Native Instruments releases documentary video on artist collective and record label NAAFI

Native Instruments releases documentary video on artist collective and record label NAAFI

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Berlin, July 28, 2014 – Native Instruments today released an original documentary feature on NAAFI – a Mexican artist collective, party promotion crew, and record label with a future-focused perspective on club music. The film aims to introduce the larger music community to the new sound rising from the underground club scene in Mexico and features interviews with the artists and label bosses that make up the NAAFI collective.

NAAFI is forging a new sound that is beginning to make waves in the larger Mexican music scene. This Native Instruments original video provides a glimpse into the rich music and art culture being created by label bosses Tomás Davó, Alberto Bustamante, and Paul Marmota, and a growing list of label artists including Lao, Imaabs, Smurphy, OMAAR, Zutzut. Inspired by Ritmos Perificos (outsider rhythms), NAAFI discovers and continues to expand their own musical language by combining sound, visual art, and culture with a spirit of pure experimentation. The film gives direct access to the artists and creators at the forefront of this creative realm.

An exclusive playlist showcasing the NAAFI artists featured in the video and on the label is being released along with the documentary on Spotify.

The video is available at:

Additional information on the NAAFI documentary feature is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/naafi

The Native Instruments exclusive Spotify playlist is available at:
https://open.spotify.com/user/nativeinstruments/playlist/6dRo6LOBUZllslOx0of1Xi

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Positive Grid Launches BIAS FX Desktop – The First Cross Platform Amp-And-Effects Processor

BIAS FX Desktop for Mac and Windows provides groundbreaking cloud-based access to thousands of rigs for infinite tone and effects creation, re-amping, and professional recording. Guitarists now can easily transfer their tones between iOS and Desktop devices for utmost mobility and comfort.

Video – Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders introduces BIAS FX Desktop:

 

Positive Grid, San Diego July 27th, 2015 (ictw) – Positive Grid, creator of the best selling BIAS Amp guitar amp modeler, is proud to announce the release of BIAS FX Desktop: the world’s first and only cross platform guitar amp-and-effects processor for Mac and Windows. For the first time ever, users will be able to record and re-amp integrating BIAS Amp Match models -capturing the tone from any real amp- in dual amp mode, add ultra-high definition effects configurations in dual signal chains, and share and download thousands of rigs right on ToneCloud, Positive Grid’s tone sharing platform.

Cross platform concept
With its groundbreaking cross platform design, BIAS FX overall operation and presets can be synced all across Mac, Windows and iOS devices for instant access anywhere, any time. For the first time, musicians are able to achieve high quality amp and effects tones in the studio with BIAS FX Desktop, and bring the same exact sound for live performances with BIAS FX Mobile.
BIAS FX represents a stunning multi-platform tone evolution that includes both modern and classic rigs such as digital, spring, and stereo delays, tube screamers, fuzz, tremolo, analog and stereo chorus, flanger, several studio quality rack modules, and much more.

BIAS Amp Integration
BIAS FX Desktop opens up a whole new level of performance and recording: dual amps replicate the huge tone of two real amps set up together; dual signal chains provide 2 fully independent effect paths running in parallel. And when integrated with BIAS Amp (available separately), users can select a different preamp, power amp, cab, mic and eq for each of. But the tone doesn’t end there: users can also download any Amp Match models from BIAS Amp, accurately capture any real amp tone, and run them in dual amp configurations to create a never ending amp tone creation tool.

Thousands of rigs from the cloud
ToneCloud allows musicians to share and download thousands of user and artists rigs right from the cloud. Positive Grid continues to work with producers, engineers, and world class artists to create an ever growing tone library of amazing sounding rigs. Signature ToneCloud presets include Ola Englund, Rusty Cooley, Mark Holcomb, and the latest addition to Positive Grid’s roster, guitar sensation Tosin Abasi. Users are able to perform, record, and re-amp using any of the factory, user, and ToneCloud presets in BIAS FX.

