M-Audio offers Darbuka, Latigo virtual instruments from Wizoo
M-Audio has released two new virtual instruments by Wizoo: Darbuka and Latigo, plug-ins for PC and Mac that focus on bringing authentic percussion experiences to user tracks. Darbuka delivers Arabic and Middle Eastern styles and Latigo embodies Latin American traditions. \"Breaking from the traditional model of sample libraries and players, these unique software applications deliver real performances played by world-renowned percussionists. Wizoo’s proprietary FlexGroove engine gives the user full realtime control over arrangement, performance, sound and integrated surround ambience.\" Darbuka and Latigo are compatible with Mac Audio Units, VST Mac and RTAS; they require Mac OS X 10.3.
Darbuka features 2GB of performances by world-renowned percussionists Suat Borazan and Mohamed Zaki playing authentic instruments such as darbuka, douhola, bendir, riqq, sagat, tura, bongos and shaker. Latigo features 1GB of high-quality original multitrack groove performances from Grammy-award winner Clay Ostwald, Edwin Bonilla and Olbin Burgos of the Miami Sound Machine.
Both Darbuka and Latigo share the same Virtual Instrument technology that allows users to endlessly customize the performances. Realtime performance controls include tempo, tempo scale, variance, timing effects (tight/loose, quantize, swing), instrument groups, pattern complexity, mute/solo, level, positioning and more. The integrated mixer includes independent EQ, punch, and ambience adjustment for each instrument. Users can place instruments freely in one of 15 different surround stages, as well as play patterns, fills, solos, variations and mutes via MIDI keys. Instrument combinations can be stored in 61 scene memories. Outputs are provided main stereo/surround plus 14 individual instruments.