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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

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

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

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

Softrave releases Kalimba VST plug-in

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Softrave has released Kalimba, a virtual percussion instrument for Windows.

Softrave Kalimba VSTi

Kalimba VSTi is based on samples of real African percussion instrument made of steel called Kalimba. It has 6 layers of velocity so you can feel some natural sound of kalimba out of your speakers.

We also added Analog drift control to add analog touch to samples or to create new vibrato effects. Original notes that were sampled are in diapasone D3 – F5. Lower and higher note sounds less realistic but still useful.

Kalimba VSTi is available to purchase for 11 EUR / $15 USD.

More information: Softrave / Kalimba VSTi

Necromare releases free sample-based VST instruments

Necromare

Necromare has released a number of free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.

The samples used are from free online sources and recorded sounds. The instruments are created with MaizeSampler.

Necromare VST instruments

  • Orchestral Percussion, velocity sensitive with note variation along the keyboard.
  • Kalimba, made with a single wave file.
  • Zombie Electric Guitar, velocity sensitive with note variation, includes various scrapes and noises.
  • Nylon Guitar, velocity sensitive and note variation includes harmonics, picking and plucking, and fret noise sounds.
  • Bowed Guitar, a violin bow scraped across the strings of the guitar. Includes high string and high squeel sounds.
  • Clean Electric Guitar, straight foward electric guitar with no effects. Sounds great with some distortion added.
  • Acoustic Guitar, velocity sensitive with note vairiation, includes body thumps and fret noises.
  • Fartburpatron 3000, farts and burps.
  • The Office, various office items recorded including: Enter Key, Pen Click, Paper Ball, Inkjet Printer, Paper Rip, Stapler.
  • Old Candle Jar, experimental instrument with sound of an old candle jar struck with a screwdriver.

Necromare VST instrumnent plug-in for Windows are available to download at no cost.

More information: Necromare

Soundcells releases Simple Sampling ReFill

Soundcells Simple Sampling

Soundcells has announced the release of Simple Sampling, a ReFill for Reason 4 and higher.

At first Soundcells started working on a fun ReFill based on a Stylophone only, which was recorded for sampling purposes. Besides programming a patch that matches the real thing, the NNXT sampler in Reason was tweaked to go some extra steps and some fat funky clavinet-style patches caught by surprise.

While producing the Stylofunk mini track (apart from the loop it’s entirely based on stylophone samples) some extra cool stuff was added to this ReFill: a “single-sample-rhodes”, a “single-sample-piano”, a “single-sample-kalimba” and a lot of other nifty stuff… “Simple Sampling” gradually turned into a product full of “simple samples” coming from different sound sources.

If you are looking for sampling like it was done in the old days instead of patches with hundreds of individual samples, you will love this ReFill. Super quick loading patches, very cpu-friendly and most of all full of character and very charming…

Simple Sampling features

  • 101 combinator patches for many different styles of music, subdivided in 6 folders: Bass, Drum Machines, FX & Atmo, Keys, Leads, Pads.
  • A note by note (a2 – e4) sampled and looped Stylophone including it´s typical release click.
  • “Simple Samples” coming from the Rhodes Mark 1, Doepfer MS404, Supernova 2, microKORG, G2, VL1…
  • The modules folder contains the basic NNXT patches which are used for the combinator sounds.
  • 10 Rex loops, 5 Redrum kits.

Simple Sampling is available for the introductory price of 14.90 EUR through October 2010 (regular price 19.90 EUR).

More information: Soundcells / Simple Sampling

Bolder Sounds Celtic Pipes, version 2 adds KSP scripting (+ free Thumb Piano released)

Bolder Sounds Celtic Pipes

Bolder Sounds has released version 2 of Celtic Pipes, a sample library featuring a comprehensive set of Bagpipes, Uilleann Pipes and Pub Pipes.

We’ve sampled every single musical note these instruments make, samples are also presented in both short and long loop lengths, mapped out in authentic note ranges with extensions on the highest sample. You can set a drone into motion within the use of the sustain pedal in the lower octaves, and then wail away on the melodic (chanter) part of the pipes mono phonically using pitch bend and continuous controllers without affecting the drones, all on the same midi channel, making for stunningly realistic pipe samples.

The Kontakt version of the Celtic Pipes has been updated to version 2 with newly added KSP scripting. It is a free upgrade for exisitng owners.

Celtic Pipes is available to purchase for Kontakt 3+, EXS24, and Gigastudio 2 for $29.96 USD until 24 July, 2010 in the Bolder Sounds Summer Sale (regular price $39.95 USD).

Bolder Sounds has also released a free Thumb Piano sample library for Kontakt 3+ and Apple EXS24.

This thumb piano (also called Kalimba, Sansa or Mbira) comes from a family of instruments originally from Africa. The range of this particular instrument is 2 octaves plus a major 3rd.

It was sampled with both plucks from the flesh of the thumb as well as the finger nail of the thumb for a brighter sound. Also each sample zone has 3 round robin samples assigned to it. So if you play the same key 3 times in a row, each time you will hear a different sample.

Bo Clausen has contributed some wonderful KSP Kontakt scripting as well which is documented in more detail later in this manual. Thank You Bo!

More information: Bolder Sounds / Celtic Pipes / Thumb Piano