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AIR Announce New Riser Synth Plug-in With Special 48 Hour Sneak Peak Free Demo Download

AIR Music Technology introduces The Riser, an all-new synthesizer for creating powerful transitions. Created with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind, The Riser infuses tracks with progression and hype brimming with AIR’s signature sound quality. 

What Is The Riser Synth Plug-in?

At the heart of The Riser are three editable sound generators – sweep, noise, and chord – letting the user manipulate the movement, timber, and tonality of the transition. Three low-frequency oscillators (LFOs) provide modulation duties to each patch, including beat-synced movements and the “Pumper” effect – a modern pulsating effect used to modify dynamics. Reverb, delay, and mixer controls let the user shape transition volume, effect saturation, and stereo imaging. Users may draw transitions from scratch, or, edit 300 presets spanning rises, falls, swells, fades, and more.

Why Was The Riser Plug-in Created?

“We understand the science behind the suspense and emotion that a great transition delivers,” noted Ben Wendelstein, AIR Music Tech Product Manager, “Until now, recreating the transition in your head has been a convoluted, manual process. The Riser puts intuitive sound-shaping tools right where you need them so you can design effects that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.”  

The Riser Highlights:

  • Transition designer optimized for electronic music production
  • 3 editable oscillators;
  • sweep, noise, and chord
  • 3 LFOs; free-running, tempo-synced, and Pumper
  • Pumper effect creates pulsating movement based on native DAW tempo
  • Configurable delay and reverb with wet/dry processing
  • Adjustable panning movements and master stereo width control
  • AU, VST, AAX; 32- and 64-bit; Mac or Windows

15 Day Pre-Release Trial Of The Riser Plug-in

Get a full-version, 15-day trial of The Riser as a free download for a limited period of 48 hours here.

The AIR Riser Plug-in Price And Shipping Date

The Riser will be available for purchase on September 1st, 2014 with a price of $79.99 USD. For more information, visit www.airmusictech.com/theriser

Watch The Exclusive Pre-Release Review Of The New AIR Riser Plug-in

Pro Tools Expert were given an exclusive pre-release copy of the new AIR Riser plug-in, you can watch our video review of the AIR Riser plug-in here.

AIR Announce New Synth The Riser With Tease Video

AIR Music Tech have released a tease video of their latest instrument The Riser which should ship in the next few weeks.

The Riser will be ‘the ultimate’ riser synth, a popular synth motif used in dance based music. The Riser aims to make the task of creating these sounds easier and aims to offer a set of features to help producers knock themselves out.

The Riser video is here

Create Rich And Complex Textures In Pro Tools Xpand2 - Free Video

In this FREE Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows those who may have limited budgets that you don’t always need to spend money on plug-ins to get great results.

Russ takes users under the hood of Xpand2 to show how to create rich and complex textures that can be controlled during a performance.

In this video Pro Tools users will learn how to stack sounds, use arpeggiators to create movement, assign filter controls and use MIDI CC for extra control.

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Waldorf Announce AAX Versions of Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and the Waldorf Edition

For lovers of Waldorf synths then there’s some great news. Waldorf have released 64 bit versions of their plug-ins in AAX format, the updates features Largo, PPG Wave 3.V and the Waldorf Edition.

Waldorf Largo AAX

Largo offers three fat oscillators, two of them with sub oscillators. These oscillators include models of classic analog waveforms as well as a selection of waves from the PPG and Waldorf Wave stored in two Wavetables. All these run through two Waldorf multimode filters with steep cutoff, resonance up to self-oscillation and a drive stage to add even more punch and grainyness to the sound. Ultra-fast envelope generators and flexible LFOs as well as an easy to understand, yet extremely versatile modulation matrix make for a sound designer’s dream.

PPG Wave 2 AAX

PPG Wave 2 was the very first digital Wavetable synthesizer with analog filters that allowed completely new worlds of sound and endless sonic possibilities. Shortly afterwards, the successor PPG Wave 2.2 came out and was born to make history. With a gigantic arsenal of waveshapes, it could not only reproduce known analog sounds, but also brilliant choirs, bells and whistles. The digital sounds of wavetables had been unheard until then and offered sensational sonic evolutions by smoothly going through 64 waves back and forth.

The Waldorf Edition AAX

The Waldorf Edition features the famous and award-winning PPG Wave 2.V, Attack and D-Pole plug-ins as VST and AudioUnit variants.

More information from Waldorf

TAL-U-NO-LX Synth Plug-in £27 - 25% Discount

Recently we offered the TAL Bassline 101 as a deal and a lot of you took up the opportunity to get that great monophonic bass synth plug-in. As one of this month’s deals we are offering another TAL product which is an emulation of a very popular hardware synth.

