Vintage gear demo: E-MU Emax

February 2, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

all synth sounds: E-MU Emax SE Sampling Synthesizer (1986)
drums: LinnDrum (1982)
recording: multi-tracking including the Emax internal sequencer
fx: reverb and delay

The Emax is a classic sampler workstation from E-mu. It is sort of a next generation Emulator II, it’s not as good as an Emulator III but it’s more powerful than previous EII’s. The Emax can be found in several forms: the Emax, the Emax Rack, the Emax HD (built-in 20MB hard disk), the Emax HD Rack and the Emax SE (Synthesis Enhanced) with a built-in synthesizer section. The Emax’s editing system will be familiar to users of E-mu’s excellent ESI series.

The Emax has an extensive library collection of samples that can be loaded via the built-in 3.5″ hard drive. Or you can sample your own sounds. The Sampler is powerful, but lo-fi. It samples at 12-bit resolution with variable sample-rates up to 42kHz. The built-in memory is 512K which only gives you a few good seconds really. Sampling and editing is easy, complete and intuitive with auto sample placement, auto-looping, truncating, reversing, velocity cross-fade, etc. The Emax also features individual channel outputs and stereo outputs and extensive MIDI implementation.

The Emax features many common analog synth-type controls for easily shaping your samples. Tune, filter and shape the envelope or use LFO’s and chorus to liven up your samples. There’s also an on-board sequencer section. A real-time only 16-track, non-quantizable sequencer for basic scratch-pad use or simple arpeggios or patterns. The SE and SE Plus models, the most advanced of the 12-bit Emax’s, add a synthesizer section, newer advanced digital signal processors for sample editing and a SCSI port (standard on the SE Plus). The Emax instruments were the most advanced of the classic keyboard samplers of the late 1980’s.

The Emax II which was released in 1989 brought the Emax series up to modern specs with 16-bit sampling, 16-voice polyphony, 16 MIDI channels, stereo samples, 1MB RAM expandable to 8MB, SCSI, 8 assignable outputs and the SE’s synthesis functions. And finally, the Emax II Turbo came with 4MB RAM standard and a 4MB hard disk. Whichever Emax you choose, they’re all classic machines still capable of professional quality results when used in making the music of today.

ULTRALOOP – new sample based loop engine for Reaktor

January 15, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Twisted Tools has released Ultraloop, a new sample based loop engine for Native’s Reaktor, details below:

AVAILABLE NOW: http://twistedtools.com/shop/reaktor/…

ULTRALOOP is a first-of-its-kind loop remixing sampler with a fast and intuitive visual workflow for Native Instruments *Reaktor. ULTRALOOP combines advanced loop layering, comping, effect processing and automation techniques to generate new grooves, riffs and song ideas. You can use ULTRALOOP with the included factory sample library or to remix your own samples, injecting new life into any existing loop library. ULTRALOOP is available now from the Twisted Tools Shop for $69.

Video by Scott Pagano.

Pricing and availability
ULTRALOOP is available from the Twisted Tools Shop for $69
Additional Expansion Loop Packs can be purchased for $19/each
Further product information and press material
http://twistedtools.com/shop/reaktor/…
Loop Expansions
http://twistedtools.com/shop/loops
Features
• Loop Remixing Sampler.
• Advanced layered sampler engine with intuitive interface.
• Visual loop compositing.
• Generative Gestural FX to create fills, articulations and variations.
• FX Sequencer
• Specialized track sequencer with mono and poly draw modes.
• Layered playback and editing of up to eight tracks simultaneously.
• Independent controls per layer, organized into parameter cells with sliders.
• Automatable Preset Grids per parameter group, with 17 memory slots each
• 8 Global Scenes per snapshot
• Preset Grids and Scenes are playable via mouse, MIDI or OSC.
• Extensive randomization options.
• Time and pitch stretching to allow loops with different BPMs.
• Flexible multi-output routing per layer.
• Master Punch control
• Swing
• Control nearly every parameter with included iPad Lemur OSC Template by Antonio Blanca
• 3+ banks of presets
• 2224 Sound Variations
• Over 800mb of included factory sample content by from Enig’matik Records, Loopmasters and Sounds of Revolution.
• Optional Expansion Packs by cutting edge artists such as Dusty Fungus, Chris Carter and Si Begg

