Intervista con John O’Hara–tastierista dei Jethro Tull

Un paio di settimane fa abbiamo incontrato il compositore John O’Hara, compositore ed attuale tastierista dei Jethro Tull. Abbiamo parlato del setup che utilizza dal vivo con la band e di quali strumenti invece utilizza in studio per il suo lavoro solista.

Potete ascoltare samples della musica di Jon O’Hara al seguente link


Intervista in inglese

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Photo by Stefano Angeletti

Recensione Ethereal–Cinematic Voices

Audio demos (also: watch the many VIDEO demos):

Ethera Drama Demo
Ethera EDM Demo
Ethera Epic Legato Demo
Ethera Oh Legato Demo
Ethera Pads Demo
Ethera Phrases 1 Demo
Ethera Phrases 2 Demo
Ethera Phrases Soul Demo


• Over 2.5Gb of 24bit 48 KHz compressed Kontakt .ncw format Samples

• GUI With Easy Controls & Fully Automated Midi Controllers

• ‘Oh’ & ‘Ah’ True Legato and Staccato Patches

• Fully Equipped Fx Rack

• Great Virtual Legato Patches

• Attack And Release Sample Time & Volume Control

• Natural Vibrato (Using Mod Wheel) & Vibrato Rate Control

• Double-Track Performance

• Phrases & Songs with 2 Sync Modes & Legato Mode

• Ahh, Ohh, Mmm, Vocal Sound Sustain Patches

• Pad Mode

• Two Sample Off-Set Start Controls On All Phrases

• Legato Speed Control

• 4 Cycling Sustain Round Robins on all samples

• Waveform Display on phrases & Legato patches

• The Unique Voice of Highly Acclaimed Vocalist “ Clara Sorace”

Native instruments annuncia komplete 11

Komplete 11 nella versione standard contiene 45 prodotti, oltre 13 mila suoni per un totale di oltre 155 GB di materiale. Ma se siete professionisti o volete proprio perdervi nell’infinito mondo dei suoni NI, allora potete scegliere o fare l’upgrade alla versione Komplete 11 Ultimate, una raccolta monstre di 87 prodotti, oltre 18 mila suoni che passa i 500 GB di materiale, ovvero tutto il catalogo NI attualmente in commercio.


Se si arriva da una versione precedente di Komplete si può prendere l’occasione per fare un upgrade, che a seconda della versione di partenza partono da 199€ a salire.
Le vere novità però rispetto alla versione precedente sono otto: il nuovo sample-morphing synthForm, la piattaforma di sintesi rinnovata con il suo design modulare Reaktor 6, le chitarre campionate di Session Guitarist: Strummed Acoustic, l’evocativo ed unico piano Una Corda, la versione rinnovata di Kontakt 5.6, i suoni esotici di Discovery Series: India, il delay professionaleReplika e le texture metalliche e cangianti di Kinetik Metal.

La versione Komplete 11, partendo da zero, ha un prezzo di 599€, mentre Komplete 11 Ultimate costa 1199€. Ovviamente la convenienza di questi pacchetti sta nel poter avere una vastissima gamma di suoni ad un prezzo decisamente inferiore della somma dei costi dei singoli prodotti.

