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Cinesamples releases CineBells for Kontakt

Cinesamples has announced CineBells, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinesamples Cinebells

Here we present a focused, tidy collection of intimately-recorded, overdub ready, pitched happiness. A sizable 10GB (at compressed NI NCW) collection of pitched bells, dulcimers and keyboards specifically designed to construct tonal groove elements. For years we’ve been subjected to typical cinematic grooves composed of various small percussive elements; sticks, logs, shakers, claves, tambourines, finger cymbals, and other unpitched toys – yet there was an obvious lack of pitched counterparts.

Partially inspired by the tasty tonal percussion overdub tracks on Radiohead’s “No Surprises” and Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” we set out to produce a library which could easily camouflage itself in any track of any genre. Aside from applying the production techniques of modern sampling, we had to take special care taming these incredibly verbal instruments; especially the mallet keyboards as they have the power to drown out an entire orchestra in a hall setting.

Using a combination of instrument treatments, mellow mallets, small pencil condensers and elite Class-A outboard gear (Lexicon PCM 91, Avalon 2055 EQ, Waves L2 Hardware Limiter, Manley Variable Mu), we were able to capture an incredibly usable mix. You will hear a tremendously clean signal featuring perfectly smooth transients, transparent highs, warm mids and tastefully rolled-off lows, with just enough ambience to prevent sterility. We’ve also included true mono; a single microphone (not a faked, stereo fold down) as it would be used in 90% of these types of situations in the studio. We have captured an authentic and familiar sound – that your client will hopefully feel rather than notice outright when they hear your cues.

CineBells features

  • 12 patches of unique and useful instruments.
  • 2 Mix Options.
  • High-Quality Signal Chain:
    • Lexicon PCM 91
    • Avalon 2055 EQ
    • Waves L2 Hardware Limiter
    • Manley Variable Mu
  • 9.97 GB – NCW Compressed.
  • Multiple Dynamic Layers, Round Robin Articulations.
  • Requires Full Version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or higher.
  • Produced by Mike Barry, Mike Patti, and Dan Negovan; Programmed and Scripted by Blake Robinson; engineered by Brian Dixon.

CineBells is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $129 USD).

More information: Cinesamples / CineBells


Modartt releases Tubular Bells Christmas gift for Pianoteq

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Modartt Tubular Bells

Modartt has released a new free add-on as Christmas gift: The Tubular Bells.

As a Christmas gift to all Pianoteq customers, we hereby announce our latest instrument add-on: a virtual copy of a Tubular Bells, also known as Symphonic Chimes.

Tubular Bells is an instrument made of brass tubes of graded length that are tuned to a chromatic scale and usually covers the range of 1½ octave. The sound is produced by striking the top edge of the tubes with a plastic-headed hammer. The instrument often includes an attached damping mechanism. It appeared for the first time in England in the late 19th Century, and is ever since part of major symphonic orchestras, known as symphonic chimes.

The Tubular Bells add-on is modelled after a Bergerault 18 Note concert chimes. Thanks to Pianoteq’s powerful technology, the note range in the virtual copy is extended into a 4-octave instrument.

The Tubular Bells is available to download for registered Pianoteq users.

More information: Pianoteq


Patchpool releases Alchemistry Metallurgy for Alchemy

Patchpool has announced the release of Alchemistry Metallurgy, a soundset for the Alchemy software synthesizer by Camel Audio.

Patchpool Alchemistry Metallurgy

The soundset Alchemistry Metallurgy for Alchemy is the first in a series focussing on specific materials and single instruments.

The set contains 57 patches with 8 variations each in the Remix Pad and focusses on metallic sounds derived from real instruments, metal objects and industrial field recordings. This patch collection keeps the balance between real sounding metal instruments, otherworldly textures and wondrous soundscapes using also some processed electronic derivates of the sampled materials.

All sounds are sample-based, some patches use the resynthesis features in Alchemy. You will find many patches and snapshots which sound wam, delicate and beautiful, characteristics one may not normally associate with metallic sounds.

Alchemistry Metallurgy features

  • 1.81 GB of original samples – source material:
    • Instruments:
      • China Cymbal bowed, scraped and beaten – multisampled and Round Robin.
      • Glockenspiel multisampled – 23 semitones (C4-A#5), 4x RR, 2 velocity layers (179 samples/386,7 MB).
      • 2 microtonal handheld Bell Trees 8x Round Robin, 2 articulations, +textures.
      • 2 Thai Gongs multisampled + 8x Round Robin, 4 velocity layers, +texures.
      • Thai Ching Bells – 6x Round Robin, 3 velocity layers.
      • Tam Tam 45 cm – beaten (7xRound Robin/4 velocities), scraped and rubbed.
    • Various multisampled metal objects:
      • Caviar Cans, Metal Bowl, Coins, Dumbbell plate, Small Thunder Sheet, Metal Plate (dinner tray), Anvil.
      • Industrial metal sounds recorded in factories.
  • All samples recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R – 48 Khz/24 Bit; U87 center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R, the industrial field recordings were done with 2 shotgun mics – Sennheiser MK 70
  • 57 patches with 8 variations each.
  • 1.82 GB total content (1.06 GB compressed).

Alchemistry Metallurgy is available to purchase for 25 EUR. Note: requires the full version of Alchemy (Alchemy Player not supported).

