Icebreaker Audio has announced the Akebono Collection, a sample-based emulation of the Akebono Koto Synthesizer, a unique suitcase instrument from Japan.
Akebono was released exclusively in Japan some time in the 1980s. It was designed as a portable practice instrument for Koto players, and as such it features many unique features that are intended to make performing in the traditional style a lot easier than using a MIDI keyboard.
All sounds were meticulously sampled and integrated into in a custom Kontakt instrument that emulates the performance options available on the original hardware.
Akebono Collection features
- All 15 instrument sounds and 13 percussion sounds sampled.
- 24-bit 48kHz sample quality.
- Original performance features emulated with custom scripts.
- 7 impulse responses of the original speaker.
- 5 custom and easy-to-use effects: Amp, EQ, Mod, Echo, and Dynamics.
The Akebono Collection for Kontakt is available to purchase for £12.50 GBP. Requires full version of Kontakt 4 or 5.
More information: Icebreaker Audio / Akebono Collection
Plugin Alliance has announced the launch of a “One Week Store Wide Plugin Special”, offering up to 50% off its plug-ins.
For the 1st time we enter Japan with a partner booth at AVID’s stand. To celebrate this event with you we offer a special for ALL our plugins. Limited 1 week offer!
This offer is valid until November 22nd, 2013.
- Add any single plugin to your cart: save 20%
- Add any 2 plugins: save 30%
- Add any 3 plugins: save 40%
- Add 4 or more plugins: save 50%
More information: Plugin Alliance
Icebreaker Audio has announced the release of Akebono: Plucked, a sample based re-creation of an electronic suitcase instrument from Japan.
Originally released some time in the mid to late ’80s, Akebono re-creates a number of traditional Japanese instrument sounds using a combination of samples and digital synthesis.
Using a custom script engine, Akebono: Plucked mimics not only the sound of the original, but the performance style as well.
Akebono: Plucked features
- All 9 plucked-string instrument sounds chromatically sampled at 24-bit 48kHz.
- An easy-to-use, custom interface.
- Convolution based emulation of the original speaker at various microphone positions.
- Authentic emulation of the original performance controls.
- Two additional articulations per sound, accessed via key-switches.
- Compatible with Kontakt 4 & 5.
Akebono: Plucked is available to purchase for £5 GBP. Requires a full version of Kontakt.
More information: Icebreaker Audio / Akebono: Plucked
Native Instruments today released the first of a series of videos showcasing respected Japanese producers, performers, and DJs.
Five artists give detailed insights into their individual creative processes with MASCHINE – Native Instruments’ groove production system seamlessly integrating tactile hardware and advanced software.
After a widely successful launch of Native Instruments’ Japanese office in Tokyo earlier this year, the company is beginning a series of activities with skilled local artists to further expand its footprint in the Japanese music production and DJ equipment markets.
Five-time DMC world champion DJ team KIREEK uses MASCHINE to intuitively create beats on the fly, dragging them directly into TRAKTOR PRO for an instant transition from their studio setup to playing live. International touring artist KAITO from the Cologne-based Kompakt Records lineup constantly discovers new ways of working on dance music in a way which is only possible with MASCHINE. Tokyo’s star performance duo HIFANA loves the comprehensive collection of sounds and use MASCHINE in their live setup on stage. Samplesmith DJ Baku uses MASCHINE as his main production tool to sample records from various genres and to find new musical inspiration. Fukuoka’s beat specialist OLIVE OIL has discovered MASCHINE as his go to tool – not only for sampling old records but even for mixing and arranging entire tracks without any additional software.
More information: Native Instruments / Maschine
FXpansion and Sonica have announced the release of Kabuki & Noh Percussion, a fascinating collection of authentically played Japanese percussion instruments and noisemakers.
Evoking the emotions and grandeur of the Kabuki stage, the mysteriously profound aesthetic world of Noh theater, and the reverberations of tapped hand drums, Kabuki & Noh Percussion features 56 percussion instruments used in Kabuki and Noh performances. The collection includes a variety of traditional hand drums, pitched drums, bells, gongs and music boxes alongside Noh flute and authentic vocal motifs. Also included are the ashibyoshi foot beats and tsukeuchi sound-effect clappers crucial to Kabuki performance.
Played by master traditional Japanese percussionist Takinojo Mochizuki with alternating left/right hits at up to 99 velocity layers, Kabuki & Noh Percussion’s stunning detail was captured using well-preserved vintage mics and Neve preamps. The recording sessions were conducted in an anechoic room similar to the bamboo-curtained orchestra room in a Kabuki theater. Reverb can be added as needed – the recordings preserve the true character of the instruments’ sound. Kabuki & Noh Percussion comes complete with 156 grooves that give you instant access to real nagauta and Noh performance rhythm patterns.
Kabuki & Noh Percussion for BFD2, BFD Eco and BFD Eco DV is available to purchase for $149 USD / 109 EUR / £95 GBP inc VAT.
More information: FXpansion / Kabuki & Noh Percussion
Universal Audio has announced it has donated $50,000 USD to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts in Japan.
Like the rest of the world, the employees of Universal Audio were shocked and saddened by the devastation caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
To help the people of Japan rebuild, Universal Audio worked with its UAD Powered Plug-In customers in April, 2011, developing a promotion that resulted in a joint “customer and company” donation of $50,000 to American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.
More information: Universal Audio
Soniccouture has announced a special sale for Omnichord, a sampled omnichord instrument for Kontakt and EXS24.
If you’ve never bought an instrument from us before, please consider buying this one.
The Omnichord will only be available until 31st April 2011, and we will donate 100% of the sales to the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal.
Soniccouture Omnichord – Supporting Japanese Tsunami Appeal
- KSP Strummer – realistic playing mode.
- 2 Round Robin layers.
- 24 Bit 44.1khz Sampling.
- Sound Design Presets.
- 100% Donated to Tsunami Appeal.
Omnichord is available to purchase for just $5 USD / 5 EUR / £5 GBP until April 30, 2011.
More information: Soniccouture / Omnichord
The Monome Community has released the Earthquake Disaster Emergency Album, a music collection in response to Tohoku Chiho Taiheiyo-oki Jishin, the Tohoku region Pacific Ocean offshore earthquake which rocked Honshu Island Japan only days ago.
This compilation of original music and sound has been generated in the days immediately following the staggering 9.0 earthquake which ravaged Japan, and is released in support of the ongoing rescue and reconstruction efforts ongoing today.
Regardless of whether you enjoy or appreciate this music, please make a donation to an aid organization responding on the ground to this disaster.
More information: Monome Community