Slate Digital announce new products at AES Los Angeles Conference by House of Noise

The annual AES conference has become the place for all the big music production companies to showcase and announce their latest products. Taking place in LA this year from Sep 29th - Oct 2nd at the Los Angeles Convention center. on show they have; "Tools of the trade, breaking research, theory and application, historical perspective, student competitions and career development ­– presented by the best minds in audio"

Slate Digital make 4 new AES gear announcements

Slate & D16 Repeater Plugin

Not technically a new announcement but we get more details than previously released on Steven slate's impressive looking delay plugin the D16 Repeater. Aimed to recreate 23 classic delay units (think space echo etc) this release is in combination with D16 who also make some impressive plugins. Here's a little video from Stephen explaining the vibe of the unit: 

Next up Slate has announced a Distressor style plugin (think of the classic empirical labs model you see in every studio ever) 

Slate FG-Stress Plugin

An official recreation of the Empirical Labs Distressor, it's currently in the last stage of production and on it's way to everything bundle users very soon. The Distressor is one of the most sort after plugins as the hardware unit can be quite pricey. Check out the video explaining more here: 

The last announcement we have is the first reverb plugin from Slate Digital (other than the Relab 480 they give away with the everything bundle)

Slate & Liquidsonics Verbsuite Reverb Plugin

Another collaboration this time with Liquidsonics we have Verbsuite; 8 classic digital reverb plugins all in one plugin. VerbSuite Classics captures the actual tone and modulation characteristics of a reverb using LiquidSonics' proprietary Fusion-IR processing technology. Unlike static impulse responses found in a typical convolution reverb, Fusion-IRs are able to reproduce the evolving character of modulated digital reverbs which makes it possible to create the lively and convincing acoustic spaces. Check out more here:

Slate are slowly trying to close the gap on providing every possible plugin you could need for music production/mixing. With one more announcement set for the AES conference, Steven and his team definitely has everybody's attention!

Output Sounds Release Substance Bass Engine by House of Noise

What is Output's 'Substance' all about?

Output, the guys behind the fantastic 'Exhale', 'Signal' & 'Movement' Kontakt instruments have released a new entirely Bass focused product cleverly called 'Substance'. It's deeply produced bass engine combining heavily processed electric and acoustic basses, live brass sections, huge polysynths and analog synths. They are focused on creating new instruments to push sound boundaries not recreating realistic emulations of pre-existing products. 

How do I install Output's Substance?

All of Output's instruments work with Kontakt's Free Player, you can download the version here by registering an account with Native Instruments. Here's the other info you need to make it work:

– SUBSTANCE runs in Kontakt or Free Kontakt player version 5.5.1 or higher

– Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11

– Windows 7 or higher

– At least 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended), and 10 GB of free drive space

– Access to a stable internet connection for digital delivery

What does Substance sound like?

Here's a little video made by Output to showcase some of Substance's bassy tones and features:

You can buy Substance for $238.80 which includes tax direct from output here. They offer bundles and discounts on multiple products if you're thinking about buying a few of their awesome virtual instruments. 

Spectrasonics Keyscape Collectors Keyboards by House of Noise

You may have heard the Spectrasonics name before. They are the guys behind the legendary Omnisphere used on many many popular tracks and loved by producers and musicians alike. They have a new product out called Keyscape, and it's aiming to be the only keyboard VST you'll ever need. 

What is Spectrasonics Keyscape?

Keyscape is a new virtual instrument featuring the largest collection of keyboards in the world from grand piano's to bizzare e-pianos you've never heard of. The plug-in has apparently taken 10 years to make so you can believe they've put a lot of effort into making it sound as realistic and awesome as possible.

What keyboards come with Keyscape?

Here's the full list with links to all the keyboards that were sampled for Keyscape. All of the sounds can be blended and altered with many different parameters:

LA Custom C7 Grand Piano

Wing Upright Piano

Wing Tack Piano

Rhodes® - Classic Mark I

Rhodes® - LA Custom ”E”

Vintage Vibe® Electric Piano

Wurlitzer® 140B

Wurlitzer® 200A

Electric Grand CP-70

Pianet M

Pianet N

Pianet T

Weltmeister® Claviset




Clavinet® C

Clavinet®-Pianet DUO

Vintage Vibe® Vibanet



Electric Harpsichord®

Mini Student Butterfly Piano

Rhodes® 1946 Pre-Piano

Toy Piano - Classic

Toy Piano - Glock

Toy Piano - Grand

Toy Piano - Saucer Bell


Rhodes® Piano Bass

Vintage Vibe® Tine Bass

Weltmeister® Basset 1

Weltmeister® Basset 2

MKS-20 Digital Piano

MK-80 Digital Rhodes®

JD-800 Crystal Rhodes®

Can I use Keyscape on a Mac OSX or PC?

Keyscape works with PC and Mac here's all the specs:


• 2.2 GHz Intel dual core processor or higher
• 8GB RAM minimum
• Solid State Drive recommended
• 80 GB of free hard drive space (30 GB for lite install)

Mac Users:

• OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher
• AU, VST 2.4 or AAX-capable host software
• Native 64-bit host

Windows Users:

• Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
• VST 2.4 or AAX-capable host software
• Native 64-bit host

Can I use Keyscape with Omnisphere?

You can browse all the Keyscape wounds within Omnisphere 2, all the keyboards simply appear as a library within the Omnisphere browser this means you can combine Keyscape sounds with Omnisphere sounds for an unfathomable synth odyssey of sound! 

How much does Keyscape cost? Is there a demo version?

Keyscape retails at €349 they don't offer demo versions as the VST is so large to download. You can request a live demo from an authorised dealer! Just find one near you and give them an email/call to try out some of the awesome sounds in store. Check the authorized dealer's site here: https://www.spectrasonics.net/sales/dealers.php