Prime Loops has announced R&B Keyz, a collection of acoustic and electric piano loops for RnB music production.
Ebony + Ivory = perfect harmony. It’s as simple as that. Be it blues, jazz or pop, the keys always seal the deal, elevating songs to timeless masterpieces. And where would R&B stand without the magic of proper keyboard sounds?! That’s why we give you: R&B Keyz!
R&B Keyz seriously has it all: Acoustic pianos ranging from small units to the grand pianos, electric piano sounds in great multitude, from toy pianos to that big old Fender Rhodes and Synth keys, from arpeggios to gated echoes, giving your production that space-age wide angle.
R&B Keyz comes in several major and minor keys and different tempos, as well as pre-formatted for most modern music soft- and hardware.So, whether you want to give your tracks a little grandezza or provide the next singing sensation with a beautiful backdrop – R&B Keyz is the one that’s got the perfect harmony!
The sample pack is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.
XLN Audio has announced the release of Addictive Keys, a collection of three virtual keyboard instruments.
Addictive Keys is a powerful tool for musicians, producers and songwriters, setting a new standard for virtual keyboard instruments. With its unique sound creation ability, smart workflow and fast loading times, Addictive Keys is suitable for any production style or music genre.
Mix and match different microphone perspectives, add professional effects and advanced envelopes to create truly unique sounds. Two years in the making, Addictive Keys is the ultimate blend of engineering, innovative design and creative expression. The standalone version is perfect for spontaneous jamming and live performances and the plug-in version support all major DAW hosts.
The Addictive Keys Studio Collection (VST/AU/standalone) is available to purchase for 179 EUR. The instruments are also available separately; The Studio Grand is currently 49 EUR (regular 99 EUR), Modern Upright 99 EUR and the Mark One costs 79 EUR. The Addictive Keys engine is included in all offers.
In addition to the Studio Collection, a free version of the Studio Grand – with 3 of the 6 recorded microphone perspectives, 49 of the 88 keys (4 octaves) – offers customers a way to try out the Addictive Keys platform, with the possibility to add one or more instruments as the need arises.
Coincidental Music has announced its Prism Stick and Happy Hour soundsets for the Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone and Lounge Lizard EP-3 software synthesizer instruments.
It’s been somewhat delayed, but at last Prism Sticks for Chromaphone is here.
In the end, as the patch count headed up way beyond the 200 mark, I thought I would end up with two patchbanks. However, I’ve whittled it down considerably and I hope you find the patches useful, inspiring and fun.
Note: Only for use with AAS Chromaphone not with AAS Player.
The Happy Hour: Exotic Cocktails soundset features 100 patches for the Lounge Lizard EP-3 virtual electric piano instrument.
I love electric pianos of all shapes and sizes. Even cheap ones can make me smile. And, while there are some really great sampled Rhodes and Wurlis out there, there’s something about Lounge Lizard that I find makes it much more fun to play. I think it’s because the slight variability in the sound makes you listen closer to what you’re playing, then react and adjust, in a way you wouldn’t do with a more regular and predictable instrument.
As I started tweaking it, I realised that there were quite a few avenues one could go down, far removed from its original purpose. Which led me to Happy Hour!
Gospel Musicians has announced the release of its Neo-Soul Keys 3X sample library for the Kontakt 5 Free Player by Native Instruments.
Neo-Soul Keys 3X is an upgrade to the original Neo-Soul Keys. Unlike the original Neo-Soul Keys which only featured a Suitcase Mark I EP, the new 3X adds a dirty Stage Mark I and a Wurlitzer emulation. More importantly, we added a ton of mechanical noises to add grit, dirt, and realism to your EP experience. Our number one goal was realism and to give you the most organic experience ever in an EP library. We went to great lengths to make sure that if you could not take your heavy electro-mechanical instrument to your gig, or session, then our EP library would be the next best thing. A heavy amount of detail, thought, and programming went into this library as it boasts almost 8.0GB of sample data using Kontakt 5′s new scripting engine and features. The details make a difference and you will clearly hear the meticulous amount of detail that went into sampling every nuance and mechanical noises necessary for a complete EP experience!
We have also added the new Mark I Stage electric piano version for the Yamaha Motif XS/XF keyboards. This version has all of the knobs that are on the Kontakt version assigned to 8-different sliders for the Yamaha Motif keyboards. This gives you a lot of power, flexibility, and realism. Our goal was to make sure that the Stage EP would sound exactly the same as the Kontakt version. For the XF, you can load your EP in the Flash boards andload one time and it stays in memory.
Introduction to the new interface of Neo-Soul Keys 3X.
