Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Virtual Instrument News - including Virtual Synths, Stand-alone and Plug-in Instruments, VSTi, AudioUnit (AU), RTAS, and related formats.
XILS Lab Announces PolyM Virtual Synth

XILS Lab Announces PolyM Virtual Synth, Recreating Classic Polymoog Keyboard

MUSIC TECH: XILS Lab today announced the upcoming release of their new virtual synthesizer instrument, the PolyM, inspired by the rare and beautiful sounding Moog Polymoog, perhaps most famously used in the song "Cars" by Gary Numan, but also used by many other musicians of the time. The XILS PolyM offers two divided-down oscillators providing 71 voices; each one with two envelope generators, one filter, one VCA and Pulse Width Modulation.
Wide Blue Sound adding NKS Support for ORBIT

Wide Blue Sound adding NKS Support for ORBIT and ECLIPSE Virtual Synth Instruments

Wide Blue Sound, a creator of cutting-edge instruments for KONTAKT, has announced a partnership with Native Instruments that allows its ORBIT and ECLIPSE virtual synths to be used with NI’s Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) hardware — namely, KOMPLETE KONTROL S- Series keyboards and MASCHINE workstations.

UVI Releases Digital Synsations Vol. 2 with Sounds of Classic Fizmo and K5000S Synths

Just when you thought UVI couldn't come up with more digital sampled instrument tricks, they rolled up their sleeves to come up with a new instrument collection based on some truly unique digital synthesizers from Ensoniq, Kawai and Roland. Digital Synsations Vol. 2, a 3-instrument suite picking up where the first library left off, delivering over 500 new patches.
Vir2 Vital Series Mallets

Vir2 Strikes Again with Mallets Essential Tuned Percussion Instrument

GEAR NEWS: Vir2 Instruments has announced their new high-end sampled instrument line, the VITAL SERIES, and the first release "Vital Series Mallets." Mallets' powerful GUI offers eight instruments on one patch to be edited, played, blended, and recorded together. No sub menus or separate patches. Mallets has all the controls you need at your fingertips.

Applied Acoustics Systems announces Chromaphone 2 now supports Native Instrument’s NKS plug-in format

AAS' creative percussion synthesizer plug-in, Chromaphone 2 now supports Native Instrument’s NKS extended plug-in format. NKS brings intuitive and seamless interaction between Chromaphone 2 and KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware. Chromaphone 2’s key parameters have been mapped in order to provide optimal tactile control of its physical modeling engine.
Eplex7 DSP announces Particle Collider SX7 VSTi

Eplex7 DSP announces Particle Collider SX7 VSTi Synthesizer with a Futuristic Wavetable Oscillator

MUSIC TECH: Eplex7 DSP has announced their new Particle Collider SX7 VSTi Virtual Synthesizer for Windows OS. According to the company, "Particle Collider SX7 is special FX and Experimental synthesizer for creating modern sci-fi FX sounds, atmospheric pads, robotic sounds, psytrance and psychedelic FXs, sweeps."
Ether Fields expansion for Falcon

UVI announces Ether Fields expansion for Falcon with presets by sound designer Simon Stockhausen

MUSIC GEAR: UVI has announced "Ether Fields," a new expansion pack for Falcon which "delivers a stunning selection of expertly designed patches" by one of the world’s preeminent sound designers, Simon Stockhausen. The collection includes bells, pads, soundscapes, granular and hybrid sounds, wavetables, sequenced sounds and more; perfect for those looking to expand their library of ready-to-play patches and ideal for those looking for inspirational starting points for their own sound design.

Embertone Makes Your iPhone a Sexy Sax Beast

"Sensual Sax" from Embertone can now be had on your iOS device for playing solo, or with others. A new sampled saxophone virtual instrument. While some of us semi-dinosaur MIDI music dudes and dudettes might eschew the lowly iPhone and iPad for music creation when we have our various mega-rig Mac Pro studios to play with, the fact is that the largest growth base for new musicians is now on mobile devices. So, with this in mind, if that sounds like you, then a really cool new product from Embertone might make you breathless.
ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete

ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete: Virtual Instrument with Ethnic Instruments and Voices from all over the World

New for 2017, Best Service has rolled out ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete, a library that has continuously grown and been improved over a period of 16 years. In this sixth edition, 80 new instruments and voices with a volume of 13 gigabytes have been added to the library. ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete now consists of 320 instruments and voices being summarized in approx. 800 patches.

Break Out the British Blockbuster Symphonics with Spitfire Symphony Orchestra

New for 2017, Spirfire Audio have announced their latest "symphonic masterpiece," with "Symphony Orchestra." The company describes this new collection as "A definitive mega-anthology of tools to create blockbuster symphonic works for TV, film, games and radio in a single and encyclopaedic core-level professional product."
XILS-Lab announces the PolyKB III

XILS-Lab announces PolyKB III the virtual keyboard synth as it should have been 40 years ago

XILS-Lab this past week announced their latest virtual synth instrument, the PolyKB III which they describe as "The Synthesizer as it should have been, when invented 40 years ago." The PolyKB III captures the sound and spirit of the legendary RSF PolyKobol 2 polyphonic synthesizer, including its most revolutionary feature : Morphing analog Oscillators.
Chris Hein Solo Viola

Best Service announces Chris Hein Solo Viola, Solo Cello and Solo Strings Complete

MUSIC GEAR NEWS: Best Service today announced a new series of symphonic performance sample instruments compatible with KOTAKT and ideal for scoring, multimedia and general music. The three new offerings include Chris Hein - SOLO VIOLA, Chris Hein - SOLO CELLO and Chris Hein – SOLO STRINGS COMPLETE. The latter includes Volin, Viola, Cello and ContraBass.

