Sound Magic intros China Impression bundle

Sound Magic China Story Erhu

Sound Magic has announced China Impression, a bundle of three virtual Chinese traditional instruments: China Story Erhu, Laurel Pipa and Bamboo Dreams Bawu.

These 3 instruments can help musician to bring Classic Asian/Chinese flavor into their music. At the mean time, it also saves money.

China Story Erhu features Erhu, which is also regarded as Chinese Violin. This instrument is the main string instrument used in traditional Chinese music and you can hear it nearly in every Hollywood movie which has Chinese elements.

Laurel Pipa features Pipa, which is also called Chinese lute. In traditional Chinese music, Pipa plays the same role as guitar.

Bamboo Dreams Bawu features Bawu, which is a woodwind instrument.

The China Impression bundle costs 249 EUR. Existing users of China Story Erhu, Laurel Pipa and Bamboo Dreams Bawu can upgrade at the difference between the bundle price and purchase products.

More information: Sound Magic / China Impression

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Soundiron releases Bamblong 2.0 sample library for Kontakt

Soundiron Bamblong 2.0

Soundiron has announced the release of version 2.0 of its Bamblong sample library featuring the sounds of a hand-crafted Southeast Asian bamboo idiophone.

For our new version 2.0, we’ve added a full-featured custom user interface with powerful fully-automatable performance controls. The included EQ, Reverb and Uberpeggiator meta-arp system give the Bamblong 2.0 a whole host of new musical potential and playability.

Bamblong 2.0 features

  • 5 Main Articulations:
    • Dry, Studio-Recorded Multisamples with Mallets
    • Dry, Studio-Recorded Multisamples with Brushes
    • Dry Brush Rolls w/ release samples
    • Wet, Hall Looping Sustains w/Release
    • Sustaining tonal pads and evolving atmospheres
  • 2,519 Samples (standard pcm wav).
  • 17 .nki files (unlocked format).
  • 1.56 GB installed.
  • 24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format.
  • Over 50 custom convolution reverb impulses.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 4.2.4 .nki and pcm .wav.

The sample library is available for introductory price of $39 USD through May 1st, 2013 (regular $49 USD). Requires Kontakt version 4.2.4+ full version.

More information: Soundiron / Bamblong

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Soundiron releases Angklung and Sick 3: Dark Places + 10% off in Halloween Sale

Soundiron Angklung / Sick 3 Dark Places

Soundiron has announced the release of Angklung and Sick 3: Dark Places, two new sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Angklung is a unique instrument from Indonesia with a particular, short bamboo percussive flavor. At 3.5GB and over 6700 samples, our Angklung library features both dry studio and wet hall recordings. The Hall recordings also features three blendable mic positions and sustaining rattles with releases.

Our Sick series has evolved to a whole new level with the release of Sick 3, just in time for Halloween. Sick 3 features 4.39GB of professional dark/suspense/horror environments and over 300 custom convolution impulses. We also hand-crafted horrific demonic creatures, feverish states of sonic delirium, monstrously shambling slavering hordes and discordant fever dreams.

The libraries are available for the introductory price of $59 USD each until 7 Novermber, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST (regular $79 USD).

Soundiron is also celebrating Halloween with 10% off storewide on all orders over $79 USD with any 2 or more items through November 7th, 2012. Use coupon code sickangklung at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Soundiron

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sun.io releases Sudden Sound Studio World Instruments for Kontakt

sun.io wrote in to share the news of a free sample library for Kontakt, featuring 9 world instruments sampled by Greg Bossert.

Sudden Sound Studio World Instruments
Samples and images by Greg Bossert; Programming for Kontakt by sun.io

