Get up to 70% off all 7 Output engines at Native Instruments

Output saleNative Instruments is having a sale on Output products – 70% off all seven “engines” (Exhale, Analog Brass & Winds, Analog Strings, Substance, Rev, Signal, and Rev X-Loops) or 50% off individual ones. The prices come down to EUR 349 (down from EUR 1293) for the bundle of 7 engines and EUR 99,5 (down from EUR 199) for individual engines. With that, I think the bundle offer is positively cray-cray. The deals are good until August 11, 2021.

Output sale – up to 70% off Exhale, Analog Brass & Winds, Analog Strings, Substance, Rev, Signal, and Rev X-Loops

Here’s a little more about each of the 7 Output engines on offer:

  • EXHALE – Sound designers tweaked and manipulated real vocal performances with tape machines, vocoders, and vintage gear to create a range of distinctive sounds, playable with the Exhale engine’s three different modes.
  • SIGNAL – Combining synthetic sound and organic instruments, its hybrid atmospheres can drive everything from dancefloor stompers to game, film, and theatre soundtracks.
  • SUBSTANCE – A three-layered bass engine that combines hybrid sound sources with intelligent sound design.
  • ANALOG BRASS AND WINDS – Hybridizing synthetic sounds with the power of big orchestral brass and wistful winds.
  • ANALOG STRINGS – Blurring the lines between traditional strings and vintage synths, Analog Strings combines meticulously-recorded orchestras and soloists with unconventional textures for unique, powerful palettes of sound.
  • REV – Rev puts a new spin on producing sound. Each of its four parts has its own unique sound engine, packed with a world of sound based entirely on reverse elements.
  • REV X-LOOPS – the result of months recording live instruments, walls of synths, and organic sources. Use them as a departure point into sonic explorations, or manipulate them until they’re truly yours.

System requirements

The Essential Engines Collection is an 86GB download. All of the engines require Native Instruments KONTAKT or the free KONTAKT PLAYER to function. KONTAKT and KONTAKT PLAYER work on 64-bit computers running macOS 10.13 or later and Windows 7 or later. They are available in VST, AU, AAX and standalone application formats. KONTAKT PLAYER takes 1GB of storage space.

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Dorico and Sibelius for Mobile: Steinberg and Avid go head to head on iPad

AVID Sibelius for MobileSomething unusual happened yesterday. First, Steinberg released Dorico for the iPad and, later that same day, AVID dropped Sibelius for Mobile. Both are free of charge and offer subscription options for additional features. I wonder if Steinberg and Avid coordinated their moves at a fancy dinner like in the mafioso movies. Or maybe it was more of a nosy-neighbours-spying-on-each-other-type situation. Regardless, the iPad has suddenly become a mean scoring tool, with both apps exploiting the iPad platform while staying cross-compatible with Windows and Mac.

Dorico and Sibelius for Mobile

While both apps look like what you’d expect from using them on desktop machines, each offers something unique to the iPad. For example, Dorico can play scores using AUv3 plug-ins and Sibelius for Mobile supports note input with the Apple Pencil. Both apps are optimized for multi-touch interfaces, cloud sharing of scores in various formats (MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.), and support up to four parts in their free versions. They need an iPad running at least iPadOS 13.0 (Dorico) or 13.4 (Sibelius for Mobile), which is any iPad using the Apple A8 chip or later.

Dorico and Sibelius for Mobile – Price and availability

Steinberg Dorico for iPadOS is available for free in the Apple App Store. After purchasing a subscription, you can activate additional features – such as 12 parts and extended notation – for EUR 3.99 per month or EUR 39 per year. The app takes 823 MB on your iPad.

Sibelius for Mobile has different pricing models offering varying levels of functionality. All of them include both desktop and mobile versions. The free basic version (Sibelius | First) supports four parts. Sibelius supports up to 16 voices and costs EUR 105.91 per year or EUR 10.71 per month. Sibelius | Ultimate supports any number of parts and costs EUR 224.91 per year or EUR 22.61 per month. There are also permanent licenses which start at EUR 105.91. The app takes around 1.2GB on your iPad.

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Polyphia’s Tim Henson gets Neural DSP Archetype suite

Neural DSP Archetype- Tim HensonNeural DSP has added Polyphia’s Tim Henson to its roster of Archetype software suite artists. Consisting of amp, effect and virtual cabinet modules, this setup packs in some aesthetically appealing emulations of guitar gear for your DAW.

