Rabbit Ears Audio releases Steam Whistles sound library

Rabbit Ears Audio has launched Steam Whistles, a sample library featuring recordings of steam whistles.

Rabbit Ears Audio Steam Whistles

Although steam whistles emerged in the mid-19th century as a warning device, they quickly became the rail industry’s iconic sound. Many railways even cast their own whistles, branding the sound of their particular train line. REA_017 features a variety of whistle types from North America including 3-chime, 6-chime, and single note hooters (there is even a bonus whistle from China).

The whistles were recorded while the steam engine was stationary with no electrical system running. This means the whistle blows are completely isolated from any other train noise. REA_017 provides pure steam and the flexibility to place whistles wherever you need them..

The library is on sale for $99 USD for a limited time (regular $115 USD).

More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / Steam Whistles

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Gravitas Recordings releases Noverture Vol. 1 sample pack

Gravitas Recordings Noverture Vol. 1

Gravitas Recordings has launched Noverture Vol. 1, a sample pack featuring 200MB of field recordings by The Digital Connection, Rachel Lopez and Garrett Mohr.

The 21st century has shown us the true potential that lies inside the creation of digital sound. Our ears are the very first to experience these unique, time-warping, reality-bending sensations. Even so, the digital music scene is developing so quickly that, in 2015, we’ve already heard all the grimy wobbles, basic wub-wubs, builds and drops more times than we can count.

This calls for something new – Combining the human experience with our digital creation. This is Noverture.

The sample pack is available for download at a “pay what you want” price (suggested price $5 USD).

More information: Gravitas Recordings / Noverture Vol. 1

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New Sonic Arts releases Granite Horror

New Sonic Arts has released Granite Horror, a collection of 150 chilling new sounds for the Granite sampler instrument.

New Sonic Arts Granite Horror

Discover the dark side of granular synthesis with Granite Horror. Strictly not for the feint-hearted, this stunning collection offers a unique thrill-ride through desolate landscapes, rising graveyards and tense encounters, through to entrancing soundscapes of temptation and redemption.

Expertly crafted by renowned sound-design gurus Ameyah Audio, the pack boasts 150 unique patches pushing the Granite engine, and tension levels, to the max. With over 140 original samples ranging from natural field recordings to highly-processed synthetic textures, the collection spans a wide range of inspiring sounds, from haunting atmospheres, dystopian soundscapes and creepy FX, to angelic pads and soothing ambience. Granite Horror is the ideal expansion for musicians, composers and sound-designers looking for a distinctive edge.

All sounds come production-ready out-of-the-box, and will effortlessly weave into your compositions. Combined with the transformative power of Granite’s sound-engine, Granite Horror provides a rich sonic toolbox, brimming with inspiration and creative potential.

The sound pack is available for purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: New Sonic Arts / Granite Horror

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Spitfire releases David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1

Spitfire Audio has released David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1, a collaboration with Fanshawe One World Music, to bring the extraordinary recordings of David to your sampler.

Spitfire David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1

Antony Hopkins would surely have also appreciated the sentiment behind DAVID FANSHAWE – EARTH ENCOUNTERS VOL 1, the first release in a continuing collaboration between Spitfire Audio, the estate of David Fanshawe, and Fanshawe One World Music, a unique, ear-catching collection of recordings residing under the watchful eye of Jane Fanshawe. For the DAVID FANSHAWE – EARTH ENCOUNTERS collection will help to support the work being undertaken to prepare the astonishing archive that was David Fanshawe’s generous gift to the world for its eventual establishment as the premier resource for researchers and musicians worldwide. Work thereof includes cataloguing and digitising the entire archive with the aim of finding it a permanent home within a national museum or university of note.

Notably, with the DAVID FANSHAWE – EARTH ENCOUNTERS collection, Spitfire Audio aims to capture inspirational musical performances and sounds which can then seed future music-making as a kind of DNA. David Fanshawe was already trailblazing this pathway while Spitfire Audio co-founders and composers Christian Henson and Paul Thomson were still immersed in their formative years in education. Actually, African Sanctus left an indelible musical mark on the then-teens; the remarkable reception to its UK premiere at the Three Choirs festival back in 1978 — conducted by Paul Thomson’s choirmaster — was still being talked about many years later at the festivals in which Paul performed as a schoolboy chorister.

David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1 features

  • 2,079 groups, 16,171 zones.
  • 11,491 samples, 21.3 hours content.
  • 27.39 gb (uncompressed 32bit wav), 13.7 GB NCW compressed size.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £149 GBP until February 6th, 2015.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Earth Encounters Vol 1

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Soul Rush Records releases Found Sound Percussion Hits

Soul Rush Records has launched Found Sound Percussion Hits, a collection of organic, real world recordings which aim to inject a feeling of life and soul into any production.

Soul Rush Found Sound Percussion Hits

Recorded in East Berlin with a high end field recorder and a vast array of different drum sticks and everyday objects. Hammers, whisks, keys, broken bottles, cardboard boxes, broken kick drum skins and a dog! Everything we could think of to make warm, exciting percussive noises were used and the sounds collected from industrial and urban spaces, building sites, cafes, restaurants, at train stations, inside trains, in bars and on the city’s streets.

If you’re looking for warmth in your productions then these sounds are perfect for building your own drum racks with and adding a whole new sonic pallet to your work.

We have thrown in 40 bonus loops ranging from 103bpm to 174bpm which are ready to be dropped straight into the mix to give your tracks that extra depth that only a field recording can. They are ready to use now for your tracks or you can use them as inspirations for creating your own warm and organic beat patterns.

The sample pack is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Soul Rush / Found Sound Percussion Hits

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