BIAS FX Desktop is now available for $99 (BIAS FX), $199 (BIAS FX Professional) and $349 (BIAS Pro Bundle).
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Key Features:

  • Unrivalled, analog-like sound quality
  • Extremely intuitive drag-and-drop operation makes BIAS FX a breeze to use
  • 25 virtual effect pedals use high-definition sound-processing algorithms (BIAS FX)
  • 50 virtual effect pedals use high-definition sound-processing algorithms (BIAS FX Professional)
  • 10 ultra-professional rack processors that sound like high-end analog gear (BIAS FX Professional)
  • 12 classic amps (BIAS FX) expandable to infinite with BIAS Amps
  • 64 classic amps (BIAS FX Professional) expandable to infinite with BIAS Amps
  • Full integration with BIAS Amp adds unprecedented control over designing your own fully customized dream amps and lets you clone the sound of live-miked and pre-recorded amps
  • Dual signal path and dual-amp processing
  • Splitter switches between and combines dual signal paths, adjusting the level and frequency range for each path to give you greater tone-shaping possibilities
  • Included tuner and metronome
  • Live View mode lets you recall any preset with a single tap or click and toggle on/off any single footpedal or category of footpedals (such as all delay pedals) with one click
  • Pedalboard View shows all the effects and amps in the currently loaded preset at once, for quick access to all their controls; it also gives your ToneCloud buddies a Pinterest-like snapshot of the preset you’ve uploaded to share with them
  • Cloud-based platform gives guitarists instant access to thousands of pedalboards and rigs
  • Presets are synced across all your desktop and mobile devices for instant access anywhere, anytime
  • Global Settings optimizes BIAS FX’s output to sound the best in any environment—including sending to a mixer, amp head or combo or stack power amp—by letting you EQ and selectively deactivate the app’s preamp, tonestack, power amp and cab separately for each destination
  • MIDI Learn assigns continuous controllers to any switch or knob in BIAS FX

Further Information: www.positivegrid.com
Twitter: @PositiveGrid
facebook.com/positivegrid

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Time+Space welcome Spitfire Audio

Spitfire2_cUK-based music software specialists, Time+Space have announced the addition of premium virtual instrument brand, Spitfire Audio, to their portfolio of leading soundware developers.

Established in 2007 as a provider of bespoke sample packages for leading film and TV composers before developing their commercial offering in 2010, Spitfire Audio has firmly established themselves as a provider of exceptional virtual instruments – after all Hans Zimmer himself chose to partner with them!

Of the new partnership, Time+Space’s Head of Sales & Marketing, Joel Heatley, said Spitfire Audio is a fantastic brand with a product catalogue of truly innovative instrument libraries and so we are very pleased and excited to add them to our portfolio of premium music software.”

Spitfire Audio’s award winning product range includes the critically acclaimed Albion series which delivers hybrid composer tools for writing epic cinematic music and the impressive Signature line with libraries curated by legendary composers and musicians such as Hans Zimmer, Roger Taylor, Chad Smith, to name a few.
These, plus all other Spitfire libraries are available to download now from timespace.com

 

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IK Multimedia and Mesa Engineering announce AmpliTube MESA/Boogie

July 23, 2015 IK Multimedia is proud to announce AmpliTube® MESA/Boogie®, a new collaboration with the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering that brings some of the most legendary tones from the original boutique manufacturer’s amplifiers and cabinets to AmpliTube® 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC.

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Now guitarists, producers, engineers and anyone needing the power of “in-the-box” professional amplifier software can enjoy modeled versions of several of MESA/Boogie’s most famous high-gain sounds via 5 inspiring amplifiers and cabinets. These exciting new co-developed models deliver everything from gorgeous sparkling clean sounds to the percussive aggression and tight crunch of the Rectifier series to the violin-like sustain of the Mark series to the ultra-flexible mid-gain British leanings of the TransAtlantic TA-30, and everything in between.

