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Roland has introduced Roland Wireless Connect, a new system that allows electronic musical instruments to communicate with the iPhone®.
Consisting of a wireless USB adapter and two new iOS apps, Roland Wireless Connect makes it easy for Roland users to enjoy their instruments with the popular mobile devices from Apple®.
With the Air Recorder app, audio can be recorded from a Roland synthesizer or V-Accordion® directly into the iPhone. Songs can be played from the iPhone and sent to the instrument, where users can jam along and record the result back in Air Recorder.
V-Drums® Friend Jam for iPhone is an iOS version of V-Drums® Friend Jam, the popular social practice tool for drummers. While the Mac/Windows version of V-Drums Friend Jam requires a USB or MIDI connection from a V-Drums sound module to a computer, Roland Wireless Connect provides a direct, convenient connection from the module to the iPhone. The app allows V-Drums users across the globe to interact with each other while improving their drumming skills with play-along audio songs and practice evaluation features.
The hardware portion of Roland Wireless Connect is a simple, compact wireless USB adapter WNA1100-RL (manufactured by NETGEAR® and distributed by Roland) that plugs into the USB port on a Roland instrument. In order for the mobile device to communicate with compatible musical instruments, you need a wireless LAN access point with internet connection.
Compatible instruments (with firmware update) include:
- Synthesizers: JUNO-Di / JUNO-Gi / JUPITER-80 / JUPITER-50 / Lucina® AX-09
- V-Drums Sound Modules: TD-30 / TD-15 / TD-11
- V-Accordions: FR-7x / FR-3x / FR-1x
Roland Wireless Connect, Air Recorder, and V-Drums Friend Jam for iPhone will be available in late spring.
More information: Roland / Wireless Connect
Precisionsound has announced the release of Orfeo Accordion, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24, HALion & SoundFont.
Orfeo Accordion is a Multisampled Italian accordion from the 1950s with 5 registers and a separate noise program. All registers have been sampled with belly in/out for all notes, and with release samples. The library contains in total 610 24bit WAV files.
Orfeo Accordion features
- Includes 1 program for NI Kontakt 3, 4 & 5 with scripted GUI, 7 programs for NI Kontakt 2 and all versions above, 6 programs for NI Kontakt 1 and all versions above, 6 programs for HALion, 7 programs for EXS24, and 9 SoundFont program with the release samples in a separate program is available for you who are using other sample formats.
- Registers: Bassoon, Bandoneon, Master, Celeste, Clarinet.
- Note: The full version of Kontakt 3 4 or 5 is required for the scripted version. Orfeo Accordion not work with the free Kontakt Player!
- All formats are included when you buy Orfeo Accordion.
Orfeo Accordion is available to purchase as a download for $49 USD (Additional $11 USD on DVD).
More information: Precisionsound / Orfeo Accordion
Splurgo Audio has announced the release of three new Bundle packs.
- Best of 2011 *Bundle Pack* – This pack contains the 10 best selling sample packs of 2011 for a discounted price. This pack includes: Darbuka Loops Pack 1, Tambura, Sitar, Arabic Flute, Banjo Loops Pack 3, Surf Guitar Loops, Piano Loops Pack 4, Bodhran, Accordion and Indian Female Vocals. All 400 loops are available in Acid Pro Wav and Apple Garageband AIFF.
- Piano Loops *Bundle Pack* – This pack contains all Piano themed sample packs. In this pack included: Piano Loops Pack 1, 2, 3, 4, Piano Arpeggio Loops and Baby Grand Piano Loops Pack 1 and 2. All 375 loops are available in Acid Pro Wav and Apple Garageband AIFF.
- Electric Guitar: Heavy Stuff *Bundle Pack* – This pack contains all sample packs containing electric guitar with distortion or overdrive. In this pack included: Hard Rock Guitar, Metal Guitar Loops, Rock & Blues Guitar and Punk Guitar Loops. All 815 loops are available in Acid Pro Wav and Apple Garageband AIFF.
The Best of 2011 and Piano Loops bundles are $34.95 USD each; Electric Guitar: Heavy Stuff is $49.95 USD.
More information: Splurgo Audio
Brian Green of seeyouinsleep.com has released Accordion Drone Samples, a free sample pack.
These samples were made using a launchpad to send midi into a generative setup which then processed various sounds that were recorded from a toy Emenee accordion.
Brian Green Accordion Drone Samples
The sample pack is available as to download from seeyouinsleep.com and can be used free of charge as long as you give due credit for the published use of any of these sounds.
More information: Accordion Drone Samples
Syntheway has announced the release of Harmodion, a virtual organ instrument plug-in for Windows.
Harmodion is a Drawbar organ and free reed aerophone instrument emulation, including Reed organ, Harmonium, Accordion and Bandoneon among others.
