@IKMultimedia Releases MODO BASS – The breakthrough physically modeled electric bass

modobassNovember 30, 2016 IK Multimedia, the pioneer in analog effects modeling, is pleased to announce the release of MODO BASS®, the new breakthrough physical modeling technology that brings a completely new level of realism and playability to the world of virtual bass instruments. MODO BASS is a customizable physically modeled virtual bass instrument that recreates the sound of the electric bass and how it’s played in real time – from all of the physical instrument components, the human technique of how the instrument is played, to the entire sound signal chain with effects and amplifiers.

Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO BASS utilizes modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear resonator – the string’s acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters as well as by the interaction of the string with fretboard, body and pick-ups of the instrument. The action of the player is then modeled as a nonlinear physical interaction with specific areas on the string surface. Then using IK’s cutting edge analog modeling expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the sound chain. This gives MODO BASS the ability to create hyper-realistic sound in real time.

Every electric bass sound imaginable
MODO BASS contains a collection of 12 physically modeled iconic electric basses that span the history of bass sound in recorded music – more bass models than available in most other virtual instruments. Models include “60s P-Bass” based on an Alder body 60s era Fender Precision Bass®, “70’s P-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass®, “70’s J-Bass” based on an Alder body Fender Jazz Bass®; “Modern J-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Jazz Bass®, “Devil Bass” based on Gibson® EB-0; “Bass Man 5” based on Music Man® StingRay 5-string; “Rick n’ Bass” based on Rickenbacker® 4003; “Studio Bass” based on Yamaha® RB5; “Violin Bass” based on a Hofner® Violin Bass, “Thunder Bass” based on a Gibson® Thunderbird, “Japan Bass” based on an Ibanez® Soundgear, and “Flame Bass” based on Warwick® Streamer.

Every detail of each bass has been meticulously analyzed and modeled to capture their true sonic character; the shape and type, the wood used for the body and neck construction, the hardware components, the original onboard electronics and controls – every aspect and detail has been recreated to provide the highest degree of authenticity of the original instrument. But the sounds available with MODO BASS extend far beyond the 12 modeled basses – with the available customization features, users can craft virtually every electric bass sound imaginable. MODO BASS is able to produce an unmatched and unlimited palette of bass sounds because everything can be customized.

Pluck, Slap or Pick – modeled playing styles
Once the bass has been selected, players can choose from 3 playing styles – pluck, slap or pick – and control parameters of each style and how they influence the sound. Adjustments can be made to the force applied to the strings, the position of the hand, the direction of the stroke, the fingers used to play the instrument and how the strings are approached, the impact of the thumb slap and the finger pull on the string and even the thickness of the pick and style of its attack. Every aspect of playing style has been modeled as a non-linear interaction with the strings to provide a dynamic, ever-changing sound output.

String Customization
IK painstakingly studied and recreated all of the factors that affect string tone and performance. Players can choose the number of strings on the bass, the construction type and material of the strings (round or flat wound), the gauge and age, plus the physical action height of above the fretboard. Each of these options contributes its own character to the output of the bass and introduces realism never before heard in a virtual instrument.

Custom pickup configuration
There are 20 iconic bass pickups from which to choose that can be freely interchanged and added to the instrument – up to 2 pickups per bass. Users can change the type of pickups used, neck or bridge single coil or humbuckers, and their physical location under the strings can be moved freely for unlimited playing and tonal variations – a feature virtually impossible in the physical world. MODO BASSalso gives players the ability to mix in the sound of an under-bridge piezo pickup for added resonance and top end. Switching from Passive to Active electronics option also enables a 3-band parametric EQ to fine-tune the pickup output tone.

Customize FX and Amp choices
With MODO BASS, players have full control over the post-instrument signal path as well and get 7 bass stomp boxes and two classic bass amplifiers derived from IK’s AmpliTube flagship software. Stomp box effects include an Octaver, Distortion, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Envelope Filter or Graphic EQ. Each stomp box gives players full control over the effect applied to the signal, parameter adjustment and overall output volume into the next effect. Also available is a classic all-tube amplifier and 1×15 cab, or a solid-state model with a 4×10 cab.

Expressive control in real time
MODO BASS provides MIDI control of critical parameters that can be automated in real time. With the MIDI Control section, players control and adjust the application of vibrato, the playing style, the application of Mute technique and the amount of slide technique applied while playing.  The frequency of the vibrato, the amount of the bend, plus the amount of slide and detach noise while playing can all be controlled in real time on the fly.

