Posts Tagged ‘VST’


Playa – a hip hop virtual instrument plug-in

February 6, 2009

Playa – a hip hop virtual instrument plug-in for MAC and PC packed with fat sounds, pro features and an interface that is ridiculously easy to use.

Whether you’re using a midi keyboard, MPC pad controller, or just your computer by itself, Playa gives you serious control over your music. Welcome to music and beat making paradise!

Playa serves up over 450 instruments and pad layouts, all in an interface that’s guaranteed to have you laying down cutting edge beats and music in no time. Playa interfaces seamlessly with your DAW and midi controllers so you can just it hook up and start laying down grooves the way you’re used to. Like a glove, Playa fits your style.


The Dark Playa by Eric Barlaan – 2,453k

Cinamatic Interlude by James Semple – 1,799k

DFreshhh Playa – 6,057k

West Meets East Part 1 – 3,231k

West Meets East Part 2 – 3,102k


VisualVox polyphonic: First published polyphonic autotuner & harmoniser

February 6, 2009


Audio examples:

Choir before manipulation | Choir after manipulation
Voice before manipulation | Voice after manipulation
Flute before manipulation | Flute after manipulation


  • Change chords or single wrong notes in polyphonic recordings
    • To fit pieces into your composition that otherwise would not have been accessible due to their key
    • To creatively play around with recorded audio like with a midi instrument – it will play your musical ideas by a click but it still sounds like the real instrument
  • Isolate the natural harmonics of instruments, manipulate them, take your instruments under the magnifying glasses to understand their sound
  • Create real sounding harmonizations, i.e. make chords out of monophonic parts of audio
  • Correct intonation problems of any instrument or voice while keeping the formants as they are
  • Create artificial vibrato, stretch the formants, rearrange melodies, draw frequency curves with your mouse to access monophonic and polyphonic audio in a way it has never been possible before

Now, VisualVox Polyphonic isn’t without some catches, as you’d expect from the solo-student cheap alternative:

The remaining inconveniences are:

  • It creates very big temporary files.
  • It sometimes misses a note or recognizes a harmonic as an independent note, which can be avoided by optimizing 3 accessible algorithm prameters.
  • It plays back synchronously to the VST host software but the audio start time can not be moved to position x, so one should in most cases export the manipulated audio as a wav file.
  • Only availible as a intel MAC VST plugin so far.
  • Still contains some bugs.
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      EastWest ‘Silk’. String and woodwind collection

      February 4, 2009


      Sample-based software instrument specialists EastWest have announced their latest product, Silk. It’s a collection of string and woodwind instruments from countries along the Silk Road, the historic trading route that merchants travelled to bring their wares to Europe.

      Included are over 25 instruments from China, India and Persia, plus a 30-piece middle-eastern string section. Each instrument has been played by ‘master’ players, and then meticulously multisampled by EastWest with extensive articulations, numerous alternate samples (to avoid repetition), and full phrases “to give the feeling of smooth effortless performance”.
      Silk runs on EastWest’s Play engine as a DAW plug-in or in stand-alone mode. In-depth scripting in Play allows for automatic transposition on the fly, so if the user wants to play a riff on, for example, a Chinese Erhu, in an arabic scale, they can choose a scale from a list of ‘microtunings’, select their key, and only samples of notes in that key will be triggered. This, says Silk producer Nick Phoenix, makes the virtual instrument incredibly easy to play and very realistic-sounding.
      In other EastWest news, the company have updated their Play engine to version two. The main new feature is the facility to edit Play patches, using the same software tools as the EastWest developers have at their disposal.

      Eastwest Symphonic Orchestra – Volume 4: Percussion

      The Eastwest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra was recorded where orchestral instruments sound their most natural – in a ‘state of the art’ Concert Hall. Listen to the pure beauty of the “critically acclaimed” Symphonic Orchestra and “state of the art” 125 million dollar Concert Hall that were captured, using custom built recording equipment, by audio legend – Prof. Keith…

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      Eastwest Quantum Leap SD2 – The Next Generation

      SD2 – The Next Generation is a stunning collection of exceptional acoustic percussion instruments. The exclusive selection of drums and percussions exceeds all other existing libraries out there. As a sequel to Stormdrum (which was the most successful acoustic percussion library ever released.) it sets new standards that will exceed the expectations of everyone who owns a Quantum Leap product.…

