VST Buzz launches sale on The Harpordian for Kontakt

VST Buzz has launched a sale on The Harpordian, a bass harmonica sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Harpodian

The Harpordian, a one-of-a-kind Virtual Instrument, has an irresistibly unique sound that’s fat, funky and fun! What you’ll hear is at once familiar, (Bass Harmonica), and like nothing else you’ve heard. Its big bottom and quirky, organic quality will perk up ears and spice up your next song, jingle, score, or whatever music project you’re creating.

Recorded with a Suzuki SDB-39 extended range bass harmonica, the library has a 4 and 1/2 Octave Range with Trills, Slides, Accents and breaths. The Harpordian is a whacky, unique and unusual library to add to your collection and at 60% off, this is a total no-brainer!

The library is available from VST Buzz for $31.60 USD until May 20th, 2014 (regular $79 USD).

More information: VST Buzz

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Best Service releases Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica

Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica

Best Service has announced Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica, a virtual chromatic harmonica instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Play harmonica like Stevie Wonder or Toots Thielemann – but on your MIDI-keyboard.

With almost 7.000 samples, 14 articulations, up to 8 dynamic-layers and a full range of 4 octaves, CH-Harmonica is definitely the most detailed sampled Chromatic Harmonica on the planet.
The user interface holds tons of features on several pages to shape the sound the way you want it. However, if you don‘t feel like editing, just play and explore the 26 pre-programmed Key-Switch presets ranging from A-1 to A#1 on the lower keys of your MIDI-keyboard.
To achieve the feeling of a live performance, the user interface offers four “Dynamic Modes”, „Key-Vibrato“, „Hot-Keys“ and a revolutionary new concept of articulation presets .

One of the most unique features in CH-Harmonica are the Phase-Aligned samples. After six months of research, Chris Hein found a solution to phase-synchronize the samples. This enables an absolutely perfect blending between six dynamic layers.
During the development of CH-Harmonica most attention was spent on how to work with dynamic expression.

The library is available to purchase for 129 EUR / $149 USD.

More information: Best Service / Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica

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Best Service introduces Cinematique Instruments 2 bundle

Best Service has announced Cinematique Instruments 2, a collection of 16 sample libraries by Cinematique Instruments.

Best Service Cinematique Instruments 2

Cinematique Instruments 2 is consequently following the path taken with Vol.1, released in 2010 but steadily improving sound quality, adding deep sampling and enhanced editing possibilities.

Cinematique Instruments Vol.2 contains fascinating, new stringed instruments like a Banjo, Bowed Guitars, bowed acoustic guitars and basses, German Monochord, a wood box with 25 identically tuned strings. The Guitar Harmonics section offers a complete section of flageolet sounds from different acoustic guitars and basses. Also aboard are a Double Bass Harmonica, a Huge Tuning Fork, an Alto Glockenspiel and the new Experimental Box 2, a new edition of experimental sounds, recorded in a blacksmith’s workshop and a cellar crammed with old tools.

Don’t think we forgot the creative sound tools with weird names like Cement, Clap Trak, Geiger Counter, Jetlag and Chameleon in Vol. 2. These special rhythm add-ons, sequencers, multilayered sampler and pattern generators are using Best Service Engines step sequencer and arpeggiator to inspire. Last but not least there is a selection of fine synth sounds named Sägezahn, an Upright Piano and a revamped Zeitter & Winkelmann piano.

With this exclusive and unique collection of new instruments, Cinematique Instruments makes it very clear that they are closer than ever to creating the most modern and inspiring instruments for your compositions, making Vol. 2 the perfect complement for your existing Vol. 1.

Cinematique Instruments 2 is available from Best Service for MSRP 199 EUR / £159 GBP / $219 USD.

More information: Best Service / Cinematique Instruments 2

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Cinematique Instruments intros Anniversary Bundles

Cinematique Instruments 2nd Anniversary

Cinematique Instruments has announced a number of limited time bundle offers in celebration of its 2nd anniversary.

Cinematique Instruments turns two! And in order to duly celebrate this anniversary we offer – for a limited period – 6 special INSTRUMENT PACKAGES which were specially compiled by friends of us.

