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Spitfire Audio to retire Albion – buy now and save over 57%
Normal RRP: £419 – now only £178.79 (inc VAT)!
GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to conclude its informative and attractive ‘Celebrating The Keys Behind The Melodies’ pricing promotion on an iPad musical high, offering an attractive 50% discount on its iProphet, iMini, and iSEM soft synth apps until September 7…
Starting on August 18 with the 25th anniversary of British synthpop pioneers Depeche Mode’s monumental hit single ‘Enjoy The Silence’ (and attendant album Violator), which made much musical use of the trailblazing Seventies-vintage ARP 2600 semi-modular synthesizer — brought back to life as Arturia’s award-winning ARP 2600 V, Arturia has been busy celebrating the release of a significant number of renowned recordings by announcing daily discount deals on its authentic-sounding software emulations of the trailblazing keyboards that helped those recordings make musical history. Having broadened its appeal beyond the laptop and desktop domain by successfully entering the iOS soft synth market, what better way to conclude ‘Celebrating The Keys Behind The Melodies’ than by offering an attractive 50% discount on iProphet, iMini, and iSEM? Step back in time one last time, then, to (re)discover three more renowned recordings… and, this time, the trailblazing keyboards that inspired Arturia’s award-winning apps.
‘Robot Rock’ from French electronic dance duo Daft Punk’s Human After All album that topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart ten years ago includes sampled portions of ‘Release The Beast’ by American funk and soul band Breakwater (recorded back in 1980), which, in turn, showcased the trailblazing Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synthesizer. By bringing the still-sought-after sound palette of Sequential’s swansong, the Prophet VS Digital Synthesizer, to iPad, Arturia’s iProphet is trailblazing, too — not least that it is available on Apple’s App Store for only €4.99 EUR/$4.99 USD until September 7!
Michael Jackson’s Thriller needs little in the way of introduction. In little over a year after its 1982 release date it became — and remains — the biggest-selling album of all time, now exceeding 65-million copies worldwide! Title track ‘Thriller’ — the final (seventh super-successful) single to be taken from the album — features a killer synth bassline, courtesy of a Minimoog™ monosynth, most likely the most famous synthesizer of all time. Arturia’s award-winning iMini not only truly transports the functionality of Dr Robert Moog’s namesake historic hardware synth to iPad, but takes things several steps further with chorus, delay, and even a polyphonic mode… and all for only €4.99 EUR/$4.99 USD (until September 7)!
In their Seventies heyday, British rock superstars Supertramp drew their sonic signature from a number of then-contemporary synthesizers, including, interestingly, an Oberheim Four Voice, a Seventies-vintage polysynth made up of four instances of Oberheim’s dual-oscillator Synthesizer Expander Module® (SEM). Starting life as an add-on synthesizer module for fattening up Minimoogs before becoming a sought-after sound in its own right, those signature SEM sounds can be heard on ‘Fool’s Overture’, the epic closing track to Supertramp’s 1977 long-player Even In The Quietest Moments…, their first Gold-certified (500,000-copy-selling) album in the US. It was later recognised as one of the 200 greatest albums of all time in The World Critic List, ranked at number 63 by notable rock critics and DJs. For a limited time, those high-flying signature SEM sounds (and more) are easily accessible via Arturia’s award-winning iSEM app, available to iPad owners for only €4.99 EUR/$4.99 USD (until September 7)!
No iPad? No need to feel left out as all of Arturia’s Analog Classics discounted during the ‘Celebrating The Keys Behind The Melodies’ pricing promotion are still available at an attractive 50% discount until September 7! Join us as we conclude ‘Celebrating The Keys Behind The Melodies’ with these authentic-sounding software emulations of the trailblazing keyboards that helped those recordings make musical history: ARP 2600 V (celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ARP 2600 being used by Depeche Mode on ‘Enjoy The Silence’ from Violator); Solina V (celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Eminent/ARP Solina String Ensemble being used by Joy Division on ‘Isolation’ from Closer); Mini V (celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog™ being used by Pink Floyd on ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ from Wish You Were Here); Prophet V (celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 being used by OMD on ‘Enola Gay’ from Organisation); Jupiter-8V (celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Roland Jupiter-8 being used by Tears For Fears on ‘Shout’ from Songs From The Big Chair); Wurlitzer V (celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wurlitzer 200A being used by Queen on ‘You Are My Best Friend’ from A Night At The Opera); Oberheim SEM V (celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® being used by Herbie Hancock on ‘Stars In Your Eyes’ from Monster); SPARK 2 (celebrating the 20th anniversary of Moby using his unique collection of vintage drum machines on Everything Is Wrong); VOX Continental-V (celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles using the Vox Continental 300 on ‘Help!’ B-side ‘I’m Down’); CS-80V (celebrating the 30th anniversary of Kate Bush using the Yamaha CS-80 on ‘Hounds Of Love’ from Hounds Of Love); Matrix-12 V (celebrating the 30th anniversary of Phil Collins using the Oberheim Matrix-12 on ‘Sussudio’ from No Jacket Required); and, finally, Modular V (celebrating the 40th anniversary of Tangerine Dream using the Moog modular system on Rubycon).
