Dream Audio Tools releases Dream Kalimba for Kontakt

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Dream Audio Tools has launched Dream Kalimba, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring a sampled pickup Kalimba.

Dream Audio Tools Dream Kalimba

Dream Kalimba features a pretty musical pickup Kalimba. We sampled it wired, using fingers, nails and plectrum. It also features “overdriven” and ”synthetized” additional sets, created using two of our favourite pedals chains.

Dream Kalimba features

  • All samples are 24 bit/48 Khz.
  • 11 designed .nki patches including clean and processed recordings.
  • Four round robins for nails and plectrum.
  • Multiple designed effects activable.
  • Modwheel slicer.

The library is available for the introductory price of 14.90 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or above.

More information: Dream Audio Tools

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Soundiron releases Kalimba v2.0 for Kontakt

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Soundiron Kalimba 2.0

Soundiron has released version 2.0 of Kalimba, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Our two kalimbas are made of wood and coconut, with hammered steel tines suspended over sound holes. The notes span about an octave and a half for the smaller kalimba and over two octaves for the larger one. We recorded in 3 different environments: Up close in a dry recording studio; at medium distance in a small bright chamber; and in a large, long linear hall, at close (1 meter) and far (15 meters) microphone distances.

This newly updated version of the classic Soundiron Kalimba now features 62 unique soundscapes, pads, atmospheres and drones to the library, each crafted by manipulating the source recordings. These organic ambiences make the ideal accompaniment to the acoustic portion of the Kalimba library, due to the natural sonic properties they share. All of it is wrapped up in a customizable performance control system, with lots of sound-shaping tools, arpeggiation sequencing and flexible DSP effects, such as convolution, EQ, resonant filter, chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, amp and speaker simulation, distortion and compression.

This new version 2.0 comes fully-loaded with a powerful user interface system that gives you total control over transient attack, sample start offset, dynamic swelling and dual-layer mixing, tuning and real timing. The master preset includes 7 different sound sets, including plucks and strums. Each sound selection layer is fully independent, but now their controls can be linked together or split with the push of a button. The new version 2.0 now also features our ever popular arpeggiation system, with total customizability, step sequencing, humanization and preset saving and loading. And every knob, slider, menu and button in the Kalimba GUI can be automated with a simple right click of your mouse.

Kalimba is available to purchase for $19 USD through January 19th, 2014 (regular $29 USD). Requires full version of Kontakt.

More information: Soundiron / Kalimba

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Audiority releases Marimbula for Kontakt

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Audiority Marimbula

Audiority has launched Marimbula, a virtual bass kalimba instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Marimbula, or bass kalimba, is a plucked box instrument from the Caribbean originally created by African slaves in the 19th century. This instrument, differently from other lamellaphones, is used to play simple bass lines providing a rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment to the diverse instruments of a band.

In this release you will find both acoustic sounds of the Marimbula, as well some sound designed patches. Acoustic patches feature a footprint based noise reduction system, adjustable by Mod Wheel.

Marimbula features

  • 8 Kontakt Instruments (8 Organic + 8 Designed; .nki).
  • Custom Kontakt Scripting.
  • 281 samples (.WAV – 48KHz / 24 bit stereo).
  • 20 Custom Impulse Responses.
  • 291MB Installed.
  • Performance controls.
  • Arpeggiator.
  • PDF Manual – (Download).

The Marimbula library is available to purchsae for the introductory price of 10 EUR (regular 12 EUR). Requires Kontakt 4.2.4+ full version.

More information: Audiority / Marimbula

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Rhythmic Robot releases Elektrik Kalimba for Kontakt

Rhtyhmic Robot Elektrik Kalimba

Rhythmic Robot has released Elektrik Kalimba, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt

This is, basically, a three-octave African thumb-piano sonically welded onto a traditional Rhodes EP. It sounds like the kind of keyboard a Zulu teenager might hotrod up in his spare time when he’d got tired of the tribal rain dances and wanted to get his groove on. It’s organic, funky, a bit dusty and clunky at times, and can run the gamut from almost-EP tones (though with a strange and unique originality to them) through bell-like, almost steel drum sounds, to African percussion clicks and clacks, depending on which settings you dial in.

We sampled multiple tine scratches, thunks, clicks, ticks and finger noises, and these can be introduced as additional attack noises beyond the kalimba’s own tone. We also sampled release thuds, thumps and mutes, and these can again be dialled in separately. This allows you to go from a kind of warmly rattly Roots Rhodes through to a full-on world music machine with a couple of mouse clicks.

Elektrik Kalimba features

  • Character of a Kalimba, body of an EP.
  • Separately adjustable thumb attack and tine release noises.
  • Multiple round-robins and randomised samples for organic authenticity.
  • Overdrive and Tremolo controls to add movement and drive to the sound.
  • Equally capable in a traditional EP role, or in a more world-music setting, or as a unique sound-design instrument.

Elektrik Kalimba is available to purchase for the introductory price of £9.95 GBP until the end of March, 2013 (regular £14.95 GBP).

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Elektrik Kalimba

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Embertone intros Tomato Paste Kalimba for Kontakt

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Embertone has announced the Tomato Paste Kalimba, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Embertone Tomato Paste Kalimba

Crafted by some insane genius, the Tomato Paste Kalimba is useful even beyond the borders of Sub-Saharan Africa. This hybrid kalimba/tomato paste container resonates with a unique, intimate sound… and we couldn’t resist sampling it!

The instrument utilizes the same arpeggiator as our Jug Drums COMPLETE collection, and it will get you a stylized rhythm in no time. A preset system gives you the ability to create and save your own arp settings, and 50 factory presets to inspire you. Our custom-programmed randomization, humanization system will keep your patterns from sounding like computerized mechadrums.

The sample library will be available soon, priced at $15 USD.

More information: Embertone / Tomato Paste Kalimba

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