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Ilya Efimov releases Chinese Hulusi for Kontakt

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Ilya Efimov Chinese Hulusi

Ilya Efimov has released Chinese Hulusi, a new virtual ethnic folk instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The hulusi or cucurbit flute is a free-reed wind instrument from China. It is held vertically and has three bamboo pipes which pass through a gourd wind chest; the center pipe has finger holes and the outer two are typically drone pipes. It is not uncommon for a hulusi to have only one drone pipe while the second outer pipe is merely ornamental. The drone pipe has a finger hole, which allows it to be stopped.

The Hulusi library can allow a user to imitate virtually anything that a real hulusi could play. Ii8intervals were recorded for up and down legato articulations in two variants: normal legato and glissando. We have provided the ability to vary the dynamics of the instrument to convey a wide, detailed range of expression from pp to ff. Natural vibrato may be added to the sound at any time. Staccato articulations provide added realism by means of a round-robin algorythm.

Chinese Hulusi features

  • 240 MB converted NCW format, 44.1kHz/24-bit, stereo.
  • 2 natural legato types: normal and glissando.
  • 11 different articulations.
  • Realistic dynamic from p to f.
  • Two vibrato types.
  • Control of realistic vibrato.
  • Reassignable keyswitches and midi-controllers.
  • 3 modes of legato performance.
  • Detune vibrato keys.
  • Drones tune and volume control.

The library is available for 39 EUR. Requires full retail version of Kontakt 5.3+.

More information: Ilya Efimov / Chinese Hulusi

SampleTekk offers up to 65% off selected sample libraries

SampleTekk has launched a limited time sale, offering up to 65% off its Renaissance Flutes, The Big One Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, Mk seventy-three, and BOB – Orchestral Brass sample libraries.

SampleTekk Sale

SampleTekk Sale

  • Renaissance Flutes – A complete set of recorders, Bass, Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Sopranino, beautifully played by one of Sweden’s top flutists. Regular Price $119 – On Sale $49
  • TBO, The Big One – Yamaha C7 Grand Piano with 93 unique samples/recorded note! Regular Price $199 – On Sale $89
  • Mk seventy-three – The Rhodes challenger! Recorded through a a Fender Twin – The way it was supposed to. Regular Price $140 – On Sale $49
  • BOB – Orchestral Brass – BOB gives you French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. Regular Price $98 – On Sale $39

The sale ends January 20th, 2014.

More information: SampleTekk

Spitfire releases BML Flute Consort Vol 1 + Six new LABS instruments

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Spitfire Flute Consort Vol 1

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Flute Consort Vol 1, a new British Modular Library series instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

London woodwind players are considered amongst the best in the world. Where film music sessions are concerned it could be argued that you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Woodwinds are so expressive they can be a pain to sample. So our belief is to start with the best and then work as hard as we can to honour the talent we have captured.
The Flute Consort features three of the finest players in London today one recorded solo, two recorded in unison. They are seated exactly in situ so combine the a2 patches with the solo ones for a slightly larger section whilst maintaining spectral integrity. Volume one features a selection of the most commonly asked for articulations presented with a simple, out of the box ease of use and the BML UI, learn one Spitfire GUI, learn them all.

Combined with the majesty of the hall at Air, that signal chain, that 2” tape, Jake Jackson’s mastery of the room and the mixes, and a beautifully programmed instrument that “just works”, once you try this we’re sure you’ll agree you’ve just laid your hands on something truly special.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £149 GBP until January 2nd, 2014 (RRP £199 GBP).

Spitfire has also launched 6 new Spitfire Labs instruments.

In our continued efforts to democratise the world of sampling, we are releasing a further 6 instruments from Christian and Paul’s secret stash! Having updated the livery of all of the labs range, we are also pleased to announce that this season’s range features the artwork of Peter Buwert, a fantastic artist and designer.

The new Labs instruments are free to existing Labs members (donation to UNICEF required).

More information: Spitfire Audio / Flute Consort Vol 1

Kong Audio launches sale on Chinee Series Big Winds Pack

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Kong Audio has announced a limited sale on its Chinee Series Big Winds Pack bundle.

Chinee Series Big Winds Pack

For a limited time (till Jan 17, 2014), Chinee Series Big Winds Pack, which includes 8 types of instruments (17 recorded instruments in total) can be had with a special promo discount: instead of $338, the whole pack is only $269 (20% off) now!

Not only you get Kong Audio’s flagship product ChineeWinds, you also get the most comprehensive Chinese wind collection on the market. Don’t miss out!

Chinee Series Big Winds Pack features

  • ChineeWinds: Flutes Hors D’oeuvre. Contains 8 different flutes, most importantly different DiZi’s.
  • NanXiao: The Flute of Melancholy.
  • SuoNa: The Stentorian Brass.
  • GuanZi: The Pipe of Tristesse.
  • Sheng: The Mouth Organ of Concord.
  • HuLuSi: The Riveting Bottle Gourds.
  • BaWu: The Free-Reed of China.
  • Xun: Ancient Errie Ocarina.

The sale ends January 17th, 2014.

