discoDSP intros Tinga’s Gamelan free soundset for Corona

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discoDSP Corona

discoDSP has announced the release of the Tinga’s Gamelan sound library for the Corona software synthesizer for Windows and Mac.

Tinga’s Gamelan is a 115 MB bank including presets using custom tunings.

Tinga’s Gamelan features

  • Set of samples from various sources, all have been re-tuned in C with Audacity 4 samples from http://freesound.org/people/Robinhood76/packs/3940/
  • 2 birds SF2 files (place at Documents\discoDSP\Corona\Waves\User.dwb)
  • Attack samples made with FuDrum 3 in Jeskola Buzz.
  • Steel drum notes recorded with a Zoom H4.

The soundbank is a free download for all Corona users.

More information: discoDSP


Soniccouture launches Exotic Percussion Sale – 50% off sample libraries

Soniccouture has announced a limited time promotion, offering 50% off 5 Exotic Percussion sample libraries.

Soniccouture Exotic Percussion Sale


Simply enter the code for the product you would like :

Balinese Gamelan Composers Edition : GAMELAN50
The Skiddaw Stones : STONES50
Morpheus : MORPH50
Tingklik : TING50
Guzheng : GU50

Only one code can be used per purchase. Cannot be used with the current “Buy One Get One Free” offer. The offer ends 23 December, 2011.

More information: Soniccouture / Exotic Percussion


Necromare releases new sample-based VST instruments

Necromare Banjo

Necromare has released some more free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.

What can I say I love building instruments. I think it’s part of being a composer, to finally make the sounds you need and want. I keep coming up with ideas for instruments and there seems to be no end. I already have 50 plus most in the testing stages. Looks like I will be releasing them well into next year.

New Necromare plug-ins

  • The Panning Piano – Simple piano that automatically pans left and right slowly as you play. Good for filing out a mix. The last octave includes some piano screeches.
  • Piano Harp – Imagine if you played the piano like a harp? What would it sound like? It would sound like this VST great sound for mystical or romantic moods. Included in the last octave are Gliss samples for effect.
  • Simple Acoustic Guitar – Straight Foward guitar. Good for picking or sketch work.
  • Soft Mallet Xylophone – The xylophone played with a soft mallet. Velocity sensitive over 4 octaves.
  • Toys – Toy Piano, a small scale piano with a tiny sound + an electronic children’s piano with baby xylophones instrument.
  • VL-1 Drum – Drum sounds from the Casio VL-1 keyboard/calculator.
  • Zeboo Drum Kit – Acoustic drum kit, GM Mapped. The last octaves are samples of Zeboo himself!
  • Lucivier – The keyboard produces a celesta like tone while pipes produce flute like sounds at the same time. The bottom octave and the last are the sounds produced by using the three pedals on the bottom.
  • Kazoo – The only instrument you need little to no experience to play. So why not try a VST. It’s a bit harsh but fun to knock around with.
  • Gamelan Music – Three Gamelan instruments: Reyong, Gangsa and Calung.
  • Electric Bass – Simple Electric Bass, keys are velocity sensitive to give a short note on harder strikes. The upper octaves include a classic bass slide.
  • Whale Song – Made from CC whale song files. Includes a whale purr, a trumpet, gentle underwater sound fx, and more.
  • Sinsonic Drums – Like many old toys from the past some have actually been used by pros. Mattel Synsonic drums have been used by kraftwerk and others. This is a knock off the original pays tribute to our toys of a bygone era.
  • Basement Piano – Most homes might have one of these lurking in there corner basement. An old upright that you may have learned to play piano on or liked to beat on. Either way this pleasant piano will convey a warm nostalgic sound for your next tune.
  • Southern Banjo – For some there is nothing like the sound of a picked banjo. for others they can do without. This is an attempt to faithfully recreate the sound of a great instrument.

The Necromare instruments are available as freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC.

More information: Necromare


Tone Manufacture releases Materials Volume One: Metal, sample pack

Tone Manufacture Materials Volume One: Metal

Tone Manufacture has released Materials Volume One: Metal, a multi-format sample pack.

For the first volume of our materials series we have focused on metal, and specifically metal with resonant properties.

All the instruments in the library are made from the sounds of metal bowls and containers being struck, brushed and rubbed with a variety of objects.

The sounds captured are mysterious, evocative and full of beautiful overtones.

Materials Volume One: Metal features

  • Kontakt version contains:
    • 13 instrument patches, ranging from mysterious pads to resonant bell like sounds.
    • 40 single hits, including muted and unmuted talking drum style sounds.
    • Patch with the single hits mapped across the keyboard
  • Reason Refill contains:
    • 13 NN-XT patches, from gamelan type tones to scraped bowls.
    • 40 single hits, including muted and unmuted talking drum style sounds.
    • NN-XT patch with the singles hits mapped across the keyboard.
  • WAV version contains:
    • All the WAV files used to make the instruments, over 200 audio files.
    • 40 single hits, including muted and unmuted talking drum style sounds.

Materials Volume One: Metal is available to purchase for £9.99 GPB per format. All formats are supplied at 24 bit/48khz.

More information: Tone Manufacture / Materials Volume One: Metal


Soniccouture releases Bowed Gamelan

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Soniccouture Bowed Gamelan

Soniccouture has announced the release of Bowed Gamelan, the third free instrument in Soniccouture’s Exclusive Content series.

Following a Soniccouture tradition of playing instruments the wrong way, we present this unique library of a Bowed Gamelan instrument. This library is actually made from just one instrument of the gamelan ensemble, the ugal. This is pitched in the middle of the gamelan range, and so is quite versatile and generally leads the gangsa section of a traditional Balinese group. This instrument has 14 keys which cover a range of almost 3 octaves.

The metal Ugal keys were bowed using a standard cello bow, vertically across the thin edge of the metal. Instead of a conventional microphone, a Trance Audio Trance Inducer contact mic was used. This gives the sound an incredibly detailed, surgical scraping quality.

Bowed Gamelan features

  • 24 bit 44.1khz Sampling.
  • Total of 140 samples. The samples are looped with a bow change included in the loop, for a natural sounding sustain.
  • 5 Alternate round robin samples per note.
  • Key-off samples.
  • Formats: Kontakt, EXS, Ableton Live.

Bowed Gamelan is available as a free download with every 3rd product purchased since the new Soniccouture site launched in August.

More information: Soniccouture / Bowed Gamelan


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