Harmodion uses Additive Synthesis allowing to manipulate harmonically the sine waveform components to produce pitched sounds, as well as to individually detune those components to produce inharmonic timbres.
- 9 Drawbars. By sliding drawbars in or out, the user can mix various pitches and create the richly distinctive sounds of an electric organ or of a free reed aerophone instrument.
- The Additive synthesis constructs complex sounds by controlling the level of individual sine-wave components. The sound can be reshaped by alterations made to timbre. A harmonic sound could be restructured to sound inharmonic, and vice versa.
- The rich harmonic content of their sound allows to generate the widest palette of tonal variations for Drawbar organs, Reed organs and Squeezeboxes emulations.
- Vibrato effect, with depth and speed modulation controls.
- Adjustable Key Click simulation to add the percussive effect for distinctive organ sounds and button click noise in Accordion and Bandoneon presets.
- Configurable Drive level. Accomplished by clipping the input signal, this effect adds sustain and additional harmonics and overtones to the signal, creating a richer sound with a warm thickness regarding to the original tone.
- 32 Presets available for immediate use in a wide range of genres from blues, jazz, gospel and rock styles to folk, ethnic and popular music.
- FULL MIDI Automation: Complete MIDI Continuous Controller (Control of all parameters for use with external hardware control).
Harmodion is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for $34.90 USD. A fully functional demo version is available to download (produces beep every 10 seconds).
More information: Syntheway / Harmodion
Best Service has announced Accordions, a new Kontakt Player-powered sample library produced by Eduardo Tarilonte.
Produced by Eduardo Tarilonte, Accordions is the definitive accordion sample library. Designed and scripted to perform in real time ultra-realistic accordion melodies and chords.
All the subtle sounds from an accordion have been carefully captured to increase the realism of your performance, like key and button noises.
8 different Accordions where sampled in high detail, being one of them a real A-A (Alfred Arnold) Bandoneon from the 1930′s with an incredible tone. Just the same model Astor Piazzolla used. Also included are 8 perfectly balanced Multis with meticulously made combinations to create new ready to use registers.
Accordions can be used in many different kind of productions and styles. From cinematic, romantic to folk styles like Celtic, Tex-Mex or South American.
- 7 complete independent instruments sampled with amazing depth plus 1 bonus accordion:
- Single Reed Piccolo Accordion
- Single Reed Musette Accordion
- Single Reed Bassoon Accordion
- Double Reed Musette Accordion
- Left Hand Bass Accordion
- Steirische Accordion (Bonus)
- 8 perfectly balanced multis with fine tune combinations to create new ready to use registers:
- Oboe Register
- Celeste Register
- Bandoneon Register
- Organ Register
- Triple Musette Register
- Harmonium Register
- Master Register
- Accordion Register
- 3 round robin playback in each crossfade layer.
- Realistic instruments noises to create an unparalleled realism.
- Advanced but easy to use Kontakt scripting signed by Günter Hirscher.
- 2.7 Gb – 44.1 Khz – 24 bits wav mono samples. Kontakt Player 3 included. No sampler required!
Accordions will be available on September 15, for 199 EUR incl. VAT.
More information: Best Service
Kong Audio has released ChineeSheng, a virtual mouth organ instrument for Windows PC.
As one of the earliest and most commonly recognized Chinese instruments, Sheng, a free-reed, mouth-blown instrument, which can be traced back to at least 3,000 years ago, has withstood against time and still is a vital key piece in today’s Chinese music. Sheng is also said to have inspired the creation of Accordion and Harmonica.
Sheng is extremely versatile and expressive in its own right, with a wide note ranage, as well as much the broad tonal textures, as demonstrated in our official audio demo.
Due to its portability and the polyphony nature, Sheng is also one of the few common accompanying instruments in Chinese music. It’s a must-have piece for scoring a more comprehensive Chinese-themed music.
- 270 MB meticulously produced sample sets.
- All samples are recorded in 24 bit 96 kHz.
- ChineeSheng (in D) contains various types of long tones, vibratos, spit tongues, roll tongues, chorus, and various playing expressions.
- The note range is from A3–F#6.
ChineeSheng is available as a VST instrument for Windows for $60 USD.
Visit Kong Audio for more information and audio demos.
BOLDER Sounds has released Button Accordion, a free sampled instrument for Kontakt and EXS24.
The button accordion was multi sampled approximately in minor 3rds. In the photo you see the 2 rows of the melodic buttons (21 of them) and on the bottom you see a set of buttons which create octaves as well as other intervals. Two different notes are produced for each button depending on whether you are moving the bellows in or out (much like a harmonica).
The samples are in 16 bit stereo format (dithered from 24 bit), and the entire sample set is about 25 megabytes.
Download this and other great freebies for Kontakt and EXS from BOLDER Sounds.
Check this Kontakt freebies list for more free instruments for Kontakt.