The perfect compliment to Orion Virtual Studio, this CD-ROM includes a HUGE variety of new presets, samples, and midi files. Over 3,000 files!
Orion Mega Toolkit Contents:
50+ new original presets each for: CronoX, Junglist, Scorpion II, Wasp & Wavedream Softsynths! Over 275 new original presets!
Over 1,700 individual Drum & Percussion Samples
30 new drum kits for Orion's stereo drum machine
Over 480 additional samples: Drum loops, Guitar Samples, FX, Vox, Etc.
Over 100 Midi Files: Drum Loops, Rhodes Loops, Basslines, Arps, Etc.
CDs can be purchased online for $29.99
26th October 2001
It's the final day of our Orion Platinum competition, thanks for all the entries sent in so far, the quality of tunes is excellent! However, you've still got the rest of today to finish your masterpiece, who knows, maybe you've got the winning track on your hard drive!
Look out for another great competition next week!
Wantech/Aska have updated their 3 VSTi's to v1.09 (Aska Ayum, Draw & Switch) [Win VSTi's]
Kenfen.com have released Junebug's Beat Box for Battery Volume 2 and CronoX Sounds Volume 1
"Junebug's Beat Box for Battery Volume 2 is a "nothin' but drumzzzzzzz" disk for those who need fresh drum sounds for Battery"
"Real Rhodes, Real Wurly and Real Acoustic Guitar form a basis of CronoX Sounds Volume 1, thanks to the CronoX's sample OSC. The 128 bank of sounds gives you both traditional type sounds as well as sounds you've never heard before. The collection contains basses, leads, pads, horns, FX and some sounds defy categorization.
You can purchase this sound set in banks of 32 or all 128. Look for more CronoX sounds soon! Downloadable Demo of 10 presets available."
Also, their competition to win PSP's Vintage Warmer is coming to an end in 3 days so now is the time to go competition mad and enter that and our Orion Platinum competition at the same time!
21st October 2001
rgcAudio are entering the final week in the Pentagon I beta test, since the original beta demo was released over 100 new features and improvements have been made! If you're quick you can still purchase Pentagon I at the special preview price of $79, as soon as the final version is released this will rise to $99!
AudioSynth has been updated again, to v0.13 [Win VSTi]
Max VST outputs is now set to 2 channels as default (Because not all VSTi hosts support 32 channels)
Dash Synthesis are continuing their quest to take over the Reaktor world with two new members joining their team of synth designers - Liqih AKA Luigi (very well know for the SynC synths) and Durk (AKA Dumb Ass Durruk)
They already have 3 new ensembles ready by Liqih (Luigi) SupremePak users get these 3 new synths free - Check them out here...
Roland Japan have a new HQ (High Quality) range of plugin instruments (VSTi & DXi), initially Hyper Canvas and SuperQuartet.
Hyper Canvas appears to be a high quality sample based GM2 sound module, with resonant filters, ADR envelopes, Portamento, Reverb and Chorus, amongst other things. SuperQuartet features 4 sample based modules - Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums again offering built in Reverb and Chorus.
Both are for Windows (VSTi & DXi) and MacOS (VSTi), check out the pages below, work out what you can from the English translation, unless you speak Japanese obviously!
Up to 16 stereo outs with 1 stereo out selector for each program/midi channel
Save sound bank with song (if supported by VSTi host)
New price: $30
eSoundz.com is a new website from Sonic Reality and they are offering a large selection of free downloadable sounds in many native sampler formats, including EXS-24, Unity, SampleTank and soon HALion.
They've also released "OmniSoundz" Universal Sound Library which is a new PRO GM set of all 128 standard GM instruments available in almost every software sampler format out there including EXS-24, Unity DS-1, SoftSampleCell, Reason and HALion formats, priced at $129.
