Modalics Intros Beat Scholar Drum Machine Virtual Instrument, ‘The Ultimate Rhythmic Playground

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Modalics has introduced Beat Scholar, a new software drum machine that they describe as “the ultimate rhythmic playground”.

Beat Scholar presents a new way to compose rhythm, making it easy to manipulate measures and subdivisions. Beat Scholar also features a robust sampler, built in effects, MIDI features, pattern triggering and more.


  • Presents a unique & intuitive way to explore subdivisions, measures & create drum patterns.
  • Divide beats into up to 42 slices and combine multiple drums on the same beat.
  • Any drum can be placed anywhere
  • Over 250 carefully curated samples, from classic drum machines & acoustic samples to synthesized drums hand-crafted especially for Beat Scholar (by Yonatan Meltzer)
  • Load your own samples with an easy drag n’ drop interface.
  • Built-in FX section to get you started quickly.
  • Easy MIDI file export – drag directly from the plugin’s interface to your DAW.
  • Use Beat Scholar to output midi to any instrument or even to hardware drum machines!
  • Standalone, VST3, AU, AAX.
  • Mac Intel & M1 / Windows Compatible.
  • Tested Hosts: Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, Reaper

Pricing and Availability

Beat Scholar is available now for $79 USD, normally $99.

Download A Free Symphony Orchestra

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Spitfire Audio has released BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover – described as “an inspiring gateway into orchestral composition” – as a free download.

The free virtual instrument collection features 33 instruments, and the same professional recording quality as both their Core and Professional editions, but in a lightweight and accessible package (only 200mb).

Each edition is fully interchangeable through Spitfire’s mode switching technology, making it easy to share and collaborate with other composers, regardless of the edition that they own.

BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover is available as a free download, for Mac and Windows, at the Spitfire Audio site.

Free Lo-Fi Tape Piano Virtual Instrument

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Spitfire Audio has introduced Tape Piano, the latest in its series of LABS series of free virtual instruments for Mac & Windows.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“A modern upright piano processed with vintage tape machines for that coveted lo-fi piano sound. Featuring tape loops, echoes, and even a magnetic card reader — use the variation slider to move from warm and wobbly to gritty and unpredictable.”

The plugin is available as VST2, VST3, AAX and AU, so it can be used directly in your favorite DAW. It’s available now as a free download.

Spitfire Audio Intros Abbey Road One: Film Scoring Selections Thematic Horns

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Spitfire Audio has introduced Abbey Road One: Film Scoring Selections Thematic Horns, a new virtual instrument that captures the sound of an 8-piece horn section.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“From the forlorning main theme of Braveheart to the thunderous horn section used in The Batman original theme, as well as countless other themes spanning the entire history of cinema, the horn has proven itself to be the irreplaceable heart of orchestral scoring. Horns play myriad roles, from chorale accompaniment to strings, through to punchy main themes that transcend anything the rest of the orchestra has to offer.

The first of our film scoring selections to feature two legatos, this library provides an agile section of eight horns, capable of going from speedy playing with fast run articulations across dynamics to slower, stately and more lyrical performances all with the sound of cinema – Abbey Road Studio One and London’s A-list players – right out of the box.”

The instruments were ecorded in the unmistakable acoustics of Abbey Road’s Studio One, where classic scores like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter were recorded.

Thematic Horns is a fully-fledged, stand-alone library. Thematic Horns and all of the Abbey Road One Selections loads directly into all major DAWs (VST2, VST3, AU, AAX & NKS-compatible) without the need for any additional software.


Performance Legato
Lyrical Legato
Long Sforzando


Mix 1
Mix 2


Vintage 1
Vintage 2
Pop Close
Pop Room
Tree 1
Tree 2

Pricing and Availability:

Abbey Road One: Film Scoring Selections Thematic Horns is available now for £49 / €49 / $49.

Sound Magic Releases Cadenza Viola 2.0

Audio technologies developer Sound Magic has introduced Cadenza Viola Version 2.0, a hybrid modeling instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit). Cadenza Viola features an Italian handmade viola, powered by the latest Neo Orchestra Hybrid Modelling Engine.

Cadenza Viola Version 2.0 captures the Italian handmade Viola’s sound with “crisp, clean, unaltered details” free of reflections or coloring. Sound Magic stresses that they used the SSL 9000 series console, along with legendary U47 and M49 Neumann vintage microphones, to ensure vivid representation in each note.

Cadenza Viola Features:

  • Deeply sampled 22GB uncompressed content, Over 2,400 samples
  • Modeled Vibrato, Legato, Tremolo, Glide, and Glissando
  • Round Robin on most techniques
  • Innovative Performance Key Switch system
  • Embodied high-quality reverb and EQ
  • Comprehensive Envelope system
  • Scala Tuning System can emulate different tuning systems
  • DFD/RAM system enables users to relocate resources and ensure the best performance under every individual project
  • Different GUI mode for standard resolution and 4K resolution

Pricing and availability. Cadenza Viola 2.0 is available now, via the Sound Magic website, at an introductory $29 price (reg. $399).

