Homegrown Sounds releases ARP Stream sequencer for Kontakt

Homegrown Sounds ARP Stream

Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of ARP Stream, a modular style complex sequencer with an advanced arpeggiator that uses Kontakt’s Midi Out to target anything you can point it at. ARP Stream features 11 sequencers, a sophisticated randomizer system and 12 patterns. It features many different ways of manipulating pitch and tempo which can […]

The post Homegrown Sounds releases ARP Stream sequencer for Kontakt appeared first on rekkerd.org.

Channel Robot releases SARP free arpeggiator instrument for Kontakt

Channel Robot SARP

Channel Robot has announced the availability of SARP, a free Kontakt instrument that allows you to experience the powerful sequenced arpeggiator contained in several of Channel Robot’s main products. SARP includes 6 voices (2 from Folio Bass, 2 from Phenomena and 2 from KeyTone) which you can select and play either with or without the […]

The post Channel Robot releases SARP free arpeggiator instrument for Kontakt appeared first on rekkerd.org.

Spectrasonics announces Omnisphere 2.6 with improved arp, new sounds & more

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.6

Spectrasonic has announced the upcoming version 2.6 update of its Omnisphere virtual instrument at the NAMM Show. The update adds an enhanced arpeggiator and dramatically expanded hardware synth integration, which was introduced with Omnisphere 2.5. Over 60 hardware synths will be supported with the new version, with brand new profiles for such iconic synths as […]

The post Spectrasonics announces Omnisphere 2.6 with improved arp, new sounds & more appeared first on rekkerd.org.

Homegrown Sounds launches Circular for Kontakt with Group Buy

Homegrown Sounds Circular

Homwegrown Sounds has introduced its new Circular Kontakt instrument featuring an advanced synthesizer and arpeggiator. The initial idea behind Circular was to have oscillators which would play a different Waveform per Step. It turned out to be interesting, but I found that it needed something else to contrast the effect. After much experimentation with various […]

The post Homegrown Sounds launches Circular for Kontakt with Group Buy appeared first on rekkerd.org.

Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin on sale for $15 USD!

Kirnu Interactive is back with a 60% off sale on the Kirnu Cream powerful MIDI performer. Kirnu Cream allows you to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, swinging drums and more with ease. Cream isn’t like any traditional MIDI arpeggiator or sequencer. It’s a lot more. With simple and clever design it has been […]

The post Kirnu Cream MIDI performer plugin on sale for $15 USD! appeared first on rekkerd.org.

Akai Professional releases MPC Software 2.3 incl. TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric

Akai MPC Software 2.3

Akai Professional has released MPC Software 2.3, a major software and firmware update that introduces a number of user requested features and functionality enhancements. The update includes the addition of three powerful, versatile, and expressive built-in synthesizers by AIR Music Technology to the MPC standalone experience: TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric. This is a landmark feature […]

The post Akai Professional releases MPC Software 2.3 incl. TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric appeared first on rekkerd.org.

Analogue Solutions Fusebox – Sonderedition in schwarz

Analogue Solutions Fusebox schwarzAnalogue Solutions Fusebox schwarz

Schwarz sieht die sonst orange Fusebox doch ziemlich gut aus, vielleicht aber auch „normaler“. Der Hersteller bringt eine Sonderediton heraus.

Analogue Solutions Fusebox ist nun in einer limitierten Auflage von 50 Stück aufgelegt worden. Der Preis ist identisch mit dem der orangenen Version, die ähnlich der gleichnamigen Frucht auffällig ist wie ein Feuermelder, da er aufrecht stehend als Desktop-Maschine eine Grundwuchtigkeit besitzt.

Analogue Solutions Fusebox in Schwarz

Seine Innovation ist inzwischen ja auch als Sequencer zu bestaunen. Weshalb das vorher noch keiner gemacht hat, ist im Nachhinein kaum verständlich, denn es gibt die Option mit wenigen Bedienelementen Sequenzen herzustellen. Analogue Solutions nennt es Patternator und Interval Generator. Letzterer dient dazu, eine Abfolge von Transpositionen in einem Song eingehen zu können. Die im Patternator oder Arpeggiator eingestellten Muster können mit ein paar Tastern entsprechend gestimmt und gespielt werden. Der Patternator erzeugt Modulationen oder Töne, die jeweils wenige einstellbare feste Töne enthalten und einen Verlauf mit Dynamik hinzugefügt bekommen.

Diese speziellen Auflagen sind für kleine Hersteller durchaus groß genug. So sind 50 vielleicht gar nicht so viele, jedoch werden sie weltweit angeboten, und wenn sie verkauft sind, sind sie weg. Solche Anreize sind für den Verkauft gut und das Gerät sieht nach wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen des Erkenntnisinstitutes für steigende Statistiken auch bis zu 28% schön aus.


Mehr über den Sequencer und natürlich die Fusebox gibt es auf der Website von Analogue Solutions.


Patternator und Co. in Aktion:

Funktion und Sound in klassischer Farbe

Novation’s SL MkIII has it all: sequencer, CV, MIDI, software control

One upon a time, there was a Novation keyboard called the ReMOTE SL. That’s as in “remote control” of software. Times have changed, and you’ve got a bunch of gear to connect – and you may want your keyboard to work standalone, too. So meet the SL MkIII.

The additional features are significant enough that Novation is dropping the “remote” from the name. Now it’s just SL, whatever those letters are meant to stand for.

The story here is, you get a full-featured, eight-track sequencer – so you no longer have to depend on a computer for that function. And Novation promise some higher-spec features like expanded dynamic range (via higher scan rate). With lots of keyboards out there, the sequencer is really the lead. Circuit just paid off for keyboardists. Novation gets to merge their experience with Launchpad, with Circuit, with Web connectivity, and with analog and digital gear.