Still time to make a serious saving and (maybe) make musical history with Arturia, then? Yes, but better be quick (as Arturia’s ‘Celebrating The Keys Behind The Melodies’ pricing promotion ends on September 7)!
The brand name iZotope is synonomous with audio production thanks to a steady stream of celebrated plug-ins such as Ozone 6, RX 4, Alloy 2, Nectar 2 that have become studio staples for mixing, mastering and beyond.
However, iZotope has also been responsible for some of the industry´s most unique instruments and throughout September, Time+Space are celebrating this creative side of the company with some great discounts across the range including…
60% off Stutter Edit
Play effects like an instrument with this innovative tool for both studio and stage – now only £66.95
40% off BreakTweaker
Futuristic drum sculpting and beat sequencing machine – now only £102.95
33% off BreakTweaker Expanded
Includes BreakTweaker and 4 expansion packs for a great value bundle price – now only £135.00
September also brings a huge 50% price drop on iZotope’s inspiring sample-based synthesizer Iris 2.
Create and discover musical sounds that have never been heard before. Unsurpassed for ambient sound sculptures, textural synthesis and otherworldly effects, Iris 2 is immediately playable – combining the power of a sampler, the flexibility of a modular synth, and the fun of spectral filtering. Now only £102.95!
View all these and more iZotope creative software offers at: http://bit.ly/1JxIVBC
SampleScience is proud to present EA-1 Synthesis, a Kontakt 5 library featuring the sound of the Korg Electribe EA-1. The library features TB-303 alike basses, gritty synths, smooth keys, lofi FXs, atmospheric soundscapes and resonating retro synth leads.
Have total control with the EA-1 Synthesis scripted interface which includes:
* FX rack with distortion, chorus, fuzz, saturation, lo-fi, delay and reverb effects.
* Filters with 2 x LFO, an ADSR and a Step Sequencer.
* Amp with 2 x LFO, an ADSR and a Step Sequencer.
* Equalizer, Compressor, Stereo and Transient controls.
* 3 x layers Kontakt 5 engine with sub and vinyl crackles.
Although EA-1 Synthesis is best suited for minimal techno and IDM music production, famous artists such as Throbbing Gristle, Orbital, Daft Punk, Like A Tim, Crystal Distortion and Cirrus have all used the Korg EA-1 to create other genre of music.
EA-1 Synthesis is the only Korg EA-1 sample library available on the market, the library is unique.
* 25 x Kontakt 5 instruments with a fully scripted interface.
* The same 25 instruments are included as a bonus in Reason NN-XT, Sfz, Logic Pro EXS24 and Sf2 format.
Buy it now for the introductory price of 14$!
For more info: http://www.samplescience.ca/20
SampleScience releases Famirom: a virtual emulation of the NES sound chip!
“Famirom is a virtual instrument emulation of the NES (Famicom in Japan) sound chip. It’s ROM based, which means that the instrument plays actual sound recordings of the NES sound chip which gives it an authentic sound. With it’s easy to use interface, you can create new NES-like tones very easily!”
* 30 NES sound chip tones to choose from.
* 4 8-bit fixed effects: distortion, resonance, reverb, Larsen and cassette.
* LFO, Amp Range and Pitch controls.
* ADSR controls to shape your tones.
Famirom is a great sound design tool if you want to recreate the NES sound effects and tones on your computer.
Available as a Windows 32 bit and 64 bit VST plugin as well as a Universal Mac OS X VST & AU.
Only 12$! For more info: http://www.samplescience.ca/20
Berlin, August 27, 2015 – Native Instruments is excited to announce that
recent flagship products from all its three product brands have been
honored with the Red Dot product design award 2015 – the KOMPLETE
KONTROL S-Series keyboards, MASCHINE STUDIO and TRAKTOR KONTROL S8. As
one the most renowned product design awards worldwide, the Red Dot is
awarded by an international jury in consideration of a comprehensive
catalog of criteria, including innovativeness, functionality,
ergonomics, build quality and ecological compatibility.
“Our goal is to create instruments for musicians and DJs that provide an
extraordinary level of expressiveness”, says Mate Galic, CTO of Native
Instruments. “This can only be achieved by an interdisciplinary design
team that thinks holistically. Having our efforts recognized with these
awards is a fantastic confirmation for this approach.”
The KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards debuted in October 2014, and
have been designed to unite the whole range of NATIVE INSTRUMENTS’
acclaimed software instruments and effects under a single, unified
playing experience. The keyboards feature several industry innovations
never before available in a hardware controller, including Light Guide
key illumination, ultra-sensitive Touch Kontrol touch strips, Native
Map® parameter assignment, and a range of ingenious Smart Play features.
