The Oodmood: Kraftwerk-like groove

December 6, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Analogue Solutions Telemark triggered by a Doepfer Analog/Trigger Sequencer A-155.

Death & Trash – 2nd installment of Dirk Verbeurenʼs Extreme MIDI drum grooves

November 23, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Toontrack has announced the release of Death & Trash, the second installment of Dirk Verbeurenʼs Library of the Extreme MIDI drum grooves.

The new ”Library of the Extreme – Death & Thrash” has all the beats that youd need, meaning the Skank beats, the Carpet Rolls, the D-Beats, all the double-bass stuff, etc, etc. Together with “Library of the Extreme – Blasts & Fills” this pack makes a really unique encyclopedia of metal beats!

This MIDI pack is not for the faint of heart, or the musically meek. We’re talking about a collection of MIDI grooves that will pummel your tracks into oblivion. This is the perfect marriage of speed and power.

Library of the Extreme – Death & Thrash is available to purchase for 15 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Library of the Extreme – Death & Thrash

FXPansion continues to tease us about Geist

October 30, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More information on our forthcoming virtual instrument, Geist, to be released on November 17th 2010. The price will be $249 / £157 / €189.

It appears to be some kind of groove machine or a simplified DAW. The emphasize appears to be on sampling, re-sampling, slicing and sequencing! Perhaps they are heading for the Reason market segment??

Tiger Dance – KORG Monotron groove session

October 30, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

audibleobsession has posted this nice KORG Monotron groove session

A simple KORG Monotron groove. All sounds are played with the KORG Monotron Analogue Synthesizer. Additional drums from NI Battery 3 (Preset “Dragon Kit”) and convolution reverb from NI Reflektor. Compression and EQ from UAD 1176LN, Helios Type 69 EQ, and Ableton Live’s 8-Band (mostly for LPF to get rid of that notorious hum that plagues the Monotron). Line-in recording into my trusty M-Audio Firewire Solo. That’s it!

Dancing girls are public domain videos found on archive.org.

Apologies if the bassline and groove get repetitive, really just a quick tune trying to show the kind of badass basslines and leads you can get from the Monotron. It really shines when you get some nice PWM going and push that MS20 filter hard. The LFO self oscillates nicely too. Overall, the best $60 bucks I’ve ever spent. Looking forward to moding it now.

Sneak on a new pad-based groovebox

October 15, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

FXpansion has released a video that previews a new product called offering sampling, resampling, slicing, sequencing, effects and mixing facilities

Steve Ferrone Multi-Format MIDI Groove Library

October 14, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Platinum Samples is honored to announce the release of their Steve Ferrone Multi-Format MIDI Groove Library featuring over 660 MIDI files (over 3,200 bars of unquantized grooves) formatted for BFD2®, BFD Eco®, EZDrummer®, EZplayer®, Superior Drummer 2.0s®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware.

The Steve Ferrone MIDI Groove Library includes 17 songs separated into complete song structures (intros, verses, choruses, bridges, etc.) as well as 9 additional Groove variations. The library features grooves in 3/4, 4/4 & 6/8 with straight and swing feels as well as song endings.

Steve Ferrone, the former Average White Band drummer, has played with a who’s who of the music business, including Mindi Abair, Brian Auger Oblivion Express, Anita Baker, Ray Barretto, George Benson, the B-52’s, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Donovan, George Duke, Duran Duran, The Emotions, Bryan Ferry, Roberta Flack, Peter Frampton, Aretha Franklin, David Garfield, Lincoln Goines, Jeff Golub, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Christine McVie, Pat Metheny, Bette Midler, Keb Mo, Stevie Nicks, David Sanborn, Carly Simon, James Taylor, The Temptations, Robbie Williams, Johnny Winter, and Steve Winwood.

Ferrone recorded Tom Petty’s acclaimed solo album Wildflowers in 1992; he subsequently joined Petty’s Heartbreakers and has been a bandmember since. Steve’s influences include Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Tony Meehan (The Shadows), Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, John Bonham, Clyde Stubblefield, Al Jackson Jr., Harvey Mason, and Jack DeJohnette.

Platinum Samples are one of the foremost producers of drum samples in the world, with over 50 years of experience in the professional music industry. The Steve Ferrone MIDI Groove Library was recorded over a two-day session by Steve Ferrone on a Yamaha DTXtremeIII Special electronic drum set.

Optimized for 1 Kick, 1 Snare, 2 Rack Toms, 2 Floor Toms, 1 Hihat, 3 Crash Cymbals & 1 Ride Cymbal

Please visit the www.platinumsamples.com web site for additional information.

OP-X PRO-II: Trailer

October 2, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II software VSTi synth – the new flagship. Introduction trailer.

The soundtrack of the video trailer has been exclusively done with OP-X PRO-II and Steinberg Groove Agent for drums. No external effects or treatment (except for drums) have been used, mixing just included levels and pan. All involved sounds are factory presets of OP-X PRO-II.

According to SonicProjects, the Virtual Oberheim OB-X XPander is “the perfect dream synth”:

OP-X PRO-II is the new top flagship of the OP series and is the continuation of the development of OP-X PRO, based on many collected wishes of customers and too own new ideas, in order to make it the perfect dream synth. S

Some of the obvious new features include doubled polyphony, an included patch browser, an effects unit, midi learn and a completely new arpeggiator.

