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.
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.
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).
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.
A kit of lovely dusty binaural acoustic drum samples and slightly prepared steel drums….a kind of Tom Waits percussion machine featuring drums in all shapes and sizes.
Theres 4 octaves of huge flappy marching band bass drums, ripped and rattly snares and kicks, frame drums, congas, bongos, toms, hi-hats, cymbals, boxes, metal shelving…you name it.
Plus the “prepared” steel drums. These are a neglected set of bass and cello steel pans played with fingers and soft mallets to avoid sounding like proper steel drums ( more apocalypse than calypso ), the tunings are a bit iffy, but theres plenty of velocity layers per hit for a rusty hang drum like effect.
Great for film scoring. Both kits were recorded binaurally in a great sounding room with long decays with a total of 168mb of samples.
Steel Drum Percussion Room mk2 is available to purchase for £15 GBP.
Jeroen Breebaart’s collection of previously released freeware and commercial effect plugins for Windows is now available to download as a bundle.
This bundle of old(!) VST plugins is provided free of charge and comes with no warranty or support. Feel free to use these plugins, but use them at your own risk. The plugins are based on the VST 2.3 specification, and provided for Windows x86 platforms only. For improvements and completely re-designed versions of these plugins, including native support for x64 platforms, Mac OSX VST and Audio Units, please move over to ToneBoosters.
Ongelegen has announced the release of Water, its 5th free sample pack featuring binaural recordings.
This release consists small scale performances of splashes, bubbles, drips and more which I tried to capture as big as possible. I say small scale as everything was recorded in the studio with a bucket full of water and a few other props.
I setup the dummy vertically with it’s face above the water. Several times things got a bit out of hand resulting in water getting on the floor and the dummy getting splashed in the face. Luckily both the floor and the dummy survived.
Binaural 05: Water features
139 sounds (431 MB) including splashes, bubbles, dripping, movement, squiches and more.
Recorded with Fostex FR-2 – DIY Dummy Head (EM158) @ 24 Bit / 96 kHz.
Metadata has been added to each file using Wave Agent by Sound Devices which should translate well to most applications which can read metadata.
sun.io has released Grasshopper, a free sample pack for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of grasshoppers.
In August 2011 I went on a field recording trip to a local park called Sonsbeek in my hometown Arnhem. I’ve recorded a range of grasshoppers from a distance and very, very, very close by. Sounds easy, but it was really difficult to record them properly. It took me around 5 hours to obtain reasonable data for processing. All audio was recorded using the binaural technique.
Recording location: the Sondsbeek park in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Custom made binaural microphone.
Source: 44.1kHz re-sampled to 96kHz.
Grasshopper Single – Single chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
Grasshopper Double – Double chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
Grasshopper Ambient Binaural – Sampled grasshoppers, streams, waterfall and other ambient sounds on location. Recorded in Binaural.