The Rhizome groove machine is ready to rock

December 10, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZINhGDjh-s

“The Rhizome: the groove machine with and for VST has just been released.

The dream to combine the power of a PC and the ergonomic of a real musical instrument is becoming reality.

Feeltune announces the release of the Rhizome; one of the highlights of the MusikMesse when it was first presented last March. Many sites and magazines rated it best of the 2010 trade show! The Rhizome is the future of groove machines.

What are the differences with the competition? The Rhizome is a hybrid in which you install virtual instruments and effects in a VST/VSTi format (For Pc). No more limitations in terms of sounds and effects; with the Rhizome you choose the style of sound and instruments you want to play. Once downloaded you can mix your plug-in with the mixing desk; create your sequences, patterns and tracks with the multi modes and multi tracks sequencer which is the brain working behind the scene.

What are the differences with the other hybrids already on the market? The Rhizome is not just a keyboard with a Pc or a Pc Rack; it is a real musical instrument which has been designed for the pleasure to play and compose music and is equipped with software running an innovative interface with numerous displays and controllers.

The Rhizome is a real-time instrument: programming, recording, sampling, adding instruments and effects, tuning; all you do is live! There is no interruption when you play on stage or record in a studio. The objective: to free up your inspiration and creativity.

The development of the Rhizome took several years of R&D; 50 engineers and the validation of around 10 user groups. Today the Rhizome is an aggregate of the best technology and know-how.

For the Audio it is RME that does the job; it has been chosen because of its stability and sound quality which is recognized by everybody.

For the display; forget the small monochrome displays; the Rhizome offers 4 large displays (24 bit colors)

For the controllers; the Rhizome has 102 controllers in which you find 16 dynamic pads and 32 endless knobs

You get the Windows XPE which is a version of Windows XP Pro that has been redesigned and compiled especially for Feeltune. It offers a better stability and a total compatibility with VSTs.

For the effects and instruments; some of them have been developed by Ohm Force, well know key player of the market.

A Design and solid ergonomic; a size and weight that allows bringing the Rhizome with you as hand luggage when you travel by plane.

For its embedded system; you get power and reliability: Intel processor and mother board, server AC, silent fans.

Software, proprietary electronic card and box: build, assemblage and control in France.

Connections: The several in/out allow you to connect and use screens, mousse, midi controllers; hard disk and/or additional audio card.

Communication: The Rhizome is the first instrument to totally implement CopperLan; a new protocol that above the Midi transcription really revolutionize the communication between audio-video machines.

Technical Specifications

Rhizome SE :
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2,93 GHz x 2
- RAM / HD : 2 Go / 250 Go
- Plugs : 1 FireWire, 6 USB, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, network Gigabit 100/100
- Audio : 1 headset, 2 balanced analog inputs and 2 balanced analog outputs, 1 ADAT, 1 SPDIF/AES, 1 E/S MIDI
- Feeltune software :
o Multitrack sequencer
o Virtual mixing desk
o VST/VSTi Host
o Drum Sampler
o Program Sampler
o Effects: Vocoder, Reverb, EQ, Distorsion, Filter, Flanger, Chorus, Delay, Compressor, Limiter, Bit Crusher, Pitch shifter, Stereolizer, Auto Pan, Enveloper, Multiband distortion, Deeser
o Synths : AcidLiner, SimpleSynth, Napper, TR 8s8, TR 9s9, TR6s6, TR 7s7, TR 7s27, L1nn Drum, DrumLator
- Ohm Force Sympthom synth
- CopperPlug LE (over lan control)

Dimensions : 52,4 x 42,7 x 14,1 cm (20.63 x 16.81 x 5.55 in)
Poids : 12,5 kg (27,55 lb)

Rhizome XE :
The same than SE with :
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2,93 Ghz x 2
- RAM / HD : 2 Go / 250 Go
- 6 balanced analog inputs
- Gforce Oddity
- Gforce Minimonstra
- Tight VNC
- CopperPlug MAX (over lan control)

Rhizome UXE :
The same than XE with :
- Intel Core 2 Quad 2,5 Ghz x 4
- RAM / HD : 4 Go / 500 Go
- Gforce Oddity
- Gforce Minimonstra
- Tight VNC
- CopperPlug MAX (over lan control)
- Other software sequencers or VST host compatible
More informations, medias and customer forum at www.feeltune.com

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

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