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Realsamples releases German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann

Realsamples German Lautenwerck - Edition Beurmann

Realsamples has announced the release of German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring a Lautenwerck (Lute-Harpsichord).

Despite 50 Lautenwerck builders in Germany, not a single instrument survived throughout the centuries. When the instruments had vanished, the awareness had gone as well: Only a couple of decades ago, musicologists found out that such an instrument had existed, solving the mystery of scores mentioning being written for Lautenwercke. Until then, one would have guessed that the composer meant a regular lute instrument by that notion. When the knowledge of it had resurfaced, Professor Beurmann had a reconstruction built by Ludwig Richter in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The instrument is now available for the first time in the sampler within the German Lautenwerck library, presented in its original Valotti tuning at 412 Hz (presets at 440 Hz are available as well).

German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann features

  • Nearly 700 single samples in total
  • 8 different samples of each note
  • 4 different release sounds of each note
  • Ready to play HAlion®/Kontakt2®/EXS24® or GigaStudio3® presets
  • Wave format (except GigaStudio® version)
  • No mastering applied
  • Recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled
  • DVD or CD set
  • License-free applicable in your music

The German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann library is available to purchase for $139.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

More information: Realsamples / German Lautenwerck – Edition Beurmann

Short links for February 1st, 2010

Virtual Piano

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Virtual Piano for Songwriters, Singers, Producers and aspiring musicians

Not Only is The Virtual Piano a Virtual instrument that you can play chords and melodies on, it also shows you how to play all the chords (triads) in all twelve keys.

It's an excellent tool for you to learn to play piano, to transpose songs into any key or for writing songs.

# Kent ‘sound sculptor’ unveils ‘sharpsichord’

From the BBC:

A self-styled "sound sculptor" is looking for a home for an unusual musical instrument that he has spent almost four years making. Henry Dagg created the pin barrel harp, nicknamed a sharpsichord, at his workshop in Faversham, Kent. Pegs put into one of 11,520 holes on a metal roll push levers which pluck strings to create the music. It was commissioned for a garden in London but Mr Dagg now feels it is too precious to be left outside.

Mark Mosher's AudioCubes in Ableton Live

# In-Depth Review of Percussa AudioCubes in Use with Ableton Live

Mark @ Modulate This! reviews Percussa's AudioCubes in Ableton Live:

Back in November I purchased a set of four Percussa AudioCubes. I've spent quite a bit of time working with them as a an interface to Ableton Live.

In this hands-on review I'll explain what they are, how they work, how I'm using them with Live and also offer some tips along the way.

# Illuminated Sounds » Roland TR-626 Sound Library

From Illuminated Sounds:

Recently I picked up a used Roland TR-626 from ebay. I finally got around to sampling beeps and buzzes that this guy makes. Here is a sound library of all the sounds this drum machine makes. Each sounds has 15 different pitch levels that I label -7 to +7, 0 being the original sample. All the samples were recorded into Pro Tools at 44.1/16 bit. Also I circuit bend the hell out of this thing, so expect future posts with pictures and samples of it glitched out.

SIDstick

# SIDstick – 100,000 chiptunes in your pocket!

The SIDstick is a pocket-sized chiptunes player featuring:

  • Removable Storage supporting microSD cards, 1 card can hold 20,000 songs
  • 20+ hour battery life
  • Super Hi-Quality hardware-based playback at 31kHz sample rate, >16 bit resolution
  • Completely Open, hardware and software are available under the MIT license
  • Upgradable with connections on the board

# Hiphop Orchestra

A generous pack of free samples by Cyberworm:

Acoustic cellos and violins, pianos, ensembles. 54 loops at all. 80-120 bmp, all keys in filename. Good for hiphop and similar styles. Basically it was commercial pack, but I change my mind and release it for free. :) wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 154 mb

Bleep Labs Nebulophone

# Nebulophone Kit Pre-Order

Now available to pre-order from Bleep Labs:

The Nebulophone is an Arduino based synth with a Stylophone like keyboard. It has adjustable waveforms, a light controlled analog filter, LFO, and arpeggiator that can be clocked over IR.

This is a beginner kit and does not require an Arduino programmer board.

# Free Nebula Power distortion effect

Hnery Olonga shares another effect for Acustica Audio’s Nebula:

Mega distortion is a distortion type effect that adds power and warmth to any instrument or mix. I made it using a unique signal chain. There is a slight levelling that happens as well allowing details buried deeper in the mix to come to the front. This effect is also useful in beefing up thin recordings. Try it on lame drums or a weak piano.

