Cinematique Instruments releases Ensemblia for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Ensemblia, a modern chamber orchestra library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia

ENSEMBLIA is the sound of a modern chamber orchestra that lets you easily write organic and truly natural music. A selected range of classical instruments combined with a fine mix of unique sounds are ready for your cinematic suspense, drama and comedy or even to give a special spice to your pop and R’n’B tracks.

Ensemblia was built to easily create beautiful polyphonic chamber arrangements and textures while you are just playing chords or single notes. We didn´t recorded phrases, a powerful 16step arranger will do it.

Ensemblia can layer up to 7 instruments at the same time and gives you a quick access to a broad range of timbres and tone colors while playing. A special voicing engine will split your notes and chords automatically into separate voices and lets you individually assign them to each particular instrument.

Building Ensemblia we aimed to create a modern minimalistic ensemble sound inspired by composers such as Michael Nyman, Philip Glass or Steve Reich. Ensemblia is a really helpful and inspiring tool for composers.

Ensemblia features

  • Instruments include violin, a viola, a cello and a horn in several articulation such as spiccato, staccato, pizzicato and long notes (normal, ponticello, harmonics), up to 5 velocity layer and 4 round robin variations.
  • Also includes Baritone Trombone (re-recorded), Marimba (C2-C5), Alto Glockenspiel, Upright Piano, Shruti Box, and Bowed Psaltery from the Cinematique Instruments library.
  • 2 separate patches: „longs“ and „shorts“. Instruments are spread over 7 slots – each of them provide separate mixing and editing options in order to compose the ensemble at your own requirements.
  • Kontakt interface with a master page and a mixer page, and shorts patch has an additional arranger page that lets you define and built up polyphonic 16 step patterns.
  • Both patches have a Voicing engine that lets you easily spread certain voices to particular instruments. While playing notes or chords Ensemblia automatically analyzes your playing and splits all incoming notes into 5 voices which are low – midlow – mid – midhigh – high. You can separately assign these 5 voices to each instrument at your own requirements.
  • The Arranger, a powerful 16 step ostinato engine that sets the velocity, the voicing and the octave for each step and instrument separately. The arranger plays the flexible pattern using only notes and chords that you are holding down. As a result you get versatile and inspiring musical patterns and riffs playable in all ranges and speed variations. There are no pre-recorded phrases. Optionally you can play in- or off-sync.

The library is available for purchase for 179 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Ensemblia

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Cinematique Instruments 5th Anniversary – 30% off + Win your favorite library in giveaway

Cinematique Instruments is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with a site wide sale, offering a 30% discount on all its sample libraries and bundles for a limited time.

Cinematique Instruments 5th Anniversary

We’d like to say thank you for your massive support over the last 5 years. In order to celebrate this adequately we are giving a 30% discount on all our instruments and bundles throughout September.

With every purchase you will also get a free version of the new Anniversary Drummer.

The sale ends September 30th, 2014.

Exclusive giveaway

Cinematique Instruments is kindly offering rekkerd.org readers a chance to win one of its libraries. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell us which library you would like to have for a chance to win (bundles are excluded).

The giveaway ends September 14th, 2014, 11.59pm CET. Three winners will be picked randomly from all entries.

So go have a good look at all the wonderful instruments on offer at Cinematique Instruments and let us know your pick. Good luck!

More information: Cinematic Instruments

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Cinematique Instruments releases Lute for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Lute, a lute instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Lute

The Lute was carefully sampled in minor thirds on all the 13 strings in 3 dynamic layers and 4 round robin variations. We spent a lot of time to capture the seamless transitions between these layers and variations, so that the instrument feels as natural and smooth as possible.

But this lute is not just sampled notes spread on a keyboard! It is more than this. Like on real string instruments it is now possible to play the same note in different hand positions, each with a different timbre. By changing this position you can make a melody sound different and achieve a more natural feel when played – this all happens live via modwheel, pedal or key switch.

As if this wasn’t enough, we also concentrate on the behavior of the course strings. Beside a separate volume knob, we furthermore defined the parameters flam and detune, which lets you vary the time and the tune in relation to the original string. This can be adjusted by separate knobs and then again can be controlled randomly or via velocity. Finally we recorded sounds of finger scratching the strings, which will be automatically added by a realistic noise trigger script – of course you can control the volume.

Once again, with the Lute we expanded our string family with an unique and warm instrument.

The library is available for purchase for 38 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.22 or higher.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Lute

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VST Buzz launches sale on The Percussion Bundle

VST Buzz has announced a limited time sale on The Percussion Bundle, offering a 40% discount on an exclusive collection of virtual percussion instruments from Cinematique Instruments.

Cinematique Instruments

This is the perfect sample library bundle to add a touch of realism to your tracks – perfect for film, TV and game composers, as well as anyone who wants to add some unique percussion to their tracks.

The bundle is divided into four categories – Metallic Objects (Handrail, Lids, Metalic Kitchen), Percussion (Chimes, Ocean Drum, Shaker, Spring Drum), Specimenphone and an exclusive custom made Percussion Multi patch which was created specifically for this bundle.

The Percussion Bundle features

  • 10 Kontakt patches in total.
  • Instruments in bundle: Chimes, Handrail FX, Handrail Reverb, Lids, Metalic Kitchen, Ocean Drum, Percussion Multi, Shaker, Specimenphone, Spring drum.
  • 331 MB content.
  • Requires full version of Kontakt 4 or higher.

The bundle is available from VST Buzz for $89 USD until July 22nd, 2014 (regular $150 USD).

More information: VST Buzz

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Cinematique Instruments releases Shruti Box for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced Shruti Box, a Kontakt instrument library featuring traditional drones and a shruti-sizer.

Cinematique Instruments Shruti Box

The Shruti Box is a traditional Indian instrument which works on a system of bellows. It is a keyless version of the harmonium, which was invented for the specifc purpose of producing drone sounds. On the front it has 12 valves to control the pitch. The instrument is generally used to accompany other instruments in rehearsal sessions or concerts of classical Indian music. But the shruti box is enjoying a renaissance in the West amongst traditional and contemporary musicians who are using it for a range of different styles.

We carefully sampled the individual notes, even the noises which are produced by the bellow and paid special attention to capture the unique character of a Shruti Box which can described as rough and vibrant. Traditionally the Shruti Box has a range of 13 notes which we expanded up to 3 full octaves. In order to get a realistic Shruti sound and enrich the sound with vividness we provided two kinds of pump action which can be switched on separately. We also added distortion, chorus and a rotary simulation to shape the sound as well as a special sustain mode which will play an endless drone. All these features are giving the Shruti Box nice options to shape the sound.

But that’s not all! We thought how could we push the Shruti Box forward to much more versatility? And that’s why invented the Shruti-Sizer:
If you turn around the Shruti Box you are getting to a complete different interface which has nothing to do with the traditionally Shruti Box. It reminds you to an old synthesizer look with knobs, symbols and an oscilloscope. It is a complex LFO modulation section. You can modulate several parameter by four different wave forms with a variable speed. It puts the Shruti Box to another level and lets you create individual pad sounds an even constantly evolving rhythmic textures.

The result of it all is a unique instrument and a perfect supplement to the Cinematique Instruments family.

The library is available for purchase for 28 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 or higher, full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Shruti Box

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