Native Instruments announces KOMPLETE 11, KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, and  KOMPLETE 11 SELECT
Berlin, August 1, 2016 – Native Instruments today announced the 11th generation of its industry-leading KOMPLETE collections. These latest releases add new products to KOMPLETE and KOMPLETE ULTIMATE, and introduce a new member of the portfolio: KOMPLETE 11 SELECT. KOMPLETE 11
incorporates seven new instruments, including the highly innovative and brand-new synthesizer FORM, UNA CORDA, and REAKTOR 6 with the acclaimed REAKTOR Blocks. KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE adds 13 new products, such as the all-new orchestral instruments SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS and FLESH, as well as all the new additions in KOMPLETE 11. All suites are available as
downloads or on hard disk or flash drive.
KOMPLETE 11 and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE deliver new instruments that significantly expand the sonic palette for producers, composers, performers and sound designers. Both suites now include FORM – a brand-new synthesizer. Using a sample as the primary oscillator, FORM offers a powerful new paradigm for sound design, to spark a broad array of fresh ideas. KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE also includes SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS –
five detailed orchestral instruments that place the worlds of brass,
woodwinds, and strings directly at users’ fingertips. Based on the
SYMPHONY SERIES instruments, SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS deliver the same professional recordings and signature interface with a streamlined set of articulations.  KOMPLETE 11 SELECT is a new version of the suite that offers a gateway to the professional music production world of KOMPLETE. It delivers eleven full instruments covering the entire instrument range, with synths, pianos, drums, percussion, and effects. Among the instruments included are MASSIVE and MONARK – two of Native Instruments’ most widely
used and revered synths. Two essential effects – The REPLIKA delay and
SOLID BUS COMPRESSOR – round off the collection, enhancing options for experimentation and adding polish to new creations. In all, KOMPLETE 11 SELECT includes over 2,500 sounds with more than 25 GB of instruments and effects.
The KOMPLETE 11 suites are designed to keep users focused on sound creation and music making. The newly launched Native Access drastically simplifies downloading, installing, activating, and updating Native Instruments software. The included KOMPLETE KONTROL software offers unified browsing, innovative Smart Play features, and lets users take direct physical control of KOMPLETE instruments from a KOMPLETE KONTROL
S-Series keyboard or MASCHINE. All KOMPLETE 11 suites are available as downloads or as boxed versions. For an improved installation experience, both KOMPLETE 11 and KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE are now delivered on a hard drive, and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT is provided on a USB flash drive – boxed versions only.
The 11th generation of KOMPLETE offers an even more comprehensive collection of instruments and effects. KOMPLETE 11 now includes 45 products and more than 13,000 sounds, with seven new instruments: FORM, REAKTOR 6, UNA CORDA, DISCOVERY SERIES: INDIA, REPLIKA, SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC, and KINETIC METAL. KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE –
the flagship bundle for professional producers, composers, and sound designers – now has 87 products and over 18,000 sounds. It adds 13 new instruments to the previous generation, including the five SYMPHONY ESSENTIALS instruments, FLESH, EMOTIVE STRINGS, plus all the new products in KOMPLETE 11.
KOMPLETE 11, KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT will be released online and in retailers September 1, 2016. All KOMPLETE 11 versions are available now for pre-order from the NI Online Shop.
For owners of a previous version of KOMPLETE, KOMPLETE ULTIMATE, or KOMPLETE SELECT, upgrade and update offers are available.Additional information on KOMPLETE 11 is available at:

Motu distribuische Digital performer 9.1



CAMBRIDGE, MA — Wednesday, July 27, 2016. MOTU is now shipping Digital Performer 9.1, a free update at for all DP9 owners. The 9.1 release introduces two new plug-ins, significant performance optimizations and dozens of workflow enhancements, including:

Next-gen Pre-gen™ engine — DP’s Next-generation Pre-gen engine transparently pre-renders audio output from virtual instruments and plug-ins to dramatically reduce their CPU load, allowing users to run many times the number of plug-ins and virtual instruments than in previous versions. DP now significantly exceeds the CPU performance of many other popular DAWs.

Reduced latency on OS X

DP’s host buffer latency has been cut in half, resulting in industry-leading overall latency performance. In a round-trip latency (RTL) test using a MOTU 1248 Thunderbolt audio interface, DP achieved roundtrip latency of 1.6 ms with a 32 sample buffer at 96 kHz.

Enhanced Windows drivers — The latency of the WASAPI (Windows Audio) driver has been significantly reduced. This improves audio I/O latency and virtual instrument performance. The CPU load of the sample rate conversion used in the Windows Audio driver has also been substantially reduced.

Small buffer optimization — DP’s MOTU Audio System (MAS) engine processing has been optimized to better support operation at smaller buffer sizes (for both Mac and Windows), for even lower latency performance overall.

Hardware Insert plug-in — DP’s new Hardware Insert plug-in functions just like other DP effects plugins, but loops the channel’s audio signal to a piece of outboard hardware, with latency compensation, for external processing. This allows DP users to easily incorporate outboard gear into their DP effects chains.

SMPTE-Z plug-in — The new SMPTE-Z plug-in generates Longitudinal Time Code (LTC) while locked to DP’s timeline or while running independently in Freewheel mode. Time code can be routed anywhere via the audio track’s output assignment, allowing users to achieve accurate time code sync in a wide variety of situations.

Workflow enhancements —

Dozens of additional workflow enhancements include a new pre/post fader metering option, faster switching between large sequence chunks, simplified audio hardware settings, improved compatibility with Avid Artist Mix and other Eucon control surfaces, and much more.


