Spitfire Audio has released LABS Mandolin, a free mandolin sound library for the freeware LABS sound module plugin. LABS Mandolin captures the full tonal range of a classic mandolin. The samples were recorded at Spitfire HQ studios, including a variety of articulations. The library features picked and fingered playing styles, along with tremolo and ensemble. […]
Waves is offering the Berzerk distortion effect as a freebie for all registered users until July 3rd, 2020. Berzerk is a creative distortion effect with ten distortion algorithms that provide a wide choice of audio degradation flavors. The plugin is regularly priced at $99 one the Waves website (currently on sale for $49), but it […]
ValhallaDSP has is now offering the Valhalla Space Modulator modulation effect as a completely free download from its website. Valhalla Space Modulator is a versatile modulation effect. It works as a through-zero flanger, a detuner, a chorus effect, a weird pitch shifter, a doubler, a stereo modulator, a reverb, and more. Despite its seemingly simple […]
This week’s roundup of sample packs includes ethereal ambiences for Omnisphere 2, a robust pack of Latin percussion instruments for use with EZDrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3, a collection of free saxophones for use with HALion applications, and a fantastic grand piano pack that’s totally free.
Triple Spiral Audio Trinity for Omnisphere 2
Designed for creating lush, ethereal soundscapes this sample pack for Omnisphere 2 features 210 preset and 100 multis. It categorizes the sounds by Sun (playful, ambient textures), Earth (mellower sounds), and Moon (darker, more atmospheric sounds). All presets come in three variations across 77 sound sources. It can even be used in a live setting via keyswitching.
The entire pack comes in at a nominal 440MB and requires Omnisphere 2.6 to operate. It’s on sale for $29.95 until July 1st, 2020 but the regular price is very reasonable as well at $39.95.
Another expansion to EZDrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3 brings a number of latin percussion instruments to your productions. The pack was recorded New York City’s famed Sear Sound Studios by legendary percussionist Richie Flores.
Included are samples of many traditional Latin instruments including cajon, congas, bongos, shakers, blocks, cowbells, and many more. Most have multiple variations as well. If injecting some Latin flair is what your productions need this pack has great value for only $89.
This is another solid, free sample pack from Freemusicproduction.net that models different types of saxophones. Voice Management lets you manipulate the pitch, glide, and unison of the notes. There are controls over filtering and the envelope as well as the LFOs. It’s also capable of doing modulation and arpeggiation. The plug-in is available for Windows and Mac VST/3 and AAX formats for HALion, HALion Sonic, and HALion Sonic SE.
One of the better free sample packs modeling a grand piano this instrument comes with 8 multi-sampled presets. There is some element of control over low-pass filtering and the ADSR of the envelope.
It comes in 64/32-bit versions for Windows and Mac (Catalina OS) in VST/3 and AU plug-in formats. It’s not exactly small, taking a GB of hard drive space, but for a free instrument the piano samples are incredibly authentic.
Have you ever wanted to mix, patch and route analogue and Dante audio in a single hardware box? If so the Dynacord MXE5 could be the box for you! We take a look at the first release from Dynacord’s new MXE matrix mix engine series…
Dynacord MXE5 Matrix Mix Engine
What’s a Matrix Mix Engine when it’s at home then eh? In essence, the MXE5 is a big old box of DSP processing which provides a 24×24 patch matrix, 12 mic/line inputs, 8 line outputs and a basic mix engine. You could use it, for example as a virtual patch bay for audio signals, networking mic/line inputs or all of the above!
Dynacord has squarely aimed the MXE5 at commercial installations and large live systems; stadiums, sports facilities, live music venues, theatres and conference centres for example. Basically, anywhere you need to patch, mix and move audio around a building.
Controlling the MXE5 is carried out with Dynacord’s proprietary SONCIUE software. Furthermore, the onboard board DSP offers EQ, ambient noise control, acoustic echo cancellation and other useful features.
The MXE5 is yet another new device which has been released with Dante networking capabilities; importantly that opens up networking with a huge amount of 3rd party gear. Everything from a Behringer Wing up to a Yamaha Rivage offers Dante nowadays; hence it’s no surprise (and welcoming) to see it on offer here.
Admittedly, the MXE5 isn’t the sexiest or most exciting thing you’ll see released this year. However, our industry often relies on workmanlike tools to get the job done. One of these units would be a great way of putting your amp and crossover rack on a Dante network, for example.
Equally, it could be a fuss-free front end for a distributed audio system in a gym, hotel etc. It’s very much a utilitarian piece of kit for which you’ll have a specific use scenario in mind for it.
In conclusion, then, the Dynacord MXE5 is neither glamorous nor sexy, but then it has no need to be either of those things.
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