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