Anniversary Bundle Deals

  • 1/Pop – Eric van Gent, the founder and CEO of Cinematique Instruments, delivers a fine mix of instruments for writing pop songa, it includes 7 instruments: Drumboxes Rude Boy, Gecko Cheap Keys, Guitar Harmonics, Baritone Ukulele Muted, Geiger Counter, Chimes, Zeiter & Winkelmann
    Bundle price is 82 EUR/ excl. VAT (instead of 137 EUR)
  • 2/Spices – Guy Sigsworth, a U.K. based composer, producer and songwriter who worked with Seal, Björk, Goldie, Madonna, Britney Spears etc., arranged a small but spicy package with 4 instruments he uses: Bowed Guitars, German Monochord, Kantele, Alto Glockenspiel
    Bundle price is 46 EUR/ excl. VAT (instead of 77 EUR)
  • 3/Ambient – Jumpel, a german electronic minimal musicican and composer, created a bunch of instruments he loves to work with for creating minimal ambiences: Drumbox Electro Partner, Gecko Complex Environs, Bowed Psaltery/, Super Sound EK-470, Alto Glockenspiel, Cement, Geiger Counter, Downbeat Box
    Bundle price is 99 EUR/ excl. VAT (instead of 164 EUR)
  • 4/Score – Theodore Shapiro, best known for his film scores, particularly for “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Tropic Thunder”, “Dinner for Schmucks etc., offered up a package which is best suitable to write a nice score out of that: Double Bass Harmonica, Super Sound EK-470, Bowed Guitars, Celtic Nylon Harp, Downbeat Box, Experimental Box, Gecko Gltichy Rhythmer, Gecko Warm Pads
    Bundle price is 105 EUR/ excl. VAT (instead of 175 EUR)
  • 5/Special – Rene Dohmen, an award winning german filmmusic composer (“Selbstgespraeche”, “Tatort”etc.), set a special instrument package which is part of his default set-up: Autoharp, Guitar Harmonics, Percussion singles, Spieluhr & Glockenspie, Zeitter & Winkelman, Experimental Box V2
    Bundle price is 69 EUR/ excl. VAT (instead of 116 EUR)
  • 6/Strange – David Buckley, a British film score composer who is best known for working with composer Harry Gregson-Williams, including work on “From Paris with Love” arranges a list of CI instruments that he finds himself using a lot – a strange mixture: Downbeat Box, German Monochord, Gecko (All), Alto Glockenspiel
    Bundle price is 149 EUR/ excl. VAT (instead of 288 EUR)

More information: Cinematique Instruments

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Cinematique Instruments releases Double Bass Harmonica

Cinematique Instruments Double Bass Harmonica

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Double Bass Harmonica, a sample library for Kontakt.

The double bass harmonica was more popular several decades ago, when harmonica ensembles were more common. The bass harmonica is a double-deck instrument with two hinged bodies, the lower having all the natural notes, and the upper having all the sharps/flats – so it is fully chromatic covering a range of two octaves, starting with EE (like the lowest note on a bass guitar). Each of the holes of the harmonica has two reeds tuned an octave apart – thus this harmonica has 58 reeds total. The double bass harmonica is an “all blow” instrument.

It was a tough cookie to catch the real timbre and authenticity of this giant harmonica. Thus we tested several recording settings in which we recorded at least every second note in a long sustained and a short variation. We ran with velocity layer and Round Robin variation and came out with three seperate sample sets recorded with different microphone set-ups. Beside this we recorded a typical flutter fx and added some scriptings to provide more opportunities.

Double Bass Harmonica features

  • Dbl Bass Harmonica Close MW Flutter KEY (very close and intimate sound, key switched, long, short and release notes, flutter FX, additional script).
  • Dbl Bass Harmonica Double (bright sound, real doubling because of two different sample sets, long looped notes, additional scripts).
  • Dbl Bass Harmonica KEY (authentic sound, key switched, long, short and release notes, additional script).
  • Dbl Bass Harmonica Mud (rich and muddy sound because of three different sample sets playing simultaneously, long looped and release notes, additional script).
  • Dbl Bass Harmonica Triple Texture (pad alike FX sound assembled out of four different sample sets, additional script).
  • Kontakt 3 or higher is required.

Double Bass Harmonica is available to purchase for 18 EUR.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Double Bass Harmonica

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