Bob Leggitt has released FreeST Mutiny, a virtual polysynth instrument, designed to create retro, analogue-type sounds.
The kind of sounds keyboardists used in the days before MIDI. The VSTi is not based on any particular synth model, but was created with an ethos of 1970s simplicity – everything on the front panel, no hidden parameters, what you see is what you get.
I wanted the synth to be musical and have a practical, useful sound set – presets which could go straight into recordings without much tweaking. I feel the presets are a big part of what this VSTi is about.
Bob also released Real Rotor, a rotary speaker effect.
The FreeST Real Rotor VST rotary speaker effect replicates the sound of a mic’d up, valve-type, bass-plus-horns rotary speaker cabinet, as typically used with an old Hammond organ. It’s a development of my original Real Rotor effect, which was integrated into the FreeST VSTX3 virtual organ. Not only does this new version have improvements over the original, it’s also the first time the rotary has been available in its own right, not as part of an instrument. So now the Real Rotor can be used with any VST organ, and indeed any other instruments you feel it would suit.
Bob Leggitt plug-ins are available as freeware for Windows (VST).
More information: Bob Leggitt
Hollow Sun has released Novalite, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
A ‘lite’ version of our award winning Novachord library, this features just the raw Novachord waveform but comes with two ‘resonators’, a ‘Mellow’ (lowpass) filter, an AHDSR envelope and a uniquely implemented LFO to recreate the antiquated tones of this 1939 behemoth.
But there’s a twist …
You can have up to four layers and each one can be individually mixed, panned, tuned, detuned, filtered and shaped to create sounds unimaginable on the original instrument as well as surprisingly authentic tones and textures that will set your teeth on edge!
- Genuine Hammond Novachord samples from a re-conditioned original, 44.1kHz/24-bit.
- Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine.
- Balance, velocity and ‘spread’ controls.
- Distortion, cab sim, EQ, chorus, phaser, rotary cab, echo.
- Convolved reverb featuring a wide range of impulses.
- Four layers each with tuning, level and pan, vibrato, two resonators and ‘Mellow’ filter, and AHDSR envelope.
Novalite for Kontakt 4.2.3 full version is available to purchase for £10 GBP.
More information: Hollow Sun / Novalite
Cupwise has released Color Springs, a collection of programs for Nebula 3 by Acustica Audio.
What: A Gibbs spring reverb tank made in the early 70′s, of the type commonly used in Hammond organs and various Fender equipment. Two springs.
How: Sampled 14 different ways, some with the goal of capturing just the spring sound with little extra coloration, others with added flavor. The idea was to provide many variations of the spring reverb sound, giving several options for any situation requiring verb. Among the methods used- placing small objects on the springs (or wrapped around them), using the clamp (which I believe is to keep the pan/springs from moving around much during transportation) to dampen the effect, using different feedback paths, different sources of amplification, using cassette tapes, and playing the tones through the setups at different speeds/sample rates to shift the behavior up and down the frequency spectrum (check program specific details for more info on this). All were sampled with the RME hdsp 9632, at 96khz.
Color Springs for Nebula (full version required) is available to purchase for $6 USD.
More information: Cupwise / Color Springs
, Matthew Corbett
, Mike Wilkie
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on May 24, 2011
Time+Space have announced a new partnership with UK sample library developers Freshtone.
Freshtone Samples features the work of producer musicians Matthew Corbett and Mike Wilkie who are best known in the world of samples for their work with Zero-G, including ‘Sounds of the Seventies’, ‘Vocal Forge’ and ‘Vocal Foundry’ which were all released to critical acclaim. They are also successful Film, TV and Production music writers with their tracks having been featured on many hundreds of productions around the world.
Time+Space has been appointed as the official worldwide distributor of Freshtone’s sample libraries and are pleased to announce the first release – Lost Tapes Vol 1 – which is available now as a DVD or download.
Lost Tapes Vol 1 features
- 43 Funk and Soul construction kits, all recorded to tape using only mics, instruments and equipment from the sixties and seventies.
- In WAV, Aiff, Acid WAV and Rex 2 format, Lost Tapes was recorded in a unique environment.
- The tracks were played on a wide range of sixties instruments from legendary manufacturers such as Burns, Baldwin and Dan Electro into vintage Selmer and Vox amplification.
- Premier and Ludwig kits also from that decade were recorded using a selection of rare ribbon mics and old tone wheel Hammond B3 and A100 organs further evoke the past. All tracks were recorded onto an old Studer 1” tape machine via an EMI Redd desk which once resided in the famous Decca Studios.
The Freshtone Lost Tapes Vol 1 is now available from Time+Space for RRP £39.95 GBP / 47.95 EUR / $63.95 USD.
More information: Time+Space
Hammond has introduced the SK-1, a portable organ featuring 9 adjustable mechanical drawbars.
The Hammond SK1 is the first “Ultra-Portable” organ in its history, weighing in at just 15 pounds, and the first Hammond portable to feature a wide range of Extra Voices.
The “Drawbar” section is a complete Hammond Organ with all the traditional features: Real Mechanical Drawbars, Chorus Vibrato, Touch-Response Percussion, and the most authentic Digital Leslie we have ever offered.
“Vx” and “Farf” combo organ models are also available, as well as an assortment of fine classical Pipe Organ voices derived from our 935 Church Organ. Acoustic and Electric Pianos, Clavs, Accordions, Vintage String Synth, Wind Instruments and Tuned Percussion round out the specification.
The SK2 model adds a second 61 note keyboard for added convenience-you may play the SK2 as a two-manual organ, or assign the Drawbar/Extravoice divisions to your choice of keyboard.
The SK1 is priced at $1,999 USD (MAP) and the SK2 at $2,895 USD (MAP). Expected shipping is mid-June, 2011.
More information: Hammond / SK-1