Rob Papen rebuilds and expands signature virtual soft synth with Predator2 reboot

MUSIC GEAR: Rob Papen Soundware has announced "Predator2," the successor to Predator, "the natural-born, killer-sounding soft synth" that has inspired so many composers and artists. Predator2’s pliable GUI (Graphical User Interface) has once again been given the trademark Rob Papen treatment, designed so that (almost) all of the main controls are always visible onscreen, making it both inspirational and intuitive in use.

Spitfire Audio Helps You Score with its New Compendium ‘Symphonic Strings’

MUSIC GEAR: Spitfire Audio has announced availability of SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC STRINGS, a massic "encyclopaedic compendium of symphonic strings sampling," with blockbuster content recorded at Lyndhurst Hall within London’s legendary Air Studios. The Kontakt-powered library comprises the same 60 star string players performing on the same instruments featured on numerous famous film scores.
UVI releases Synth Anthology 2

UVI releases Synth Anthology 2, classic collection of analog and digital synths in one virtual instrument

MAKING MUSIC: UVI announced this week their newest creation, Synth Anthology 2, a classic collection of analog and digital synths in one virtual instrument. This new version and comprehensive update includes over 2,500 presets sampled from 77 hardware synths, new interface and premium UVI effects such as Sparkverb, Thorus and Phasor.

Symphony Essentials, a New Film Scoring Instrument from Native Instruments Announced

MAKING MUSIC: Native Instruments announced this week the Kontakt-powered sound library, "Symphony Essentials," which they describe as five meticulously sampled orchestral instruments, featuring pristine recordings that cover all fundamental playing techniques, each in an elegant, intuitive interface.

IK Multimedia Gets Wicked Physical with MODO Bass Virtual Instrument

MAKING MUSIC: IK Multimedia this week announced their new physically modeled electric bass instrument "MODO BASS." Once you get past the "limitless sound, unmatched realism, total playability" hype, there is a lot to like for keyboard players who want to get their funk on!

XILS announces StiX, a Virtual Analog and MultiSynthesis Drum Machine with NextGen XoX Sequencer

MUSIC GEAR: Xils-Lab this week announced the pending release of version 1.0 (now in final BETA), of its latest creation, a new take on the venerable drum machine, combining virtual analog and multi-synthesis to set it apart from the horde of existing fare.

UVI announces FALCON, a virtual instrument with 15 oscillators covering both synthesis and sampling techniques

NEWS: As a likely response to the popular Omnisphere 2, UVI have announced their own hybrid synthesis+samples instrument, Falcon, which they describe as a "fully-featured hybrid instrument with 15 oscillators covering both synthesis and sampling techniques, over 80 effects, extensive modulation control and more."

Native Instruments releases KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.5 with NKS integration and Arturia Promotion

NEWS: Native Instruments today released a number of new advancements to their KOMPLETE KONTROL product family, while also announcing a special offer for folks to purchase competitor Arturia's virtual synth lineup at a special price, marking Arturia's updates for compatibility with the NKS protocol.

NEON DRIVE Expansion for MASCHINE with 80s-inspired sounds announced by Native Instruments

NEWS: Native Instruments today introduced NEON DRIVE – a new MASCHINE Expansion providing a "collection of tailored 80s-inspired sounds for producers working in contemporary pop, electronic, and R&B styles," according to the company.

XILS-lab launches XILS V+ virtual instrument and effects plug-in, recreates Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus

MuseWire: XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of its XILS V+ virtual instrument and effects plug-in, a faithful emulation of a well-known keyboard vocoder...
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Arturia memorialises Moog’s birthday with Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack promotion

MuseWire: Music software and hardware company Arturia is introducing a timely time- limited pricing promotion for its limited-edition Dr. Bob's Collector Pack produced in...

UVI releases Demo Version of their Electro Suite collection dedicated to Electro, EDM and Dance music

MuseWire: UVI has released a Demo Version of their Electro Suite collection dedicated to Electro, EDM and Dance music. The 5 instruments of Electro...
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News: Native Instruments Introduces KAOZ THEORY Expansion for iMASCHINE

BERLIN (MuseWire) - Native Instruments today launched a new range of iMASCHINE Expansions with the release of KAOZ THEORY - created by the much-lauded...

KV331 Audio announces SynthMaster 2.61 with 750 Factory Presets

MuseWire NEWS: The busy bees at KV331 Audio continue to hone their formidable virtual synth instrument with yet another periodic update, now at v2.6....

Helios Ray expansion for Maschine announced by Native Instruments covers Broken Beat scene

BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) - Today, Native Instruments announced "HELIOS RAY" – a new MASCHINE Expansion providing sounds and beats drawing from London's broken beat...

Komplete 9 announced by Native Instruments featuring new Monark analog-modeling synth and Battery 4 Virtual Drum Machine

BERLIN, Germany (MuseWire) - Today, Native Instruments announced the latest generation of its two industry-standard KOMPLETE software bundles. KOMPLETE 9 includes 33 instruments and...

Korg Finally Updates ‘Legacy Collection’ to 64-bit, previously announced before ready

MELVILLE, N.Y. (MuseWire) - Today, Korg announced their virtual instrument Legacy Collection is finally available in 64-bit. The collection is a complete software recreation...

UVI announces JX3P-inspired UVX-3P Virtual Vintage Synth Instrument

Paris, France (MuseWire) -- Adding to their recent lineup of classic ("vintage") synth sound instruments based on '70s and '80s synthesizers, UVI has released the "UVX-3P" which is clearly inspired by the Roland JX-3P, one of the first MIDI-enabled analog-digital keyboards.

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