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12.06.2015

Interview with Heavyocity

Heavyocity Team

Could you please introduce yourselves and your company?

Sure! Heavyocity is a developer of award-winning virtual instruments for professional composers and sound designers.  Were led by our three partners and lead sound designers Neil Goldberg, Dave Fraser and Ari Winters – who have been credited composers for movie trailers, television and video games for more than 15 years now. Weve been producing and developing virtual instruments for about seven years – including several that we believe have become standards in the industry (EVOLVE, DAMAGE, AEON). GRAVITY: Modern Scoring Tools is our most recent, and most ambitious, release to date. Its a groundbreaking hybrid cinematic instrument that delivers over 12GB of production-ready instruments in an inspiring new interface. Its been about 18 months in the making, and we are really happy with how it came out.


When did you realize it was time to go back to your (evolve) roots and why did it take you so long

Since the release of Evolve, weve been known for an aggressive, unique cinematic sound. And as working composers and sound designers, we love that sound, but were always looking to push the envelope forward and break new ground. We feel like we were really about to do that for our last percussion releases (DM-307 and the Master Sessions series), but following those two we thought the time was right to circle back to what started it all. We feel GRAVITY answers the call for the composers and sound designers who love what weve done in the past, but wanted more. We didnt want to release “more of the same”, so the challenge was to reinvent our sound to be exciting and new, something that echoes the trends of todays modern scores, but does it in a way that is uniquely Heavyocity. GRAVITY is the product of that challenge.


What makes gravity shine compared to your competitors

Well for starters, we feel that its the quality of the sounds and samples we captured for the instrument. While we always pay great attention to detail when capturing the sound sources, its the manipulation, layering, tweaking, mangling and mastering that distinguishes the Heavyocity “secret sauce” from other virtual instrument developers. Weve pushed the boundaries of our previous releases and re-defined our approach for GRAVITY.

Theres also some of our new features that make GRAVITY really shine! Our big new addition in this release is our MOTION feature, which takes the already unique sounds of the instrument and makes them even more dynamic. From smooth, tempo-synced swells and rhythmic pulsing motifs, to complex stutters and glitch effects, MOTION delivers fully customizable control of volume, pan, and pitch modulation…and it all can be triggered on the fly. GRAVITY also features customizable Risers, something were including for the first time in a Heavyocity instrument. We presented them in three layers; Organic, Synth, and FX and each can be stacked simultaneously with length/timing and tempo-sync options. GRAVITY is definitely the most dynamic instrument weve ever released, so we think it shines pretty bright compared to other virtual instruments out there.


Gravity offers a plethora of sounds and features. how hard is it for the user to be creative?

GRAVITY screen and packNot hard at all! We developed GRAVITY to accommodate a variety of workflows. Artists under tight deadlines who really just need a workhorse can simply load presets and start composing. Theyll find a wealth of finely crafted instruments to inspire their creativity. For those into tweaking and customizing the sound, GRAVITY offers an array of controls, including per channel (and sound) ADSR, advanced filtering with LFO controls, per channel (and sound) EQ, and a Master FX section. The Master FX contains choice Convolution reverbs, synced stereo delay, distortion and chorus to get you started, then theres the signature Punish and Twist knobs to add more character and aggression to the sound. But were super excited about the all-new MOTION feature, which takes the already unique sounds and makes them even more dynamic. From smooth, tempo-synced swells and rhythmic pulsing motifs, to complex stutters and glitch effects, MOTION delivers fully customizable control of volume, pan, and pitch modulation…and it all can be triggered on the fly. Needless to say, its a new feature that were really happy with.


Want to tell us little bit about your next big thing?

Nope. Haha. Were not saying anything.


Thanks a lot for this interview

  • for Heavyocity: Ari Winters
  • for Best Service: Wolfgang Wanko
11.06.2015

Emotional Cello first review

digital-notes.de sehr gut

Emotional Cello

Conclusion:

The many years of development have absolutely paid off for Harmonic Subtones Emotional Cello. The sound is really extraordinary. It simply is the best Cello Software I tested played now. Although it has a plethora of articulations the GUI is easy to understand and use. Awesome!

Martin Beurskens

Read the full Test in German language at digital-notes.de

11.06.2015

Releasetime, new Magazin for iPad

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Homerecording und Studiotechnik. Testberichte über Produkte von Softube, Hollow Sun, Soundiron, Waves, Eventide, Spectrasonics, 2CAudio und Audified

 

In jedem verfügbaren iBookstore. Weltweit.

 

Nein, es wird nicht überall Deutsch gesprochen, aber eben doch von vielen Menschen in unzähligen Ländern.