Neural DSP Tim Henson Archetype

This latest plug-in suite from Neural DSP follows similar virtual rigs for artists including Cory Wong, Tosin Abasi, and Gojira’s Joe DuplantierPolyphia’s Tim Henson is known for a very diverse range of futuristic guitar tones. And that is exactly what you get with this latest suite of virtual gear. It all looks amazing! I think it’s a beautiful user interface.

What’s in the suite?

You get three amp models named Acoustic, Rhythm/Crunch and Lead. Acoustic is based on Henson’s studio signal chain and is designed to give you a rich, bright tone. Rhythm is based on a low-gain, two-channel, British-voiced amp. Then there’s Lead. Henson describes it as “This one fucks”, so I presume it has a bit of gain.

Neural DSP Tim Henson Acoustic Simulator Amplifier

Tim Henson Acoustic Simulator Amplifier

Tim Henson Crunch Amplifier

Tim Henson Crunch Amplifier

Neural DSP Tim Henson Lead Amplifier

Tim Henson Lead Amplifier


The CabSim module comes pre-loaded with hundreds of IRs made by Adam “Nolly” Getgood and includes six virtual microphones. You can also load your own IR files.

Tim Henson Archetype pre-effects

Tim Henson Archetype pre-effects

Intelligent Effects?

Finally, we have some pretty interesting effects, too. These include standard Boost, Compressor, Overdrive, Stereo Chorus, Delay, and Reverb effects.

Multivoicer algorithm allows you to add 4 pitch shifted voices on top of your signa

Multivoicer algorithm allows you to add 4 pitch-shifted voices on top of your signal

MIDI Pitch Shifting

Where it really gets interesting, though, is with the included intelligent Multivoicer algorithm. You can use this to add 4 pitch-shifted voices to your guitar’s signal. If you Activate MIDI, it will receive MIDI chords or notes. This harmonizes your guitar’s DI signal to the MIDI pitch you enter. The Archetype: Tim Henson also has a nine-band graphic EQ on board, so you can fully sculpt your tones here.

Archetype: Tim Henson is available for €119/$140, and you can try it out with a 14-day free trial from the link below. It comes in 64-bit VST/AU/AAX formats and standalone versions for both Mac and Windows.

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M1LimiterLite By Rob Chiarelli Is FREE Until July 31st ($19 Value)

M1LimiterLite by Rob Chiarelli

Final Mix offers the M1LimiterLite ($19 value) plugin by Rob Chiarelli as a FREE download until July 31st, 2021. M1LimiterLite is a limiter plugin suitable for use on the master bus and individual channels. It features intelligent attack and release parameters that automatically adapt to the input signal. Thanks to its combination of brickwall limiting […]

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Roland unleashes Zenology FX for your DAW, free till Dec 31 2021

Roland Zenology FXRoland dropped the motherload today by adding all 90+ effects from its Zen-Core engine to its Roland Cloud subscription – in the form of an effects plug-in. As if that ain’t sweet enough, you can ‘test’ all that goodness for free until the end of 2021 with just a Roland account – not a paid Roland Cloud subscription account, but a free Roland account! That’s the kind of mega-corp power move I wholeheartedly support…

Roland Zenology FX

The Zenology FX effects come from the Zen Core sound engine which powers Roland’s current music hardware, such as its FANTOM and JUPITER-X keyboards, among others. You can read more about the platform here at Roland. The available effects are all over the place, ranging from emulations of vintage hardware (like the Roland Space Echo and Juno-106 chorus) to unabashedly digital modulators, delays, loopers, pitch shifters and the sort. While the lack of reverbs is notable, you probably own like 40 of these in addition to your stock DAW ones, so I’m sure you’ll get by somehow. The effects share a streamlined UX design with clearly laid-out controls so using them is a breeze. The Zenology FX plug-in makes a formidable effects arsenal for your DAW-based productions.


Roland Zenology FX – Price and availability

If you are not a Roland Cloud subscriber, you can test ZENOLOGY FX for free with a non-paid-for Roland Account until December 31st. Simply register, download the Roland Cloud Manager app, log in and install ZENOLOGY FX. Roland Cloud memberships start at USD 3 / mo or USD 30 / year and each tier has a 30-day trial period. The free Roland Account also includes the Zenology Lite synth, a 30-day Roland Cloud Ultimate trial, Zenbeats music creation software, and access to Test Drive campaigns.

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