ORBIS: The World Synthesizer from Spitfire and David Fanshawe

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Every now and then a new product gives you chills. I felt the hairs go up on the back of my neck watching the 1-minute trailer for ORBIS. It’s the latest instrument from sampling supremos Spitfire delving into the extraordinary archive recordings of global sonic explorer David Fanshawe. ORBIS: The World Synthesizer For over 4 […]

NAMM 2019: Toontrack EZbass – Virtual bassist for 2019

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Toontrack celebrates their 20th Anniversary with the launch of their new virtual bassist software package, called EZbass. The company are already well known for EZdrummer, so now we have a whole virtual rhythm section for your DAW. Toontrack EZbass The new Toontrack EZbass software launches this year and a bass software instrument you can control with MIDI in your DAW […]

SampleTank 4 unveiled with 8,000 sounds and a new sound engine

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IK Multimedia has announced the arrival of SampleTank 4. They’ve massively increased the sound library, revitalised the sound engine and made the GUI scalable. SampleTank 4 SampleTank is probably is probably the least exciting software synthesizer – but that’s exactly why it’s been around for so long and finds itself useful. Where many other monster […]

Tracktion capture 44 years of analog monosynths in two LOFREQ RetroMod VSTi’s

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Tracktion’s RetroMod synth based virtual instruments have been interesting in that they’ve sampled the unusual as well as the obvious suspects. In two new instruments LoFreq-C (classic) and LoFreq-M (modern) you’ll find all the classics taken care of but you will never guess what they’ve sampled for the “Modern” one. LoFreq-C But let’s start with […]

Pipes: 64 voice hardware sample player hits Kickstarter

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Just launched on Kickstarter from Synesthesia is Pipes, a hardware sample player that comes with all the sounds loaded, 64 voices, a touchscreen interface and Zero Discernable Latency (ZDL) technology. Pipes It’s designed to be a rugged, reliable sound source for live performance and studio applications. You get a tablet interface with one big shiny […]

Get Hooked with Output’s new vocal mangling instrument for Arcade

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Output has launched a new extension for its Arcade virtual instrument. Hooked is a novel vocal sample player and mangler where you play various vocal recordings on a virtual keyboard. Some have been recorded dry, while others have been processed with God knows what. By Output’s own words, there have been pedal boards, pitch shifters, […]

Native Instruments updates industry standard sampler platform Kontakt 6

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It feels like decades since the release of version 5 but finally we have a full version update and we’re trying not to feel underwhelmed with Kontakt 6. Kontakt 6 It is the 6th generation of what has become the industry standard sampled instrument player and development platform. It hosts a huge number of instruments […]

Native Instruments debuts Komplete 12 and new Collectors Edition

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We’ve known it was coming for a while since a leak on their own forum appeared to give the game away. But that doesn’t make the actual arrival any less thrilling. Native Instruments mega bundle of products has just got the upgrade we’ve been waiting for. Komplete 12, let’s get into it. Komplete 12 Ultimate […]

DRONAR Master Edition gives you 50GB of Gothic Instruments cinematic spookiness

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I like the range of DRONAR virtual instruments. They manage to offer something uniquely interesting in a saturated cinematic music market. It’s something to do with the ease and familiarity of the interface or the mastery of the Kontakt player engine. In any case Gothic Instruments has decided to pull the whole series together into […]

Output takes us to the Arcade for a coin-operated loop synthesizer

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They’ve been teasing this “game changer” for a while and now we have the big reveal. It’s called Arcade, it looks beautiful and it’s a daily dose of loops within an easy-to-use manipulation engine. Try it free for 100 days and then subscribe for the rest of your life. Arcade So it’s a bunch of […]