Alle Artikel stammen von Holger Obst. Interview und Vorwort kommen von Jörn Daberkow

 

 

 

Hier ein Auszug

Dunkelheit. Irgendwo. Der Rauch zahlloser Zigaretten taucht ein mir unbekanntes Zimmer in eine seltsam unwirkliche Stimmung. Nackte, schmutzige Wände. Holzfußboden. Durch einen schmalen Türspalt sehe ich zwei Männer und eine Frau. Eine hitzige Diskussion. Laut und leise. Lachen und Ärger. All das mischt sich mit dem Lärm der vollen Taverne im Erdgeschoss. Inhalt des Gesprächs? Irgendwas mit Marketing. Langweilig. Aus unerfindlichen Gründen bleibe ich trotzdem stehen. Die Stimmen sind zu leise. Gegenüber dem Lärm von unten können sie sich nicht durchsetzen.

Unten tritt plötzlich etwas Ruhe ein. Aus dem Nebenzimmer dringen nun Worte, die sich mit ein wenig Voodoo zu ganzen Sätzen formen lassen. „Lass uns die Dinge wie damals machen! Alle lieben das. Es erinnert jeden an die gute alte Zeit!“ Die Frau fährt dazwischen. Wütend. „Mensch Henry, wann wirst du endlich erwachsen?!“ Ich fühle seinen ärgerlichen Blick. Beinahe. Begleitet von einem kurzem Schweigen. Wer immer Henry ist - er ignoriert den Einwand.

„Glaub mir, das wird ein Trend! Das lässt sich in nahezu jeder Branche umsetzen. Die Leute werden begeistert sein!“

Der zweite Mann scheint mehr als nur ein Zuhörer zu sein. Er ist derjenige, der überzeugt werden muss. Warum und wofür auch immer. Vor meinem inneren Auge sehe ich seinen nachdenklichen Blick. Gerade setzt er mit einem tiefen Atemzug zu einer Entgegnung an, da macht der Boden unter meinen Füßen ein knarzendes Geräusch. Im Zimmer herrscht schlagartig Stille. So schnell es geht, nehme ich die Treppe nach unten und mische mich unter die Menschen. Der Abend hat gerade erst begonnen ...

Mehr im Heft ...

Passend zum Thema haben wir ein wirklich sehr schönes 6-Seiten-Interview im Magazin. Mit jemandem, der es wissen muss. Kompetenz pur. Ein Profi im Bereich Audio. In der Musikelektronik tätig seit den späten 80er Jahren. Sein Code findet sich fast überall, wenn es um Audio geht. Darunter Apple Logic, Steinberg WaveLab und Nuendo, die Vienna Symphonic Library und Produkte von FXPansion, Focusrite, Cycling74 (Max/MSP), Sony (Playstation) oder High-End Workstations von Quantel, Autodesk oder Merging. 

Ein  Highlight der 1. Ausgabe ist der vermutlich umfangreichste Omnisphere 2 Test der Welt. Nein, das ist keine Übertreibung. Du willst mehr wissen? Nimm das:

knapp 100 Soundbeispiele

fast ebenso vieleScreenshots

Für iPad und Mac. Alles sofort da. Keine Ladezeiten. Geniale Hardware mit sehr gutem Sound und hoher Auflösung. Screenshots und Videos mit bis zu 2048 Pixeln in der Breite. Gigantisch. Nur noch ein Kopfhörer und dann in Ruhe ins Magazin!

 

05.06.2015

TITAN 2, first reviews

TITAN 2 box and screen

reviews in German language

 


 

www.digital-notes.de

digital-notes gut plus

Fazit:

Die Titan 2 Synthesizer Library von Best Service ist die größte Ansammlung von Synths und Presets, die ich kenne. Wer eine gut klingende Synth Sammlung auf dem Rechner haben will, kommt an Titan 2 eigentlich nicht vorbei. Klanglich wird alles abgedeckt, vom 70er Synth Pop, bis zum modernen Dub Step. Die von Best Service versprochene, minimale Ladezeit wird eingehalten. Dank der vielen Einstellungen holt man aus den Synths und Pads mehr heraus, als die Originale zu bieten hatten. Wollte man sich die enthaltenen Synths zulegen, wäre man ganz schnell im 6stelligen Euro Bereich. So gibt es die Software für angenehme 199,- Euro.

ganzer TITAN 2 Test bei digital-notes.de

 


 

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Auszug:

Fazit:

Der Klang von TITAN 2 ist gut und die klanglichen Möglichkeiten sind gigantisch, so ist es möglich schon in nur einem Engine Layer bereits zwei Synthesizer Sounds zu verwenden, welche dann auch noch unabhängig voneinander bearbeitet werden können, in ENGINE können dann wiederum mehrere dieser Einzellayer übereinandergelegt werden.

