Modena, Italy (March 29, 2007)--IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality have announced a strategic alliance with Moog Music Inc. to bring out sample-based products focused on Moog synthesizer sounds. Sonic Reality has sampled the entire range of vintage Moog synths and together with IK, have created "SampleMoog," a comprehensive collection of Moog samples available as a plug-in powered by SampleTank. SampleMoog is one of IK and Sonic Reality's new "Sonik Instruments" series, which also includes SampleTron and Studiophonik.
"While there are already some Moog-themed plug-ins out there, we wanted to capture the wider sonic flavors that come from the entire range of Moog synthesizers put out over the years including vintage Polymoogs, Memorymoogs and Taurus Pedals as well as the latest Minimoog Voyager and other synths
that have never been modeled," says Dave Kerzner CEO of Sonic Reality. "We're honored to be doing this in cooperation with Moog Music Inc. and the Moog Foundation to pay homage to the legendary Bob Moog and present these timeless sounds in software for anyone to use in their music."
SampleMoog includes 22 rare, collectible Moog synths, accurately sampled and programmed with the addition of built-in effects. This sample-based product offers a wide range of basses, leads, pads, and effects from monstrous Moog Modulars to rare Minimoogs to Taurus Bass Pedals, Polymoogs, Memorymoogs and more.
Bob Moog's daughter, Michelle, director of the Bob Moog Memorial Foundation for Electronic Music had this to say about the project: "Dad was committed to creating tools that allowed musicians to customize their instrument's sounds and therefore give their creativity a musical voice; this product is an extension of that in the digital world. The Bob Moog Foundation is honored to be part of this tribute to the sounds and legacy of Bob Moog and is deeply grateful to Sonic Reality and IK Multimedia for their support."
Each of the Sonik Instruments offers a full synth-sampler engine powered by SampleTank with a customized graphic interface and a full range of built-in multi effects. 16 multi-timbral parts, 4 insert effects and 4 send effects per part, selectable among more than 30 high-quality effects (with algorithms derived from IK's award winning T-RackS and AmpliTube), fast loading and low-CPU demands, VST/AU/RTAS and stand-alone availability are only some of the high-end features that each of these Sonik Instruments is able to offer. Moreover, all Sonik Instrument sounds can also be loaded within SampleTank 2.5, making it possible to expand your workstation to unbelievable proportions.
SampleTron reportedly offers the most diverse collection of "Tron" sounds "ever released in one product." It has samples of 18 rare, vintage keyboard instruments such as Mellotrons, Optigans, Chamberlins and other related "Tron" family instruments. Brought to you from the personal archives of Dave Kerzner, CEO of Sonic Reality, this unique virtual instrument includes rare sounds Dave has sampled with artists such as Crowded House, Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Waits and more. Combi instruments allow you to build extremely complex sound layering for powerful lo-fi orchestral soundscapes. SampleTron not only has traditional classic and progressive rock sounds such as the "Strawberry Fields Forever" flute and sounds used by the Moody Blues, Yes, and Genesis, but also includes unusual quirky sounds applicable in today's alternative, rock, hip-hop and film music landscape.
Studiophonik is a virtual instrument plug-in dedicated to reproducing the diverse sounds and instrumentation of full guitar, bass and drum bands recorded in high-end studios and includes a diverse collection of realistic instruments. Studiophonik is described as "like having three plug-ins in one, putting a complete studio with the ultimate selection of top-of-the-line and collectible vintage guitars, basses and drums right at your fingertips." Studiophonik combines high-quality studio drum, bass and guitar instruments with built-in modeled studio effects of the SampleTank engine to bring you a unique "virtual band" instrument. Studiophonik also gives you deeper control of pickups, microphones, performance nuances and mixing for the ultimate studio instrument expression. With more control over the sound, you can adjust ambient mics on drums, change pickups on guitars and basses in real-time and process them internally with vintage modeled compressors, EQ, limiters, guitar amps, phasers, flangers, delays, reverbs and more. Studiophonik includes over 30 high-quality instruments with a wide range of brands offering one of the most authentic and diverse collections of guitar, bass and drums.
Sonik Instruments will be available during the second quarter of 2007. More detailed information about the pricing of Sonik Instruments will be online soon. For more information and a complete list of sounds sampled in these new virtual instruments, please visit www.iksounds.com.