This first-ever officially authorized by MESA® line-up includes the classic Boogie® V-Curve EQ’d crunch rhythm and singing lead voice of both the MARK III and MARK IV Series as well as what many refer to as the biggest sound in Rock, the crushing gain of the Dual and Triple Rectifiers – these are amps that have ruled the airwaves for almost two decades. As an added bonus, the TransAtlantic TA-30 (MESA’s upscale tribute to the classic British EL84 legacy) is included as well. It roams the elusive pushed clean and medium gain territories with both finesse and attitude.

And, like all AmpliTube virtual gear, these models have been meticulously crafted to sound, look and perform just like their hardware counterparts. Each model has been meticulously scrutinized, worked, re-worked and approved by the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering. The addition of these inspiring MESA/Boogie amp models to AmpliTube Custom Shop means the world’s biggest library of officially authorized virtual guitar gear just got infinitely more versatile, and certainly more toneful.

High-gain boogie on the desktop/laptop
Nothing says high-gain modern guitar tone like MESA/Boogie. MESA literally invented the concept when the original boutique amp company burst on the scene in the late ’60s with the now legendary MARK I Boogie®. Its innovative “cascading” tube preamp introduced guitarists to a new, never-before-possible world of sustain that was, at long last, separate from volume.

Leap-frogging all existing guitar technologies of the day, that original tone was a defining part of the sound of golden-era greats like Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead and countless other recording artists throughout the 70s. And that original tone has also helped to set the stage for successive waves of era-defining high-gain tones over the years thanks to amps like the MESA/Boogie MARK II, III and IV and the inimitable Rectifier Series, which again completely re-defined MESA’s impact on the world of Rock. When the percussive, yet perfectly-scooped high-gain aggression of the Recto’s was unleashed on the radio via the music of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Linkin’ Park, Creed and other 90s greats, there was no turning back. Guitar forever more HAD to be menacing. Today the Recto’s continue to widen their footprint in defining Rock and Metal, and, after 21 years, they’re still in constant demand and uninterrupted production.

AmpliTube MESA/Boogie recreates this historic and diverse legacy in virtual form. IK software engineers worked relentlessly with the Mesa Engineering R&D Team to ensure that each amplifier and cabinet has been rendered with the same degree of integrity and attention-to-detail that goes into the company’s physical products – the operation of both the front and the back panel controls has been fully replicated to provide exacting performance and function. The amplifiers and cabinets available in AmpliTube MESA/Boogie include:

MESA/Boogie Dual and Triple Rectifier: THE standard for modern high-gain heavy guitar tone and more. The Rectifier amps are aggressive amplifiers for aggressive players. They’re some of the most recorded and widely visible amps on big-venue stages all across the world. Effectively two different power section versions of the same amp introduced in 1989, these amps deliver maximum tone flexibility and serious rock attitude. Both have played a major role in defining the sound of grunge, metal and countless other forms of hard and heavy music. Each amp offers 3-channel, 8-mode operation and varying levels of tube saturation, plus a virtual switchable tube/solid state rectifier section. Soul, personality and feel: the Rectifiers provide a tremendous range of sounds that can be everything from crushingly percussive to liquid and elastic. These amps provide a high-gain response that can’t be found anywhere else.

MESA/Boogie Mark III: This amp from 1984 is the first original 3-channel “Tri-Modal Amplifier” design. It features an amazing set of sonic sculpting tools; it sports the original three-channel setup: Rhythm, a distinct midrange “Crunch” Rhythm, and a Lead channel with independent gain and master volume controls. Just like on the hardware counterpart, it features a full spread of tone controls plus the vitally important Boogie 5-band Graphic EQ section. When combined, it provides for a huge range of additional tone tweaking options that make it easy for players to easily recreate the sounds they hear in their heads.