Meiner Ansicht nach ist TITAN 2 für den geforderten Preis von 199,- Euro extrem preiswert, wer einmal nachrechnet was alleine die Synthesizer Plugins aus TITAN 2 in der Summe kosten würden, von den Hardware Synths will ich hier gar nicht erst anfangen, der weiß, was ich mit extrem preiswert meine.

Ganzer Titan 2 Testbericht bei Buenas Ideas

05.06.2015

Whats Up Speedy -----

That's UpSpeedy

Emotional Cello Box and Screen

 

26.05.2015

Heavyocity - get pulled in

get pulled in

08.05.2015

Product ratings

Many products on our website are now rated by customers who bought the very same product from us. Find out now what people like and think!

Produktbewertungen

After each purchase at Best Service you will receive an email from eKomi, Europe's biggest, independent rating company, inviting you to anonymously leave a review for your shopping experience and the products you bought. 

With your review you won't only help us to improve our service but you can also help other customers to find a trustworthy retailer and great products. We are looking forward to your review!

 

08.05.2015

ERA II Limited Edition is sold out!

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But of course, the regular version of  ERA II Medieval Legends is still available!

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29.04.2015

ERA II Limited Edition review at TAS

ERA II Medieval Legends is simply an Awesome library.

 

TAS awesome

Conclusion

ERA II Medieval Legends is full with content that will keep you busy for a long time. There are some sounds that I particularly could do without but I have to say that the sound quality of the whole library is simply staggering. The price is a bit steep but the content, quality and ease of use surely make up for it. ERA II Medieval Legends is simply an Awesome library.


Zdravko Djordjevic
The Audio Spotlight

Full ERA II ltd review at TAS

22.04.2015

First Review for ERA II Limited Edition

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What has Tropical House got to do with ERA II?

ERA II ltd coverThis is a sample library containing sampled medieval instruments aimed mainly at media composers. But as many of you are not media producers, we will try and find out how ERA II could also be useful for producers of pop, dance EDM and rock, seeing as all cinema, advertising, game and other media producers will probably buy this library anyway. The reason is pretty simple: in the world of sample libraries Eduardo Tarilonte has a reputation. Hes the one who killed the spirit of sample pack competitions. In the sound library field, Eduardo is something of a legend, like Tomba was for ski sports, or Schumacher was for Formula 1… Why bother competing when you know who will win? While all other competitors put goggles on at the start of a race, he never takes them off. He wears the goggles all the time – obviously he is some sort of natural born winner.

OK, jokes aside, as soon as I had heard some demo clips of this library I knew this could be a real gem for my new Tropical House songs. Everybody talks about this upcoming genre and most producers jumping on this wagon use a standard set of sounds compiled from the few packs out there for this relatively new scene. But as far as I know, it still counts if your music sounds unique, no matter which genre you are in. This library could be your ticket to originality. A wild bunch of exotic flutes, one of the best atmospheric voices that can be found in the virtual world, and a huge number of bowed and plucked stringed instruments. At first glance it really looks like the perfect tool for all sorts of media compositions – after all, this is the main purpose of this library. But doesnt all this ring a bell? Flutes, voices, eternal strings? It is somehow destined to be used in Chill-Trop House, other indie pop genres, and especially ballads.

Aleksander Arsov

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full ERA II ltd review at SounBytes Magazine

 

 

15.04.2015

Musikmesse Impressions

A busy first day in Frankfurt!

Messestand 2015

Eduardo Tarilonte signing posters for ERA II

TArilonte signing posters

Best Service, meeeting point for Soundlibrary Developer

Best Service, meeeting point for Soundlibrary Developer

Jonathan Churchill, Jan Haak, Hinnerk Ha, Cinematique Instruments, George Strezov, Lukas Ruschitzka, Robin Birner, Lupo Greil, Eduardo Tarilonte, Alex Davis, Robert Leuthner und Chris Hein and more

27.03.2015

Best Service at Musikmesse 2015

Musikmesse 2014

You will find Best Service in Hall 5.1. booth E57 from Wednesday April 14th until  Saturday 18th. 2015.

Beside the Best Service crew,  also some of our sample-library developers like Eduardo Tarilonte  & Chris Hein will be happy to answer your questions about their libraries at our booth

 

Musikmesse is the worlds most important meeting place for the musical sector. Here you will find a complete range of products with everything required for making music, not to mention innumerable workshops, concerts, product demonstrations and discussion events.

 Additional public visitor day:
Trade visitor days: 15.4. - 18.4. 2015 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Public visitor days: 17.4. - 18.4. 2015 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

23.03.2015

Wish-list

  • have you found an interesting instrument or plug-in on our website and want to keep track of it?
  • you don't want to miss out on a promotion for a certain product?
  • you want to create a list of all the products you desperately need, but cant afford to buy right now?

