ZAOR introduces MIZA Z-based MODULAR system studio furniture concept

ZAOR MODULAR PuzzleORADEA, ROMANIA: studio furniture developer/manufacturer ZAOR is proud to introduce a new MODULAR system studio furniture concept based around its marketable MIZA Z media production desk as of April 23…

In creating the MIZA Z media production desk, ZAOR Studio Furniture has given much thought to the needs of modern musicians, producers, project studios, and post-production professionals working to space and cost constraints. The remarkable result is an attractive and adaptable platform that also allows users to decide what add-ons they need and where they want to position them to best suit their needs.

Characterised by its heavy-duty ‘Z’-shaped supports, the MIZA Z itself is available in black/cherry, grey/oak, or grey/ wengé (dark grey) colour combinations, and features a spacious (1836 x 850mm) surface with solid-wood front edge, and a matching cable tray on its rear underside. Topside there is plenty of room for a sizeable DAW controller and computer monitor, for example. From the front, a large, pullout tray can comfortably accommodate all manner of peripherals — from computer keyboard to master keyboard, small mixing console to an array of compact and bijou controllers chosen by today’s technology-championing DJ/producers. The choice is out there. Take your pick.

Freedom of choice need not end there, however. Far from it, in fact. For further questions still need deliberation: do you favour an in-the-box recording approach using an all-in-one desktop audio interface, perhaps, or readily access a rack- full of great gear to make great recordings? Do you work with speakers or only headphones? Different approaches dictate different setups, something ZAOR fully appreciates and acknowledges with its flexible MODULAR system studio concept. As such, the MIZA Z media production desk can be expanded easily to integrate several specific add-ons as the user sees fit.

First up, the MIZA GRIPRACK is available as a MIZA Z colour-matching 2U- or 4U-sized rack space with a padded top section onto which a speaker or computer monitor can be protectively positioned. As implied by name, simply slide it along the rear of the MIZA Z desktop then tighten it at the desired position. Up to three can be lined up in a row to provide up to 12U of rack space. Simple. And attractive and adaptable — just like the MIZA Z ‘mothership’!

Speaking of speakers, there is also a sensible solution for precisely positioning active nearfield monitors on the MIZA Z desktop as part of the MODULAR system studio furniture concept: the MIZA D-STAND. Studio monitor placement becomes a breeze with these MIZA Z colour-matching desktop stands that are also helpfully height-adjustable to the millimetre thanks to a hidden screw thread — slowly spin the padded top section of the speaker stand to reach the optimum listening level for the user concerned. Couldn’t be simpler, surely?

Should you wish to use larger studio monitors and position them further away then ZAOR Studio Furniture have also got you covered with the MIZA Z colour-matching MIZA STAND MKII. Attractive and affordable, yet designed to the best possible technical performance standards, these floor stands are also height-adjustable (875 – 1206mm), while the AERstop pad at the top of the stand helps isolate the speaker from the stand to reduce lower frequency content propagation from speaker to floor and room — professional through and through with looks to die for!

Concludes ZAOR Studio Furniture Sales & Marketing Manager Klaus Gehlhaar“Every user works in their own way. We can’t build the right desk for every one of them, but we’ve gone modular so they can choose whatever they need!”

All MODULAR system studio furniture concept components can be ordered online directly from ZAOR Studio Furniture ( for 550.00 EUR (MIZA Z), 180.00 EUR (2U MIZA GRIPRACK), 200.00 EUR (4U MIZA GRIPRACK), 130.00 EUR (MIZA D-STAND), and 330.00 EUR (MIZA STAND MKII) — including 15% tax, plus shipping costs — or from any authorised dealer.