Keyswitching in MODO BASS allows players to create amazingly real techniques like slides and percussive ghost notes. Users can switch on the fly between chord mode and note mode, the type of stroke used for playing, the fingers used and the method of playing, which provides the ability to completely customize the sound in real time.

Pricing and availability
MODO BASS is available now from the IK Multimedia online store for a special introductory price of $/€149.99* until December 4, 2016. After that date, MODO BASS will be $/€299.99* and a crossgrade will be available for $/€199.99 ** to qualified users.

*All prices excluding taxes.
**Any previous purchase of an IK Multimedia product with a value of $/€99.99 or more qualifies for crossgrade pricing.

For more information, please visit:
www.modobass.com

To see MODO BASS in action, watch the videos:
www.modobass.com/video

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Mixvibes announces cross-platform Ableton Link integration for Cross DJ & Remixlive

main-pic_cross-platform-ableton-link-integration-in-cross-dj-remixliveMixvibes releases new Android and Mac/PC versions that integrate Ableton Link. Mac, PC, Android and iOS users can now make music together by syncing Cross DJ and Remixlive over a simple WiFi connexion. In addition, desktop and Android products get many improvements, while Cross for Mac brings Syphon video routing.

Ableton Link for all Cross-platform integration Ableton Link is a technology that syncs the beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live or any Link-enabled app over the same WiFi network. Previously available in Cross DJ Pro and Remixlive for iOS, it is now integrated in Mixvibes’ Mac/PC and Android products. It allows anyone to:

  • Sync Cross DJ and/or Remixlive Mac/PC with the Android or iOS versions.
  • Sync any of those apps with Ableton Live.
  • Sync any of those apps with any other Link-compatible app. All you need is a WiFi connection and 2 computers/devices with Remixlive or Cross DJ. All connected apps will then automatically play in sync across all devices.

Play together on all platforms Your app, device or OS does not matter anymore. Just turn on Ableton Link and join the jam! It’s:

  • Simple: enable Ableton Link with a single click.
  • Intuitive: anyone can join in and play, from beginners to experienced musicians.
  • Creative: use several apps at the same time to get that jam session feeling.

Ableton Link in Cross DJ and Remixlive takes DJing and live performance to the next level:

  • Sync your apps on several devices to play back to back with friends.
  • Use Remixlive to add extra loops over tracks playing in Cross DJ.
  • Dozens of apps have Ableton Link. Combine them with Cross DJ & Remixlive to unleash your creativity.

Syphon integration The 64-bit version of Cross for Mac now integrates Syphon, a technology that sends the video output of one application to another in real time. You can, for example, create a video mix in Cross and at the same time use a second app to apply additional visual effects, or even map the output to a surface. To activate Syphon, go to settings and activate it in the Video tab.

Improvements & new mappings Mac/PC Remixlive 1.3:

  • New Autopilot feature: loops are triggered automatically, either line by line or randomly.
  • New “All Stop” assignable command in mapping editor: when pressed, it resets the whole grid to off immediately.
  • You can now delete samples from the collection.
  • In VST host, it is now possible to record and playback a session (as a MIDI sequence).
  • New mappings: Novation Launchpad MK2, Akai APC Mini, Livid Instruments Base 2.

Meanwhile, Cross/Cross DJ 3.4 gets Pioneer DDJ-SB2 & Reloop Mixtour mappings.

Android Remixlive 2.1:

  • Import multiple samples at the same time and save time.
  • Full features pack: unlock all the features at once and save money.
  • Shop redesign: sample packs sorting and more.

Meanwhile, Cross DJ Pro 3.1 gets A ndroid Nougat compatibility. And all versions come with the usual batch of bug squashes.