No problem, we got your covered! From now on you can create your very own wish list in your www.bestservice.de user account. This is your place to keep track of all the things you wish to own some day in the future and yes, you can also move these products from your wish list to you shopping cart and vice versa.

If you allow us we will send you an e-mail notification as soon as a product on your wish list is part of a promotion.

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All this works absolutely easy by following your heart (icon).

 

And since our webmaster was totally and completely "in the flow", he also reworked the shopping cart, making it faster, clearer, easier and also CHEAPER! But only if you make use of it within the next days.
Using the promo code   wish-list   upon checkout you will get a € 20 discount on each order worth more than € 100. Only three days, until March 27th midnight!

Wishlist

19.03.2015

Studiobox III reviewed in Soundbytes Magazine

Sounbytes review Studiobox III

Full review for Studiobox III in Soundbytes Magazine

17.03.2015

ProjectSAM "teases" an upcoming new library

ProjectSAM Swing teaser

11.02.2015

Releastime testet Ultraverb

Product review in German language!

 


 

Das Online Magazin releastime.de hat einen sehr detailreichen und tiefgründigen Testbericht für Eventides UltraReverb veröffentlicht.

Der Verfasser Holger Obst hat dabei gleich 2 Awards für das PlugIn vergeben:

Top product award

best value aeard

Fazit (Auszug)

Eventides UltraReverb ist ein Multi-Ambience-Generator der Extraklasse. Dafür sorgen nicht weniger als neun verschiedene Hallalgorithmen, die alle ein eigenes Klangspektrum aufweisen.

Die Palette reicht von kleinsten bis zu überdimensionalen Räumen, von Blechkisten bis zum extraterrestrischen Endlos-Hall, welcher dank Modulation in beständiger Transformation gehalten werden kann. Zahlreiche Presets setzen das enorme Leistungsspektrum dieses Ausnahme-Reverbs gekonnt in Szene. Die Audioqualität ist erlesen.

Mit drei interagierenden Reflexionsmodulen, nämlich Diffusion, Early Reflexions und Tail, variabler Raumgröße und einem zusätzlichen temposynchronen Delay, bleibt bei der Gestaltung der Raumakustik kein Wunsch offen. Vier Equalizer erlauben das Modellieren aller denkbaren Materialeigenschaften – vom Öltank über einen gut gedämmten Aufnahmeraum bis zum obligatorischen Dom oder einem verschlungenen Höhlenlabyrinth.

Das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis ist hervorragend.


Holger Obst

kompletter, sehr ausführlicher Test für UltraReverb bei Releasetime.de

05.02.2015

New best service catalog 01/2015

Available now! Our latest printed Pocket-Guide 1/2015, giving you an overview on our most important products as well as the latest additions to the Best Service product range.

28 pages of pure inspiration!

Katalog 1/2015

 

The PDF version for instant download is available here.

26.01.2015

Spectrasonics announces Omnisphere 2!

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Omnisphere 2.0 - Time to Make Some Noise!
 

After many years of development, we are thrilled to announce that Omnisphere 2 is coming in 2015. This is the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it's truly a gigantic one! Check out the new feature list and the video introduction by Spectrasonics Founder and Creative Director, Eric Persing.

Details and Video

Omnisphere 2 will be availabe April 30th 2015

Omnisphere Upgrade

 

Omnisphere 2 Upgrade

Standard Upgrade: $249
For all Omnisphere 1 customers
 

Grace Period Upgrade: FREE
For all customer which registered Omnisphere
from October 1st, 2014 thru May 2015

 

Upgrades (download license ~ 13GB) will be availabel April 30th and may be preordered already!

23.01.2015

NAMM 2015-2

NAMM Pre Announcement

NAMM 2015 new products

At NAMM 2015, Best Service announces 5 new Libraries!

  • Voyager Drums
    Power-Drums by the maker of "Artist-Drums"
    release: Miod of February 2015
    preorder now with preorder discount
     
  • TITAN 2
    266 Synthesizers in one
    release: end of February 2015
     
  • Klanghaus 2
    Collection of unique instruments, Grooves and Loops
    release: Mid of February 2015
     
  • ERA II
    ERA II Huge Set of historical instruments
    release end of March 2015
     
  • Emotional Cello
    Virtual Cello for classic and cinematic use
    release: Mid of March 2015
23.01.2015

NAMM 2015-1

NAMM Show 2015

Eduardo Tarilonte and Wolfgang Wanko are presenting new Best Service Products at BFA booth Nr. 6514

30.12.2014

Shevannai wins Gold Award

MusicTechMag Gold Award for Shevannai

Congrats to Eduardo Tarilonte for the MusicTech Gold Award for Shevannai, the voice of elves!

MusicTechMag:

Now how could we not fall in love with this? Shevannai was a talking point for us here in the MusicTech office, as was Eduardo Tarilontes other remarkably niche (but still awesome!) libraries. Read our interview with Eduardo here and the review of Shevannai here.

