Emulator II Universe of Sounds Vol 2: second audio demo

Some strings and brass to get you goin’! As we’ve said elsewhere, the Vol 2 selections of both Strings and Brass are smaller in number than those in Vol 1; but they’re done to a higher technical quality (for example, you’ll notice far fewer audible looping artefacts). They’re wonderfully evocative, characterful patches, with both subtle low-key numbers and full-throated roaring blazes 😀 We’ll try to get a few more demos up in the next week or so while we’re rolling…

Emulator II Universe of Sounds Vol 2 – first audio demo!

Here we go – the first demo of our upcoming Emulator II Universe of Sounds Volume 2! The name’s a bit of a mouthful but the 500+ sounds more than make up for it… this library is geared more towards synths, keys and percussion than Vol 1, with some standout strings and brass as well – you get less of a variety of these, but the individual sounds are very rich and impeccably handled. It’s huge fun and very rewarding…

What’s coming your way this Autumn?

Short answer: a lot. Here are some sneak preview details: Emulator II Universe of Sounds – Volume 2 We’re almost done with the sampling on this, and it’s just fantastic: interestingly, the technical quality of Vol 2 is a generation ahead of Vol 1 – we’re noticing hardly any audible loop points, and the noise level has dropped down to the point where we’re considering not doing a NR pass. The library has a slightly different content emphasis too; we’re…

Summer Sale and Sneak Preview!

You may have gathered that the Summer Sale is now on! Head on over and grab yourself some well-earned savings. Meanwhile, here’s a little sneak peek preview of what’s coming your way next. Not sure how long it’ll take to get this out the door; we’re currently wrangling a tangled mess of samples, some of which are ridiculously crusty, dusty and scratched. But it’ll be cool when it hits. (The photo we used for our Summer Sale promo features one of…

EII Progress Report… one week to launch!

We have a launch date… and it’s only a week away! The amazing EII OMI Universe of Sounds library (volume 1) in all its glory will make its Kontakt debut on the 1st of July, timewarping over 500 patches from the mid-80s straight into your DAW. We’re also working on a big batch of Kontakt Multis to round out the collection, and these are coming on very nicely indeed: our patchmeister friends Anatol and Ed have been working away through…

EII Progress report

The last batch of samples are now being recorded… there are over 500 individual instruments now sitting on our hard drive array! The next step will be individual tweaking of the instruments to make sure the loops are all neat and proper, and then some technical fiddling, and then we can start getting Kontakt presets and multis sorted out. (We can’t wait for that stage – it’s going to be huge fun combining and stacking some of these sounds. Fairlight…

Occasional delays with orders

We’ve got ourselves a little intermittent glitch that’s causing some orders to ‘hang’ and not complete, which means some folks are buying things and then not receiving a download link until Mongo notices, rolls his sleeves up, and sends the order out manually. Sorry about this: we’re working to find out what exactly is causing the problem – something to do with PayPal, it would seem, but it’s a bit unclear what. Meanwhile, if you buy from us and don’t…

The Emulator II project: a little glimpse of the future…

Some really exciting developments on the Emulator II front! We mentioned a while ago that we were intending to create a really comprehensive library of classic EII sounds; something that covered all those go-to patches of 80s music, plus orchestral patches, synths, drums, percussion… the works. Think Tears for Fears, Thomas Dolby, Pet Shop Boys, Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis… The thing is, most of the stand-out tracks you remember used sounds that weren’t part of the factory pack. The…

No DX7s were harmed during the making of this video

If you were even a tiny bit appalled at what Mongo and I did to the poor DX7, it’s time to exhale and rest easy. Don’t tell the guys on YouTube (because the comments are really, really funny) but no working DX7s were harmed in the making of the video. If you look closely (it’s a bit blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, but the clues are there), you’ll see that the working DX7 we show at the start is a DX7IID. The DX7 that…

Vintage your synth!

Everyone likes vintage. Guitarists have been able to buy vintage for several years now, thanks to the likes of Fender’s Custom Shop, which adds relic and vintage to new guitars (for a price). Well, why should synth players be left out of this cool new trend? In our new infowebcast, we show you how to get that vintage into your shiny new synth. Soon you can be sporting a gigged-out mojo monster like your keyboard heroes! Take a look here,…