New in Neo-Soul Keys 3X
2.5GB of NEW Sample Data – 8.0GB Uncompressed) @ 44.1kHz/24-Bit – 12-Velocity Layers.
Two New EPs: Wurli and Mark I Stage.
Butter/Creamy sound or Mono version for Suitcase.
A Dirty Tube Saturated or Clean version Stage EP.
More Dirt knob to add more of the dirty tine.
New Key Down samples with more mechanical FX.
New Key Up Samples with more mechanical noises.
Dial in more of the Wurli distorted speaker sound.
Dial in more tube saturation for Wurli and Stage.
All samples run through tube amps for a more vintage sound.
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149.99 USD until September 5th, 2012 (regular $199.99 USD). Current Neo-Soul Keys owners can upgrade to 3X for $49.99 USD until September 5th, after which the upgrade becomes $99.99 USD.
Gospel Musicians is also offering discounts on its other products until September 5th, 2012.
Rhythmic Robot has released Analog Piano, a Kontakt instrument based on an entirely analogue electronic piano.
Analog Piano is sampled from a 1970s Crumar ColorSound electronic piano, an all-analogue stage piano capable of generating three basic tones: Piano, HonkyTonk and Clav. Of these the Piano tone is by far the most musically versatile, emulating an acoustic piano to some extent but with many of the warm, earthy qualities of a Wurlitzer-type electric piano as well. Although the original Crumar ColorSound didn’t respond to keyboard velocity, the software version incorporates several crossfaded velocity layers carefully adjusted in the studio to become progressively brighter and more cutting or mellower and rounder with playing dynamics. This velocity control can be switched in or out from the front panel.
Analog Piano suits contemporary musical styles where a typical multi-sampled grand piano might feel too “classical” for the context. It is particularly effective in roots rock, electronica and dance. Included in the instrument are key effects like tube saturation and tremolo, plus an amp cab simulator with a choice of classic models and a convolved spring reverb to add extra authenticity to the vintage tones. The three presets can be switched in in any combination, and envelope control over attack and release allows for gentler pad or texture sounds to be generated.
Analog Piano — The warm, earthy tone of the Crumar ColorSound piano.
Analog Piano features
24-bit multi samples with velocity crossfades.
Piano, HonkyTonk and Clav tones.
Amp cab simulator with choice of cabinets.
Convolved spring reverb.
Tremolo, stereo spread and envelope controls.
Velocity sensitivity switchable on / off.
Analog Piano is currently available to purchase for £12.95 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt 4.2.3 or later full version.
Precisionsound has announced the release of EP-30, a “Vintage keyboard collection” series sample library featuring the sounds of the Roland EP-30 electric piano.
Roland released the first velocity sensitive electric piano in 1974, the EP-30. It was built in a sturdy road case with 4 preset sounds and a bass sound that could be blended with the others in the lowest octave. It had a vibrato with speed control that affected the volume, and a tone control. You could create some variation to the sound by pressing more than one preset button at a time. Today it’s quite rare to find.
If we where to describe the sound, “Pac Man piano” could be appropriate. EP-30 does not sound like a real piano, it sounds very Lo-Fi and cheesy, in a cool, retro way.
The EP-30 sampled in full, every key and preset. The natural range of the Roland EP-30 is F0 to F5, and F0 to B1 for the Bass. The sample library has an extended range from C0 to C6 except the Bass which has been extended down only, to C0.
263 WAV files (24bit quality).
5 programs for Steinberg HALion, Logic EXS24, NI Kontakt v1-2.
12 programs for NI Kontakt v3-5 (full version required).
5 programs in the SoundFont format (16bit), 100% compatible with all virtual samplers supporting the SoundFont format like Dimension Pro (Cakewalk), Free SFZ player, NN-XT (Reason) and more.
The sample library is available to purchase for $25 USD (download) / $36 USD (DVD). All formats are included.
Modartt has announced the release of Rhody R2, an updated version of the Rhodes instrument of the Electric Pianos add-on for Pianoteq.
The newly developed successor Rhody R2 is a free update and replacement of Rhody R1.
The popular Rhody R1 instrument, included as part of the Electric Pianos add-on, has found its successor in Rhody R2, which is a free update.
The sound, presence and response are all improved with increased accuracy. By using the new exciting effects in Pianoteq 4, such as Amp, Chorus, Tremolo, and the new Tine noise parameters, the Rhody R2 can be transformed into amazingly expressive variants.
The Electric Pianos add-on (incl. Rhody and Wurly pianos) is available to purchase for 49 EUR.