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Softube – Revamped Vintage Compressor (Spring Sale)

Softube – Revamped Vintage Compressor Softube is a versatile company that develops music hardware and software and has worked for companies like Fender, Native Instruments,  Universal Audio and even developed the Ableton Amp. They recently recreated and released a rendition of the 1973 Drawmer Compressor and tediously worked to replicate it to a tee. Developed alongside the actual Drawmer research team and sealed with the stamp of approval by the compressors father, Ivor Drawmer, himself. A three band compressor allows you to pull out specific sounds and instruments and either brighten the highs, or tighten lows, and can be equally applied to single sound sources. Softube stayed true to the look and feel of the original Drawmer, while updating it with a few key features like mid-side processing and a side chain feature, making the compressor expansive and versatile. The Drawmer is also equipped with a load of some quick use presets …

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Wiggle – Dynamic Wave Shaping Synth

Wiggle – Dynamic Wave Shaping Synth 2nd Sense Audio, self proclaimed newcomers in the audio industry, have developed a synthesizer plugin that allows you to dynamically control synthesis wave shapes. The plugin has a multitude of controls like 8 free drawing LFO/envelopes to a versatile sequencer. The Wiggle is unique because it is an expansive and powerful plugin dedicated to provided expansive controls over synthesis. If sound design is what you are interested in, or if you are just looking to add an edge to your sounds, Wiggle may be something to look into. The Wiggle includes the following Key Features: Control points – WIGGLE has 4 operators. Each operator’s wavetable can be dynamically customized by its 4 control points. Each control point has its independent built-in LFO. These build the basic characters of a sound. Other synthesis possibilities – Free-drawing PD (Phase Distortion) curve, FM (Frequency Modulation) and Morphing …

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2020 – The Insane Semi-Modular Drum Sequencer App

2020 – The Insane Semi-Modular Drum Sequencer App There is an insane Kickstarter startup for a standalone, semi-modular drum sequencer, designed to create live, improvised compositions. Developed by Yotaro Shuto, an electronic musician who performs in DUB-Russell, a Japanese music group that creates all their own sounds with the Cycling ’74 Max software, and performs completely improvised computer sets. The roots of the 2020 are pretty clear in its layout, function and vision. On their Kickstarter page there is an outline of there two goals: to generate a million sound and sequence variations from a single idea, and to make entire beats in just one screen. From the looks of it, they’re on the right track, no doubt.   (2020 Grid Sequencer) 2020 is equipped with a clock, sample slicer, grid sequencers, 12 one shot samples and kick synth, 2 FM synths, external inputs / Higurashi generator, effect patcher, pitch transposer, 3 send effects, bus mixer, master effects, …

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Korg Volca FM Synthesizer – Fresh Off the Line

Korg Volca FM Synthesizer Korg has just released a new product in their growing arsenal of Volca instruments, the Korg Volca FM Synthesizer. The little piece of machinery is a three voice digital synthesizer, packed into an intuitive interface surface a 16-step sequencer, (typical in all Korg Volca’s,) and is equipped with a warp active step and a pattern chain that allows you to dig deep with the rhythmic patterns. The Volca series revolves around simplicity, so sound synthesis is made easy, with a set of modulator and carrier knobs, which are mapped to multiple parameters, making it easy for anyone to hop into synthesis. You are also equipped with a chorus effect to add an extra layer of depth to all your sounds. Two new key features of the Volca Synth is the warp feature and the arpeggiator. The warp feature allows you to warp certain patterns and can make for …

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75% Off Eventide Blackhole – Hollywood’s Reverb (Ends March 31st)

75% Off Eventide Blackhole – Hollywood’s Reverb (Ends March 31st) Eventide has been running for over 40 years now and have placed themselves as veterans of the digital audio processing game. Their famed reverb plugin called Blackhole, known for its cinematic results, and powerful sheen-adding ability, just got a huge price cut and is worth mentioning while you can still get it cheap. The Blackhole plugin features 50 presets constructed by artists like Richard Devine, Flood & Alan Moulder, Sigur Rós, Vernon Reid and John Agnello. The gravity paramter allows you to invert the decay mode of the reverb. The most notable feature within the plugin is the unique and intuitive, ribbon controller, allowing you to hot swap, and morph between assigned parameters and ranges, for a expressive control. The Blackhole is centered around making artificial, out of this world, sounding reverb and can add a gripping aspect to any of your …

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Machine Makes Music Out of 2000 Marbles!

Machine Makes Music Out of 2000 Marbles!   A monumental piece of ingenuity by Swedish group Wintergatan, created and built by Martin Molin, has manifested itself into a beautiful instrument called the Marble Machine. In a dazzling display of woodwork and musicianship, the Marble Machine, powered by a spinning wheel and 2,000 marbles, triggers a snare, kick, bass and a vibraphone to create a hypnotic arrangement of music. Take a look at the video below, you can only realize the significance by placing eyes on the extremely complex machine, composed of a multitude of components from funnels and pulleys, to marbles and cranks. Take a look!  

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IK Multimedia Giveaway – T-Racks Custom Shop

IK Multimedia Giveaway – T-Racks Custom Shop IK Multimedia, an Italian based company, aims to bring classic hardware into full digital form with all their color and character. Their motto “Recreate classic legendary products in the digital world and make them available to all musicians,” and they’ve been pretty successful thus far. In light of IK’s 20th year anniversary, they’ve decided to giveaway a free T-Rack Compressor. The download process is a bit convoluted if you are not already registered with IK, (explained down below,) but is worth the process. The compressor emulates itself after classic warm sounding compressors, giving you a big full sound. The side chain effect detects your bass heavy sounds before they hit the detection circuit which modulates your compression. A stereo enhancement effect also allows you to easily widen or narrow your sound. Throw the Classic Compressor on piano, drums or bass to get a …

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KordBod – Not Your Ordinary Chord Generator

KordBod – Not Your Ordinary Chord Generator   ISLA Instruments launched a kick starter for a powerful little toy called KordBod. A sleek, multi dimensional chord generator. Equipped with a two octave key board, LED display, chord modifier, a ribbon slider, a memory bank and some rotary knobs. The KordBot can be used as a step sequencer, an apreggiator and as a powerful learning device.     KordBot is designed to give you easy access to a variety of chords allowing you to create a comprehensive progression on the fly. On the left side of the device you have access to the type of chord structure you’d like to play, be it a diminished 7th or a minor 9th. On the right side, you have a keyboard layout which allows you to choose the root note of your chord. On the top of the KordBot there are six chord memory pads that you …

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