Pricing & availability Android €4. 9 9 / $4.99 for C r o s s D J Pr o 3.1 (Android Link not available on free version). D o w n l o a d: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixvibes.crossdjapp Remixlive 2.1 is available as a free Android app with In-App Payments. Free download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixvibes.remixlive

Mac/PC €49 / $49 for Cross DJ 3.4, same price for Remixlive 1.3 €129 / $129 for Cross 3.4 Download Cross/Cross DJ: www.mixvibes.com/cross-dj-mac-pc Download Remixlive: http://www.mixvibes.com/remixlive-mac-pc

The Mac/PC update is free for existing users: Cross DJ Free: http://forum.mixvibes.com/downloads.php?cat=97 Cross DJ: http://forum.mixvibes.com/downloads.php?cat=54 Cross: http://forum.mixvibes.com/downloads.php?cat=6 Remixlive: http://forum.mixvibes.com/downloads.php?cat=109

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iZotope releases Ozone 7 Elements

image001New preset-based plug-in makes it possible to effortlessly achieve a full, rich and loud mix

Boston-based audio software specialist iZotope has released Ozone 7 Elements – an entry level version of its award winning mastering software that makes it easier for producers, beatmakers and songwriters to produce radio and streaming-ready mixes.

Ozone 7 Elements utilises Ozone 7´s renowned processing under the hood and enables you to achieve a full, rich, and loud final mix with professionally-crafted presets and simple macro controls to shape your sound.

Presets

Start by selecting a preset. Under the hood, each mastering preset drives a series of Ozone processors designed to bring your tracks up to radio-ready quality. Choose from Genre-Specific, All-Purpose, or Artist Signature presets to zero in on your desired aesthetic.

Amount Sliders

Tune your track to your taste with the EQ and Dynamics Amount sliders to shape the polished sound you´re after.

Maximizer Threshold

Bring your tracks up to a competitive level with Ozone´s legendary Maximizer. Make your tracks louder without clipping or sacrificing clarity or punch, and ensure you have sufficient headroom for streaming and MP3/AAC encoding.

Your music, your decisions. Ozone 7 Elements puts YOU in creative control.

Ozone 7 Elements is available to buy now for the introductory price of £77.95 / €95.00 normally £99.95).

For full details visit:

http://www.timespace.com/product/OZONE7E-120/3/10000073/izotope_ozone_7_elements_%28download%29.html

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Arturia announces MiniLab MkII

minilab_mk2Arturia are excited to announce the imminent release of MiniLab MkII: a space-saving, high-quality controller that’s perfectly suited to small home studios and musicians on the move.

The latest in Arturia’s range of game-changing controllers, MiniLab MkII combines an expressive two- octave keyboard, RGB backlit performance pads, 16 rotary knobs, and an impressive suite of included software.

Fun to use, easy to master, and superbly affordable, MiniLab MkII sets a new standard for small-for- mat controller keyboards. Musicians old and new will be inspired by the hundreds of classic keyboard presets in Analog Lab Lite and love recording their own songs using Ableton Live Lite. MiniLab MkII brings unmatched control to the project studio and provides performers with bus-powered, go-any- where versatility.

Key features of the MiniLab MkII include:

  • Take it anywhere: amazingly portable and highly durable, MiniLab MkII sets new standards in the small controller market, combining unparalleled control with space-saving, small studio-friendly size.
  • Great feeling keyboard: MiniLab MkII features a 25-note slim-keys, velocity-sensitive keyboard, striking an uncompromising balance between size and playability.
  • Powerful performance pads: record a drum pattern, launch clips, cycle through presets; MiniLab MkII’s eight multi-purpose pads are ultra-responsive and RGB backlit, helping you easily identify the sound or function they are controlling.
  • Useful rotary knobs: 16 rotary encoders give you full access to all of the important parameters of your favorite effects, synths, and DAW functions; two of the knobs are also clickable, allowing even deeper control of your music-making.
  • Expressive performance controls: MiniLab MkII features incredibly responsive touchstrip controls for pitch bend and modulation, sustain pedal input to capture that authentic keyboard performance, and dedicated octave up & down buttons for full creative access.
  • Record your songs: Ableton Live Lite — an introduction to arguably the most popular, intuitive recording & performance software on the market — is now included with MiniLab MkII, meaning you can record and produce your songs straight out of the box; thanks to dedicated pre-mapping within Ableton Live, it’s never been easier to take control.
  • Amazing keyboard sounds: the included Analog Lab Lite software gives you access to hundreds of iconic preset keyboard sounds taken from Arturia’s award-winning V Collection 5 — from electric pianos to analog monosynths, string machines to modular monsters, and everything in between.
  • A famous piano at your fingertips: a beautiful, ultra-realistic piano sound is always useful, and that’s exactly what you get with the included UVI Grand Piano Model D software — meticulously sampled from a classic Steinway, and yours with MiniLab MkII.
  • Tempting upgrade paths: whether you want thousands of extra keyboard presets with Analog Lab 2 or need the unparalleled control of Arturia’s flagship V Collection 5, owners of MiniLab MkII will be entitled to exclusive upgrade offers.
Fun to use, easy to master, and superbly affordable, MiniLab MkII sets a new standard for small-for- mat controller keyboards. Musicians old and new will be inspired by the hundreds of classic keyboard presets in Analog Lab Lite and love recording their own songs using Ableton Live Lite. MiniLab MkII brings unmatched control to the project studio and provides performers with bus-powered, go-any- where versatility.