World Instruments for Kontakt features

  • Kenyan Sistrum – a forked rattle from Kenya. It’s about 16x5x1 inches, made of a natural forked branch. Two wires strung across the fork hold a number of rusty, flattened metal bottle caps, which act as jingles. Most of the samples are single hits, either short (with the rattle held vertically) or long (with the rattle at an angle). Sample 19 is long looped shake at no particular tempo.
  • Vietnamese Cricket (Sanh Sua) – a Sanh Sua, a frog/cricket noise maker from Vietnam. It’s about 11x6x2 inches, made of wood bound with cane and inlaid with abalone. It’s shaped somewhat like a pair of tongs; gently squeezing the handles pushes the two almond-shaped ends together, causing them to rattle against each other.
  • Ghanan Marimba – a simple 10 key marimba from Ghana. It’s about 26x16x8 inches, made of wood. The keys, which are relieved in the middle to bring out the fundemental, are attached to the frame/resonator with twine. This instrument lacks the usual gourd resonators, and was probably made for the tourist trade.Note that the given pitches are very approximate; while the instrument is reasonably in tune with itself, it is not at standard A=440 pitch.
  • India Hatheli – a jignle stick from India. It’s about 10x2x0.5 inches, made of wood with flat brass jingles. The samples include single sharp hits, some of which have multiple bounces of the jingles, as well as softer hits made by twisting the stick. There is also a digitally reversed sample, and a loop of 1/8 notes accented in 4/4 at 120 BPM.
  • Kenyan Box Rattle – a rectangular shaker or rattle from Kenya. It’s about 10x5x0.5 inches, made of reeds bound together with nylon thread, wooden end pieces, and probably filled with pebbles. Most of the samples are single hits, either short (with the rattle held vertically) or long (with the rattle at an angle for a rainstick-like effect). Samples 20 and 21 are long looped shakes at no particular tempo.
  • Kenyan Kpoko Kpoko – a double-ended wooden bell from Kenya. It’s about 15x3x2 inches, carved from a single piece of wood with two small clappers in each bell tied in place with wire.
  • Thailand Ching – a pair of small hand bells from Thailand. They are about 2x2x2 inches, and made of bronze. The ching is the timekeeper for traditional Thai ensembles (eg. pi phat or mahori). It plays a repeating pattern of alternating closed and open tones. In contrast to tradional European music, the accents (marked with the closed tone of the ching) are on the second and fourth beats in the measure, with the strongest emphasis on the fourth beat. This pattern usually starts slowly, with one “ching” per measure, and repeatedly doubles in speed as the piece progresses. This information on the ching comes from the essay “The Music of Thailand” by David Morton. The samples include open and closed strokes, as well as some longer open rings. There are also digitally reversed and looped tones. Note that the pitch is very close to a standard western “C”. Finally, there is a loop of the traditional pattern at 120 BPM.
  • Tongue Drum – offically the Catania Bass Bamboo Tong Drum. It’s made from a large half-cylinder of bamboo with a padauk top/keys. Note that the given pitches are approximate, due to the interaction between the tongues, the notes are more like chords with one tone slightly predominating.
  • Vietnamese Fish Scraper – a wooden scraper/rasp and woodblock from Vietnam. Stroking the stick along the “fins” on the fish’s back produces a slightly ascending noise somewhat like a frog. The stick stores neatly in the fish’s mouth. The samples include up and down strokes as well as some single hits. The pitch is approximately an “f”. Note that single hits and some of the scrapes work quite well as pitched sounds in a sampler.

The World Instruments for Kontakt sample library is available as a free download from sun.io here (9.26 MB).

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Zero-G/Xfonic Beats from the East

Zero-G/Xfonic has released Beats from the East, a massive and unique collection of beats recorded with ethnic percussive instruments.

Zero-G Beats from the East

This enormous beat collection of unparalleled quality has been a 7-year long project of the South Asian beats guru and No.1 hit producer Eranga Jayawansa. Using the latest technology combined with authentic ethnic percussion, these loops deliver extra individuality and spice.

Beats from the East covers all the genres from HipHop and RnB to Techno and House plus more experimental beats. More than half of the collection features the use of ethnic percussive instruments (tabla, dholak, kanjira, ghatam, yak bera, geta bera, thammattama, udakki, raban, clay pots, bamboos, conga, djembe, darbuka etc).

Beats from the East features

  • 1152 Acidized WAV files.
  • 1152 AIFF Apple Loops.
  • 1152 Stylus compatible REX2 files.
  • 47 EXS24 Instruments.
  • 47 Kontakt Instruments.
  • 47 Reason NN-XT Instruments.

Beats from the East is available as a DVD or download exclusively from Time+Space for RRP £49.95 GBP / 58.95 EUR.

More information: Time+Space

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