More information: Patchpool / Alchemistry Metallurgy


Rabbit Ears Audio releases REA 008 Animal Bells sample library

Rabbit Ears Audio Animal Bells

Rabbit Ears Audio has released Animal Bells, a sound fx sample library.

REA_008 is a collection of sounds meant to be grazed on, but be careful you might alert others you are near! This library features 16 Animal Bells made out of variety of materials. The materials include, brass, bronze, common metals, wood, animal horns, and even some gourds. So just imagine: ding, clank, ring, twack, rattle, clunk, click, and who doesn’t love gourds?

This library is also a collaboration with Toronto based sound editor, John Loranger. John got in touch when he had a need for some animal bells and heard about a unique private collection in the states. After we both saw the collection, we knew it was worthy of a thorough session.

Animal Bells is available to purchase in two editions:

  • Animal Bells Hi-Res+ $70 USD: 24 Bit 192 kHz / 16 Bells, 1000+ sounds / 4.38 GB download, 7.92 GB unrar’d.
  • Animal Bells Hi-Res $50 USD: 24 Bit 96 kHz / 16 Bells, 1000+ sounds / 1.95 GB download, 3.83 GB unrar’d.

More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / Animal Bells


AfroDJMac releases Broken Bells Rack for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has released Broken Bells Rack, the 10th instrument in a series of free Ableton Live packs.

AfroDJMac Broken Bells Rack

This week’s download is created from samples of two different xylophones. One, I bought at a music store for about a hundred bucks and another belongs to my friend DF, who plays in an excellent noise rock band from Brooklyn called Imaginary Weapons (check them out, it’s very melodic, noisy, contemplative guitar rock woven together with some beautiful synth parts).

The synth you are getting this week is actually four instruments in one. The first two are the xylophones layered together. These can be mixed together to your preference. Next, while thinking about the nostalgia I get from the xylophone, and how our memories are often distortions of what really happened, I decided to reverse the samples and layer those over the original sounds. So, when you hit the notes, a traditional xylophone sounds, but then a reversed xylophone creeps back in with an echo of those same notes. You can play the instrument with just the normal xylophones, just the reversed ones, or a blend of both. The reversed xylophones are being moved around the stereo spectrum via LFOs, which adds the the cerebral effect I am going for with this instrument.

The Broken Bells Rack for Ableton* is available as a free download from AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac

*This pack comes with the original samples so you can import them into a sampler/instrument/DAW of your choice as well.


Rabbit Ears Audio releases REA006 Bells sound library

Rabbit Ears Audio Bells

Rabbit Ears Audio has released REA006 Bells, a sample library featuring bell sounds.

Bronze, brass, chrome, gold, stainless steel, and steel are just some of the materials that forged this library. We spent a day at one of the few remaining bell foundries in the United States and we rang bells until our ears nearly fell off. We hit them with mallets, clappers, and shook them with our bare hands. We also spent time on an old barge and percussion rental facility for rare and unusual bells.

Each bell was recorded from multiple perspectives . . . if you need a heavy attack or just a warm roomy bell toll . . . we’ve got it.

The Bells sound library is available to purchase in two editions:

  • Bells Hi Res+ ($70) – 24 Bit 192 kHz, 440 sounds, 2.2 GB download, 4.76 GB unrar’d.
  • Bells Hi Res ($50) – 24 Bit 96 kHz, 440 sounds, 982.3 MB download, 2.36 GB unrar’d.

More information: Rabbit Ears Audio


Les Productions Zvon releases Bonus Pack 01 sample library

Les Productions Zvon Bonus Pack 01

Les Productions Zvon has released Bonus Pack 01, a sample library that comes free with the purchase of any Les Productions Zvon product.

The Bonus Packs are sample sets that are given for free with purchases of my regular sample sets. They contain some odd sounds, all original samples released as bonuses because either they’re too small to release as a regular sample set or due to lack of time to fully develop them.

Bonus Pack 01 features

  • Black Swan bell: A small handbell recorded and processed through a Nintendo DSi, guaranteed LoFi! 44 samples (7.85 MB).
  • Cheap Bells: Two handbells bought at a dollar store for the Holidays. Contrary to the Black Swan bell, it’s the bells that are cheap not the recordings. Includes single hits and hand ringings. Only the 4 samples with stretch in their name are processed. 25 samples (6.67 MB).
  • Honks: Samples made with 2 different vehicle horns, 17 honks with or without the sound of the air pump release and 3 “air” samples. The air pump release can easily be trimmed if you don’t want it, as I did with Honk 14 that has the 2 versions. These samples were a popular giveaway for the New Year 2011 but now also contain some K3 mappings and processing including random pitch variations and 4 melodic Honks. 21 samples (1.15 MB).
  • Spindle Chair: Collection of samples made by hitting the spindles of a wooden chair with a drum stick. Was recorded simultaneously in stereo and mono with 2 different recorders. Thus both sets of samples sound different. There are 19 patterns and 16 single hits, the hits are NOT extracted from the patterns. K3 mapping of the single hits has the Harp Glissando script in the performance view. The patterns are not mapped. 73 samples (5.59 MB).

The Bonus Pack 01 is available in wave, sfz and Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 or better formats. A free demo can be found on the Les Productions Zvon website.

More information: Les Productions Zvon / Bonus Pack 01