11.12.2014

eKomi

We at Best Service strive to deliver the „best service“ possible, so you maybe already noticed, that since a few weeks we send out emails to our customers after each purchase, asking them to kindly rate their shopping experience and the purchased products. The process is easy, fast, and requires no additional registration.
If you don't want to receive this invitations, you can simply disable them in your Best Service user account.

eKomi, Europes largest independent provider of transaction-based customer reviews and ratings manages all reviews and publishes them anonymously on our website. General shop reviews are already online, product reviews will follow the next months. 

 

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With your review you won't only help us to improve our service but you can also help other customers to find a trustworthy retailer and great products. We are looking forward to your review!

05.12.2014

Cubase Pro 8 released

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One year after releasing the point update, Cubase is back with major updates to version 8 boasting a vast range of studio-grade audio and MIDI tools for composing, recording, editing and mixing.

Cubase becomes Cubase Pro. The name change reflects the 25-year evolution of Steinbergs advanced music production system and spearheads the Cubase range of DAWs.

Both Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 witness a massive engine rebuild, which lets you run more instruments and more tracks. ASIO-Guard 2 is the magic word, improving the audio processing performance for instrument tracks and channels. Automation enhancements are key to Cubase Pro 8, giving you VCA faders and virgin territories. Yes, and weve added render in-place to both versions for bouncing MIDI and audio parts in a really easy way. Chord pads, Chord Assistant modes and MIDI tempo detection are introduced to the creative feature set of both Pro and Artist, while the new Rack Zone provides a dedicated area for the MediaBay sound browser and VST Instrument Rack. The redesigned Track List and Inspector, the new plug-in manager, global workspaces plus improved windows handling on PCs make the lives of Cubase users that bit easier. Then theres the rejuvenated Quadrafuzz multiband distortion plug-in, the new Virtual Bass Amp, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper and many other effects. Groove Agent SE 4 now includes an acoustic drum kit, the Acoustic Agent, with 20 drum style patterns. The MixConsole has also witnessed feature additions and theres a new version of VST Connect for remote recording over the Web.

04.12.2014

Vienna Symphonic Library - New Complimentary Discounts

Upgrade Discounts

Vienna Instruments give you a wealth of possibilities for upgrades and expansions. You may start with individual Special Edition Sections (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion & More, Guitars & Keyboards), which when added together create the full Special Edition Volumes. You may also add Single Instruments at favorable upgrade prices, or upgrade to the large Vienna Instruments Collections and Bundles.

Complimentary Dsicounts

Complete Your Libraries at Complementary Discounts!

Whether you have several Single Instruments of a Collection, or several Collections of a Bundle, its easy and affordable to complete them!

Bundle prices have always been generously discounted from the total price of the included products. Now, if you have registered at least one Collection in a Bundle and wish to complete the Bundle, you can do so at the discounted rate. The price difference between the total price of all included individual products when purchased separately and the reduced bundle price will be now applied to your missing products when you complete your Bundle.

Please note that in order to take advantage of the new complementary discounts, you need to purchase the Bundle at the discounted price, not the individual Collections youre missing (or the Collection, not the individual Single Instruments).


Lets say you have registered the Standard Libraries of Brass I and Brass II and you wish to purchase the entire Brass Bundle Standard Library. Your bundle price is the already discounted price of the Bundle less the bundle-adjusted value of the two libraries you have registered. By purchasing the Brass Bundle Standard Library you get licenses of the Standard Libraries of Special Brass and Vienna Dimension Brass at tremendous complementary discounts!


The same principle also works for Collections that include separately available Single Instruments, the Vienna Special Editions and the Software Bundles, such as the MIRx Bundle, the MIR RoomPack Bundle, and the complete Vienna Software Package.

19.11.2014

Best Service updates Cantus, Mystica and Altus.

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Effective immediately, you can download an update for your Cantus or Mystica Library in your Native Instruments user account or directly in the Native Instrument Service Center. With this update we introduced compatibility between Cantus and Mystica, allowing you to exchange Phrase Arranger presets between both libraries. This update is greatly recommended for all Cantus and Mystica owners.

 

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The Altus update which can also be found in your Native Instruments user account fixes a few cosmetic bugs and is not essential but still recommended.

18.11.2014

New Chris Hein Winds videos available!

Don't miss this wonderful video-demo:

Amazing Earth Views by Alexander Gerst , featuring Chris Hein Winds!

CHW space video

 

Jojo WeberWith the first two "Wind Casts" we start the new video series by Jojo Weber for Chris Hein Winds.

The Wind Casts will give excellent information in a comfortable way for users and those who haven't decided yet.

More to follow ....

