AudioThing has launched Soundscapes Vol.2, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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 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 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
Stretch That Note has announced Motion, a 3D electronic cinematic percussion sample library created with the STN approach of phase cancelled samples with a minimum of 2 layers per sample.
Boasting a huge sample count of over 500 samples, Motion takes the user to a land far, far away where frequency smearing, summing and cancellation exist no more.
Each sample is a combination of two sample layers with each layer performing a different motion: this means you have a sample with two layers behaving in different ways: be it panning, modulation of filters and so on. The result is an interesting combination of both texture and motion. Some samples will ‘move’ behind you when using headphones to audition the sounds. These are not binaural recordings – the way 3D movement is created using filters and modulators. I have included one or two examples of this in the free sample demo pack.
If you like sounds that grate, resonate, die to static and so on then this pack is for you. If you don’t then it’s not.
The sample library costs $50 USD. A taster pack of 20 assorted samples is available free of charge (free account signup required).
More information: Stretch That Note / Motion
Luftrum has announced it will soon release Luftrum 10, a soundbank containing 64 presets for a yet to be announced synthesizer.
The soundbank contains many pads (28 in total) and organic soundscapes, some synths and sound effects too. Drawing it’s primary inspiration from the grounding sound of Mother Earth and the pioneers from the early electronic music scene, make sound worlds collide in harmony in this collection.
The soundbank includes and makes extensive use of 200 MB royalty free WAV samples from the Luftrum collection. Samples of my didgeridoo, the forest, rain, voices, airport, sound toys, clockworks, record dust, VA synths etc. + a handpicked selection of my binaural recordings – all to be further explored and manipulated into otherworldly textures.
The soundset will be released on Thursday, March 21st, 2013.
More information: Luftrum
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