VST Buzz has announced a limited time sale on the Tongue Drum virtual instrument library from Crypto Cipher.
The Tongue Drum is a beautiful sounding instrument capable producing a wide range of unique sounds. Perfect for meditation music, or underscore, this is a great instrument to add to your arsenal.
This Kontakt based instrument is similar to the Hang Drum but sounds cleaner with more harmonics and overtones. It was recorded in 44.1 KHz / 24 bit and comes with 28 bonus Fujara textures. A gorgeous instrument you’ll want to add to all of your compositions.
The Tongue Drum library is available to purchase for $24.50 USD until August 13th, 2013 (regular $49 USD).
Dark Arps has released a free sampled Hang Drum instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
I decided I should sample the instrument, and brought a few mics, my laptop and interface round to my friend John’s house. I had John play each note around the drum at increasing velocities (quietest through moderate, to hardest), using the flat of his hand, his knuckle or a rubber mallet, so as to capture a variety of tonal characters.
I recorded each strike using an AKG C414B and Beyerdynamic M160, using the mid/side micing technique which produces a recording with a wide stereo image, but which also sums perfectly to mono. Once these differing velocities were captured, I processed the recordings (EQ, compression, noise gate), mixed them and bounced the entire recording to one stereo file, which I then sliced up manually and loaded into Kontakt, scaling the incoming velocities to trigger the recordings of the drum being hit at the respective velocities.
Importantly, I removed the velocity to volume modulation which is typically a default setting for most synths/samplers, as the recording of the lighter velocities are, naturally, lower in volume than the higher velocities.
The 147 MB download is available from Dark Arps at no cost.
Boscomac has announced Hanky Tank, a free tonal percussion instrument crafted from a propane tank.
The Hanky Tank for Native Instruments Reaktor features a 4-octave pitch range.
Forget guitar on the beach, it’s overused, it’s good for the bigheads. This summer, to seduce girls and boys, opt for an original instrument, I propose HANKY TANK: This is a propane tank ingeniously sawed to get close to the Hang drum sounds.
Here you can choose the sound color, the intensity of harmonious harmonics, the detuned resonances, the decay of sound, mixing in reverb and even presicion beat on the tank.
Hanky Tank for Reaktor is a free download. Donations are appreciated.
8Dio Productions has launched The New Alien Drum, a percussion instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The New Alien Drum (aka Hang Drum by Pan Art) is a unique tone based percussion instrument, which is almost impossible to come by, since there is only one maker in the world and less than 1000 drums in circulation. The instrument has a soft, sorrowful, melancholic tone to it and is a perfect companion for emotional or ambient type of scores.
The New Alien Drum also contains several morphed patches – where the Hang Drum was morphed with other acoustic instruments (ex. modified piano, modified tonal percussion, modified stringed instruments, synths etc) and 20 carefully crafted ethereal ambiences. This is the first virtual instrument designed to match the SETI program and we are proud to announce it has been approved by the IGMP (Intergalactic Music Program).
The New Alien Drum is available to purchase for the introductory price of $59 USD until July 1st, 2013 (regular $79 USD). This update is free for all existing Alien Drum owners.
Soniccouture has announced Pan Drums, an update to its virtual percussion instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
It’s been our biggest selling product for years, so we wanted to bring it bang up to date – now the legendary Hang drums are joined by TWO new Halo drums and a pair of rinky-dinky Rock Creek tongue drums.
4GB of completely new data is wrapped up in a killer new Kontakt Player interface with articulation display, the cool new hand-noise control and comprehensive effects section.
PLUS 50 sound design presets and templates for NI Maschine & Korg Nanopad.
Pan Drums features
7.25 GB core sample library ( 3.4GB on disc with NCW lossless compression).
24 bit 44.1Khz stereo sampling – 5097 samples.
6 original Kontakt Player instruments:
Hang Drum Mk1 in F
Hang Drum Mk2 in D
Halo Drum in C
Halo Drum in B
Rock Creek Tongue Drums , pair, (“double seconds” chromatic)
Up to 21 velocity layers, up to 5 alternate round robin layers depending on articulation.
Hand noise note off samples with level and chance control.
Hangs: Centre, Edge, Slap, Corner, and Knuckles
Halos: Fingers, Thumbs, Slap, and Mallets
Rock Creek Tongue Drums: Mallets
50 sound design presets.
KSP Jammer generative arpeggiator.
Demo MIDI files included.
NI Maschine & Korg Nanopad templates included.
Pan Drums is available to purchase for 79 EUR / $99 USD.
Get 15% off if you purchase before 15th June 2011. Enter code 5DVENAKUXM at checkout to take advantage of this offer.
Pan Drum (V1) customers can upgrade for 30 EUR / $40 USD (Login to account, add Pan Drums to cart and use code A0TROAQPZW at checkout).