Cinesamples releases Piano in Blue for Kontakt

Cinesamples has released Piano in Blue, a grand piano sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinesamples Piano in Blue

We were provided a unique opportunity to preserve an important piece of musical history in its final days. Word had come to us that the historic Clinton Recording Studios in midtown Manhattan was forever closing its doors, destined to be transformed into a modern condominium complex.

One of the many treasures contained therein was this particular Steinway Model D Concert Grand which used to live in the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios. The CBS 30th Street Studio, “The Church” was perhaps the most influential recording studio of the 50’s and 60’s producing dozens of legendary albums in various genres.

Of those recordings this piano played a critical role in two albums which are still considered among the finest recordings of all time. First being the original Glenn Gould “Goldberg Variations,” the most critically received classical album of all time. Four years later came Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” which forever altered music.

In 1981 Columbia closed its doors and this piano was brought to Clinton. In addition to the grand two of the original Columbia Nuemann U49 microphones made the journey also. These were two of the five (or six) microphones originally used on the Kind of Blue date. We were fortunate enough to sample this special grand using these two original microphones.

Piano in Blue features

  • 1949 Steinway D via Neve 8078 Console.
  • 8 Velocity Layers Sampled Chromatically.
  • 9300 Samples.
  • 3 Microphone Positions.
  • Close/Vintage – 2x Neumann M49 near the lid.
  • Mid – 2x B&K 4007 at the tail of the piano.
  • Far – 2x Sennheiser MKH20′s in the hall.
  • 2 Processing Paths (Tape; Direct in).
  • Studer A800MKIII 24 Track Analog Tape Machine.
  • Programmed by Sam Estes; scripted by Greg Schlaepfer; recorded by Tim Starnes.

Piano in Blue is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $129 USD).

More information: Cinesamples / Piano in Blue


Cinesamples releases Djembe – AAH Fundraiser

Cinesamples has announced the release of Djembe, a sample library for Kontakt.

We are trying to raise some money for a very worthy cause: Action Against Hunger AAH is one of the highest rated and effective charities – offering support to those in distress in over 40 countries.

If you wish to donate (any amount is accepted) please head over to our firstgiving page at After donating you will be sent links to this wonderful djembe as a way of saying thanks! Suggested donation is $10, our fund raising goal is $5000. Donation amounts will not be posted, name and comment is optional.

Cinesamples Djembe
Cinesamples Djembe

The djembe (279.9 MB: 207.4 MB Zipped) was recorded with multiple microphone positions (Close, Room) and multiple velocity layers at RRx8. The interface is highly customizable allowing the user to control articulation mapping and volume, and a set of easy to use presets.

Djembe features

  • Automatic left/right hand alternation (depending on what you play; it’s more complicated than strict alternation)
  • Dynamic mapping with mapping presets.
  • Mixing close/room mic balance, room size adjustment.
  • Ability to change the volume of individual articulations.
  • Sample audition, so you can hear the drum playing as you adjust it. No more having to go back and forth from your mouse to the MIDI keyboard!
  • Automatically fills empty keys with the nearest samples. Great for setting it up so several keys trigger the same sample–making it really easy to perform on a MIDI keyboard.
  • Scripted round-robin.
  • Programmed for Kontakt, by Greg Schlaepfer.

More information: Cinesamples / Firstgiving


CineSamples releases Iron Guitars

CineSamples Iron Guitars

CineSamples has announced the release of Iron Guitars, a 235 MB multisampled powerchord library for Kontakt 3 or higher.

If you are a composer of Film, TV, Games or Trailers, this library is an essential tool for your productions.

Iron Guitars features

  • Longs and Shorts 8 x Round Robin.
  • Custom Kontakt Scripting by Greg Schlaepfer.
  • Recorded by guitarist Aaron Kaplan (Guitarist on the “Iron Man” original soundtrack).
  • Adjustable legato range.
  • Guitar and Bass volumes independently adjustable.
  • Lo and Hi Pass filters.

Iron Guitars is available for purchase for $59 USD.

More information: CineSamples / Iron Guitars


Review: Orange Tree Samples CoreBass: Cherry

Orange Tree Samples CoreBass: Cherry

Orange Tree Samples may be a relatively new name in town, but founder Greg Schlaepfer certainly isn’t new to the game.

Greg has worked on ManyGuitar and ManyBass, as well as individual Manytone Music sample sets such as the Ultimate Bass Kit, Manytone Upright Bass, and Manytone Fretless Bass.

While Manytone’s products are Wusik Engine based, the CoreBass – Cherry libraries are specifically crafted for Kontakt 2/3.

Greg writes:

Kontakt has a very powerful scripting engine which lets me implement the technology that makes the sample set so playable.

Currently there are three CoreBass libraries available: Cherry, Cherry Slapped, and Cherry Picked. Each of these libraries features the sound of a Schecter Stiletto Elite with EMG Hz pickups and active EQ.

Orange Tree Samples CoreBass: Cherry
Orange Tree Samples CoreBass: Cherry

CoreBass Cherry features

  • 523 MB (Cherry) / 1021 MB (Cherry Slapped) / 1.16 GB (Cherry Picked) of 24-bit samples.
  • 4x intelligent round robin (no more machine gun effect!).
  • Sampled down to a low B.
  • Long, natural decay.
  • Release tones.
  • Automatic hammer-on, pull-off, slide up, slide down articulations (intelligent legato).
  • Automatic slap/pop articulations (Cherry Slapped), and upstroke/downstroke (Cherry Picked).
  • Modeled EQ to simulate the tonal change of different velocities.
  • Custom slides, allowing you to slide from one note to another.

The libraries are available as a digital download, with prices ranging from $49.95 USD to $69.95 USD. A bundle of all three Cherry libraries is available for $159.95 USD.

So what do I think?

Greg has made the right choice in using Kontakt for his instruments. The CoreBass samples are of outstanding quality and combined with Kontakt’s KSP scripting, these bass instruments really come to life.

The various articulations are very well done (loving the slides) and each of these basses has a wonderfully realistic sound, while being easy to play or program — exactly like Orange Tree Samples intended them to be. Just check out the CoreBass audio demos to get a taste of these lovely basses.

Orange Tree Samples also shows their commitment by listening to what you want. An update to the Cherry series was already released (increased note range, custom slides etc.) and a free MIDI loop library for all three CoreBass Cherry libraries is under development.

You can even have a say in what instrument should be sampled next by casting your vote in a poll (Jaco Fretless Bass!). The next product to be released is the CoreGuitar library. The final product will feature more articulations, but you can already listen to some lovely audio clips.

All in all, I can say I’m impressed with the CoreBass instruments and I’m looking forward to seeing any of the instruments mentioned in the poll made into sampled instruments by Orange Tree Samples.

More information: Orange Tree Samples