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Bolder Sounds releases Harmonium, Harmonica (free) + 2 for 1 Summer Sale

Bolder Sounds Harmonium

Bolder Sounds has announced the release of Harmonium, a sample library for Kontakt and EXS24.

This beautiful sounding Harmonium was sampled in 4 articulations (listed below) as well as key press and release noises for each key.

Programming utilizes the modulation wheel (cc#1) to emulate the pumping of the bellows via amplitude and filter modulation.

Harmonium features

  • 480 mb chromatically sampled 3 1/2 octave Harmonium 24 bit stereo .wav files.
  • Natively programmed for Kontakt 2 & 3 as well as the Apple EXS24.
  • Articulations:
    • Chromatic single notes with cover open and closed.
    • Chromatic octave couplet engaged with cover open and closed.
    • Key press and release noise for each key.

Harmonium is available for purchase for $24.95 USD.

Note: With any Bolder Sounds purchase from 7/11/09 to 7/31/09, buy one Bolder library and get a second library of equal or lesser value for free.

Bolder Sounds Harmonica

Bolder Sounds has also released Harmonica, a sample library featuring the sounds of a Marine Band harmonica (in the key of A) by the Hohner Company.

The samples are 24 bit mono with NO LOOPS for a natural sound and total 31 megabytes. I originally recorded these samples in stereo but have decided to sum them to mono for the final version. Perhaps in a future Bolder FREE sound set I will sample bends and other gestures which give this instrument it’s signature sound.

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Bolder Sounds releases Bavarian Zither + demo version

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Bolder Sounds Bavarian Zither

Bolder Sounds has released Bavarian Zither, a sampled zither instrument for Kontakt 2 & 3 and EXS24.

My original intention in sampling this instrument was to capture its beautiful harp-like quality and create all sorts of unusual layers and keyboard mappings. However, I realized afterwards it would be expected to have some programming that reflects the way a Zither is traditionally played, so I have attempted to offer both.

Bavarian Zither features

  • 608 MB library, 24 bit stereo samples (no loops) for Kontakt 2 & 3 as well as the Apple EXS24.
  • Fingerboard articulations sampled: flesh plucked, metal finger pick, open strings, harmonics.
  • Accompaniment String articulations sampled: flesh pluck at strings center, flesh pluck at strings bridge, metal finger pick, harmonics.
  • Samples are split in 3 folders:
    1. Zither Traditional – instruments with the accompaniment strings on the lower part of the keyboard map and the fingerboard samples in the upper keyboard map. There is a gap in the keyboard mapping to distinguish the accompaniment strings and the fingerboard strings. The release times on the AMP envelopes tend to be quite a bit shorter than the release times on instruments in the ‘Harplike folder’.
    2. Zither Harplike – a more creative approach to sound design, featuring the various layers and splits of the articulations that were sampled. The modulation wheel is frequently used as a mixing control between layers. Most of the instruments presented here would be impossible to create on a Zither in real time.
    3. Zither Components – contains all the separate sampled parts of the Zither, assembled to enable the user to easily piece together whichever sampled parts of the Zither they choose to use.

Bavarian Zither is available for the introductory price of $34.95 USD until June 1, 2009 (regular price $49.95 USD).

A free demo version is availalbe for download here.

This version is 1 instrument titled Zither FREE flesh.nki (or .exs). This instrument combines samples from the accompaniment strings as well as the fingerboard fretted strings, with flesh of the finger plucked articulation.

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Bolder Sounds releases BOB Miscellaneous, Christmas Bells and Granular Christmas Bells

Bolder Sounds BOB Miscellaneous

Bolder Sounds has released some new sample libraries: BOB Miscellaneous, Christmas Bells and Granular Christmas Bells.

BOB Miscellaneous is the 10th volume of the Best of Bolder collection, which is now complete.

The B.O.B. Miscellaneous Instruments collection is a set of sounds which I did not feel comfortably fit into the other B.O.B. categories, you can think of them as ‘left-overs’ if you wish, but don’t be fooled -there are some real gems in here.

B.O.B. Miscellaneous Instruments features

  • Accordions (Gigastudio only)
  • Bassoon
  • Bullroarer (Kontakt & EXS only)
  • Celtic Harp
  • Classical Guitar
  • Electric Guitar Volume Swells
  • Monochord
  • Spring Drum
  • Steel Drums
  • Taylor Acoustic Bass Guitar
  • Upright Jazz Bass
  • Water
  • Wind Chimes (Gigastudio only)
  • Zon Fretless Bass

The BOB Miscellaneous set is available for $19.95. The Best Of Bolder Full Collection has a special price of $119.96 USD until January 1, 2009 (normal price $159.95 USD).

Bolder Sounds Christmas Bells

Bolder Sounds has also released Christmas Bells, a sample set that consists of 12 charming Christmas Bells which are attached to a mechanical sequencer of sorts.

The bells are tuned to C5, D5, E5, F5, F#5, G5, A5, Bb5, C6, D6, and E6. I extended the mapping of the lowest sample to A4 and the highest sample to G6 for more flexibility. When put in play mode the sequencer sends a signal to the bell’s ‘clapper’ to play the corresponding bell for the correct note. The play list includes all your typical Holiday favorites like Joy To The World, I Saw Three Ships etc …

Christmas Bells features

  • 86 mb (unzipped) / 58 mb (zipped)
  • 24 bit stereo samples
  • 3 round robins per note
  • Articulations – long decay and short muted samples

Christmas Bells is available for Kontakt & EXS24 for $14.96 USD until January 1, 2009 (normal price $19.95 USD).

