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Music production software & gear – Spring selection

Between innovation and synergy! Our most wanted newly released music production software and hardware.

2016 has begun with innovation and creativity in mind. The music production industry is constantly energized by new products and technologies that combine the core concepts of music with new and immersive strategies. And as spring is already knocking at our door with a fresh breath of inspiration and energy, we have selected 3 new products that have impressed us. Just take a look.

Lurssen Mastering Console

Our favorite product so far this year is the new and revigorating Lurssen Mastering Console. Created with experience and usability in mind, the software is all about offering you the best sounds and inspiration regardless  of where you are.

iOS Lurssen Mastering Console - Music production gear

The collaboration between renowned Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen proved to be a revelation. Combining both experience and a clear and unique specific Lurssen sound, the console brings a new approach to the concept of digital audio mastering.

The software is the perfect combination of tube equalizers, limiters, solid state equalizers and solid state compressors. As a plus, it comes with 25 unique templates called “Styles” so you can test different musical themes and layers in your music production techniques.

And what’s best is that it comes in two versions, based on your needs: an iPad app (ready to be used whenever inspiration hits) and as a Mac or PC software. You don’t even have to worry about the devices that you will use after your mix is ready. Thanks to a 88.2/96kHz DSP processing, your finished track will sound perfect in any format (AAC, WAV, FLAC).

We were so convinced that we tried the free trial just to take a glimpse of what the Console holds in store. For more information about features and pricing please visit:

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/lurssen/index.php?pp=lurssen-versions

 

MEL9 Tape Replay Machine

Vintage sounds are back in business! Taking roots in the unmistakable and unique sound of vintage analogue keyboards, MEL9 was just released and aroused our interest.

Emulating the classic Mellotron sounds, the device offers 9 unique inputs. From Orchestra to Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Low or High Choir, Saxophone and Brass the MEL9 was designed with sound in mind.

Created for guitarists and musicians in general as a portable and practical device, the MEL9 combines the classical sound of polyphonic tapes with the modern world. After all it’s demo video speaks by itself:

 

BioTek Organic Synthesizer

Organic is also a trend in 2016. And what better way to combine the core concept of nature and its musicality than a unique synthesizer. BioTek Organic was just released and introduces a new platform (Acktion) that we are eager to test.

Combining sounds taken from nature or even urban places, the device offers a unique and memorable range of opportunities. Although it seems a bit futuristic, the synthesizer is actually easy to use and intuitive. Gravitating around a single-screen user interface the synthesizer is dominated by soft controls and an XY controller.

Already regarded as the perfect synergy between nature and technology the device has really impressed us. You can get a better feeling about this impressive concept below:

Free Ableton Drum Rack

Free Ableton Drum Rack:Ignition from ModeAudio

Mode Audio just launched a free Ableton Drum Rack called Ignition.

They’ve teamed up with highly talented music producer, live performer and Ableton-certified trainer SideBrain, creating a free rack including 32 sounds handpicked by pros.

The rack has some really nice drum samples. SideBrain worked his magic to produce a very versatile drum rack, offering full control over each sound for shaping and sculpting your beats to perfection.

Download the Ableton drum rack

You can download the rack from here: https://gum.co/xnDzB

5 Best VST Plugins according to Loops.Directory

We’ve selected the 5 best VST plugins available on the market.

1. Massive

Considered as one of the ultimate synths, MASSIVE deserves its number one spot. Clearly laid out and easy to use, the cutting-edge and contemporary sound that it provides is perfect for bass and lead sounds.
From its design to the oscillators, the synth was created to give perfect controls for wavetable position, pitch and wave shaping. The process is really simple: 3 wave oscillators form the sound which is then driven through 2 filters.
The resulted sound is then shaped by 4 different envelopes that feature settings for attack, decay, release and sustain. They can be set individually for each knob. The modulation settings are also varied, from LFO to Performer and Stepper.
Massive - Loops.Directory

2. Dune 2

The second version of DUNE came with a total change. Rewritten from scratch and improved with new oscillators, filters and effects, the new DUNE provides a higher quality and a wide range of sounds. The most important feature is its impressive reserve of oscillators, namely 8320.
DUNE 2 is available as VST/AU/AAX plugin for Windows and Mac OS X, with the mention that the ProTools version comes only in 64-bit for version.
Dune2 - Loops.Directory

3.Cthulhu

Steve Duda became renowned for releasing some of the greatest plug-ins for the modern music producer. His new software, released last winter soon became the latest must-have.
Designed for the electronic and dance music communities, Cthulhu focuses on harmonies and allows you to experiment with over 150 chord presets. Unique and impressive in its approach, the plugin deserves its spot in our top.
Cthulhu - Loops.Directory

4.Sylenth1

Coming closely to our top 3 selection, Sylenth 1 takes the meaning of quality and performance to another level. Created as a virtual analog VSTi synthesizer its features can compete with the standards of any hardware synth. Built from a producer’s point of view meaning that it focuses on superior quality and music, the warmth and clarity of the end result is really outstanding. The graphical interface is also significant as its usability allows for a high level of creativity.
Sylenth1 - Loops.Directory

5.Spire

Spire is another essential synthesizer that we recommend. Considered a software polyphonic synthesizer, the combination of powerful sound engine modulation and its flexible architecture offer a one of a kind usability. Combining both software and hardware synthesizers, its incredible flexible modulation architecture is what really impressed us: 4x Macroses, 4x Envelopes, 4x LFOs with morphing shapes,15x Matrix slots each of equipped with 2x sources and 4x targets.
Spire - Loops.Directory

We are using this best VST plugins on our loop packs

You can find something cool created with this in our latest loop packs Deep House Loops – Leads and Techno Heads Loops – Synths .

 

 

Seaboard RISE

The innovative category of Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression controllers continues to gain ground among top DJ’s. Focusing on instruments that deliver acoustic-level electronic expression and notes that are modulated real time, these controllers seem to be the future of music production.

One step towards this future is made by the new Seaboard RISE. This new controller balances originality with futuristic vibes. From design to functionalities, we were highly impressed by its capabilities.

Following its predecessor, the Seaboard GRAND, the controller focuses on the innovative idea of reimagining the keyboard as a pressure-sensitive surface. Each gesture finds its own note and sound in every dimensions.

The controller is designed to allow a 5D experience: from striking the keywaves to pressing them, gliding, sliding or lifting. As a plus, it works wirelessly and is available in 2 models: the two-octave RISE 25 and the four-octave RISE 49.

This is what we call a rise in expectation.