Sample content and sound design by
• Antonio Blanca, Apparition, Chris Komus, Dusty Fungus, Fine Cut Bodies, Flint Kids, Josh Hinden, Ion Driver, Itsu, Kilowatts, Loopmasters, Oliver Schmitt, Sounds of Revolution, Sonictwist, Sun in Aquarius and Whitebear

SampleMoog™ – new SampleTank collection for iOS

November 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.sampletank.com/ipad and http://www.sampletank.com/iphone for more information

SampleTank is the first professional-quality sound and groove module that puts hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns in your pocket. What’s more, you can now expand your library with our new Downloadable Sound Collections via in-app purchase. Our latest collection is SampleMoog™ – Mobile Edition, featuring classic synth sounds from Moog Music®. We also recently released the Miroslav Philharmonik – Mobile Edition, a downloadable collection of orchestral and choir sounds.

You can play SampleTank instruments on stage with the iRig PRO or iRig MIDI interfaces and a keyboard or pad controller just like you would any other sound or synthesizer module. Or pair it with iRig KEYS, our 3-octave, bus-powered mini-keyboard to create the ultimate portable MIDI studio.

E-mu Emulator II sound demos

October 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A few sounds from the Emulator II sound libraries. Some of these sounds were popular in the ’80s and have become classic.

An affordable classic early eighties sampler/workstation synthesizer. It’s a sampler that sounds like an analog synth because it has analog filters! It samples at a low 8-bits (up to 17.6 seconds) so it’s got that lo-fi sound which is great for some types of electronic music. Especially nice is its ability to create warm analog-ish pads and sounds. It uses those giant 5″ floppy disks for storage. Also on-board is a useful 8-track sequencer. It can be hooked up to a Mac for easier editing using software such as Digidesign’s Sound Designer.

The Emulator II had many new features for its time. MIDI, SMPTE and computer control. Editing samples includes truncating, manual/auto looping, reverse, velocity switch cross-fading and splicing samples together. A great feature is the 24 dB/oct analog 4-pole low pass filter. There are eight separate LFO’s and eight extra individual outputs for each voice. Make no mistake, the Emulator II was a long standing professional sampler of the mid-eighties for musicians and sound designers.

The Emulator II received numerous upgrades during its four year production run from 1984 to 1988. These included the Emulator II+ with double the sample memory and the Emulator II+HD which adds a 20MB internal hard drive.

In the studio with the classic vintage sampler Emulator II

October 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A quick demo of one of ‘SynthMania’s’ “vintage sampler” setups in his studio.

“The E-mu Emulator II is a classic ’80s machine, and one of my favorite samplers. With a Macintosh SE and a Macintosh Classic running Sound Designer. Rhythms by LinnDrum. The effects are Lexicon model 200 reverb and AMS DMX15-80S delay. Tracked on a 1984 Soundcraft Series 1600 24ch. mixing console.”

Listening in on the Akai MPX8 SD Sample Player

September 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new piece of pad based sample playback hardware from Akai, sounds familiar…

Details below:

Load virtually any sample via standard SD or SDHC card and assign it to any of the MPX8’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. MPX8 also has USB MIDI plus standard MIDI inputs and outputs. Control everything from music software on your laptop to outboard MIDI gear. The included USB cable and 1/8″-to-MIDI adapter make it easy to connect. With the included sample kit editor, you can easily arrange, tune, and add reverb to your samples on your Mac or PC before loading them onto MPX8. The editor’s drag-and-drop functionality makes loading your samples as easy as possible. MPX8 also comes with a free Loop Library download from Akai Pro, plus a large library of standard samples built in, which can be used for live performance in front of a crowd, on a radio show, or for in-studio production.

Tutorial: How to use the microGranny

September 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Standuino microGranny is pocket sized handmade granular sampler. It uses microSD card to store samples. You can adjust many parameters of the samples and trigger them by MIDI.
video by Felix Hüsken youtube.com/flx04
more info: standuino.eu/devices/instruments/microgranny/
buy: standuino.eu/buy/buy-fraangelico/

