This week's free plug-in is the incredibly powerful ZynAddSubFX soft synth.
Ableton has announced that they will be releasing Live 10 on February 6th, 2018. The tenth version of Live brings new devices, improved workflows, a redesigned library, ever-closer Push integration and more. Plus, Live 10 Suite features a fully-integrated Max for Live.
We have one of the first looks on the Internet of the new Korg Prologue analog polysynth. Check out the video!
Arturia's Eurorack solution brilliantly integrates housing, power, onstage stability, and safe transport.
Overview of Universal Audio's new DSP-powered Arrow interface.
Arturia follows yesterday's MiniBrute 2 release with a keyboard-less version featuring a much more powerful sequencer.
First look at Arturia's successor to the highly popular MiniBrute, the MiniBrute 2.
German synth boutique Radikal Technologies has a complete standalone Eurorack synth to show at NAMM 2018.
Got a legacy Apollo silver-face rack you want to make work with a Thunderbolt Mac? Stephen Fortner took on the headaches so that you don't have to.
Behringer has news about a real analog clone of the Oberheim OB-Xa.
Congratulations and Happy New Year to Aaron Howlett, winner of the Arturia DrumBrute drum machine in our December 2017 giveaway!
Our friends at Time+Space take a look at some of the releases that they believe have made an impact throughout the past twelve months written for them by Garrick Wareham.
The entire Production Expert team wish every member of these amazing Pro Tools, Studio One and Synth communities a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and creative New Year.
Just in time for the holidays, Roland has announced the arrival of the Roland JV-1080 as part of the 4.8 update.
Just in time for Christmas, Ample Sound has released a new FREE VI, Cloudrum, from their new series: Ample Percussion.Cloudrum is a unique and relaxing Steel Tongue Drum with a range of 3 octaves. It produces wonderful tones, add colour and a unique moderation to your music no matter the genre.
Audiomodern has been in touch to tell us that all 12 of their Kontakt Instruments are 63% off until December 21st, 2017. The Complete Instrument bundle features all twelve of Audiomodern's Kontakt instruments and saves 63% compared to individual purchases.
A number of sites have been covering what appeared to be a major product announcement by Behringer to produce hardware clones of a lot of historic synths and drum machines. However, it appears to have been an error according to an announcement released by Behringer on their Twitter feed at 2:34am UK time on December 14th, 2017
Sugar Bytes have announced a new synth plug-in, Aparillo, we know we also wanted to break out in a chorus of "show me the way to..." even our spell checker tried to change the word to Amarillo
Aparillo is an advanced 16-voice FM synthesizer, tailored for majestic sonic motions. A clever arrangement of synthesis, wave shaping, filtering, FX and modulation unfolds into a serious sound design tool for epic sonic creation. Make sure to check out the Orbiter, a mass-controller for immediate, instant blockbuster sounding themes.
With so many new products launched in 2017 is there in your opinion one stand out product? Is there one synth that is either so good or so original, or both that you think deserves to be the Synth of 2017?
Over 20,000 samples were captured, delivering the delicate nuance and detail of the original instrument, while 3 fully-mixable mics including a condenser, ribbon and tube allow for absolute control over the sound. Watch the UVI overview video to learn more about Nagoya Harp
Session Keys Upright features two very unique sounding upright piano sample sets. Both pianos provide users with beautiful sounding characterful pianos. One piano sounds wide and chorus like while the other sounds tight, modern and focused. This instrument isn't just a set of great sounding instruments, no, Session Keys Upright uses the same engine also found in e-instruments Grand series of keyboard instruments.
10 years ago this year Russ Hughes started the AIR Users blog, which morphed into Pro Tools Expert in 2012. To kick off our year of celebrations we are running a competition with a Pro Audio gear and software prize pot worth over $28,000. Enter The Pro Tools Expert 10th Anniversary Competition to be in with the chance of winning the stunning new East-West Hollywood Choirs Diamond Edition worth $620.
