Versilian Studios releases Marimba & Etherealwinds Harp (free)

Versilian Studios has released Marimba and Etherealwinds Harp, two new instrument plugins and Kontakt sound libraries.

Versilian Studios Marimba

The Marimba is a relative of the xylophone, distinct for its large, typically semi-tubular resonators found underneath the keys, and larger range than its smaller counterpart. Its history is complex, having early origins in Africa and Central America, but it found a prominent home in the halls of America’s Vaudeville at the start of the 20th Century. The marimba is unique from many modern instruments in that its playing style is still evolving quite rapidly, with new applications and playing techniques coming forth every few years.

Marimba features

  • 4-6 RR, 3 velocity layers. Very dynamic sound.
  • 3 mixable mic positions: Main, Close, and Ribbon.
  • Pre-recorded rolls at different velocities.
  • Performance by professional mallets player.

The Marimba is available for purchase for $15 USD.

The Etherealwinds Harp features the sounds of a diatonic folk harp recorded by the Newgrounds musician Etherealwinds.

Versilian Studios Etherealwinds Harp

Folk/lever harps differ from their big orchestral brothers by having a smaller range, and additionally by the functionality of their tuning system. On a pedal harp, the orchestral staple, levers at the base, activated by foot, control all the notes of the same variety (so if you change C to C#, all the C’s are sharped). However, on lever harps, each note has an independent “sharping lever”, which can raise that particular note by a half step. This system only allows a halfstep of motion- each octave has to be sharpened if it is desired. In addition, the smaller body of the lever harp gives it a different overall tone than their big brothers.

Etherealwinds Harp features

  • Diatonically sampled, 2x RR, 3 velocity layers.
  • Celtic Lever/Folk Harp with a delicate, warm tone.
  • Full Decays Sampled.
  • Played and recorded by Newgrounds musician Etherealwinds.

The Etherealwinds Harp is available for download at no charge.

Versilian Studios has also released updated versions of Tubular Bells and Timpani, which resolve some issues, enhance the user interface, and add functionalities.

More information: Versilian Studios

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Soundiron releases Brad Hoyt’s Harp Guitar for Kontakt

Soundiron has launched Brad Hoyt’s Harp Guitar, a 30-string acoustic harp guitar multisample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Brad Hoyt's Harp Guitar

It offers total playability, with independent string control for lead picking, dynamic strumming and chord triggering, rhythm sequencing, gliss and strum performance, arpegiation and multi-mode legato.

We sampled this custom-designed harp guitar commissioned by classical guitarist Brad Hoyt. This unique instrument, dubbed “Arpa Viola Caipira”, is the result of a four year design and construction process with master luthier Stephen Sedgwick in the U.K. With a massive and lush tone, wide key range, rich bass and pristine highs, it takes the entire concept of an acoustic guitar to new frontiers.

We deeply sampled each string, with plucks, palm mutes, chokes, legato slides, glisses, scrapes, guitar body percussion and tons of other effects. Our goal was to fully capture every nuance of this exquisite instrument, with up to 12X round-robin and responsive velocity layering. The instrument was recorded dry in our studio, in wide stereo for maximum tone, fidelity, body and clarity.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD until December 31st, 2014 (regular $129 USD). Requires full retail version of Kontakt 5.3.1 or later.

More information: Soundiron / Brad Hoyt’s Harp Guitar

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Orange Tree Samples releases Angelic Harp for Kontakt

Orange Tree Samples has announced the release of Angelic Harp, a harp instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Orange Tree Samples Angelic Harp

Angelic Harp was developed in collaboration with Guy Randle of Rosewood Recording Company, who engineered and oversaw the sampling session. Angelic Harp consists of a 47-string concert harp, played by harpist Alex Bigney from the Celtic group Kirkmount.

Each string on the harp is individually modeled, mimicking the monophonic nature of each string. This allows a user to soften loud plucks with subsequent soft plucks. It also prevents the unnatural, excessive tonal build-up that many synthesized harps exhibit when playing glissandos and repeated notes. The adjustable pre-roll samples are designed to capture the subtle fingernail noises that occur before the main pluck sound of the strings, providing additional depth and realism to the harp’s tone.

Angelic Harp features

  • 7 GB of 24-bit samples.
  • Up to 7x round-robin with four dynamics.
  • Playable glissando.
  • Separate close and room mic signals.
  • Additional harmonics articulation.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $59 USD until December 31st, 2014 (regular $89 USD). Requires full version of Kontakt 4 or 5.

More information: Orange Tree Samples / Angelic Harp

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VST Buzz offers 35% off The Lucky Harp for Kontakt

VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on The Lucky Harp by Bad Cat Samples, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Bad Cat Samples The Lucky Harp

Get an awesome 35% off this beautiful and unique Kontakt library by Bad Cat Samples. “The Lucky Harp” is a meticulously recorded, and incredibly deeply sampled 26 string diatonic Celtic Harp with 6 velocitiy layers, and 6 round robins per note (36 unique samples per string). Its an incredibly deep and extremely expressive harp with a beautiful character and sound to it, perfect for any style of music.

“The Lucky Harp” was recorded through a Royer 121, and run through crystal clean preamps and pristine conversion – the result is something truly dark & beautiful. The library was recorded “dry” with minimal ambience, and a custom IR that suits the instrument well has been included too. Offering control over attack & release, reverb, and a gentle boost/cut at 12k, we have no doubts that this instrument will make its way to the top of your ‘go to’ harp choices.

The library comes with 2 patches – a diatonic patch, offering the instruments natural tones, and a chromatic patch, that has been extended from the diatonic. 936 samples in total, delivered in 24bit / 48khz .wav format.

The Lucky Harp is available from VST Buzz for $15.99 USD until July 8th, 2014.

More information: VST Buzz

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VST Buzz launches limited-time offer on Plectra Series Bundle

VST Buzz has announced a limited time deal on the Plectra Series Bundle by Impact Soundworks, offering the sample library bundle at a 45% discount.

Impact Soundworks Plectra Series Bundle

Grab a HUGE 45% off the “Plectra Series Bundle” by Impact Soundworks – a bundle of unique, beautiful and deeply-sampled stringed instruments from Europe including the 8-string acoustic bouzouki, Kazakh dombra, Celtic harp, lyre, and lap harp.

The Plectra Series bundle brings you an ancient fretted lute from Kazakhstan with a bright, percussive tone, a Celtic harp, lyre and lap harp that evoke images of the Irish countryside, Appalachian splendor, tall tales and a heart mug of mead beside a crackling fire and an intimate, close-miced bouzouki that’s ideal for traditional, folk, medieval and Renaissance music as well as modern scores in any number of styles.

The Plectra Series Bundle is available from VST Buzz for $59 USD until April 8th, 2014 (regular $109 USD).

More information: VST Buzz

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