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

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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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Versilian Studios releases Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 & VS Chamber Orchestra

Versilian Studios has announced the release of Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 and VS Chamber Orchestra, three new virtual instruments.

Versilian Studios Timpani
Kontakt version of Versilian Studio’s Timpani virtual instrument.

New Versilian Studios instruments

  • Timpani: Extensively sampled Timpani (Wholetone sampling; 4-6x RR, 5 Velocity Layers, stereo). Available for Kontakt and also as a VSTi/AU. Price $15 USD.
  • VS Upright No. 1: Medium-sized sampled upright piano ideal for sketches (3 velocity layers, 2x RR, sampled in tritones to reduce size). Available as a VSTi/AU. Free or donation.
  • VS Chamber Orchestra: Very light selection of orchestral and wind ensemble instruments ideal for beginner composers (featuring concert flute, clarinet, bassoon, F horn, trumpet, tenor bone, bass bone, tubular bells, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, large percussion section, harp, piano, solo violin, and violin section, all using accurate ranges). Free or donation.

Versilian Studios has also ported a number of its previously released products to the Kontakt format.

  • Dan Tranh: Vietnamese pentatonic zither that uses metal strings.
  • Tubular Bells: Suspended chimes used to emulate church bells in orchestral music.
  • Glockenspiel: Deep-sampled chime-like mallet instrument.
  • Handchimes: Strange cross between a hand-bell and a tuning fork.

More information: Versilian Studios

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Fluffy Audio releases My KeyGlock for Kontakt

Fluffy Audio has released My KeyGlock, a keyboard glockenspiel instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

FluffyAudio My KeyGlock

In the past Keyboard Glockenspiel has been used by many classical composers. It consists of a glockenspiel operated by a piano keyboard. It has a lovely tone and delicate sound but now it has been almost completely replaced by the celesta. FluffyAudio discovered an old keyboard glockenspiel in a dusty attic. They don’t know the exact date, due to the lack of labels and signatures, but it is probably over a century old.

FluffyAudio deeply sampled this instrument and created lots of sound design patches such as pads, soundscapes and hybrid instruments.

My KeyGlock features

  • 520 MB of NCW compressed sample pool.
  • 20 different nki patches.
  • 744 samples.
  • 6 velocity layers.
  • 3x Round Robin.
  • Powerful Arpeggiator section with Humanize and Swing controls.
  • Effects Section.
  • Equalizer, Reverb with custom IRs.
  • Full Velocity control.

The sample library is available to purchase for $14.90 USD / 11 EUR. Requires the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.4 or above.

More information: Fluffy Audio / My KeyGlock

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SampleTekk PMI Instruments Blowout Sale – 50% off

SampleTekk has announced a blowout sale on PMI Instruments, offering its PMI sample libraries at 50% off for a limited time.

SampleTekk PMI Instruments Sale

April 1 we will stop selling PMI Instruments.
So during march we are having a end sale where you get 50% discount on all PMI Libraries.

PMI Instruments

  • PMI Accordian – Post Accordions is the largest and most versatile collection of accordion samples ever sampled.
  • PMI Anvils & Churchbells – Over 25 different anvils or other large metal objects, plus collection of small & huge church bells.
  • PMI Baroque Organ – The first organ library with every single stop chromatically sampled as well as the most useful combinations.
  • PMI Bosendorfer 290 – This Bösendorfer library provides the greatest possible control during the softest pianissimo, through crescendos to the reserves of power needed for the loudest fortissimo.
  • PMI Carillion – The first sampled Carillon features an amazing 58 Bells! All bells have been sampled.
  • PMI Clavichords – This library brings you a small and a larger Clavichord. The clavichords have been sampled with their release sounds, giving them an unbelievable realistic quality.
  • PMI Estonia – Estonia Concert Grand piano is a multi-velocity level chromatically sampled piano of the highest realism!
  • PMI Forte E – A new 24 bit sampled Fortepiano with 3 velocity layers, sustain and modulator patches.
  • PMI Historic Keyboards – A collection of historic instruments: 2 harpsichords, a virginal and a fortepiano for GigaStudio and compatible samplers.
  • PMI Hybrid – The Hybrid Pianos allows you to build your own piano. Simply drag and drop the elements you want to add in your sampler and adjust each component to your personal taste.
  • PMI Old Lady – This library brings you an amazing Model 1923 Steinway D grand piano. Sampled with 10 recorded velocity layers with 10 separate sustain pedal down layers and release triggered samples.
  • PMI Orchestral Instruments – A collection of Orchestral Instruments for GigaStudio. Orchestral perc instruments include Celesta, Glockenspiel, Hackbrett, Marimba and Vibes.
  • PMI Positif – A small positif organ, chramitically sampled with release samples. 5 registrations: flute, holpipe, quint, flute and holpipe and tutti.
  • PMI Steinway D – A sampled Steinway model D3 piano with serial number 393210, which was built in 1965.
  • PMI The Emperor – The Bösendorfer 290 SE has a huge dynamic range, with very subtle pianissimo and thunderous fortissimi. 12 recorded velocity layers, with 12 separate sustain pedal down layers and release triggered samples.
  • PMI Theater Organ – All ranks were chromatically sampled, capturing the true nature and character of each pipe. Samples are 10 to 15 seconds long with perfect loops to enable playing of unlimited length of notes. The true release sound of the organ pipes was also recorded and is reproduced upon key-release.
  • PMI Yamaha C7 – Pop piano! Up to 16 levels of velocity, recorded at 96kHz/24 bits.

The sale ends March 31st, 2014. The PMI libraries will be discontinued after the sale.

More information: SampleTekk

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