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Morevox MSP Impulse Response Library only $9 + 50% Off Voucher in Happy Summer Offer

Morevox has announced a Happy Summer offer for its MSP impulse response library.

Morevox MSP Happy Summer Offer
Over 75% off a collection of 200 impulse responses from Morevox.

Spring verbs with fat and rich tails, Modulated Plates, Dense Spring with early plate sound … these are only few “dream” verb sounds that are now truth with MSP.

MSP has been developed mixing several top quality modern and vintage hardware though the unique MoReVoX IRs design based on the M/S harmonics distortion.

MSP features

  • 200 IRs 24Bit/44.1Khz.
  • Format : Raw Wav / Space Designer.
  • Compatible with ALL Convolvers.
  • IRs Length : .6 > 6 Sec.

The MSP library is available to purchase for $9 USD until August 31st. A 50% off store voucher is included, which is valid until October 31st, 2012. The offer is available to registered users only (registration is free).

More information: Morevox / MSP

Neocymatics intros Hybrid Strings – Solo and section strings for Kontakt

Neocymatics Hybrid Strings

Neocymatics has announced Hybrid Strings, a virtual string instrument library for Native Instrument Kontakt.

After a long period of detailed research, development and fine-tuning Neocymatics is proud to announce the release of Hybrid Strings, a Kontakt Library that will bring a new perspective to VST Strings.

The purpose of Hybrid Strings is to serve as a Solo String Library but also as a Section one. Our aim was to achieve the highest playability and expressiveness possible in real time, with no compromise in quality or diversity.


Demonstration of Neocymatics’ Hybrid Strings library for Kontakt 5: Lord of the Rings.

Hybrid Strings features

  • Crystal-clear Audio Quality, Ultra Dry Sound with full control over Room/Air.
  • Dynamic Amplitude Sound Shaping, controlled through Breath Controller/Expression Pedal or any Midi CC of your choice.
  • True Legato Performance – Realistic Trills.
  • Bow-Change simulation.
  • Real-time portamento/glissando with variable Finger-String contact and full control over portamento time.
  • Fully controlled real-time Vibrato with variety of techniques/intensity.
  • Fully controlled String Resonances/Harmonics for every note.
  • Formant-correct realistic Pitch-Bend action.
  • Real-time control over Attack Dynamics for both monophonic and polyphonic playing.
  • Increased playability with only 3 articulations to cover the full range of playing techniques (staccato, spiccato, legato, pizzicato, tremolo, portamento, polyphonic playing) in only 1 patch per instrument.
  • FX Processor tweaked for every instrument respectively, with assignable controllers for real-time sound morphing.
  • 30 custom Impulse Responses that will truly transform your sound, ranging from Short Spaces and Early Reflections to Huge Halls and Concert Stages, all recorded at 96 kHz.
  • Individual Note Microtuning with 200 cents range, including 22 ready presets of Byzantine Sounds, Middle Eastern Scales, Arabic Maqams and Miscellaneous Tunings (Pythagorean, Just Intonation etc) – Ability to transpose every Tuning to any Base Note. All Tunings use precision of 2 decimal numbers.

The Hybrid Strings library for Kontakt 5 (requires full version) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 249 EUR until August 1st, 2012.

More information: Neocymatics

Icebreaker Audio releases PortaSynth and Calc-U-Synth

Icebreaker Audio PortaSynth

Icebreaker Audio has announced the release of PortaSynth and Calc-U-Synth, two new sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

PortaSynth is a sample based emulation of a custom circuit bent Yamaha PortaSound PSS-130, which also comes with PortaDrums – a fully featured drum machine.

PortaSynth features

  • All instrument sounds sampled chromatically at 24bit, 48kHz quality.
  • Bent sound counterparts for each of the sampled sounds.
  • Advanced speaker options with 16 speaker impulse responses.
  • Built-in distortion, filter and spring reverb effects.
  • Key-Click and Background Noise controls.
  • Also includes the PortaDrums drum machine
    • Extended sound options per drum.
    • An on board sequencer.
    • EQ, Compressor, and Amp master effects.
    • Reverb and Delay Send effects.

