AKAI Professional announce MPC 2.2 software. This software update makes the legendary AKAI MPC recording system available to anyone that uses any MIDI controllers such as those from M-Audio, Native Instruments, Alesis, Novation, etc.
You no longer need to own any MPC hardware to use the amazing MPC software on Mac or PC.
The three letters ‘MPC’ are legendary in the audio world. It is the name of one of the most famous audio hardware units ever manufactured and used by countless musician and producers to build their hit records. Today the new 2.2 software version makes it available to everyone. And there is an Incredible Promo to celebrate this.
There are now two versions of the MPC 2.2 software for Mac & PC :
MPC 2.2 Standard $99 Promo (List $249)
MPC 2.2 Standard (available as an upgrade to MPC Software version 1 owners or any third party controller owners such as M-Audio, Native Instruments, Alesis, Novation, etc.)
MPC Standard promo includes their flagship MPC Software and five of their most popular Expansion Packs (a $250 value, FREE of charge). Discover powerful audio track recording, flexible clip launching, real-time audio warping, Audio and MIDI drag-and-drop, along with enhanced Q-Link™ control.
MPC 2.2 software
5 MPC Expansion Packs
MPC 2.2 Premier $249 Promo (List $599)
Over 50 products (25K+ Sounds) ranging from breathtaking emulations of vintage gear, powerful fx, classic instruments and unique synthesis technologies, enabling you to tap into familiar sounds or create something no one has ever heard before.(Over $1200 of FREE software included)
MPC 2.2 Premier Includes:
MPC 2.2 software
VIP 3.1 Standard
AIR Music Technology’s AIEP 3 Complete
10 MPC Expansions
4 MPC plugins
With this long-awaited update, owners of other branded controllers such as M-Audio, Native-Instruments, Alesis, Novation, etc. can fully control the MPC 2 Software. The MPC 2.2 update introduces other creative workflow features including Generate Random Events, Humanize and many others such as :
MIDI Learn (Global): MPC Software can now be controlled by external MIDI surfaces other than the MPC, such as keyboards and pad controllers. This includes 3rd-party products.
MIDI Learn (Project): Automat-able parameters (volume, pan, etc.) can now be controlled by external surfaces such as the faders on a MIDI mixer or rotary knobs on keyboard controllers.
Humanize: Users can now add randomization to the timing or velocity of MIDI events. This is great for grooves that are slightly “out-of-the pocket.”
Generate Random Events: MPC can generate random melodic and drum patterns across the timeline.
Flux:: proudly announce the launch of a new flagship product, EVO Channel, the next-generation channel strip that might just revolutionize the workflow of today’s audio engineers. Evo Channel is available as of today at the affordable price of ONLY $119 (List $149).
Over the past two years, Gaël Martinet (Founder at Flux::) and longtime friend and colleague from the music industry, Yves Jaget, have been hard at work developing and designing a “modern” software Channel Strip, now called Evo Channel.
The Evo Channel is an adaptable module-based channel strip plug-in comprised of 5 highly innovative audio processing modules that include Drive, Phase, EQ, Compressor, and “Touch” an original polymorphic frequency dependent dynamic tool (DeEsser, Expander and a Transient / Sustain Designer).
Evo Channel also contains its own highly original elements such as free-form linear phase adjustment, an optimized compressor with 9 selective types (for instrument and bus groups), and a unique multi-tool module “Touch” to process transient material in a defined frequency range and lots more.
With complete multi-channel support for Dolby Atmos and Ambisonic systems for post-production, the Evo Channel is the go-to plug-in for any sound engineer that needs an ultra-precise great-sounding channel strip that’s fast and easy to tweak. Evo Channel is available in the AAX Native and Audiosuite, AU, VST, and Waves WPAPI formats making it available in all professional situations. Evo Channel also handles High-Resolution DXD Audio with sampling rates up to 384 kHz is supported.
The Story of The Evo Channel
The philosophy of an Analog Channel Strip (the essential element of an analog console) is about being fast and efficient. Great Channel strips should make anything sound great as soon as a signal passes through it and refinements are made.
EVO Channel is designed to be as efficient, fast and hands-on as possible. It adds all the advantages of creative digital innovation in terms of workflow and sound, providing everything you need to stay in complete control of your sound!
Sound engineer Yves Jaget says:“All the right tools are there to assist the creativity of a sound engineer, and the technology should not limit what he can do – It’s still the human who need to be making the decisions!”
The Evo Channel can be considered as the ultimate channel strip plug-in for any mixing/mastering situations, with each module providing the sound shaping tools needed for a particular or required application.
Here are 4 video tutorials to showcase and overview the the Evo Channel as its modular sections :
An adaptable module based design, allowing free movement of channel strip elements in any order.
Optimized Spectrum Analyzer, taken from Flux:: Pure Analyzer and Studio Session Analyzer to give accurate overview of the frequency domain.
