Bolder Sounds has announced Harmoniums of the Opera, a harmonium sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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.
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
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 email@example.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
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
, Bo Clausen
, BOLDER Sounds
, samples and sound libraries
, thumb piano
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on Jul 19, 2010
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
Bolder Sounds has released Soprano and Baritone African Marimbas, a free sound offering features a Baritone and Soprano African Marimbas sampled with resonators.
You will see 3 instrument ﬁles – The Soprano, Baritone and a instrument called Soprano Bari Marimba Mix. This is a keymap with both the Baritone and Soprano Marimbas combined. Since the Baritone and Soprano overlap in range (Baritone- G1 to G3 & Soprano C3 to C5) I chose to delete some of the Soprano Marimbas lower notes.
Also, Bo Clausen has contributed a very nice Kontakt script to the library as well. Be sure to read the nice Help Menu page that Bo has set up on Kontak’s front panel – Thank You Bo!
The Baritone and Soprano African Marimbas have anywhere from 5 to 10 velocity switch samples
The Soprano and Baritone African Marimbas are available as a free download for Kontakt 2+ and EXS24.
More information: Bolder Sounds / Soprano and Baritone African Marimbas
Bolder Sounds has released Toy and African Marimbas, a free sample library for Kontakt and EXS24.
This FREE sound offering originated from a musician named Barry Higgins. Barry contacted me and wanted to “give something back” for all the Bolder FREE Sound offerings. He sent me a sample set of a Toy Marimba he owns to be shared with other Bolder users. Barry is also a maker of fine Native American flutes. You can visit his website at http://www.whitecrowflutes.com. Thank you Barry!
I decided to augment the Toy Marimba offering with a set of samples I’ve had sitting around for years – a bass and tenor African marimba set complete with buzzing resonators. I’ve chosen to map both the bass and tenor marimba to the same keymap for convenience. Also, Bo Clausen has contributed a very nice Kontakt script to the library as well. I’ll post the alto and soprano marimbas at a later date.
Toy and African Marimbas features
- 32 MB library for Kontakt 2+ and EXS24.
- The African marimbas have anywhere from 5 to 10 velocity switch samples per key.
- Kontakt script by Bo Clausen.
Bolder Sounds has also updated the Hammered Dulcimer Trilogy to version 2 and the Bavarian Zither sample library was updated with a KSP script which is more streamlined in accessing the various articulations.
Changes in Hammered Dulcimer Trilogy V2
- Flexible scripting has been added to the Kontakt format.
- Channel Strip Settings for the EXS24 as well as improved programming.
- Now available for a reduced price of $99 USD for the entire set, or $39 USD for each each dulcimer individually.
More information: Bolder Sounds / Toy and African Marimbas
Bo Clausen from Denmark has released a Bottle Instrument, a free sampler instrument made with 15 different bottles.
Each bottle has its own natural pitch (no tuning with water/wine/beer) and the fine tuning of each sample is done in the sampler.
There are 6 different blow articulations:
- Tongue Sustain
- Staccato (3 x ALT/RoundRobin)
- Tongue Staccato (4 x ALT/RoundRobin)
- Overblow Long
- Overblow Short
There’s also a spoon hitting the bottles called Metal Hit (3 x ALT/RoundRobin). Each articulation has a .fxp program and one instrument uses all of the blow articulations, Bo’s Big Bottles.
Bo’s Big Bottles uses all of these bottles (click image to enlarge)
In Bo’s Big Bottles the Staccato samples are used as attack and morph into the Sustain samples. The ModWheel is crossfading between Staccato/Tongue Staccato attack and you can adjust the volume of the Staccato/Tongue Staccato attack using Quick/Midi Controllers.
When you turn PitchWheel a little up you add Overblow and all the way up it’s only Overblow you’ll hear. The Overblow also uses the ModWheel to crossfade between Long/Short Overblow and you can adjust the volume of the Overblow using Quick/Midi Control.
Quick Control/KeySwitch is switching between Sustain and Tongue Sustain.
Bottle Instrument includes a Halion 3 and Kontakt 2 version ( .fxp and .nki + open .wav files ).
You can download the Bottle Instrument here.