  • The 8-track, polyphonic sequencer is both a step and live sequencer, it records automation, and you can edit right from the keyboard.
  • Arpeggiator onboard, too.
  • USB, MIDI in, MIDI out, second MIDI thru/out
  • Clock/transport controls for MIDI and analog, which also run standalone – route that to whatever you like.
  • Three pedal inputs
  • Eight faders and eight knobs, handy for mixing (there’s DAW support for all major DAWs, plus dedicated Logic and Reason integration)
  • Color LCDs
  • RGB everything: yep, over the keys, but also color-coded RGB on the pitch and mod wheel as track indicators. (I’m waiting for someone to release a monochromatic controller. You know it’s coming … back.)
  • Those RGB pads are not just velocity sensitive, but even have polyphonic aftertouch (more like higher-end dedicated pad controllers)
  • Cloud backup/restore of templates and sessions – a feature we saw unveiled on Novation’s Circuit

And of course there’s more mapping options with their InControl software and Mackie HUI support.

(Some notes from the specs: you do need separate 12V power, so you can’t use USB power. I don’t have weight notes yet, either.)

Novation must know a lot of their customer base use Ableton Live, as they’re quick to show off how their integation works and why those screens are handy.

Here it is in action:

We also see some cues from Native Instruments’ keyboards – the light guide indicators above the keys are copied directly, and while the pads and triggers are all Launchpad in character, we finally get a Novation keyboard with encoders and graphic displays. Unlike NI, this keyboard is still useful when the computer is shut off, though.

And wait – we’ve heard this before. It was called the AKAI Pro MAX25 and MAX49 – step sequencer built in (with faders and pads), plus MIDI, plus CV, plus remote control surface features. You just had to learn to like touch strips for the faders, and that garish racecar red. That AKAI is still worth a look as a used buy, though the hardware here is in a more standard layout / control complement, and a few years later, you get additional features.

The big rival to the Novation is probably Arturia’s KeyLab MKII. It also strikes a balance between studio hub and controller keyboard, and it comes from another maker who now produces analog synths, too. But the Novation has a step sequencer; Arturia makes step sequencers but left it out of their flagship controller keyboard.

Oh yeah, and if you just wanted an integrated controller keyboard for your DAW, Nektar have you covered, or of course you can opt for the Native Instruments-focused Komplete Kontrol. Each of those offerings also got revisions lately, so I’m guessing … a lot of people are buying keyboards.

But right now, Novation just jumped out to the front of the pack – this keyboard appears to tick all the boxes for hardware and software. And I’ll bet a lot of people are glad to do some sequencing without diving into the computer. (Even alongside a computer for tracking, that’s often useful.)

£539.99 49 keys; £629.99 61. (Both share the same layout.)


What keyboard strikes your fantasy at the moment? What do you want a keyboard to do for you? Let us know in comments.

The post Novation’s SL MkIII has it all: sequencer, CV, MIDI, software control appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Soundemote releases Rhythm and Pitch Generator free arp plugin

Soundemote Rhythm and Pitch GeneratorSoundemote has released Rhythm and Pitch Generator, a free analog-style arpeggiator plugin. The plugin can be run at audio rate for a quirky sound generator or locked to a tempo to generate inspiring melodic and rhythmic phrases based on a seed-based random sample-and-hold. Features Robin Schmidt’s TriSaw morphable oscillator which can be morphed (not crossfaded!) […]

Harmonien, Arpeggien: Mit dem ACL Sinfonion mehr Musikalität in die Modularwelt bringen

ACL Sinfonion

Wenn man sich das aufwendige Modul anschaut, muss man sich erst einmal fragen, was es überhaupt tut. Harmonie-Prozessor mit sehr vielen Tasten nennt ihn der Hersteller. Oder einfach ACL Sinfonion.

Vier Stimmen kann das Modul erzeugen, genauer gesagt gibt es die Steuerung für diese CV/Gate-Kombinationen frei. Denn es sind natürlich keine Oszillatoren vorhanden, sondern es steuert diese an. Der Job der vielen Taster sind die Eingabe von Akkorden und deren Progressionen, damit man damit auch eine Performance machen kann. Über ein Display können Basis-Akkord und Transposition abgelesen und eingestellt werden.


Da alles analog und für Eurorack-Module bereit gestellt wird, kann das Modul ach jeweils die Töne quantisieren und neben den Akkorden und Akkordfolgen-Bereichen in drei identischen Blöcken und dem Hauptbereich für Akkorde noch ein Arpeggio generiert werden, denn schließlich liegen Akkorde und Arpeggien technisch nahe beieinander. Deshalb gibt es dafür eine eigene Abteilung.


Die Anschlüsse sind allesamt auf der linken Seite, damit die eigentliche Bedienfläche frei bleibt für Eingaben. Und die vielen Taster sind gut geeignet, sie schnell und zielsicher zu treffen. Das Modul ist insgesamt mit seinen 42 TE schon recht breit und soll Anfang nächsten Jahres auf den Markt kommen. Es soll 960 Euro kosten. Die Bewerbung für das Modul sagt, dass mein Modularsystem dann wie ein Orchester klänge. Damit sind ebenfalls die Folgen und Progressionen gemeint, nicht der Sound, denn das wäre ja schecklich langweilig.

Das Modul ist in seiner Art und Weise neu. Es werden bestimmt Videos und mehr Information dazu folgen. Das könnte interessant werden.


Die Website des Herstellers ACL aus Berlin befindet sich hier.