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Spitfire Audio adds KITCHENWARE – GLASS library to Producer Portfolio series

PP009_Kitchenware_Glass_2DboxLONDON, UK: compositional tools creator Spitfire Audio is proud to announce availability of KITCHENWARE – GLASS — the ninth instalment of its reasonably priced Producer Portfolio series, launched last year to satisfy repeated requests for drier-sounding, more manipulatable samples for more non-orchestral music material — as of April 23…

As the latest Spitfire sample instrument collection for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT 4 or 5 (Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or later), KITCHENWARE - GLASS faithfully follows in the tuneful ‘culinary’ footsteps of its popular Producer Portfolio sibling KITCHENWARE – METALS (sampled from several specially selected bowls, jugs, and cups); as implied by name, it’s an arresting anthology of tuned wine glasses alongside an array of domestic glass and ceramic kitchenware. Pressing into service an assortment of beaters and employing professional percussive performances to die for, all were meticulously recorded with a selection of high-quality microphones and perspectives at Spitfire Audio’s own writing/recording suites in King’s Cross, creatively crafting an out-of-this-world library of tuned percussion. A selection of stimulating sounds that hint at well-worn mallet instruments, yet successfully steer clear of clichés. Not quite glockenspiels. Not quite celestas. Not quite vibraphones. A deeply sampled magical musical world unto itself that’s bound to bring musical magic to any genre it meets.

KITCHENWARE – GLASS comprises 4.1GB of compressed data from over 10.7GB in WAV format and over 12,000 samples with up to three dynamic layers and five round-robins per instrument, including a variety of easily switchable beaters and performance techniques like finger nail flicks and slaps. Says Spitfire Audio co-founder Paul Thomson“Many glasses were hurt in the creation of this library, I have to say! Quite a lot of broken glass in the studio.” Seemingly compositional tools creators can sometimes suffer for their art, too!

Arranged across three distinctive-sounding sections, this inspiring library features a set of chromatically-tuned glasses played by percussion supremo Paul Clarvis using a variety of techniques — from flicking to hitting, bowing to rubbing — to provide the basis of multiple choices for the user. Musical variety is the spice of life, after all! The second section focuses on a selection of 17 different domestic pieces of glassware and enamelware, played and struck in five different ways, while the third is effectively the same lineup as the second — albeit played with water within the glassware and enamelware to lend a more drifting, dreamlike quality to the productive proceedings.

Well, where on earth did this mouth-watering KITCHENWARE concept come from, then? Many moons ago, inspired by the experimental sounds of musical legends like Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Steve Reich, and Tangerine Dream, as well as Cliff Martinez’s brooding score to Stephen Sodenbergh’s remake of sci-fi film classic Solaris, fellow Spitfire Audio co-founder Christian Henson co- developed a private sample library of tapped, struck, and flicked kitchenware from within the confines of his noisy flat in Soho. Said sample library became his go-to resource in times of musical trouble, often helping him overcome creative dry spells. Subsequently, it became much admired by his future Spitfire Audio colleagues — so much so that they decided to record a commercial version in a central London location since the ‘bucolic’ background overspill present in the original samples were deemed to be an acquired taste too far for more general consumption! Comfortably ensconced in their company’s new headquarters in King’s Cross — complete with ultra-quiet, dry, yet acoustically sound recording spaces, the rest, as they say, is history…

Priced to go, KITCHENWARE – GLASS is as beautifully packaged as it sounds and comes complete with the OSTINATUM, an inspirational rhythmic pattern-builder that’s neither quite an arpeggiator nor a full-blown sequencer — straight from the ALBION range of high-flying cinematic ensembles and composer’s tools, no less. Moreover, meticulous scripting with Spitfire Audio’s easy-to-use, out-of-the-box interface makes making magical music with KITCHENWARE – GLASS a breeze. Breakages are optional, of course. Just like fine wine, just add to taste!

KITCHENWARE – GLASS can be purchased and downloaded directly from Spitfire Audio for an introductory discounted price of £49.00 GBP rising to £66.00 GBP on April 24, 2014 (subject to VAT within the EU) from here: (Note that this will require a full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT 4 or to run.)