 

 

 

Also availble now in the video demo section are 9 "Talking Manuals" for CHW. If you do not like to read printed manuals, this is a great opportunity to make yourself familiar with the library very quickly.

Simply go to Chris Hein Winds and click the "video demos" button.

28.10.2014

Apple OSX Yosemite 10.10 released

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Apple recently released the long awaited operating system OSX 10.10 "Yosemite". Since then many inquiries regarding compatibility with music and audio software have reached our support team.
In general we advise users of music production systems not to upgrade for a few months to avoid unforeseeable incompatibilities and unnecessary trouble. If your current configuration works fine with 10.9 or earlier there is no urgent need to upgrade to Yosemite.

If you do however feel the urgent need to jump on the latest OS bandwagon, it is a good idea to first check for compatibility informations on the suppliers websites, support forums or any other source you can find.

In this post we will provide the latest information regarding our distribution products available to us (All information refers to the latest available software version and is supplied without liability.)

Best Service ENGINE Libraries
We are happy to announce that our tests did not show any problems with installing, activating or using ENGINE under OSX 10.10
Have you experienced the opposite? Please let us know at support@bestservice.de

Native Instruments KONTAKT (Player) Libraries und KOMPLETE
Native Instruments has conducted compatibility tests with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite which have shown current NI Software Products to work without any specific issues under standard installations of this operating system.

Native Instruments Hardware
Hardware based products like MASCHINE, KOMPLETE KONTROL, TRAKTOR, GUITAR RIG, and Controller Editor will not launch when the AVID CoreAudioManager/Drivers are installed under 10.10 Yosemite. Native Instruments and Avid are working together to resolve this compatibility issue.

Synthogy
Please notice that all Synthogy Ivory products are not yet compatible with OS X 10.10.

Vienna Symphonic Library
All products are fully compatible when using the latest versions available from your VSL user account.

WAVES
announces that all Waves Native plug-ins V9 as well as the Waves License Center are now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite using the latest version.

Toontrack
All products are fully compatible. "Original" EZdrummer users should download the latest EZdrummer 1.4.0 update for Yosemite compatibility.

iZotope
All products except "Stutter Edit" passed the 10.10 compatibility tests successfully. Testing is ongoing and updates will be made available asap. where necessary.

DAWs, Audio-Hosts
To find out about about your DAWs and hosts compatibility, like Cubase, Nuendo, Live, Studio One, Reason, Bitwig Studio, Tracktion etc., please visit the manufacturers web site for detailed information.

This post will continuously be updated as new information becomes available...

 

22.10.2014

MusicLab now supporting AAX and VST3

MusicLab InstrumentsAll Real Instruments "RealGuitar 3", "RealStrat 3", and "RealLPC 3" may now be updated to 3.1. The free update contains all new features of the shortly released "RealRick" and the long awaited AAX support.

Real instruments version 3.1 are shipping now packed with new cool features!

  • 32/64bit AAX
  • 32/64bit VST3
  • 32/64bit AU

Find the free updates in your customer account.

Donwload the the latest 30 day trial version 3.1 here:

RealGuitar 3.1 Demo Mac (ca. 55MB)
RealGuitar 3.1 Demo Win (ca. 55MB)

RealStrat 3.1 Demo Mac (ca. 130MB)
RealStrat 3.1 Demo Win (ca. 130MB)

RealLPC 3.1 Demo Mac (ca. 130MB)
RealLPC 3.1 Demo Win (ca. 130MB)

RealRick 1.0 Demo Mac (ca. 400MB)
RealRick 1.0 Demo Win (ca. 400MB)

20.10.2014

International Film Scoring Competition

In May 2014 VSL announced a one-of-a-kind scoring competition in cooperation with Hollywood Music Workshop. An international jury of renowned Hollywood composers and industry professionals has evaluated the entries and determined the best scores. Now were very pleased to announce the following winners:

VSL winner

1st place
Andreas Lucas, Germany
Cash prize of US$10,000
http://andreaslucas.info/

 


2nd place
David Solar, Czech Republic
Winner of Vienna Symphonic Library products worth US$4,000
http://www.davidsolar.cz

 


3rd place
Joakim Unander, Sweden
Winner of a scholarship for the next Hollywood Music Workshop
http://unander.se

 

In addition to the top three entries the panel was particularly impressed by the following 10 submissions:

  • Benedikt Brydern, USA
  • Israel Castro, Spanien
  • Dmitry Katkhanov, Russische Föderation
  • William Kersten, USA
  • Michael Oldham, USA
  • Kevin Penkin, Vereinigtes Königreich
  • Miklos Power, Ungarn
  • Alun Richards, Südfrika
  • Christoph Stock, Österreich
  • Emanuel Van Egghen, Belgien

 

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Hear the winning scores

08.10.2014

Will all musicians become robots?

