Loopmasters announce Loopcloud – the innovative cloud plugin for music producers

An industry first, Loopcloud is the brand new application for browsing and managing all your samples, MIDI files and presets, and bringing them into your DAW via drag and drop or the accompanying Loopcloud plugin with tempo-sync.

Sounds are searchable within Loopcloud by name, tempo and user-editable tags, and the intuitive, attractive interface lets you audition and download only the files you need when you need them. With a single login, you can synchronise your library across multiple computers, and the Loopcloud web app gives you access to it from any browser.

Upon launch your Loopcloud account will be populated with any sounds you’ve purchased from Loopmasters but future updates include a store with over millions of inspirational samples, and the ability to upload and tag your personal sample library.

Find the perfect sound quickly and easily from a huge range of factory tagged samples, stream previews and download only the samples that you need. Enjoy free weekly sounds from the latest pro releases at Loopmasters.com, create your own unique tags, upload your personal sample library and reclaim precious hard disk space, all within one application.

“Everyone at Loopmasters makes music, and it’s long been our goal to unify our ever-expanding catalogue of samples and presets in a bespoke app that seamlessly integrates within the DAW. Loopcloud is the realisation of that goal, and we’re immensely proud of this new direction” – Matt Pelling, Director Loopmasters.

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Spectrasonics Releases “Keyscape Creative” library 1200+ Omnisphere 2 patches

Anaheim, CA – NAMM – January 19, 2017 – Spectrasonics has released the new “Keyscape Creative” library, a cutting-edge collection of over 1200 Omnisphere 2 patches specially designed for users who also have Keyscape. The vast new library was produced by Spectrasonics’ Founder, Eric Persing, and features a tremendous variety of patches created by the company’s renowned Sound Development team, to showcase the power of combining Keyscape and Omnisphere 2. Keyscape’s richly detailed keyboard sounds can be dramatically transformed using Omnisphere 2’s deep synthesis capabilities. The recently expanded team spent over a year to develop these unique sounds. The new patches offer an extremely wide variety of incredible sounds for modern music producers and are available now as a free update.

Spectrasonics spent over ten years creating the award-winning Keyscape virtual instrument, which contains the largest selection of collector keyboards in the world. Keyscape was recently released by the company to wide acclaim. Omnisphere 2 is the flagship software synthesizer of Spectrasonics, which brings together many types of synthesis technologies. The “Keyscape Creative” library is available now for current users of both Omnisphere 2 and Keyscape – users can simply update both products to get the new patches, which then appear in Omnisphere 2’s Patch Browser as a new Directory.

“In the process of creating these patches, we really had a blast being surprised by each other’s work,” said producer Eric Persing. “In fact, it was almost impossible to tell which of Keyscape’s keyboards had been used! After we finished, the huge amount of sounds in the new library is almost like a completely new instrument in itself. We are thrilled to provide a new palette of colors to our users and can’t wait to hear what they do with it!”

Keyscape Patch Library v1.1d Update:
• NEW “Keyscape Creative” library with over 1,200 Omnisphere Patches
• Thinning optimization dramatically improves performance on LA Custom C7 Piano patches
• Adds “TWEAK” page to LA Custom C7 Piano Patches for more detailed control
• Adds 15 Velocity Curves for popular keyboards

Various fixes and enhancements have also been made in the Keyscape v1.0.2c and Omnisphere v2.3.2f software updates, which were also released today to ensure full compatibility with the new Keyscape Creative Library. For more information on the “Keyscape Creative” library visit: https://www.spectrasonics.net/products/keyscape/keyscape-creative.php – creative

Keyscape and Omnisphere 2 are both available in either Boxed or Download Editions and new purchases of Keyscape now include the new ‘Keyscape Creative’ library. The boxed editions of Keyscape and Omnisphere 2 feature USB installation drives, and are sold exclusively through Spectrasonics’ worldwide authorized dealer network. The Download editions are available exclusively from the Spectrasonics Webstore. Keyscape has a suggested retail price of $399US and 349€ Euros, while Omnisphere 2 has a suggested retail price of 499US and 399€ Euros. Visit https://www.spectrasonics.net/products/ for more information.