For more detailed info and an awe-inspiring audio demo visit the KITCHENWARE – GLASS webpage here:

Watch Spitfire Audio co-founder Paul Thomson’s telling KITCHENWARE – GLASS video walkthrough here:

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Own the entire Rob Papen synth and effect collection for one great value price

robpapenexplorer3Rob Papen is one of the world´s leading sound designers and over the last few years he has released a series of multi-award winning high quality software plug-ins which have become essential tools for many of the world´s leading music producers.

Combining all Rob Papen virtual synths plus the company´s four award winning effects plug-ins, eXplorer III provides all the tools you need for contemporary music production including thousands of rich, complex, track-ready presets created by Rob Papen and guest artists including acclaimed DnB artists Noisia.

Since eXplorer was first released in 2011, it has been updated to include Punch, Blade and now Blue 2, RP-AMOD and Predator FX at no extra cost, so more than ever eXplorer III represents fantastic value for money! 

eXplorer III includes…

  • Blue II: Crossfusion synthesis – FM, phase distortion, wave shaping & subtractive synthesis.
  • Predator: Phat analoge synth with killer presets and first class features
  • Predator FX: Filter, modulation, vocoder and effects plug-in.
  • Blade: Cutting edge additive synthesis plug-in for the creation of unique sounds quickly and easily
  • Punch: Sampled and synthesized drums in a high quality percussive instrument
  •  SubBoomBass: Ultra-deep groove bass synth with built-in step sequencer
  • RG: Electric & acoustic guitar grooves with sequencer and synth effects
  • RP-Distort: Distortion effects plugin with additional innovative features.
  • RP-Delay: Delay insanity. reverser, 6 lines, 8 filters, 4 LFOs & more.
  • RP-Verb: An advanced, transparent and musical algorithm reverb with easy controls
  • RP-AMOD: Features classic audio modulation FX to spice up your tracks.

The titles in eXplorer III would normally cost you a total of £750.00 but with an SRP of just £395.00 / €493.00, eXplorer III saves you almost 50%!

Already own a Rob Papen plugin? Buy the crossgrade to eXplorer III for just £335 / €419.00!

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IK Multimedia releases new classic British EQ models in T-RackS Custom Shop

April 17, 2014
 IK Multimedia, a world leader in software and hardware products for professional musicians, engineers and producers announced today the newest release of the widely popular T-RackS Custom Shop mixing and mastering plug-in and standalone tools that features two new must-have British EQ models that provide the warmth and tone heard on countless recordings around the globe: the EQ73 and the EQ81.tRacksBritishEQ

T-RackS Custom Shop is a Mac/PC audio plug-in and standalone mastering workstation that provides a revolutionary way for musicians, engineers and producers to purchase IK’s legendary T-RackS mixing and mastering audio processors right from their DAW or mastering station. T-RackS processors include a comprehensive collection of ultra-accurate models of some of the most famous analog audio processors used on virtually every recording in music history. T-RackS Custom Shop lets users purchase what they need via an à-la-carte purchasing system that is always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new T-RackS EQ73 model is based upon a classic British hardware unit that is universally acknowledged as the most used preamp in music recording history. The original “Class A” device has a sonic signature almost instantly recognizable to engineers and recording enthusiasts the world over. Thanks to its unique and innovative circuitry the signal passing through it becomes thick and bold making every instrument stand out with audible fullness. The T-RackS EQ73 model captures this nuance so that even in the DAW environment the tone stays intact.

The EQ 73 is an extraordinary EQ, and IK Multimedia engineers went the extra mile to make sure the part of the preamp circuitry functionality was captured as well — a feature no other emulation on the market has included. The interaction between the preamp and the EQ section is what makes this legendary EQ so desirable. The gain range is so wide that many color shades can be found. At lower settings it adds some harmonic coloration that will make kicks or snare fatter and punchier. Going up the gain hill moves it into downright distortion with an analog saturation rarely found in DAW plug-ins. This is a killer function that adds that elusive “analog” character to a sterile sounding track, or provides a new creative effect.