Sampled at 96 khz using Prismsound Orpheus convertors this is a no nonsense – no compromise effect. Ten distortion kernels means that this is a CPU hog so if you don’t have a fast machine – God bless you.

# Multichord Hybrid Musical Instrument, a single-stringed instrument that plays multiple notes via varied tensioning rather than fretting.

Multichord

From the project page:

The Multichord musical instrument is an acoustic stringed instrument with a single string, constructed from wood, a hard drive, 20-lb monofilament, and assorted electronic components. It was the culmination of a project to build an acoustic instrument capable of playing multiple notes without fretting or manual, time-consuming retuning. The Multichord achieves this by attaching a hard drive read/write head assembly between the resonant string and a tensioning spring to adjust the tension of the instrument's string. Careful adjustment was made to the tension of both the string and the spring with the hard drive head in a neutral, unpowered position to ensure a bipolar application of voltage within the safety ratings of the hard drive's coil could cause the string to cover a full musical octave. In the end, the Multichord was tuned to a C-major scale (no flats or sharps) running from A at 220Hz through (but not including) A at 440Hz.

Realsamples releases Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann

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Realsamples Italian Harpsichord II

Realsamples has released Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring an Italian Harpsichord.

The Italian Harpsichord II library features an instrument built around 1590 by an anonymous maker. Being very typical for the Italian style, the instrument features a housing seperated from the painted cabinet.

Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann features

  • 8 different samples of each note.
  • 4 different release sounds of each note.
  • ready to play HAlion®/Kontakt2®/EXS24® or GigaStudio3® presets.
  • wave format (except GigaStudio® version).
  • no mastering applied.
  • recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled.
  • DVD or CD set.
  • license-free applicable in your music.

Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann is available to purchase for $139.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

More information: Realsamples / Italian Harpsichord II – Edition Beurmann

Realsamples releases German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann

Realsamples German Lute-Harpsichord - Edition Beurmann

Realsamples has released German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann, a sample library featuring the Lute-Harpsichord – or Lautenwerck, one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s favourite instruments.

Despite 50 Lautenwerck builders in Germany, not a single instrument survived throughout the centuries. When the instruments had vanished, the awareness had gone as well: Only a couple of decades ago, musicologists found out that such an instrument had existed, solving the mystery of scores mentioning being written for Lautenwercke. Until then, one would have guessed that the composer meant a regular lute instrument by that notion.

Back in the days of harpsichords and spinets, the lute-harpsichord offered a much warmer, soft and intimate yet defined tone. While having been built to imitate a lute on a keyboard instrument in the first place, it brings a consistent attack to the table (due to not being touch-sensitive, just like a harpsichord) and also by allowing for full decay of all notes due to missing dampers. This allows for a vibrating, reverberant yet still transparent sound.

Just like harpsichords and spinets, the Lautenwerck is not touch-sensitive. However, even if the differences are minuscule, not any given note will sound exactly the same due to different resonances of body and strings. In order to pay tribute to the instruments’ variances, every note was captured with 8 different samples.

German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann features

  • 8 different samples of each note.
  • 4 different release sounds of each note.
  • Ready to play HAlion/Kontakt2/EXS24 or GigaStudio3 presets.
  • Wave format (except GigaStudio version).
  • No mastering applied.
  • Recorded in 192 khz/24 bits resolution and downsampled.
  • DVD or CD set.
  • License-free applicable in your music.

The German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann is available to purchase for $139.95 USD excl. VAT and postage.

More information: Realsamples / German Lute-Harpsichord – Edition Beurmann

Syntheway releases RetroMagix Harpsichord

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Syntheway RetroMagix Harpsichord

Syntheway has announced the release of RetroMagix Harpsichord, a virtual harpsichord instrument for Windows.

RetroMagix is a Virtual Harpsichord based on the Flemish models, designed for creating a wide range of Harpsichord sounds.