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Bitwig Announces BITWIG STUDIO 2!

From the beginning, the idea of modularity has been central to Bitwig Studio. While digital audio workstations (DAWs) aren’t known for taking a modular approach, creating Bitwig Studio from the ground up allowed us to rethink previous assumptions. This led us to focus not just on individual devices but on strengthening the ways they interact with and support one another. Within the Bitwig Studio 1 cycle the concepts of Nested Device Chains as well as Modulator Devices made it already one of the most flexible DAWs in the industry – in Bitwig Studio 2 the modularity concept has been developed further – The entire modulation system has been reworked and the idea of modulators has been reclaimed. Today we’re proudly presenting this next step on our journey towards a fully modular device architecture. Beside our focus on modularity, we also refined all other areas of the Bitwig Studio workflow.




Bitwig Studio 2 comes with 24 brand new modulators; from standard modulators like envelopes and LFOs – to more unique modulator types like Random, Select-4 and Math.
Each device in Bitwig Studio 2 (internal devices and external plug-ins) has individual modulation slots where an unlimited number of modulators can be added to a device and assigned to any number of parameters. Furthermore, the Modulators can also be interconnected for truly dynamic and expressive sound design possibilities. When using internal Bitwig instruments, many modulators can be set to polyphonic mode – enabling per-voice modulation – something previously only seen in closed systems.


New Devices

Apart from totally re-conceptualizing the modulation system and introducing an entirely new class of Modulator devices, we’re also expanding the standard device collection.

Here’s a list of the new additions:

  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Pitch Shifter
  • Phaser
  • Treemonster
  • Multi-Note
  • Note Echo
  • Note Harmonizer
  • Note Latch
  • Note Length
  • Note Velocity

Better Hardware Integration

We’ve done a lot of work under the hood to revamp MIDI handling in Bitwig Studio; improving sync, note timing and adding MIDI Time Code.
We are also introducing a set of devices that will seamlessly integrate hardware via MIDI and CV/Gate:

  • MIDI Program Change
  • HW Clock out
  • HW CV Instrument
  • HW CV Out

Fades and Crossfades

We introduce fades and crossfades for audio clips not only in the arranger timeline but also audio editor and for audio events inside clips – for truly fast yet flexible editing. Naturally, the curve slopes of all fades can be adjusted.

VST3 Support

We’re happy to announce that we now support the VST3 plug-in standard – including per-note expression and sample accurate automation.

Device Updates

We’ve made lots of enhancements to our existing devices, improving both sound quality and usability. Several devices now include a spectrum analyzer and dynamic display panels. In many devices, we’ve re-organized, re-designed and added new features. With Bitwig Studio 2 we’ve also improved visualization of parameters, movement and signal flow.

Polysynth Updates

Since Bitwig Studio first came out, Polysynth has been our go-to synth for musicians and sound designers. With Bitwig Studio 2, we’ve expanded our Polysynth’s feature set further, by adding several oscillator mix and filter waveshaping modes. These new modes open up new possibilities for sound exploration; adding complex overtones and frequency modulation options to your sound palette.

Smart Tool Switching and improved Editor Workflow

With Bitwig Studio 2, we’ve improved the efficiency of our tools. You can now achieve many standard tasks without having to swap tools: depending on where you click, you can select multiple objects or time segments, edit fades or zoom and scroll.


The Dashboard handles many tasks that were previously available only in menus and other windows – such as locating and opening projects, configuring settings, installing packages and accessing help resources.


We’re introducing a new notification system, showing different types of messages in a clear, streamlined and non-intrusive format.

New Menu System

We’ve reworked the menu system extensively. Bitwig Studio 2 now features a context-aware menu system to keep the focus on the task at hand.

and more…


Bitwig Studio 2 will be available from selected retailers worldwide and from bitwig.com.
A free demo version will be available for download upon launch at www.bitwig.com.