Robots

Finally we see the rise of the machines, and with it develops a certain fear that artificial intelligence (AI) will render humans useless.

"Is the world ready for the perceptional battle that AI in music poses?"

This question was posed at Bostons A3E Conference last month by a team member at Landr. Their company had received death threats from people in the mastering industry after having released a DIY instant online music mastering service powered by AI algorithms.

It illustrates the resistance that the world of AI has incited amongst us. Some fear that robots will take over à la Terminator 2. Some fear that the virtual and artificial will replace the visceral. Some cite religious views, and others? Frankly, others just seem ignorant.

That sets the tone for our own journey into artificial intelligence, and the lessons we have learned from it.

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08.10.2014

Softube Console 1 for Windows

Finally—the Windows version of the Console 1 software is out!

Furthermore, Console 1 now offers automatic transfer of track name working in Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live (on Mac). For Ableton Live, there is automatic transfer of track number, just like they have had for Cubase, Nuendo and Studio One for a while.

Console 1 users may download the updated software now.

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Softube Console 1 is the next generation audio mixer. Used together with any major DAW, Console 1 will not only give you the analog sound that Softube´s plug-ins are world famous for, but also the analog workflow of using physical knobs and buttons when you mix. Console 1 is all about great sound and intuitive, hands-on control.

16.09.2014

Soundbytes Magazine review for Mystica

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Mystica is a sample library that incorporates a beautifully sounding womens choir into a user-friendly programmed library – our reviewer may be in love.

............After all we have a very realistic sounding womens choir in which all those different voices, vowels and syllables could be very easily applied to any arrangement almost without any further editing. At least, this is my personal opinion. Mystica proves to be one of the most useful voice libraries that I have ever reviewed, incorporating a beautifully sounding womens choir into a very user-friendly programmed library. So, this time the compliments not only goes only to Eduardo, who made all that possible, but to the ladies who did their job as only ladies can do – perfectly. They absolutely deserved to be named here: Rosa Plata, Verónica Plata, Ruth Over, Conchita Cortés, Estefa Alcántara, Solomia Antoniak, Maribel Rueda and Susana Casas.

Ten out of ten stars for this one – for the ladies and for Eduardo Tarilonte.

full Mystica review at SoundBytes Magazine

03.09.2014

Sample Logic announces Cinematic Keys

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CINEMATIC KEYS, an Unprecedented Collection

CINEMATIC KEYS™ is a complete collection of 850+ traditional and mutilated Instruments & Multis derived entirely from recordings of keyboard instruments. Weighing in at over 8GBs, CINEMATIC KEYS not only includes amazing, ready-to-play, psycho-acoustic sampled melodic and percussive instruments, but uses these instruments to enter into the morphed world of score-ready hybrid sound design. CINEMATIC KEYS is powered by Kontakt Player.

Available from September 8, 2014

26.08.2014

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20.08.2014

2 Awards for Chris Hein!

review in German language only

releasetime top product & best value awardCH Chromatic Harmonica

Auszug: Fazit

Die Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica schließt in puncto Qualität und Austattung lückenlos an die Vorgängerprodukte an und verdient rundum nur Bestnoten. Die Audioqualität und die Präsenz dieser über vier Oktaven spielbaren, chromatischen Mundharmonica ist allen mir bekannten Mitbewerbern deutlich überlegen. Die Vielfalt an Spielweisen, die ausgefeilten Legato- und Vibrato-Optionen, die Gestaltungsoptionen der charakteristischen Einschwingphase durch Blow- und Attack-Spielweisen setzen neue Maßstäbe.

Trotz umfassenden Editiermöglichkeiten bleibt die Bedienung übersichtlich und leicht erlernbar. Wenn überhaupt nötig, hilft hier das deutschsprachige PDF-Handbuch. Obwohl es eine Reihe von voreingestellten Konfigurationen gibt, die über Key-Switches anwählbar sind, lohnt sich der Einstieg ins Editieren – hier geht es bis hin zum Klangdesign und experimentellen Verfremdungen. Diese Mundharmonica kann sowohl lieblich-bluesig gespielt werden als auch zu einem druckvollen, Blechbläsern ähnlichen Ensemble mutieren. Ein Instrument der Sonderklasse zu einem ausgesprochen günstigen Preis.

Holger Obst

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  • Exzellente Audio-Qualität
  • Natürlicher, ausdrucksstarker Klang
  • Einzigartiger Reichtum an Spielweisen
  • Differenzierte Einstellungen für Vibrato und Legato
  • Dank übersichtlicher Architektur vergleichsweise einfache Bedienung
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ganzer Test für CH Chromatic Harmonica bei releasetime.de

07.08.2014

Propellerhead announces Reason 8 !