Additional information and product specifications are on the Sound Magic website. Cadenza Viola has an intro price as $29

SampleScience Releases Free Stylo Synthesis Virtual Instrument

SampleScience has announced the release of a new virtual instrument, Stylo Synthesis.

Stylo Synthesis is a virtual recreation of the famous Stylophone portable organ from the 60s. According to the product announcement, “most Stylophone plugins and libraries use very short samples that don’t reflect the unstable nature of this instrument.” For Stylo Synthesis, each note has been sampled for 5 seconds to capture these “magic imperfections.” The result, developers say, is the most accurate Stylophone emulation, preserving the attack and sustain of the original instrument.

Stylo Synthesis (Plugin Version) Features:

  • 1 multi-sampled instrument
  • 1 sample per note
  • Multi-LFO
  • Room reverb
  • Lowpass/highpass filter
  • Low-CPU usage
  • Amplitude range controls
  • 3 voice modes: polyphonic, monophonic, and legato
  • Available as a VST/VST3/AU plugin instrument for Windows and macOS.

Stylo Synthesis is also available as Kontakt and Decent Sampler libraries.

SampleScience is offering all versions of their Stylo Synthesis virtual instrument on a “name a fair price” basis on the SampleScience website, where more information and specifications are also available.

Free Mellotron Virtual Instrument, Mel-Lofi, For Mac & Windows

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Audiolatry has introduced Mel-Lofi, a free virtual instrument plugin for Mac & Windows.

This virtual instrument is based on the Mellotron samples recorded by Taijiguy, and features a total of 23 presets, distributed across 5 main instrument categories. All the samples were slightly edited and looped for playability.


  • 690 MB extracted size / 590 MB download size
  • 23 instrument presets
  • 4 additional fx layers
  • Attack/release envelope
  • Cutoff for lowpass/highpass filters
  • Global tune
  • Tremolo section
  • Room reverb
  • Global gain and pan

Pricing and Availability

Mel-Lofi is available now, with both VST/VST3 Windows and VST/VST3/AU macOS.

Cherry Audio Intros Lowdown Bass Synthesizer, A Virtual Taurus

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Cherry Audio has introduced Lowdown Bass Synthesizer, a new software synthesizer based on the most renowned dual-oscillator bass pedal synth ever made, the Moog Taurus.

The original analog gear was the first dedicated foot-controlled bass synthesizer outside of a handful of organ-oriented instruments. Its colossal tone was an integral part of top acts of the 70s and 80s, including Rush, Yes, Genesis, U2, and The Police.

It was more than just a standard monosynth with pedals attached. It used Hz/oct oscillator scaling, instead of the more common volts/oct oscillator scaling), which allows the detuning amount to remain constant across the range, minimizing the phase cancellation of two oscillators playing simultaneously.

While the Hz/octave design of the original meant that it was only practical to use within a limited range (like the more recent Minotaur synth), Cherry Audio’s virtual version doesn’t have that physical limitation.


  • Virtual analog emulation of the renowned monophonic bass pedal synth
  • Beyond bass: propel Lowdown from the fat deep end and up to soaring leads
  • Massive dual oscillators (Saw, Square)
  • Throaty 24dB/octave lowpass filter with controls for Cutoff, Emphasis, and Contour
  • Single-button access to Bull, Tuba, and Bass three factory presets
  • Variable live-panel mode, available with a single click
  • Additional one-button controls to activate Glide, Decay, and Octave
  • Loudness and Filter master “foot” sliders
  • Recessed panel provides access to programmable functions: Tune, Beat, Glide, Octave, Mix, and OSC B Frequency
  • Rendered and animated foot pedal keyboard
  • Select from 14 under-the-pedals floor surfaces
  • Over 40 presets in an extensive preset browsing menu, and unlimited user preset storage
  • Full MIDI control
  • Full DAW automation for all controls

Pricing and Availability:

Cherry Audio Lowdown is available now, with an intro price of $25 USD. .

Free Cello Virtual Instrument

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Spitfire Audio has introduced Cello Moods, the latest title in their LABS series of free virtual instruments.

Cello Moods features a  collection of “emotive micro-performances” from folk cellist Alice Allen. Select from one of four ‘moods’ to translate each feeling into sound.

It’s available now as a free download.

Free Bösendorfer Imperial Virtual Instrument

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Vienna Symphonic Library has released Soft Imperial, a free virtual instrument based on a Bösendorfer Imperial piano.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The instrument was recorded in the tight and controlled ambience of our second studio, the Silent Stage, so that you can place your piano in any acoustic environment. Many different placements and reverberation settings are preconfigured and readily available in the Vienna Synchron Player, with Mixer Presets from a dry player’s perspective, to various reverb lengths, big hall placements and ethereal effects.”

Soft Imperial Preset Demo:

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00:00 Intro
00:08 Pure – Dry Conductor Mixer Preset
01:05 Ethereal FX Preset
01:41 Warp FX Preset
02:07 Phased & Delay FX Preset
02:44 Granny’s Piano FX Preset
03:12 Cheap Radio FX Preset
03.43 Rotator FX Preset
04:09 Combination of all FX Presets

Pricing and Availability

Soft Imperial is available now as a free download.