Bitwig Studio 2 Upgrade from Bitwig Studio 1: 159 EUR / 169 USD (MAP)
Bitwig Studio 2: 379 EUR / 399 USD (MAP)
Grace period for customers, that purchased Bitwig Studio 1 on, or after, December 10th, 2016They will get the Bitwig Studio 2 upgrade for free.


Alongside the announcement of Bitwig Studio 2 we are also introducing a new license model.  Starting with the release of Bitwig Studio 2, our customers get 12 months of free updates, upgrades and email support when purchasing Bitwig Studio.

After the 12 months they can renew their upgrade plan for 159 EUR / 169 USD.
Learn more here.

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Akai Introduces the MPC Live Standalone Production Center

Standalone  Music  Production  Center  combines  power  and  portability  to  deliver  pound-­for-­pound  the   best  MPC  to  date      Cumberland,  RI  USA  (January  9,  2017)  —  Akai  Professional,  a  leading  manufacturer  of  music   equipment  for  performers  and  producers,  today  announced  the  newest  addition  to  the  iconic  MPC  line,   the  MPC  Live.  Starting  with  the  immersive  production  workflow  and  game-­altering  performance   breakthroughs  introduced  by  the  MPC  Touch,  Akai  Professional  ratchets  up  the  stakes  with  MPC  Live   by  adding  standalone  functionality.        At  the  heart  of  the  new  MPC  Live  is  a  beautiful,  full-­color  7-­inch  multi-­touch  screen  and  16  amazingly   responsive,  velocity-­  and  pressure-­sensitive  RGB  pads,  and  a  large,  clickable  master  encoder  knob.   Featuring  2GB  of  RAM  and  16GB  of  on-­board  storage,  Live  is  as  powerful  as  any  MPC  that  has   preceded  it.  But  weighing  in  at  just  5.5  lbs.,  MPC  Live  is  compact  enough  to  easily  transport  from  studio   to  stage.  The  portability  is  taken  even  further  with  this  MPC’s  ability  to  run  battery-­powered  via  the   internal,  rechargeable  lithium-­ion  battery.          Powering  Live  is  MPC  2.0TM,  Akai  Professional’s  new  update  to  the  MPC  software.  Capable  of  running   natively  on  MPC  Live  in  standalone  mode,  MPC  2.0  can  also  be  run  from  a  Mac  or  PC  with  the  Live   tethered  to  a  computer.  Among  the  new  features  added  to  2.0  are:  audio  track  recording,  an  improved   time  warp  algorithm,  enhanced  Q-­Link  control,  drag  and  drop  audio/MIDI  –  all  appearing  on  a  new   graphical  interface.


  •   Standalone  MPC  –  no  computer  required  
  •   7-­inch  full-­color  multi-­touch  display  
  •   Also  acts  as  a  control  surface  for  MPC  2.0  software  
  •   Internal,  rechargeable  lithium-­ion  battery  
  •   Turntable  (RCA)  inputs  with  ground  peg  
  •   16GB  of  on-­board  storage  (over  10GB  of  sound  content  included)  
  •   User-­expandable  2.5”  SATA  drive  connector  (SSD  or  HDD)  
  •   2  pairs  of  full-­size  MIDI  inputs  and  outputs  
  •   2GB  of  RAM  for  sampling  
  •   SD  Card  slot    
  •   2  USB-­A  3.0  slots  for  thumb  drives  or  MIDI  controllers      

“The  MPC  Live  is  an  absolute  beast.  It  truly  represents  a  huge  step  forward  in  the  product  category,”   said  Dan  Gill,  Product  Manager  for  Akai  Professional.  “MPC  Live  is  the  most  powerful  MPC  we’ve   made  to  date  and  yet  it’s  portable  enough  to  take  anywhere.”

MPC Live will ship with an MSRP of $1999/$1199 MAP and will be available Q1 2017.

For  more  information,  visit  akaipro.com.