RetroMagix Harpsichord features

  • Harpsichord Mode Selector: Normal, Upper, Coupled, Electric, and Hybrid Harpsichord, ElectroCembalo.
  • Sound is generated via a hybrid method that combines synthesis and sampling techniques, to create a bright sound, rich in overtones.
  • Includes 12 predefined sounds and a friendly user interface. Creating new sounds is as simple as combining these presets in different ways and selecting the harpsichord type as desired.
  • Unlike a real harpsichord, RetroMagix allow dynamic changes and shapes varying its parameters, offering you a wide variety of sounds to create professional music from Classical to Neoclassical styles.
  • Early music enthusiasts can enjoy an authentic experience with all of the advantages of RetroMagix to recreate the classical harpsichord sounds. Also if you looking for any instrument of harpsichord family like Virginal, Muselaar Virginal, Spinet or Clavicytherium sounds, RetroMagix can offer you an approach to those instruments that were popular between the 15th and 17th centuries.
  • Multiple-Mode Filter: The values are automatically computed when you select any of the filter types. Filter switch includes: LP (Low pass), BP (Band pass), HP (High pass), notch, peak, low pass and high pass shelving filter with adjustable cutoff and bandwidth.
  • Integrated, variable room simulation. Reverb effect can control the “room ambience”.
  • MIDI Automation: Added complete MIDI CC#. The following MIDI Continuous Controllers (MIDI CC) messages are recognized and affect the described parameters.

RetroMagix Harpsichord is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC for $35.90 USD. A 30-day shareware version is available for download.

More information: Syntheway

BOLDER Sounds releases B.O.B. Early Music Instruments, B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition and Medieval Psaltery

Boulder Sounds B.O.B. Early Music Instruments

BOLDER Sounds has released B.O.B. Early Music Instruments and B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition, two sample libraries.

B.O.B. Early Music Instruments is a collection of instruments spanning from the hurdy gurdy of the medieval period to fortepiano of the early classical period.

B.O.B. Early Music Instruments features

  • 13 course Baroque Lute 42.3 mb
  • Fortepiano 53.5mb
  • Harpsichord (numerous stops recorded) 20 mb
  • Hurdy Gurdy 10.5 mb
  • Renaissance Guitar 6.1 mb
  • Renaissance Lute 11 mb
  • Theorbo (bass lute) 62 mb (EXS & Kontakt only)

B.O.B. Early Music Instruments is available in Kontakt 2, EXS24 and Giga 2 formats for $29.95 USD.

B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition is the same Fortepiano included in the B.O.B. Early Music library, yet this version has 4 chromatically sampled velocity layers (p, mf, f, ff) as well as key release samples giving much wider velocity and timberal range.

B.O.B. Fortepiano Full Edition is available for Kontakt 2 and EXS24 for $19.95 USD.

Boulder Sounds Medievel Psaltery

Boulder Sounds has also released the free Medieval Psaltery.

This is an old Medieval Psaltery which I purchased used in a local music store and has been residing in my music studio for a number of years now just collecting dust. It’s sound has a wonderful stark-rustic quality.

Typically this instrument would have been played with a very short bow. However I used a modern
violin bow, and kept the strokes short. It is only possible to play one not at a time on this instrument, so you might keep that in mind when using it in a traditional context.

I also recently experimented with this instrument being played with an Ebow (energy bow) with some very interesting results. Perhaps I’ll save that for a later Bolder FREE Sounds posting.

The Medieval Psaltery is available as a free download for Kontakt and EXS24. You’ll need to create an account (free) to download the free sounds.

Visit Bolder Sounds for more information.

Realsamples releases Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann

Realsamples Beurmann Bundle

Realsamples has released Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann, a collection of 8 previously releases Edition Beurmann sample libaries.

Beurmann Bundle – Edition Beurmann includes

The Beurmann Bundle is available in HALion, EXS24 and Kontakt2, and GigaStudio formats in 16 and 24bit editions, and costs $999.95 USD (ex shipping and VAT).

Visit Realsamples for more information and audio demos.

Realsamples releases free English Harpsichord Light version

English Harpsichord

Realsamples has released a free light version of their English Harpsichord “Edition Beurmann” library.

English Harpsichord Light features

  • Recorded in the great sounding rooms of the Hasselburg estate with vintage Neumann™ TLM-170® microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters to do the instrument justice.
  • Recorded in 192 khz/24 bits, downsampled to 44.1 khz/16 bits.
  • 2 x 8“-Register, ranging over two octaves with three velocity layers (the full version has 8 velocity layers and 6 different register combinations).
  • GigaStudio3®-Format.

You can download the free English Harpsichord Light version from Musician’s Life until September 30, 2008.

Visit Realsamples for more information.