New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #242

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Ableton publishes Making Music 74 euro a Book for Electronic Music Producers

Although we live in a golden age of music tools and technology, making music remains as difficult as ever. Why this is so, and what musicians can do to become more productive, is the subject of the first book to be published by Berlin-based music software and hardware developer Ableton. 

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iZotope Releases Free Update to Ozone Mastering Software

 iZotope is releasing a free update to its critically acclaimed line of mastering software, Ozone.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #241

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Bastl Instruments announces ten new eurorack modules

From the Bastl Instruments website: We are very excited to introduce new range of products of Bastl Instruments which are 10 eurorack modules.

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Steinberg Cubase Pro 8 - Gearjunkies review

Steinberg Cubase Pro 8 , a Gearjunkies review - German heavyweights Steinberg are back with a new version of their wellknown DAW Cubase called Cubase Pro 8. Steinberg really did some great things with this update, there are lots of improvements and new features so let's dive in and see what is what.

 

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #240

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Echo Digital Audio discontinued all audio interfaces

Echo Digital Audio recently decided to focus all new product development plans on the emerging Ethernet AVB (audio video bridging) market and audio test and measurement. All FireWire products have been discontinued. Echo will still provide customer support on the company’s website, and repair service will continue to be available in the future.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #239

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Arturia announces availability of KeyLab 88

Arturia is proud to announce availability of KeyLab 88, a 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes complete with Analog Lab software.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #238

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Native Instruments announces exclusive Point Blank Masterclasses at Dancefair 2015

Native Instruments is pleased to announce an exclusive series of seminars in collaboration with the award-winning Point Blank Music School at this year’s edition of Dancefair exhibition in Utrecht, Netherlands. The complete program will feature discussions and hands-on workshops with acclaimed artists Joris Voorn, The Viper, Jordy Dazz, and legendary Detroit techno pioneers Kevin Saunderson and Mike Huckaby.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #237

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Native Instruments - Kontrol S8 Gearjunkies Review

DJ controllers are the most hot items of this moment. And with every new one they start more and more to look alike. When Native Instruments (NI) announced their new Kontrol S8 they said it was 'The future of DJing'. Quite the statement, so you expect something very interesting. They did deliver something interesting. NI put displays in the unit and removed the jog wheels. The latter caused some uproar amongst DJs regarding it as a vital part of a controller. Many 'Sync' DJs are fine with it. We tried the S8 to see if in fact this is 'The future of DJing'.

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Korg and Noritake Release Innovative Vacuum Tube the Nutube

KORG INC and Noritake Co., Limited are proud to announce the successful development of the ground breaking technology, Nutube, a new miniaturized and high performance tube. In cooperation with Noritake Itron Corporation, KORG INC. has developed the Nutube to offer incredible reliability and efficiency while still generating the same rich harmonics which vacuum tubes are known for.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #236

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Squarp Pyramid standalone sequenser

Whether you're a keyboardist who wants a powerful tool to get the best from your instrument, a live performer looking for a complete solution to manage your set, or a studio musician making music from scratch, Pyramid provides you with a radical new workflow and almost unlimited possibilities.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #235

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Native Instruments Kontrol S49 - Gearjunkies Review

A few months back Native Instruments released their new line of midi keyboard series of the Kontrol S25, S49 and S61. For this review we have used the S49 and curiously tried it out. Considering the good Native Instruments reputation of hardware controllers their new line of midi controlers deserves our utmost scrutiny.

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Focusrite Announces Clarett Range of Thunderbolt Interfaces

Focusrite launching their obsession for sound quality into the world of Thunderbolt, they have released a range of audio interfaces that combine a new preamp design with the very latest in Thunderbolt technology, to offer exceptional sound quality with an unparalleled interface latency of under 1ms.

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Koma Elektronik introduces the Komplex Sequencer

KOMA Elektronik is pleased to announce its latest release: the KOMPLEX SEQUENCER, which enables musicians and producers to construct complex musical patterns via both MIDI and CV/Gate, by the means of sequencing the sequence.

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Mutec shipping the MC 12 USB audio interface

MUTEC from Germany, manufacturer of professional audio and video equipment, starts shipping the MC-1.2, a new USB audio interface for professional and audiophile use.

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Spectrasonics Debuts Major Upgrade in Omnisphere 2 at NAMM

Spectrasonics has introduced Omnisphere 2 - a major upgrade to its best-selling flagship software synth. ‘Version 2.0’ adds a vast amount of new synthesis and creative capabilities for sound design and significant user interface innovations. 

