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New Loops releases Deep Kicks sample pack

New Loops has announced the release of Deep Kicks, a sample pack featuring a detailed collection of the finest quality deep kick

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Heavyocity Summer Sale: Up to 50% off virtual instruments

Heavyocity partner Plugin Boutique has announced a Summer Sale, offering a discount of up to 50% off on Heavyocity’s world class virtual

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Sample Logic 10 Year Anniversary Day 9: Ableton Live Pack Bundle for just $99 USD

Sample Logic has launched another sale in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Today only, you can get the Ableton Live Pack Bundle

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Bengal could be the Ableton synth you’ve been waiting for

Years ago, when Ableton’s Operator FM synth designed by Robert Henke made its debut, it was a revelation. Its clear panel design and flexible architecture made FM synthesis more accessible to countless Ableton Live users. But now Operator, while still a great go-to instrument, certainly deserves some competition. And that makes Bengal special. The production of Max for Cats (and Christian Kleine, another key designer of Ableton instruments), Bengal also innovates in the area of clear design and architecture. And with a semi-modular design, it goes further than Operator in opening up avenues for creative sound design.

The semi-modular idea is the key selling point. We’ve already seen live patching interfaces from Max for Cats. This time, you can use the patching metaphor to rewire the operators, filter, and other components in a ready-to-play instrument.

As with Operator, Bengal focuses on four operators. This time, you can use a bank of 20 sets of sine wave partials which you can edit directly, or you can load one of 40 wavetables, or you can drag and drop your own samples to use those as wavetables.

That flexibility alone should be a winner. But each operator also has additional features: independent ADSR envelopes with curve shaping and looping.

The key to FM synthesis, of course, is then how you route the different operators. Here, you can use one of six algorithms, or patch using the patch bay.

For the filter section, you get two multimode resonant filters. These also have different types – so in addition to lowpass, highpass, and bandpass, you get notch, comb with adjustable feedback, and the option of a Moog-style ladder lowpass. Each filter also comes with drive saturation and wet/dry controls. You can also route the two filters either in parallel or stick filter 2 after filter 1.

And then there are the modulation options:

Two LFOs (which can themselves become FM sources), 0.1Hz up to audible-range speeds
An eight-step sequencer (which outputs MIDI notes or modulation, plus scale snapping, swing, and randomization)
Four modifiers – smooth, scale, apply math functions, do four-way mixers
Six audio effects – reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, limiting, stereo widening

Each LFO and each operator envelope (not just the sources, the envelopes) is available for routing to anything – even to the effects controls. So even calling this semi-modular perhaps belies how much is there. You just drag from source to target, as you like – and this being software, of course, you get patch storage and recall and never run out of cables.

Once you’ve come up with your patching routing, you can also map to eight Macro controls on the Device – which in turn you can access from Push or other hardware controllers (like even my lowly Akai MPK mini keyboard, for example).

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Now, any software instrument can pack a lot of power – one of the advantages of working in software as a medium is that you’re constrained only by available memory and computational resources. So the measure is really making this all accessible. And I think the key there is making the structure clear on the front panel. There’s also visual feedback, with a selectable Scope, Phase, and Spectrum view for showing your signal and its frequency and stereo positioning information.

Here you can see it in action (as demo’ed at the Ableton offices):

Or watch the trailer for the release – charming, this one:

And lastly, here’s a complete video walkthrough of how to work with it:

This one looks epic. I expect to be spending a lot of my fall with this particular instrument, so expect more soon.

More:
https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/bengal-max-for-cats/

USD 59 / EUR 49.

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F9 Audio launches FORTE Evolution Piano 1: Redwood

F9 Audio has released FORTE Evolution Piano 1: Redwood, the very first multi-sampled piano ever designed from the ground up for club

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Sample Magic celebrates 100th sound pack with 2GB+ release

Sample Magic has announced the release of SM100, its 100th sound pack, featuring a large collection of loops, samples, synth presets, MIDI

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Ableton, Max For Cats Debut ‘Bengal’ Polyphonic Semi-modular FM Synth

Ableton, in conjunction with Max For Cats, has debuted Bengal, a Max For Live-based, polyphonic, semi-modular FM synthesizer. Max For Cats says Bengal “combines the depth and textural intricacy of FM with the flexibility and free-form approach of a modular system.” Bengal boasts four operators, eight voices of polyphony, six FM algorithms, 20 editable sine… Read More Ableton, Max For Cats Debut ‘Bengal’ Polyphonic Semi-modular FM Synth

Detunized releases Rolfing 3 – Outdoor Piano Body for Ableton Live

Detunized has announced the release of Rolfing 3 – Outdoor Piano Body, a new Ableton Live pack. Rolfing 3 continues a series

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Detunized releases Rolfing 3 – Outdoor Piano Body for Ableton Live

Detunized has announced the release of Rolfing 3 – Outdoor Piano Body, a new Ableton Live pack. Rolfing 3 continues a series

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Max for Cats Bengal semi-modular synth for Ableton released

Max for Cats has announced the release of Bengal, a semi-modular FM synthesizer system for Ableton Live. Combining the textural intricacy of

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