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Syntheway releases Harmodion

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Syntheway Harmodion

Syntheway has announced the release of Harmodion, a virtual organ instrument plug-in for Windows.

Harmodion is a Drawbar organ and free reed aerophone instrument emulation, including Reed organ, Harmonium, Accordion and Bandoneon among others.

Harmodion uses Additive Synthesis allowing to manipulate harmonically the sine waveform components to produce pitched sounds, as well as to individually detune those components to produce inharmonic timbres.

Harmodion features

  • 9 Drawbars. By sliding drawbars in or out, the user can mix various pitches and create the richly distinctive sounds of an electric organ or of a free reed aerophone instrument.
  • The Additive synthesis constructs complex sounds by controlling the level of individual sine-wave components. The sound can be reshaped by alterations made to timbre. A harmonic sound could be restructured to sound inharmonic, and vice versa.
  • The rich harmonic content of their sound allows to generate the widest palette of tonal variations for Drawbar organs, Reed organs and Squeezeboxes emulations.
  • Vibrato effect, with depth and speed modulation controls.
  • Adjustable Key Click simulation to add the percussive effect for distinctive organ sounds and button click noise in Accordion and Bandoneon presets.
  • Configurable Drive level. Accomplished by clipping the input signal, this effect adds sustain and additional harmonics and overtones to the signal, creating a richer sound with a warm thickness regarding to the original tone.
  • 32 Presets available for immediate use in a wide range of genres from blues, jazz, gospel and rock styles to folk, ethnic and popular music.
  • FULL MIDI Automation: Complete MIDI Continuous Controller (Control of all parameters for use with external hardware control).

Harmodion is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for $34.90 USD. A fully functional demo version is available to download (produces beep every 10 seconds).

More information: Syntheway / Harmodion

Bolder Sounds releases Harmonium, Harmonica (free) + 2 for 1 Summer Sale

Bolder Sounds Harmonium

Bolder Sounds has announced the release of Harmonium, a sample library for Kontakt and EXS24.

This beautiful sounding Harmonium was sampled in 4 articulations (listed below) as well as key press and release noises for each key.

Programming utilizes the modulation wheel (cc#1) to emulate the pumping of the bellows via amplitude and filter modulation.

Harmonium features

  • 480 mb chromatically sampled 3 1/2 octave Harmonium 24 bit stereo .wav files.
  • Natively programmed for Kontakt 2 & 3 as well as the Apple EXS24.
  • Articulations:
    • Chromatic single notes with cover open and closed.
    • Chromatic octave couplet engaged with cover open and closed.
    • Key press and release noise for each key.

Harmonium is available for purchase for $24.95 USD.

Note: With any Bolder Sounds purchase from 7/11/09 to 7/31/09, buy one Bolder library and get a second library of equal or lesser value for free.

Bolder Sounds Harmonica

Bolder Sounds has also released Harmonica, a sample library featuring the sounds of a Marine Band harmonica (in the key of A) by the Hohner Company.

The samples are 24 bit mono with NO LOOPS for a natural sound and total 31 megabytes. I originally recorded these samples in stereo but have decided to sum them to mono for the final version. Perhaps in a future Bolder FREE sound set I will sample bends and other gestures which give this instrument it’s signature sound.

More information: Bolder Sounds

Native Instruments releases North India

Native Instruments North India

Native Instruments has released North India, a new KORE SoundPack capturing the sound of North India.

Establishing the new regional-themed ”Discovery Series” of KORE SOUNDPACKS, this new sound collection for KORE 2 or KORE PLAYER journeys to North India to draw on the rich and varied musical heritage of Hindustani classical music.

Packed with 3GB of beautifully sampled classical instruments as well some contemporary realizations, this Soundpack is perfect for creating authentic classical performances and for adding North Indian textures to film scores, urban, pop or electronic productions.

North India features

  • 30 KoreSounds (10 acoustic sounds, 10 contemporary sounds, 10 synthetic drones).
  • Includes the following classical instruments:
    • Bansuri – The bansuri flute is a transverse bamboo flute with open holes. It is used both in classical and lighter styles of North Indian music.
    • Harmonium – The Indian harmonium is a small hand-pumped reed organ equipped with drone stops. It is mainly used to accompany singers and solo table performances.
    • Shehnai – The Shehnai is a reed instrument and is mostly used in traditional folk music.
    • Sitar – The sitar is a complex instrument equipped with melody, accompaniment and resonance strings. It is the main melody instrument in North Indian classical music but is also used in many other styles in India.
    • Tabla – The tabla is a set of two miniature kettle drums played by hand. It is the main percussion instrument of North India and used in a variety of styles.
    • Tanpura – The Tanpura is an unfretted lute with four strings. It is solely used as an accompanying drone instrument.

North India: Discovery Series is available for download from the Native Instruments Online Shop for $79 USD / 69 EUR.

Visit Native Instruments for more information, video tutorials and audio demos.

ILIO now shipping Vienna Symphonic Library Special Keyboards

Vienna Symphonic Library Special Keyboards

ILIO is now shipping Special Keyboards, a virtual instrument comprising 8 GB of samples, which offers a state-of-the-art approach to capturing exceptional, rare, but also classic sounds that every sound designer or composer should have.

The harpsichord has a famously bright sound, rich in overtones. This set is great for TV and filmscores, classic rock, and of course this is the definitive instrument for going “Back to Bach.” Recorded in Vienna’s own Silent Stage, the following single notes and repetition performances of a two manual harpsichord were recorded: 8’ register solo, 8’ double, and tutti (a combination of two 8’ registers and one 4’ register).

The harmonium is a free-reed instrument, meaning that air streaming past reeds of different lengths causes them to vibrate. Unlike organ pipes, the harmonium’s reeds produce more disharmonic overtones, creating a unique undulating sound.

The prepared piano is a technique introduced in 1949 by John Cage, where objects like erasers, nails, wire, paper, etc., are inserted between a piano’s strings in certain places, causing them to produce additional tones, harmonics, or percussive sounds. The Vienna team also treated the Bösendorfer grand piano with bare hands (e.g., glissandos over the strings) and with wood mallets in order to get a multitude of creative sounds and colors.

Note: There are no Standard and Extended Library options, as in other Vienna Instruments collections; the Special Keyboards Standard Library includes the full sets of samples along with the software instrument, featuring Vienna Symphonic Library’s exclusive Vienna Instruments engine.

Special Keyboards has a MSRP of $385.

Visit Vienna Symphonic Library for more information and sound demos.