Bad Cat Media has released The Performachord, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
“The Performachord” is a reed based instrument thats somewhat of a cross between an accordion, and an organ. It is also commonly known as a “Chord Organ”, among a couple other names. The left hand is played by “push down” buttons offering different voiceing’s including: Roots, Major, Minor, & Seventh. Although this may seem basic to some, with a little creativity, and a decent grasp of theory, one can actually create numerous chord voicings using a combination of these buttons alone.
On the right hand, it has a keyboard to allow for melodies to be played in conjunction with the chords, or simply to be used for solo melody purposes. The character of its sound is unmistakeable, and easily fits well into the common “accordion based sound” that composers turn to day after day for TV/film work. However, it is far from from a one trick pony, and can easily be used in modern EDM/House music for either chord or melody.
The Performachord features
A deeply sampled Performachord instrument.
Over 700 samples, 1.12 GB download.
Requires Native Instruments Kontact 5.3 or higher.
The library is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.
VST Buzz is offering the Music Box sample library by Bad Cat Samples at a 40% discount for a limited time.
The Music Box by Bad Cat Samples is an incredibly realistic music box sample library that has the character and subtlety that’s missing from many sample libraries.
16 different music boxes were meticulously recorded, note by note to create a highly expressive music box instrument with all the nuances and intricacy of the real thing. Each crank, creek, scratch, buzz, ting and scrape was left in and the result is something quite organic and simply inspiring to play.
The Music Box comes with 12 patches – 2 basic instrument patches along with 10 extra designed patches ranging from pads to extra terrestrial sound FX. Perfect for childlike nursery rhymes, eerie melodies, enchanting passages and much more – for $12, you’d be stupid to pass up this deal!
The library is available from VST Buzz for $12 USD until March 11th, 2014.
VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on the Music Box by Bad Cat Media Group, a sample library capable of childlike nursery rhymes, eerie melodies, enchanting passages and much more.
We took 16 different music boxes and meticulously recorded each one note by note to create a highly expressive music box instrument with all the nuances and intricacy of the real thing. In an effort to make an instrument of the highest quality & detail, we made sure to include every subtly possible. Each crank, creek, scratch, buzz, ting and scrape was left in and the result is something quite organic and simply inspiring to play. The entire library was recorded using ribbon microphones at 24bit 48khz.
There is a minimum of 8 velocity layers per note. Due to the nature of the music box and the general range of such devices we ended up with quite a few velocity layers for some pitches (40+). Instead of using round robins we decided to use many velocity layers so that a performance could easily be altered but not be random. The Music Box requires the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher and is 388 MB (zipped)
The Music Box is available from VST Buzz for $12 USD until June 25th, 2013 (40% off regular $20 USD).
Bad Cat Media has launched its “Pickup Series” of free sample packs with the release of Mini Keys, a toy keyboard pack.
This is an exploratory series where every sample is recorded through high quality preamps but instead of using a microphone we use an excellent hum-bucker guitar pickup. The result is a crisp and clean sample with an incredibly low noise floor recorded at 24bits and 48khz. Combine that with some experimental scripting in Kontakt to create some slightly off quilter possibilities and you have an interesting tool for the mad scientist music producer/composer.
Volume #1 in The Pickup Series is The Mini Keys. A tiny toy keyboard with a very distinct 8-bit sound. After sampling this keyboard via our humbucker, we programmed a basic patch for a convincing retro game sound. The true fun came when we developed the Kontakt script which makes this instrument anything but mini.
The Pickup Series is available in both Kontakt 4.2.4+ and EXS24 formats, which are both included in the package.