ModeAudio releases Undercover sample pack

ModeAudio Undercover

ModeAudio has launched Undercover, a sample library featuring a collection of found percussion samples.

Music can be made with almost anything – as soon as you realise this, your entire home can become an extended musical instrument. Top electronic producers have been using interesting and unusual sources for percussion and drum sounds for decades and now you can too – take a peep inside Undercover – Found Percussion Samples and you’ll discover treasure chests full of this sonic gold!

We scoured our homes and high streets to build up a stockpile of strange and unusual objects and materials to hit, tap, scrape, rub, brush, break and otherwise generate weird and wonderful sounds with!

From firewood and metal tongs to keys, coffee pots, paper baskets (with the paper inside), lighters, glasses and ice, to bottle lids (plus the bottles themselves), beads, velcro, zips, spray cans, canvas chairs, scissors, shears and oh so much more, this release shares a multitude of expertly recorded and processed sounds to add more than several extra layers of spice to your drum tracks.

As as well as the source material, we’ve also professionally blended handfuls of these intricate sounds together to create 30 layered kicks, claps and hi hats – we promise you won’t have heard sounds quite like them before!

The sample pack is available for purchase for £14 GBP.

More information: ModeAudio / Undercover

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Plugin Boutique Partner Focus: Soniccouture 30% off

Plugin Boutique has announced a limited time 30% discount on selected Soniccouture instrument libraries as part of its partner focus.

30% off Soniccouture

Soniccouture produce virtual instruments and sample libraries for Kontakt and Ableton Live. The instruments are varied, but the common theme is unusual and exciting sound; ranging from glass harmonicas to horror-synths from the 1930s.

Soniccouture instruments

  • The Attic — A project to document and sample interesting, characterful instruments that may not always be the obvious choice when we think of classics. Instruments which, when added to a track, instantly add some special magic, even if it is due to the fact that it sounds a bit cheap or quirky.
  • Glass Works — Glass/Works is a Kontakt player instrument which collects together 3 extremely unusual and rare musical instruments which use glass to generate sound: Le Cristal Baschet, The Glass Armonica, and a set of Cloud Chamber Bowls.
  • (Xtended) Piano — “Extended” is a term usually used to describe unorthodox techniques used when playing a musical instrument in an unconventional way, to coax new timbres from a traditional instrument.
  • Konkrete 3 — A powerful sample-based drum synth for all kinds of electronic music with 90 kits of 61 sounds and Beat Shifter – Generative Drum Machine.
  • Geosonics — Geosonics is a collaboration between legendary field recordist Chris Watson and Soniccouture. Hundreds of hours of recording time, in some of the worlds most extreme and inhospitable environments, combine to form a library of rare sonic artefacts that cannot be found anywhere else.

The sale ends October 1st, 2014.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Soniccouture

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Detunized releases Wind Turbines sample library

Detunized Wind Turbines

Detunized has announced the release of Wind Turbines, a sample library in Live Pack and Broadcast WAV formats, featuring the sounds of wind farms.

Wind Turbines library introduces the sounds of fizzling propeller blades, rotating nacelles, humming transformer stations, mysterious drones and other mechanic noises gathered from inside wind turbine towers. All these specific sounds are complemented by large-field wind farm ambiences.

The library is organised into 7 themes that include takes with a length from 19 seconds to more than 2 minutes: Blade Noises, Drones, Nacelle Rotation, Tower Sounds, Transformer Stations, Ventilation, Wind Farm Ambiences.

The Live Pack version contains 131 instrument racks with optimized macro layout and multi-mappings plus a live set for instant overview of all included takes.
The Universal Broadcast WAV version contains 124 categorized takes with embedded loop points and audio browsing applications compatible Broadcast description.

The sample library is available for purchase for 12 EUR (Live Pack) / 15 EUR (Universal BWAV).

More information: Detunized

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Boom Library releases Prairies sample library

Boom Library Prairies

Boom Library has announced the release of Prairies, a sample library by Gordon Hempton.

With our next nature recording library we’re breaking whole new ground: Gordon Hempton ventured out into the wide fields of the American prairie to successfully return with this superb and fascinating sound material. The “PRAIRIES” library is a unique and stunning collection of sound recordings under different weather conditions, seasons and time of day.

Prairies are among the most efficient bio-acoustic systems in the world for converting the sun’s energy into sound. Because the day is often windy (which interferes with clear sound propagation), species had to evolve a song structure for increased recognition under windy conditions which you’ll only find under these circumstances. The “PRAIRIES” collection contains for instance various indigenous animal sounds such as a wide spectrum of songful birds (including lek performances), buzzing insects, howling coyotes or chirping prairie-dogs. As a matter of course, it also comes with a generous range of multifaceted wind recordings: gusting, blustering, softly blowing, breezing, roaring,… through the typical vegetation of this area. As special features, “PRAIRIES” holds weather phenomenon recordings of distant thunder rolling in and grass fire caused by high solar irradiation.

With “PRAIRIES”, Sound Tracker® Gordon Hempton created a condensed and rich portrayal of the Great Plains, offering you detailed vastness in unaltered high-quality recordings. The library contains more than 5 hrs and more than 4.8 GB subsuming 105 files of unique and high-quality source recordings.

To guarantee you an effective and easy workflow, all these high-end SFX come with well-grounded Soundminer Metadata.

The library is available for the introductory price of 119.20 EUR until September 6th, 2014 (20% off regular).

More information: Boom Library / Prairies

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Chuck Russom FX releases Guns: Volume 1

Chuck Russom FX Guns: Volume 1

Chuck Russom FX has launched Guns: Volume 1, a multi-channel HD sound effects library featuring recordings of 12 weapons firing live rounds in an outdoor environment.

In Summer of 2014, Chuck Russom FX sent a team of recordists to the Arizona Desert to record sounds for an epic collection of guns. Multiple microphones were placed at close, medium, and distant perspectives. High resolution (24 bit 96K) audio was recorded to 20 tracks using high-end professional recorders, microphones, and preamps. After an extensive recording process, we came away with 55 gigabytes of raw source recordings to build this library from.

The result was a collection so big, that it had to be split into two libraries. Each Handgun, Semi Auto Rifle, and Bolt Action Rifle includes multiple single shots (10 or more). Submachine Guns, Assault Rifles, and Machine guns inlcude multiple single shots, bursts, and long bursts (generally 20 rounds or more). Every gun in the library features sounds from 10-16 microphone positions, covering close, medium, and distant perspectives.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $150 USD until September 1st, 2014 (regular $175 USD).

More information: Chuck Russom FX / Guns: Volume 1

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