Announcing Bitwig Studio 1.3 | Touch Bitwig Studio

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Berlin, Germany | October 6th, 2015
it’s been one week since releasing 1.2, and today we’re announcing the first release candidate of Bitwig Studio 1.3

A few hours ago Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book products, and we’re timing our Bitwig Studio 1.3 release with their latest technology. Bitwig Studio and Bitwig 8-Track 1.3 features excellent multi-touch and tablet capabilities, with a dedicated display profile developed specifically for Surface Pro with touch and pen input. We’ve worked with Microsoft on this project, and it’s great to see Bitwig Studio flashing by in Microsoft’s latest marketing videos.

We’ve also put together a number of videos to show Bitwig Studio used on a Surface Pro: a marketing video, and tutorial videos showing the new tablet display profile, and touch input methods.

You’ll find each one and additional info on our brand new 1.3 page.

Also check out the latest newsletter sent out to our subscribers.

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IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube for iOS now with Ampeg & Fulltone gear and iOS 9 compatibility

IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube® for iPhone/iPad now features new Ampeg® & Fulltone® gear, iOS 9 compatibility and more

The ultimate mobile guitar and bass tone studio adds new Fulltone and Ampeg gear, an Acoustic Sim pedal, 2 intense Metal amps, 2 extremely popular stomp effects, better gear navigation and selection, a loop export, iOS 9 compatibility and more


October 5, 2015 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce a new update to AmpliTube®, the ultimate mobile tone studio for iPhone and iPad that adds 7 new pieces of gear that include everything from bone shaking metal amps to versatile stomps and more. The update now also lets musicians export loops made in the Looper feature so they can be used in the DAW for song composition or other audio apps. In addition to the new gear and features, AmpliTube now sports easier gear navigation and selection, iOS 9 compatibility and a number of new in-app gear bundles.

A number of the new amplifiers are now also available for free to registered users of iLoud, iRig 2, iRig Stomp and iRig BlueBoard. Add it all up and it’s easy to see why AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad is the most professional, cutting-edge and easy-to-use mobile guitar and bass tone studio of all time.

A whole new world of gear
AmpliTube for iOS now features 7 new pieces of gear available via in-app purchase. New gear includes 3 new amps and 4 new stomps that expand AmpliTube’s already comprehensive tonal palette. The new spread includes:

Ampeg SVT-4PRO: A meticulously modeled virtual version of Ampeg’s famously solid high-end bass amplifier. It features a versatile tube preamp with a 5 position mid-frequency center point selection, an onboard graphic EQ and a tight solid-state power amp that all combine to provide a wealth of sounds that cover the entire sound spectrum from neutral and transparent to powerful and aggressive. The bass tone sculpting features and solid tight power section make it a virtual bass chameleon able to adapt to every playing style.

Fulltone OCD: One of the most popular Fulltone pedals, this overdrive pedal provides the same kind of touch sensitivity and complex harmonics that can be found in a high-quality tube amplifier. Its on-board volume, tone and drive knobs give musicians the control they need to add a perfect level of aggressive drive to their tone. This spot-on pedal gets Michael Fuller’s stamp of approval for “an amazingly convincing OCD any time it’s needed”.

Metal W: This amp head is based on an insanely heavy amp co-designed and used by a legendary metal guitarist. Musicians don’t have to “dime” everything to win the war for high-gain power. They just need to plug in and rock the Metal W.

Metal 150: This amp head is based on an “American police code for crazy” and legendary high-gain metal amp that lets guitarists really rattle the windows and shake the floors. Players want that “brown” sound? It’s in the Metal 150.

Acoustic Sim: This stomp lets players choose and blend between 3 acoustic body styles and 3 types of top materials to sound like a range of different acoustic guitars.

Wharmonator: A must have stompbox effect, this pedal can add harmonies and bends to the input signal creating lush multi-note lead lines and effortless slides and divebombs. Operating in 2 distinct modes – Bend & Harmonize – players can now go up to 2 octaves in tonal variance or add two selectable harmony notes to the signal and slide between the two. The Wharmonator also features a detune setting for shallow and deep detune effects providing a more natural sounding chorus effect.

X-Flanger: This stompbox provides AmpliTube’s tonal palette with one of the most distinct and “granddaddy of all flangers” sounds of all time.

A looper that’s even more super
Introduced in the last update, AmpliTube’s Looper function gives users a convenient way to make and play up to 4 loops at a time – perfect for generating new musical ideas, leads and chord changes. The latest version offers a “loop export” functionality that lets musicians export and save their Looper creations. It’s perfect for musicians who want to create and save their ideas, incorporate them into a composition and scratchpad song ideas into fully produced works of art.

