Modwheel has announced the release of Biscuit Tin Guitar, a 4-string fretless guitar instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The instrument that MODWHEEL has sampled for their Biscuit Tin Guitar library is a one off, hand crafted by Steve Roche. Steve has been making tin guitars and other odd instruments for many years for use in his soundtrack work with Plan 9 and live with the bands he performs with.
This particular instrument is a 4 string fretless with open G Banjo tuning (D G B D). For sampling purposes the range of the instrument has been extended down to the E below the D of its natural range.
The instrument is fitted with a pickup and was recorded both acoustically as well as through a vintage Fender Twin Reverb amp.
Biscuit Tin Guitar features
35 Kontakt patches both acoustic and electric, with finger and plectrum Performance.
Keyswitches operate the different note options i.e. Long, Short, Mute, Semitone Slide Up and Hammer Off.
Dynamic keyswitching to aid performance with several velocity layers and at least 3 round robins.
FX panel on each patch gives the ability to adjust the sound to further suit your requirements.
The instrument has also been used for its percussive possibilities and there are several percussion kits and BPM’d rhythm patches.
In addition there are a number of patches that play arpeggios and song patterns from a single key.
Realitone has released version 2.0 of RealiBanjo, a virtual banjo instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
We’ve gotten a number of requests for a few new features for RealiBanjo. It took a while, but we’ve finally completed them into an update that is now available.
For starters, we’ve added a swing function to the pattern player. Not only that, we also added a “humanize” function. Now RealiBanjo sounds so lifelike that you’ll be trying to figure out we got that little man in there!
We’ve also added options to play patterns at double or half speed. We also made some other minor tweaks, including making the animated dog walk out even when you change chords every bar.(He used to only come out if you’d hold chords at least two bars. Oops!)
RealiBanjo 2.0 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $29 USD (regular $59 USD). Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher full version.
RealiTone has announced the release of RealiBanjo, a virtual banjo instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Intuitive pattern player and animated GUI make this the most fun instrument you’ve ever played.
RealiBanjo’s pattern player makes banjo sequencing easy.
You can either play notes normally . . . or play chords (major, minor, dominant 7th, minor 7th or sus4) in the upper two octaves and RealiBanjo automatically plays authentic banjo patterns (“rolls”) for that chord! Six pattern styles to choose from (bluegrass to acoustic rock,) selectable via keyswitch so you can even switch pattern styles mid bar if you like.
Legato note transitions (slides up or down.) Trigger these on those certain notes for a more authentic banjo performance. That’s because banjo players rarely pick every note when they’re playing “rolls.”
Legato triggered manually or with our special Auto-Legato feature! This automatically senses when a slide into a note would be appropriate. Okay, so maybe it’s not really voodoo. Here’s how it works: If two consecutive notes are either a half step or whole step apart, a banjo player would normally slide, rather than pick, from one note to the other. Auto-Legato does this automatically.
Fret position for open strings (no capo, which is most common) or any fret position up the neck. Cletus moves his hand up the fretboard to confirm the position.
Animated GUI! RealiBanjo is a completely professional instrument, but wouldn’t it be nice to have an instrument that your less musical friends might enjoy, too?
The RealiBanjo library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $29 USD (regular $59 USD). Requires Kontakt 4/5 full version.
VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on the Bluegrass Banjo Kontakt sample library by Bolder Sounds.
Bluegrass Banjo by BolderSounds is a 5 string banjo owned and played banjo wizard Chris Elliot.
This instrument has the classic warm tone associated with pre-war banjos with plenty of punch to cut through a mix. Even though this library is called a Bluegrass sample library, you will find it to be quite flexible across many different musical genres. Recorded with 5 round-robins on each of the 5 strings, strings 5 round-robins for each of the 5 strings of the banjo, strings 1 through 4 were sampled chromatically up to the 17th fret and the first string was sampled up to the 22nd fret.
Bluegrass Banjo requires the full version of Kontakt 4 or above and is 1.5 GB uncompressed.
The sample library is available from VST Buzz for $42 USD until June 18th, 2013 (regular $60 USD).
Bolder Sounds has released Bluegrass Banjo, a new 1.5 GB sample library for NI Kontakt 4+ and Apple EXS24.
Both versions of this library give extensive control over the left hand fingering style of the banjo.
The Kontakt version uses a KSP string algorithm which allows the user to choose between playing in a specified position or to play on a particular string only. Also included in the Kontakt version is the ability to select articulations via velocity rather than the default key switches if desired.
On the EXS24 version, numerous banjo maps are offered which emphasize the span of a particular strings samples, as well as a separate components folder with each banjo string mapped to its full sampled length. Both the Kontakt and EXS libraries have an instrument created for use with a MIDI guitar controller.
Bluegrass Banjo features
5 round-robins for each of the 5 strings of the banjo. Strings 1 through 4 were sampled chromatically up to the 17th fret. The first string was sampled up to the 22nd fret.
Various articulations: Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs, Half and Whole step Slides as well as Harmonics. All with 2 x independent round-robins per key.
Freely assignable Key-Switches for Fret Positions and String Imposes. Articulations may also be triggered via velocity instead of key switches. A new fret algorithm automatically selects the correct fret according to the played note (Kontakt only).
A very advanced Pitch Bend control (Kontakt only).
Major, minor and diminished chords in 3 voicings (low, mid and high), short and long articulations with 2 x round-robins per chord.
REX format banjo rolls (arpeggios) in 3/4 and 4/4 time. Major, minor and diminished rolls recorded in the most common banjo keys.
The rolls (arpeggios) can be played in any key you like, in the Kontakt “Rolls” patches (Kontakt only).
Bluegrass Banjo costs $59.95 USD (Kontakt) / $49.95 USD (EXS24), with introductory prices of $40 and $33.50 respectively, available until January 15th, 2013.
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