With closed GUI, switching presets was not possible - fixed [Cubase]
First note in sequence could produce random results - fixed [Orion]
When all Osc shapes were deselected, CPU hog situation occurred - fixed [All Hosts]
Wantech/Aska have updated their three VSTi's (Aska Ayum, Draw & Switch) to v1.08, reducing CPU usage. They've also posted a screenshot and MP3 demo of a forthcoming shareware Drum Synth they are developing - Drum Dragon [All Win VSTi's]
Plugsound have finally released their ROMpler/Sound Module VSTi's! There are six modules, each costing $99, and they are available for Windows and MacOS as VSTi or MAS instruments. The six modules are:
Hip Hop Toolkit
Fruityloops has been updated to v3.3 adding a whole host of new features including:
Sound Quest Infinity has been updated to v2.03 (v2.0 Service Pack 3). The highlight of this new version is hosting for VST instruments, VST effect, DXi instruments, and DirectX effects. That's right, you can now use all of your favourite plugins right inside Infinity.
The new version includes many additional enhancements including new graphics for many of the effects. Get it here...
Added a "Note on restart" option to the beat modulator
Added "Glide" to each of the values in the beat modulator, for more complex modulation patterns
Pitch bend now also works in VSTi hosts (not only Massiva)
Something we didn't mention in yesterdays Dash Synthesis news, they will also have a new ExtraPresets-Pakage available shortly, programmed by BiCho and Kenfen for various ensembles in the Dash library!
10th October 2001
Live Update have updated LiveSynth Pro to v1.3. New to 1.3 is sub-bank support, memory sharing between instances when a duplicate SoundFont is loaded, and NRPN support [Win DXi]
Wantech/Aska have updated their three VSTi's, Aska Ayum, Aska Draw & Aska Switch to v1.07 [Win VSTi's]
Electronisounds have released their first preset bank CD-ROM for LinPlug's CronoX.
Entitled "Junebug's Electronica Bank - Vol. 1", the CD-ROM contains 65 all-new original patches programmed by Junebug. Most of the patches are sample-based and many new .wav samples are included in the collection. Aimed at Electronica enthusiasts, the presets range from straight forward trance-style leads, to "super-wash textures" made with guitar samples. Basses, Leads, pads, & FX are all represented here.
The CD-ROM can be purchased online for $19.99 and a preview preset is also available for download.
Dash Synthesis have a truck load of new releases for Reaktor, and they've announced preliminary information on a new VST they are developing in conjunction with LinPlug - a 9 DrawBar Organ. More info...
Virtual E.P - "Sweet beautiful Wurlitzer type sounds can be yours, I love it." (KriminalK)
JP9095 - "Physical Modelling Synth - Phat Leads, Deep Pads. Sounds like Roland JP-8000" (WilliamK)
New Reaktor Ensemble ComboPakages (Paks)
SpecialPak+ -"All the synths found on the SpecialPak plus HyperDrums
and Extra Presets done by BiCho and Kenfen"
SupremePak - "For this package we have made a incredible deal with all members of DashSynthesis, so you get ALL synths found on the site + extra presets that BiCho & Kenfen are working on."
KnockerPak - "All synths made by J.Knocker (VirtualEP + JP9095 + BassKonzeptPro + da909 + Mechanix6)
9th October 2001
Psycle has been updated to v1.6b2 featuring, amongst other things, new pattern and wave editors and various bugfixes. Read the full list here... [Win VSTi Host]
Tobybear has updated SickSynth to SickSynth2, featuring drastically reduced CPU usage (From >90% down to around 10%) and many bug fixes and optimizations [Win VSTi]
6th October 2001
Echochamber have a lot of drum kits available for Emagics EXS-24 sampler, featuring loads of old beatboxes from the likes of Roland, EMU, Linn, Oberheim, etc. Harvey Alison has now created the FXP files to enable HALion users to load the kits!
LinPlug have updated CronoX to v1.32, fixing a bug - when using Spread on Samples may cause spikes [Win VSTi]
Tobybear has been busy, as usual, and has knocked up another two early Beta/Alpha VSTi projects for you, QuickKeys and SickSynth, both for Windows.
QuickKeys doesn't make any sound but acts as a standalone MIDI keyboard controller for other VSTi's, it loads as a VSTi and you can play other VSTi's by clicking the keys with your mouse. Useful if composing away from your studio. SickSynth is a nasty, rough, experimental synth, you have been warned....