DP 9.1 is now available as a free download for all DP9 owners at Anyone else can run the same free download as a 30-day trial version. Owners of previous versions of DP can upgrade to Version 9 in the MOTU store here:

Digital Performer feature summary:


  • Create a massive universe of sound from a single chord
  • Incredibly simple, shimmering interface
  • Massive control from 6 powerful dials
  • Hold a few notes with one hand and turn the expressive dials with the other
  • Vast potential to create amazing, complex atmospheric sounds and expressively perform them
  • 300 powerful presets
  • 16GB of audio compressed down to 8GB
  • Audio by Hollywood trailer sound designer Alessandro Camnasio (Mad Max, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) 
  • Expressive live strings performed by players from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Below the surface, DRONAR is a vast modular multi-timbral synth/sampler with multiple independent arpeggiators.
  • Record all your dial movements as DAW automation
  • Works beautifully with external MIDI controllers


Umlaut AUDIO Custom sounds for composers

With shorter deadlines and reduced music budgets now the norm, especially in TV, composers need more help than ever. A new L.A. firm offers assistance by crafting sounds to order.

Umlaut Audio creates “custom software instruments and custom sounds for composers,” explains co-founder and CEO Marc Juenger. Especially in TV, he notes, “they have three or four days to write as much as 30 minutes of music,” and so much of it sounds alike because many are drawing from the same widely available sample libraries.

Juenger hopes to tap into the market by providing busy composers with custom-designed pads, drones, soundscapes, rhythmic loops, beat-driven sound design, sound effects and more.

“We create unique sounds for their specific project,” adds Marc’s wife Anne Juenger, co-founder and COO of the company. Clients can also choose whether the sounds created can be exclusive to them on a permanent basis; for a specific time period; or not at all.

They do not deliver music, Marc Juenger emphasizes. “The composer creates the music. We offer sound design,” although within that definition, many musical sounds can be the basis. He noted that composer John Debney, preparing to create mockups of his planned “Jungle Book” score, asked for the sounds of sampled Indian instruments.

Umlaut built instruments and libraries for composer Christopher Lennertz on two of his recent films, “Ride Along 2” and “The Boss.”

“As a composer writing music for multiple genres and using electronics combined with orchestra,” Lennertz says, “it’s really important to not only have great sounds, but also great sounds that are custom built to give a score a personality of its own. It’s also imperative that the interfaces are intuitive, since there’s no time to be ‘learning’ while we’re chasing deadlines.”

Other recent clients include composers Theodore Shapiro (for “Zoolander 2”), Fil Eisler (“Empire”), Harry Gregson-Williams and Tyler Bates (ongoing projects).

Based in Sherman Oaks, with a full-time staff of four and a list of freelancers they can employ, the Juengers ask for a minimum of three days to prepare sounds but can spend months on a job if necessary.

“It’s a process,” Marc says. “We will send (sample) sounds for a sound aesthetic first, so that we really know what (the composer) wants, and then we can make revisions. It’s like working with an orchestrator. It’s a team. We listen, work with them, and figure it out.”

Indie pop–recensione–big fish audio

This massive 7.5 GB collection (3.2 GB of 24-bit WAV files) of Pop, Indie and Alternative Songwriting Styles is a showcase of artists and groups like Gotye, Imagine Dragons, Temper Trap, Fun, Foster the People, Ellie Goulding and so many more!

Indie Pop contains Drum and Percussion Elements which give you the freedom to create amazing drum and percussion grooves quickly and easily. Drum and Percussion Elements contains individual drum kit and percussion pieces (kick, snare, hi-hat, toms, cymbals, shaker, tambourine, sticks and many more) that you can use individually or mix n match to create an unlimited variety of drum and percussion grooves and rhythmic textures. There’s also an enormous selection of Drum and Percussion Hits which have all been recorded with multiple velocities insuring dynamic performances every time!

Indie Pop contains an enormous collection of Instrument Kits that give you the freedom to simply use one layer of the instrument by itself or increase the depth, complexity and beauty by adding additional complimentary instrument parts. Indie Pop includes Male Vocalists, Nylon Guitars, Electric Guitars (Clean, Distorted and FX), Acoustic and Electric Drums, Melodic and Non-Melodic Percussion, Synth Bass, Pianos, Keys, Synths, Pads and so many additional instruments that provide you with today’s Pop, Indie and Alternative sound.

By giving you the ability to add the amount of depth and texture needed, along with multiple variations and rhythmic figures, Indie Pop gives you total creative freedom and allows you to tweak to your hearts content!

Indie Pop also includes almost 700 mb of Multi-Sampled Instruments including Bass, Bell, Mallet and Pads for you to mix n match, remix and adjust anyway you like it. Let Indie Pop spark your creative flames and inject your projects with the emotion of today’s hottest Pop, Indie and Alternative music.

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