IK Multimedia has announced the release of ARC 2, an update for the acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software and a correction plug-in for most popular DAWs to improve the acoustics and sonic reliability of your studio.
ARC works by measuring your room using the included measurement microphone and measurement software and then generates an algorithm to provide a correction of your room’s acoustic problems that you can apply to your mix using the included plug-in.
You can record and mix with confidence knowing that what you hear from your speakers is a faithful representation of how your music will translate to the outside world.
The ARC advanced room correction system just got more advanced.
New in ARC 2
Completely redesigned interface for improved usability.
Smoother, more natural sound in the mid-range and high frequencies.
New combined L/R correction option maintains focus in perfectly symmetrical control rooms.
New customizable target curves now can match engineers’ personal timbre tastes.
New “Alt References” templates mimic the sound of consumer listening devices like car systems, speaker boxes, etc. allowing the engineer to test how mixes translate on different systems.
New Monitor Control panel interface streamlines workflow.
Fewer measurements now provide higher quality results and shortens set-up time.
Measurements can be saved and used for multiple correction set-ups.
ARC 2 is available to purchase for $299.99 USD / €249.99 EUR. Registered ARC users can update to ARC 2 for the introductory price of $99.99 USD / €84.99 EUR until August 31, 2012 (regular $149.99 USD / €124.99 EUR). Prices exc. taxes.
Impact Soundworks has released Highland Harps, a new Plectra Series sample library featuring a collection of stringed instruments.
Continuing our Plectra Series of plucked, picked and strummed string instruments from around the world comes this collection of traditional folk harps!
Featuring the lyre, lap harp, and celtic harp, this KONTAKT 4 sample library evokes images of the Irish countryside, Appalachian splendor, tall tales and a heart mug of mead beside a crackling fire. The intimate, close-miced sound is ideal for traditional, folk, medieval and Renaissance music as well as modern scores in any number of styles.
Highland Harps features
Lyre, celtic harp and lap harp recorded across 14 ‘Natural’ patches.
2.28gb of NCW-compressed samples.
Dry, intimate recordings suitable for a variety of styles.
Plucks, hammered playing, harmonics.
Traditional bow and ebowed, percussion and glissandi.
10 ‘Designed’ patches with pads/ambiance and plucked-style sounds.
Scripted interface for easy tweaking, effects and humanization.
Kontakt 4+ format.
The sample library is available to purchase for $49 USD. A bundle of Plectra Series 1 (8-string Acoustic Bouzouki) and 2 costs $79 USD.
MaxSynths has announced that its aPiano, previously available in Wusikstation and Sfz format, is now also available for Kontakt users.
MaxSynths aPiano acoustic piano instrument in Native Instruments Kontakt.
aPiano is an acoustic piano emulation with an “open, big and vibrant sound”. The goal was to create a good piano sound suitable for any style, with a realistic feeling, warm but incisive at the same time and very limited in size (in contraposition with the multi gigabytes piano libraries available on the market today).
On the technical side what makes aPiano something unique is that each single sample in this piano library has been modeled in a dedicated software following mathematical calculations. Every single sound has been generated into a computer but with the challenge to make it sound as something real. And according to what people says the goal has been succesfully reached!
The aPiano for Kontakt (requires version 4.2 or above) costs 19.90 EUR. A multiformat version is 24.90 EUR.
This is quite simply the most diverse and exciting sample pack we have released to date, packed full of leftfield and experimental loops and samples all with their own unique flavour and texture.
Paul Rez, the sound designer and composer behind this sample pack, utilized a number of experimental recording techniques and used some sought after analogue equipment, including a beautifully maintained Studer Tape Machine, UA LA610 recording channels, a Moogerfooger and Maestro Sustainer pedal, as well as Audiomulch and Reaktor for some cheeky digital manipulation.
Analogue Witchcraft features
250+ Loops and Samples split into folders:
Acoustic Guitar Day Care – a contrast of organic and mechanical sound sources, melodic patterns and rhythmic percussion loops.
Half Buried Drum Loops – distorted, twisted and warped leftfield drum loops and breaks.
Retriggered to Tape – quirky music loops with added tape personality.
Synthi Hurtful Bass Loops – gnarly twisted bass loops, recorded from a selection of analogue synth loops, bass guitars and upright basses.
Un Cooperative Sequences – twisted and circuit bent synth loops and samples.
Flawed foley Melodies – experimental rhythmical and melodic loops recorded from various natural sound sources.
Organic Mechanic – a contrast of organic and mechanical sound sources, melodic patterns and rhythmic percussion loops.
802 MB total content.
Formats: 24 Bit Wav, Apple Loops, Rex2, Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT.
The sample library is available to purchase for £34.70 GBP.
Impact Soundworks has released Plectra Series 1: 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki, a bouzouki sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt (previously released by Handmade Sounds).
Designed, recorded and produced by Dimitris Plagiannis, our first entry into the Plectra Series of virtual instruments is a classic instrument of Greek music. Reminiscent of the European mandolin but with a deeper, richer tone, the bouzouki has its roots as one of the oldest musical instruments. No sample libraries existed that truly captured this beautiful instrument in great depth and detail, until now!
Our 8-string acoustic bouzouki has been thoroughly sampled and produced with all the love and care you would expect from a next-generation virtual instrument. Extensive, custom scripting by Dimitris has been created to simulate real playing as accurately as possible. From dynamic changes to up and down strokes, string selection, note speed, legato slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and more, every facet of bouzouki performance has been painstakingly recreated.
Demonstration of the 8-string Acoustic Bouzouki.
8-string Acoustic Bouzouki features
Handcrafted, 8-string Greek bouzouki in Kontakt 4+ format.
Carefully tuned and recorded in 24/44.1.
Multiple dynamics and strokes.
Close and room mics.
Advanced intelligent scripting.
All 8 strings sampled.
Hammer-on, pull-off, legato slides.
Tremolo and pitchbends.
Sampled chord strums.
Easy to load and play.
The sample library is available to purchase for $59 USD. Handmade Sounds customers who purchased the original Bouzouki 8-string Acoustic library can get a $10 USD refund and a free download of the updated library.
Orange Tree Samples has updated the Evolution Acoustic Guitar – Steel Strings sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring a completely new interface and a rewritten scripting engine.
Evolution Acoustic Guitar – Steel Strings enables keyboardists to easily and quickly create authentic sounding electric guitar parts without the need to hand edit MIDI.
Changes in Evolution Acoustic Guitar – Steel Strings
Pick position modeling. This feature realistically reproduces the timbral differences of a string plucked in different areas.
External presets. All the effects, mapping, and performance settings can now be stored in external preset files. That means that you don’t have to reload the entire library to audition different presets. It also means that the presets can be easily shared with other Evolution users.
Reduced memory footprint. Using dynamic sample purging, the Evolution guitar engine only loads the articulations you’re currently using to reduce memory usage and speed up loading time.
The sound library is available to purchase for the (re)introductory price of $139 USD until June 30th, 2012 (regular $179 USD).