3rd October 2001
Manytone Music have posted information on their forthcoming free VSTi for Windows - 3S. 3S stands for Simple Shiny Sampler which is a simple sampler, that's also shiny, created in conjunction with LinPlug:
Polyphonic up to 24 voices (CPU dependent)
4 samples loadable simultaneously, of which each can be assigned to its own note, or all to the same note
Mono and stereo sample support, 8 to 32 bit, up to 96 kHz, WAV, Float-WAV and AIFF
Level, tuning and pan adjustment
Samples can be played over the keyboard to create a "Simple Sample Synth"
Supports "velocity splits" and "velocity cross-fades"
"velocity sensitive" trigger pad
Sample accurate timing, full VST2 integration
Contains the latest "LinPlug Audio Engine" So you can count on the quality
reFX have updated QuadraSID 6581 to v1.4 for both MacOS and Windows, featuring some new features and a few bug fixes:
Complete graphics overhaul
Virtual-keyboard can now be toggled on/off
Virtual-keyboard now velocity sensitive
GUI enhancements make it easier to edit/select patches
Oversampling per chip (1x - 8x)
Chip-Model selector per chip (6581 / 8580)
Arpeggiator can be configured
Wavetable-looping was not working correctly in certain circumstances
Wavetable was used on release in arpeggio-mode, although the wavetable was not used
Galway-noise was reading one value to many from the data-table
It was possible to delete the first envelope-point
IK Multimedia have updated SampleTank to v1.1 for both MacOS and Windows. The the new features are summarized below, you can read the extensive list of changes on the SampleTank update page
New G4 optimization - doubling SampleTank performance on Mac
New dual processor compatibility - both in Mac and PC
Now DJ and L version can open all sounds - in preparation of the imminent release of IK and 3rd parties sound titles
New high quality resampling/repitching engine - makes SampleTank probably the best sample player on the market
New AKAI converter with more parameters implemented (Automatically creates a set of user controllers for the converted instruments. The parameters converted and assigned to the A, B, C and D controls are: A: Attack - B: Release - C: Cutoff - D: Tuning)
Hanging notes bug
Delay effect bug
Delay/AutoPan/Lo-Fi effects interaction bug
Plug-in location bug (Mac)
ST Converter buffer size bug
Steinberg have released a new Cubase Public beta for Windows - 5.0r7PB4
LoftSoft FMHeaven has been updated to version 1.3, featuring several new features including a tasty new GUI and TX81z import, it will be increasing in price to $70, though it is currently still available at its previous price of $50 and will be for a limited time only:
Support for 8 oscillator waveforms
Import support for TX81z patches
Multi-timbral support from the GUI
Over 300 sounds in the default program bank
We've got a new HALion drum kit for you created by Hypertone. It's an interesting drum kit made up of vocodered sounds. As the sounds are all individual WAV's you can download the kit and use them in your Drum Sampler of choice (RMIII, DR-008, etc.)
In conjunction with LinPlug, Kenfen.com have announced their newest product line, Presets for the LinPlug CronoX. The first release is a bank of 32 patches all crafted from Fender Rhodes samples, to be followed by 32 patches crafted from Wurlitzer EP samples. They cost $10 each.
Here's what they have to say about them:
"We see that the love affair for the Rhodes continues and we wholeheartedly join in and offer these Presets for all CronoX users", states Kenfen. The disk includes some Rhodes patches, but there's more than that. Thanks to the incredible flexibility and unique design of the CronoX, this Bank set uses Rhodes samples to create Phat Basses, Screaming Leads, FX, Pads and other sounds. "It was a real blast to take a limited palette of colours and have the CronoX to explore with and open up into new sonic turf", says Kenfen.
"Also, a huge part of us going into this arena is the incredible amount of support that LinPlug has given us. We know that we are dealing with a company of the highest quality and integrity with LinPlug. We will continue to add to our arsenal of sounds for the CronoX so stay tuned for more Kenfen.com releases coming soon."
1st October 2001
LinPlug have updated RMIII to v1.1, incorporating several bug fixes, and their free synth GakStoar Alpha to v1.2 adding a stereo out and improving the interface design.
Also, all their instruments are now available as a bundle - Delta, CronoX, RM III and Roagine in one package for just $149. This includes around 250 presets for Delta, 64 for CronoX, 39 for Roagine and more than 30 drum kits for the brand new RM III. This package will also be available on CD soon!
The individual price of Roagine has also dropped to $29