Plugin Boutique To Release Carbon Electra Plugin

Plugin Boutique are soon to release Carbon Electra- a 4 Oscillator subtractive synthesiser featuring informative displays, editable step sequencer, vocal filter, integrated distortion and analog control. It is based on vintage analogue routing and features flexible modulation options including an editable stepper and note performer.

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Carbon Electra has been developed to not only be a powerful and easy to programme synth, but also to serve as an advanced synthesis learning tool. There are no hidden menus and the plugin includes informative physics based graphic displays with a comprehensive info pane. Best of all, it sounds incredible.

“It’s absolutely brilliant. My go-to synth” – Carl Cox

“Amazingly tough, monstrous sound that cuts through anything” – Freemasons

“Powerful and straight forward. That vowel filter is on the money.” – Mike Huckaby

“A Virus sound with elements of Sidstation” – Ed Moris

Developed by Davide Carbone ( /, Carbon Electra will ship with a library of over 600 factory and artist presets covering sequences, chords, motions, bass, leads, keys, pads and effects. It includes artist presets by: Mike Huckaby // Kosheen // Freemasons // Carl Cox // DJ Pierre // D Product // Rob Lee // Dom Kane // Timo Garcia and more.

Carbon Electra will come in VST2.4 32bit and 64 bit & Audio Unit formats and is available for both Mac and PC. It will be available to purchase late July 2015 for $99/£59 exclusively from

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IK Multimedia announces 96kHz firmware update for iRig PRO and iRig HD

July 1, 2015 – IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce a new complementary firmware update that enables high resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio sampling for its iRig® PRO and iRig® HD mobile audio interfaces. At double the original 24-bit/48kHz sample rate, it makes these ultra-compact mobile interfaces sound even more clean, nuanced and transparent by offering the utmost in professional recording quality – anywhere and anytime.unnamed

The higher the bandwidth, the better
Simply put, musicians can now play and record with recording studio quality sound. Both iRig HD and iRig PRO are now able to capture even more of the subtle nuance and detail of analog instruments and other input sources. It’s an ideal feature for professionals and advanced home studio enthusiasts who won’t settle for anything less than the best sound possible – and it’s a completely no-cost update for all existing iRig HD and iRig PRO users.

iRig PRO – The 96kHz “all-in-one” mobile audio solution
iRig PRO is the first full-featured compact audio and MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC. It’s like a Swiss Army knife for mobile recording: It sports an XLR/¼” combo input socket and a MIDI input which means that it can be used with any XLR microphone (it even provides 48V phantom power supplied by an onboard 9V battery), guitars, basses, keyboards, line-level instruments and MIDI controllers.

It’s perfect for the musician on the move who needs to have it all. Now anyone can record guitars, bass, vocals, harmonies, acoustic instruments, keyboards, MIDI data and more without having to swap interfaces, and lose that creative flow. iRig PRO is compact – about as small as a harmonica – and comes with everything needed to get started playing and recording right out of the box. Its included Lightning, 30-pin and USB connector cables ensure the right connection every time.

iRig HD – Streamlined high-definition sound
High-definition sound that fits in the palm of a hand – that’s what iRig HD was made for. It’s a slim and compact audio interface with a ¼” instrument input that features an input gain control knob, a multicolor LED and ultra-low-draw power consumption circuitry. Its ¼” Hi-Z input jack can accommodate any guitar, bass or line-level instrument, and its detachable Lightning, 30-pin and USB connector cables allow for maximum compatibility. And with the addition of 24-bit/96kHz recording, now it sounds better than ever before.

A world of apps
Both iRig PRO and iRig HD come equipped with a USB cable that allows them to be used with a computer and a wide variety of popular 24-bit/96kHz recording-compatible DAW software, like Apple Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Avid Pro Tools, MOTU Digital Performer, PreSonus Studio One and Steinberg Cubase. In addition, both come with a full suite of mobile apps and software designed for creating inspired music on the go.

Pricing and availability
The 96kHz firmware update is provided to registered owners of iRig HD and iRig PRO at no charge. To update, users just need to simply log into their user account on the IK Multimedia web site, download the firmware updater for their computer OS and then follow the simple installation instructions. The PC version of the Firmware Updater is available now, July 1, 2015, and a Macintosh version will be available in the second week of July, 2015.

Alongside this special announcement, IK Multimedia is offering a $/€20 discount on the list price of iRig PRO and iRig HD through the entire month of July. iRig PRO is now available for $/€129.99 and iRig HD is available for $/€79.99. Both can be purchased from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK online store.
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Thaloops Releases COS – Urban Music Loops Collection

ThaLoops_COSThaLoops has released “COS – Urban Music Loops” – fresh construction style loop-set for urban hip hop, pop music creation.

