Meldaproduction has launched MDrumLeveler, a dynamics processor specially designed for drums and percussive instruments. MDrumLeveler is a unique tool specially designed for drums and percussive materials. It will improve the drum performances, stabilize drum hit … read more
Sound Radix has announced a limited time sale on the Sylenth1 + 32 Lives Bundle. Starting December 22nd and running until the 26th, the bundle will be priced at 129 euro that’s nearly 40% discount … read more
Ueberschall has announced version 2.6 of Elastik, the instrument engine that powers its sound banks. The new time-engine offers fast and easy access to all important tempo parameters. From the Time panel you can edit … read more
Plugin Boutique has launched a 24-hour sale on Bass Engine, a hip hop bass instrument for Windows and Mac. In our experience there are generally two types of bass synth, the 30Gb monsters that have … read more
And the holiday gifts keep coming. Next up: an all-clapping plug-in.
Yes, Clap Machine does just what it says: it makes claps. Think four octaves of them, even, all very natural-sounding. Now, at first this is the sound of one hand clapping – okay, two hands clapping. You’ll probably want to use multiple notes to get more. (It’s actually a shame there isn’t a control for that, but … well, you’ll figure it out. I might actually whip up a quick Max for Live device to use single inputs from a step sequencer but generate more claps – anyone messed about with ideas with that?)
Natural reverb, with control.
And it sounds really nice. 99sounds have loads of these sorts of giveaways, the output of the Bedroom Producers Blog. For instance:
XILS-lab has announced the release of XILS Vocoder 5000, a vocoder effect plug-in inspired by the EMS Vocoder 5000 hardware. Clarity, Purity : The XILS Vocoder 5000 emulates the sophisticated filtering techniques and incredibly complex … read more
Audio Assault has released FreaQ, an equalizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac. FreaQ is an uniquely designed analog mixing desk style equalizer. Featuring super smooth analog low and high shelf filters, 2 fully parametric … read more
Vengeance has announced the release of VSP Scope, an analyzer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac. This plugin is a gift for all our Vengeance customers! VPS Scope is an analyser plugin in with scope, … read more
Subatomic Software has announced that its Audulus modular music processing app is now available for Windows. With Audulus you can build synthesizers from first principles, design new sounds, or process audio. All with real-time low-latency … read more
Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind. It also means that Native Instruments is giving away a delay effect for free before it goes on sale at full retail – so now’s the time to grab it. (There’s also a download voucher, some Remix Sets, and a gear giveaway, but it’s the delay that I think rises to the level of newsworthy.)
The thing is, delays are very often as useful if not more indispensable than reverbs – whether it’s dark, dubby techno you’re producing or experimental soundscapes. And this one is really, really good – good enough that I’m a bit behind in writing about it because I got distracted trying it out; I was very quickly making some new ideas with it.
What makes Replika special is that it combines three delays in a single interface:
“Modern” is a clean digital delay – and delivers sounds you might expect of something like an Eventide.
“Vintage Digital” is my early favorite, in that it gives you a grittier, lo-fi sound that emulates retro digital units like the Lexicon.
“Diffusion” adds additional delays to produce a reverb (which is, naturally, how most digital reverbs apart from convolution reverbs work).
All of this is coupled with a resonant filter and phaser, and NI’s models of filters have been greatly improved (backed by some heavy research in the field), so … well, it all sounds good. Of anything we might love or hate from NI, you can count on things sounding like chocolate.
What brings this all together is that NI didn’t overthink the interface. There’s just a dead-simple UI for setting delay times. And with so many multi-taps getting, frankly, more complicated than you need, the one-knob approach is welcome. I always thought this was part of the genius of the Roland Space Echo. Complex multi-taps can open up creative possibilities, to be sure, but if you’re given a simple interface, you tend to focus on the sound.
You’ll need OS X 10.8 or greater or Windows 7, and you do need a 64-bit host on Mac. (I will say, if your hardware supports it, I’ve actually been happy with recent OS X versions; if you want to keep hardware running longer, you might think about a Windows install, seriously – even Boot Camp on Mac. And… let’s see if this comment earns me some hate mail.)
NI has been putting out a stream of effects. Molekular is a whole sound design world of its own, with modular routing, if you want something deeper. But I have to say, going simple means I expect to wind up using Replika a lot. Let us know what you think.