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Impact Soundworks showed off a new Kontakt library of an 8 string electric guitar at NAMM 2020, inspired by modern progressive metal bands with technical playing. The library is called Shreddage 3 Hydra. I got a pretty awesome demo of the library, and I was very impressed at how realistic it could sound. The clean chords and leads were perfectly realistic, but the 'chugs' were also very realistic as well. Typically sample libraries of guitar fall apart when it comes to repetitive strokes on the same note, which is very common on guitar (especially in metal and djent where its...

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Qu-Bit has announced 4 very exciting Eurorack modules during NAMM 2020. There is Surface, Data Bender, Aurora, and Cascade. I got a pretty great demo at NAMM by a dude named Robot, and I can't wait for these modules to hit stores! Surface is a multi-timbral physical modeling voice. Its output ranges from plucked strings and marimbas, all the way to FM drums. Each model features stereo outputs and up to eight unique voices that can be active at a time. Physical Modeling Voice Multi-Timbral 8 Voice Polyphony Stereo outputs Size: 10HP MSRP: $299 ETA: March 2020   Data Bender...

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In addition to the exciting NAMM 2020 news of 2hp's Lunchbox Eurorack case, they also announced 3 new Eurorack modules for 2020. A class looper module called Loop, a compressor with side-chain functionality called Comp, and a time-domain pitch-shifter called Pitch. Loop Sound on sound looper with 5 minute audio buffer. Record button can be CV controlled. Audio specs: 48kHz, 24 bit. MSRP: $149 ETA: April 2020   Comp Compressor with side chain functionality. MSRP: $129 ETA: May 2020   Pitch Time domain pitch shifter with flutter control. CV control on tone, mix, and V/Oct Pitch control. MSRP: $119 ETA:...

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2hp have announced a portable 42HP Eurorack case called Lunchbox, which will be available standalone, with power, or stuffed with modules. Pricing hasn't been placed on their website, but rumor has it the standalone will be only around $50! Image Credit: 2hp If you aren't familiar with 2hp they make Eurorack modules (a type of synthesizer format) sized to be only 2hp wide (in Euroroack the size of a module is determined by horizontal pitch or HP). While they aren't the only company in the world making portable Eurorack cases, they have a unique spin on it that is at...

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Universal Audio made an interesting announcement, showing essentially a free DAW that will be available to their Apollo interface customers called LUNA - available 2020. While its' very exciting that LUNA will feature tight integration between hardware and software in the UA ecosystem, there are a few quirks and questions that arise.  First of all, its Mac only. Personally i'm a Mac fan, but they're seriously screwing over a lot of people with this. Next, they haven't announced what 3rd party devices will be compatible, and if anything inside LUNA will be able to be used outside of LUNA. Can...

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