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      Eastwest Quantum Leap Goliath

      GOLIATH includes the entire 32 Gigabytes of content from Future Music magazine’s VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT OF THE YEAR – COLOSSUS, plus an additional 8 Gigabytes of new content from the latest EASTWEST/QUANTUM LEAP collections, including the Sound On Sound magazine 5 STAR awarded EASTWEST/PMI BOSENDORFER 290 PIANO     var initialtab=[1, “Details”]; …

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      Eastwest Fab Four

      Fab Four is a virtual instrument inspired by the sounds of the Beatles, using the same kind of period instruments (much of it from collectors) and rare authentic EMI and other recording equipment the Beatles used to create their music, produced by Doug Rogers and engineered by Beatle’s engineer Ken Scott. Fab Four sound engineer Ken Scott worked…


      Fender Amplitube by IK Multimedia!!

      January 28, 2009


      AmpliTube Fender®
      The World’s Most Influential Guitar and Bass Tones
      Right On Your Desktop

      AmpliTube® Fender® is the first and only official guitar/bass Amp and FX software suite made by IK Multimedia in cooperation with legendary music icon Fender® Musical Instruments Corporation.

      With a collection of 45 pieces of gear collected from the most sought after classic and modern Fender® amps (including the ’65 Twin Reverb®, ’57 Deluxe™, ’59 Bassman® LTD, ’64 Vibroverb® Custom, Super-Sonic™, Metalhead™ and many more), cabinets, stomp boxes and rack effects, AmpliTube Fender® sets a new standard for software amplifiers.

      From guitar to bass, from Country to Blues and Rock, Punk to Metal, whatever style you play, AmpliTube Fender® is the only amp suite that gives you the world’s most influential guitar and bass tones right on your desktop.

      * Standalone and plug-in software for all platforms
      * 12 of the most influential guitar amps of all time
      * 12 original matching cabinets and 9 microphones
      * 6 signature classic stomp effects and 6 rack effects
      * Incredible tonal flexibility: mix and match amps, cabinets, mics and more
      * Sound-certified and approved by the tone gurus at Fender®
      * 5 separate modules: Tuner, configurable Stomp pedal board, Amp head, Cabinet+Mic and Rack Effects
      * 2 fully configurable rigs with up to 32 simultaneous effects
      * Digital Tuner
      * Standalone and VST/AU/RTAS plug-in
      * Includes SpeedTrainer™ and RiffWorks™ T4 Recording Software
      * Can be expanded with any “Powered by AmpliTube” models using AmpliTube X-GEAR
      * Can be controlled live with StompIO™, StealthPedal™ and any traditional MIDI controller
      * Hundreds of presets included with more that can be downloaded online
      * Powered by AmpliTube® with exclusive DSM™ (Dynamic Saturation Modeling) and VRM™ (Volumetric Response Modeling)


      6 Stomp Effects

      • Fender® Blender™
      • Fender® Phaser
      • Fender® Fuzz Wah
      • Fender® ’63 Reverb
      • Fender® Tape Echo
      • Fender® Volume

      Fender® Blender™
      A unique germanium fuzz/distortion pedal. With a tone unlike any distortion pedal on the market, the Blender™ is capable of a harsh fuzz effect, great as a tool for Psychedelic and Alternative Rock. Perfect for those who want to create instead of copying, with a bit of experimentation, this pedal can deliver a huge range of unique tones.

      Fender® Phaser
      A Classic analog Phase shift effect as heard on countless recordings since the 1970s. The rate control knob alternately illuminates blue and red at the same rate as the phase shifting.

      Fender® Fuzz Wah
      A combination of a Fuzz-style distortion effect and a Wah pedal, this is two pedals in one. Due to this combination, and its Fuzz>Wah / Wah>Fuzz selector switch, the Fender Fuzz Wah is capable of effects not easily achieved by traditional units.

      Fender® ’63 Reverb
      First introduced in the early 1960s, this classic all-tube spring reverb unit is a must have accessory for all Surf players. Blues and experimental players love it, too. It’s presented here in stomp-box form instead of its original head-style unit. The Fender Reverb is capable of producing an incredibly lush or intense crashing Reverb effect due to its post-guitar, pre-amplifier signal path and unique tube driven output.