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #234

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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control everything with the Mackie DL32R digital live sound mixer

 

Mackie is showing the new DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control, a powerful new digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie's intuitive Master Fader™ iPad®app, freeing users to get in the mix like never before. Featuring complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback, you can control everything from anywhere with the DL32R.

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KORG Introduces kaossilator 2S; Enhanced Version of the Original Palm-sized Synthesizer

 

The kaossilator 2S has been redesigned to include new features and more user friendly functions.  Korg’s new model of the loop-based synthesizer/recorder, now features unlimited undo/redo functionality and the ability to export multi-track audio data for immediate use with in Ableton Live (via a generated .als file) for a more seamless production interrelationship.  Audio files can also be manually imported into a different DAW of choice.

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KORG Debuts Most Powerful Synthesizer with the New Kronos

 

KORG USA debuted the new KRONOS, the most powerful version of its flagship synthesizer to date during Winter NAMM. For the first time enthusiast will be able to hear and see the new Kronos in action with live performances and in depth demonstrations by product experts and engineers.

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Behringer Mixes Up with MP3 Player-Equipped XENYX QX602MP3 Mixer

 

The Behringer XENYX QX602MP3 is a premium-grade 6-input/2-bus small format mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps, British EQs, an MP3 Player and a class-leading Multi-FX engine. The ultra-compact mixer’s 6 Inputs (2 mic, 2 stereo) feature onboard studio-grade XENYX Mic Preamps with available phantom power, as well as the Company’s ultra-musical “British” channel EQs, which are modeled after the EQs found on vintage British recording consoles.

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Apogee Introduces Groove Portable USB DAC and headphone amp for Mac and PC

 

Apogee Electronics, industry leader in digital audio recording technology since 1985, is pleased to introduce Groove – a new portable USB DAC and headphone amp for listening to music on your Mac or PC. Built upon Apogee’s 30-year history of award-winning digital audio technology for music creation, Groove unlocks the highest possible quality of any headphones or powered speakers you have, allowing you to listen to the music you love with incredible lifelike clarity. 

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Roland shows the JD-Xi Interactive Analog Digital Synthesizer

Roland is proud to announce the JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, a new compact keyboard that’s powerful, versatile and fun. Equipped with 37 mini keys, the JD-Xi features a true analog synth engine along with a wide selection of Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL digital sounds. This affordable instrument also comes packed with many great extras for self-contained music creation, including built-in drum kits, a four-track pattern sequencer, and a gooseneck mic for using the synth’s Vocoder and AutoPitch effects.

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Dave Smith Introduces Prophet-6 Analog Poly Synth

Dave Smith today announced the Sequential Prophet-6, a new 6-voice synthesizer with an all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters. Auspiciously branded with Smith’s recently reacquired original company name, the new instrument is aimed squarely at musicians in search of vintage tone with the reliability of modern technology.

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Arturia announces the BeatStep Pro

music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to launch BeatStep Pro, an all-new world-class controller and dynamic performance step sequencer.

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Novation shows the Launchpad Pro

The Novation Launchpad Pro is the professional grid instrument. It's the simplest and easiest way to create dynamic, expressive performances in Ableton Live and any other music software, using an 8x8 grid of RGB velocity-sensitive pads to trigger and combine clips, create dynamic beats, bash out melodic lines and control your external hardware.

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Introducing the Rane MP2015 Rotary Mixer

Rane worked with some of the World’s best DJs and clubs to redefine the Rotary DJ Mixer. With help from Doc Martin, Dixon, Ata, Oliver Hafenbauer, Anthony Parasole, Martyn, Gerd Janson, Ben UFO, Derrick Carter, Tim Sweeney, Efdemin, Brian BeeZwax, James Patrick, a handful of Seattle's best DJs and many more, Rane is proud to introduce the MP2015.

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Xone:DB + Serato Collaboration / Morphosis Interview

Allen & Heath’s Xone:DB4 and Xone:DB2 digital DJ FX mixers will be supported by Serato DJ software and will be Serato DJ and DVS Upgrade Ready in the near future.

