Bigcat Instruments has introduced City Piano, a free virtual grand piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The City Piano is a fully sampled Baldwin Baby Grand with 4 velocity layers and release samples.
It is free and public domain. Do anything you like with it.
The library is available to download in Kontakt 5 format. Additional formats without interface or light versions are also available (incl. SampleTank, SFZ, VST, Kontakt 3, samples).
Three derivative piano instruments are currently also available for Kontakt 5: Shoot the Piano, The Whisper, and Lo-Fi.
More information: Bigcat Instruments
Rob Papen has released RP-Amod, a dual modulation effect that is available free of charge to all Rob Papen customers.
As you will probably know, a modulator is a term that is used in synthesizers. They are various types of settings that can change and alter a sound. With RP-AMOD you can use it’s modulators to alter your audio in different ways.
We have added ‘Phaser’, ‘Flanger’, ‘Chorus’, ‘Ensemble’ and ‘Tremelo’, which are classic audio modulation FX. What differs with RP-AMOD from these classic versions, is that you can also ‘tempo sync’ them to your music, and you can use two FX at the same time in various routing configurations. These routing options are not only in serial and parallel, but you can also ‘filter split’ the audio signal ahead of going to both of the FX!
RP-AMOD can spice up your vocal track, liven an instrument and even beef up your drums or drum-loops.
- Presets in various style banks. Preset / Bank menu with Quick Browser, Favorites & Recent etc functions.
- Main section with: Bypass, Mix, Volume, Send, Readout display and ECS (External Midi Controller Setup)
- Send button is ‘global’ and should be used in FX send mixer setup.
- Routing controls how the 2 modulation units are connected: Parallel, Serial, Filter Split (Using either 6, 12 or 24 db low pass / high pass filters. The filters frequency is set by the split frequency dial).
- Audio Modulation 1 & 2 with Sync, Volume Mix control.
- Audio Pan and Pan Modulation inside each Audio Modulation module.
- FX Types: Chorus, Tape Chorus, Ensemble, Flanger, Tape Flanger, Phaser, Analogue Phaser, Tremelo.
RP-Amod is a free download for registered Rob Papen users.
More information: Rob Papen / RP-Amod
Francis Prève has released a free Moog Sub Phatty instrument pack for Ableton Live.
Moog’s Sub Phatty (the basis for their new Sub 37, incidentally) takes their Phatty engine and adds a sub-oscillator and new “Multidrive” circuits that are capable of some really in-your-face sounds.
Since I’ve been using it for close to a year, I figured it was time for another round of Moog-based Simpler patches. Because the Multidrive is so unique and the extra sub-oscillator adds textural complexity, I focused on those for this pack.
The Live pack is a free download. Requires Ableton Live 8.4.1 or higher.
More information: Francis Prève / Moog Sub Phatty Ableton Pack
Diego Callegari has announced DCSI Closet Loops Vol 2, a free loops sample pack.
In this 2nd free samples pack you’ll find loops produced by DCSI again for glitch, ambient and electronic music, cut out from Diego Callegari’s music tracks.
You can use them freely in your productions. They’re 60 samples/loops, 44.1 kHz 16bit sample wav files. Read me” text file included. Enjoy!
The download is free at DCSI.
More information: DCSI / DCSI Closet Loops Vol 2
WOK has announced the release of PITCHD, the latest in its series of free one-trick-pony effect plug-ins for Windows.
PITCHD is a delay plugin with a pitch shifter in the echo path. So each echo is pitched up or down according to the fine tune or semitone knob.
The delay time can be set in milliseconds or synced to host, and the plugin can be used as insert or send effect.
Let the echo’s pitch drift away softly with a slight detune or up or down by a maximum of one octave to create strange effects.
PITCHD for Windows (VST) is available as freeware.
More information: WOK / PITCHD
Peter den Herder has released an updated version of Noise4U, a free soundset for the TAL-NoiseMaker synthesizer by Togu Audio Line.
This is a special version of the Noise4U sound bank made in a 64 bit environment. The original Noise4U soundbank was created in a 32 bit environment. Some people can’t load the original version in a 64 bit environment.
This sound bank, called “Noise4U” consists of 91 patches for TAL Noisemaker V3.03. You are free to use it in your productions. In this soundset you’ll find lots of basses,leads, synced FX, synced gated sounds and more. Genre: Mainly Dance.
Download the 64-bit version of Noise4U below.
Noise4U sound bank (64-bit version)Size: 131 KB
More information: Peter den Herder / TAL-NoiseMaker
Fairly Confusing Waveforms has announced Psychodrumma, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Psychodrumma is a “machine for blinking lights and making noise”.
Psychodrumma is nonsensical drum machine for NI Kontakt 4, focused on creating random and randomly evolving rhythmic patterns. It is experimental sound device and although it could be used as a regular drum machine, it would be probably impractical.
It is build of nine modules, called pads, each can playback a sound from one of two banks of 100 samples each, each has separate sound control rack and its own simple sequencer. All sequencers are synchronized with host tempo, but can run at different relative speeds and their start points can be de-synchronized, so to say.
The fun feature of Psychodrumma is, that it can play by itself, all of pad’s settings can be randomized on user input, gradually or periodically. You can just tune settings, let it play and observe evolving waves of randomness.
The virtual instrument library for Kontakt includes 200 wav files (24bit/44kHz), and is available to download at no charge.
More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Psychodrumma
Aegean Music has released Pitchproof, a free pitch shifter/harmonizer effect plug-in for Windows.
Pitchproof shifts the pitch of the signal in a high-quality but old-school way.
Pitchproof is an audio plug-in that can shift the pitch of the input. The effect is meant to combine old styles of pitch shifting with the quality you expect from modern plug-ins.
The result is this pitch “pedal” simulation that has most of what is great about guitar harmonizer pedals, and still preserves the signal’s integrity.
- Blend control for selecting fully shifted output, or the dry and wet signals mixed (a harmony).
- Pitch select -12 to +12, and 6 harmonies (intelligent pitch shift effects).
- Detune for a more natural effect.
- Mono option (lower CPU usage), or stereo for stereo inputs.
- Transient Fix.
- Guitar tuner.
The plug-in is available to download as freeware for Windows (VST).
More information: Aegean Music / Pitchproof