Hephaestus Sounds releases Concert Flute for Kontakt + 4 free instruments

Hephaestus Sounds has released Concert Flute, an elegant and expressive Flute and Piccolo instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Hephaestus Sounds Concert Flute

Enjoy the great sound of the Flute and the Piccolo taking all the benefits from the Hephaestus’ Performer Intelligent Technology ©, that simulates the sound behavior of the real instrument.

Wanna play polyphonic? You just have to play polyphonic! Wanna play legato? You just have to play legato! Wanna play staccato? You just have to play staccato! And so on.

Concert Flute features

  • Contains 5 .NKI presets: Concert Flute, Concert Piccolo, Jazz Flute 1, Jazz Flute 2, Jazz Flute Duo.
  • 48 KHz 24-bit Mono sample resolution.
  • 3 dynamic layers, with a 4th extra layer for shout / flutter samples.
  • Real-time playing behavior with Hephaestus’ P.I.T.©
  • Advanced legato system, different at different playing speeds.
  • Release samples with key noises.
  • Breath noise controlled by releasing the sustain pedal.
  • Fullness, Presence, Exciter functions managing the sound frequencies.
  • Distance and Pad knobs, moving the flute through the virtual sound field.
  • Convolution Reverb with an IR sample, managing Reverb level and Room size.
  • Compressed file size of 75 MB.
  • Works on Kontakt 5.2 or newer (15 mins only on Kontakt Player).

The library is available from Sampleism for £9.99 GBP.

Hephaestus Sounds has also released Oboe, Clean Guitar, Female Solo Voice, and Hang Drum, 4 free Kontakt libraries in celebration of the release of Concert Flute.

More information: Sampleism / Hephaestus Sounds


FluffyAudio releases DidgHybridoo & free Simple Flute for Kontakt

FluffyAudio has launched DidgHybridoo, a cinematic hybrid didgeridoo instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Fluffy Audio DidgHybridoo

DidgHybridoo does not rely on sampled phrases or generic uncontrollable drones. It is a hybrid solution that not only morphs between the different vowel samples, but enhances the vowels with the help of a custom formant filtering engine, so a user can make a virtual didgeridooist pronounce different vowels and smoothly change between them.

With DidgHybridoo a user can design their own rhythms by customizing the 12 rhythm patterns. The VowelWheel allows the user to fully customize the vowels the virtual didgeridooist will sing. The patterns control how much the cursor moves between the Start and the End vowels, the intensity of the playing and how much the didgeridooist growls.

A user can alter the sound of DidgHybridoo in various ways; by changing the formant frequencies, altering one or more overtones, adjusting the gain of a single overtone, or adding a resonator to enhance particular frequencies. This is designed to make the instrument suitable to many sound design experiments. Included are NKI’s with morphable drones, didgeridoo-basedsoundscapes and rhythmic resonant sequences. The sequences can be smoothed or randomized to give more realism to the final performance.

There are three main patches in DidgHybridoo: an ambient-filmscoring patch and two different sounding ones which suit the best for modern music.

DidgHybridoo features

  • 326 MB Sample library (compressed in Kontakt’s NCW Format).
  • 519 Samples (44kHz/24-bit).
  • 13 NKI Patches.
  • Advanced formant filtering engine.
  • Rhythmic Modulator with Start/End, Intensity and Growl control.
  • 8 Resonator presets based on the selected drone note.
  • 18 unique Convolution IRs.

The library is available for an introductory price of until January 6th, 2015 (regular 39 EUR/$49 USD). Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher, full version.

FluffyAudio has also released Simple Flute, a free flute instrument for Kontakt.

Fluffy Audio Simple Flute

What is Simple Flute? Well, it’s simply a flute! Powered by a customized version of WIPS Scripts (with the given permission of customizing it by its author Robert D. Villwock), Simple Flute is just a simple well-sounding flute for Kontakt. Thanks to the scripting engine and the sampling method used, we are proud to present a super playable instrument, which can be played at any tempos, has a controllable amount of vibrato, three phase locked dynamic layers, legato control, two (long and short) articulations, 3 Round Robin for the short articulations, micro tuning presets and a wide selection of impulse reverb presets.