Who doesn't love a bit of slap bass? Go on... admit it, we all love a bit of slap, however, getting good slap bass in production requires very skilled bass players. Our friends at Waves clearly love a bit of the slap bass and have just released a new virtual instrument specific to slap bass guitar - Bass Slapper.
Our friends at EastWest are delighted to announce the new Voices Of The Empire sound library and virtual instrument featuring the unique vocal talents of Uyanga Bold which will be available at the end of autumn.
UVI state that BeatBox Anthology represents over 50 years of groove boxes, beat machines, drum modules and synth drums. Pro Tools Expert was given an early preview of BeatBox Anthology 2 and we can safely say that UVI hasn't missed a.... beat... at all.
Today, our friends at Waves have released the eagerly anticipated Grand Rhapsody Piano, a new keyboard virtual instrument that I had a small preview of at NAMM 2017. The Grand Rhapsody Piano sits alongside the Waves Electric 88 Piano, Electric Grand 80 Piano and Element instruments, to name a few, in Waves ever growing line of virtual instrument products.
Toontrack state that the Alt-Rock EZX pack is a crude, genuine and raw palette of drum sounds inspired by the style of classic 1990's alternative rock. Having had a quick play with Alt-Rock EZX I feel that Alt-Rock EZX is fairly similar in vibe and aggression to Toontrack's brilliant Seventies Rock Drums EZX pack
Our friends at UVI have just released a brand new synth library called UVS-3200 featuring sounds from the Korg PS-3200 - a semi-modular 48-voice polyphonic analog synth. The Korg PS-3200 was built in small numbers during the late 1970s.
Our friends at UVI have released a new Expansion for Falcon called Ether Fields by Simon Stockhausen. Utilizing Falcon's deep synthesis, effects and modulation capabilities, The Ether Fields expansion delivers 100 premiere patches designed to channel the timeless energy of myth and consciousness.
Our friends at Toontrack have released Hip-Hop Beat Ingredients featuring a large selection of MIDI drum and keyboard loops for the Hip-Hop genre. Expand your Hip-Hop MIDI libraries in both Hip-Hop EZX for EZ Drummer 2 and EZkeys.
The eagled eyed amongst the visitors to the Waves booth at NAMM 2017 might have seen a demo of their latest piano VI plugin, the as yet unreleased Waves Grand Rhapsody Piano, which features the royal sound of the actual Fazioli F228 grand piano at Metropolis Studios and used on Adele’s “Hello” as well as Freddie Mercury.
This article lists four UVI Instrument products that Dan Cooper loves - includes example songs made with each UVI instrument/library.
It maybe holiday season but Waves have released a new plugin today. The Electric Grand Piano VI Plugin, has been sampled from the classic electric grand piano which defined 80s pop, rock and R&B hits by Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock plus many more, and served electronic music innovators from Vangelis to the present.
Our friends at UVI have released World Suite - a new world music sample library that includes a massive 320 instrument pack and 8,000 loop & phrase library inspired by traditional music from around the world.
Listed are three EZ Drummer 2 EZX Expansion that I absolutely adore. If like me you are a regular drum VI user then I strongly recommend you try some of these EZ Drummer 2 EZX pack for yourselves.
Our friends at Toontrack have released two new MIDI packs - Fusion Grooves MIDI & Fusion EZkeys MIDI for EZ Drummer 2 and EZKeys
When it comes to getting song ideas down I need to work with the minimum of fuss whilst being inspired by the instruments I use. Whilst there are a lot of huge sound libraries out there which offer almost limitless potential, at the start of the process I really don't need to adjust the squeak on the chair of the second cello player or search through 700 different splash cymbals.
It is for this reason that I use rock solid, bread and butter VIs, I use them like a trusty old acoustic guitar. If I need to swap them out for something with more versatility later then I will - often I don't. Here are those bread and butter VIs I use for songwriting. At the end of each section, I also tell what VIs I swap them out for if I choose to do so.