"My real name is Thorgeir Odinsson," says one of the major pillars of Iceland's electronic music movement. "That translates as roughly, 'Point of the sword of Thor, son of Odin.' So if you think about it, 'Frank Murder' is actually more friendly!"
Swordpoints and murder are not what you'd think of upon meeting this talented and indeed friendly gentleman -- although he does look like he'd fit right into the Night's Watch on Game of Thrones.
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.
The team at Arturia are delighted to announce that their V Collection 6 is now available. V Collection 6 adds 4 more vintage synth instruments to the package giving V Collection 6 a total of 21 amazing authentic sounding must have classic instruments.
Gibson has officially announced it is ceasing development of Cakewalk products.
This week: Analogue Solutions SynthBlocks, Cloud Terrarium, Akemie's Castle FM module, Ample 12-string guitar VI, and Eloquencer "controlled chance" sequencer.
Editor Stephen Fortner on why he still uses his 14-year-old Yamaha Motif ES7 workstation.
Korg adds two new soft synths, a loudness maximizer, and NKS support to the Gadget music production environment.
The answer has more to do with you than with the computer.
Native Instruments Reaktor 6 Player would be a surprisingly powerful virtual modular synth even if it wasn't free. But it is.
In this first installment of a multi-part series for MIDI beginners, we look at one of the most common confusions about MIDI -- and give a little history.
This week: Gig Performer 1.83, Spitfire Audio Orchestral Swarm, Eventide MangledVerb, Sampleism Retrowave, and Neyrinck BeatsBot.
The free plug-in for Friday, November 10 is a great plate reverb emulation from SoundToys. Hurry, because it's only free until November 22.
1010music Toolbox Eurorack sequencer, EHX Synth9 pedal, Sample Logic Expeditions library, DS Audio Thorn soft synth, editor for Roland SH-01A.
A look back at why the groundbreaking Yamaha DX7 was even better than we remember.
STG Soundlabs releases an EG with multiple envelope models, the ability to output two different shapes at once, and more.
This week's free plug-in is Tyrell N6, designed by the Amazona community and coded by Urs Heckmann of U-he fame.
Michael Woods has won the Novation UltraNova synthesizer in our November prize drawing!
Arturia is releasing two limited-edition MIDI controllers in a gorgeous black finish.
YouTube mad scientist "Look Mum No Computer" describes his home-build of a synth with 100 oscillators, then fires up the beast!
Recapping new and recent gear releases from October 2017.
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.
Noise Makers have quietly released a new free plugin which is a departure from their range of Ambisonics tools. Siren is a free synth for making psychedelic dub effects.