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Aug 6 - 04:39 PM, by d-cipher Computer Hardware > Native Instruments
Computer Hardware : Native Instruments Releases TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 - macmusicNative Instruments has released the updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, a new version of its compact and highly popular decks and effects controller.

With the same size and robust product design as the original controller, TRAKTOR KONTROL X1's new features include touch-sensitive Browse and Loop encoders, 7-segment displays and LEDs for visual feedback, and an innovative multi-purpose touch strip for added tactile control. When combined with TRAKTOR PRO, the X1 MK2 delivers plug-and-play physical control over 2 track decks and 2 freely assignable TRAKTOR FX units with or without the use of turntables or CDJs. The TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 is now available in stores worldwide and at the NI Online Shop.
Aug 6 - 01:20 PM, by d-cipher Music Software > Oscillicious
Music Software : BeatCleaver 1.4 Released - macmusicWith the addition of a slick new audio editing mode, BeatCleaver has
become an even better tool of music sampling and slicing. It's a great
alternative to ReCycle and has become the sampling software of choice
for many hip hop producers, thanks to its easy workflow and constant
development.

Here's a brief overview of the main new features in this release:
- Audio Editing, using a new state-of-the-art engine for real-time
audio editing and effects (watch the video).
- Automatic tempo (BPM) detection
- Easier time-stretching controls
- Slice-to-MIDI functionality.
Aug 5 - 04:28 PM, by samplelogic Virtual Instrument > Sample Logic
Virtual Instrument : Sample Logic announces IMPAKT - macmusicSample Logic Announces IMPAKT!
IMPAKT Cinematic & Concert Percussion

BREAKING NEW GROUND
Sample Logic breaks new ground with IMPAKT A suite of over 850 breathtaking morphed concert percussion instruments and multis that will blow you away. This diverse collection of instruments ranges from dramatically twisted marimbas and xylophones, blissful chimes and bells to massively transfigured timpani, gongs, bass drums, cymbals, and a variety of world percussion instruments. IMPAKT also includes a complimentary set of traditional concert percussion instruments. All sounds were recorded on the Scoring Stage at Skywalker Sound (a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company) under the direction of renowned percussionist Jim Wunderlich and System Blue, the result of which is a comprehensive library that contains both traditional instruments and an evocative collection of morphed cinematic instruments, transitions, atmospheres, leads, impacts, and tempo-synced rhythms.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Morphed
Atmospheric/Ambient Soundscapes
Melodic Leads and Pads
Percussive tempo-synced rhythmic Loops
Melodic & Percussive Arpeggiated Instruments
Percussive Impacts, Big Hit Ensembles & Kits
Swipes, Scrapes, & Reverse Transitional Effects

Traditional
Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glock & Crotales
Bass Drum, Timpani, Gong, Tubular Bells, Suspended Cymbals
World Percussion Bongos, Cajon, Wood Block, Conguitas, Cow Bell, Water Triangle, Wind Chimes, Hands, Guiro, Tambourine, etc.


Multis
Over 80 custom crafted multi-instruments that include Construction Beds, Instrument Stacks & One Note Glory Multis
Performance-ready with up to 6 customizable Multi Script Macros


STUNNING USER INTERFACE
IMPAKT's spectacular user interface was designed with the composer and sound designer in mind, providing effortless control for complete customization. IMPAKT is all about user experience with the freedom to infinitely transform samples into awesome evolving instruments with endless possibilities. The interface includes:
"Multi-core Effect Sequencers" for real-time effect automation
"Triggers" 48 unique effect chains
"Arpeggigater" sequencer based gate effect
"LFO" section to make things wobble
"Wave" additive/subtractive synthesis engine
"Pitch" sequencer for quick and easy real-time pattern based transpositions
"Space" a 3D sound mixer for traditional instruments that can dramatically change the listening perspective in realtime.
"Loop" audio sliced based effect engine that can bypass and turn effects and parameters on in realtime that is included on all tempo-synced loop instruments.
"Multi Script Macros" for real-time sequencing of instrument parameter controls


