Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube now available

Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube brings seven of Fender’s dream machines – some of the most toneful and genre-defining amps from the dawn of rock and beyond – to AmpliTube, providing spot-on recreations of the glorious tweed amps and more from the ’50s and ’60s. Included in the Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube are four amps from the ’57 Custom series; the ’57 Custom Champ®, ’57 Custom Deluxe™, ’57 Custom Twin-Amp™, and the ’57 Custom Pro™, a ’57 Bandmaster™, plus models of an original ’53 Fender Bassman® and the iconic ’65 Fender Super Reverb®.

Now guitarists wanting that classic Fender tone and power in their digital recordings can easily obtain the unmistakable vintage vibe of classic Tweeds and more with the ease and convenience of the world’s most popular guitar and bass tone studio, AmpliTube.

Dynamic Interaction Modeling™
Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube provides spot-on tone, dynamics and feel thanks to the debut of the evolution of IK’s industry-leading modeling technologies. It ushers in a completely new approach to analog modeling, Dynamic Interaction Modeling™, that recreates not only every individual physical component in the amplifier’s design, but also the nonlinear behavior between each component and its effect on other components in the circuit. This approach provides a new unmatched level of realism, touch and feel never before realized in other analog modeled products.

Classic Fender tone on the desktop/laptop
Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube recreates the historic and diverse Fender legacy in virtual form. IK software engineers worked painstakingly with the Fender engineering 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 – all controls and operation have been replicated to provide exacting performance and function. The amplifiers and cabinets available in Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube include officially certified models from the ’57 Custom series, including the ’57 Custom Twin-Amp, the ’57 Deluxe, the ’57 Custom Champ, the ’57 Custom Pro and the ’57 BandMaster. There’s also a model of an original ’53 Bassman 1×15 featuring an “aging” switch that switches between “new old stock” and a “burned in” model, plus an original ’65 Super Reverb.

Built for AmpliTube
Fender Collection 2 works inside AmpliTube Custom Shop and AmpliTube 4 for Mac and PC giving players the world’s best-selling ultimate guitar and bass tone studio for their recordings. For AmpliTube 4 users, it is designed to take advantage of all the additional tone-tweaking features like the effects slot between the amp and speaker cabinet and the hyper realistic full-featured “Cab Room” and more.

Plugging in to a world of sound
With IK Multimedia’s range of interfaces for Mac and PC, getting tone from Fender Collection for AmpliTube is as simple as plugging into an amplifier. iRig Pro Duo, iRig PRO and iRig HD 2 are the latest generation of high-quality digital 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
Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube is available now through January 15, 2017 for a special introductory price of just $/€99.99* from the IK Multimedia online store, the AmpliTube Custom Shop and participating IK retailers. After January 15, 2017, it will be available for $/€149.99.

Fender Collection 2 is also available in the Fender Collection 2 Power Duo Bundle (with AmpliTube 4) at a special introductory price of $/€179.99 from the IK Multimedia online store until January 15, 2017. After January 15, 2017, it will be available for $/€229.99.

*Prices exclude taxes.

For more information, please visit:
www.amplitube.com/fendercollection2

To watch video demos and listen to audio demos of Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube in action, please visit:

www.amplitube.com/fendercollection2/video

www.amplitube.com/fendercollection2/audio

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Cinematique Instruments Releases Mociula Modular Synth Bundle for Kontakt

WHAT IS MOCIULA ABOUT?
Mociula is a bundle of synths instruments trying to work like a modular system. It consists of several different tools or modules such as synths generators, effects, filters, a sequencer, a sampler and some other useful as well as unique tools.

But surely – as a KONTAKT instrument – there are no options to combine tools at your own requirements, connect cables or change tools/ modules within the instruments. Mociula is not a free-patchable system like you find it in the hardware world. All instruments are predefined and fixed in structure.

Right now there 5 instruments which will be described in the following: FRAME – ROW – SCAPER – RISE – TAPE

FRAME:
The fundament of each system.
A sine/square oscillator with exciting features: stepless tune, rhythm gate, distortion, layer mode. Frame is also equipped with an effect rack with a 4 pole filter and resonance, delay, reverb and a compressor and finally a bitcrusher – ready to destruct your audio. Enriched by an oscilloscope. Astonishing what this module comes out with. and vintage.

