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Soniccouture releases Balinese Gamelan Professional, Composers and Compact Edition

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Soniccouture has released Professional, Composers and Compact Editions of Balinese Gamelan, a sampled instrument for Kontakt (+ Ableton Live 7 and Logic EXS24 for the Compact Edition).

Sampling the unique, magical sound of a Balinese Gamelan is no small undertaking. The 25 instruments that make up The LSO’s Semara Dana Gamelan Ensemble had to be recorded in great detail, as if each were to be a sample library in its own right. Any compromise in the number of velocity layers or the round robin alternate samples could result in the whole living, breathing sound losing realism and dynamic expression.

Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan

Balinese Gamelan features

  1. Professional Edition
    • 24GB Library – 24Bit 96KHZ Stereo Sampling
    • 25 individual Gamelan Instruments
    • Up to 20 Velocity Layers
    • Over 4000 Samples
    • Multiple Round Robin Layers
    • Original and Concert Pitch Tunings
    • Kontakt 2 + 3 Format
    • Full Colour Booklet + Metal Case
  2. Composers Edition — contains all the same instruments, the same number of velocity layers and alternate samples as the Professional Edition, but the samples are at 24bit 48KHz instead of 96Khz and are in Mono instead of Stereo. This reduces the size to 5.7GB of data, and comes on one DVD instead of 3. The full colour booklet is also included (no download version).
  3. Compact Edition – download only
    • 2 GB Library – 24Bit 48KHZ Mono Sampling
    • All the essential tuned Gamelan instruments:
      1. Core Instruments (Combination of Gongs, Jegog, Calung, Penyacah)
      2. Gangsa (Combination of Ugal, Pemade, Kantilan)
      3. Kettle Gongs (Combination of Trompong and Reyong)
    • Up to 10 Velocity Layers
    • Over 800 Samples
    • Original and Concert Pitch Tunings
    • Kontakt 2 + 3, Ableton Live 7, Logic EXS24 Format

Check this page for details on these different versions.

Balinese Gamelan is now available for purchase, starting at 49 GBP for the Compact Edition, 99 GBP for the Composers Edition and 199 GBP for the Professional Edition.

Visit Soniccouture for more information and audio demos.

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Review: Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan

Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan

Soniccouture recently released Balinese Gamelan, a 24GB sample library featuring the sounds of a Balinese Gamelan.

So, what is a Gamelan?

A Gamelan is an ensemble of instruments originating from Indonesia. The majority of Gamelan instruments are percussive, and most of these are bronze. They include xylophone-like metallophones of different sizes and pitch, tuned gong chimes, very large pitched gongs, and an assortment of drums and percussion. There are many types of Gamelan ensembles, but the two dominant types are Javanese and Balinese. Balinese Gamelan has a characteristic ‘shimmering’ sound which is due to the detuning of paired instruments playing the same musical part.

It seems no two gamelan ensembles are the same. Each instrument in a gamelan is built and tuned to be part of one specific ensemble.

Apart from traditional gamelan music, its sounds can also be found in many film soundtracks (i.e. Akira) and even in modern dance music.

Soniccouture’s Balinese Gamelan features samples of a “Semara Dana”, built in 2004 by I Made Gabeleran of Blahbatuh, Bali.

Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan

This ensemble features 25 instruments:

  • Metallophones:
    • Core melody instruments: Jegog (x2), Calung (x2), Panyacah (x2)
    • Gangsa decorative instruments: Ugal, Pemadé (x2), Kantilan (x2).
  • Kettle Gongs Pitched: Reyong and Trompong (solo melodic and decorative instruments).
  • Percussion: Kempli (used as a time keeper/metronome), Kajar and Bebende (non-pitched damped gongs), Gentorak (a bell-tree), Kendang (drums), Ceng Ceng (small cymbals).
  • Gongs: Gong Wadon, Kempur, Klentong, Gong Lanang. The Gong Wadon is the largest gong and usually the main gong of a rhythmic cycle.

 

The included full color 24 page booklet is well worth a read and has detailed descriptions of each instrument.

Like Soniccouture’s Hang Drum library, Balinese Gamelan uses Kontakt’s KSP scripting to humanize the velocity and timing for a natural response. Since many instruments in the gamelan are played as a detuned pair, both single and paired versions are available.

Since the instruments of the gamelan are tuned to each other rather than to any traditional tonal system, you’re probably going to run into some problems using this library with your regular instruments.

Not to worry, Soniccouture to the rescue!

Detuning other instruments about -35 cents should work, but you can also use Soniccouture’s Concert Pitch Update.

