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Nuance 2 by New Sonic Arts Review

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Nuance 2 by New Sonic Arts Review

Nuance 2 is a sampler that wants to grow with your experiences. The approach of the sampler is that it wants to make the process of software sampling easy and more usable.

Nuance 2 is making the process of sampling easy when you compared it to Native Instruments Kontakt or the native DAW sampler. New Sonic Arts did send a review copy with no strings attached.

Installation

You download the tool, register it with the provided serials. There is a demo available if you want to give Nuance a try. 

Sound

Nuance is a modernized sampler and can load different sound formats via drag and drop. Your samples are dragged directly into the interface and can as well pulled from the sampler to your file systems and DAW.

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Nuance 2.0 By New Sonic Arts Review Vibes

Nuance is a sampler that is under the hood powerful and has become more advanced with Version 2. It still focuses on quick results without the need to use tons of advanced features.

To use the sampler, you drag a sample or audio file from your computer into the UI of Nuance, start playing with the sample and use the build in effects to shape the sound. I would recommend preparing a sample with effect tools ( usual suspects:  2CAudio,  Audio DamageBOOMLibraryFabFilterGoodhertzIKMultimediaKILOHEARTSKrotos,  KushSugar Bytes.)

The minimalist approach of Nuance and being able to pull in effects and design complex sound is a refreshing way to address sampler for everyone. If you make the step to use the modulation tools included you will be astonished that this easy to use sampler will be your companion in designing more complex sounds and vibes.

Over the years I did use software sampler and as well “vintage” hardware sampler. I would suggest to start with a software sampler and invest some money on a used hardware sampler you can find on eBay. Make sure you get a working unit and play with a hardware sampler as well to broaden your experiences.

Software samplers are generally speaking easier to use. Hardware sample have often an OS that is hard to use – some say Hardware sampler have an operating system from hell. In a software sampler, you can do a task like editing waveforms in software easier.

User interface & Usability

The UI is clean and simple, after a short learning curve you can discover the essential functions and experience the advanced features available in the progress of you becoming more closer to the sampling process. Compared to other sampler Nuance is cleaner and more straightforward with fewer confusion features that you find in other samplers.

Nuance 2.0 Mapping

Nuance 2.0 Mapping

When I started to work with the UI, and I did struggle a bit, ignoring the manual was at the end not an option to be able to use the tool. Be prepared for a fancy not yet entirely intuitive UI.

Nuance wants to be a sampler for traditional instruments and also be you drum sampler. With the so-called Pad View, you can load Kits or construct your kit.

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Nuance 2.0 By New Sonic Arts Review Vibes

With the Piano mode, you are back to a standard sampler, map the different sounds across the keyboard and play the sounds accordingly.

Nuance 2.0 Pad

Nuance 2.0 Pad

What is new in NUANCE 2

NEW MODULATORS

Table Sequencers support rhythmic, tempo-synced modulation of any modulation target, while the XY Pad provides a link between the Assignment Manager and the Modulation Matrix. There is additional Modulation Envelope, and an extra LFO includes in the new release.

table modulators

NEW MODULATORS

MODULATION DRAG & DROP

Modulators can be assigned (drag and drop) to Modulation Matrix or direct onto target parameters.

drag drop modulation

MODULATION DRAG & DROP

USER SAMPLES DATABASE

Included User Samples Database to organize and access your sample library

within Nuance.

Support of customizable tag scheme, bulk editing of tags, instantaneous text search, plus support for multiple folders and drives.

user samples db

User Samples Database

CYCLE GROUPS

‘Round Robin’ behavior across layered Groups, allowing enhanced realism in your instrument patches and organic variations in your drum hits.

 

Rating:  Four out of five stars

Nuance 2 is utterly simple to use, depending on your DAW used it will replace the included sampler. Nuance 2 grows with your experiences and allows you to use advanced fx tools to shape the sound further and mangle the samples as needed.

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FREESTYLE FOR STAGE & STUDIO updated to Version 1.5

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FREESTYLE 1.5

FREESTYLE – FOR STAGE & STUDIO

Release 1.5 of Freestyle is featuring the new Group module, Track Bar, improved VST integration… and much, much more… Freestyle 1.5 is out now.

