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Acousticsamples releases Kawai-EX Pro and Lite

Acousticsamples Kawai-EX

Acousticsamples has announced the release of Kawai-EX, a grand piano sample library for Kontakt.

The Kawai-EX PRO sample Library is a fabulous 9-foot (276cm) KAWAI EX concert grand piano that used to be in the Kennedy center in Washington DC. this Library is the result of a collaboration with Lance Herring

Kawai-EX Pro features

  • 17.49Gb sample bank, no loops Recorded at 24Bits/48Khz.
  • 5 “pedal up” layers, 5 “pedal down” layers, and 15 release samples per note.
  • Multiple mic position and mixing from the interface.
  • Multiple releases depending on time. They have been carefully picked up for each note to really reproduce the real mechanical behaviour of a note.
  • Sympathetic resonance (pedal down samples).
  • Thumps samples and Automatic Pedal noises samples.
  • Custom kontakt interface that let you modify the response of the piano as well as its tone and the volume of the releases and the pedal.
  • Ability to save polyphony by enabling / disabling each position.
  • KONTAKT 3 (optimized for Kontakt 3.5). Easy to use KONTAKT interface.

Kawai-EX Pro is available for purchase for 89 EUR.

A Lite version is also available for 59 EUR. This 5.8Gb library has 4 “pedal up” layers, 4 “pedal down” layers, and 4 release samples per note, and only one microphone position, the player one.

More information: Acousticsamples / Kawai-EX Pro / Lite

Acousticsamples releases SmallDrumKits

Acousticsamples SmallDrumKits

Acousticsamples has announced the release of SmallDrumKits, a sample library featuring a collection of 3 drum kits for Kontakt.

The SmallDrumKits are 3 different Drum Kits, each has two toms, a snare, a ride, a hihat and a bass drum

SmallDrumKits features

  • 506MB of samples recorded at 24 bits, 44.1khz (kitA:149MB, kitB 61MB, kitC:295MB).
  • Custom mapping, you can assign every element to any key from the interface.
  • Mappings presets: GM, V-DRUMS, IMAP, NSKIT (NDK) or default one.
  • CC# controlled Hihat that features automatic closing sound.
  • Cycle round robins (4 for kit A and C and 2 for kit B).
  • Sensitivity button to adjust the response.
  • Detailed instruments: up to 10 velocity layers per round robin.
  • KONTAKT 2 and 3 format benefit from the interface and the custom mapping. Easy to use KONTAKT interface.

SmallDrumKits is available for purchase for 22 EUR as part of the Acousticsamples Summer Sale until August 31, 2009. The regular price is 34 EUR.

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Acousticsamples announces Kawai-EX

Kawai EX

Acousticsamples and Lance Herring have announced the Kawai-EX, a sample library featuring the sounds of a Kawai EX concert piano.

It’s a fabulous KAWAI EX concert grand piano that used to be in the Kennedy center in Washington DC.

The product is already in an advanced state.

Kawai-EX features

  • 5 “pedal up” layers, 5 “pedal down” layers, and 15 release samples per note (4 only for the light version).
  • Thumps samples.
  • Automatic Pedal noises samples.
  • Multiple mic position and mixing from the interface (in PRO version).
  • Ability to save polyphony by enabling / disabling each position.
  • Sympathetic resonance (pedal down samples).
  • Multiple releases. They have been carefully picked up for each note to really reproduce the real mechanical behaviour of a note.
  • As always, a custom kontakt interface that let you modify the response of the piano as well as its tone and the volume of the releases.

The Kawai-EX will be available in the first half of September in Kontakt and GIGA formats. Other formats will follow as free updates (Halion, EXS24 and maybe SFZ).

The sample library will have a pro version with all the above features, and a light version with only one mic position, a single release and only 4 velocity layers.

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Acousticsamples announces Summer Sale

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Acousticsamples Summer Sale

Acousticsamples has announced its first Summer Sale.

Until 31 august 2009 every product has a 35% discount, with additional discounts when buying multiple items.

Summer Sale discounts

  • 35% for 1 item
  • 40% for 2 items
  • 45% for 4 items
  • 50% for 6 items
  • 55% for 8 items

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Acousticsamples releases AkousKontr

Acousticsamples AkousKontr

Acousticsamples has announced the release of AkousKontr, a sample library for Kontakt.

The AkousKontr is a four strings Upright bass recorded at 24bits 44.1khz both from the pickup and with an electro-static microphone.

