Native Instruments releases Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic

Native Instruments has announced the release of Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic, a new Kontakt instrument library featuring a collection of popular acoustic guitar strumming patterns, fully playable on convenient key switches. Additional features including double tracking, fret noise, and a set of tone shaping effects enable producers to create authentic rhythm guitar parts from one easy-to-use interface.

Session Guitarist - Strummed Acoustic

SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC provides the sound of a benchmark dreadnought acoustic, played by a professional session guitarist and recorded by an experienced engineer. The convenient Pattern Browser allows users to search an encyclopedia of authentic strumming patterns according to where accents fall on the beat. Once loaded, producers create their rhythm parts by playing strumming patterns and chord endings under the left hand and the notes of a chord with the right hand. Virtually any chord can be played, from simple triads to complex, esoteric chords.

SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC also features a Sound panel. The Doubling function adds a separately-recorded second guitar track for natural-sounding chorusing. Producers can also add in real string noise to taste. An effects section provides easy-to-use compression and EQ for added sonic depth and tone shaping. Furthermore, modulation and pitch wheels adjust where a chord is played on the neck and its accent strength in real time for dynamic performances.

SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC was created in cooperation with the award-winning sampled instrument creators at drumasonic.

Session Guitarist – Strummed Acoustic is available for purchase for $99 USD/99 EUR/£89 GBP. Requires KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 Player.

More information: Native Instruments / Strummed Acoustic


50% off Drumasonic 2 virtual drum instrument at VST Buzz

Drumasonic 2

VST Buzz has launched a sale on the Drumasonic 2 drum sample library, offering a 50% discount for 1 week.

Drumasonic 2 is a comprehensive virtual drum sound library with top of the line recording quality, flexibility and sonic versatility, developed with minute attention to detail, meeting the high standards required by professional drummers and mixing engineers.

With its integrated high-end effects, powerful groove modifying, playing and recording features, a modular preset system, and many more sophisticated features, Drumasonic is one of the highest end drum libraries out there, and at just $106, you’re getting ridiculous value! Listen to the demos!

The Drumasonic 2 library is available purchase for $106 USD until September 24th, 2013 (regular $212 USD).

More information: VST Buzz


Drumasonic releases Drumasonic Luxury for Kontakt

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Drumasic Luxury

Drumasonic has announced the release of Drumasonic Luxury, a high-end drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring natural and punchy drum sounds.

All kits can be played with sticks, rods or brushes, either with or without snare wires. Up to 10 microphone signals provide unrivaled mixing flexibility and, thanks to the integrated groove player, realistic sounding drum tracks can be created in no time at all.

The sample content, comprising over 30,000 samples, was recorded with minute attention to detail and covers a large variety of musical styles. LUXURY is based on the advanced drumasonic 2.1 engine and, being a “Powerd by Kontakt” library, utilizes the strengths of the latest NI Kontakt version 5.

Drumasonic Luxury features

  • Unique drum kit, providing 3 bass drums, 2 snare drums, 5 toms, 3 hihats, 2 rides, 4 crashes, recorded in an extremely “pushing” room.
  • All included kits can be played with sticks, rods or brushes – with or without snare wires, with several round robin sets.
  • Up to ten microphone signals per instrument allow for a virtually unlimited mixing flexibility and sonic diversity.
  • Great e-drum playability: enjoy natural-sounding flams, rolls, cymbal chokes and incredibly realistic hihat control.
  • Built-in preset system: choose from a huge selection of pre-mixed drum kits, or simply create your own mix.
  • Integrated groove player with extremely flexible and musical groove modification capabilities, providing shuffle, quantize, delay, velocity per instrument category and much more.
  • Shipping with a groove library containing hundreds of production-ready grooves, fills and elements.
  • The integrated mapping converter allows for seamless integration of 3rd party groove libraries.
  • Versatile integrated mixing engine providing state-of-the-art effects, such as EQ, compressor, transient shaper, tape saturation, convolution reverb, delay, and master limiter.
  • Superior phase correlation: no matter which mic signals you combine, drumasonic will always sound fat and natural.
  • More than 30,000 samples, condensed into a streamlined user interface: mix your drums faster and easier than ever before.
  • Advanced voice reduction technology and efficient purge features: deactivate unused instruments, microphones, articulations or beaters to save memory and optimize the performance.

Drumasonic Luxury is available to purchase for 99 EUR. Luxury LE is 69 EUR (excludes rods, brushes and wires off samples).

More information: Drumasonic / Drumasonic Luxury


Drumasonic 2 acoustic virtual drums for Kontakt released

Drumasonic 2

The Drumasonic acoustic drums instrument powered by Kontakt has been updated to version 2.

The drum software from Germany is entering its next stage: Outstanding e-drum playbility as well as an extraordinarily realistic hihat simulation predestine drumasonic as the new high-end tool for professional studio drummers, songwriters and music producers.

The total number of samples has been more than quadrupled and the engine has been completely re-written: Sticks, rods, and brushes, each with snare wires on and off, new bass drum and snare models as well as a new percussion section extend the sound palette. Add-on packs, which extend drumasonic’s range of timbres even further, will be available soon.

The brand-new groove player offers standalone recording, midi drag & drop to desktop or sequencer, intelligent groove and shuffle detection as well as remarkably musical quantize and humanize functions. The seamlessly integrated mapping converter makes it possible to load grooves from third-party manufacturers and to convert them to any target mapping. drumasonic offers up to eleven separate microphone signals per instrument, direct outs, high-end effects and modular mixer presets covering a wide range of musical styles.

Being a “Powerd by Kontakt” library, drumasonic extensively utilizes the strengths of the newest NI Kontakt 5 engine.

Drumasonic 2 is available to purchase for 159 EUR. The LE version is 99 EUR.
Owners of Drumasonic 1/1.5, or Drumasonic 2 LE can upgrade to Drumasonic 2 (full version) for 59 EUR, or to Drumasonic 2 LE at no cost.

More information: Drumasonic