The loop-set features over 330 loops of grooving drum loops, hip hop kicks, raw synths, piano progressions, timbo style effects and more. 15 original urban music beats are built from A to Z and provided in a construction style form including separated loop elements of full production.

All loops are royalty free.

“COS – Urban Music Loops” collection is offered as a download, priced at $23.95 USD. For more info and audio demos, visit:

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ZAOR and IsoAcoustics integrate skill sets to create collaborative products

P1010598 copyORADEA, ROMANIA: premium studio furniture designer and manufacturer ZAOR Studio Furniture is proud to announce a cross-continental collaboration with Canadian optimised speaker isolation solutions provider IsoAcoustics as of June 25…

ZAOR Studio Furniture and IsoAcoustics are effectively crossing continents, joining forces to create an attractive series of speaker stands, desktop speaker stands, and even media production workstation desks that will effectively integrate the latter’s unique, patented speaker isolation and positioning technology for the common good. Great and small, professionals and amateurs alike will benefit from an enhanced audio experience.

“We believe in giving our customers added value through intelligent furniture that not only comfortably houses equipment, but makes it sound better and also enhances both the aesthetics and listening experience,” explains ZAOR Studio Furniture VP Sales and Marketing Klaus Gehlhaar. Given Gehlhaar’s proven — and privileged — track record, having previously worked with professional audio industry big-hitters such as Solid State Logic and TC Electronic, he is perfectly positioned to recognise and embrace genuine innovation whenever and wherever it hits hard, so pushing his current company to work with IsoAcoustics is a no-brainer. After all, IsoAcoustics’ own desktop speaker stands are built using a unique, patented speaker isolation technology that address the PIF (Placement, Isolation, Focus) principals that affect sound since speakers are allowed to ‘float’ freely in space, resulting in authentic, uncoloured sound.

Says IsoAcoustics President Dave Morrison: “Speakers perform best when they are correctly positioned and free from mechanical interference. Our desktop speaker stands are the perfect blend of aesthetics, ergonomics, and acoustic science to make any speaker system perform better.” And speaking of aesthetics and ergonomics, little wonder, then, that ZAOR Studio Furniture was deemed to be the perfect partner for IsoAcoustics: “We have always liked the sleek and elegant design of ZAOR’s furniture. For us, this opportunity to integrate our patented technology into their product line feels like creating a dream team.”

The first fruits of this mutually beneficial collaboration came together in time to be previewed at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. This included ZAOR Studio Furniture’s flagship in its marketable modular studio furniture concept lineup, the MIZA X media production workstation desk, featuring a pair of IsoAcoustics’ new Aperta stylish and slick line of sculpted aluminium acoustic isolation stands designed for medium-sized professional studio monitors and speakers. These can be freely positioned on the bridge and are integrated in a solid-wood plate in desk-matching colour configurations. Also available is the D-STAND ISO, ZAOR Studio Furniture’s height-adjustable desktop stand in white glossy finish that now benefits from additional top acoustic isolation and speaker enhancement alongside height- and angle-adjustment attributes… all thanks to tight IsoAcoustics integration.

More collaborative products will follow soon, such as full-height speaker stands, height-adjustable for small, medium, and large professional studio monitors. Watch this (‘free-floating’) space…



The D-STAND ISO height-adjustable desktop stand is available to purchase from ZAOR Studio Furniture’s global network of authorised authorised resellers or online directly from the ZAOR Studio Furniture Store ( for a RRP of €340.00 EUR (including 17% sales tax, plus shipping).


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Native Instruments introduces AMPLIFIED FUNK Expansion for MASCHINE

NI_Amplified_Funk_Maschine_ExpansionBerlin, June 24, 2015 – Native Instruments today introduced AMPLIFIED FUNK – a new MASCHINE Expansion that brings an authentic take on the history of funk music, created by renowned musician and producer Amp Fiddler. The first expansion created for funk styles, AMPLIFIED FUNK is aimed at producers working in contemporary funk, R&B, and groove-based genres. AMPLIFIED FUNK is available now at the NI Online Shop and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MASCHINE MIKRO. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available via the in-app store.