AkousKontr features

  • 779 Mo (1710 samples) sample library, no loops.
  • Sustain samples: 5 different velocities per note and 2 round robins separated in microphone and pickup samples.
  • Release samples: about 13 different velocities per note.
  • Hammer-on samples easily triggered with the keyboard thanks to the advanced scripting.
  • Advanced Vibrato effect controlled via modulation wheel.
  • Multiple slides effects.
  • Harmonics, ghost notes, string hits samples.
  • Percussion samples.
  • KONTAKT 2 and 3 format only, it uses a lot of script for hammers, slides, mixing, release level. Easy to use KONTAKT interface.

AkousKontr is available for purchase for 49 EUR.

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Acousticsamples releases AcademicGrand

Acousticsamples AcademicGrand

Acousticsamples has released AcademicGrand, a piano sample library for Kontakt, developed in collaboration with Lance Herring.

The AcademicGrand is a 1963 Steinway D concert grand which has seen countless recitals and concerts over the years where it served as the University of Arkansas’ primary concert instrument. The piano has been an inspiration to hundreds of students and visitors, and with being well-maintained and cared for, it’s a wonderful instrument with a unique history and classic American Steinway sound.

AcademicGrand features

  • 2.82 GB sample library (no loops).
  • Recorded at 24bit/48kHz.
  • 4 velocity layers for both the sustain and the release.
  • Pedal up and pedal down samples.
  • 3 release types: notes, thumps, on pedal down (on pedal down only in Kontakt).
  • Additional pedal noise (up and down), automatic in Kontakt version.
  • Advanced scripting (kontakt).
  • Really easy to play, just like a real piano, no more and no less.

AcademicGrand is available for Kontakt 2/3 (Giga coming soon) for 59 EUR.

Visit Acousticsamples for more information and audio clips.

Review: Acousticsamples E-Pian

Arno of Acousticsamples has been working hard these last few months, releasing a bunch of new sample libraries including a slap bass, a jazz drum kit and most recently a Peruvian bass cajón. Not bad for a guy who does the recording, sampling, coding and website all by himself.

Earlier this year Arno released E-Pian, a sampled instrument featuring the sound of a classic 1972 electric piano. The 73 keys of this EP were recorded with the direct output plugged into a tube preamp.

E-Pian features

  • 2.58 GB sample bank (no loops), 24bits 44.1Khz samples.
  • 13 velocity layers/note for the sustain, up to 26 for the release.
  • 2 types of release samples, pedal up/pedal down.
  • Additional pedal noise (up and down) that actually plays the pedal sound when you use it (also in SFZ version).
  • Advanced scripting, especially for the releases when the sustain pedal is down.
  • Easy to play, just like a real piano, no more and no less.

E-Pian comes in Kontakt (2 & 3), EXS24, Mach5 and sfz versions, both in 16bit and 24bit audio quality. I used E-Pian in Kontakt 3, which features an easy to use interface.

Acousticsamples E-Pian in Kontakt
Acousticsamples E-Pian in Kontakt

The Kontakt instrument includes the following controls:

  • Pedal, sets the volume of the pedal noise triggered for pedal down/up.
  • Release volume, sets the volume of the note release (i.e. the sustained notes when the sustain pedal is up).
  • Bass, sets the bass boost volume like on a real electric piano.

You might also notice this little button for switching between two modes, original and cleaned. Here’s what Arno has to say about that:

The original piano had some imperfections, i wanted to keep them, so you have the choice between the original piano and the repaired one.

The E-Pian sample library is available for purchase as a download for 49 EUR, and you can have it optionally shipped (worldwide) on DVD for an additional 3.50 EUR.

So what do I think?

E-Pian is a wonderfully crafted instrument. Since electric pianos tend to be one-of-a-kind type instruments, it is really nice to have the sampled instrument available in its original, imperfect state. E-Pian has lots of character and it has a lovely warm sound quality to it.

Arno took great care in sampling and editing the electric piano, recording full sustain notes and using advanced scripting to improve the playability of the instrument.

At just €49 I think E-Pian is a great instrument for anyone looking for a realistic virtual electric piano.

The audio demos at Acousticsamples do a much better job showcasing the lovely sound of E-Pian than I ever could, so make sure to check them out.

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Acousticsamples releases TheBox Bass Cajón

Acousticsamples TheBox

Acousticsamples has released TheBox, a sample library featuring a big Peruvian Bass Cajón.

TheBox Bass Cajón features

  • 224 MB of stereo samples (839 samples, recorded at 44.1Khz 24bits), no loops.
  • Right hand/Left hand samples.
  • 12 different hit positions to reflect the full possibilities of the instrument.
  • About 70 Velocity layers per note divided in 4 Round Robins.
  • Customizable sensitivity (kontakt).
  • KONTAKT 2 and 3, EXS24, SFZ and MachFive formats. Easy to use KONTAKT interface.

TheBox Bass Cajón is available as a download for 14 EUR.

Visit Acousticsamples for more information and demo mp3s.