Signo SFX-Instruments has announced the release of Burning Y Sky and Neurons-1, two new Energy 360 series sound libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24.
Burning Y Sky can be defined as a “burning objects passing by” instrument.
Burning Y Sky can be used for a scene in a sci-fi movie or a simple movement of a graphic object. It uses parameter “Y” of the surround panner of Kontakt to allow the user the passage of the chosen sounds, front-back or back-front to follow the movement, slow or fast, of an object in the space. Burning Y Sky can also allow the free movement in a surround environment by assigning the surround panner automation knobs to a joy stick.
Burning Y Sky features
61 samples of original sound effects (whooshes & pass by).
Surround panner front-rear / rear-front with the modulation wheel (Kontakt 4+).
Control panels including independent volume, pan, EQ, filter and envelope for each key of the keyboard controller (Kontakt 4+).
Neurons-1 is a unique sound effects collection developed for sound designers.
It contains abstract sounds that could be associated with visual scenes like: the activity of neuronal connections or scenes including strange sensations and other weird «buzz», radiant energy, magnetic field, etc. This set contains 62 “Neurons SFX-Instruments”. There are 61 individual instruments and 1 “All Neurons SFX-Instruments” including the 61 original samples distributed from C1 to C6 keys.
When activating the “Select Midi” button, each key strike will bring up its own “Main Control” and keep it in memory. You will have the opportunity to change the sound settings for one key (sound) without affecting other sounds. Now blend it! Playing many keys will offer you the possibility of many surprising soundscapes.
61 samples of original sound effects.
61 single Neuron Surround SFX-Instruments.
1 “All Neurons-1 Surround SFX-Instrument”.
Independent control panels with vol, pan, EQ, filter and env. for each key of the keyboard controller (Kontakt 4+).
The sound libraries are available to purchase for $19.95 CAD each. Kontakt 3 or later full version is required. The Surround panner preset needs Kontakt 4 or later.
Tonebuilder has announced the release of two new official versions of its Driven Machine Drums STRIKES BACK!! electronic drum and percussion sample library, now supporting Ableton Live and the Octatrack performance sampler by Elektron.
The Ableton Live version contains the complete 2,270 custom one-shot sound library along with 22 Drum Racks.
Elektron Octatrack receives a 24-bit/44.1kHz version with 2,270 custom drum samples optimized for Elektron Octatrack playback levels.
The sample library costs $77 USD (Standard) / $87 USD (Deluxe). Limited copies are available.
Precisionsound has announced the release of Ukrainian Bandura, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24.
The Bandura is the national instrument of Ukraine. We have sampled a 55-string Bandura made by the Chernihiv factory in the -1980ties. Playing styles included in the library are:
Solo (4 velocity layers, 6 round robin layers)
Trio ( 4 velocity layers 2 round robin layers, based upon the same samples as “Solo” with 3 samples per note)
FX1-3 (178 sound effects created with the instrument)
The tonal range of the instrument is A0-D#5, mapped from A1-D#6 in the keyboard.
All samples were recorded at 24 bits, and 44.1 Sample rate.
The SampleSet contains 1315 mono WAV samples mapped as 9 programs for Kontakt 2 and above, 1 scripted program for Kontakt v.3-5, and 10 programs for EXS24. The total size of the library uncompressed is 2GB.
The sample library is available to purchase for $69 USD as a download (includes all formats). It is also available on DVD for $80 USD.
Wavesfactory has announced W-Harpsichord, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24.
The harpsichord doesn’t respond to any dynamics, so there’s 1 velocity layer. But, in order to have the more realism as posible, we sampled all (no pitch shifting) notes 3 times (3 round robin), even though is always the same volume there are always nuances that make the difference. Even the release samples have been sampled with 3 round robin.
There are 2 knobs in the GUI that control the type of the release: Dry and Resonance. With the “dry” you can only listen the key sound, and with the “resonance” one you can listen the key sound + natural resonance of the other strings.
The sample library is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.
Bolder Sounds has released Bluegrass Banjo, a new 1.5 GB sample library for NI Kontakt 4+ and Apple EXS24.
Both versions of this library give extensive control over the left hand fingering style of the banjo.
The Kontakt version uses a KSP string algorithm which allows the user to choose between playing in a specified position or to play on a particular string only. Also included in the Kontakt version is the ability to select articulations via velocity rather than the default key switches if desired.
On the EXS24 version, numerous banjo maps are offered which emphasize the span of a particular strings samples, as well as a separate components folder with each banjo string mapped to its full sampled length. Both the Kontakt and EXS libraries have an instrument created for use with a MIDI guitar controller.
Bluegrass Banjo features
5 round-robins for each of the 5 strings of the banjo. Strings 1 through 4 were sampled chromatically up to the 17th fret. The first string was sampled up to the 22nd fret.
Various articulations: Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs, Half and Whole step Slides as well as Harmonics. All with 2 x independent round-robins per key.
Freely assignable Key-Switches for Fret Positions and String Imposes. Articulations may also be triggered via velocity instead of key switches. A new fret algorithm automatically selects the correct fret according to the played note (Kontakt only).
A very advanced Pitch Bend control (Kontakt only).
Major, minor and diminished chords in 3 voicings (low, mid and high), short and long articulations with 2 x round-robins per chord.
REX format banjo rolls (arpeggios) in 3/4 and 4/4 time. Major, minor and diminished rolls recorded in the most common banjo keys.
The rolls (arpeggios) can be played in any key you like, in the Kontakt “Rolls” patches (Kontakt only).
Bluegrass Banjo costs $59.95 USD (Kontakt) / $49.95 USD (EXS24), with introductory prices of $40 and $33.50 respectively, available until January 15th, 2013.