RE-ENGINEER THE SOUND
All of the traditional instruments in IMPAKT were recorded and programmed so the end user has total control of the multiple microphone mix (Close, Mid, Far, Rear, Sub, Wavetables), using a newly designed mixer section. Additionally, the entire listening perspective of any traditional instrument can be manipulated, using a new 3D-sound engine called "Space". Space includes a visual mixing console for easily changing the listening perspective to any location in a theater. From standing behind the stage to sitting all the way in the back row of the theater, each instrument can be moved around for the perfect mix when combining instruments together.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Over 850 Instruments and Multis delivered at 44.1k/24-bit.
Just over 20 GB sample library using Kontakt's lossless sample storage compression
NI Kontakt 5 Player with native 64-bit support
Stand-alone, VST, AU, DXi, RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher), ASIO, CoreAudio, WASAPI

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Kontakt 5 Player 5.1 or higher (free download) or full version of Kontakt 5.1 or higher (sold separately)
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4GB recommended)
Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2GB RAM (4GB recommended)
1 GB free disk space for Kontakt 5 Player
20 GB free disk space for IMPAKT sample content
Kontkat is continously being updated. For the latest system compatibilities visit the Native Instruments website.
Available on August 15th, 2013 via Direct Download!
MSRP: $399.99.
Aug 4 - 09:12 AM, by d-cipher Virtual Instrument > Native Instruments
Virtual Instrument : Native Instruments introduces DRUM LAB - macmusicNative Instruments has released DRUM LAB, a first-of-its-kind instrument combining advanced drum layering techniques with an intuitive workflow designed for fast results. DRUM LAB's combination of acoustic and electronic drum samples is the secret of professionals worldwide a powerful production technique for creating punchy, present drum tracks. An included groove library provides over 900 patterns for fast groove production with uncompromising sound quality. DRUM LAB is available now from the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 / 9800.

DRUM LAB combines the organic, expressive sound of acoustic drums with the weight and punch of electronic samples. This 'hybrid' layering technique is the secret weapon of countless industry professionals to give drums presence and clarity in sonically dense mixes. DRUM LAB's acoustic layer comprises 38 carefully chosen individual drums. Each was recorded in three different rooms with high-end vintage and modern equipment on analog tape. The drums are pre-processed for instant, professional sound and feature all the warmth and subtly acoustic drums bring to top-quality recordings. What sets DRUM LAB apart from other software-based drum instruments is its electronic component: 380 drum hits were sampled from a range of classic and modern drum machines, then expertly matched, phase aligned, faded, and pitched to perfectly blend with the acoustic samples. This crucial step saves producers hours of time, allowing them to focus on their music.
Aug 2 - 09:01 AM, by d-cipher Music Software > Karma-Lab
Music Software : Karma-Lab Releases major updates to Korg-related KARMA Software - macmusicKarma-Lab, the developer of the KARMA interactive music technology featured in Korg Workstations, has released a major update to four of its Korg-related software applications:

- KARMA Kronos Software - for the Korg Kronos
- KARMA M3 Software - for the Korg M3
- KARMA M50 Software - for the Korg M50
- KARMA Oasys Software - for the Korg Oasys

Version 2.2.9 of each program is available for both Mac and Windows. The update is free to registered users and available for purchase directly from Karma-Lab (US $169 to $199).

The new Mac versions are now Universal applications, and will run on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, including 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, PPC or Intel. They've also been tested on the Developer Preview of 10.9 Mavericks without any major issues. Furthermore, some enhancements such as the ability to import and export .KGE files between all four applications have been incorporated, along with a lengthy list of reliability enhancements and bug fixes.

The new Windows versions include all of the same enhancements and bug fixes as the Mac versions, and runs on XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit).
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