Better navigation & more
AmpliTube 4.1 now features better navigation throughout the gear browsing system. Gear can be sorted by brand or by “type” of gear, and users are now alerted via visual cues that certain in-app purchase gear has special new features. AmpliTube 4.1 also features new gear bundles that make it easier for players to get all the gear they want with just a single click. Gear bundles are now available for in-app purchase via the “store” feature inside of the app. And to top it all off, the latest version is fully compatible with iOS 9.

Pricing and availability
The new versions of AmpliTube for iPhone/iPod touch and AmpliTube for iPad are available now as a complimentary update for existing users or as a paid app for just $/€19.99 for new users. Expandable demo and LE “Light Edition” versions are available for iPhone and iPod touch. An expandable demo version is also available for iPad.

The new gear is available for purchase inside AmpliTube individually with prices ranging from $€4.99 to $/€9.99. An Ampeg Pack is available for $/€9.99, an ENGL Pack is available for $/€9.99 and a Full Metal Packet (which bundles all the AmpliTube Metal gear) is available for $/€19.99.

As in the previous versions, all purchased gear can be freely transferred between all versions and between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

For more information, please visit:

To see the official video of AmpliTube in action, go to:

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IK Multimedia announces universal iRig Keys & iRig Keys PRO for Android, iOS, Mac/PC

irigKeysProIK’s popular range of portable keyboard controllers now include Lightning,
Micro-USB to OTG and USB cables for no additional price increase, and
an extensive spread of free apps and software for iOS, Android and Mac/PC

October 1, 2015 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation technology, is pleased to announce that its iRig® Keys range of highly regarded mobile keyboard controllers is going universal. Both the ultra-portable iRig Keys and mobile full-size keyboard iRig Keys PRO controllers will now come with a Micro-USB to OTG cable for Android devices in addition to their Lightning and USB cables. Now, for the exact same affordable price, players can plug in and jam out on a compact and fully functional keyboard with an even wider array of their favorite mobile devices than ever before – iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO are now ready to go with Lightning-compatible iOS devices and Android devices as well as Mac/PC right out of the box.

Portable performance
The iRig Keys line has established itself as a firm favorite of keyboard players across the world. iRig Keys (previously named iRig Keys with Lightning) is an ultra-slim and extremely portable MIDI keyboard controller with 37 mini-keys. iRig Keys PRO is a similarly slim keyboard that gives players the luxury of 37 full-sized keys in a controller that can be easily carried in a gig bag or backpack. Both deliver a full 3 octave range (plus one note) and come equipped with all the extras that keyboard players love: mod and pitch bend wheels, a Volume/Data knob, a SET button for storage and recall of up to 4 different custom setups, input for a sustain or expression pedal and more. With compact size and advanced features, the iRig Keys line offers keyboard players a portable playing experience like no other.

Complete compatibility
With the arrival of this announcement, both iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO are compatible with more devices than ever before. Each now comes boxed with Lightning, Micro-USB to OTG and USB cables. This means that they can be immediately used with Lightning-compatible iOS devices, Android devices and Mac/PC right out of the box. In addition, an optional 30-pin cable can also be purchased for use with 30-pin iOS devices. And no matter what device is used, both iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO deliver a seamless plug-and-play experience thanks to built-in Core MIDI compatibility for iOS and USB class compliance.

Killer apps and software
Creativity starts immediately with iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO thanks to their extensive suite of included apps for iOS and Android, plus software for Mac/PC. These apps are powerful IK Multimedia fan favorites and they all come with extra material for registered iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO users.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users will receive: a complimentary version of iGrand Piano for iPhone and iPad, a concert-quality multi-velocity piano app that comes with 2 world-class piano sound to start plus 1 extra piano upon registration. 15 additional studio-grade instruments can be purchased from within the app. iOS users will also get the complimentary version of SampleTank for iPhone and iPad, a complete mobile sound and groove workstation with 23 included sounds that cover acoustic, electric, electronic and beyond. Registration unlocks 48 additional high-quality sounds.

Android users will receive: iGrand Piano, a complimentary Android version of the aforementioned piano app that includes the same world-class sounds as its iOS counterpart. And like that app, it comes with 2 stock pianos and includes 1 extra upon registration. And, Android users will also receive a complimentary version of iLectric Piano, a studio-quality electric piano app with a library of multi-velocity stereo instruments sampled from some of the most iconic electric pianos ever made. Users get 2 pianos to start plus 1 additional upon registration. 15 additional studio-grade instruments are available via in-app purchase.