Features:
-basic parameters of sound: pitch, crush, volume, start, cut, repeat
-micro sampling parameters of sound: shift speed(+/-), loop length, shift mode (normal, random)
-lfo parameters of sound: rate, amount, destination (pitch, crush)
-instant loop feature
-micro SD card slot (plays monophonic wav samples)
-8 presets (15 sounds each)
-MIDI input (MIDI through by special connector)
-intuitive interface
-3 digit 7-segment display to keep track of editing
-2 pots to tweak the parameters
-mode switching buttons
-4 perfect response trigger buttons
-hold button
-3.5mm jack output
-volume trim-pot
-size: 11 x 7 x 4 cm
-input voltage 9-12 V
designed by Anymade Studio anymadestudio.com/

Inear Display – Tkapik (beta) Demo

August 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Inear Display describes Tkapik as an amplitude controlled generative sampler plugin. They say that you ad it to a track, then load a sound file and Tkapik will trigger the sample with random settings every time an amplitude peak is detected in the input signal. The sample can either be mixed with the input according to its amplitude envelope or completely replace the signal using the “solo” mode.

“Don’t get fooled by the minimalist interface : being sample-based, Tkapik opens a wide array of sonic possibilities. You can use it to simply layer a kick drum with some field recordings or in a more extreme way to replace a whole part by a chaos of random drills and glitches. When the sample is triggered, its start offset, loop points and optionally pitch are randomized, giving you surprising results every time.”

Additional features include the ability to resize the plugin interface to fit your display (Windows and Os X only), and map your MIDI controller easily using the built-in MIDI learn system. By its very nature, Tkapik has no preset system, but its state will be properly recalled when re-opening a project in your DAW.

Tkapik is available for Windows, Mac Os X and Linux, as VST (32/64 bit) and AU (32/64 bit, Mac only).

Features:

  • Sampler supporting wav and aiff audio files
  • Sample triggering based on input signal amplitude
  • Combine the sample and the input signal using the envelope follower
  • Replace the input signal using the solo mode
  • Random start offset, loop points and optionally pitch on every trigger
  • User defined range for pitch random
  • Sample reverse
  • MIDI learn
  • Vector based resizable user interface (Windows and Os X only)
  • Lifetime free updates for registered users

10€ – introductory price until 08/03/2013 (regular price: 20€)

More info here >>

HALion 5: Introducing the new features

July 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The latest version of Steinberg’s HALion VST sampler adds new features that extend the boundaries of virtual sampling and sound design software. New instruments and sound sources, new effects, and much more combine to form a powerfully inspirational instrument that forms the heart of modern sound creation or production environments.

For more information please visit www.steinberg.net/halion

HALion Sonic 2 is a unique software workstation that breaks new ground in terms of instrument quality, versatility and ease of use. Comprising 2,500 first-class instruments in almost every conceivable style, this multi-faceted instrument has the power to captivate and inspire you, and become the heart of your creative process.

BEAT THANG | Sampling Beat Machine Overview

July 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Try it free at http://www.bketech.com/demo/demo-form…

A full production capable sampling beat machine
Create full songs with BEAT THANG. It includes a 16-track real-time sequencer & 24-bit sampler. You can record, compose, mix and master in sample-accurate 44.1kHz stereo with no computer required. BEAT THANG sampling beat machine also comes with an exact software replica (BTV Software) that you can use on your PC or MAC. (want pricing?)
100% all metal chassis (zero plastic casing), 3.5″ full-color LCD screen and 13 chromatic premium full-velocity sensitive keypads
Zero data compression, true 24-bit signal path for ultra-low THD (.008%) & High S/N ratio (103db)
More than a sampling beat machine. It’s an all-in-one sampling workstation for producers and a live performance instrument for DJs.

3,254 original samples. Big, bold, punchy sounds that are warm, beefy and inspiring.

One of the most powerful and unique advantages of BEAT THANG sampling beat machine is the ability to pick it up and quickly make music. The BEAT THANG sampling beat machine has an innovative and award-winning user-interface that is well organized and feels clean and clutter-free so you can easily and quickly navigate through various modes and functions.

You never know when or where your creative inspiration will strike and you never know how long that inspiration will last. With BEAT THANG sampling beat machine you’ll be ready to capture your inspiration at the speed of thought, wherever you are. It is designed to quickly capture your raw stream of consciousness and to vibe in the moment. It is truly a real-time performance tool.

Dedicated buttons for the most common functions
Eliminated the need for a shift key
No complicated menus to navigate
Intuitive functions and shortcuts
Multiple paths to the same operation
One-touch access to everything you need

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