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Steinberg releases Dark Planet VST Sound Instrument Set

Steinberg Dark Planet

Steinberg has announced the release of Dark Planet, a soundset for expansion pack for HALion 4, HALion Sonic and HALion Sonic SE, featuring brand-new loops and instruments, perfect for cinematic scores and ambient music.

Offering a palette of electronic sounds from which to choose, Dark Planet is a vast, emotional world full of ethereal colors and ghostly shapes.

“If you’re looking to create a movie-like sound experience, with ambient soundscapes and haunting phrases, you just won’t get around this one,” commented Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Dark Planet comprises 800 presets including lead, bass, pad and percussion loops and instruments as well as high-quality sample content that spans more than 2 GB in size. Its prominent MorphFilter boasts four classic filter types for blending two filters at a time. The Macro Page transforms the HALion host into an extraterrestrial adventure, providing immediate access to the sound control parameters of Dark Planet.

Steinberg Dark Planet
Dark Planet interface

Dark Planet features

  • More than 800 presets with loops and instruments, including basses, leads, pads, drum, percussions and effects and over 2 GB of uncompressed samples.
  • Integrated MorphFilter for exceptional sound manipulations.
  • Intuitive HALion Macro Page for instant access to all major parameters.
  • Windows and Mac installer included.
  • Note: Dark Planet does not require the USB-eLicenser dongle due to its Soft-eLicenser copy-protection technology.

The Dark Planet VST Sound Instrument Set is available to purchase for 49.99 EUR (incl. VAT).

More information: Steinberg / Dark Planet

SampleTekk releases The INIL Choir – 10cc Voice Loops

SampleTekk has released The INIL Choir – 10cc Voice Loops, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24, HALion and NN-XT.

SampleTekk The INIL Choir
The INIL Choir sample library in Kontakt (GUI and scripting by Hollow Sun)

In 1974 10CC recorded their third album, “The Original Soundtrack”. On that album there was a song that would not only be one of the greatest songs ever recorded, it also was a production masterpiece, way ahead of its time. The song is, of course, “I’m Not In Love” written by Eric Stewart and co-writer, Graham Gouldman.

A prominent feature of the song are those amazing, ethereal choral parts. These choirs are unique. There’s simply nothing else like them! The combination of voices and the way they where produced have given them a sound that’s truly one of a kind.

Now, SampleTekk, in cooperation with Eric Stewart of 10CC, are very proud to release of The INIL Choir, thus taking one of the most famous analogue samples into the digital era.

The INIL Choir sample library is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: SampleTekk / INIL Choir

Presicionsound releases Indian ShrutiBox

Precisionsound Indian ShrutiBox

Presicionsound has announced the Indian ShrutiBox, a sample library featuring the sounds of a Shruti box instrument.

Originating in South India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu), but widespread also in the North, the Shruti box is a small wooden (usually teak) instrument which provides a rich drone background to support singing and other solo instruments, especially winds, like the Bansuri or the Shenai, or to practice sessions and concerts of Indian classical music.

Indian ShrutiBox features

  • 61 stereo wav files (24bit) mapped for Kontakt, HALion & EXS24 (all versions).
  • SoundFont version (16bit) included for users of other sample players like Reason NN-XT, Dimension, Sfz player etc.
  • Includes 2 long chord drones, 5 and 10 minutes long that could be placed as audiotracks in your DAW of choice.
  • All notes of the Shruti box has been sampled for many minutes and cut in 4 variations.
    • ShrutiBox 1 has the natural attack and looped
    • Shrutibox 2 is a cut out of the long note/drone looped
    • Shrutibox 3 another portion of the note/drone looped
    • Shrutibox 4 the note/drone fading out, not looped
    • Shrutibox Pumpnoise – A selection of pumpnoises
  • The Kontakt and HALion format have some extra programs including 2 Menu programs with all versions of the drones and noises together but with smaller tone range and a Mix program with 3 drones in unison mix.
  • All formats are included when you buy Indian ShrutiBox.

The Indian ShrutiBox library is available to purchase for $19 USD.

More information: Precisionsound / Indian ShrutiBox

Precisionsound releases Orfeo Accordion sample library

Precisionsound Orfeo Accordion

Precisionsound has announced the release of Orfeo Accordion, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24, HALion & SoundFont.

Orfeo Accordion is a Multisampled Italian accordion from the 1950s with 5 registers and a separate noise program. All registers have been sampled with belly in/out for all notes, and with release samples. The library contains in total 610 24bit WAV files.

