Soniccouture has announced the release of Clav, a sound library for Native Instruments featuring the sounds of the Hohner D6 clavinet.
Featuring 31 velocity layers (14,880 samples – 9GB), Soniccoutures’ new intelligent round-robin system, release samples and a fully modelled pickup / preamp section, Soniccouture Clav brings the Hohner D6 Clavinet to your DAW like never before.
Few instruments get fans of funk grooves drooling like the Hohner D6 clavinet. Originally intended for classical harpsichord-esque duties, but really sonically closer to an electric guitar than a piano, its twangy, spanking timbres add a melodic tension to a groove like nothing else. To achieve the iconic funk sound it is paired with a wah-wah pedal – one of the earliest examples of this was on Up On Cripple Creek by The Band in 1969.
The D6 contained 60 strings that are amplified by two active pickups, one above the strings close to the bridge (Upper Pickup), and one below the strings (Lower Pickup). The instrument is played from a keyboard, which launches little hammers that strike and hold the strings in place. When the hammer is released, the dampers at the end of the string stop the sound. The D6 also has a Mute slider, which brings a felt damper over the resonant part of the strings to create a different timbre and shorter decay time.
Acousticsamples has announced the release of the Clavi D9, a sound library based on the well-known clavinet D6 by Hohner.
It is probably one of the most “funky” instruments ever invented, despite the fact that it was originally intended for classical music as its sound is close to the hapsichord. It turns out that it was very well suited to replace or double a rhythmic guitar and was used in many Funk and Disco hits.
The clavinet has 5 octaves (60 keys) and works in a simple way, when you press a note, the string is pressed against a bridge just like a hammer-on on a guitar, the non muted part of the string vibrates and the pickups amplify the sound.
The D6 has very few controls, 4 eq switches and 2 pickup switches to choose which pickup has to be used plus a global volume. We recorded both pickups and we modeled precisely the eqs, as a result you can use the whites switches exactly like on the real instrument. We sampled every possible aspect of the instrument, normal notes, staccatos, releases, mutes, every pickup, sympathetic resonances and more to give you the most authentic Clavinet sound possible.
Clavi D9 features
2,76Gb, around 4500 samples.
Precise simulation of the original filters.
Separation of both pickups and independant volume.
High quality Amp simulations with the most used models.
Real Wah effect with different pedal models.
Complete FX selection with Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo, Chorus, Distortion and Spring Reverb.
Real mute samples.
Control over the MIDI response of the library.
Advanced UVI scripting giving you access to a simple yet powerfull interface and advanced features.
The Clavi D9 for UVI Workstation 2 and MachFive 3 is available to purchase for $99 / 79 EUR.
Toontrack has announced the release Retro Electric, a new EZkeys instrument for Windows and Mac.
It comes with two carefully captured and timeless electric pianos, the Hohner Clavinet D6 and the Hohner Pianet N.
Even though production since long has stopped, the complex and round sound of the Pianet and the bright staccato of the Clavinet keep resonating vividly in all corners of contemporary music production, making these Hohner classics every bit as relevant in any songwriters toolbox today as they were back when it all started. Vintage sounds never get old!
The Hohner Clavinet D6 comes to Toontrack’s EZkeys instrument.
The EZkeys Line already includes three versions of EZkeys: the stunning Grand Piano, the intimate Upright and Classic Electrics! All versions of EZkeys come with the same groundbreaking software and functionality.
EZkeys Retro Electrics for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) is available to purchase for $179 USD. Users who already own an EZkeys can get Retro Electrics for $89 USD.
Boscomac has announced Mk2 versions of its Claviness and Wurlitsar instrument ensembles for Native Instruments Reaktor.
I announce that CLAVINESS and WURLITSAR are died … to be reborn better in their MK2 Version, Yeah ! Nothing is more difficult than doing a mk2 version that requires as much work as the creation of the instrument! But in the end, we get a better result, Yeah !