Simple Flute enables the user to play with breath and wind controllers, has a keyswitching ability to change to the desired articulation and features a super smooth crossfading between the three dynamic layers. Moreover Simple Flute can perform very realistic trills and grace notes.

Simple Flute will be one of the instruments featured in our upcoming release Simple Winds, which will feature more than a dozen of other wind instruments like a clarinet, a bamboo sax, a slide flute, a penny whistle, ocarinas, a fife and so on. Simple Winds will also feature some strange and quirky custom designed instruments and toys.

Simple Flute is available for download at no charge. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher, full version.

More information: FluffyAudio


Spitfire releases BML Additional Flutes for Kontakt

Spitfire BML Additional Flutes

Spitfire Audio has launched Additional Flutes, the last release in the British Modular Library series of orchestral sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Throughout 2013 Spitfire secretly went into the hall at Air Studios for the biggest round of sampling it has ever undertaken. With production complete roughly twelve months ago we announced the impossible. That we were, in just one year, going to create the first volume of a next-gen deeply sampled modular orchestral library to beat all others. The first commercial British orchestral sample library featuring the greatest players, playing the greatest instruments in the greatest space in the world. Built by composers, for composers and curated by masters in the field of sampling.

It is with the launch of this final BML module of the year, that we are fighting back the tears, wiping away the blood and dressing the wounds of 12 months hard battle. We made it, and what better way to present our freshly baked orchestral cake to you but with a ripe little cherry on top. We’re now happy to announce that you need not go anywhere else for your orchestral needs but the hall. THE BRITISH MODULAR LIBRARY VOLUME 1 IS NOW COMPLETE!

As with all BML modules Additional Flutes is a deeply sampled affair with multiple round robins, dynamic layers, vibrato control, numerous mic positions and perspectives and the eponymous Jake Jackson mixes for CPU-light ease of use.

Additional Flutes is a single volume library so unlike ‘essential articulations’ or ‘Volume 1′ modules this is a very deeply sampled multi articulation module. These will get you set with everything you’d need from these instruments with both essential and additional articulations in the one module.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £169 GBP until January 2nd, 2015 (RRP £229 GBP).

More information: Spitfire Audio / BML Additional Flutes


AfroDJMac releases Y-Roc’s Flutes for Ableton

AfroDJMac has released Y-Roc’s Flutes, a free Ableton Live Pack featuring realistic flute sounds.

Cory Morgan, aka y-Roc, was kind enough to send me some interesting woodwinds samples. They consisted of some unusual flutes, a native flute and a bamboo flute. Each one has a slightly different timbre to them.

The samples are played with slight variations in pitch and tone, which make the finished instrument sound like an actual human played it, rather than a computer spitting back pitch-perfect robotic sounds.

The pack is a free download from AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Y-Roc’s Flutes


Spitfire releases BML103 Low Winds for Kontakt

Spitfire BML Low Winds

Spitfire Audio has released Low Winds, a new British Modular Library series instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

BML103 – LOW WINDS brings us even closer to reaching our first phase creating the finest most detailed orchestral library on the planet today; the British Modular Library project. 3 fine soloists who you will often see performing with the greatest orchestras and on the most important film scoring sessions. In this volume you will find everything you need to get up and running with simply the most beautiful, realistic, playable and inspirational low-end clarinets and flute.

Recorded to tape via the finest signal chain in the finest room. This volume contains no less than a selection of essential articulations curated by multi award winning composers and musicians. The library features multiple round robins, dynamic layers and easy to use, fully functional legato with control of vibrato. This instalment is sure to highlight what a wonderful colour these instruments can add to your work and we hope will encourage and inspire your best writing.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £169 GBP until September 1st, 2014 (RRP £229 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4 or 5.

More information: Spitfire / Low Winds


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