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Beatport supports Japan with donation of proceeds 3/21

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Beatport Japan relief

Beatport has announced it is inviting you to help raise funds for the American Red Cross by purchasing music at Beatport on Monday, March 21.

Beyond the fact that electronic dance music as we know it wouldn’t exist without Japan’s contributions over the years—just consider the numbers 303, 808, and 909—the ongoing crisis in Japan affects us all, on a purely human scale.

For that reason, on Monday, March 21st, Beatport will donate 100% of our day’s net proceeds to Japanese relief efforts. Join us by shopping on Beatport.com on March 21st.

More information: Beatport

Ableton releases Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion and AAS Journeys, new Partner Instruments

Ableton has announced the release of two new partner instruments: Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion and AAS Journeys.

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion is a collection of Japanese taiko sounds that perfectly captures the epic thunder, majesty, and subtlety of these massive traditional drums.

Taiko, Japan’s famous traditional drums, are growing in popularity around the world due to the emergence of taiko groups and their spectacular live performances. Sonica Instruments has packaged the heart-stopping low end, bombastic volumes, dynamic rhythms and unmistakable sound of five taiko percussion instruments in an impeccably recorded and crafted library. Performed by Ikki Hino, famed for his intricate taiko stickwork, and produced by sound creator and composer Tomzuin H, Japanese Taiko Percussion gives the curious musician and sound producer access to a vivid, unexplored world of percussive expressions.

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion features

  • Perfect reproduction of five traditional Japanese instruments — an ohdaiko (large taiko about 108 centimeters in diameter), a chudaiko (mid-sized taiko at about 60 centimeters in diameter), two varieties of shimedaiko (smaller taiko, a mere 40 centimeters round), and a kane (a hand symbol).
  • Four-channel recording of each instrument with two direct microphones and an overhead stereo microphone for maximum mixing flexibility.
  • Extensive range of essential taiko articulations in addition to regular hits for virtually endless expressive possibilities.
  • Left and right hits recorded separately at up to 47 velocity layers each (total of 94 velocity layers).
  • Left and right hits assigned to different keys to give a genuine sense of playing the taiko on a keyboard.
  • Collection of performers’ calls and shouts.
  • More than 1,000 original MIDI grooves performed by Ikki Hino.
  • Includes 14 Drum Racks, 86 Live Sets containing 1025 Clips.
AAS Journeys

AAS Journeys is a set of 128 Tension sounds for Ableton Live ranging from acoustic-like instruments to organic landscapes.

Journeys is a set of 128 Tension sounds for Ableton Live. This collection is master sound designer Gregory Simpson’s endeavor to create sounds that evoke the essence of other times, places or cultures. This collection will get you traveling from ancient to modern times, from Asia to Africa and everything in between — all with the intrinsic acoustic quality of Tension as your passport.

Journeys draws on the great strengths of physical modeling and the unique sonorities of Tension. Each of these presets is almost an instrument in itself, and reacts to user expression in a very natural and powerful way. From acoustic-like instruments to organic landscapes, Journeys is a great source of inspiration.

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion is available to purchase for 59 EUR / $79 USD, AAS Journeys is 29 EUR / $39 USD.

More information: Ableton

Impact Soundworks releases Koto Nation: Classical Instruments of Japan

Impact Soundworks Koto Nation

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Koto Nation: Classical Instruments of Japan, a koto, bass koto and shamisen library for Kontakt, featuring world-class performer Masayo Ishigure.

We created Koto Nation out of a desire to see traditional Japanese instruments receive a deep, thorough sampling treatment, much like our acclaimed North Indian sample library Sitar Nation. While there are a handful of libraries which include samples of the koto and shamisen, they feature only the most basic articulations and few (if any) velocities or round robins. To our knowledge, the bass koto has never been sampled at all! Given the popularity of the shakuhachi and taiko in many Western film soundtracks, we wanted to allow film composers, hobbyist producers, ethnomusicologists, anime fans and everyone in between access to these classic instruments and complete the repertoire of traditional Japanese sounds available.

This library includes a massive number of samples spanning a wide variety of both traditional and extended playing techniques all recorded by koto legend Masayo Ishigure (Memoirs of a Geisha). We’re confident that this is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive koto, bass koto and shamisen library ever to be released!

