Bolder Sounds releases Crystal Glasses V3 for Kontakt

Bolder Sounds has released Crystal Glasses V3 for Kontakt, introducing enhanced KSP scripting by Bo Clausen.

Bolder Sounds Crystal Glasses V3

The Crystal Glasses is a project I began in 2007. I worked on it sporadically over 3 years. Bolder Sounds already has a very popular sound set entitled Crystal Glasses and Meditation Bowls. So – why create another? The crystals recorded in that library date back to the mid 1990’s when 16 bit mono samples was the standard format (the Meditation Bowls were sampled at a later date in stereo). Also – the idea of recording these crystal glasses as a group of glasses opened up the door to different sound design opportunities. This newer Crystal library features 24-bit stereo samples, round-robin sampling, numerous articulations and Kontakt scripting galore.

Crystal Glasses V3 features

  • The ability to save and recall up to six Presets per Preset drop-down Menu.
  • 11 Preset drop-down Menus – Layer, LFO, Filter, EQ, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Rotator, Delay, Space and Reverb Presets .
  • An advanced Pitch Wheel control where a user has independent Up/Down controls and a special setting that only bends the last played note.
  • Freely assignable Key-Switches for all the Layer buttons.
  • Humanize randomization of Timing, Tuning and Velocity.
  • A Key Switch Page enabling the user assign which key will trigger the various Key Switches.
  • Many example Kontakt instruments that demonstrate the wide range of sound sculpting possibilities.

The library is available for the introductory price of $39 USD until November 1st, 2014.

More information: Bolder Sounds / Crystal Glasses V3

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Bolder Sounds releases Harmoniums of the Opera for Kontakt

Bolder Sounds has announced Harmoniums of the Opera, a harmonium sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Bolder Sounds Juilliard Harmonium

The Juilliard harmonium is considered to be one of the finest sounding harmoniums on the east coast of the United States. It is a five octave keyboard instrument with one stop. We have also created an artificial octave couplet. This instrument has a wonderful bright organic breathing accordion-like quality. Very flexible KSP scripting has been authored by Bo Clausen which includes the triggering of saved custom presets via keyswitch to emulate changing stops with filter settings and volume control (see the video demo). KSP Scripting also enables the user to control the pumping emulation of the harmonium either by manual pump or auto-pump.

Bolder Sounds MET Harmonium

The MET harmonium is a five octave keyboard instrument with seven different stop combinations that have been faithfully recreated to capture the original sound of the instrument. The seven stop options can be triggered by keyswitch or assignable CC#. You also have the flexibility of moving the keyswitch assignments for each stop to a different key if desired. This instrument also has a vibrato switch which is emulated on Kontakt’s front panel and may be turned on or off. Even the blower noise from the fan was sampled and added as an option. The Met harmonium could be considered a virtual instrument restoration. The instrument at the time of sampling was no longer suitable for live performance, and it has now been brought back to life!

On both the harmoniums in this library, you can save banks of presets of your own creation for the effect panels which include Space IR, EQ, Chorus, Flange, Rotater, and Delay. For more detailed information, please download the .pdf manual at the bottom of this page, also be sure to watch the video demos made for each harmonium.

The Harmoniums of the Opera for Kontakt 4 or higher (full version required) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49 USD.

More information: Bolder Sounds / Harmoniums of the Opera

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Bolder Sounds releases Mini Sax, free sample library for Kontakt

Bolder Sounds Mini Sax

Bolder Sounds has released Mini Sax, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

This instrument is the creation of Juan Del Rio in Redondo Beach, California. You can watch him on YouTube by searching his name with ‘mini sax’ or email him at juandelrio@yahoo.com if you are interested in buying one, they sell for an incredible price of $40.00!

The sound of the mini sax has somewhat of a cross between the clarinet and the sax. It is in the key of Bb and is an octave in range. For this sample set, I have expanded to range to 2 octaves going from G2 to G4 using polyphonation from the excellent Redmatica Keymap application.

Bo Clausen has contributed his usual wonderful KSP Kontakt scripting which is explained in a bit more detail later in the .pdf manual. Thank You Bo!

More information: Bolder Sounds / Mini Sax

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Bolder Sounds updates Handbells to V2, Kontakt sample library

Bolder Sounds Handbells V2

Bolder Sounds has released Handbells V2, a handbells sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Version 2 of this unique 2.4 gigabyte sample library has doubled in size since version 1 was released in November of 2009.

Three more octaves of Handbells as well as 2 new articulations (Mart and Mart-Lift) have been added. On the low end, C2 and G2 bells as well as the octave above that (C3 – B3). On the high end we have added bells C7 – C8. And to round it off, a very flexible user interface with KSP scripting has been created by Bo Clausen.

Handbells V2 for Kontakt 3 or higher is available to purchase for the introductory price of $119 USD through January 1, 2011. Current owners of the Handbell V1 library can upgrade to V2 for $40 USD, also until January 1, 2011.

More information: Bolder Sounds / Handbells V2

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Bolder Sounds Celtic Pipes, version 2 adds KSP scripting (+ free Thumb Piano released)

Bolder Sounds Celtic Pipes

Bolder Sounds has released version 2 of Celtic Pipes, a sample library featuring a comprehensive set of Bagpipes, Uilleann Pipes and Pub Pipes.

We’ve sampled every single musical note these instruments make, samples are also presented in both short and long loop lengths, mapped out in authentic note ranges with extensions on the highest sample. You can set a drone into motion within the use of the sustain pedal in the lower octaves, and then wail away on the melodic (chanter) part of the pipes mono phonically using pitch bend and continuous controllers without affecting the drones, all on the same midi channel, making for stunningly realistic pipe samples.

The Kontakt version of the Celtic Pipes has been updated to version 2 with newly added KSP scripting. It is a free upgrade for exisitng owners.

Celtic Pipes is available to purchase for Kontakt 3+, EXS24, and Gigastudio 2 for $29.96 USD until 24 July, 2010 in the Bolder Sounds Summer Sale (regular price $39.95 USD).

Bolder Sounds has also released a free Thumb Piano sample library for Kontakt 3+ and Apple EXS24.

This thumb piano (also called Kalimba, Sansa or Mbira) comes from a family of instruments originally from Africa. The range of this particular instrument is 2 octaves plus a major 3rd.

It was sampled with both plucks from the flesh of the thumb as well as the finger nail of the thumb for a brighter sound. Also each sample zone has 3 round robin samples assigned to it. So if you play the same key 3 times in a row, each time you will hear a different sample.

Bo Clausen has contributed some wonderful KSP Kontakt scripting as well which is documented in more detail later in this manual. Thank You Bo!

More information: Bolder Sounds / Celtic Pipes / Thumb Piano

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