November 14, 2013

Epica producer Sam Spacey on the making of Zero-G’s new virtual synth

More famously known for producing sample libraries, this week saw Zero-G add a new virtual ‘sound module’ to their product portfolio in the form of the Kontakt-powered ‘EPICA‘. We got in contact with the instrument’s creator Sam Spacey, who was also responsible for Zero-G’s Phaedra synth a few years ago, to find out what Epica has to offer… Hi Sam, first up, could you tell us a little about your…

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August 16, 2012

Garritan Classic Pipe Organs – the people’s verdict…

In July, renowned orchestral software developer Garritan released Classic Pipe Organ Collection – a virtual instrument powered by the ARIA engine that offers six different historic pipe organs and 75 different stops. It is the first collection of its kind to offer a variety of different pipe organs, each unique and representative of a specific school of organ building – from early Baroque to Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, and the Modern…

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July 12, 2012

How to create runs, fast arpeggios and measured tremolo with Cinematic Strings 2

Cinematic Strings 2 has been taking the soundtrack and classical music production world by storm thanks to its extremely easy to use interface and the professional results it produces. If you’re already a user of this impressive virtual instrument, or are considering taking the plunge and buying it, developer Alex Wallbank has produced a second tutorial video demonstrating the easy ways to approach the normally tricky task of writing fast…

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July 3, 2012

Squeeze 6 classic pipe organs into your studio thanks to Garritan’s new virtual instrument

There are few sounds as majestic and powerful as those that emanate from a pipe organ and Garritan has managed to exquisitely capture that magnificence in the form of the company’s latest virtual instrument – Classic Pipe Organ Collection. You’ll no doubt be familiar with other Garritan titles, in particular the hugely successful Personal Orchestra and the more recent Instant Orchestra. The ARIA Engine-powered titles are renowned for being a…

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June 28, 2012

iZotope Iris sample-based synthesizer takes the press by storm

When iZotope first revealed the concept of Iris to us last year we knew straight away that music producers were in for a real treat and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the first Beta version. To recap, Iris embraces iZotope’s award-winning visual selection technology within a groundbreaking sample-based synthesizer that requires the user to employ their eyes as well as their ears to create never-heard-before soundscapes, ambiences…

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May 17, 2012

Iris customers give their verdict on iZotope’s first foray into virtual instruments

Iris has been one of the most exciting music software releases of the year so far. Not only is it the first virtual instrument from acclaimed audio processing developers iZotope who brought us the multi award winning Ozone 5 last year, but also a groundbreaking tool that puts a completely new spin on sound design by not only harnessing the power of your ears, but your eyes too. You’ve probably…

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April 17, 2012

iZotope reveal the revolutionary Iris sample-based synthesizer

Well, we knew something special was coming from iZotope and yesterday all was revealed. Billed by iZotope as a ‘visual instrument’, Iris utilizes RX2 technology to give the user a variety of advanced ‘photoshop-esque’ tools to select regions of audio within sound to create patches in a truly ground-breaking way.

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