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Boscomac releases Wurlitsar and Claviness for Reaktor

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Boscomac has announced the release of two new free electric piano sound libraries for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Boscomac Wurlitsar and Claviness
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.

More information: Boscomac

Steinberg releases Neo Soul Keys electric piano by Gospel Musicians

Steinberg Neo Soul Keys

Steinberg has announced the release of Neo Soul Keys, a virtual electric piano combining amazingly authentic sampling with Steinberg’s acclaimed HALion technology.

Recreating the sound of one of the most popular electric pianos of the past, Neo Soul Keys brings the vintage keyboard sound to the musician’s fingertips.

“Neo Soul Keys takes virtual e-pianos to a new level! It’s amazing just how authentic and vivid the play and feel of this instrument has become,” remarked Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

In collaboration with Gospel Musicians, Neo Soul Keys offers users a unique and authentic-sounding e-piano experience. Based on the powerful HALion engine and sampled with 12 velocity layers for sustain, release and staccato notes, the Neo Soul Keys virtual electric piano features sound quality and playability on par with the real world.

Employing the acclaimed VST Amp Rack technology first introduced to Steinberg’s Cubase 6 production software, Neo Soul Keys features six different amp types and a comprehensive set of high-class studio effects, such as vibrato, tube distortion, flanger, phaser, chorus, delay, reverb and wah. Also included are bell, pedal and key noises to reproduce all aspects of piano sound plus more than 40 presets that allow users instantly to hone in on various timbres.

Steinberg Neo Soul Keys
Neo Soul Keys can be used as a plug-in in every VST 3, VST 2 and AU compatible host as well as library expansion in HALion Sonic, HALion Sonic SE and HALion 4.

Neo Soul Keys features

  • Faithful sampling of original Mark I suitcase piano with multiple velocity layers of sustain, release and staccato notes.
  • Elaborate interface for direct access and intuitive workflows.
  • VST Amp simulation with 6 different classic amp types.
  • Premium effect section including tube distortion, chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, reverb and virtual wah pedal.
  • Vintage modeled vibrato with intensity and speed control.
  • Realistic sounds with level controls for bell, pedal and key noises.
  • Authentic bass, mid and treble boost to recreate the original sound.
  • Adjustable velocity curves for individual playing behavior.
  • Dedicated “bark” samples for classic grit sounds for authentic vintage sounds.
  • Virtual microphone simulation with axis and off-axis positioning, and condensed and tube microphone types.
  • MIDI Learn and automation functions for all parameters.
  • VST 3, VST 2 and AU host compatibility as standalone plug-in.
  • Full accessibility in HALion Sonic (1.6.2 or higher), HALion Sonic SE and HALion (4.5.3 or higher).
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.

Neo Soul Keys is available as download through the Steinberg Online Shop, priced at 79.99 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Neo Soul Keys

Propellerhead Software releases Radical Keys for Reason

Propellerhead has announced the release of Radical Keys, a Rack Extension featuring three classic electric pianos.

Propellerhead Radical Keys
The Radical Engine lets you blend signals and modeling from different signal chains—clean line recording, amplifier and ambient room mic.

Radical Keys brings you three classic keyboard instruments in a great-sounding package: the Rhodes Mk1, the Wurlitzer and the Pianet-T. All delivered through Propellerhead’s cutting edge Radical Engine, combining samples with physical modeling to bring out the character and quirks of these legendary instruments. What you get is an infinitely tweakable, instantly playable instrument whose sonic capabilities range from the ultra realistic to the utterly outlandish.

Radical Keys features

  • Three classic electric pianos: Rhodes Mk 1, Wurlitzer and Pianet T.
  • Choose and blend between line-recorded, amplified and room mic signals.
  • 101 instantly playable piano patches for any style of music and any style of playing.
  • Tweak the instrument’s character by altering sympathetic resonance and envelope
  • Set the level for the instrument’s mechanical noises such as key noise and pedal noise. Make it clean or make it rough.
  • Adjustable velocity response lets you control how the instrument responds to your performance.
  • Unique effect section designed specifically for Radical Keys. Consists of Tremolo, Compressor, Overdrive, EQ, Phaser, Chorus and Ambience processing.