Drive, a Soft Saturation module to add warmth to your audio tracks.
Linear Phase correction with zero latency.
Proprietary “State-Space” technology Parametric EQ and filters, tuned to preserve optimal signal to noise ratio independent of parameter settings.
A “multi-mode” Compressor taken from Pure Compressor’s engine offers 9 types of compressor in one (Start, Kick/Snare, Overhead, Drum Bus, Bass, Acoustic, Piano, Vocal, and Mix), plus a unique auto adaptable release control, parallel wet/dry and easy parameter adjustment.
Touch, a multi-tool module defined by one of 7 selected modes (Transient Boost, Transient Kill, Sustain Boost, Sustain Kill, DeEsser 1, DeEsser 2, and Expander) to act on a set frequency range.
Dolby Atmos and Ambisonic support with up to third order 16 channel. High-Resolution DXD Audio with sampling rates up to 384 kHz is supported.
Memory location store and recall for input and output gain controls and all parameter knobs for quick access level and value changes.
50 useful Factory Presets included from Yves Jaget.
Blue Cat Audio have released what they call “the next generation”, a powerful and open multi effects processor and amp simulation software for guitar and bass, Axiom.
Also, as part of the release they have created a new bundle called the “Axe Pack” which contains Axiom, alongside their Descturtor (distortion and amp modelling tool), Late Replies (a powerful delay and multi effects plug-in), and Patchwork (a universal plug-ins patchbay that can host up to 64 VST, VST3, Audio Unit or built-in plug-ins into any Digital Audio Workstation).
Both product and bundle are currently available on promotion until May 19th. Axiom is available for only $149 ($199 MSRP), and the Axe Pack for only $249 ($299 MSRP). A great saving of 25% and 16.5% respectively on retail!
Blue Cat’s Axiom is a powerful and open multi effects processor and amp simulation software for guitar and bass. Based on the acclaimed Destructor plug-in for amp simulations, Axiom offers an infinite number of exceptional tones for your axe.
It includes two amp simulations channels (with pre and post effects) that can be mixed together or used alternatively like a real amp. You can choose your amp models from hundreds of presets or launch the amp editor to build your own, with complete control over the tone. Additional input and master sections let you adjust the tone at the input and the output of Axiom, with 4 additional effect slots each and an integrated high precision tuner. A brickwall limiter also protects the output from overshoot.
Read more details about this great new plug-in from Blue Cat Audio at the link above, and check out the series of videos below for a deeper insight into your next generation amp sim…
Powerful and unlimited multi-effects processor and amp modeling software for guitar and bass.
Realistic and fully customizable amp simulation based on Blue Cat’s Destructor.
Flexible routing: 2 parallel amp simulation channels with effects + input and master sections.
Ueberschall have today released Funky Acoustic Guitar for their Elastik Player virtual instrument. Want super-cool rhythmic strumming? Then this is for you!
If you think funk is just about strummed Fender Strats and slapped bass, then Funky Acoustic Guitar may make you think again. From the Elastik Instruments Series, this loop collection offers super-cool acoustic guitar performances that deliver funk from start to finish.
Great Performances Suitable For Funk, Pop and House
The library is built around nearly 1.3GB of samples and divided into 13 tempo and key-based sections. Original tempos range from 106 to 126 bpm but, with Elastik’s high-quality tempo matching algorithms, you can find the perfect tempo match for your project. All the contained phases are recorded in guitar-friendly keys of E and A but Elastik 3′s new ReTune feature set makes it easy to get these loops working with other musical content within your project regardless of the key.
Super-Cool Syncopated Rhythms
Within each of the 13 folders, multiple phrases (mostly 4 or 8 bars in length) are provided, making it simple to build a complete guitar performance for an entire song-style project. In addition, for each phrase, two alternative parts are provided intended to be panned left and right. You also get both dry and processed (with suitable effects) stereo versions of each phrase enabling you to work fast when required. As you would expect from Ueberschall, the audio and performance quality is of the highest standard.
Funk With An Organic Feel
In terms of styles, the library caters for conventional funk but the sound of the acoustic brings something truely organic to the genre. Equally, for those looking to add a funky flavour to pop, electro or house productions, Funky Acoustic Guitar will have you covered. Inspiring, groovy, syncopated and with attitude by the bucket load, Funky Acoustic Guitar might be just what you need to get the funk out.
The Elastik player allows you to fit all loops to your current song project in speed, scale and pitch. Use Retune to change the scale from minor to major or create your own scale. The intuitive browser manages all Elastik libraries for immediate access to all samples. This way, not only loops of Funky Acoustic Guitar but of all installed Elastik libraries can be combined freely. With functions such as resample, formant and reverse as well as an effective multi mode filter, samples can be easily modified and alienated.
