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NEWS OCTOBER 19 , 2000
Easy Sounds Takes Pro 52 'Electrix'
New package brings 64 new sounds to software synth

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Easy Sounds has released Electrix, a set of 64 new sounds for the Pro-52 software synth. The sound set was created by Peter Krischker and contains sequencer sounds, pads, sweeps, effects, basses and lead sounds. Electrix supports new features of the Pro-52 like echo, chorus and flanging effects and the unison mode. For users still working with the Pro-Five, the sounds also come as a file in Pro-Five format. Also included are Easy Edit pages for Logic and Cubase and 32 demo sequences.

The Pro-52 itself, from Native Instruments, is a software synth designed to capture the sounds of the '80s. Its features include:

  • Two oscillators per voice
  • Choice of pulse, triangle and saw-tooth waveforms
  • Oscillator detune and synchronization
  • 24 dB low-pass filter with resonance and self oscillation
  • ADSR envelopes for amplitude and filter
  • Low Frequency Oscillator with numerous modulation options
  • Unlimited number of voices (depending on CPU power)
  • 512 freely programmable preset memories
  • 512 selected classic analog sounds preprogrammed
  • 64 new sounds by John Bowen
  • Velocity sensitivity (optional)
  • Real-time MIDI control and automation of all parameters
  • Two operating modes: analog warmth or digital accuracy (amount of analog inaccuracies adjustable)
  • Effects unit for chorus, flanging and echo, MIDI-syncable
  • Input for external audio signals
  • Compatible to Prophet-5 MIDI-SysEx program data
  • Operates as VST 2.0 Plugin
  • Stand-alone operation with ASIO, Sound Manager, MME or DirectSound.

Electrix is available from the Native Instruments Web site for $19. Pro-52 requires a minimum PPC 603 processor and System 7.6.1 or higher. On the low end, Pro-52 produces 16 voices. With a G4 400, that goes up to 32. (Information on more powerful G4s was not available.) For more information, visit http://www.nativeinstruments.com.

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