ROW:
The Sequencer
A 16 step SEQUENCER combined with a sound generator and SHAPE, a complex effect module – this is what ROW consists of. The sequencer has a range of 4 octaves, 3 accents level and a bordun note feature. Additionally features are a sine/ square, a controllable glide and length and distortion. The effect section provides a reverb, a delay, 2 types of filter and a compressor and nuch more.

SCAPER:
Make some subtile ambiances and textures
The perfect module to add some unique and subtle background to your music. The fundament is a sound generator which layers 4 well assorted sounds and ambiences – each of them is separately controllable. The sounds can be shaped by a 3 band spectral filter with many options. Finally your sound can be enhanced by a reverb/ delay section

RISE:
The endless fall.
Rise is very special module which is based on the Shepard Tone. It constantly creates the auditory illusion of a tone which ascends or descends in pitch over and over with no end. You can select between two sound sources, change the tempo and add some reverb, delay or filter to it. It is a great experience.

TAPE:
Let it roll
This is a tape machine simulator featuring 8 different tapes loops with very different sounds from Lama Chanting over Bike Chains Noises to Water Drops. The module is a reminiscence of Musique concrète – making music out of surrounding sounds. By activating the gate the tapes are starting to get rhythmically. Adjust the length knob and patch in more tapes to change it. Again, it is a great experience.s !

The pricing for all Mociula is 72 EUR – the Frame, Row and Scaper instrument is each 28 EUR

Further infos @ http://cinematique-instruments.com/page_mociula.php

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Softube announces Console 1 Mk II

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN: high-end plug-in specialist Softube is proud to announce Console 1 Mk II — an upgraded version of its award-winning hardware/software mixing system, representing an enormous leap forward from its predecessor with support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio and a substantial, permanent price drop — at The 2017 NAMM Show, January 19-22 in Anaheim, California…

Originally released in 2014, Softube Console 1 quickly earned a large and dedicated following, receiving prestigious awards and rave reviews in the pro audio press. With its tightly integrated hardware and software, and the included emulation of a Solid State Logic SL 4000 E console, Console 1 offered the best of the digital and analog worlds in a compact system.

Today, Softube announces Console 1 Mk II, an upgrade that addresses the most frequent user requests. Firstly, the new software — also available to owners of the first-generation Console 1 — makes it possible to use Console 1 with selected UAD Powered Plug-Ins from Universal Audio. There are now over 60 world-class plug-ins that can be used from within the Console 1 system, including plug-ins based on units from Chandler Limited, Fairchild, Teletronix, Tube-Tech, Abbey Road Studios, and many more. The plug-ins are pre-mapped and easily selectable from the Console 1 software, so no MIDI mapping is necessary.

Secondly, the success of Console 1 has made it possible to make efficiencies in production, resulting in an MSRP drop from $849 to $499. The hardware has the same build quality as the original units, with some minor layout changes such as more visible LED markers.

All of these changes come in addition to the recently released software update, which added DAW control functions for Presonus Studio One and Cakewalk SONAR.

Greg Westall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Universal Audio, states: “Softube and Universal Audio share a lot of core values, like the importance of sound quality, ease of use, and a love for good music. Seeing that Universal Audio and Softube are longtime partners, and that Console 1 is a super intuitive control surface, it all just makes so much sense.”

Oscar Öberg, President of Softube, comments: “The concept of Console 1 has been extremely popular, and we haven’t been able to keep up with the demand. I’m excited that we finally are able to manufacture larger quantities of a Console 1 that’s not only better but also a lot more affordable.”

The new Console 1 Mk II units, and the software update with the UAD Powered Plug-Ins compatibility, will be available in Spring 2017. Upon release, existing Console 1 owners can download the updated software from www.softube.com and start using it with their Console 1-ready DAWs or plug-ins.

More in-depth information, including a must-see Console 1 Mk II video, is available here: http://softu.be/2jW2vBJ

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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.

KEY FEATURES OF BITWIG STUDIO 2

 

Modulators

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 CC
  • 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.

Dashboard

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.

Notifications

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…

AVAILABILITY AND PRICING

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.

12 MONTHS FREE UPGRADES

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.

     Features  

  •   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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