MiniLab MkII is priced at 99€ / 119US$.

For more information on features, specifications and dimensions, visit the MiniLab MkII page on: www.arturia.com/products/minilab-mkii/overview

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Soundsdivine Releases ‘Director’s Cut’ featuring 128 sounds for U-he Diva.

Inspired the Blade Runner soundtrack .
This bank captures the space and epic scope of the sounds from that movie and feature haunting leads , dystopian soundscapes , ethereal pads , FM bells , stacked choral pads , overdriven synth sequences and arpeggiated pad sounds .
Intro Price €23.95 + VAT
Normal Price €29 + VAT
Discount available to anyone who purchased the ‘Introspective’ or ‘Art Of Sound’ soundsets.

Audio demo :
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Kirk Hunter Releases VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES For Kontakt Player

brassThe Orchestra At Your Fingertips VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES is an epic virtual orchestral collection that’s ideal for music composition and live music performance. Designed with unprecedented flexibility, you now have the ability to orchestrate your own custom ensembles putting the orchestra at your command. Developed in the Native Instruments Kontakt Player engine, VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES delivers the finest quality sampled sound of an orchestra with extremely detailed user control; perfect for your final productions.

Get The Sound You Need – Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Piano, Choir… VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES goes above and beyond in delivering all strings, brass and woodwind solo sections of a full orchestra while also including auxiliary percussion, epic hits, pristine piano, and an  elegant choir. Of course, the strings, brass and woodwind sections are the collective core of this library. With truly great sounds spanning all sections of the orchestra into one instrument, you will find yourself using this library as your go-to tool for composing, performing, and professional music productions. Additionally, these instruments are optimized to have a very low memory footprint, while still being “chromatically” multi-sampled.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES includes over 4404 samples, and over 2.5 GB compressed sample content using Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression. All samples are delivered at 44.1kHz/24-bit.

System Requirements

  • Requires Kontakt Player (free) or Kontakt Retail (sold separately) Version 5.5 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9, or newer (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (6GB or more recommended)
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • 3 GB free disk space for VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLEss sample content
  • 1 GB free disk space for Kontakt Player

Compatibility

  • Stand-alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS (Pro Tools 9 + 10); AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher); 64- bit AAX (Pro Tools 11)
  • CoreAudio
  • ASIO
  • WASPI
  • Kontakt is continuously being updated. For the latest system compatibilities visit the Native Instruments website. http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/ samplers/kontakt-5-player/

KEY FEATURES OF VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES

  • Control four instrument sections, (strings, brass, woodwind solos) mapped across the keyboard for a realistic feeling of an entire orchestral compliment.
  • Multiple articulations, dynamics, and round robins.
  • Provides efficient and intuitive control to modify the split or crossfade between each of the 4 sections giving you amazing flexibility to get the ideal mix.
  • Intuitive visual dynamic LED indication for active section and active keys played.
  • Effortlessly switch between “Legato” and “Poly” modes.
  • Uses IntervaLive® to add realistic transitional intervals in both “Legato” and “Poly” mode.
  • Stack up any combination of the 4 sections together, or use them independently.
  • Control the mix of each section’s volume and pan.
  • Includes many popular “sustained” articulations – Arco, Marcato, Tremolo, Soft and Medium Tongue, Sforzando, and more.
  • Includes many popular “short” articulations – Staccato, Staccatissimo, Spiccato, and Pizzicato.
  • Uses “slur” and “sustain” articulations. Even aggressive ones such as “Marcato” will always have smooth slurs.
  • Provides accent strength control for the Marcato, Sforzando, Staccato, Staccatissimo, and Spiccato articulations via velocity and MIDI CC .
  • Crossfade any “sustain” articulation with the “tremolo” articulation via MIDI CC (Strings only).
  • User-selectable keyswitching.
  • Choose volume control via velocity, or MIDI CC, or both.
  • Velocity sensitivity (strings, brass, woodwinds) and MIDI CC sensitivity (Strings) control for volume.
  • Fine-tune envelope attack and release control.
  • 3 band semi-parametric equalization.
  • Reverb on/off and amount.
  • Room size (for reverb).
  • Microphone distance (with or without reverb).
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FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-R reverb plug-in

