AudioThing releases Toy Bars for Kontakt

AudioThing has announced the release of Toy Bars, a music toy instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

AudioThing Toy Bars

Toy Bars features samples from a forgotten musical toy. The instrument consists of a small glockenspiel operated by the chunky keys.

The sounds were sampled with condenser and binaural microphones, with 5 round robin repetitions. The key release noises were sampled separately and can be adjusted to taste. The library also includes hits on the back of the plastic case along with slowed down samples.

Toy Bars features

  • 8 Kontakt Instruments (.nki).
  • 5 Round Robin samples.
  • Two mics: condenser and binaural.
  • 102 Samples (44.1kHz / 24-bit).
  • Formats: Kontakt and WAV.

The library is available for the introductory price of 6.40 EUR until February 22nd, 2015 (regular 8 EUR).

More information: AudioThing / Toy Bars


Cinematique Instruments releases Ensemblia for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Ensemblia, a modern chamber orchestra library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia

ENSEMBLIA is the sound of a modern chamber orchestra that lets you easily write organic and truly natural music. A selected range of classical instruments combined with a fine mix of unique sounds are ready for your cinematic suspense, drama and comedy or even to give a special spice to your pop and R’n’B tracks.

Ensemblia was built to easily create beautiful polyphonic chamber arrangements and textures while you are just playing chords or single notes. We didn´t recorded phrases, a powerful 16step arranger will do it.

Ensemblia can layer up to 7 instruments at the same time and gives you a quick access to a broad range of timbres and tone colors while playing. A special voicing engine will split your notes and chords automatically into separate voices and lets you individually assign them to each particular instrument.

Building Ensemblia we aimed to create a modern minimalistic ensemble sound inspired by composers such as Michael Nyman, Philip Glass or Steve Reich. Ensemblia is a really helpful and inspiring tool for composers.

Ensemblia features

  • Instruments include violin, a viola, a cello and a horn in several articulation such as spiccato, staccato, pizzicato and long notes (normal, ponticello, harmonics), up to 5 velocity layer and 4 round robin variations.
  • Also includes Baritone Trombone (re-recorded), Marimba (C2-C5), Alto Glockenspiel, Upright Piano, Shruti Box, and Bowed Psaltery from the Cinematique Instruments library.
  • 2 separate patches: „longs“ and „shorts“. Instruments are spread over 7 slots – each of them provide separate mixing and editing options in order to compose the ensemble at your own requirements.
  • Kontakt interface with a master page and a mixer page, and shorts patch has an additional arranger page that lets you define and built up polyphonic 16 step patterns.
  • Both patches have a Voicing engine that lets you easily spread certain voices to particular instruments. While playing notes or chords Ensemblia automatically analyzes your playing and splits all incoming notes into 5 voices which are low – midlow – mid – midhigh – high. You can separately assign these 5 voices to each instrument at your own requirements.
  • The Arranger, a powerful 16 step ostinato engine that sets the velocity, the voicing and the octave for each step and instrument separately. The arranger plays the flexible pattern using only notes and chords that you are holding down. As a result you get versatile and inspiring musical patterns and riffs playable in all ranges and speed variations. There are no pre-recorded phrases. Optionally you can play in- or off-sync.

The library is available for purchase for 179 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Ensemblia


Boscomac releases Twinkle for Reaktor

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Boscomac has announced Twinkle, a free Reaktor instrument.

Boscomac Twinkle

TWINKLE is an instrument with metal blades, which is similar to the Glockenspiel. The sound is metallic, resonant, glittering. It expresses something naive and often accompanies the world of childhood.

TWINKLE is based on physical modeling. Its range covers 2 octaves. You can add body, set the sustain and extend it in a reverse delay effect. Also, you can choose the mallets and bow: in the first case, you can adjust the precision and in the second case the attack.

The ensemble is a free download, donations are appreciated.

More information: Boscomac / Twinkle


Modartt releases Toy Piano for Pianoteq

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Modartt has announced Toy Piano, a new instrument library for Pianoteq based on a Michelsonne “piano miniature”.

Pianteq Toy Piano

Often encountered as a child’s toy, toy pianos are usually no more than 50 cm (20 inches) in width, and made out of wood or plastic. The sound is produced by small hammers striking metal rods.

Its unique timbre resembles more the celesta or the glockenspiel than the piano. This unusual sound has been somewhat of a key appeal to many composers and performers through the centuries, who used the toy piano as a real musical instrument. The Pianoteq virtual copy is modelled after a two-octave Michelsonne toy piano and is extended to four octaves.

The Toy Piano is included in the Celeste instrument pack, available for purchase for 49 EUR. Requires the latest Pianoteq update 5.1.3.

More information: Pianoteq / Toy Piano


VST Buzz launches sale on Indi Glock sample pack

Bad Cat Samples Indi Glock

VST Buzz has announced a sale on Indi Glock, a raw and unique sounding glockenspiel Kontakt instrument library by Bad Cat Samples.

The Indi Glock is a fantastically well recorded glockenspiel library that is perfect for almost all music styles. In its defult setting, the instrument sounds raw, enchanting and would sound great in an underscore or orchestral piece. However, with adjustable attack, release and two separted muted and unmuted patches, the instrument can be transformed into something that sounds more like a glass harmonica or analogue synth!

Combined with in-built convolution reverb with a customised impulse response and adjustable stereo width, the Indi Glock is a versatile and truley unique sounding instrument that’ll stand out in your productions.

Indi Glock features

  • 500MB of beautifully recorded samples.
  • 2 different sets of samples for sustain & muted patch.
  • 5 velocity layers and 4 round robins.
  • Built in reverb with a custom impulse response.
  • Control over attack, release & stereo width.
  • Suitable for a wide range of different music styles, such as pop, electronic, ambient, underscore and orchestral.

The library is available for purchase from VST Buzz for £6.90 GBP until November 18th, 2014 (50% off regular).

More information: VST Buzz


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