Koto Nation features

  • World-class performances.
  • Up to 8x round robins and 5x dynamic layers.
  • Traditional and contemporary techniques.
  • Close and room mic positions.
  • Special FX patches.
  • Nearly 9gb of unlocked, 24bit audio.

Koto Nation for Kontakt is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Koto Nation

Microhammer releases February 2010 Release Bundle

Microhammer Spirit Flute

Microhammer has released the February 2010 Release Bundle, a collection of 10 new instruments for Kontakt.

Microhammer is launching a series of new products around 15th of every month. All monthly releases will be followed by a bundle containing all the products at a highly favorable rate, so you can get it all. The bundle is only valid until our next release, so grab it while you can. We are proud to announce our second launch bundle, which consists of all the Microhammer February titles.

February 2010 Release Bundle includes

  • Berimbau, a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil.
  • Spirit Flute, originally an instrument played by Native Americans. It has been used in countless New Age and World Music recordings and is known for its distinctive and at times – almost haunting sound.
  • Train Flute, hand-carved by skilled craftsmen who adhere to the ways of a simpler time, only the finest and richest tone-producing secret blend of woods were used in this instrument.
  • Slide Flute, the classic slide-whistle or slide-flute is a common staple of comedic and children’s music. The signature rise and fall is used both musically, as well as in old-school sound design and foley to signify objects rising or falling in space.
  • Kokiriko, a traditional Japanese percussion instrument. The instrument sounds like a long set of domino pieces clashing together and has a distinct clicky/clacky type of sound.
  • Smiley Drum, a 10-tongue major pentatonic variant of the classic propane drum concept, with a shallower, wider pan than most.
  • Clay Drum, this giant clay vase was chosen specifically for it’s unique sound and tonal resonance. Producing a wide variety of sounds, this clay drum is a both a percussive and melodic instrument.
  • Sand Drum, the unique surf-like sound is produced by a medium-sized enclosed drum about 1 1/4″ thick and filled with dozens of tiny silver metal beads.
  • Road Trip Vol. 1, little tidbits, oddities, improvisations and random gems found at various pit stops on a desert trip.
  • Windchimes, made from a selection of different wind chimes, however sampled in detail so the user can control the amount of chimeniness and use them as percussive instruments.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 3, SFZ and .wav
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3 / 4 full retail versions required.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player will only work for 30 minutes with this product. Full version required to remove this restriction.

The February 2010 Release Bundle is available to purchase for the introductory price of $109 USD until 15 March, 2010 (regular price $172 USD). Instruments are also available to purchase separately, starting at $9 USD.

More information: Microhammer / February 2010 Release Bundle

Loopmasters releases Shamisen

Discovery Sound Shamisen

Loopmasters has released Shamisen, a sample library featuring Shamisen loops by Discovery Sound.

This painstaking work faithfully reproduces the shamisen’s unique tones, from delicat reverberations to impassioned, soul-stirring phrases.

There is a historical “period drama” boom among the younger generation, fueled by the film and music industry. One theory holds that the driving forces behind this boom are director Hayao Miyazaki’s most recent works. These animated features feature historical “old Japan” as their setting, and have been record-setting national hits within Japanese audiences. These successful films have granted us a fresh opportunity to see our country in a different light.

The instrument known as the shamisen can be traced back to the biwaand other similar instruments derived from China; there is arguably no sound to which the Japanese ear is more accustomed. The shakuhachi has little intonation, and the koto, while gorgeous, has no lightness. A mere three strings of the Shamisen spun of silken threads express a vast range of human emotion with rich feeling.

Discovery Sound Shamisen includes 106 inspiring Shamisen loops (16 Bit 44.1Khz .wav format). It can be purchased from Loopmasters for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Shamisen

Nine Volt Audio updates TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio has updated TAIKO, a multi-sampled library of Japanese drums for Kontakt.

Great reviews have not stopped us from adding more of everything to TAIKO: 31 new patches/multis, 75 new MIDI performances across 12 new themes and 475+ MB of additional hits and fx! The specifications below reflect these additions.