1.27 GB Sample Content
400 Loops & Phrases
Elastik Soundbank for Mac & Win – AU/VST/AAX/Standalone
McDSP are running another Flash Sale, where you can make a huge saving off the regular price of the “AE600 Active EQ”. From today until the 23rd of April, you can get this award-winning plug-in for ONLY $49 (list $229) for the Native version and ONLY $79 (list $329) for the HD version.
The McDSP AE600 Active EQ is available on flash sale at the DontCrack Store
The AE600 is the next generation of active equalization. New and unique EQ modes, independent control of fixed and active EQ bands, and an ultra low latency algorithm make the AE600 the perfect solution for any audio production.
The AE600′s active EQ response is determined by each band’s threshold, attack and release settings. Additionally, a ratio control determines input signal level sensitivity to further articulate how the active EQ will reach maximum active equalization – a feature unique to the AE600 (and AE400) active equalizers by McDSP.
Six fully overlapping fixed and active EQ bands
Independent control over all fixed and active EQ parameters per band
Eventide have today announced an update release for their Blackhole reverb plugin; adding NKS support for Native Intruments’ Komplete Kontrol and Maschine, whilst also announcing a fantastic promo for ONLY $69 until the end of May.
As reflected in its updated GUI (Graphical User Interface), Blackhole is part of Eventide’s H9 Plug-In Series designed with live performance in mind. The Ribbon control can be mapped to any combination of parameters giving a performer a single control over a world of effects. Integration with the NKS platform makes the Ribbon an integral part of the performer’s instrument.
Whereas most reverbs are constrained by the physics of the real world, Blackhole creates virtual spaces that could never exist in reality. It can turn a simple drum track into an otherworldly rhythm section. Capable of creating epic soundscapes, space-warping special effects and drones, Blackhole can cover spaces as small as a room and as large as space itself.
Eventide Blackhole is available on promo until May 31st, only $69 at the DontCrack Store
Easy to use interface and more than 50 presets, including some by Eventide artists: Richard Devine, Vernon Reid, Flood & Alan Moulder, Jonsi & Alex (Sigur Rós), and John Agnello.
Unique Gravity control reverses the arrow of time by inverting the reverb’s decay.
Innovative Ribbon and Hotswitch allow for changing any combination of parameters simultaneously.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Eventide, a brand famous for their high-quality, creative FX, on the NKS platform and deeply integrated into our KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE eco-systems,” says Native Instruments’ Ray Chemo.
“We’re delighted to add our ‘special sauce’ to Native Instruments’ eco-system,” enthuses Eventide Software Developer Tom Longabaugh, continuing: “It will be exciting to discover ways in which Blackhole will be used in both live performance and in music production by a community of artists who have yet to discover the universe of effects that we’re known for.”
DontCrack is very proud to announce that we have now have Audiomodern’s fantastic products available on the store. Audiomodern are passionate about delivering unique and innovative sound libraries, sound design tools and virtual instruments, you need to hear them.
Audiomodern have grown exponentially with a significant user base utilising their multi-format sample products for Native Instruments’ Kontakt platform and ReFill files. They also produce other formats in a vast array of musical productions in varied genres. Some of their incredible sounding products include Atom, a film and game sound design tool, and Abuser v2 heralded as “a powerful hybrid analog virtual instrument”.
Waves has changed the pricing on the SSL channel plug-ins to just $29! So here is the opportunity to pick the SSL E-Channel, SSL G-Channel, SSL G-Equalizer or SSL G-Master Buss Compressor for a Crazy price!
The SSL Plug-ins deliver the incomparable sound of the Solid State Logic 4000-series console’s all-discrete design and its Class A, VCA chip. It’s a slice of the world’s greatest hitmaking machine, in your computer.
Toontrack have today released ’80′s Pop MIDI’. An EZkeys MIDI pack drawing inspiration from decade-defining artists that all made immortal songs where the piano or the keyboard were the undisputed stars.
It takes a mix of all the elements that made this a stand-out decade – the straightforward pop, the soaring power ballads and the synth-infused new wave. Think the whole gamut, from Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Phil Collins to A-ha, Prince and Michael Jackson.
Our friends at Touch Loops have recently released three new packs that are now available at the DontCrack Store. They are: Organic House, Intimate Keys, and Warehouse Techno. View further details, audio demos and product feature list for each at highlighted link below.
Organic House Inspired by the lush, beautifully designed music of Bonobo, ambient EDM genres and classic house sessions, this stunning collection of organic house samples glides effortlessly between moments of absolute reflection and club ready rhythms.
Intimate Keys Intimate, close, personal and incredibly emotive. This beautifully immersive collection of experimental piano samples, delicate synths and manipulated solo keys loops is the perfect remedy to harsh, digital tones and soulless, bland music.
Warehouse Techno A hypnotic, pulsating and rhythmic collection of warehouse influenced classic and contemporary techno. With each layer slowly adding more depth and complexity, this bespoke pack of driving techno loops and samples offers everything you could possibly need to get your productions off the ground.