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Embertone releases Blakus Cello for Kontakt

Embertone Blakus Cello

Embertone has announced the release of Blakus Cello, a virtual cello instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We bring to you the EMBERTONE BLAKUS CELLO, a collaboration with the mighty Blake Robinson, Australian composer/cellist extraordanaire.

We sought Blake out after he released the popular freebie “Pocket Blakus”, and plunged straight into development. The result is a huuuuge set of samples: expressive sustains, visceral harsh attacks, pizzicatos, tremolos… along with a carefully prepared model for sul ponticello and con sordino with scripted legato. This cello will add an expressive edge to your music – and hopefully, add a bit of joy to your music-making life!

Blakus Cello features

  • True legato programming + true Portamento’s + con Sordino + sul Ponticello + pizzicatos.
  • Custom, genius Kontakt scripting by Andreas Lemke.
  • 40 NKI files.
  • Nearly 6000 recorded samples.
  • 3 GB installed (16-bit), 5 GB installed (24-bit).
  • Fast download from Amazon S3 using CONTINUATA.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1 Khz / 16 or 24 bit stereo.
  • Kontakt 5 Player Compatible, 32/64-bit, MAC/PC compatible.

Blakus Cello is available to purchase for $120 USD (16-bit) / $125 USD (24-bit).

More information: Embertone / Blakus Cello

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Embertone announces Blakus Cello for Kontakt

Embertone Blakus Cello

Embertone has announced Blakus Cello, a virtual cello instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We bring to you the EMBERTONE BLAKUS CELLO, a collaboration with the mighty Blake Robinson, Australian composer/cellist extraordanaire.

We sought Blake out after he released the popular freebie “Pocket Blakus”, and plunged straight into development. The result is a huuuuge set of samples: expressive sustains, visceral harsh attacks, pizzicatos, tremolos… along with a carefully prepared model for sul ponticello and con sordino with scripted legato.

This cello will add an expressive edge to your music – and hopefully, add a bit of joy to your music-making life!

Blakus Cello features

  • Expressive, beastly cello.
  • “True” legato bow changes and slurs.
  • Pizz, Trem, Sul Pont, Sordino.
  • Full vibrato control.
  • Emotional, immediate and harsh sustains.
  • Individual product watermarking.
  • Made for the free Kontakt 5 Player.
  • 5500+ unique samples.
  • Speed-controlled portamentos.
  • Staccatos with CC speed control.
  • Bow noise control.
  • Custom-scripted ENSEMBLE mode.
  • Presets for tablet control via Touch OSC.

The Blakus Cello will be released in early November, 2013, priced at $120 USD.

More information: Embertone / Blakus Cello

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Blakus updates free pocketBlakus solo cello for Kontakt to v1.6

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Blakus has updated the pocketBlakus solo cello sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt to version 1.6.

pocketBlakus is a sampled, expressive solo cello virtual instrument for Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher (v.1.6). There is also a version available for HALion (v.1.5).

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Changes in pocketBlakus v1.6 (Kontakt)

  • Completely new GUI (graphical user interface), where you can adjust settings for Attack, Release, Noises Vol & Amount (finger noises), Round Robin (Cycle and Random), Legato / Polyphonic wwitch, Legato Preset, Velocity Curve, and Credits.
  • Legato improvement with smoother legato transitions in the L-Legato preset, and simulated portamento transitions for both L-Legato and B-Legato presets were added.
  • Additional release samples for both dynamic layers, fixed the issue with release samples triggering on note beginnings. Release samples are not triggered after the samples naturally end anymore, so you don’t hear the “release noise” twice. The attack of Release Samples is affected by CC1 position, so they start smoother when you release a quieter note with low CC1 position.
  • Keyboard Colors: unused keys are black, the keys of the cello range are blue and the keyswitches are yellow.
  • Keyswitch notes are one octave higher, so they don’t interfere with the (hopefully extending) cello range.
    • C6 – Switch between Legato and Polyphonic mode
    • D6 – Switch between L-Legato and B-Legato preset
    • E6 – Turn on/off Round Robin script
  • CC1 (Mod wheel) Default Value of CC1 changed from 0 to 127, so when you load a patch, you don’t have to move CC1 up to hear the cello in it’s full volume.

The pocketBlakus is available to download for Kontakt and HALion at no charge.

More information: pocketBlakus

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pocketBlakus – Solo Cello Freebie for Kontakt by Blakus

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Blakus has released pocketBlakus, a free solo cello sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Inspired by a post by HZ I decided to have a crack at a simple single velocity layer, slow moving, expressive solo cello. So I dusted off my cello and prepared for the worst. I wasn’t extremely careful because I wasn’t expecting it to work – but it worked out not too bad for a 30 minute job!

I have zero programming skills so just be aware that it is very primitive and has limited use! I’ve also kept it dry so I suggest you soak it in your favourite reverb (even before playing it if possible LOL).

pocketBlakus features

  • Expressive sustains with progressive vibrato.
  • Expressive sustains triggered by playing velocities >90 – these are slightly louder in dynamic and feature attacks and vibrato that are slightly more immediate.
  • Simulated legato patch – using SIPS scripts. Easily customizeable – much easier to play single melodies with more flexibility.
  • Basic release samples (MA-Simon).
  • Basic mod control (MA-Simon).

The library is a free download at the v.i. control forums.

More information: pocketBlakus

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