AMPLIFIED FUNK contains a broad range of sampled instruments ideal for creating soul and funk productions, or for adding additional ‘groove’ to other styles. Included are guitar and bass licks, chords, vintage keys and synths, pianos, percussion, vocals, and more. Additionally, exclusive presets for MASSIVE and MASCHINE and sampled electronic instruments add a contemporary edge for modern producers. Created by the man behind the highly-successful CONANT GARDENS Expansion, AMPLIFIED FUNK is the result of 30 years of experience by funk and soul music specialist Amp Fiddler. Having played with funk royalty Parliament / Funkadelic for 10 years, as well as sharing stages and studios with George Clinton, Prince, and J Dilla, Amp’s feel for groove is second to none, and fully reflected in this rich MASCHINE Expansion.

A compact version of AMPLIFIED FUNK is also available as an iMASCHINE Expansion, for creating beats on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

AMPLIFIED FUNK is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 6,280 / AU$ 79 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software.

The iMASCHINE Expansion is available at the iMASCHINE in-app store for $0.99 / 0,99 € / £0.79 / ¥ 120 / AU$ 1.29.

Additional information on AMPLIFIED FUNK is available at:

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XILS-lab relaunches revolutionary virtual analogue soft synth with modern-day makeover

miniSynX 300dpiGRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of Syn’X 2 — a multi- format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit polytimbral virtual analogue synthesizer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7/8) that not only continues to pay perfect homage to the legendary Elka Synthex Eighties-vintage Italian instrument from an original-sounding sonic standpoint, but balances that musicality against a multilayer card-based architecture that is inspired by similarly sophisticated hardware analogue synthesizers, such as Oberheim’s mighty Matrix 12, to create one of the most powerful and complex virtual analogue synthesizers of the modern era — as of June 22…

At the time of its 1982 launch the eight-voice polyphonic Elka Synthex sounded like no other synthesizer around — analogue or otherwise, and brought with it high hopes of being instrumental in ending the dominance of oversized (and overpriced) Japanese and American analogue programmable polysynths, thanks to the eight monophonic synthesizer circuits central to its innovative 16-DCO (Digitally Controlled Oscillator) driven design by independent Italian synth-master Mario Maggi. Many — meaning 1,000! — ICs (Integrated Circuits) were used in that design, however, meaning that it was not necessarily the most reliable around and did not come cheap. Consequently, not that many — not much more than the number of ICs in each instrument, in fact — were sold before being discontinued in 1985 (with one last production unit being made especially for legendary American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder) as a ‘new wave’ of considerably cheaper and more reliable digital synthesizers boasting better MIDI (Musical Instrument Interface) implementation brought about its untimely demise. Not that this mattered much to French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, who has three to his not insignificant name to this day, with well-known Laser Harp performances still emanating exclusively from an amazing-sounding Synthex patch produced by one-time UK demonstrator/programmer Paul Wiffen (and audible in isolation in ‘Second Rendez-Vous’ on Jarre’s super-selling Rendez-Vouz album of 1986).

Today the Elka Synthex is one of the most sought-after synthesizers around. As a result of its superlative sound design and avant-garde architecture, it’s a true musical instrument that’s truly stood the test of time. Today it sounds as fresh as it did back in 1982. Just ask Jean-Michel Jarre, who is on record as saying, “The Synthex allowed me to also develop something I had in mind with electronic music — epic, symphonic type of sounds that you probably had with the modular Moog before, such as those that Walter/Wendy Carlos used for Switched On Bach or A Clockwork Orange — a deep, mad, classical approach to a polyphonic synthesizer.” Truly, madly, deeply, indeed.

Indeed, given that finding an Elka Synthex in fine working order has become such a pricey (and patient) proposition, is it any wonder that in 2011 XILS-lab decided to effectively emulate it in software, even going so far as to enlist the eager ears of Paul Wiffen himself. “The sonic results are uncannily close to the original,” he promptly pronounced. Surprisingly, Syn’X has already been available to purchase and download from the XILS-lab web store for longer than the production lifespan of the original hardware synthesizer from which it drew so much musical inspiration. It’s time, therefore, for a serious update, and with it some fanciful features that look beyond merely modelling the Elka Synthex…

So what, exactly, is it, then, that makes Syn’X 2 so different and so much better than its predecessor? Well, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could create a synthesizer with the sophisticated multilayer architecture of Oberheim’s mighty Matrix 12 analogue polysynth, say, with an abundance of modulation matrixes per layer — effectively enabling flexible routing to rival the monstrous modular systems that preceded it in decades gone by, but then musically married that to the expansive Elka Synthex sound? Well, with Syn’X 2 that’s no longer a dream synth, but rather reality! Roll up your sleeves and delve deeper into sound design than was previously dreamed possible, thanks to the talented teamwork of XILS-lab.