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NEW IN FREESTYLE 1.5

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GROUP MODULE

The new Group Module increases Freestyle power exponentially.

Effortlessly merge sub-structures into Groups via the Encapsulate feature. Freeze entire multi’s to Nuance. Tag and reuse your favorite patches and FX chains.

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TRACK BAR

The new Track bar provides a convenient track-based interface to your patches, including tabbed navigation of parallel tracks.

Re-order and insert modules by drag-and-drop and allow Freestyle to automatically manage the connections in the underlying structure.

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VST INTEGRATION

The VST View provides a uniform interface for all your VSTs.

Search parameters and quickly assign them to macros. Tag, organize and browse presets, including pre-categorized presets for many popular VST’s.

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EXTENDED SEQUENCING

The enhanced Event Player now includes a larger editor, a whole new suite of editing and manipulation features, plus Variable Time Signatures for polyrhythms and experimental grooves.

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IMPROVED STRUCTURE DRAG & DROP

Add, rearrange and duplicate modules in the Structure View all by intuitive drag-and-drop. Never before has a modular host had such an effortless workflow!

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ENHANCED NAVIGATION AND WORKFLOW

Cursor-key navigation of the Structure View, the new Add button for contextual module creation, new edit-view menus, resizable views for Granite, Nuance and Vice… and much more.

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IMPROVED PRESET MANAGEMENT

Our powerful browser technology make Freestyle the perfect access point for all your presets and samples.

Freestyle 1.5 now includes automatic-background scanning, search and sync engine improvements plus user-interface enhancements.

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VST AND STANDALONE MIDI OUT

The VST and Standalone versions now support MIDI out, allowing you to program and trigger external gear and DAW tracks direct within Freestyle.

Or simply drag-drop MIDI patterns from the Event Player to your DAW.

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Nuance 2.1157 Now Available

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Nuance 2.1157

Nuance 2.1157 Released by New Sonic Arts

A new version of Nuance is now available. Nuance is a sampler designed the way you want it. Fast workflow, pristine sound, ultra-low CPU usage.

Nuance 2.1157 Improvements

– Improved Choke Group logic (overlapping zones inside the same choke group no longer choke each other)
– Plugin Embed Samples in Host Project: Added Max Size option
– Last selected browser tab is recalled/used by default on new instances 
– FileBrowser automatically refreshes when folder contents change
– Assignment Manager: Click Clear + Shift key to clear all assignments
– My Samples / My Presets: Improved background scanning
– My Samples / My Presets: Added option ‘Open Location’ and ‘Delete’ (via shift) options to the context menu
– Various optimizations to database/browser backend 

Nuance 2.115 Fixes

– Mapping Editor: Fixed an issue loading samples to selected zone (focus with lost)
– Fixed an issue with automation assignment recall
– Fixed a database corruption issue
– Waveform: display right channel was broken 
– Fixed some issues with V2 upgrade dialogs
– OSX: Installer now supports dark mode and no longer requires a restart

Nuance 2.115 Download

Please login into the New Sonic Arts User Area to download the latest installer: http://www.newsonicarts.com/userarea

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Updated Nuance 2.1004 by New Sonic Arts

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Nuance 2.1004 in Cubase

New Sonic Arts updates Nuance 2 to version 2.1004. Nuance 2 is a sampler that wants to grow with your experiences. The approach of the sampler is that it wants to make the process of software sampling easy and more usable.

Nuance is a modernized sampler and can load different sound formats via drag and drop. Your samples are dragged directly into the interface and can as well pulled from the sampler to your file systems and DAW. Nuance 2 is utterly simple to use, depending on your DAW used it will replace the included sampler. Nuance 2 grows with your experiences and allows you to use advanced fx tools to shape the sound further and mangle the samples as needed.

Nuance 2.1004 New Features & Improvements:

  • New ‘Aux’ section: Use to send to external FX in your DAW / Freestyle (V2 license required)
  • Mapping: Added per-Zone Tune and Pan properties
  • Improved waveform and mapping zoom and scrolling
  • CPU optimizations
  • Various other minor improvements and misc fixes

You can download the update here: http://www.newsonicarts.com/userarea

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