The Calc-U-Synth is an emulation of the programmable synth engine of the classic Casio VL-Tone synthesizer.

Icebreaker Audio Calc-U-Synth
Calc-U-Synth features the sounds of the VL-Tone monophonic synthesizer/calculator.

Calc-U-Synth features

  • All waveforms sampled chromatically at 24bit, 48kHz quality.
  • Full emulation of the Casio VL-Tone’s programmable synth engine.
  • Advanced speaker options with 16 speaker impulse responses.
  • Built-in distortion, filter and echo effects.
  • Key-Click noise control.

The PortaSynth is available to purchase for £7.50 GBP; Calc-U-Synth is £4.50 GBP. Both libraries are also available as part of the new ToyBreaker Bundle (incl. HandySynth), priced at £12.50 GBP.

More information: Icebreaker Audio

Total Composure releases Ramparts Ruined Castles IR library

Total Composure has released Ramparts Ruined Castles, a collection of physically modelled impulse responses from ten ruined medieval castles.

Total Composure Ramparts Ruined Castles

It contains over 80 impulse recordings, including individual left and right stereo files, combined stereo files, and true stereo quad files.

We provide both front and rear microphone positions allowing you to make full use of almost any high quality surround sound convolution reverb unit.

Using proprietary physical modelling synthesis software we are able to create highly realistic impulse responses of spaces that don’t exist, or no longer exist, in the real world.

For this collection we studied floor plans, descriptions, maps, and photographs of ten ruined medieval castles from around the UK and crafted synthesised models, restoring the buildings to their original design.

The impulse response library is available to purchase for £4.99 GBP.

More information: Total Composure / Ramparts Ruined Castles

ILIO announces Vienna MIR Pro 24 + 20% off Vienna MIR RoomPacks

ILIO has announced Vienna MIR Pro 24, a special version of Vienna MIR PRO with a maximum of 24 instruments and ensembles that can be placed on its virtual stages. Apart from this limitation, Vienna MIR PRO 24 includes the full set of features and options of Vienna MIR PRO, at half the price.

Vienna MIR Pro 24

Vienna MIR PRO 24 is a network-capable mixing solution for Mac and PC, based on Multi Impulse Response convolution. Its direct connection with Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 allows for a seamless integration with any audio production environment. Each audio signal can be routed into Vienna MIR PRO 24 and delivered in stereo, or in various surround formats on up to 8 output channels after processing.

Vienna MIR PRO 24 merges all parts of the creative process – composition, orchestration and mixing – into a single intuitive workflow. The software offers a holistic approach to the spatial modeling of virtual orchestras, allowing the user to interact with the players more like a conductor than an engineer. Its innovative multi-parameter Control Icon replaces conventional faders and pan pots and offers concise control for positioning each instrument on the virtual stage, changing its volume and stereo width, and even rotating it within a fluid three-dimensional environment.

Vienna MIR PRO 24 combines specific directional frequency profiles with reflection information from every instrument, assembling all of the acoustic interactions into an accurate recreation of musicians playing their instruments in place and in space. Vienna MIR PRO 24 is much more than just “a multi-sample” of a hall – and this is where it far surpasses any other convolution reverb available on the market. Vienna MIR PRO 24 is multi-source, multi-directional, multi-positional, and multi-format.

Vienna MIR PRO 24 comes with 11,000 impulse responses from four halls in the famous Vienna Konzerthaus, plus its grand foyer. Further RoomPacks offering recording studios, sound stages (e.g., Teldex Berlin), and churches are available as optional downloads.