fabfilter-pro-rAMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, November 15, 2016. FabFilter is proud to announce availability of FabFilter Pro-R, a high-end algorithmic reverb plug-in with musical controls and a very natural sound. Its advanced algorithms have been carefully designed to blend well with the source and fit easily into a mix. FabFilter Pro-R is bursting with innovations like the intuitive Space control that seamlessly switches between dozens of room models with automatic decay time adjustment, and the industry-first Decay Rate EQ concept that introduces free adjustment of the decay time over the frequency spectrum. Together with the built-in Post EQ and an abundance of high-quality factory presets, FabFilter Pro-R delivers pristine sound quality and maximum ease of use.

A musical approach

FabFilter Pro-R takes a musical approach to reverb, offering user-friendly, non-technical controls like Brightness, Character, Distance, and Stereo Width to tweak the reverb sound. The stepless Space control lets the user fade between dozens of different, carefully-tuned room models, and automatically chooses a matching decay time for a natural-sounding result. Behind the scenes, each of these settings influences the internal algorithms in multiple ways to deliver exactly what was intended — without requiring a degree in reverb science.

Shape the decay time

The decay time of a real room often varies wildly over the frequency spectrum, which is one of the key ingredients of a room’s reverb character. To simulate this, the industry-first Decay Rate EQ concept in FabFilter Pro-R offers completely free adjustment of the decay time over the frequency spectrum. Since it uses parametric EQ bands instead of a traditional crossover system, it provides much more flexibility to shape the decay time characteristics. Together with the integrated six-band Post EQ, designing reverbs of any character has never been easier.

Key features:

• Beautifully designed room models, ranging from small ambiences and rooms to large concert halls and huge cathedrals.

• Carefully developed to easily sit in the mix, without causing undesirable coloration, density or phase problems.

  • Gorgeous Retina interface with large interactive reverb display featuring Decay Rate EQ and Post EQ curves.
  • Very easy to set up, with user-friendly, non-technical controls.
  • Space control, which smartly and smoothly combines the room model and decay time of the reverb — choose from over a dozen carefully designed room models and seamlessly vary between them, without hearing clicks or unwanted artifacts.
  • Decay Rate control, changing the overall decay time from 50% to 200% of the current Space setting.
  • Intelligent Stereo Width control, ranging from pure mono to true stereo and beyond.
  • Distance control to adjust the proximity to the sound source in the selected space.
  • Character control that changes the sound from a clean, transparent decay to a lively reverb with pronounced reflections and echoes — all the way to an over-modulated chorus-like effect.
  • Perfectly tuned Brightness control, affecting not only brightness, but also the decay of high frequencies.
  • Predelay control via the bottom bar, ranging from 0 to 500 ms, with optional tempo sync.
  • Innovative six-band Decay Rate EQ with Low/High Shelf, Bell, and Notch filters. (Compared to the commonly used low- and high-crossover system, the Decay Rate EQ opens up a world of possibilities by giving users full control over the decay rate at different frequencies.)
  • Six-band Post EQ to equalize the final reverb sound with Low/High Cut up to 96 dB/oct, Low/High Shelf, and Bell filters. (Together with the Decay Rate EQ, this lets users design reverbs of any style or character.)
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer that also visualizes the decay time at different frequencies.
  • Full Screen mode, offering a large analyzer display and Decay Rate EQ and Post EQ controller.
  • Multiple interface sizes: Medium, Large, and Extra Large.
  • Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on Windows.
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration.
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.

FabFilter Pro-R is now available for EUR 169, USD 199 or GBP 149, supporting both Windows and Mac OS X in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS, and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-R and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at: www.fabfilter.com/shop

Existing FabFilter customers can purchase FabFilter Pro-R with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account at: www.fabfilter.com/myaccount

System requirements on Windows are either Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP and a VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools, or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher with Intel processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.

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