And, finally, computer users will receive SampleTank 3 SE, a special edition of the ultimate sound and groove workstation for Mac & PC with a 6.5 GB library of sounds that cover every instrument category from acoustic to ethnic, electronic to orchestral and beyond. Registration of iRig Keys or iRig Keys PRO adds to this base library with a huge bundle of extra sounds in the form of The Grid add-on collection. Plus, users can choose 5 additional FREE SampleTank instrument collections from its electronic-focused Elektronika and Beats series, and they receive 25 Custom Shop gear credits that can be used toward the purchase of additional SampleTank Instrument Collections.

iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO are also fully compatible with Apple’s GarageBand and Logic Pro X, and compatible with a wide variety of third party apps and software, like Samsung Soundcamp, Cubasis, MultiTrack DAW and more.

Pricing and availability
iRig Keys and iRig Keys PRO are available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for $/€129.99 and $/€149.99 respectively (excluding taxes).

Users who purchase an iRig Keys with Lightning or iRig Keys PRO starting October 1, 2015 are eligible to receive Micro-USB to OTG cable at no cost, if one is not included. Contact IK Support to request the cable. Eligible users must register the product and provide proof of purchase.

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To see video demonstrations, go to:

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Sample Logic waves goodbye to award-winning original signature sample-based VI trio with deep discounts!

airexpandedNEW YORK, USA: award-winning sample library company Sample Logic is proud to announce that the time has come to retire three of its award-winning original signature sample-based virtual instruments — A.I.R. EXPANDED, THE ELEMENTS EXP, and SYNERGY X — to make way for future developments, but not before deeply discounting them during an attractive two-week ‘fond farewell’ purchasing period, starting on October 1…

A decade in the making, those three trailblazing products put Sample Logic on the technological musical map, making it what it is today: an award- winning sample library company whose products are used by musicians all over the world — from DJs and producers to film, TV, and game  composers. Indeed, it all began with a bang… well, with the award-winning AMBIENCE • IMPACTS • RHYTHMS (A.I.R.), a set of score tool instruments geared for film, TV, and game composers, which was one of Native Instruments’ first ever KONTAKT PLAYER partner products, perfectly positioning Sample Logic at the forefront of sample-based virtual instrument development from the get-go.


Going forward, all three trailblazing titles — the aforementioned A.I.R. EXPANDED; THE ELEMENTS EXP, a 14GB direct-download KONTAKT PLAYER-based sample library of over 2,000 instruments that provides the six ‘elements’ of music (Ambience, Bass, Harmony, Impacts, Melody, and Rhythm); and SYNERGY X, a breathtaking collection of over 1,600 innovative instruments, tempo-synced loops, and jaw-dropping multis weighing in at over 20GB and delivering diverse cinematic sampling with an inspirational user interface — still stand tall today, including everything the discerning user needs to get on with making modern, world-class music… today.


As of today, though, the forward-looking Sample Logic bids a fond farewell to all three titles that have served it so well by deeply discounting its limited remaining inventory in a generous grand gesture. Getting your hands on them now for $99.99 USD per library — representing an attractive 75% saving over their MSRP — is surely a no-brainer! But best not hang about since supplies are limited and will surely be outstripped by demand. Don’t forget: two weeks and counting as of October 1. Once they’re gone, then they’re gone… forever. So why not go grab yourself a tasty slice of truly trailblazing sampling (and musical taste-making) history while waving goodbye with Sample Logic?


Between October1-14, 2015, limited quantities of A.I.R. EXPANDED, THE ELEMENTS EXP, and SYNERGY can be ordered online and directly downloaded from Sample Logic for only $99.99 USD apiece from here:

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Announcing The Global Launch of Bitwig Studio 1.2

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In March 2014, Bitwig Studio was introduced to the world as “The Next Generation of Music Software.” Since then, an audience worldwide has seen Bitwig implement countless new features to meet the demands of a better workflow and something different. Today we are taking a quantum leap forward with the global launch of Bitwig Studio 1.2, a free update for all Bitwig Studio license holders. At the same time we are releasing Bitwig 8-Track 1.2.



Group Tracks Pop-up Browser

Visual Display for Dynamic Devices Project Templates

Customizable Shortcuts Per Project Mappings Expressive MIDI Support Factory Content Update




Visit us for the extended Feature Guide and press material found in our digital press kit.



