Udemy’s New Year Sale 2019: Get courses as low as $9.99 USD each!

Udemy New Year 2019

Udemy has launched its 2019 New Year’s Sale, offering courses at just $9.99 USD for a limited time. Sticking to your resolutions can be tough. But this time, Udemy is here to help you succeed! With Udemy, this year really is different. This is the year you learn a new skill, discover a new hobby, […]

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WaaSoundLab Christmas Sale: Save 50% off Logic template packs!

WaaSoundLab Christmas Sale

WaaSoundLab has announced the launch of its 2018 Christmas Sale, offering a 50% discount on all its products for a limited time. The sale includes the best selling Electro Swing series, as well as recent French Touch and Funky Styl template packs for Logic 9 and Logic X, sample packs and soundsets. WaaSoundLab is a […]

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WaaSoundLab releases Funky Styl Vol. 1 template pack for Logic Pro X

WaaSoundLab Funky Styl Vol 1 feat

WaaSoundLab has announced the release of Funky Styl Vol 1, a new collection of Logic Pro X templates, loops and samples, channel strip settings, EXS24 instruments and more. Back to 70’s funk with quality virtual instruments: old school kits, Bass, Synthbass, Synth, sublime brass and especially funk guitars with several riffs … Inspired by the […]

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FeelYourSound releases MelodicFlow MIDI plugin for Logic Pro X (AU)

Feelyoursound MelodicFlow 1.1

FeelYourSound has announced that its MelodicFlow is now available for Logic Pro X. Previously available as a VSTi plugin for Windows and macOS, the new AU version allows Logic Pro X users to use it in their projects as well. MelodicFlow is a MIDI performance and song-writing plugin to create and play basslines, hooks, and […]

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Free Snare Designer for Ableton Live, Logic, and Kontakt

If you’re obsessive about snares, this free download is for you. If you totally haven’t been thinking about snares at all, and want to let someone else obsess about it for you, this download is also for you. Meet Snare Designer.

Sound and sample house Puremagnetik has been doing sound design right back to the early days of Ableton Live. Now you get a couple hundred megabytes of acoustic snares to mess around with, whether you’re in Live, Logic, or Kontakt. You’ll need Live 10 or the full version of Kontakt 5 or Logic 10.4 to use the tailored versions, though if you’re willing to put in a little more work, you can also work with the raw samples directly.

With the full versions, you get some clever features that make this more usable. In Live and Kontakt, you can select direct, overhead, room, and “trashcan” mics via a graphical UI. Logic uses Track Stacks for those different microphones.

And you get some nicely chosen drums: the 60s Ludwig Acrolite, Mapex Birch, and Pork Pie Squealer. I don’t know anything about drums and even I know those.

Give up your email address (opt in, natch) for the download:
https://puremagnetik.com/products/free-snare-drum-pack-ableton-live-kontakt-logic

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Grab Flintpope’s Reaktor ensembles and Kontakt instruments for $1 USD

Flintpope

Flintpope has announced that all of its Reaktor sound machines, Kontakt soundscape instruments, Logic sound packs and VST/AU plugins are now available at $1 USD each. It’s all $1 now. Even the good stuff! 30 creative musical instruments for your DAW Nick Dwyer offers many interesting instruments that feature layered sounds, textures and atmospheres. Think […]

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THEPHONOLOOP releases Cassette Keys.02 sample library

THEPHONOLOOPS Cassette Keys 02 art

THEPHONOLOOPS has released Cassette Keys.02, a multi-format sample library featuring sounds inspired by classic FM keys from the ’80s. Cassette Keys.02, a successor of Cassette Keys.01, wasn’t created to replace it, but rather to make things different, bigger, and to make use of the new .02 interface. In fact, both of those instruments complement each […]

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F9 Audio releases F9 Electric Funk Instruments for Logic, Ableton & Kontakt

F9 Audio Electric Funk Instruments

F9 Audio has launched F9 Electric Funk Instruments, a collection of over 128 multisampled funk instruments. The instruments were meticulously sampled from various 80s synths, including the Roland Jupiter 8 and Juno 60, Oberheim OB-Xa, Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 and Prophet 5, Moog Minimoog, and more. Ever since the release of Electric Funk so many […]

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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.

Features:

  • 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.)

https://novationmusic.com/keys/sl-mkiii

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

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Melodyne 4.2 offers tighter integration with Logic Pro X 10.4.2

Celemony ARA Melodyne LogicCelemony has announced Melodyne 4.2, the latest version of its which introduces tighter integration with Logic Pro X 10.4.2. With both apps using ARA technology, Melodyne can be used more seamlessly as part of the Logic workflow. Numerous other details have also been improved (also for other ARA and non-ARA DAWs), so the free update […]