MASCHINE STUDIO was released in October 2013 as the flagship product in
the MASCHINE groove production range. Through expanded tactile control
and hi-resolution color displays, the advanced hardware controller
enables producers to utilize MASCHINE’s acclaimed intuitive workflow
with detailed visual feedback of software functions directly on the
Also released in October 2014, TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 symbolized a leap
forward in digital DJing with its innovative touch-sensitive controls
and full-color displays that create an unbroken link between the DJ and
the crowd. The all-in-one KONTROL S8 features a 4-channel standalone
mixer, extensive audio interface, advanced integration of TRAKTOR PRO
2’s Remix Decks, and full support for NATIVE INSTRUMENTS’ groundbreaking
new multi-channel “Stems” music format.
Additional information on the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series is available at
Additional information on MASCHINE STUDIO is available at
Additional information on TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is available at
Kenton cultivates connections with bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor
LONDON, UK: MIDI utilities specialist Kenton is proud to announce availability of the D-SYNC bi- directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor — an appropriately-named new addition to its growing family of compact and sturdy MIDI utility boxes that cleverly converts MIDI Clock to DIN Sync (sync24) and DIN Sync to MIDI Clock signals — as of August 27…
Appreciating the intrinsic value of this unassuming, yet useful little utility box — as attractively priced as it is — involves an appreciation of electronic musical instrument synchronisation; so, for the benefit of the uninitiated, here goes…
History has it that celebrated Californian electronic musical instrument designer Dave Smith — famed for being the brains behind the trailblazing Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synthesizer — acted as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). In fact, he coined the acronym back in 1982 and was the worthy recipient of a Technical Grammy® award as a long-overdue thank-you in 2013. Not necessarily so well-known nor celebrated is the DIN Sync standard — simply called SYNC or sometimes sync24. Introduced in the early Eighties by Roland Corporation for the synchronisation of sequencers, drum machines, arpeggiators, and other devices — think TR-808 Rhythm Composer (1981-84) and TB-303 Bassline (1982-84), DIN Sync was soon superseded by MIDI. Many years later, the extended MIDI protocol positively remains at the core of current electronic musical instrument synchronisation standards while DIN Sync… well, what happened there, then? There are still an awful lot of TR-808 Rhythm Composers and TB-303 Basslines being used in modern-day music production — testament to the enduring analogue sounds of those trailblazing Roland relics, which is exactly what drove Kenton to create the D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor. Today those vintage classics can ‘talk’ to the MIDI world with the best of them, thanks to the D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor! Central to the D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor’s namesake MIDI to DIN Sync-converting ‘dialogue’ is an ability to receive MIDI Clock and run/stop signals and convert them to DIN Sync (sync24) — and back again.
Again, for the benefit of the uninitiated, the DIN Sync standard is so named as it uses five-pin DIN connectors. These are the same as those used for MIDI, actually — albeit using different pins on those connectors, so a cable created specifically for MIDI usage will not necessarily have the pins required for DIN Sync physically connected within the cable itself. The DIN Sync standard consists of two signals: clock (tempo) and run/stop. The clock signal is a low frequency pulse wave ‘suggesting’ the tempo; that way, the DIN Sync signal-receiving machine merely has to count the number of pulses to know when to increment its position in the music sequence, rather than having to measure the waveform’s frequency. Roland DIN Sync-equipped devices use 24 pulses per quarter note (PPQN) — hence that sync24 alternative appellation. As such, any Roland DIN Sync-equipped device playing sixteenth notes would have to advance to the next note after six pulses and so on. The run/stop signal simply shows whether or not the sequence is playing.
Perfectly equipped to ‘translate’, then, the D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor conveniently packs MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, SYNC IN, and SYNC OUT five-pin DIN sockets into a road-ready metal box attractively finished in brushed aluminium with black screen print measuring merely 110mm (W) x 55mm (D) x 35mm (H) and weighing in at a pocket-friendly 250g (including the multi- region power supply). Simply connect the MIDI output of any keyboard(s) and/or computer to MIDI IN and connect the SYNC OUT to the DIN Sync input of the device to be controlled for full MIDI to DIN Sync conversion. Conversely, connect the DIN Sync output of any Roland DIN Sync-equipped device to SYNC IN and connect MIDI OUT to the MIDI input of any suitably-equipped device to be controlled for full DIN Sync to MIDI conversion. Converting in both directions simultaneously is perfectly possible. Time to take the likes of those one-time trailblazing TR-808 Rhythm Composers and TB-303 Basslines back to the future, perhaps?
The D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor can be purchased directly from Kenton for £58.20 GBP (excluding tax and shipping) from here: http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/d-sync.shtml (Note that a currently in beta testing firmware update will enable the D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor to work with vintage sync48-equipped devices, such as those from Korg, that use 48 PPQN clock signals.)