Binary Music has announced the release of PD1000, a sampled instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt, Ableton Live and Apple Logic Pro EXS24.
The PD1000 virtual synthesizer instrument for Native Instrument Kontakt.
Binary Music are pleased to announce our new library PD1000, a collection of sounds from the Casio CZ1000 Phase Distortion synthesizer.
Originally manufactured in 1985, the CZ1000 was a full-size version of the CZ101. Notable users included The Human League, Moby, The Orb, Eat Static and was perhaps most famously used by Vince Clarke.
Our library contains 108 patches made from 1,349, 24 bit samples and includes all of the original factory ROM sounds.
PD1000 is available to purchase for £18 GBP / €21 EUR / $23 USD for Kontakt and £15 GBP / €17 EUR / $19 USD for Live and EXS24, including VAT in EU.
More information: Binary Music
Seaweed Factory has launched FM_SK, a free sample pack featuring sounds from the Yamaha TX81z.
The sounds in the video above are from Seaweed Factory’s latest sample pack, FM_SK.
The focus is on odd, grainy FM percussive sounds. All samples were produced using a Yamaha TX81z sound module. Each percussive sample was then processed using a modified Casio SK-1 Sampling Keyboard to give the pure FM tones more grit. Over 150 samples at a 24bit/48K sample rate are included in this sample pack. No normalization was used, nor was any tuning performed.
I’m offering it free of charge again for commercial and non-commercial use, but please don’t redistribute the pack.
More information: Seaweed Factory / FM_SK
Icebreaker Audio has released Calc-U-Synth VR for Reaktor, an emulation of the classic Casio VL-Tone calculator/synthesizer combo from the ’80s.
Calc-U-Synth VR is a re-creation of the programmable Casio VL-Tone synthesizer for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.
Precise measurements of the VL-Tone’s volume envelope, vibrato, and tremolo were then gathered in order to faithfully emulate the whole instrument in Reaktor.
This library was designed in order to present the full capabilities of the VL-Tone’s programmable features in a more convenient interface, while retaining the character of the original instrument.
Calc-U-Synth VR features
- Full emulation of the Casio VL-Tone’s programmable synth engine.
- Built-in tempo-sync delay effect.
- Speaker emulation with room simulation.
- Additional “Bend” controls: Glitch and Filter.
- Key-Click noise control.
The Calc-U-Synth VR for Reaktor is available to purchase for £4.50 GBP / $7 USD.
Icebreaker Audio has also announced a bundle sale, offering all its bundles at a 50% discount until November 30th, 2013.
More information: Icebreaker Audio / Calc-U-Synth VR
Tonebuilder has released Chi-Jack, a free Driven Machine Drums kit featuring the Casio RZ-1.
RZ1 has a distinct sound, especially the clap and hats. The classic Chicago Jak/House track by Steve Poindexter “Work that Mutha” used the Casio RZ1. The RZ-1 was also used on the Hardfloor album “Respect”.
DMD Chi-Jack has 24/96, 24/44.1, and 16/44.1 Wav plus 24/94 Aif. It also has kits for Maschine, Geist, and Guru. The Wavs will also load into Kong, Spark, Battery, etc.
As usual, the kit also features analog outboard processing… this time I used my new Elysia Nvelope and some nickel transformers. The RZ1 was already low-fi and dirty, so it was essential to maintain whatever fidelity it pretended to have.
The kit is a free download at the Tonebuilder Facebook page (no Facebook account required).
More information: ToneBuilder
Jonathan Adams Leonard of Weirding Module has released a free Casio MT68 sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Great care was taken to record the MT68 with the best equipment and minimal processing so the original sound and character is preserved. All notes and beats were sampled and looped to offer the most complete virtual version of this classic synth for years to come.
This was my first synthesizer, and I offer it’s sounds to my friends and fellow musicians who might be as fond of it as I am.
Casio MT68 for Kontakt
- Native Instruments Kontakt 5 instrument format.
- All 20 preset instruments.
- 4 Bass instruments.
- 7 Drum samples.
- 12 Drum Beats and Fills looped and sliced in beatmachine.
- Every note in each preset is sampled.
- Samples are monophonic, 44.1kHz / 24-bit .ncw files.
- Every sustained sample is hand looped for infinite sustain (17×49=833).
- Relative volume levels of each note are preserved.
- Additional envelope variations are provided as instruments.
The sample library is a free download.
More information: Weirding Module / Casio MT68