WURLITSAR is a Wurlitzer who has a warm et round sound! Now you can mix the direct signal with the amplified signal and get an interesting balance. You can also adjust the rate of distortion of the amplifier to get some “crunch” to the wurli. Vibrato has been replaced by the ability to adjust the tremolo on the panoramic. The instrument offers two types of sound, normal or round, and it has a nice little spring reverb …
CLAVINESS is a clavinet with sensitive strings! More than MK2 version, it is a revisit to really approach the original instrument. The clavinet is an instrument that has a lot of feeling. Here, different tones are available with some very effective effects such as chorus, phaser and auto-filter and the ability to mute the strings. Ideal for the rhythmic players, it is almost impossible not to have the groove with such an instrument …
Both ensembles are available to download at no cost. Donations are appreciated.
iLectric for iPad, the first studio-quality electric piano app for iPad, offers over 40 classic electric pianos, electric grands and clavinets, all carefully sampled from the original instruments.
From clean and icy-cool to sharp and staccato to growling and distorted, iLectric Piano faithfully recreates the gamut of classic electric piano sounds – tones heard on countless hit songs, iconic jazz recordings and classic rock albums.
The iLectric Piano offers dozens of classic electric pianos for your iPad.
iLectric Piano for iPad features
19 world-class, multisampled electric piano and electronic keyboard instruments.
Expandable library of 22 more studio-quality instruments with our Electric Piano Expansion Pack, available via convenient in-app purchase.
Get a FREE bonus instrument, “Wurly Stage Chorus,” by registering an iRig KEYS or iRig MIDI with IK Multimedia.
Effects section allows 4 simultaneous effects: 3-band EQ, Reverb, Overdrive and one of 5 modulation effects: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo and AutoPan.
Full-featured recorder section with overdub and quantize.
Audio/Visual metronome with tap tempo.
Export recordings as WAV or m4a audio files via File Sharing, email, or Copy.
Virtual MIDI and MIDI Program Change support.
Low-latency for real-time playing.
The iLectric Piano costs $19.99 USD / 15.99 EUR. The Electric Piano Expansion Pack (includes 22 instruments) is available as an In-App Purchase for $9.99 USD / 8.99 EUR.
IK Multimedia has also launched the I Love VI Promo, a limited time promotion in which you can save 60% off various instruments and ReFills.
Ahh, it’s February and young men and women around the globe start to think of just one thing…virtual instruments. So from now until March 15, IK is spreading the love by offering you a 60% savings off ALL of our award-winning professional virtual instrument titles. Now you can save 60% off SampleTank, SampleMoog, Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth and SampleTron, and all Xpansion Tank 2 refills.
‘Lounge & Chillout MIDI Keys’ includes 33 MIDI loops featuring professionally played piano, keyboard and clavinet licks and chord progressions that can be used for creating the melodic foundations for a wide variety of slow tempo styles such as Chillout, Lounge and Downtempo.
This fantastic library has been created by producer and keyboard player Dave Bradshaw. All MIDI files are tempo-labelled.
As these licks and chord progressions are supplied in MIDI format, they will provide you with as much flexibility as possible. You can edit and transpose them, assign any sound you want and get your own and original melodic lines. The editing possibilities are endless as you can play the performances at any tempo or pitch without artefacts.
Boscomac has announced the release of two new free electric piano sound libraries for Native Instruments Reaktor.
Boscomac’s Wurlitzer and Clavinet type electric pianos for Reaktor 5.
WURLITSAR is an electric piano belonging to the Wurlitzer family. It delivers a sound which is both round and warm. Shake it a little bit and it will show you its bluesy side. Add a little tremolo and you’ll find yourself on a boat, vibrating on the ocean…
CLAVINESS is an electric piano belonging to the Clavinet family. Its main asset is its range of sounds, from round to lively, and its unstoppable attacks which snap in the ear. It is a tremendous instrument for a keyboardist who likes to strike the keys with the elbows and the knees!
Both ensembles are available to download at no cost. Donations are appreciated.