Orfeo Accordion features

  • Includes 1 program for NI Kontakt 3, 4 & 5 with scripted GUI, 7 programs for NI Kontakt 2 and all versions above, 6 programs for NI Kontakt 1 and all versions above, 6 programs for HALion, 7 programs for EXS24, and 9 SoundFont program with the release samples in a separate program is available for you who are using other sample formats.
  • Registers: Bassoon, Bandoneon, Master, Celeste, Clarinet.
  • Note: The full version of Kontakt 3 4 or 5 is required for the scripted version. Orfeo Accordion not work with the free Kontakt Player!
  • All formats are included when you buy Orfeo Accordion.

Orfeo Accordion is available to purchase as a download for $49 USD (Additional $11 USD on DVD).

More information: Precisionsound / Orfeo Accordion

Review: No Dough Music NDS-3 Classic FM Sample Pack

No Dough Music NDS-3 Classic FM

NDS-3 Classic FM is No Dough’s third release in a series of libraries for software samplers. This one focuses on the sounds from some classic Yamaha synthesizers, the DX7 and the TX81Z.

Before I start, it’s probably good to know that while I enjoy “modern day” FM synthesis, I don’t particularly like the typical pluck/thump bass or brass synth sounds vintage FM synthesizers are known for. I rarely use those kind of sounds in my own music, yet I do happen to have a soft spot for synth pop music.

My dad was a DJ in his younger years and his record collection included tons of early 80′s music, a time when synth pop was pretty popular. Nine hour summer vacation car trips to Austria were filled with the sounds of Ultravox, Level 42, OMD, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, A-ha, the Human League, etc. I guess this made quite an impact on my musical preference. Browsing the sounds of No Dough’s Classic FM sure brings back some happy memories.

The Hardware FM sound is very distinctive and has created some of the more unique and memorable sounds in modern music. This pack epitomises the best of Hardware FM Synthesisers, from the DX7 to Tx81z we have created almost 250 hybrid sample instruments that bring some of the most famous, and unique sounding synths to the sampler of your choice.

NDS-3 is No Dough’s largest sample library to date, with the sample content weighing in over 4.1 GB. The 246 patches are sorted in 6 categories:

  • 54 x bass
  • 37 x string
  • 56 x lead
  • 49 x synth
  • 26 x organ
  • 24 x percussion & fx

The samples were recorded with expressiveness and playability in mind, capturing the vibe of the hardware. Use of scripting and/or modwheel modulation would make things even more dynamic, but there’s none of this in NDS-3.

Generally patches average about 20 samples for single velocity instruments, with two to four times that amount for multi-velocity patches – even up to 140 samples for the rather deep sampled Lately Bass sound!

Outboard analog gear was used to process the samples, creating ready-to-play sounds that should fit right in with your productions. Patch names typically indicate the type of sound so it’s quite easy to find (back) what you are looking for. The samples folder reveals there are just over 100 individual sounds sampled, so the rest of the patches are designed variations, combos, etc.

Check the audio clip below for some sounds from the Classic FM sample library.

NDS-3 Classic FM is available in Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT, and HALion formats.

So what do I think?

Product: NDS-3 Classic FM by No Dough Music
Format: 24-bit Wav + sampler patches
Price: £22.49 GBP (regular £29.99 GBP)
Like: Large variety of sounds, high quality
Don’t like: No modwheel
Verdict: 9/10

FM synthesis is hit and miss for me. There’s some real love – complex FM pads and strings – but other sounds make me cringe, really.

Classic FM has its moments (ChibedRhmba is just gorgeous), but it was not made for me. Too many of those bass, lead and synth sounds that I simply can’t see myself using. I like my FM a bit more “modern” for lack of a better word.

That is not to say this library is no good. On the contrary. Personal preferences aside, I do appreciate the quality of this library. The sounds are solid and well recorded. NDS-3 reminds me of synth pop from the 80′s, but you know what, everything old vintage becomes modern again at some point. And so it is with acts like Justice, La Roux, Little Boots, etc. that the sound of synth pop is part of mainstream music again.

NDS-3 Classic FM lets you infuse that synth pop flavor into your productions, so if you want the sounds of the DX7 and TX81Z without having to use the actual hardware, this library is for you. Check it out.