Depending on your point of view, this update is either a saving grace or complete sacrilege. Some of you will appreciate the chance to play the gamelan instruments in western tuning, and some of you will just ignore this version and tell us we’ve sold out. Nonetheless, in fairness to all the different types of musicians out there, here is a Gamelan Set tuned to western equal temperament.

Check the demo mp3s on the gorgeous Balinese Gamelan mini-site for some examples of soundtrack type music featuring this gamelan.

So what do I think?

Let me start by saying I’m a bit biased when it comes to Soniccouture. It seems everything they do is of exceptional quality and their product range shows they’re not just another company doing “dime in a dozen” sample libraries.

This Balinese Gamelan library is no exception. Soniccouture has captured the unique instruments of the gamelan with amazing detail, bringing a complete ensemble to your fingertips.

There is only one downside… it’s $499 USD. If you are slightly shocked by this price, you are probably not the target audience for Balinese Gamelan. Soniccouture has filled the gap in a niche market with this one of a kind collection of instruments.

So, if you’re serious about gamelan sounds, Balinese Gamelan is just what you’ve been looking for.

More information: Soniccouture

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Short links for March 19th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 19th, 2008:

  • The Sound of Touch – Instrument for real-time capture and sensitive physical stimulation of sound samples using digital convolution. Our hand-held wand can be used to record sound and then playback the recording by brushing, scraping, striking or otherwise physically manipulating the wand against physical objects. During playback, the recorded sound is continuously filtered by the acoustic interaction of the wand and the material being touched.
The Sound of Touch
A texture kit allows for convenient acoustic exploration of a range of materials.
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Soniccouture releases Concert Pitch Update for Balinese Gamelan

Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan

Soniccouture has released a Concert Pitch Update for Balinese Gamelan, the 24GB sample library for Kontakt.

From the website:

Depending on your point of view, this update is either a saving grace or complete sacrilege. Some of you will appreciate the chance to play the gamelan instruments in western tuning, and some of you will just ignore this version and tell us we’ve sold out. Nonetheless, in fairness to all the different types of musicians out there, here is a Gamelan Set tuned to western equal temperament.

Visit the Balinese Gamelan website for more information and a link to download the update.

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Soniccouture releases Balinese Gamelan

Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan

Soniccouture has released Balinese Gamelan, the previously announced 24GB Balinese Gamelan Library for Kontakt.

Sampling the unique, magical sound of a Balinese Gamelan is no small undertaking. The 25 instruments that make up The LSO’s Semara Dana Gamelan Ensemble had to be recorded in great detail, as if each were to be a sample library in its own right. Any compromise in the number of velocity layers or the round robin alternate samples could result in the whole living, breathing, sound losing realism and dynamic expression.
All instruments were recorded in stereo, at 24 bit 96 khz to ensure a pristine recording of the very highest standard that will remain the benchmark for years to come.

Balinese Gamelam is available on 3 DVD’s in a Limited Edition Metal Box for GBP 255 ex VAT / 299 EUR inc VAT (E.U. Customers only).

Visit Soniccouture’s Balinese Gamelan mini-site for detailed information.

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Soniccouture announces Balinese Gamelan for Kontakt

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Soniccouture has announced Balinese Gamelan, a major new sampled instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Recorded at L.S.O. St Lukes in London, this is the first ever multi-sampled Balinese Gamelan available.

Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan
Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan – looking majestic!

Balinese Gamelan features

  • 24GB Library
  • 24 Bit 96Khz Stereo Sampling
  • 25 Different Instruments
  • Up to 20 Velocity Layers
  • Over 4000 Samples
  • Multiple Round Robin Layers
  • Kontakt Format

This is one massive library! I don’t think you’ll ever need more Gamelan than this.

Balinese Gamelan will be available on DVD during Q1 2008 and has an estimated price of $599 USD.

Visit Soniccouture for more information.

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Samples of the Javanese gamelan of Museum Nusantara Delft

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Gamelan Kyahi Paridjata

The Museum Nusantara in Delft, the Netherlands, displays a more than 100 years old Javanese gamelan, Kyahi Paridjata.

Geert Jan van Oldenborgh and Paul van der Put (1st image of Performers) have made samples of most instruments using a large-membrane condensator microphone and CD recorder. Specifically, the sarons barung, demung and panerus (peking), slentem, bonang barung and panerus, kenongs, ketuk & kempyang, kempuls and gongs.

You can find the full resolution samples of gamelan Kyai Parijata here (16-bit 44.1kHz mono samples).

Visit the website for more information and links to download the samples (and alternate samples, mp3 and ogg versions).

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