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Pioneer Professional DJ Headphones Continues to Evolve with Next Generation HDJ-2000MK2

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.’s Professional Sound and Visual Division continues to bring the most advanced DJ gear into the market, and today introduced the next generation of its flagship professional DJ headphones, the HDJ-2000MK2. The top-of-the-line model promises to deliver Pioneer DJ’s exceptional sound quality from a newly redesigned body that provides a sleek and modern cosmetic look. The HDJ-2000MK2 incorporates large 50mm drivers and features low-volume air chambers for noise isolation and high quality construction to achieve maximum audio performance. The new HDJ-2000MK2 will be available in two colors, silver and black.

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Pioneer DJ unveils new professional studio headphones

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.’s Professional Sound and Visual Division today introduced the HRM-7 studio headphones intended for home and private studio listening, providing excellent audio reproduction with maximum comfort. Pioneer’s latest headphones incorporate a newly developed HD driver suited for high-resolution audio sources and capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40 kHz. Its “dual chamber” bass reflex enclosure also helps produce lower bass response as well as provide better control for increased audio accuracy. The incorporated hybrid memory-foam ear pads provide a snug fit around the ears and maximum comfort when worn for extended listening sessions.

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Modal Electronics announced the 002 polysynth

British electronic musical instruments manufacturer Modal Electronics is proud to be showcasing 002 its inaugural instrument and also the first analogue/digital hybrid polysynth to have been designed, developed, and manufactured in the UK for four decades, at The NAMM Show 2015.

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KOMA Elektronik introduces Poltergeist eurorack module

KOMA Elektronik's new POLTERGEIST Eurorack module enables users to manipulate up to four audio/CV signals quadraphonically or stereophonically in new and ghostly ways.

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Announcing Bitwig Studio 1.2

Bitwig will attend NAMM 2015 and announce the forthcoming update, BITWIG STUDIO 1.2. Following the announcement, Bitwig will offer a sneak preview detailing the all-new features scheduled for the next major update, free for all Bitwig Studio license holders. Additional surprises can be expected on the actual release date of Bitwig Studio 1.2.

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Moog Recommences Manufacturing Large Format Modular Synthesizers

50 years ago, at its first introduction, the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski’s abstracts or Kodak’s cameras – offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Bob Moog’s invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicenter. It’s only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

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Roger Linn announces the 200 pad MIDI controller

New from Roger Linn Design is LinnStrument, an expressive 200-pad MIDI controller that captures three dimensions of each finger’s movement for subtle control of note volume, pitch and timbre, polyphonically

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Reloop NAMM Turntablism Showcase with DJ Fong Fong

Reloop will be arriving at the NAMM show 2015 with new products in tow that will undoubtedly make a big impact on the DJ market this year. DJ Fong Fong (DMC Online Champion) used our new products Reloop RP-8000 straight, Reloop RMX-60 and Reloop RMX Innofader by Audio Innovate in his amazing "fast cutting" turntablism showcase already - watch out!

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Pioneer presents the XDJ-RX RekordBox DJ system

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division today introduced the XDJ-RX, an all-in-one DJ console that incorporates two separate digital players, a mixer, and a built-in monitor. The uniquely designed DJ system is intended for users of the popular Pioneer rekordbox® music management software, which enables DJs to quickly play prepared music stored on a USB device, eliminating the need to connect or carry a separate computer for use as a music source. The XDJ-RX’s featured 7-inch LCD screen provides a window of information including simultaneous display of music waveforms from each integrated player. The unit also emulates Pioneer’s well-known professional players with built-in key performance functions including HOT CUE, BEAT EFFECTS, SOUND COLOR FX and a new LOOP SLICE feature.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #233

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Pioneer DDJ-SZ-N Gold Limited Edition Introduction

By Jolanda van der Burgt

The top-of-the-range DDJ-SZ four-channel controller for Serato DJ is now even more desirable, as Pioneer DJ releases the limited run Gold Edition. 

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Akai Professional Announces Advance Keyboard Series

By Marc van den Hurk

Artists can now load, play and control all their virtual instrument plugins directly from their keyboard. New keyboards deliver optimum hands-on performance features with seamless software integration for playing and controlling today’s hottest VST instruments and DAWs.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #232

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Casio announced XW-DJ1 DJ Controller and XW-PD1 Groove Center

Casio is pleased to announce its Trackformer series of new DJ products. With the XW-DJ1 DJ Controller and XW-PD1 Groove Center, dance music fans can create, mix and play or produce their favorite tracks on their own.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #231

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #230

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection. There are still a lot of good offers to be found so you might have a look at the previous sample saturday.

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