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Time To Get Your Inner Vangelis On! Arminator 2 Released by Krakli Plugs

Arminator is a much loved free CS-80 emulation from Krakli Plugs. While not designed to be an out and out pure emulation it sure does a fantastic job of dishing out Vangelis style sounds aplenty.

 

 

After spending  some time last weekend meticulously multi-sampling Arminator for use with the MPC Live, yesterday saw an update on their Facebook page informing the masses of the new and improved Arminator 2 with a whopping 5 banks of 128 patches!

 

Fresh additions include:

The ability to KeySplit anywhere on a key across 10 octaves

Chorus effect

Mono Poly on individual lines

Better scaling of some controls (Filter Freq etc)

Ability to sync the LFO to KeyPress

Keytracking on the LowPass Filter

Sine Oscillator on the Line Amp can now be a 1 or 2 sub octave

Line 2’s Envelope can be delayed by up to 500ms from keypress

 

I absolutely adore the sound of this plugin, and this is of course helped by the amazing patch design.

Unfortunately it is 32-bit only but this can easily be rectified by an app like JBridge if your DAW doesnt include a bridge of it’s own.

 

Krakli Plugs Facebook page:      https://www.facebook.com/groups/Krakli/

Native Instruments Komplete 8 + 3 Virtual Instruments Offer

Native Instruments are offering free downloads of the wobbletastic “Razor”, the heavenly “Session Strings” and Tim Exile’s frankly barking vocoder-esque creation “The Mouth”, worth almost £200.

They are free to download for anyone who registers Komplete 8 with NI from today until the 30th September.

If you were in any doubt about the package, and certainly £385 is a certainly a considered investment for most of us, i can only tell you this….. All of the Scan Pro Audio Team use part of Komplete in almost every production they do (I’ve never done a track without Kontakt for at least 10 years!), with excellent tools such as industry leading sampler, Kontakt and the endless possibilities of build-your-own instrument program Reaktor these tools really will equip you with some of the best software available to musicians.  Komplete also includes an enormous library of sounds,  in fact just the Kontakt factory sound bank a fantastic starting point for a whole heap of instruments.

Komplete includes
Komplete 8 Summer Offer @ Scan
Flagship products:

KONTAKT 5
REAKTOR 5.6
GUITAR RIG 5 PRO

Synthesizers:

ABSYNTH 5
FM8
MASSIVE
REAKTOR PRISM
REAKTOR SPARK
RETRO MACHINES MK2

 

Drums & Percussion:

ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMS
BATTERY 3
STUDIO DRUMMER
WEST AFRICA

 

Creative & Studio Effects: 

REFLEKTOR
THE FINGER
TRAKTOR’S 12
TRANSIENT MASTER

 

Guitar & Bass:

RAMMFIRE
SCARBEE MM-BASS

 

Piano & Keys:

BERLIN CONCERT GRAND
NEW YORK CONCERT GRAND
SCARBEE CLAVINET/PIANET
SCARBEE MARK I
SCARBEE A-200
UPRIGHT PIANO
VIENNA CONCERT GRAND
VINTAGE ORGANS

Plus Razor, Session Strings, The Mouth

 

Native Instruments Komplete 8 Product Page at Scan

Steinberg release the Cubase 6.5 upgrade.

Steinberg have today released a fairly major update for the ever popular Cubase 6 sequencer with a whole raft of new features to make it a worthy upgrade.

Key features of the Steinberg Cubase 6.5 upgrade:

2 New Synths:

Retrologue :

  • Classic virtual analog synthesizer with 300 quality presets
  • Two oscillators with up to eight detunable voices each plus a sub and noise oscillator
  • 12 different filter types
  • LFO and ADSR for filters and amp envelopes
  • 10 stage Modulation Matrix with Note Expression support
  • Mono and poly modes with legato and glide
  • FX section with modulation and delay

Padshop:

  • Advanced granular synthesis engine
  • Includes 400 carefully crafted presets
  • SoftGrain Wave ROM for custom sounds
  • 10 stage Modulation Matrix with Note Expression support
  • 12 different filter types, LFOs and ADSR for filters and amp
    envelopes
  • Step Modulator for rhythmic triggering of oscillators
  • FX section with modulation and delay

2 New Plugins:

DJ EQ:

  • Simple yet powerful 3-band equalizer
  • Kill switches for cutting breaks

Morphfilter:

  • Classic filter types of Steinberg’s HALion 4 sound creation system
  • Blend seamlessly between two filter curves
  • Great for creating sweeps and dynamic glides

New functionality:

New Comping Tools:

  • Comp tool with handy click-and-drag features
  • Cleanup-lanes command to resolve event overlaps
  • Create-tracks-from-lanes function to convert each lane into a new audio track
  • Seperated track and lane solo function
  • Developed in close collaboration with studio engineers for best results

New Audiowarp Quantizing Features:

  • Fusion of hitpoint and AudioWarp system
  • AudioWarp quantize integrated into Quantize panel
  • Create warp markers from hitpoints automatically
  • Warp Marker rules support transient priorities for multi-track quantizing of Edit Groups*
  • Non-destructively quantize single audio loops or the entire arrangement just like MIDI!

Other Features:

FLAC Support:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 now allows you to import and export FLAC files effortlessly, and save up to 60% disk space when recording audio tracks in real time.

Soundcloud Upload Features:

Upload sounds and mixes directly from Cubase to your SoundCloud account, and share your songs and sounds with the world. The dedicated Upload Manager takes care of everything, all you’ve got to do is enter your log-in details.

64 bit Rewire support:

Hook up to your favorite ReWire software and flip the switch to 64 bits. Steinberg Cubase 6.5 now connects ReWire client applications in a pure 64-bit environment.

The upgrade to 6.5 itself is free to anyone who’s purchased Steinberg Cubase 6 after the 1/1/12 and around £40 (exchange rate dependent) to anyone else working on a copy registered prior to this point. This means that all boxed copies purchased from this date forward will also include the update as well as part of the package.

The update for existing customers is an online only deal so please contact Steinberg for more infomation on upgrading your current install of Cubase 6.

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Synths Video:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Effects Video:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Editing Features Video:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Intercommunication Features Video:

Cubase 6 at Scan Computers – This version qualifies for the free upgrade to Cubase 6.5.

For more info on the Steinberg Cubase 6.5 upgrade.

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 upgrade site.

A free Windows based software studio guide.

Everyone loves something for nothing and it has to be said the are some astounding free or donationware plug in’s and even sequencers out there.

This morning I stumbled across Synthgeeks “A free Windows based software studio” guide over on KVR and thought we should bring it to the attention of our readers, as the’s whole host of cool plugin’s there that even us guys here haven’t seen during our extensive time trawling the web. Having spent a bit of time working through the huge list that’s in the article we have to agree that the are certainly tools there suitable for both the newest user and even the seasoned pro and given the price of pretty much nothing (donations always encouraged) the really isn’t an excuse not to check them out.

So grab a nice comfy chair and make yourself a coffee then check out all the goodness over at the Synthgeek site.

A free Windows based software studio guide.