More information: No Dough Music / NDS-3 Classic FM

Precisionsound releases Finnish Concert Kantele sample library

Precisionsound Finnish Concert Kantele

Precisionsound has introduced the Finnish Concert Kantele, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24 & HALion.

The sound of the Kantele is unique and useful in many music genres, both for strumming and arpeggio style playing and melodies.

Finnish Concert Kantele features

  • 36 stringed (A#0 to A#5) concert Kantele recorded in stereo in 4 velocity layers and 4 round robin layers per velocity layer.
  • 3 types of articulations/picking styles: Sustained (4 velocity layers, 4 round robin layers), Damped (4 velocity layers, 4 round robin layers), Sticks (1 velocity layer, 2 round robin layers).
  • The tonal range of the programs is B0-C6.
  • All 1160 stereo samples were recorded at 24 bits, and 44.1 sample rate. The total size of the library uncompressed is 2.56GB.
  • Includes 9 programs for HALion 1.11 and above, 12 programs for Kontakt 2, 1 scripted program for Kontakt 3 and above, 13 programs for EXS24.
  • Note: Kontakt 3 or higher full version is required for the scripted version. For the non scripted Kontakt programs, the full version of Kontakt 2 is required. Finnish Concert Kantele will not work with the free Kontakt Player.

Finnish Concert Kantele (includes all formats) is available to purchase as a download for $69 USD, or on DVD for $80 USD.

More information: Precisionsound / Finnish Concert Kantele

Steinberg Music Production & Sound Creation Suite – Cubase 6 and HALion 4 bundled

Steinberg has released the Music Production & Sound Creation Suite, a limited, special-priced offer comprising the award-winning Cubase 6 music production system and highly acclaimed HALion 4 sampler.

Steinberg Music Production & Sound Creation Suite

“Cubase 6 and our latest version of HALion 4 is already recognized as the ultimate partnership for creativity, but with this limited edition suite we are also delivering an amazing bundle price point. So, if you’re after the best music production and sound design software, this is one deal you won’t want to miss,” said Peter Peck, senior sales manager at Steinberg.

Cubase 6 is Steinberg’s advanced music production system, with multitrack editing tools, take comping and its innovative VST Expression 2 for entirely new ways of articulation and controller editing. Also included is a host of VST 3 effects and instruments that round out the comprehensive spectrum of studio-grade features.

HALion 4 is Steinberg’s VST sampler and sound creation system, fusing sampling and synthesis technologies into a professional environment for sound designers. It features in-depth editing tools, more than 40 studio-grade effects, a vast library that spans over 1,600 sounds and many other first-class features that make it the standard for creative sound design.

“By bringing Cubase and HALion together, professionals now have the ultimate feature set for composing, recording, editing and sound design,” commented product marketing manager Carlos M. Rohde.

A limited number of the Music Production & Sound Creation Suite is available, priced 699 EUR incl. VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Music Production & Sound Creation Suite

5Pin Media releases MIDI Focus – Dubstep Synths

5Pin Media MIDI Focus Dubstep Synths

5Pin Media has released Dubstep Synths, a new title in the MIDI Focus Series featuring monster basses, high octane synths and noises from deepest darkest earth all driven by that 5Pin trademark MIDI.

Monster Growls – check, Tortured Souls – check, Screaming Banshees – check, Seismic Bass – check, Terror Blips and Bleeps – check. Fasten those seatbelts, hold on tight, here we go… on a hyper galactic Dubstep sonic adventure…

MIDI Focus – Dubstep Synths features

  • 112 MIDI files, 30 of those spread across 5 construction kits and the remaining 82 appearing as separate Bass, Leads and Pads.
  • The 5 construction kits feature both Sub-basses and matching “phrase kits” for all manner of growls and otherworldly noises popular to the genre.
  • All MIDI files are clearly labelled with musical part and key information for quick and easy recognition.
  • 23 multi-sample patches captured in pristine 24 bit audio available in Live 8 Sampler, Kontakt 3, NNXT, EXS24, Halion and SFZ formats plus an Ableton Live 8 pack.
  • Includes 16 modulated bass patches exclusive to Live 8 Sampler and 11 modulated bass patches exclusive to NNXT, plus 15 NI Massive presets – the go to synth for dubstep.
  • Bonus: 13 exclusive WAV drum loops at 140 bpm as well as 21 5Pin MIDI Groove Templates.

MIDI Focus – Dubstep Synths is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: 5Pin Media / MIDI Focus – Dubstep Synths