TAIKO features

  • Recorded in a concert hall, capturing nagado-daiko drums with natural reverb from multiple microphone perspectives including close, stage, hall, and balcony. Stage, hall and balcony positions include left and right microphone perspectives for complete stereo images.
  • Recordings include left and right hand head hits, rim clicks, stick clicks, stomps, yells, shouts, growls and more.
  • 4,800+ recorded hits and nearly 2.8 GB of content in 24 bit, 44.1kHz resolution.
  • 275+ patches and multis with a palette of sounds ranging from minimal stick clicks to ensemble created sonic booms.
  • 150+ MIDI performances, many with up to 16 parts, spread across 24 themes. Sixteen of these themes recreate the performances in Action Drums: Taiko Edition. A matching Kontakt multi patch is included for each theme, pre-mixed for instant out-of-the-box composing.
  • Patches have up to 90+ velocity layers, and advanced scripting assists in the creation of realistic performances by affecting volume, tuning, randomness and ensemble tightness.
  • Includes a broad range of “ensemble constructor” patches. These present the most natural form of the recorded taiko into easy to use patches. Each taiko is broken down into elements by microphone position and articulation for maximum control of the mix.
  • Users have access to all raw .wav files.

TAIKO is available for Kontakt (v2.2.4.001 or higher) as a digital download and on DVD for $129.99 USD.

Visit Nine Volt Audio for more information and audio demos.

Myst Sonic releases Chinese Zither-GuZheng

Myst Sonic Chinese Zither-GuZheng

Myst Sonic has released Chinese Zither-GuZheng, a sample library for Kontakt featuring a high quality wooden-type class Chinese Zither-GuZheng instrument.

Chinese Zither-GuZheng is an ancient Chinese plucking style instrument used since more than 2500 years ago. It is different from the Japanese Koto in that it has more strings and sound range, and has a larger wooden body. Because of its classic wooden harmonic structure, its sound is similar to a harp, but has even more lucidity and clarity.

Chinese Zither-GuZheng features

  • 24Bit 48HZ hight class type GuZheng recording with sample size fully optimised to save system resource while maintaining studio quality performance.
  • Multi body part and velocity layer sample take include bridge tone, body tone, and sound hole tones.
  • Just uni patch for multiple function control availably.
  • Assignable controller for realtime keymap switch between bridge tone and body tone.
  • Simulate Chinese Zither tremolo plucking technique trigger by midi keyboard.
  • Tremolo expression control by mod wheel.
  • Additional assignable controller for tremolo expression control.
  • Pick direction change control. ( when mod wheel value > 0, forward -> backward -> forward -> backward…..)
  • Each notes pitch changes independently under Virtual Bending Pitch Wheel System filter structure.

Chinese Zither-GuZheng is available for purchase now for 49 EUR.

Visit Myst Sonic for more information and audio demos.

Nine Volt Audio releases TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio has released TAIKO, a multi-sampled library of Japanese drums capable of an extensive range of sounds and impacts.

By combining theatre recordings with deep programming, a vast selection of patches and MIDI files, TAIKO offers composers a unique and easy-to-use set of tools for creating compelling drum performances.

TAIKO features

  • Recorded in a concert hall, capturing nagado-daiko drums with natural reverb from multiple microphone perspectives including close, stage, hall, and balcony. Stage, hall and balcony positions include left and right microphone perspectives for complete stereo images.
  • Recordings include left and right hand head hits, rim clicks, stick clicks, stomps, yells, shouts, growls and more.
  • Consists of over 4,800 recorded hits and 2.3 GB of content in 24 bit, 44.1kHz resolution. Users have access to all raw .wav files.
  • Contains nearly 250 patches with a palette of sounds ranging from minimal stick clicks to ensemble created sonic booms.
  • Includes over 75 MIDI performances, many with up to 16 parts, spread across 12 themes. Four of these themes are also featured in Action Drums: Taiko Edition. A matching Kontakt multi patch is included for each theme, pre-mixed for instant out-of-the-box composing.
  • In addition to having patches with dozens of velocity layers (90+ in some instances), TAIKO features advanced scripting that works behind-the-scenes to assist in the creation of realistic performances by affecting volume, tuning, randomness and ensemble tightness.
  • Includes a broad range of “ensemble constructor” patches. These present the most natural form of the recorded taiko into easy to use patches. Each taiko is broken down into elements by microphone position and articulation for maximum control of the mix.

TAIKO for Kontakt (v2.2.4.001 or higher) is available now for $149.99 USD.

Visit Nine Volt Audio for more information and audio and video demos.