MESA/Boogie Mark IV:
An improvement on a classic, this amp from 1990 takes everything that made the Mark III the standard for Boogie tone in that era and makes it even better. Three big sounds with individual controls define the tone palette for this powerhouse of a unit. Its three channels allow it deliver an incredibly wide sonic array that stretches from sparkling clean tones to ultra high-gain lead sounds that are rich with harmonics and sustain. It’s the very definition of MESA/Boogie’s signature high-gain sound, and it’s also the ultimate in versatility.

MESA/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30: A decidedly British MESA/Boogie tribute that jumps back and forth across the sonic pond, this model captures the essence of what, for MESA, was an exercise in simplicity of operation and comprehensive tonal control. It features two-channel operation and 5 distinct “Mode” voicing choices that reference several classic British and American circuits. Throw in the Gain Boost feature, and two high-gain options (HI 1 and HI 2 in Channel 2), and this model covers everything from classic 60s to crushing contemporary, and everything in between. Each channel also features the flexibility of 3 levels of output power. This allows for a full range of power response and character that adds yet another level of accuracy and authenticity to its preamp sounds! This amp may be the most versatile yet simple-to-use MESA amplifier ever made, and it covers anything and everything the other models might miss due to their higher power ranges and gain structures.

Whole lotta gear
In the four years since its release in 2011, AmpliTube Custom Shop has established itself as the largest collection of virtual gear on the market. Its easily browsable selection of amps, stomps, cabinets and more includes officially certified models from the likes of such legendary greats as Fender™, Ampeg®, Orange®, Soldano™, Groove Tubes®, Gallien-Krueger®, Jet City Amplification™, THD® and T-Rex®, Fulltone®, Z.Vex®, Carvin®, Morley®, Wampler Pedals®, Dr. Z®, ENGL® and more. In addition to these well-recognized brands, there’s also signature gear from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix™. All told, there are over 280 pieces of professional-grade gear now available for trial and purchase in the AmpliTube Custom Shop!

A one stop tone shop
The AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone software that gives players 24/7 access to some of the most sought-after analog and digital music gear of all time. Once installed, it allows players to browse, audition and purchase collections from the world’s top gear manufacturers à-la-carte. Each model can be tested for free before purchase, just like trying out an amp or effect in a physical guitar shop. Gear models are sold in the Custom Shop using Gear Credits and are priced between 5 and 30 credits each. Gear Credits are sold in packs from a minimum of 20 credits to a maximum of 1,500 credits, with individual gear models starting as low as $/€3 each!

Plugging in to a world of sound
With IK Multimedia’s range of interfaces for mobile devices and Mac and PC, getting tone from AmpliTube is as simple as plugging into an amplifier. iRig 2, iRig HD and iRig PRO are IK’s latest generation of interfaces that allow players to plug in and get pristine, pure sound quality from their Mac or PC (or iPhone or iPad).

Pricing and availability
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is now open for preorder at a special launch price of just $/€99.99* from the IK Multimedia online store and for just 100 Custom Shop Gear Credits from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.

The new AmpliTube MESA/Boogie bundle will be available from September 1, 2015 for $/€149.99 (150Custom Shop Gear Credits).

*Prices exclude taxes.

For more information, please visit:
www.amplitube.com/mesaboogie

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Native Instruments introduces LONE FOREST Expansion for MASCHINE

NI_Lone_Forest_Maschine_ExpansionBerlin, July 22, 2015 – Native Instruments today released LONE FOREST – a new MASCHINE Expansion aimed at producers working in dub techno and related styles. This expansion is the first to bring features from the recently-released MASCHINE 2.3 software update to MASCHINE. LONE FOREST is available now at the NI Online Shop, and works with all MASCHINE hardware running the MASCHINE 2.3 software. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available via the iMASCHINE in-app store.

LONE FOREST captures the reverb-heavy sound of dub techno styles ranging from Scandinavian experimentalism to the darker, bleaker sound of Detroit and Berlin. With low basslines, dusty drums, and haunting atmospheres, this MASCHINE Expansion effectively captures the reverb-heavy sound of this intriguing genre. Exclusive MONARK presets appear for the first time, adding a rich, analog quality to this expansion. MONARK is part of KOMPLETE SELECT – included with the latest MASCHINE 2.3 update.