      Fender® Tape Echo
      A classic tape echo simulation, as seen in the Fender® Cyber-Twin®. The warmth and wobble of magnetic tape lent a wonderful ambience to the echo effects used on recordings of the last 50 years, and those sounds can be recreated easily with Amplitube® Fender®. The Tape Echo’s controls can also be manipulated for experimental lo-fi echo effects, bringing extra creativity to your playing.

      A classic volume control. Use to control the volume of your guitar signal, or in conjunction with an overdrive/distortion pedal for dynamic control of your signal boost.

      In the development of AmpliTube Fender®, IK Multimedia has taken an unprecedented approach to raise the bar of modeling accuracy in order to nail every sonic nuance of the included legendary Fender® gear. Every step in the development process has been constantly supervised and sound-certified, step-by-step, by the tone gurus at Fender® to ensure that the same quality process of real gear tone-testing has been strictly followed in the realization of AmpliTube Fender®.

      Never before have you been able to get this close to the real thing on your desktop.



      Your New Creative Partner: ACID Pro 7

      January 23, 2009

      ACID Pro 7 software is a DAW powerhouse that combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and legendary ACID looping functionality for a seamless music-creation and post-production environment.

      More creative partner than production tool, ACID Pro 7 software inspires you like nothing else. With its Transparent Technology™ design, ACID Pro 7 software removes typical barriers to the creative workflow so you can effortlessly transform ideas into real results.

      Professional Multitrack Recording
      For uncompromising 24-bit, 192 kHz sound quality production live or in studio, ACID Pro 7 software has an expanded set of features for maximum audio performance. Whether you’re recording your band or creating MIDI-based studio sequences, ACID Pro 7 software is the optimal platform for reliable multitrack recording and production: on-the-fly punch in/out, unlimited tracks for audio and MIDI, control surface support, powerful plug-in processing, and 5.1 surround mixing.

      Innovative Loop-Based Music Creation
      ACID Pro software has been the leader in loop-based music creation for nearly ten years. Version 7 has all of the core ACID Pro features: automatic pitch and tempo matching, real-time loop previewing, unlimited tracks, and our signature pick/paint/play interface. ACID Pro 7 software also includes over 3,000 Sony Sound Series loops and 1,000 MIDI files so you can start creating music right out of the box.

      Comprehensive MIDI Support
      Experience unparalleled MIDI sequencing in ACID Pro 7 software, with real time MIDI processing and precise control over MIDI events. All note and controller data can be recorded and edited on the timeline as easily as audio tracks. Use track envelopes to automate and modify modulation, expression, or other types of MIDI controller data over time. Other features let you record multiple tracks of MIDI, apply real time MIDI quantization, perform filtering and processing, create and edit drum patterns, and step record. ACID Pro 7 also includes over 1,000 free MIDI files for music creation. MIDI

      Superior Mixing and Editing
      ACID Pro 7 software has a dedicated mixing console for a flexible and efficient recording environment. Specify routing, assign audio effects, and use external effects processors with tracks and busses. ACID Pro 7 software also supports control surface automation and channel tracking for devices such as the Mackie Control and Frontier Design TranzPort. Its unique Beatmapper tool makes remixing easy, and the Chopper tool helps you create impressive drum fills, stutters, and DJ-style effects. Mixing and Editing

      Professional Effects and Soft Synth Support
      Expand your sound palette with native support for VST instruments, as well as VST and DirectX audio plug-ins. Create resonant sweeps, dramatic fades, EQ changes and add effects with parameter automation. ReWire and ASIO support help you smoothly integrate ACID Pro 7 software with your existing studio. Audio Control
      Exclusive Quantization Tools
      Transform loops and MIDI tracks into fresh, new sounds with our exclusive Groove Mapping and Groove Cloning quantization tools. Change the groove of a track, apply different grooves to the same track, extract a groove from one file and apply it to another, or even create custom grooves. Quantization Tools

      Professional Workflow Features
      Maximize efficiency with folder tracks and cluster editing to drag, pitch-shift, cut, copy, and paste sections of loops. Use the Clip Pool to choose and arrange events to use in your compositions. Create dramatic or subtle tempo changes using new tempo curves. Deliver projects in nearly any format without leaving the ACID Pro 7 environment. Import and Export Support

      Interactive Tutorials New!
      ACID Pro 7 software now includes built-in interactive tutorials for step-by-step help. Work along with the tutorials from within your project so you can learn and create at the same time.

