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Focusrite and Novation like to set the standards, and their latest bundled software collection is no exception. 'Xcite+' comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside a host of powerful applications ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user's creative toolbox. This new software collection will be included FREE with Novation's ReMOTE SL COMPACT controllers and the new nio 2 | 4 USB interface.
Ableton Live Lite 6 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perfom. Novation's classic bass synth, 'Bass Station', the Waldorf PPG Wave Lite classic synth and the Arturia Analog Factory SE plug-ins, combine to provide a powerful virtual instruments collection. Waldorf's D-Pole Lite FX classic filter plug-in is also included, to take these and other sounds to the next level.
Flawless drums and beats can be crafted with FXpansion's powerful 'BFD Ultra lite' acoustic drum plug-in and a demo version of the 'Guru' sample player with library. Waldorf's 'Attack Lite' analogue drum module plug-in also provides alternative drum flavors. Alongside these comes 'Mike the Drummer' a collection of 572 inspiring and original live drum loops ranging from 79 to 191 bpm, with loop lengths ranging from 1 beat to 4 bars, as well as extended freestyle solo sections. Individual drum hits and REX files are also available.
These drum loops are however, just the beginning. An entire gigabyte of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, provide a selection of loops and samples large enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist.
Finally, a free 1-year membership for 'i-dance' (worth $25) is included. I-dance.com helps dance music producers to get feedback on their music and connects them to worldwide record companies when they're ready.
The Xcite+ Pack bundle is Windows XP, 32 bit Vista, Mac OS X and Intel Mac compatible, and will be bundled with products from September 2007.