The EQ73 sounds great on virtually every audio source. Its combination of preamp circuitry and EQ interaction make it versatile enough to enhance any track, especially kicks, snares, overheads, bass, guitars and vocals.

Following in the footsteps of its older sibling, the EQ81 takes the word versatility even further; the EQ section is composed of 4 independent frequency bands, rounded out by high and low pass filters to eliminate unwanted frequencies from the signal. This EQ powerhouse is at home in practically any mixing project where there is the need to sculpt the tone of a track with precision and musicality. Plus, adding to the versatility is the ability of the high and low shelving bands to become peaking type if needed.

Preamp and EQ Interaction: The Difference
As with the EQ73 model, IK Engineers made sure the preamp circuitry modeling was ultra-accurate and usable. Its Class A/B circuit design delivers another range of tonal coloration, and while the EQ section is so accurately modeled in the EQ81, its interaction with the preamp stage is what really sets the module apart providing identical sonic hardware performance not found in other digital models. Countless hours were spent not only in making sure the EQ curves are dead-on accurate, but that the preamp response and overall module interaction was faithful to the original hardware unit.

Both the EQ73 and the EQ81 models have the dual concentric knobs found on the original units “separated” for easier and faster shaping, and the unit offers improved readability of the knob positions for quick adjustment.

14-Day Demo
T-RackS Custom Shop allows users to demo any T-RackS processor for a full 14 days, allowing them time to completely evaluate the intricate workings, nuance and sonic characteristics of the unit. When ready to purchase, users simply click the “Custom Shop” button in the bottom right corner of the processor to launch the T-RackS Custom Shop purchase system and complete the process in just a few clicks. And T-RackS Custom Shop is always open at the moment of inspiration – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The world’s most comprehensive collection, and then some
T-RackS massive collection of mixing and mastering audio processors is unmatched in both “true to the original” sonic perfection and in choice of selection. IK Multimedia has chosen the “best of the best” available hardware samples on which to base T-RackS modules. Other processors in T-RackS Custom Shop include models of professional compressors, limiters, console channel strips, clippers, reverbs, de-esser, multi-band processors and a tape echo. For the complete detailed list of available processors, please visit

Pricing & Availability
The T-RackS Model EQ73 and Model EQ81 are now available from the IK Multimedia web store or the T-RackS Custom Shop for an introductory price of $124.99/€99.99 (excluding taxes) or 125 Custom Shop Credits. All T-RackS processors are also available for separate purchase from the IK Multimedia web store.

T-RackS Custom Shop is a free application that can be downloaded after registration from IK Multimedia’s T-RackS web site,

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Native Instruments introduces RISE & HIT – a dedicated instrument for building cinematic tension

NI_Rise&HitBerlin, April 16, 2014 – Native Instruments today released RISE & HIT – the first instrument dedicated to creating thrilling tension and suspense with build-ups and climactic hits. RISE & HIT uses an extensive range of over 8 GB of exclusively recorded and studio-produced sounds. An easy-to-use interface offers detailed editing with integrated effects and mastering tools for endless sound design capabilities. RISE & HIT runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER.

Central to RISE & HIT is its extensive sample library of expertly–produced sounds. From a full orchestra and heavily processed field recordings, to other-worldly synthesized and hybrid sounds, the library offers an incredible range of sonic material found nowhere else. Over 4000 samples are used in 700 single-layer and 250 multi-layer pre-designed sounds for creating hair-raising build-ups consisting of a swelling “riser” and a shorter, climactic “hit”. Each sound comes in four separate lengths to drastically alter the rise length, plus a transient “whoosh” hit option easily match any score without losing sound quality along the way. Up to four sounds can be layered at a time to create highly complex textures.