      Included with ACID Pro 7 software New!
      ACID Pro 7 includes software for professional music production and editing, including ACID Pro Effects Rack, powered by iZotope, Garritan Aria for ACID Pro Player, Submersible Music KitCore, and Native Instruments Guitar Combos. Included with ACID Pro 7
      Free Loops and Samples
      Add to your content library with 8packs. Available as a free download each week, an 8pack is eight loops arranged into a song. ACID Pro registered users can also download free exclusive content using Get Media. Click Get Media on the ACID Pro 7 toolbar for instant access to folders full of royalty-free loops. Get Media


      Spectrasonics Stylus RMX 1.7 Now Here

      January 23, 2009

      Stylus RMX 1.7 demonstrated at Namm

      Spectrasonics demonstrated Stylus RMX®version 1.7 featuring an innovative and completely new capability called ‘Time Designer™’ which intelligently transforms RMX audio loops into different time signatures and features the ability to “Groove Lock” the feel of any groove to another – all in real time.

      Time Designer also lets the user create instant pattern variations with smart algorithms based on musical rules, and to ‘simplify’ any RMX groove in a musical manner. Version 1.7 is also the first 64-bit native software release from Spectrasonics and includes useful workflow enhancements to RMX, such as Suite Editing and Host Transport Sync.

      Eric Persing, Founder and Creative Director of Spectrasonics notes, “Stylus RMX version 1.7 with Time Designer will be a major creative boost for many users with its ability to instantly Groove Lock to the feel of any groove across the whole core library of grooves and expanders. It’s like suddenly having ten times the amount of grooves at your fingertips! Over the years, many composers and arrangers have requested the ability to have any groove in any time signature: now they can. With all of this and the ability to create pattern variations in a totally musical way, the new version of RMX is almost a rebirth of the plug-in and how it can be used. We are really looking forward to seeing how this inspires our users to take their groove production into brand new musical directions.”

      The new RMX version 1.7 reveals a totally new way to browse and use the entire RMX core library and SAGE Xpanders by offering the user the ability to Groove Lock any loop in real time to another loop or MIDI File. The user simply chooses a designated loop as the Groove Lock master, and switches one button: now all the loops that are played as the user browses are Groove Locked to that main feel.

      And all of RMX’s Time Designer capabilities are available in any designated time signature. Once new Time Signatures are selected, the browsing experience works the same way – dramatically changing the experience of groove production in time signatures other than 4/4. Working on a 6/8 ballad? Simply choose 6/8 in Time Designer and the entire RMX library is now instantly available rearranged in 6/8 patterns!

      For multiple time signatures in a piece of music the user simply sets the first time signature variation, drags and drops the MIDI file to the sequencer, then sets the time signature to a new one and repeats the process for each section of music that requires a new time signature. The MIDI Files that are dragged to the host sequencer are “imprinted” with all the Groove Lock and Time Signature changes in the MIDI data, making it easy to customize the loops further.

      Time Designer’s Pattern Variation section allows the user to instantly check out useful variations on a loop – which works differently than the constantly shifting/improvising ‘Chaos Designer’ feature that RMX introduced. Time Designer makes rearrangements of the pattern based on a series of musical rules creating useful variations, and is available for all time signatures (including 4/4 pattern variations). Best of all, Time Designer and Chaos Designer can be used together!

      All Time Designer features will also work on third party RMX libraries and imported REX files, as long as the grooves are sliced properly.

      RMX version 1.7 also sports several user-requested features such as suite editing for easy customization and better ‘Favorites’ management of users own collections of loops, sequencer host transport sync so that RMX will follow the host sequencer’s transport controls and song position.

      Version 1.7 is also the first 64-bit native software release from Spectrasonics, keeping pace with the industry-wide move towards 64-bit systems and access to more RAM. Windows 64-bit compatibility will be released first, then 64-bit Mac versions to follow.

      The release date for Stylus RMX v1.7 with Time Designer is March 2, 2009, the update will be FREE to all registered RMX users as a download from the Spectrasonics website.

      Here is some details on the previous versions applications.



      January 21, 2009



      With a legacy of years of popularity inside hordes of DAW-based studios, IK Multimedia T-RackS 3 brings a new level of sonic fidelity and a host of new tools to the suite.