Vienna MIR Pro 24 / Vienna Ensemble Pro 5
Vienna MIR Pro 24 integration with Vienna Ensemble Pro 5

Vienna MIR PRO 24 features

  • Direct integration with most modern DAWs via Vienna Ensemble PRO 5.
  • LAN capability.
  • Graphical user interface depicting 3D renderings of the selected room (venue maps) with scroll wheel zooming.
  • GUI options such as Instrument Grouping, Hide Icon, Instrument Focus.
  • Intuitive multi-parameter Control Icon for quick interaction with instruments and visual feedback – and direct access to the connected audio source.
  • Microphone Position Offset allowing for movement of virtual microphones in the room.
  • Room EQ and Master EQ.
  • Pre-listening feature before selecting a room.
  • Character Presets (such as ‘Air’, ‘Silk’, ‘Bite’, ‘Distant’, ‘Warm’) for quick timbral changes, available for most Vienna Instruments.
  • Reverb length can be changed individually for each microphone position.
  • MIRacle plug-in – Direct access to a tailor-made algorithmic global reverb for “sweetening”.
  • Adjustable Room Tone (natural noise floor).
  • Automation of user-defined parameters.
  • MIDI remote control of user-defined parameters.
  • 3rd Party VSTi hosting.
  • Audio inputs.
  • Direct and/or stem outputs.
  • AUX sends for individual instruments and input signals.
  • Works with any commonly used sampling frequency, up to 192 kHz.
  • Learn All/Optimize All for Vienna Instruments.
  • Master Tune for Vienna Instruments.
  • Full latency compensation.
  • Windows 7/Mac OS X compatible.

Purchase Vienna MIR PRO 24 at ILIO and receive a discount of 20% on purchases of the optional Vienna MIR RoomPacks, only through April 30, 2012.

More information: Vienna PRO 24

Loops de la Crème releases World Sounds Deluxe Set

Loops de la Crème World Sounds Deluxe Set

Loops de la Crème has released the World Sounds Deluxe Set, a collection of percussion instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

A fascinating, highly detailed collection of over 30 percussion instruments, with unexpected additionnal features!

This sample pack features essential instruments (congas, djembes, drumset, tambourines…) as well as unique handmade ones (voodoo bone shaker, ghana double bell, calebasse…)

World Sounds Deluxe Set features

  • Over 30 percussion instruments.
  • 35 Kontakt patches.
  • One main set with all the instruments spread over 7 octaves for instant playability.
  • Up to 20 velocity layers for realistic, dynamic response.
  • 22 unique chromatic patches ready to be combined and layered to create new ethnic instruments.
  • All samples recorded with as little ambience as possible to ensure maximum flexibility and usefulness.
  • 15 reverb impulse responses.
  • Bonus nature loops (birds, savannah, forest ambience…)
  • 776 samples , Total size unzipped: 294MB.

The World Sounds Deluxe Set is available to purchase for the intoductory price of 12 EUR / $15.90 USD until March 31st, 2012 (50% off regular). A free demo/preview kit (6 instruments, 1 Kontakt patch, 60 samples, 19MB) can be downloaded here.

More information: Loops de la Crème / World Sounds Deluxe Set

Review: Soundiron Glass Beach sound library for Kontakt

I count Soundiron among some of the most interesting sound library developers I know.

Whether it’s the 30-voice male chorus of epic choir library Mars, M1 Garand’s rifle sound fx, a tear-jerking Emotional Piano, or the Bronze Bin percussive sounds made with a trash can, Soundiron seems to be able to take any sound source for a proper deep sampling session and turn it into something beautiful and useful.

So how about a bunch of glass pebbles on a beach? Enter Glass Beach.

Soundiron Glass Beach
Glass pebbles at “Glass Beach”, MacKerricher State Park (Fort Bragg, CA)

For this sample library Mike Peaslee went on a trip to record sounds at a place that was once used to dump refuse.

From the City of Fort Bragg website:

Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach became a public dump. It is hard to imagine this happening today, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, including old cars, and their household garbage, which of course included lots of glass.

By the early sixties, some attempts were made to control what was dumped, and dumping of any toxic items was banned. Finally in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realized what a mistake it was and plans were begun for a new dump away from the ocean.

Now, over 30 years later, Mother Nature has reclaimed this beach. Years of pounding wave action have deposited tons of polished glass onto the beach. You’ll still see the occasional reminder of its earlier life, such as a rusted spark plug, but for the most part what you’ll see is millions of pieces of glass sparkling in the sun.

