Bolder Sounds releases Dan Tranh for Kontakt

Bolder Sounds has announced Dan Tranh, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring the sounds of a 16 stringed Vietnamese zither, a relative of the Chinese guzheng and the Japanese koto.

Bolder Sounds Dan Tranh

The standard tuning of the Dan Tranh is the major pentatonic scale. Bolder presents both pentatonic and chromatic versions of this instrument. The Dan Tranh was sampled by retuning to each half step in order to create the chromatic version of this instrument.

Flexible KSP scripting by Bo Clausen makes it possible to emulate a wide range of bending ornaments as well as glissandi.

Dan Tranh features

  • Chromatically sampled from C2 to C5, with 3 x Round Robin and 6 velocity layers. Harmonic samples and extra bonus natural vibrato samples.
  • Two Tremolo Modes – either Auto Tremolo or Manual Tremolo. In Auto Tremolo Mode the selected CC# controls the volume, adds speed as well as a random velocity range.
  • An advanced Articulation page where you can save all the different articulation settings as Presets and then recall them via Key Switches.
  • Automatic Pitch Bend range according to the played note and the pentatonic scale. It’s only the last played note that is bent. The Pitch Bend can also have a vibrato fade in, when the Pitch Wheel reaches its target.
  • The Vibrato can either be Auto Vibrato or Manual Vibrato. The vibrato is only added to the last played note, and you may select between various vibrato waveforms.
  • A Key Switch Page where you can freely assign which key will trigger the various Key Switches.
  • Four freely selectable Skins (wallpapers).
  • 8 different effects – each with its own Preset menu, so you can save and recall all the various parameters.
  • Three different instrument layout styles – Pentatonic – Chromatic and Keyboard.

The Dan Tranh library is available for the introductory price of $42 USD until January 1st, 2015 (30% off regular).

More information: Bolder Sounds / Dan Tranh

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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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