TAL-U-NO-LX is a complete rewritten emulation of the popular hardware with a new engine and GUI. Up to date zero feedback delay filters and carefully calibrated controls make this synth a good replacement for the analog device with all the advantages software plugins have. As an addition, the TAL-U-NO-LX also supports portamento and different filter LFO waveforms and some more useful features. An arpeggiator with different sync modes and hold function is also included. A very fast envelope with a smooth roll-off, emulated inaccuracy and a very smooth filter sound gives this synth the typical sound. The synth was calibrated after a hardware device that’s property of TAL.

TAL-U-NO-LX  Features 

  • Self resonating zero feedback delay filter (24dB LP).
  • Filter range up to ~40kHz (depends on the sample rate).
  • Calibrated and tuned after TAL’s hardware device.
  • Midi learn / automation for all controls.
  • Improved alias free oscillators for an authentic sound also @ 44’100Hz sampling rate.
  • Arpeggiator with different sync modes (host, midi clock, not on).
  • Portamento and mono mode.
  • LFO manual trigger button.
  • Sustain pedal support.
  • Up to 12 voices.
  • New file based preset system for transparent preset management.
  • More than 300 factory presets by different sound designers (FMR, Particular - Sound, TAL).
  • Original hardware “Factory Bank A” included.

TAL-U-NO-LX System Requirements:

Windows: Windows XP or higher (32 / 64 bit)
OSX: OSX 10.6 or higher (32 / 64 bit).
AAX: Pro Tools 10.3.6 or higher

A Really Simple Way To Add Interest To Midi Synths And Beats - Video

A Really Simple Way To Add Interest To Midi Synths And Beats

Russ shows a really simply way to add interest to synths and beats.

In this video he shows some automation tricks that take average to great.

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How To Create Super Tight Synth Parts In Pro Tools

Russ shows the trick for creating super tight synths in Pro Tools.

He also shows how this trick can be used to tighten up other instruments in Pro Tools.

All plug-ins used are part of Pro Tools.

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About Pro Tools Power Filter Tutorial Transform Synths And Loops

In this free Pro Tools video tutorial Russ shows what can be achieved by using filters on synths and loops to transform tracks.

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How To Create A Pumping Synth In Pro Tools

Pumping synths are a hugely popular effects used in several music production genres.

Russ shows how to create this effect using the plug-ins that ship with Pro Tools. In this case he shows how to get the synth pump effect using the BF76 compression and a side chain input from Boom.

Rob Papen Blue II Synth Review – Return Of The Super Synth


In a recent article I mentioned some of the delight I had when trying new synths in my distant past, part of that was finding presets that made me smile often just because of sheer gratification, the other part was the sheer enormity of the sound.

Two moments in time were the first time I played a Korg M1 and hit the notes in Universe, what followed was what seemed like an entire film score unfolding, remember this was 1988 and was Korg’s response to the Roland D50. The second memory is the first time I played the MemoryMoog, a 6 voice, 3 oscillator monster, imagine 6 Minimoog’s in one (although getting the early version to stay in tune was a challenge.)

I start this review with those two stories to give my first impressions on firing up the Rob Papen Blue II, being presented with a 6 oscillator monster and finding one of the first presets in the demo sounds being a modern day rendition of the Korg M1 Universe, perhaps not one to appear in many tracks but still impressive and fun.

Rob Papen Blue II Synth Background

Blue was first released in 2005 and was based on both subtractive and FM synthesis, later on Phase distortion and Wave Shaping was added to compliment the other synth technologies. In effect this offers 4 synths in one and offers a huge amount of variety, partly because each type of synthesis brings entirely different types of sound, with subtractive synthesis giving warm, rich textures and the other technologies offering brighter and more harmonically complex sounds. Putting all of these synth technologies together offers an almost limitless palette to create sounds with.
 
Blue II consists 6 oscillators, a new set of waveforms, 2 ‘analogue style’ filters with 27 filter types, a huge variety of routing and modulation options, an arpeggiator, sequencer and 4 effects slots with 35 effects to choose from. Wait, there’s more… Blue II now includes the XY pad feature found on Blade that gives designers a chance to create sounds that evolve over time.
 
Rob Papen has designed a seriously powerful synth, so packed full of stuff he must have had to sit on top to of Blue II to zip it closed. However he has coupled this powerhouse with a pretty straightforward interface, one that even has an ‘Easy’ option for those who may be daunted with the huge array of options. It’s one thing packing in features but making them accessible to the average human is a challenge and one that, on the whole, Blue II manages to achieve.

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