks to Audified taking the time needed to measure the frequency responses and behaviour of all the available devices in laboratory conditions to create models that are true and faithful, MixChecker makes mixing for the people plain sailing. So do you hear what they hear? Yes is the answer and you know that for sure!

MixChecker is available to purchase for $149.00 USD from Audified’s online shop here: http://shop.audified.com/products/mixchecker
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