Inspire Audio releases Synth Percussion sample pack

Loopmasters has introduced Synth Percussion, a sample library by Inspire Audio featuring a selection of authentic programmed synth drum samples and loops.

Inspire Audio Synth Percussion

Recorded by techno producer and sound designer Jürgen Driessen, this library was created using a fine selection of vintage synthesizers and analog outboard gear.

‘Synth Percussion’ includes over 1380 cutting edge, totally unique drum samples and percussive hits, each carefully crafted by hand using reel-to-reel tape recording to add character, warmth and punch.

The pack is available for purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Inspire Audio / Synth Percussion

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AudioThing updates miniBit synth plugin to v1.1

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AudioThing has released version 1.1 of miniBit, an 8-bit/chiptune style synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

AudioThing miniBit

miniBit is a 8-bit/chiptune style synthesizer that emulates the sound of 80s game consoles and retrocomputers.
It features a main oscillator with 15 waveforms paired with a sub oscillator (a square wave pitched one octave below). The waveforms are not bandlimited and will produce aliasing.

Changes in miniBit v1.1.0

  • Added Stepper with multiple destinations.
  • Added 3 new Waveforms.
  • Added 20 new Presets (thanks to Frank „Xenox“ Neumann / Particular – Sound).
  • Fixed silence in Mono instance.

miniBit for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for the introductory price of 16 EUR/$19.60 USD (regular 20 EUR/$24.50 USD).

More information: AudioThing / miniBit

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Ueberschall releases Batucada for Elastik

Ueberschall has announced the release of Batucada, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring percussive samba grooves with an African influence.

Ueberschall Batucada

The hypnotic percussive rhythms of the Brazilian carnival are built on Batucada, a samba-based style with an African influence and played up-tempo and ensemble. This library captures the excitement and passion of the style with both ensemble and solo performances. Build your own carnival atmosphere in an instant.

Played by an experienced Bateria ensemble, a full suite of percussion instruments typical of the style were used including repinique, caixa, agogo, timba, rocar, ganza, apito and the mighty surdo, to achieve a full and authentic sound. The Batucada library covers the basic rhythms like samba, afoxe, coco and samba-raggae. With 600 loops in 1.58 GB of samples, the material is organised into three categories for maximum flexibility:

  1. Full ensemble grooves with pre-mixed loops can give you an instant fix.
  2. Breaks, with sparser playing, allow you to lower the energy and add variety.
  3. A selection of construction kits, with each instrument presented as a separate track, allows you to build your own mix. Each kit comes with intros, breaks and main parts.

The soundbank is available for purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Ueberschall / Batucada

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Tomy DeClerque releases free sample pack

Tomy DeClerque has launched a free sample pack, featuring a collection of drums and cymbals recorded in collaboration with Dave Morgan.

The pack includes 393 samples in 24-bit WAV format, and is a free download at Tomy DeClerque’s YouTube page.

More information: Tomy DeClerque

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K-Sounds releases Epic Grand for Kurzweil PC3K

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K-Sounds Epic Piano for Kuzweil PC3K

K-Sounds has announced the release of Epic Grand for the Kurzweil PC3K, a sample library featuring detailed stereo samples of a Japanese grand piano.

Epic Grand was designed with quality in mind. The samples were recorded and edited at 176.4kHz, 24 / 32 bits, then converted to PC3K-compatible specifications for the final product. A close mic position was used, creating an up-front, studio sound. The stereo image is wide, centered, and mono-compatible. Every note has a generous, natural-sounding sustain.

Five bank sizes are included. The 121Mb bank offers four sampled dynamic levels for realistic dynamic response across the keyboard. Additional independent elements such as damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noises, and damper noises bring the piano to life. Subsets of these samples are provided in 80Mb, 42Mb, 28Mb, and 13Mb bank sizes, allowing PC3K users to manage their keyboard’s 128Mb sample memory.

Epic Grand’s damper resonance samples are true recordings of the sympathetic string resonance heard when notes are played with the damper pedal down. Sampling the actual resonance of a real piano provides authenticity that surpasses digital effects and convolution. This resonance is presented as an independent component of the instrument, allowing users to adjust its volume or disable it altogether.

Epic Grand is designed to be incredibly playable. It was constantly played during its development to ensure that it responds dynamically and musically.

Epic Grand features

  • Close-miked samples of a Japanese grand piano.
  • Up to four stereo sampled dynamic layers.
  • True sampled damper resonance.
  • Release resonance samples.
  • Hammer noise samples.
  • Big “studio” sound with modest sample memory requirements.
  • Wide stereo image.
  • Mono compatible.
  • Fully programmed for the PC3K.
  • Five bank sizes facilitate sample memory management.
  • Designed to be incredibly playable.

Epic Grand for the PC3K is available for purchase for $95 USD. Additional formats are also available.

More information: K-Sounds

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