Akai Professional and Retronyms release smaller sampler
Inspired by 80s digital sampling synthesizer Fairlight CMI
Major upgrade brings new sounds and signature instruments
77GB of Bösendorfer, Steinway and Yamaha samples
New effects for NI Kore
Beatalogue sample library launched
Special offer from inventive samplesmiths
Micro Sampler and Wave Drum announcedThe Micro Korg synthesizer has become a common feature on stage in recent years, with many a modern indie band relying on it to produce retro-style synth sounds with ease. After updating the Micro Korg to the Micro Korg XL, Korg have decided to release an equally portable sampler. At...
Muted Brass sample packChris Hein have announced Horns 3, a sample library dedicated to muted brass. The pack contains samples from a total of 28 different instruments including trombones and trumpets, with 16 solo instruments and 12 ensemble sections. Each instrument has 72 editable parameters and there is a variety of built-in effects,...
New features & bug fixesSample library aficionados EastWest have updated their current generation audio engine, Play, to version 1.2. The revision has a new streaming engine that, according to the developers, can deliver up to 800 mono voices: “the fastest streaming performance of any sampler”. Other improvements include the implementation of polyphonic aftertouch automation,...
Software update brings new featuresA software update for the Akai MPC5000 (which we reviewed in SOS December 2008, and on-line here), has been announced. The update is free, and can be downloaded from the Akai web site, then loaded on to a Compact Flash card, from where it can be installed on the sampling...
Support to continue until end of 2008We can confirm that Tascam have ceased the development of their Gigastudio sample software platform. An official statement from the company states, "TEAC America, Inc. will cease further development of Gigastudio and Gigastudio related products as of July 21, 2008. Product sales and technical support will continue through the...
Now availableWe briefly mentioned the latest version of Tascam’s Gigastudio PC-based sampling software in a roundup of Tascam’s product announcements following the New York AES show in October. Gigastudio 4 has the the ability to address 128GB of RAM (with 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista), which enables the user...
Big Fish Audio make a break for the East CoastSample creators Big Fish Audio have released a new sample library dedicated to the sounds of East-coast hip hop. Straight Outta NYC, as it’s called, contains construction kits comprising samples and loops of everything from beats and basses to horns and keyboards. In total, there’s almost 4GB of sample data...
The legend continuesSampling experts Akai announced the latest model in the MPC range of sampling workstations at the NAMM show back in January, with the MPC5000, their new flagship product. As expected with any MPC, the 5000 features 16 of Akai's trademark trigger pads, but unlike any other MPC, it's capable of recording...
Check out the latest videosIf our review of the Korg M3 (in SOS July 2007 and online here) wasn't enough to satisfy all your synth workstation/sampler desires, Korg have posted videos of the M3 in action on their web site, so you can see it in all its glory. Visit www.korg.co.uk and head to...
Computer-friendly hardware samplingRoland unveil the latest in its long line of SP-series ‘Groovesamplers’, the SP606.
Free software for Mac OS X users of Akai samplersThe latest v2.6 update to Akai's ak.Sys sampler control editor is now OS X compatible.