The Radical Keys Rack Extension is available to purchase for 79 EUR.

More information: Propellerhead / Radical Keys

Applied Acoustics Systems launches Lounge Lizard EP-4 Pre-release Promotion

AAS Lounge Lizard EP-4 promo

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced a pre-release promotion for its upcoming Lounge Lizard EP-4 virtual electric piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

The promotion brings the price of Lounge Lizard EP-3 down to $149 (a $50 discount) until the release of Lounge Lizard EP-4, which should be out by the end of this year. Once released, users who bought Lounge Lizard EP-3 during the promotion will receive Lounge Lizard EP-4 free of charge!

Lounge Lizard EP-3 is an electric piano synthesizer plug-in delivering authentic Rhodes and Wurlitzer sounds in an everything-you-need package.

More information: Applied Acoustics Systems / Lounge Lizard EP-3

Gospel Musicians releases Neo-Soul EX5 Expansion for Neo-Soul Keys

Gospelmusicians Neo-Soul EX5

Gospel Musicians has announced the release of Neo-Soul EX5, an expansion for Neo-Soul Keys 3X and version 1 users.

Capitalizing from Yamaha’s vintage FDSP technology for the EX5 Synthesizer Workstations, Neo-Soul EX5 is an electric piano sample that has been ran through Yamaha’s FDSP EP Pickup technology and added to the scripting of Neo-Soul Keys. The physical modeling of the EP pickup through FDSP ads an extra realism to the sample library. In addition, running the samples through the A/D filters of the EX5 ads a character and warmth to the electric piano.

The Neo-Soul EX5 contains all of the original effects as Neo-Soul Keys, except the sustain samples contains the new EX5 samples. This makes the expansion pack a hybrid EP.

Neo-Soul EX5 is available to purchase for $29.99 USD. Requires Neo-Soul Keys V1 or Neo-Soul Keys 3X. The Neo-Soul Xpansion pack works with Kontakt 5 Player.

More information: Gospel Musicians / Neo-Soul EX5

Prime Loops R&B Keyz sample pack

Prime Loops R&B Keyz

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.

More information: Prime Loops / R&B Keyz

XLN Audio releases Addictive Keys – Studio Grand, Modern Upright & Mark One

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.

Addictive Keys features

  • Three instruments:
    • Studio Grand – a Steinway Model D grand piano
    • Modern Upright – Yamaha U3 upright piano
    • Mark One – a Fender Rhodes Mark I electric piano
  • Warm tone and unique sound.
  • Fast loading and workflow.
  • Mix and match microphone perspectives.
  • Production presets.
  • Creative and professional effects.
  • MyCloud – Work from anywhere.

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.

More information: XLN Audio / Addictive Keys

Coincidental Music introduces Prism Sticks & Happy Hour soundsets for AAS plugins

Coincidental Music Prism Sticks

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.

Prism Sticks features

  • 125 patches: 10 Bells & Chimes, 23 Keys, 19 Pads, 10 Percussive Atmospheres, 13 Percussive Hits, 11 Plucks & Strings, 18 Soundscapes & FX, 13 Synthetic and 8 Wind.
  • Note: Only for use with AAS Chromaphone not with AAS Player.
Coincidental Music Happy Hour

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!

Happy Hour features

  • 100 patches: 10 Chimes, 10 Drums & Perc, 14 FX, 11 Keys (Rhodes), 16 Keys (Specials), 5 Keys (Wurli), 12 Organs, 8 Stringed, 14 Synths.
  • Note: Only for use with the full version of AAS Lounge Lizard EP-3 Electric Piano, not with Lounge Lizard Session.

Prism Sticks is available to purchase for £12 GBP; Happy Hour is £7.50 GBP. Future updates (including additional patches) are included in both sets.

More information: Coincidental Music