Loops

This week in downloads

Hello peeps and shall we all say TGIF?  This weekend at Big Fish Audio we have some really great downloads coming out.

Loopmasters brings us Movie Dialogue Vol.2, Movie Dialogue Vol.4, and Jay-J Shifted House & Future Tech.

P5 Audio is keeping us current with their products Dirty Pop, Dirty South Crunk Anthems, RnB Seduction, Designer Dance FX.

Prime Loops gives us Club Bizzare.

Wolsfraektroes adds Club House Elements, Albino3, and Tech-Shock Essentials.

eCITY releases Grind Mode.

Big Fish Audio also has some juicy downloads to chew on throughout the weekend.  You need to check out Spy: Top Secret (Xtended Series), traditional and modern sounds of espionage. On tha Rebound: R&B and Hip Hop Kits and Fuel: Hard Rock are other great products to check out before you leave our website too.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all our other great sounds at www.bigfishaudio.com!

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General - Loops

Quirky Guitars Now available!

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Loops

This week in downloads

Hello everyone.  Thanks for stopping by again this week to check out what we’ve got going on at the BFA!

We have a new partner amongst us with the brand, “Wolsfraektroes” music.  Great new samples and loops that Big Fish Audio stands behind.  Here’s what they got; Deep Club Grooves, Deep Tech House Progressions, Electro Club Sounds, Tech House & Progressive House Producer, Tech House & Progressive House Sessions, Total Tech Grooves, Total Tech Grooves 2.

Also be sure to check out the new stuff from VIP Loops, Hustla Anthems, Hoods of Chicago Vol. 1, and Keep em’ Dancing.

As well as the Soul Jazz by FUNK/SOUL PRODUCTIONS.

Last but not least, eCITY brings us Grind Mode.

That’s it for this week, hope everyone stays nice and warm this weekend because it’s going to get cold over here!

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Instruments

Introducing Q; Instruments and sound design for the big screen!

Vir2 Instruments has announced their next release, Q. Q is a collection of musical instruments and sound fx designed for the unique needs of television, film, game, and media composers and music producers who want to add a fresh and previously unheard dimension to their sonic palette.

Q will begin shipping on November 15, 2010. More information is available at Vi2.com.

Check out the first tutorial video for Q:

To watch the other Q tutorial videos, head over to Vir2.com

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Loops

This week in downloads

Wassup ya’ll?  This week we have some extremely worthy additions to the Big Fish Audio download family!

Loopmasters is always bringing the boogie with new stuff, here it is: Ragga Vocals Vol. 2, Computer Core 2, and a really cool new DUB product, Dubmatix Automatic Reggae.

Producer Loops.  We all know they produce quality loops and if you didn’t already know, we have their entire line of downloads.  The new sounds from them this week can be found in Deep House Progressions.

Prime Loops is quality assured.  The new pack they got over to us is pretty awesome if you’re looking for some electronic/synth pads.  It’s called RatioPadz.

Future Loops is keeping our club scene fresh with Pure Club Beats.

Smash Up the Studios takes you back to the 1980’s style of Soul and RnB in their newest MIDI pack, Soul Machine.

VIP Loops expands on their top selling “Hook City” series with G5 Edition, as well as a new dance pack, Dance Floor Mayhem.

Of course, Big Fish Audio brings you the most authentic gypsy swing, parisian, and italian influenced construction kits from our new Extended Series.  Gypsy Cafe is definitely worth a drive by listen!

That’s it for this week, hope you all have an incredibly productive weekend.

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General - Instruments

Vir2’s Electri6ity receives review and two awards from Computer Music.

Electri6ity continues to impress and receive rave reviews from critics, producers, musicians and composers. Take a look Computer Music’s review below and read why they gave Electri6ity their Editor’s Choice and Performance Awards.

We crank it up to 11 with this multisampled library of eight classic axes, including built-in amp simulation

The workstation guitar patches of yesteryear typically used a handful of feeble-sounding samples, or, even worse, cheesy FM synthesis.  The results were thoroughly unconvincing, but the tables have since turned, Vir2’s new Electri6ity sample library being a case in point.