Lest we forget, Syn’X 2 offers a unique combination of clear and punchy DCOs with cutting-edge analogue-modelled multimode filters to faithfully reproduce the superlative sound that so clearly defined the Eighties era, but, because it’s polytimbral, users can access up to eight individual synthesizers simultaneously with 16 oscillators, eight 0DF (Zero-Delay Feedback) analogue-modelled filters, 32 D-ADSR (Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelopes, and modulation matrixes addressing any of 132 possible destinations when creating their own patches — truly a sound designer’s dream come true!

This being a XILS-lab product, predictably, perhaps, there are many more features to make a serious song and dance about. All-important additions to Syn’X 2 include: oscillators with (up to 40) cumulative waveforms (per patch); new 0DF PWM (Pulse Width Modulation)/hard sync oscillator algorithms; unique CHAO (2D space movement) and (five rhythmic effects) RTHM LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) with (up to 50) cumulative waveforms (per patch); two arpeggiators; two keyboard zones — Upper and Lower, suitable for split and layered instruments; guitar multitimbral mode — whereby all layers can be assigned to independent MIDI channels, so playing different sounds with each guitar string, for instance, is possible; polyphonic SEQUENCER (that also acts as a modulation source); vintage-sounding CHORUS, DELAY, PHASER, and EQ effects (with proprietary True Stereo Technology); and 300 phenomenal presets programmed by professional sound designers, to name but few.

Fortunately for some, a helpful Easy mode provides programmers with an intuitive and powerful yet streamlined environment, similar to XILS-lab’s recently released miniSyn’X polyphonic, duo-timbral virtual analogue synthesizer plug-in, but with additional envelopes and LFOs, etc, easily accessible. Alternatively, the Advanced mode makes all aspects of Syn’X 2 available, allowing users to create complex, thick, and never-heard-before patches with a radically reworked workflow, which, it turn, makes it one of the most powerful and complex virtual analogue synthesizers of the modern era!

Syn’X 2 is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (1 and 2) protected plug-in for an introductory discounted price of €127.00 EUR until July 21, 2015 (rising to €169.00 EUR thereafter) on the XILS-lab web store here:’X-%3A-iLok-or-eLicenser-protected.html

Syn’X 2 can also be purchased as a bundle together with the miniWork’X sound library — featuring 268 miniSyn’X sounds for Syn’X 2 programmed by Lotuzia — for an introductory discounted price of €148.00 EUR until July 21, 2015 (rising to €198.00 EUR thereafter).

Note that owners of the original Syn’X can upgrade to Syn’X 2 for free while owners of miniSyn’X can upgrade to ‘full-blown’ Syn’X 2 status for an introductory discounted price of €93.00 EUR until July 21, 2015 (rising to €124.00 EUR thereafter).

Syn’X 2 can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit polytimbral virtual analogue synthesizer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and Windows (XP, Vista, and 7/8) from here:

Several superb audio demos showcasing Syn’X 2 can be heard here:


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Izotope release RX Final Mix

iZoFINAL2_cMake every element of your mix shine with iZotope Final Mix

The ultimate processor for stem and master buses available now

Specifically created for audio post production Professionals, RX Final Mix is the ultimate processor for stem and master buses. Whether you’re dealing with dialogue, production sound (ambience), sound effects, music, or your overall final out bus, you’ll get a consistent, audible, and intelligible mix that’s incredibly smooth.

Key Highlights

No more muddy mixes! Modern, intelligent processing adds space, depth, and life to your audio. The program-dependent functionality only touches exactly what it needs to—nothing more. The end result? A perfectly balanced mix that´s big, present, and impactful.

Designed specifically for post. An intuitive, easy-to-use workflow is built around the needs of post production professionals. Get delivery-specific presets, visual feedback, and up to 7.1 surround support. Save time with a condensed view that offers quick access to the most important controls.

Lightweight, versatile, and efficient. Combine multiple post tools into a single product to tackle all types of program material. Low CPU usage and minimal latency means no loss of sync in DAWs and NLEs, so you can execute your inspiration whenever it strikes.

RX Final Mix is available at a special introductory price until 30th June

Already own an iZotope RX product?  Time+Space  have some crossgrade options available to you for a limited time.

If you already own RX standard, RX Advanced or RX Loudness Control you can crossgrade and get RX Final Mix for less FIND OUT MORE

If you already own RX Standard or RX Advanced you can get both RX Loudness Control and RX Final Mix for one great price FIND OUT MORE

Are you new to RX? You can save over £300 when you by the iZotope RX Post Production bundle FIND OUT MORE

Please note these Crossgrade options and the discounts that go with them are only available until 30th June so move fast!

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