Sound Dust releases Hammr+ organ for Kontakt

Sound Dust Hammr+

Sound Dust has announced the release of Hammr+, a virtual tonewheel organ instrument library for Native Instruments, developed in collaboration with Oasis/Sheryl Crow keyboard player Mikey Rowe and recorded by Andy Britton.

You’d be right in thinking that he last thing the world needs is another Hammond clone, and I would be the first to agree, but the Hammr+ is a little different.

Of course she oozes classic character and has all the capabilities you’d expect of a tonewheel organ, but in true Sound Dust style this thing takes a huge leap of the imagination and moves way past the limitations of the original. By taking advantage of sampling technology and bespoke Kontakt architecture and a little bit of imagination Hammr+ can do things that were inconceivable in the original 1959 instrument.

Hammr+ features

  • Every note of every drawbar of an unmentionable tonewheel organ sampled for 7 secs through a 1959 Leslie cabinet for around 1GB of uncompressed samples.
  • Individual control of volume, pan, ADSR, vibrato, saturation (amount, bass and tone) and tremolo (speed, fade and depth ) for every drawbar.
  • Percussion 2nd and 3rds available at the same time, with control of octave and decay time.
  • Note off volume and decay control.
  • Velocity sensitivity control.
  • CC11 hardwired to volume for expression pedal swells.
  • Leslie simulator with speed, treble/bass balance and distance controls.
  • 69 specially recorded reverb impulses from a variety of real spaces and classic gear.
  • Cabinet re-micing through a choice of 11 speaker cabinets.
  • Dirt, morphing EQ and master EQ effects.
  • Dirty contacts control adds small amounts of timing variation to note on /off to mimic the effects of aging key contacts.
  • 70 presets including 30 classic sounds.
  • Chaos and reset controls for painless sound design.
  • Master/slave control system for quick adjustment of group controls.
  • Built in user manual.
  • It sounds great!

Hammr+ is available for purchase for £30 GBP. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or above. A 10 EUR discount link for the MVintageRotary Leslie simulator by Melda Production is included.

More information: Sound Dust / Hammr+

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Soniccouture launches The Attic instrument bundle for Kontakt

Soniccouture has released The Attic, a bundle of 10 virtual instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniccouture The Attic

The Attic : a project to document and sample interesting, characterful instruments that may not always be the obvious choice when we think of classics.

Instruments which, when added to a track, instantly add some special magic, even if it is due to the fact that it sounds a bit cheap or quirky.

We asked around some friendly producers: Neil Davidge, Adrian Utley and Liam Howe were all happy to open up their attics to us, and the resulting collection is a fascinating journey into the corners early analogue synthesis, offering a huge palette of sounds to reach into when you need colour, character and exuberance.

The Attic features

  • 10 Unique Instruments: Roland RS202 String Machine, Korg LP10 Analog Piano, Suzuki Omnichord, Jennings Univox, Minikorg 700s, Hammond Solovox, Synthi AKS, Roland SH2000, Godwin String Concert, Philips Philicorda
  • Authentic Analogue Sample modelling.
  • Over 350 Presets.
  • Kontakt Player Compatible.
  • 7.8 GB Core Library.

The Attic is available for purchase for $149 USD / £119 GBP / 129 EUR. Until May 2nd, 2014, you can use coupon code URR3K3Y to get $30 USD / 20 EUR off.

More information: Soniccouture / The Attic

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SampleTekk releases ST Little Bastard + 50% off organ libraries

SampleTekk Little Bastard

SampleTekk has announced the release of ST Little Bastard, a virtual organ instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Recently I was in a studio doing something completley different, when I suddenly spotted something lurking in the corner. When looking more closly, I found that it was a M100 Hammond Organ with a Leslie 147 cabinett.

Liking all things tubed, and knowing that this is the model used on ”Whiter Shade Of Pale” and by John Paul Jones on Led Zeppelins first album, I had to give it a try. It started and swirled into action. Cranking it up it delivered a rawness that just made me wanting to record it. Ok, miked the Leslie and started recording.

I recorded 48 different settings, with the Leslie on slow and fast speed. Nothing fancy, nothing special, just a Little Bastard making a lot of noise. So here it is, for your entertainment!

ST Little Bastard features

  • 48 Preset Hammond M100.
  • Recorded through a Leslie 147.
  • Leslie Fast/Slow Speed.
  • Change speed with modwheel.
  • 24-bit stereo samples.
  • Over 700 MB of samples.

The sample library is available to purchase at the introductory price of $24.50 USD until February 10th, 2014 (regular $49 USD).

SampleTekk has announced that all its other organ libraries are also 50% off during this introduction period.

More information: SampleTekk / ST Little Bastard

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Forgotten Keys releases FK14: Hammond AV-64 for Kontakt

Forgotten Keys has launched Hammond AV-64, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The FK14 Kontakt Instrument is based on the Hammond auto-vari 64, model 101300. This is the later version released in the early 1980s, and featured 64 rhythms, 6 breaks and 10 analogue sounds.

Originally designed to sit on top of a home organ, indeed some top-of-the-range Hammond organs had the unit built in.

Forgotten Keys Hammond AV-64
The FK14 is a faithful re-creation of most of the units features, with all sounds individually multi-sampled in high quality.

FK14: Hammond AV-64 features

  • Virtual instrument based on the AV-64 101300 model.
  • 10 multi-sampled sounds.
  • 16 combinable re-created rhythms with 4 variations each.
  • 6 rhythm breaks assigned to 12 rhythms.
  • Volume, pan, tune and mute for each sound.
  • Note input and audio output routing.

The library is available to purchase for £4 GBP.

More information: Forgotten Keys / Hammond AV-64

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Samplephonics releases Disco Keys by Taz Modi

Samplephonics Disco Keys

Samplephonics has introduced Disco Keys, a collection of Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond, Piano, Synth and Clav loops designed for soulful, deep, funk and disco house producers.

Played by the exceptionally talented Taz Modi, this sample pack contains an extensive library of full fat, analogue sounds that are begging to be chopped up, re-arranged and layered to create entirely new grooves.

The sample pack is broken down in to 6 groove categories – Chords (simple Rhodes, Piano, Hammond and Wurlitzer chords), Construction Kits (full grooves of 4-5 parts), Leads (vintage synths, Rhodes, Wurly and Hammonds), Phrases (more developed chord sequences and musical phrases), Oneshots (stabs, single chords and effects) and Synth Basses, which contains the squelchiest, fattest synth grooves we have ever come across!

There are 418 royalty free loops and samples in total, and the sample pack downloads at 646 MB.

The sample library costs £34.70 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Disco Keys

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