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Akai Announces New MPCX Standalone Production Station

Standalone  Music  Production  Center  goes  back  to  the  future  to  deliver  the  most  powerful  beat   production  machine  to  date      Cumberland,  RI  USA  (January  9,  2017)  —  Akai  Professional,  a  leading  manufacturer  of  music   equipment  for  performers  and  producers,  today  announced  the  newest  addition  to  the  iconic  MPC  line,   the  MPC  X.  In  creating  the  X,  Akai  Professional  has  taken  the  lessons  from  every  MPC  that  preceded  it   to  engineer  a  production  centerpiece  truly  fit  to  be  the  flagship  Music  Production  Center  of  the  future.        The  new  MPC  X  is  a  standalone  MPC  featuring  a  beautiful,  full-­color  10.1”  multi-­touch  screen  and  16   amazingly  responsive,  velocity-­  and  pressure-­sensitive  RGB  pads.  Rounding  out  the  controls  are   dedicated  menu  buttons,  a  large  master  encoder  knob  and  16  touch-­sensitive  360o  assignable  pots  (Q-­ Links)  with  OLED  displays,  perfect  for  precisely  automating  individual  parameters  and  delivering   expressively  nuanced  recordings.      Powering  the  mighty  X  is  MPC  2.0TM,  Akai  Professional’s  new  update  to  the  MPC  software.  Capable  of   running  natively  on  the  MPC  X  in  standalone  mode,  MPC  2.0  can  also  be  run  from  a  Mac  or  PC  with   the  X  tethered  to  a  computer.  Among  the  new  features  added  to  2.0  are:  audio  track  recording,  an   improved  time  warp  algorithm,  enhanced  Q-­Link  control,  drag  and  drop  audio/MIDI  –  all  appearing  on  a   new  graphical  interface.      Features  

  •   Standalone  MPC  –  no  computer  required  
  •   10.1”  full-­color  multi-­touch  display  
  •   Also  acts  as  a  control  surface  for  MPC  2.0  software  
  •   Internal,  rechargeable  lithium-­ion  battery  
  •   2  RCA  phono  inputs  with  ground  peg  
  •   16GB  of  on-­board  storage  (over  10GB  of  sound  content  included)  
  •   User-­expandable  2.5”  SATA  drive  connector  (SSD  or  HDD)  
  •   4  full-­size  MIDI  inputs,  2  full-­size  MIDI  Outputs  
  •   CV/Gate  outputs  enabling  the  analog  control  of  modular  gear,  such  as  classic  synths    

•   2  USB-­A  3.0  slots  for  thumb  drives  or  MIDI  controllers      “In  creating  the  concept  for  the  MPC  X  we  wanted  to  preserve  the  classic  MPC  feel  and  workflow  that   people  love,”  said  Dan  Gill,  Product  Manager  for  Akai  Professional.  “But  we  turned  the  idea  on  its  head   and  incorporated  the  best  of  what  a  modern  touch-­screen  interface  can  offer.  What  we  have  now  is  the   most  powerful  MPC  production  experience  ever.”      

MPCX will ship with an MSRP of $2999/$2199 MAP and will be available Q1 2017.

For  more  information,  visit  akaipro.com.

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AKAI Drives Creativity to New Heights with MPC 2.0 Software

