AudioThing releases Toy Bars for Kontakt

AudioThing has announced the release of Toy Bars, a music toy instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

AudioThing Toy Bars

Toy Bars features samples from a forgotten musical toy. The instrument consists of a small glockenspiel operated by the chunky keys.

The sounds were sampled with condenser and binaural microphones, with 5 round robin repetitions. The key release noises were sampled separately and can be adjusted to taste. The library also includes hits on the back of the plastic case along with slowed down samples.

Toy Bars features

  • 8 Kontakt Instruments (.nki).
  • 5 Round Robin samples.
  • Two mics: condenser and binaural.
  • 102 Samples (44.1kHz / 24-bit).
  • Formats: Kontakt and WAV.

The library is available for the introductory price of 6.40 EUR until February 22nd, 2015 (regular 8 EUR).

More information: AudioThing / Toy Bars


Sound Dust releases Ghost Dulcitone 1900 for Kontakt

Sound Dust has announced the release of Ghost Dulcitone 1900, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sound Dust Ghost Dulcitone 1900

This is a magical sounding impossible hybrid instrument that takes the rare and beautiful woody jingle of the dulcitone and transforms it into an extended dusty swoon that goes to infinity and beyond (although technically that’s not really possible is it ?) If Tim Burton was a musical instrument he would make sounds like the Ghost Dulcitone 1900.

The starting point of Ghost Dulcitone 1900 is sister instrument the dULCITONE 1900² a 100 year old acoustic keyboard which is binaurally multisampled with 7 velocity layers. Then each sample is used as a convolution reverb impulse and 20 second bursts of Moog Voyager generated analogue white noise are blasted through it to create a whole new sample set of dusty, metallic bowed sounding, infinite duclitone-iness.

Ghost Dulcitone 1900 features

  • 6 deeply multisampled sound articulations ; Pale Ghost convolution, Reverse Ghost convolution, Dark Ghost convolution, Dulcitone 1900, Roomy Nord and Release Nord.
  • 3.26GB of 24bit multisamples with up to 14 velocity levels per note.
  • Advanced architecture with automatable control of everything.
  • Sample start control.
  • Patch morphing with mod wheel controller
  • 3 pages of scripting.
  • Ghost Engine with per voice algorithmic reverb.
  • Noise Engine with per voice distortion and filtering.
  • 74 specially created convolution reverb impulses recorded from real spaces, expensive hardware, and some less obvious sources including a Roland Space Echo, Lexicon reverb and the stage of Glyndebourne Opera House.
  • Leslie effect, cabinet modelling and morphing EQ.
  • Selectable and adjustable release group.
  • Selectable round robin sample swapping.
  • Midi timing jitter.
  • 51 instruments (.nki’s).
  • Built in instruction manual.

The library is available for purchase for £30 GBP. A bundle with Dulcitone2 is £40 GBP.

More information: Sound Dust / Ghost Dulcitone 1900


AudioThing releases Soundscapes Vol.2 for Kontakt

AudioThing has launched Soundscapes Vol.2, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

AudioThing Soundscapes Vol.2

Soundscapes Vol.2 includes soundscapes, textures and ambiences ready to use as Kontakt instruments or WAV loops. These sounds are divided into four categories: binaural, concrete, inductor and piezo.

Like Soundscapes Vol.1, the samples were recorded in different places across the world (Las Vegas, Dublin, Prague, Naples, and Cosenza) using studio or portable equipment. AudioThing used different types of microphones, including handmade piezo and inductor mics, a large condenser microphone and a binaural microphone set.

All samples are seamless loops, so if you don’t have Kontakt it is possible to load them directly into your DAW.

Soundscapes Vol.2 features

  • 35 Kontakt Instruments (.nki).
  • 35 Samples (48kHz / 24-bit).
  • Formats: Kontakt and WAV (loops).
  • Size: 207 MB.
  • Samples derived from: binaural recordings, inductor and piezo effects, mixed objects/places.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of 10 EUR until March 14th, 2014 (regular 12 EUR). Requires Kontakt 4.2.4+ or 5, full version.

More information: AudioThing / Soundscapes Vol.2


Sound Dust updates Ships Piano for Kontakt to Mk2

Sound Dust Ships Piano Mk2

Sound Dust has announced the release of Ships Piano Mk2, an updated virtual piano instrument for Kontakt, which now includes the “Satie-anator” for instant Eric Satie-ness.

A ships piano is basically a tiny rudimentary upright piano with a five octave keyboard that folds upwards to save space. It has no bottom half and sits either on a low table or a stand with a small leather and chain contraption dangling from its bottom that loops around the foot for the sustain pedal. Because of its small frame size it struggles with low notes so the bass strings are very wide gauge and particularly flabby, resulting in a strange almost atonal metallic sound in the lower reaches.

The ships piano is no Blüthner or Steinway, and there’s no chance of extracting rich sonorous tones, but its charming simplicity has lots and lots of useful character. Its very plinky without being too plonky.

Every usable white note is sampled binaurally for extra realism with 4 and sometimes 5 velocity layers for 155MB. Kontakt 4 and above (not Kontakt player).

Ships Piano Mk2 is available to purchase for £15 GBP.

More information: Sound Dust / Ships Piano Mk2


Sound Dust updates Tiny Binaural Harpsichord for Kontakt to MKII

Sound Dust Tiny Binaural Harpsichord MKII

Sound Dust has announced Tiny Binaural Harpsichord MKII, an updated version of the multi-sampled Arnold Dolmetsch portable harpsichord library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

My binaurally sampled portable Harpsichord, although still sounding lovely, was getting a bit long in the tooth feature wise. So I’ve completely rebuilt it.

Now it has 5 pages of handy scripting with built in Baroque Engine, Organic-ator and many other controls.

I’ve also added a really useful new separate instrument the Tiny Binaural Prepared-ness which features lots of binaurally recorded prepared Harpsichord sounds combined with its own Cage Machine script for extra rhythmical madness.

The library is available to purchase for £15 GBP. The update is free for previous owners. Requires full version of Kontakt 4 or higher.

More information: Sound Dust / Tiny Binaural Harpsichord MKII


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