More information: Kong Audio

Soundiron releases Little Wooden Flutes for Kontakt

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Soundiron Little Wooden Flutes

Soundiron has announced the release of Little Wooden Flutes, an ethnic flute library that combines playable multisamples with a deep collection of beautiful live performance phrases.

We captured the soul of 3 different traditional flutes from two continents in two different environments, including a unique 7-hole carved rosewood Indian Venu flute and larger 8-hole walnut and cedar Native American plains flutes. At only $50, it’s an outstanding value.

The Venu was recorded in a close double-mic configuration in a dry studio environment to soak up every subtle nuance and full tonal clarity. This section features chromatic sustains and staccatos in three different types – standard, trilled and overtone. Sustains include 2X round robins per note and key release. Staccatos include 8X round robin per note.

The Venu phrases are divided into different keys. Each set can be transposed, tempo-synched, time-stretched, cropped, legato-blended and customized in real-time through our unique phrase sequencer and master control interface. You can custom mix and pan the two Neumann microphone choices (vintage omni and modern cardiod) to create your own robust tonal blend or stereo pair.

Little Wooden Flutes is available to purchase for the introductory price of $35 USD through December 25th, 2013 (30% off MSRP $50 USD).

More information: Soundiron / Little Wooden Flutes

Hephaestus Sounds releases Flute & Piccolo for Kontakt

Hephaestus Sounds Flute & Piccolo

Hephaestus Sounds has announced the release of Flute & Piccolo, a virtual instruments library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Our new small Flute & Piccolo library, sampled in studio.

Flute & Piccolo features

  • Flute:
    • 5 sound patterns (silver, wood, flutter, trills, staccato) also switchable using Modulation controller.
    • 3 dynamic layers + 1 overblown layer.
    • Non-compressed file size of 43MB (138 samples).
  • Piccolo:
    • 2 dynamic layers.
    • Non-compressed file size of 14MB.
  • Common:
    • 48KHz 24-bit Mono sample resolution.
    • Auto key-clicks & breath noises (deactivate-able), also switchable using Modulation controller.
    • Manual FX on the left.
    • Legato.
    • Reverb knob.
    • Expressiveness knob (managing attack & legato to increase the phrasing expressiveness).
    • 3-band EQ & pan control.
    • non-compressed total file size of 60MB.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of 14.90 EUR until November 16th, 2013 (regular 29.90 EUR).

More information: Hephaestus Sounds

8Dio releases Claire – Flute Virtuoso for Kontakt

8Dio Clair Flute Virtuoso

8Dio Productions has launched Flute Virtuoso, the 3rd release in its “Claire Virtuoso” Woodwind series produced by Emmy-nominated composer, Colin O’Malley.

The Claire Woodwinds are a deep-sampled collection of the finest woodwinds ever sampled.These are highly playable instruments soared with true emotion, effortless and equilibristic behavior.

Our Flute Virtuoso is the most expressive, playable and lifelike Flute ever sampled.

The Flute Virtuoso was recorded in a symphonic hall and contains three microphone positions (Close, Decca, Wide). The core of the Flute is its highly advanced legato system, which contains both lyrical and strong legato. The legato system allows you to play legato with passionate arcs and sustains.

We recorded arcs with both light, medium and strong vibrato, so you can freely sculpt your performance from the subtle to vibrant. In addition we also added trills, runs, staccattissimo, marcato and even non-tonal effects like breaths, valve sounds and natural click noises etc.

The Flute Virtuoso library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD until October 1st, 2013 (regular $139 USD).

More information: 8Dio / Claire Flute Virtuoso

Time+Space intros Perpetuo – Live Flute Phrases by Zero-G

Zero-G Pepetuo Live Flute Phrases

Time+Space has announced the release of Perpetuo – Live Flute Phrases, a new Zero-G library

Following the success of Animato, Spiritoso and Luminoso, Dan Graham has joined forces again with Zero-G to produce the next library in the series ‘Perpetuo – Live Flute Phrases‘.

Performed by a world-class flute and piccolo player from the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded in Liverpool’s famous Parr Street studios, Perpetuo is an 8Gb collection of thousands of live recorded looped phrases designed for use with Kontakt v5.2.

Despite the sixty-two Kontakt instruments being made from pre-recorded phrases, Perpetuo remains highly controllable and flexible. This has been achieved by recording the same patterns across a wide pitch and dynamic range with many scale variations, by choosing patterns that blend in well to a wide variety of musical styles, and then by allowing you to automatically sync to the tempo of your projects with a wide variety of rhythm and scale types all controlled with key switches.

Dynamic levels pp to ff can be smoothly crossfaded by mod wheel, the ensemble size can be cleverly zoomed from solo to three players, and two mic positions (close and room) can be chosen or blended.

Perpetuo gives you the advantages of fluidity and realism of recorded patterns and phrases and yet also many of the advantages of the flexibility of a standard orchestral library.

The Perputuo library is available to purchase from Time+Space for RRP £79.95 GBP / 94.95 EUR / $119 USD.

More information: Time+Space / Perpetuo – Live Flute Phrases