In 50 years we’ll probably be saying the same thing about some of the things we do in this day and age, but… what were they thinking?!

The Glass Beach library includes 225 samples (24bit/44kHz, non-encrypted PCM wav files), which are used in 31 Kontakt patches in three categories.

The percussion section includes various pebble sounds (hit, scrape, bounce, etc.) and some individual footsteps. These are mostly high pitched click-type sounds, great for adding some interesting glitchy elements to your music, or you can use them as a support or main part in your percussion. Using these sounds with the included “Uberarpeggiator” Kontakt script is easy and fun.

Soundiron Glass Beach Uberarpeggiator
The Glass Beach Grain Hit patch with the “Uberarpeggiator”

The ambient soundscapes category includes sounds of waves crashing on the shore and in a tide pool, a waterfall trickling down a sea cave, and some sounds of man and his best companion walking through the sea glass sand and the pebbles on the beach.

Since these samples were recorded in an outdoor location you might also notice some “unintended” sounds, most audibly some sea birds (I guess). One of the presets actually includes a flock of geese flying over. The lengthy ambience samples can be set to start at a random position with the “Random” control to achieve a kind of round-robin effect.

Lastly, there’s the special fx section. Here we find a number of designed instruments, including some synth and pad type sounds, creative percussion, sound fx and more. Quite a lot of processing is going on with most of these, and in some instances unrelated samples are used as well (e.g. the Glass Piano). These are not necessarily typical for Glass Beach. However, they are a nice addition to the palette of sounds and they work exceptionally well with the other content in Glass Beach.

The Kontakt instruments include a number of performance controls (controls vary per instrument), the Tone/FX panel with various effects, and there’s the custom “Uberarpeggiator” script mentioned earlier.

A collection of 40+ convolution impulse responses is included as well. These are readily available in the reverb section of the Tone/FX tab for some instruments, or you can use a 3rd party software of your choice.

Check Mike Peaslee’s video below for a quick tour of the Glass Beach library.

So what do I think?

Product: Glass Beach by Soundiron
Format: Kontakt 3.5+ (unlocked), 24bit/44kHz samples
Price: $9.99 USD
Like: authentic & original, well designed sounds, value for money
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Glass Beach is found in Soundiron’s “Experimental” category of instruments — and rightly so. It’s basically a mixture of field recordings and designed instruments which match the character/vibe of the location. Obviously this library is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. To me, the sounds of Glass Beach are quite beautiful, evocative and inspiring.

The glass pebble sounds have a unique quality, great for creating glitchy rhythms. I reckon the ambiences will appeal to soundtrack composers, for film/tv/games, or perhaps for use in music productions that just need that soothing quality of sea and beach sounds. The included “special fx” patches are well designed and a valuable addition to the library, bringing greater diversity of sounds. I absolutely love some of the delicate, dreamy and hauntingly beautiful tonal patches.

Soundiron is selling this library for $9.99 USD, a real bargain if you ask me. Glass Beach is packed with unique sounds, it is well produced, and — true to Soundiron’s mission — it feels like a proper labor of love.

More information: Soundiron / Glass Beach

Audio Ease releases Pyramid Impulse Responses for Altiverb

Audio Ease has announced the release of Pyramid Impulse Responses for use in its Altiverb 7 reverb effect for Windows and Mac.

Audio Ease Pyramid IR for Altiverb

For several hours In May 2011, in a new Egypt, Master Healer, singer and musician Stellar arranged the King’s chamber of the great Pyramid of Giza all for herself.

In that pitch dark resonant chamber in the heart of the pyramid, surrounded by solid Rose Granite and quartz walls 50 meter thick she recorded the vocal tracks for her album ‘Sounds of Light’. She also recorded various mantras of love and creation and Lazu Ra Oh, sung in the original “language of Light” which represents the marriage of the Divine Union, the inner balance of the masculine and feminine within.

And then she recorded a number of beautiful impulse responses for Altiverb.

More information: Audio Ease / Giza IR Set