RISE & HIT offers sound designers a comprehensive toolkit with an intuitive interface for quick workflow and results. All features are easily accessible through tabbed panels and can be customized within the instrument, saving time and sparking inspiration at every step of the creative process. Readily available are a wide selection of effects to add character and radically alter sounds. Reverb and delay add sonic depth, while 26 custom filters allow quick frequency design for when inspiration strikes. 29 spatial, dynamic, and distortion effects, offer advanced control of sound stage, size, and texture.

For further customization, RISE & HIT boasts an integrated modulation engine designed to fully automate layer parameters. Though preset modulation curves are available, parameters can be adjusted using envelopes, for pinpoint accuracy and vigorous results. Once a build-up is ready to be finalized, a suite of additional mastering effects such as compression, saturation, and equalization can be applied to fine-tune the sound.

Key to the conception and production of RISE & HIT was sound master Uli Baronowsky of Galaxy Instruments. Already a trusted NI partner, Uli now brings his proven mastery of high quality sampling and sound reinforcement to the immense sonic variety found in RISE & HIT.

RISE AND HIT is available now at the NI Online Shop for $149 / 149 € / £129 / ¥ 17,800. It runs in KONTAKT 5 and the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER.

Additional information on RISE & HIT is available at:

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Diginoiz releases ‘808 Adventures’ drum one shots

Ladies and gentleman! This time we’ve decided to collect some classics in one place! We took vintage gear, including the most popular drum machine ever – the TR-808, and produced some great sounding drum one shot samples. Our main purpose was to get high quality drum samples with warm sound and best dynamics. Finally we think that we’ve made it! What more can we say? Perfect for all genres, from urban, trap, south, hip hop, r&b to club and pop music. To get this pro and unique sound we’ve used vintage SSL, Manley and Api hardware, recording everything on the Apogee Symphony. You will simply love this drum pack!


‘808 Adventures’ contains 139 drum one shots, 90 Mb, multi-format material (24-bit WAV, 24-bit AIFF and 16-bit WAV) ready to use in your favorite sampler or sequencer, both hardware and software, including: Logic, GarageBand, Soundtrack, Digital Performer, Sony Acid, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, Pro Tools, Stylus Rmx, Emagic EXS24 and many more.


All loops & samples in this library are licensed to you ‘Royalty-Free’ so you can use them in your commercial compositions with no extra costs.


Every purchase you make is contains 1 Zip file (69 MB after zip compression).


• 139 drum one shots (24-bit WAV)

• 139 drum one shots (16-bit WAV duplicate)


• 139 drum one shots (24-bit AIFF)


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BigKick_UIPluginBoutique ( ) – Loopmasters’ sister site selling music software –  has just released their first proprietary plugin, “Big Kick”.  Created in collaboration withCredland Audio, Big Kick was Developed to help producers make kick drum design easy and enjoyable and includes a set of features to help them get results quickly.  With ease of use in mind, the interface is simple to grasp and controls are limited only to those useful in achieving the plugin’s purpose of producing great drum sounds.

Key Features of the plugin include the following:

  • Kick drum synthesis – can replicate the majority of today’s and yesterday’s kick sounds*
  • Factory library includes 300 attack types and 110 presets*
  • Tuned kick drums
  • Easily integrates with your existing sample libraries
  • Easier to use than any previous kick drum design tool
  • Drag-and-drop sample creation
  • Auto-play mode for instant start and jamming
  • No-phase-shift free-sound-shaping Overdrive
  • High pass filter (again, phase-shift-free): avoid nasty surprises in the bottom end.

*Preset designers include Audialize, Cutline, Daniel Daly, D-Product, Freemasons, Jamie Anderson, Jim Credland, John Lead, Kris O’Neil, Niche Audio, Rasmus Faber and Timo Garcia.  With some extra input from Nick Sentience.

“Big Kick” is available for both Mac and PC and is available in both 32 and 64bit formats.

A quick video overview of the plugin can be viewed HERE.

Full product details available HERE.


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