Latest  version  of  acclaimed  composition  software  features  audio  track  recording,  real-­time  audio   warping,  Audio  and  MIDI  drag-­and-­drop,  along  with  enhanced  QLink  control.      Cumberland,  RI  USA  (January  9,  2017)  —  Akai  Professional,  a  leading  manufacturer  of  music   equipment  for  performers  and  producers,  is  showing  their  MPC  2.0  at  Winter  NAMM,  the  latest  version   of  their  acclaimed  music  production  software.  Compatible  with  Mac  and  PC,  MPC  2.0  works  either   alone  as  your  main  DAW  or  integrates  seamlessly  with  your  current  DAW  as  a  VST  or  AU  plug-­in.  It’s   available  with  Akai  Professional’s  MPC  X,  MPC  Live,  MPC  Touch  and  MPC  Studio  Black.      Edit,  Mix,  Create:   Used  in  conjunction  with  an  Akai  Professional  MPC  unit,  performers  and  producers  will  find  that  MPC   2.0  will  Edit,  Mix  and  Create  in  a  manner  unmatched  by  any  other  production  software.  There  is  a   comprehensive  suite  of  audio  editing  tools:  Pointer,  Eraser,  Audition,  Scissors,  Fade  In,  Fade  Out,   Reverse,  Mute,  Pitch  Adjust  and  BPM  Adjust.  For  mixing,  users  can  automate  any  effect,  instrument  or   mixer  parameter.  With  its  advanced  signal  routing  capability—submixes,  FX  returns,  multi-­output  plugin   support  (up  to  16  stereo  outputs)  and  more—there  is  virtually  no  limit  to  the  versatility  on  tap  for  the   artist.      Perform:   For  performers,  MPC  2.0  brings  their  presentation  to  the  next  level.  A  new  Clip  Program  mode  is   powered  by  MPC’s  real-­time  warping  algorithm.  Features  like  Enhanced  Q-­Link  functionality  for   precision  control  mapping  of  MPCs  editable  functions  and  selectable  hardware  outputs  providing   seamless  assimilation  into  multiple  usage  scenarios  make  MPC  2.0  a  powerful  creative  tool.      Manipulate  Tempo  or  Pitch:     Use  real-­time  time-­stretching  to  change  the  duration  of  any  audio  region,  drum/keygroup  sample  or  clip   to  match  the  tempo  of  your  project.  Use  real-­time  high-­quality  pitch  shifting  to  change  the  pitch  of  any   audio  region,  drum/keygroup  sample  or  clip  for  creative  manipulation  or  to  change  the  key  of  the  source   material.  Use  the  included  BPM  detection  algorithm  to  set  the  tempo  of  any  audio  file.  MPC  2.0  makes   it  easy  to  manipulate  the  time  and  pitch  of  any  source  material:  a  chopped  vocal  in  an  audio  track,  a   drum  loop  in  a  clip  program  or  an  orchestral  phrase  loaded  into  a  chromatic  sampler  program.      Versatility:   MPC  2.0  is  versatile  and  adaptable  as  well.  It  supports  WAV,  MP3,  AIFF,  REX  and  SND,  as  well  as   supporting  samples  and  sequences  from  any  MPC  ever  made.    There  is  full  64-­bit  support  in  all   versions:  standalone,  VST,  AAX  and  AU.      MPC  Software  v2.0    

  • Completely  new  graphical  interface    
  • Audio  track  recording  and  real-­time  audio  warping    
  • More  efficient  and  streamlined  MPC  workflow  
  • Audio  and  Midi  drag  and  drop    

• Enhanced  QLink  Control      “MPC  2.0  is  the  next  generation  of  Akai  Professional  music  production  software,  perfected  by  over  a   year  of  intense  R  &  D,”  said  Dan  Gill,  Product  Manager  for  Akai  Professional.  “This  software  suite  really   energizes  the  creative  process  for  performers  and  producers  alike,  and  is  an  indispensable  part  of  our   MPC’s  amazing  capability.”      MPC  2.0  is  bundled  with  Akai  Professional  MPC  hardware,  and  is  available  in  Q1  2017.  It  will  be   available  separately  as  an  update  for  existing  MPC  customers  at  a  later  date,  price  TBD.      For  more  information,  visit  akaipro.com.

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Arturia’s MiniFilter V giveaway is ending on Dec 28th 2016.

In the spirit of giving, this holiday season Arturia have released a free plugin version of the famous filter found in their highly acclaimed Mini V software synth. But be quick, it’s free only up until December 28th so you have a few hours left to get it.

The filter itself is based on the legendary monosynth developed by Dr Bob Moog in the 1970s, and has been painstakingly reproduced to be as faithful and accurate to the original as possible.

Using their exclusive TAE technology, Arturia developers are able to replicate the behaviours and subtle nuances of analog components, and it is this technology that brings the incredible 24 dB/octave filter emulation to life, allowing it to breathe, scream, and whistle like the original.

To receive your free MiniFilter V, go to www.arturia.com/arturia-festive-gift
Remember, the offer ends on December 28th do be quick!

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