Christmas Bells Granular is a free sample set featuring unusual granular pad-like textures from the Christmas Bells library. Also included are 4 hit samples (with long decays) of the bells from the downloadable full version of the bells. Check the free sounds page for more freebies.

Visit Bolder Sounds for more information, audio demos and a link to download Christmas Bells Granular.


BOLDER Sounds releases free Toy Piano

BOLDER Sounds Toy Piano

BOLDER Sounds has released Toy Piano, a free instrument for Kontakt and EXS24.

Here is a lovely 2 octave toy piano which is chromatically sampled in stereo at 24 bits with plenty of tonal character to spare. Key release sounds have also been sampled for each key and can be controlled via your modulation wheel (cc#1) . Various filter settings are also routed to your mod wheel for EQ flexibility.

A very special thank you to my friend Hannah here in Boulder for being generous enough to share her piano with everyone!

The Toy Piano (34MB unzipped) can be downloaded from the BOLDER Sounds webshop (free, but you need to register for an account to download it).

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BOLDER Sounds releases B.O.B. Early Music Instruments, B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition and Medieval Psaltery

Boulder Sounds B.O.B. Early Music Instruments

BOLDER Sounds has released B.O.B. Early Music Instruments and B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition, two sample libraries.

B.O.B. Early Music Instruments is a collection of instruments spanning from the hurdy gurdy of the medieval period to fortepiano of the early classical period.

B.O.B. Early Music Instruments features

  • 13 course Baroque Lute 42.3 mb
  • Fortepiano 53.5mb
  • Harpsichord (numerous stops recorded) 20 mb
  • Hurdy Gurdy 10.5 mb
  • Renaissance Guitar 6.1 mb
  • Renaissance Lute 11 mb
  • Theorbo (bass lute) 62 mb (EXS & Kontakt only)

B.O.B. Early Music Instruments is available in Kontakt 2, EXS24 and Giga 2 formats for $29.95 USD.

B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition is the same Fortepiano included in the B.O.B. Early Music library, yet this version has 4 chromatically sampled velocity layers (p, mf, f, ff) as well as key release samples giving much wider velocity and timberal range.

B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition is available for Kontakt 2 and EXS24 for $19.95 USD.

Boulder Sounds Medievel Psaltery

Boulder Sounds has also released the free Medieval Psaltery.

This is an old Medieval Psaltery which I purchased used in a local music store and has been residing in my music studio for a number of years now just collecting dust. It’s sound has a wonderful stark-rustic quality.

Typically this instrument would have been played with a very short bow. However I used a modern
violin bow, and kept the strokes short. It is only possible to play one not at a time on this instrument, so you might keep that in mind when using it in a traditional context.

I also recently experimented with this instrument being played with an Ebow (energy bow) with some very interesting results. Perhaps I’ll save that for a later Bolder FREE Sounds posting.

The Medieval Psaltery is available as a free download for Kontakt and EXS24. You’ll need to create an account (free) to download the free sounds.

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BOLDER Sounds releases DIY Music Box

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BOLDER Sounds DIY Music Box

BOLDER Sounds has released DIY Music Box, a free sound library featuring a DIY music box.

This Bolder FREE Sound features a D.I.Y. (do it yourself) music box mechanism was sampled mounted to a beautiful 4 string alto guitar acting as a resonator. The D.I.Y. mechanism has a 2 octave diatonic range in the key of Ab, all 15 pitches were sampled.

A second music box mechanism was used to create layers which can be controlled via velocity or the modulation wheel. Each of the individual music box mechanisms are also presented as instruments unto themselves.

DIY Music Box is available in Kontakt 2 and EXS24 formats.

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BOLDER Sounds releases BOB American Folk, Granular Conch Shells and Tibetan Granular Textures

BOLDER Sounds BOB American Folk

BOLDER Sounds has released three new sample libraries: BOB American Folk, Granular Conch Shells and Tibetan Granular Textures.

BOB American Folk is a unique collection of American folk instruments from the plucked family, also featuring the entire mandolin family. From garden variety instruments to the unusual hammered dulcimer family Marxophone. This 146 MB set is available in Kontakt, EXS24 and GigaStudio formats for $19.95 USD.

Granular Conch Shells is a collection of 5 different sampled conch shells.

The use of granular synthesis here is in stretching the original samples time duration. This creates a lovely and breathy pad sound. By sampling different size conch shells, different tone colors as well as pitches become available.

The Granular Conch Shells sample library is available in Kontakt and EXS24 formats for $19.95 USD.

Tibetian Granular Textures is a free sample set of granular soundscapes created from Bolder’s Tibetan Singing Bowl library. It features 23 megabytes of moody-metallic granular processing – great for sound track work.

BOLDER Sounds is currently having a summer sale. All products have a discount of 25% until August 1st, so these new libraries cost $14.96 instead of $19.95 USD.

Visit BOLDER Sounds for more information and audio demos, and a link to download the free Tibetian Granular Textures.