      Using IK’s two proprietary modeling methods—DSM (Dynamic Saturation Modeling) and SCC (Sonic Character Cloning)—T-RackS 3 delivers state-of-the-art renditions of the classic Pultec EQP-1A and Farichild 670 devices, along with a new opto compressor, multi-algorithm brickwall limiter and 6-band linear phase EQ. The original T-RackS compressor, multiband limiter, clipper and equalizer complete the suite, and they all have high fidelity, true oversampling. They come in VST, Audio Units and RTAS versions, as well as an expanded stand-alone version that includes a detailed metering section (with peak level, perceived loudness, phase scope, RMS meters and a customizable spectrum analyzer).

      The new mastering/mixing chain can run up to 12 processors in parallel or in series, and there are a ton of other new features, including latency compensation, fade-in/out curves, scene snapshots and multiple file processing.


      NAMM 2009: Motu BPM its here finally !

      January 16, 2009


      Motu BPM. Don’t let the Groovebox look fool you because the new BPM from MOTU is purely software. 15 gigs of sounds, multi-effects including convolution reverb, Step and Note Sequencers an internal mixer and more. I bet some producers will make their full songs all in this software. Could it gain a cult following? Just like Propellerheads Reason I can see this on my laptop for an alternative view every now and then. AU, MAS, TRAS, VST, MAC/PC, in your DAW or Stand Alone.

      What is BPM?

      Sound libraries these days are awash with loops. And what is a loop, exactly? Someone else’s beat. Isn’t it time to take back creative ownership over your grooves?

      Isn’t it time to once again release your own unique, inspired beats on the world? If only you had a rhythm production instrument that let you program beats as fast as your mind can “hear” them. There just hasn’t been anything even close…until now.

      Experience the ultimate Beat Production Machine

      BPM unites drum machine-style operation with advanced virtual instrument technology to give you the ultimate rhythm programming experience. Combine drum kits, sequenced patterns, sliced loops and instrument sounds to realize your rhythmic vision, mixing and matching any playing style with any drum kit. Or plug in your pad controller or MIDI keyboard to capture your live, groove-quantized performance directly in BPM.

      Explore a new universe of new sounds

      BPM logo

      Browse BPM’s vast 15 GB sound library of expertly recorded and mastered 24-bit 96 kHz rhythmic material for urban, R&B, hip hop, techno, electro, house, pop, rock and other music styles. Sample your own drum sounds directly into BPM’s drum pads, or simply drag and drop clips from your computer desktop, to add infinite possibilities to your own, unique sound. Add further punch with BPM’s Drum Synthesizer. Combine unlimited sample layers per pad with programmable layer switching. Now add guitar, bass and other multi-sample instrument sounds from BPM’s included library, MachFive or any other MOTU or UVI sample instrument library.


      Online Recording Program – Need A Session player quick??

      December 10, 2008


      It is now possible to record online,  in real time and with other musicians!

      Bizzare to think but very possible now with ‘’

      So if you need a part for a song for example,  using the community within the site you are able to meet and hook up with the player you need then you are able to exchange the relevant files and literally record a  take online through your already existing Sequencer software (Cubase etc).

      The digital musician link (DML) plug-in is a VST 2.0 plug-in. You can start the DML in your music software (assuming it is compatible) and then connect to musicians and producers from all over the world. Using a standard broadband Internet connection (ADSL) you can record audio in CD quality and MIDI online in sync with your playback.

      What is is the place where the international music business community (musicians and producers) meets and works on joint projects.

      DM-Recorder software is a free online multi-track recorder which is available to all DMN members. Besides the “normal”  recording functions the programme allows you to mainly record projects on and offline with other musicians using a normal Internet connection. Use the DM-Recorder as a multi-track machine with other musicians that have a basic broadband connection.

      The advantages of the DM-Recorder are:

      * Offline collaboration with partners. Data is saved on a server and updated by other project members each time a project is reopened.
      * Performances can be bought or sold directly via the DM-Recorder.
      * Direct connection to partners and real-time recording via the Internet as if you were in the same studio (online collaboration) It offers you, for example, the possibility to find and sell music jobs via the Internet. This way you can further your career without even leaving your studio.

      You can:

      * Make professional contacts worldwide
      * Find music jobs and make money
      * Record songs together with other members without travel or hotel costs
      * Choose music projects that you would like to work on
      * Find suitable partners for your projects (using the „”Studio & Artists” database)
      * Place  “adverts” for your own services and sell them

      DML is an abbreviation for the digital musician link plug-in. You can download the PC or Mac versions of the DML plug-in here.