Wavesfactory releases Retro Keys I for Kontakt

Wavesfactory releases Retro Keys I, a Kontakt library featuring 3 keyboards from the 70s.

Wavesfactory Retro Key I

Retro Keys I is a collection of 3 libraries based on famous keyboards from the 70s. Perfectly replicated with all the original features and more.

  • The Compac is an electric piano made by Crumar in 1972 that features 3 piano sounds (piano, honky tonk and clavichord). Noise, envelope and cabinets also available.
  • The Orchestrator was also made by Crumar in 1975, is an electric piano and a “string machine” with a brass simulator. Bass, brass, piano, clavichord, violin, cello; with vibrato, cabinets, noise, envelope and presets.
  • The Organ X55 is a clonewheel made by Elka also in the 70s. Features 2 keyboards with 1 drawbar each, 3 piano sounds with optional sustain, percussion, 2 vibrato types, brilliance, cabinets, rotator, tube drive and a set of presets (including random values).

All keyboards have an option called “vintage”. When it’s active some effects are applied to give a very nice vintage vibe to the sound (tape distortion, compression, wow, flutter and speed variations). We love it and we’re sure you’ll love it too.

The library is available for the introductory price of 9.95 EUR until November 1st, 2014 (regular 19.95 EUR).

More information: Wavesfactory / Retro Keys I

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Cluster Sound releases Rhapsody free Live Pack

Cluster Sound Rhapsody

Cluster Sound has announced the release of Rhapsody, a free Ableton Live Pack featuring the sounds of the Rhapsody 490 polyphonic analog string synthesizer by Elka.

The Rhapsody 490 comes with just three sounds (Violoncello, Strings and a combination of these two sounds) characterized by a fixed distinctive chorus effect. But the unit used for this library has been equipped with a switch that allows to activate/deactivate the chorus, definitely a very useful hack!

Rhapsody is a multi-sample Live Pack based on 6 recordings created by sampling the three sounds with and without the chorus effect. Rhapsody delivers 21 Live Presets (with useful macro controls) each of which consists of 49 perfectly-looped samples (each note of the 4-octave keyboard).

Rhapsody features

  • 220 MB content, 24 Bits/44.1 Khz.
  • 6 Multi-sample Recordings (294 samples).
  • One sample per note (4 octaves).
  • Perfect loop-points (no crossfading).
  • 21 Live Presets.
  • 15 Sampler/Simpler devices.

The Rhapsody pack is a free download for registered Cluster Sound users (requires Ableton Live 9/Suite 9).

More information: Cluster Sound / Rhapsody

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Synth Magic releases Elka Solist 505 for Kontakt

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Synth Magic has announced the release of Elka Solist 505, a virtual analogue synthesizer instrument for Kontakt 5.

Synth Magic Elka Solist 505
The library is based on the rare little Italian beauty, the Solist 505.

The Elka Solist 505 was a monophonic lead synthesizer, preset based with variations for added performance. It provided a nice alternative to the Moog Satellite ARP Pro Soloist. It had 11 presets, all which could be changed with freq/res, attack/release, vibrato and portamento. Notably, it contained the famous Moog ladder filter. Although basic in function – no CV, no MIDI – it could produce some lovely tones, and the keyboard action was very nice indeed – something you’d expect from a renowned Italian organ manufacturer!

In making the Solist 505, I sampled every single note of every preset from a real Elka Solist 505. Samples recorded at 24 bit for quality and depth. Each preset from the original machine has been sampled twice; the first set recorded clean, to give a perfect recreation of the Solist, and the other second set I recorded through vintage 1960’s valve pre-amps similar to the pre-amps used by Joe Meek. Both sample sets can be selected directly from the custom GUI, designed by saintjohnbaxter.. There is also the ability to play both sets of samples at the same time.

In keeping with the real Solist there is also a synth section, allowing you to shape each sound using filters, LFOs, envelopes, vibrato etc.

There’s also a small memory footprint, as all samples are streamed directly from your hard drive and not your computer’s RAM memory.

We have included over 120 great presets to get you started with the Solist 505.

The Kontakt library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £8 GBP. Requires the full version of Native Instruments Kontak 5.

More information: Synth Magic / Elka Solist 505

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UVI releases Vintage Legends – Iconic Synth Collection

UVI has launched Vintage Legends – Iconic Synth Collection, a bundle of 6 vintage synthesizer sound libraries.

UVI Vintage Legends Iconic Synth Collection

Take 6 iconic vintage synthesizers, carefully restore them, create a massive array of presets and deeply multi-sample them, professionally process and master the sounds, infuse them into the industry proven UVI Engine–giving you endless sound shaping options, then wrap the results in immaculately prepared GUIs and you’ve got UVI Vintage Legends; 6 brand-new soft synths with the brilliant depth and character of classic hardware.

Instantly call up inspiration from the Yamaha CS-70M, CS-40M and CS-20M, the crazy Italian Elka Synthex, the Rhodes Chroma, the king of FM—the Yamaha DX1, the rare DK Synergy, and rediscover the classic K250.

The Iconic Synth Collection is available for the introductory price of $299 USD (regular $349 USD). Individual synth libraries are $99 USD each.

More information: UVI

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UVI releases String Machines vintage analog string synthesizers

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UVI has announced String Machines, a hybrid instrument forged with the analog imprint of the 11 most musical string synthesizers ever built.

UVI String Machines

Back in the 70’s, leading keyboard designers around the world attempted to reproduce orchestral string sounds through analog synthesis. The results were far from their original intent but were in no way failures. Used on countless cult records and engrained in our collective memory to this day – these ‘String Machines’ bore an analog soul on their own.

At UVI we are obsessed with this, having spent countless hours working on ways to capture this analog soul and present it as an accessible, expressive, fully editable digital tool. So was born String Machines – a hybrid instrument forged with the analog imprint of the 11 most musical string synthesizers ever built.

UVI has painstaking recorded thousands of samples with the very best analog and digital gear available, putting in all experience ever learned to bring you this comprehensive instrument at an unbelievable price.

String Machines features

  • Authentic sounds with character reproduce the analog grunge and warmth of yesteryear.
  • Instant access to tons of presets and preset layers; find sounds you love and get inspired quickly.
  • Dual layers. Select the machine and the associated sounds.
  • No loading time when switching machines and sounds.
  • Shape your sounds using authentic analog-modeled filters, envelopes, and LFOs.
  • Experiment with the step modulator and take your sound out of this world!
  • Samples recorded in 24/96 khz with Prism convertors, mastered to perfection and converted to 16/44.1 kHz.
  • Included machines: Korg Poly Ensemble PE2000, Eko Stradivarius, Siel Orchestra, Excelsior Strings Synthesizer K4, Logan String Melody, Crumar Performer, Elka Rhapsody, Solina String Ensemble, Yamaha SS30, ROLAND RS-505 & VP-330.

String Machines is available to purchase for $99 USD / 89 EUR.

More information: UVI / String Machines

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