Bitwig Studio 1.2 is available as of today September 30th, 2015.

Bitwig  Studio  pricing :

USD 299 / 299 EUR (incl. VAT)

Please contact our distribution partners for local pricing and news.

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prostudiokitSheffield, UK. 30th September 2015 is proud to announce the release of The Pro Studio Kit, a fully multisampled acoustic drum kit for all MPCs and NI Maschine.

The Pro Studio Kit is the third release in our on-going series of multisampled drum kits, this time bringing you the premier sound of one of the world’s most sought after drum kits, the Sonor Designer Kit.

The kit has a full-bodied, warm tone with plenty of natural character, making it a great all rounder for any style of music – without question, this has to be THE most versatile and realistic sounding acoustic drum kit you can get for the MPC, with 16 different articulations painstakingly multisampled over multiple velocity switching levels using a whopping 11 different mics to ensure we’ve captured all its natural tone, timbre and nuances.

The Pro Studio Kit is compatible with all MPC models and NI Maschine, with dedicated programs for models that support ‘Round Robin (Cycle)’ playback (e.g. MPC Software, JJOSXL, MPC5000), a low memory version for older MPCs and a 12 pad version for the MPC500.

Available exclusively from for instant download after purchase.

For more info go to: studio-kit/

You can also buy the Pro Studio Kit in a bundle along with our other fully multisampled drum kits, the 60s Funk Kit and Raw 70s Kit, and save 30% – for more information, go to: multisampled-drum-kit-bundle/

Technical  Specifications

  • Samples: 288 multisampled drums covering 16 unique articulations with 18 samples per articulation
  • Format: 24 bit WAV, 16 bit WAV, MPC SND, Maschine 1.8/2.x Groups
  • Compatibility: Compatible with all MPCs, all versions of JJOS & Maschine 1.8/2.x
  • Publisher/Sound Design: MPC-Samples & Pad Pimps
  • License: Royalty Free
  • Delivery: Download instantly after
  • Price: £16.99

Audio Demo: kit-demo

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Kenton makes room for more MIDI connections with well-thought-through THRU-25 box

LONDON, UK: MIDI utilities specialist Kenton is proud to announce availability of the THRU-25 — an appropriately- named new addition to its growing family of compact and sturdy MIDI utility boxes that effectively allows up to 25 MIDI devices to be connected to one MIDI output port and avoids all the usual problems associated with daisy- chaining multiple MIDI devices — as of September 29…


As implied by name, the THRU-25 boasts no fewer than 25 sequentially-numbered MIDI Thru ports, each with separate drive circuits for optimum performance, plus one opto-coupled MIDI IN (MIDI input) port — and all with an impressive latency of less than one microsecond! Active circuitry helps restore the quality of signals received at that MIDI input as they may have become degraded by losses incurred in the MIDI cable connecting the keyboard, computer, or other ‘master’ MIDI device to the THRU-25. In use, up to 25 ‘slave’ MIDI devices can be conveniently controlled by simply connecting them to those multiple MIDI Thru ports — one MIDI device per port.

Housed in a road-ready metal box attractively finished in brushed aluminium with black screen print measuring merely 300mm (W) x 54mm (D) x 35mm

(H) and weighing in at a portable 460g (including the power supply), the THRU-25 is powered by a plug-top, switch-mode power supply (supplied with the unit as one of four types — Australia, EU, UK, or USA — appropriate to the delivery address). As such, there is no need for periodic battery changes to keep the unit up and running. Instead, the ACTIVE LED emits a steady green light to indicate when power is connected and no MIDI data is being received at the MIDI IN port; in turn, that green light flickers when MIDI data is being received — really helpful for trouble-shooting at a glance.

“The THRU-25 is a larger version of our popular THRU-5,” notes Kenton Director John K. Price. “It is intended for use in recording studios and by users with a lot of MIDI equipment. I had received numerous requests over time for a unit larger than the THRU-5, so I made a prototype that I showed at The NAMM Show 2015 back in January. The unit attracted a lot of attention, so we have now put it into production.” 

Proponents of high-count hardware MIDI rigs surely owe it to themselves and their devices to invest in a THRU-25 and avoid all those problems associated with daisy-chaining multiple MIDI devices once and for all — and all without breaking a sweat (or breaking the bank)!

The THRU-25 can be purchased from Kenton’s global network of retail partners or directly for £128.92 GBP (excluding tax and shipping) from here:

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