New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #382

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like

Spitfire Audio releases Alternative Solo Strings for Kontakt Player

Spitfire Audio Alternative Solo StringsSpitfire Audio has announced availability of Alternative Solo Strings, a Kontakt Player instrument library that offers an alternative take on a sampled solo strings. The library puts performances of four of the most interesting and progressive string soloists in London into an easy-to-use tool to access Violin (Warren Zielinski), Viola (Joel Hunter), Cello (Chris Worsey), […]

8Dio Synthetic Shadows & The New Basstard for Kontakt

8Dio Synthetic Shadows8Dio Productions has released Synthetic Shadows, a synthetic sample library dedicated to bring you analog and digital synths, to augment your existing compositions. Synthetic Shadows comes with 13 different Hybrid FX categories, featuring multi-sampled analog and digital synths as well as four large synth drumkit banks. It comes with a wealth of different options, bringing […]

Free Arturia Minibrute loops, samples & presets by TWENTY9Audio

TWENTY9Audio Mono HeatTWENTY9Audio has announced the release of Mono Heat – Alternative Pop, a free sample pack with a collection of sounds made with the Minibrute synthesizer by Arturia. The pack includes bass loops that have been carefully processed through both analogue and digital gear at 24-bit/48kHz. Mono Heat is a free download of Modern loops and […]

Realitone’s Hip Hop Creator offers authentic hip hop sounds

Realitone Hip Hop CreatorRealitone has announced the release of Hip Hop Creator, a Kontakt Player powered instrument library that aims to be the most comprehensive hip hop instrument ever created. Packed with authentic hip hop sounds, both modern and old school, along with a pattern player so easy that even your grandpa might decide that maybe he should […]

Spectrasonics launches standalones of its virtual instruments

Spectrasonics StandalonesSpectrasonics has announced the release of new Mac and Windows standalone applications of its Keyscape, Omnisphere 2, Trilian and Stylus RMX virtual instruments. The streamlined new apps enable playing Spectrasonics instruments without using a DAW, providing a simple solution for live musicians looking to switch to a laptop based setup. The design focus of the […]

Spitfire Audio releases Ólafur Arnalds Chamber Evolutions for Kontakt

Spitfire Audio releases Ólafur Arnalds Chamber EvolutionsSpitfire Audio has announced the release of Ólafur Arnalds Chamber Evolutions, a Kontakt Player instrument library featuring inspirational chamber strings textures. For this new library, Spitfire joins forces with BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds (Broadchurch, Kiasmos, Erased Tapes) to record an all-star ensemble performing his latest set of awe-inspiring evolutions. Based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Ólafur’s approach […]

8Dio releases 66-Basses cinematic library for Kontakt

8Dio Legion Series 66 Basses8Dio Productions has announced the release of 66-Basses, its first title in the new Legion Series of instruments dedicated to solving specific needs in epic cinematic music. 66-Basses features the sounds of 66 Philharmonic bass players from 9 European countries. 66-Basses is all about professional cinematic bass. We gathered a 66-piece symphonic double bass ensemble […]

KORG just released a bunch of new stuff – here’s what’s what

Call it KORGmas. Okay, probably don’t call it that. But KORG just released a mess of gear for musicians. Here’s all of it in one place – and what to know.

KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch
Available: Spring 2018
Price: Unknown

What’s it for: Get a production studio on your Nintendo Gadget – which means You’ll be able to download from Nintendo’s eShop. 16 synth and drum machine gadgets. Running on Nintendo’s game console means you can go from handheld to couch and TV screen easily (a trick even your iPad can’t pull off), using the JoyCon.

Coolest feature: 4-player Multiplayer Mode for collaboration.

Volca Mix
Available: This month
Price: US$169.99

What’s it for: Connect up to three volcas, give them a master clock, power, mix the, route out to effects, and add compression/expansion with sidechaining.

Coolest feature: All the cables are in the box – add three volcas and nothing else, and get playing.

Available: This month
Price: US$1499-$1999

What’s it for: Builds on the popular Minilogue and Prologue with 8- or 16-voice polyphony and 49- or 61-key keyboards, plus new Mod and Delay/Reverb effects. A deep architecture lets you split or layer, and play in different modes (poly / chord / mono / unison).

Coolest feature: An upcoming SDK will let you code your own oscillators and effects – or just sit back and grab ones other people have built.

Available: This month
Price: US$399.99

What’s it for: It’s a portable PA – Bluetooth, four-channel mixer, EQ, and a connected app.

Coolest feature: Finally, it’s Bluetooth for people who like it loud. It’s 300 watts peak.

AW-OTG, AW-OTB tuners
Available: February
Price: US$49.99

What’s it for: KORG’s AW tuners started the electronic tuner revoution. Now, they’ve got OLED screens. Plus there’s a new chord finder (which responds as you play) on the guitar model, and a tempo finder on the ‘bass’ model.

Skip it: You can save money with the new GA/CA-50 tuners for about half this price, but… they’re not as cool.

Coolest feature: Well, tough to choose: smart chord and tempo detection, plus that pretty screen.

KDM-3 metronome
Available: This month
Price: US$59.99

What’s it for: It’s the latest generation of KORG’s flagship digital metronomes. And it brings new patterns and new sounds, including an acoustic metronome.

Coolest feature: The design, obviously, which comes in black or white – it’s finally a metronome gadget that doesn’t look like a metronome gadget.

KR-55 Pro
Available: This month
Price: US$299.99

What’s it for: It’s a drum/groove machine for people who like the sound of real drums – a little like those groove plug-ins, but in hardware. 24 rhythm styles, multiple patterns and chaining, and SD card playback.

Coolest feature: There’s “Acoustage” built in – for virtual immersive surround meant to sound like an acoustic stage.

D1 Digital Piano
Available: TBD
Price: TBD (actually now shows EUR699 here in Europe including tax, so that’s aggressive)

What’s it for: KORG’s finest graded action now is in a more compact body.

Coolest feature: 88 keys in 16 kg and one that looks like you could tote. This could compare favorably against tough competition from Yamaha and Casio.

And you could still get an ARP ODYSSEY

It wouldn’t be KORG without some bundling and special color schemes. Now the ODYSSEY FS is back for 2018 with historical limited-edition paint schemes and the SQ-1 sequncer bundled in free. US$1599.99, this year (no month info).

Odyssey modules are coming?!

Oh yeah, KORG also refers to coming “modules” of the Odyssey FS series. Is this KORG’s Eurorack entry for Odyssey? Let’s see about that….

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Audiofier releases Randomisers Series 1.2 for Kontakt incl. new Aerkord

Audiofier RandomisersAudiofier has announced the release of Randomisers Series 1.2, the themed sample library collection for modern producers and composers. The bundle includes updated Vesper and Abstrung instruments, offering a new GUI and major new features. New addition Aerkord includes a selection of bowed stringed instruments like the violin, viola, cello, bass, as well as bowed […]