LONE FOREST also features new MASSIVE, REAKTOR PRISM, and MASCHINE Drum Synths presets provide editable, genre-specific sounds for added flexibility and precision sound design. LONE FOREST also takes advantage of new MASCHINE 2.3 effects. Combined with special kits, including a ‘Broken Tape’ kit, these elements deliver the trademark atmospheric dub techno aesthetic.

A compact version of LONE FOREST 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.

Dub techno pioneer Deadbeat has created an exclusive Native Instruments Spotify playlist, showcasing a selection of defining tracks from the genre that inspired LONE FOREST.

LONE FOREST 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 LONE FOREST is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/loneforest

The exclusive Native Instruments Spotify playlist created by Deadbeat can be found at:
http://open.spotify.com/user/nativeinstruments/playlist/4rt2crXeWxAK7zDTSaoK3t

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Time+Space announce iZotope Trash 2 price drop plus free expansions

Time+Space announce iZotope Trash 2 price drop + free expansions

iZotope’s exclusive UK distributor Time+Space has announced a massive price drop on the award winning distortion plug-in Trash 2, PLUS the inclusion of two expansion packs worth £19.95 each!

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iZotope Trash 2 is a highly flexible sound design tool that delivers rich and aggressive sounds with a ton of features all wrapped up in an easy-to-use interface and now available for the inspiring price of just £66.95/89.95 Euro (previously £169).

Trash 2 Key Features

  • Transform your sound beyond recognition with the Trash module’s 60+ distortion algorithms.
  • Design your own unique distortions, from massive to mild and everything in between, with the customisable, multiband Waveshaper.
  • Let your tracks inhabit any space or object with the new Convolve module. Choose from over 100 impulse responses or load your own to put your bass in a washing machine or your keys in a cave.
  • Find a new voice: make your audio speak and growl with two Filter modules, each one featuring new vowel formant filters, screaming peaks, node modulations, and more.
  • Start trashing your audio immediately with an extensive new preset library and an ear-friendly Limiter that ensures you can play without fear.

And now, increase your distortion potential with new presets and impulses with the Creative Textures and Edge expansion packs – now included when you buy Trash 2!

Want to test drive Trash? Download the free demo version and unleash it on your audio today!

For full details visit: http://www.timespace.com/product/TRASH2-120/3/10000078/izotope_trash_2_%28serial_download%29.html

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Patchbanks Product Press Release – Illmatik Drums

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Patchbanks proudly presents Illmatik Drums, a new original drum library developed for master beatmakers digging for the best quality hip hop drums available anywhere.

Get access to our top producers’ arsenal of drum libraries with over 600 one-shot samples of premium sounds sourced from live studio sessions that were recorded and crafted with new and vintage class-A processing gear, which includes: SSL, API, UREI and NEVE to name a few.

This collection comes loaded with the finest clean-cut core drum sounds sorted into eight categories: kicks, snares, claps, hats, cymbals, shakers/tambourines, toms and percussions — all covering various classic tones, grittiness and punchness for assembling the perfect drum kits.

But it doesn’t stop there — we kicked it up a notch by including wet and effected layers in each category that include recordings of live drum room/hall, classic electronic reverb and vintage spring reverb units, real tape saturation/distortion and a special 8bit crunch feature. These layers are essential for advanced beatmakers who prefer isolated sounds to craft their drums to preference by overlaying or doubling-up sample cells with no phase issues whatsoever.

Recommended for advanced beatmakers.

  • Content: +600 Drum Samples
  • File Type: 24bit Aiff
  • Music Styles: Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Breaks, Vintage
  • File Size: 198MB
  • Price: $34.95

Link: http://patchbanksamples.com/illmatik

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