It’s in Kontakt format and comes with the Kontakt Player, so you needn’t be a Kontakt owner to use it.  Over 24,000 samples make up each of the eight guitars.  At the twangier end of the scale, you’ve got a Fender Strat and Tele, with their natural enemy the Gibson Les Paul at the other.  There are two LPs, in fact: one standard and one with P90 pickups.  Jazz cats will lap up the dulcet tones of the Gibson ES-335 and L4, while indie jangle and fizzy pop can be had with the Rickenbacker and Danelectro axes.  All are played with a pick – there’s legato playing, of course, but no fingered plucking.

There are four main views – Performance being the default – with sliders for basic parameters like pickup (front, rear or both), strum speed, vibrato type/strength/speed, etc.

Oh, the humanity!

Electri6ity’s behind-the-scenes scripting does a lot to interpret and ‘humanise’ parts – it’s a bit like having a virtual guitarist to go along with your virtual guitar.  For example, play a chord and it detects this, rapidly triggering the notes in sequence, just as a guitarist would strike a chord.  Chords are converted into guitar voicings and picking direction is handled automatically.

All of the ‘artificial intelligence’ features can be disabled or further configured in the Settings panel, which offers a ridiculous degree of control over the characteristics of strumming, picking, vibrato and so on.  There are also extra features, such as sympathetic resonance (unplayed strings softly ring when playing chords).  Any Settings parameter can be assigned to any MIDI CC.

All guitars have been recorded dry and direct, for running through an amp sim plug-in.  There are also ‘Amped’ patches, with an extra panel for effects (delay, reverb, modulation), a Tube Screamer-alike and a straightforward amp sim.

So, the sound.  You’ve heard an electric guitar, right?  Well, it sounds a lot like that, and is good for pretty much any style: rock rhythm, smooth jazz comping, screaming metal leads, twanging clean tones – you name it, Electri6ity can handle it.  We weren’t expecting much from the built-in amp sim, but were pleasantly surprised – it’s thoroughly usable.  It’s also a lot of fun to try out different guitars mid-session, layer them, etc.

Omissions are that the Strat doesn’t have all five pickup positions sampled, and there’s no full-on detuned metal axe either.  All guitars do go down to a meaty C, but an EMG-loaded seven-stringer would’ve been nice.  Creating convincing parts is fairly painless, with the humanising features helping a great deal.  It’s worth tweaking their settings – the release noise types and so on – to suit the piece.  If anything, Electri6ity can sound a bit too proficient at times:  for instance, fast runs in the Solo/Legato mode are very clean, and we found it sometimes sounded more authentic to program them in Poly mode and overlap some of the notes a bit.  Still, what you’ve got is essentially a super-tight session player on tap.

This is the most comprehensive virtual electric guitar package we’ve seen, doing for guitars what Superior Drummer and BFD did for drums. – Computer Music

Technical Difficulties

Articulation switching is mainly handled through the extensive keyswitching system, which is easier to use then it might appear. The three main keyswitches to get down are those for Poly, Solo (picked) and Legato modes. Others offer trills, tremolo picking, pinch haronics, muted playing, hammer ons, pull ofs and slides. There are also FX like whammy bar dives and pick slides. Toward the top of the keyboard are keys for right-hand motions such as strum up/down and picking of individual strings.

Vir2’s AMT (Articulation Morphing Technology) enables you to seamlessly blend articulations using velocit or a MIDI CC. The same Vir2 morphing technology is also used for velocity layers. It’s not simple crossfading, nor does it use Kontakt’s AET morphing – Vir2 has cooked it up themselves, and it soundss very natural.

Verdict

For

– Can sound very convincing

– Eight distinct guitars

– Good built-in amp sim

– Extensive articulations with morphing

– Articulation/velocity morphing

– Fine-grained control over AI behaviour

Against

– No deep-tuned metal guitar

– Doesn’t offer all Strat pickup positions


– Doesn’t offer all Strat pickup positions
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