Reason 8 introductionReason is the music software made with one thing in mind: you. And whatever music is on your mind, Reason makes it easier to bring it out. Version 8 brings a faster and easier interface with a whole new look and an even smoother creative flow.

Drag and drop everything and everywhere. Find inspiring sounds instantly in the new, always open browser. Explore new amp and speaker models from Softube. Go faster from good ideas to great music than ever before. This is your Reason. This is Reason 8.

Reason users have always praised Reason for its inspiring workflow. More like a musical instrument than a spreadsheet, Reasons immediacy means less thinking about software and more happy experimentation with music and technology.

Version 8 further strengthens this aspect of Reason so you can work even faster than before and with even fewer obstacles to break your flow. The new browser is always there, with access to your full library of songs, sounds, samples and instruments all the time.

Drag and drop is now available throughout the Reason rack. Create instruments by dragging a synth patch to the sequencer, drag samples directly to pads in Kong or create effects by dragging effect patches to the rack.

 

Reason 8 and Reason Essentials 8 will be available from September 30th 2014. Prices will stay the same as for Reason 7.

There is a grace period for customers that have purchased Reason 7 (full version as well as upgrades, student/teacher- and EDU-versions) or Reason Essentials (Version 1, 1.5 or 2) or will purchase Reason 7 before Reason 8 will be available. These customers will get a FREE Upgrade from Propellerhead as download.

22.07.2014

UEBERSCHALL The Voice review

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Oldy Goldy

It is a funny thing that you should spend some time finding these libraries on the Best Service site, the same as for Ueberschall, especially as they sound as they were recorded yesterday, and not so many years ago. I used a few of those samples in my newest EDM production and they made those songs even more up-to-date. Libraries from 2007 that can help you to sound like those fellows on Beatport during the upcoming summer of 2014.

Finding really good vocal phrases is not so easy, and it never was, so it is worthwhile to take a shovel in hand and dig deep around to find good ones. So, for €180 EUR or $245 USD (Best Service offers a 10% discount when you buy both libraries), you can get 600 different vocal phrases, 4800 samples, eating just 6 GB of your valuable disk space.

We are constantly bombarded with some up-to-date libraries that try to bring us some retro sounds, and I finally found two retro libraries that sound up-to-date. Very up-to-date. So if you are looking for some vocal lines, just dont sound like everyone else (using new vocal libraries that everyone uses). Instead, dig out of the dust something that everyone already forgot.

Aleksander Arsov

 

The Voice Vol 1

The Voice Vol 2

full "The Voice" review at SBM

22.07.2014

Soundbytes Magazine review for Chris Hein Winds

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CHW bannerChris Hein did a new library. Even if it should happen that I would be in a prison or isolated on an island without any Internet connection, I could easily write an article about his product without even hearing any demo clips or without getting any additional information. Chris Hein, Eduardo Tarilonte, and UVI, three names in library world that you exactly know what you will get with their product: Authenticity, top recording quality and first-class programming. These are facts about this library that I can tell even before I install it. It is very playable on a basic level, but if your intention is to mimic a real player with all of the small details that come with real live performance, then you should roll up your sleeves and spend some additional time programming, changing various articulations through a big number of keyswitches (a very skilled keyboard player can do that on the fly), offering almost endless numbers of any possible articulation that you can imagine. That is the Chirs Hein standard.

And the reward? Send a finished track to any Wind player and he will reply to you: “Dear Alex, Im really glad that you finally decided to record a live player instead of constantly using those fake libraries that really annoyed me.“ This could be a joke, but it is not. It happens here and there that some skilled instrumentalist will ask me if I can use a real instrument instead of a sampled one in an arrangement that I prepared for them, and after I exchange one library for a better one, they become happy.

Full review at SoundBytes Magazine for Chris Hein Winds Complete

21.07.2014

2000 facebook likes

WE HAVE THREE LUCKY WINNERS!

It took us a few days but we finally reached milestone one:

2000 Facebook Likes!

Before we step up to the next task to achieve 20000 likes, we take a short break to congratulate the three winners which can pick one of these instruments each: Era Medieval Legends, Klanghaus, Synth-Werk or K-Size Engine Edition

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07.07.2014

FREE Elastic Soundbank Summer 2014

Free Elastic Soundbank Summer 2014

Ueberschall starts the summer with a new free loop library, ready to be used in your production.

The demo package contains 678 MB of free sound material: 303 loops and samples taken from 16 different Ueberschall libraries.

8Bit Stylez, Ambient Noises, Brasil Nova Segundo, Chart Hits 2, Chillout Lounge, Deep House CS1, Disco House, Dubtechno, Electro House 2, Future Garage, Neurofunk, Sounds of Berlin, Trap, Uplifting Trance, Vocal House, Wonky Toys

You can download the free soundbank and Elastik Player here:

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Download Free Elastik Soundbank 2014

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