Free VST instruments and samples collection available from Audio Animals

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British company Audio Animals has stepped in with an impressive collection of freebies that’s certainly worth checking out! Available in VST, WAV, and Kontakt sampler formats, the instruments seem well-crafted and musically varied. Among them, you will find stuff such as: – A bongo instrument covering 8 hand styles across 384 hits – Three emulations […]

NAMM 2019: Yamaha get into some Keytar action with Sonogenic SHS-500

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It’s a Keytar from Yamaha! Very on-trend since the Alesis Vortex, the Roland AX-Edge and even the mod grip enabled Behringer MS-101. It seems that synth players want their moment in the spotlight again. I thought we did that years ago and then got over it – but you’ve got to let the kids express […]

NAMM 2019: Korg dreams up some Kronos, Krome and Kross specials

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Korg desires balance in the universe. Just when you think they are overdosing on coolness and kudos with the Volca Modular and Minilogue XD they redress the balance with some neon coloured special edition Kross keyboards. Oh, and they’ve tweaked the Kronos and Krome just enough to make it newsworthy at NAMM. Kross Special Edition […]

Let G-Sonique solve your techno production woes with its Techno-L HN1 rompler

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EBM producers can count on G-Sonique to deliver the right sounds packaged in easy-to-use rompler-type plug-ins. The developer’s latest creation is called Techno-L HN1. It’s a badass-looking rompler stuffed full of ready-to-go sounds for techno, minimal and industrial genres. Of course, they are also good for other types of electronica as well as scoring games […]

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 […]

MPK Mini Play: Akai puts noises inside their mini controller keyboard

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Akai Professional has introduced a twist on their MPK Mini compact keyboard and pad controller. The MPK Mini Play has a bunch of sounds inside and it’s own speaker making it a portable little musical keyboard. MPK Mini Play 128 sounds and 10 drum kits seems an awful lot like a General MIDI sound set. […]

Roland’s AX-Edge keytar with custom blades couldn’t be more metal

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In a sort of back-to-the-80’s and yet futuristic lurch into the world of big hair and loud guitars Roland introduces the AX-Edge. It’s a scythe-shaped keytar with a swappable blade for cutting through on those synth solos. AX-Edge Equals parts nuts and awesome this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in ages. I mean any normal […]

Roland makes the JUNO-DS61 slightly larger: Enter the JUNO-DS76!

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A massive new release from Roland that will blow your socks off: The JUNO-DS range has been cruising along with a 61 keyed and 88 keyed version but I’ve felt there was always something missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it until Roland announced a brand new innovation in keyboard technology – the JUNO-DS76. […]

MODX: Yamaha’s AWM2 Synthesis and FM-X Technology synthesizer gets leaked

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Ahead of any official announcement from Yamaha, it appears that there’s a new Montage style synthesizer on the block. Aimed to replace the ageing MOXF it’s the cheaper, lighter and groovier version of the flagship Montage synth. MODX It’s funny how it looks immediately out-of-step from everything else that’s going on in the world of […]

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 […]