But there are also a lot a lot of hidden new features that can be accessed by active GUI zones or multiple button states. This keeps the GUI clean and familiar. Once you’ve got to know these features you’ll see that despite this density the general operation is extremely intuitive and streamlined. A bunch of new one-click quick button calibration features saves a lot of work to handle voice-based settings like tuning trimpots or pans.

All of this is based on countless hours of real working experience, to give as streamlined and intuitive handling as possible.

Here’s the entire list of the used presets and settings, in chronological order:

High Sweeps:
MATRIX BANK 9 SyncNotch Sweep FXPM

Deep Strings:
DEFAULT BANK 1 Matrix Softstrings II

LFO Pad:
MATRIX BANK 6 BP Stereomod Pad

Filter Effect:
EFFECTS BANK 15 Filtereffect Water Down

Deep Timpani Doublehit:
MATRIX BANK 88 Matrix Fmod Bumbs NS
BASS BANK 12 Signs Of Life Bass

Filter Selfreso Sweep:
EFFECTS BANK 14 Filtereffect Blobs (Envelope edited)

Warm Mono Sweeps:
SYNTHEX BANK 5 Synthex MM Sweep

Porta Squeak:
DEFAULT BANK 125 Sawsolo Ultra Wide Bend (Portamento set a bit slower)

Bass:
BASS BANK 1 Fretless Bass

Chord Strings:
DEFAULT BANK 1 Matrix Softstrings II
PADS BANK 2 Supersoft Slowmod Pad

Arpeggio:
ARPEGGIOS BANK 21 Jupiter Techno ARP

Porta Solo:
DEFAULT BANK 125 Sawsolo Ultra Wide Bend (Portamento set a bit slower)

Brass Stab:
BRASS BANK 13 Prophet Brass Stab

Prophet Sync Sweep:
DEFAULT BANK 60 Prophet Unisync II (Pitch Osc2 set higher)

Percussive Solo:
PROPHET BANK 76 Prophet Perc Solo

Portamento Chord:
OBERHEIM BANK 3 Poly Portamento (Portamento set a bit faster)

Sample Hold Pad:
SAMPLEHOLD BANK 3 Moving SH Arpeggio

Distorted Guitar Tone:
DEFAULT BANK 13 OB Rock Unison

Sync Solo:
DEFAULR BANK 15 OB Syncsolo Damped (Filter Sustain set higher)

Highpitch Downsweep:
DEFAULT BANK 125 Sawsolo Ultra Wide Bend

Slow Portamento Solo:
PROPHET BANK 33 Prophet Ultrawide Bend (Portamento set slower)

Drums:
Steinberg Groove Agent:
Hip-Hop Kick (eq boost: 100hz 14.4 dB low-shelf)
Hip-Hop Snare (pitch set deeper, a bit Reverb A)
Electro Hihat (a bit Cubase Double Delay 1/16 sync)

Tempo: 120bpm

Loopbased releases “Dubstep Arsenal”

October 1, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Cool new collection from Loopbased coming your way, enjoy :-)

‘Dubstep Arsenal’ is the newest collection from Loopbased and contains loads of inspiring Dubstep loops produced by the up and coming Bassador. He created a top-notch sample pack serving the many tonalities of today’s Dubstep productions. You will find the popular wobble loops as well as laid-back half-time grooves, expansive atmospheres and stilted rhythms.
This library is jam-packed with twisted and raw drum patterns, wonky bass lines, moody music loops, atmospheric soundscapes and frantic no-kick tops. All loops are offered at 140 BPM so you can simply mix and match loops to create your own dubbed-out hardstep grooves.
‘Dubstep Arsenal’ contains:
- 40 subsonic basslines
- 25 expertly constructed drum beats
- 25 atmospheric fx sounds
- 20 kick-free top grooves
- 40 resonant synth loops
Features:
- 150 loops
- 500+ MB (unzipped)
- Crystal clear 24bit
- WAV and REX2 formats
Price: 15 Euro
http://www.loopbased.com
http://www.loopbased.com/dubstep-breaks-loops/dubstep-arsenal.html

Urban Groove – featuring over 1.2 GB of high quality construction kits

September 17, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 
‘Urban Groove’ from R-Loops contains 6 construction kits perfect for hip-hop, RnB, urban pop and other urban genres. Inside you’ll find more than 90 royalty-free professionally mixed and mastered multi-format loops in 6 awesome construction kits.
‘Urban Groove’ features over 1.2 GB of high quality construction kits in the 75-97 bpm range. Available formats include WAV 24 & 16 bit, ACID WAV, Apple Loops, Reason Refill (4.0) and REX2.
Price: 17.20 Euro
Links:
http://www.loopbased.com
http://www.loopbased.com/hiphop-rnb-loops/urban-groove.html

New groovebox app for Android phone

August 29, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mikrosonic RD3 is a new groovebox app for Android phones. It combines a 303-style synthesizer and a drum machine with different drum kits.

Features:

  • realtime step sequencing
  • realtime processing synth
  • high quality filter mode for powerful devices
  • multitouch control
  • drum machine with 8 drum kits
  • 4 patterns per instrument
  • 3 play modes: solo, loop or random
  • load/save sessions
  • cut/copy/paste pattern

RD3 sells for €3.49.

System Requirements:

  • Android 2.1 or higher
  • screen resolution 480×320 (HVGA) or higher
  • 550 MHz CPU or faster supporting ARMv7
  • Tested on:
    • Motorola Droid/Milestone
    • Nexus One
    • Samsung Galaxy S
    • HTC Desire

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