The highly respected plugin developer Waves has launched a special kind of compressor, specifically aimed at bass instruments. It’s called Bass Rider and resembles Wave’s vocal plugin Vocal Rider. Bass Rider is optimized to work well with bass oriented instruments and, like Vocal Rider, it analyzes the incoming signal and applies compression to notes, instead of sound. In other words, the whole note (attack, sustain and decay) is considered the smallest event, and the same amount of compression is applied to the the whole event. This way, the natural relationships between transients and decays are preserved. Price $100.
Vengeance Sound has released an update for it’s drum sound synthesis plugin Vengeance Producer Suite: Metrum Kick Synthesizer. The version number is now 1.2.2. Some info on what has changed since version 1.2.1 (and 1.2) can be found here. A short description of the instrument can also be found here.
LinPlug has released it’s first effect plugin, named relectro. LinPlug describes the device as being specialized on a specific task, namely to modify loops and samplings and make them sound like unusual electronic drums. Now, isn’t this to think a little narrow, considering the wealth of creativity that we represent, as users? Doesn’t it sound a bit limiting? Or is it just me?
Native Instruments has announced that Guitar Rig 5 Pro will be released on September 1. Upgrade price from the full version of Guitar Rig 1 – 4 will be $79. If you don’t happen to own a previous version of Guitar Rig, the price is $199.
Sibelius has always been early to adopt new technologies, at least on the Mac platform, and this seems to be the case this time around as well. Sibelius has, for many years, competed with Finale for the epithet “The best selling notation program in the world”. More info on Avid’s Sibelius page.
Vengeance Sound, probably most known as a developer of samples, also develop a line of plugins. One example is the kick drum synth Vengeance Producer Suite: Metrum Kick Synthesizer. Even if short and snappy product names doesn’t seem to be a high priority, the interface does look nice.
There’s a demo available (that’s only functional for a mere 5 days, with saving disabled). The price is 199 $.
Camel Audio has released a new sound library for it’s innovative synth Alchemy (does also work in the free version Alchemy Player). The library is called Guitar Mutations and costs 49 Euros. Camel Audio is offering a 10% discount on all software via this link.
Camel Audio describes the product like this: “Guitar Mutations features a studio full of classic guitars warped into strange new forms. Explore guitars with four necks whose resonating bodies morph into keyboards, fractal arpeggiations, tortured string soundscapes, stressed whammy bars and fractured frets as well as creamy overdrive, shimmering chorus and chugging riffs.”
The DSP Project is a site with video tutorials by Rupert Brown. A lot of Ableton Live, but also some hardware reviews and interviews.
The Dj Podcast is a site with texts and video tutorials by Peter Morgan. His target audience is mainly digital DJs, so a lot of the material is about Ableton Live, Traktor etc. That said, a lot can still be learned, even if DJing isn’t something that you are planning to do in the near future. The site’s motto is ”DJ Video Tutorials to Improve Your Mixes”.