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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VST Buzz launches sale on Harmoniums of the Opera by Bolder Sounds

VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on Harmoniums of the Opera, offering a 30% discount on the harmonium instrument library by Bolder Sounds.

Harmoniums of the Opera

Harmoniums of the Opera is a 630 MB sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt 4. This unique sample library features two rare and contrasting harmoniums – an electric harmonium owned by the Metropolitan Opera and a acoustic foot pumped harmonium owned by the Juilliard School, both located at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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.

Harmoniums of the Opera features

  • 630 MB in size
  • Perfect for a wide range of music genres.
  • Two rare and constrasting harmoniums.
  • Electric harmonium and foot pumped harmonium.
  • Save banks of presets of your own creation for the effect panels which include Space IR, EQ, Chorus, Flange, Rotater, and Delay.
  • Unusual and unique instruments that will make your music stand out.
  • Both EXS and Kontakt versions available.

The library is available from VST Buzz for £25.99 GBP until October 21st, 2014.

More information: VST Buzz

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Bolder Sounds releases Guitarron for Kontakt

Bolder Sounds has released Guitarron, a Guitarron instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Bolder Sounds Guitarron

The Guitarron is a 6 stringed fretless bass instrument that is commonly played in octaves in traditional Mariachi music. It has also been employed on recordings by rock-pop artists as Jackson Browne (Linda Paloma), Linda Ronstadt (Canciones de mi Padre) and the Eagles (Hotel California). It is the instrument that inspired Ernie Ball to create the Acoustic Bass guitar in 1972.

Guitarron features

  • Samples recorded with a microphone and a contact pickup, each sound source type has 3 x Round Robin and 3 velocity layers. Harmonic samples are also recorded for both mic. and contact pickup.
  • Extensive KSP scripting featuring, amongst others :
  • Independent EQ and Volume control of each sample source.
  • An Octave Button with Timing and Randomization control for easy Mariachi style Octave voicing.
  • A sophisticated Auto-Slide page giving the user extensive control of KSP generated slides.
  • A Key Switch Page where you can freely assign which key will trigger the various Key Switches.
  • 7 different effects – each with its own Preset menus, so you can save and recall all the various parameters.
  • 20 example Kontakt instruments (.nki) that demonstrate sound sculpting flexibilty and much more.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $44.95 USD until September 1st, 2014 (regular $59.95 USD).

More information: Bolder Sounds / Guitarron

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Bolder Sounds Bluegrass Banjo 30% off at VST Buzz

Bluegrass Banjo sale at VST Buzz

VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on the Bluegrass Banjo Kontakt sample library by Bolder Sounds.

Bluegrass Banjo by BolderSounds is a 5 string banjo owned and played banjo wizard Chris Elliot.

This instrument has the classic warm tone associated with pre-war banjos with plenty of punch to cut through a mix. Even though this library is called a Bluegrass sample library, you will find it to be quite flexible across many different musical genres. Recorded with 5 round-robins on each of the 5 strings, strings 5 round-robins for each of the 5 strings of the banjo, strings 1 through 4 were sampled chromatically up to the 17th fret and the first string was sampled up to the 22nd fret.

Bluegrass Banjo requires the full version of Kontakt 4 or above and is 1.5 GB uncompressed.

The sample library is available from VST Buzz for $42 USD until June 18th, 2013 (regular $60 USD).

More information: VST Buzz

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