We all love the advent of computer music and the idea of taking a laptop to a gig with you, but there is still something to be said for hardware. Imagine having the reliability of hardware, at the same time, having the same detail, precision, and clarity of a plugin.
AcousticsampleS, in partnership with Gospel Musicians are now bringing the most realistic, organic, and playable grand piano sounds ever created for the Yamaha Motif XS and XF keyboards. With no loops and natural sustain, all 5 pianos have a distinct sound and character that will make you fee like you are playing a real acoustic piano.
Acoustic Pianos for Yamaha Motif XS/XF
5 acoustic pianos by Acousticsamples
B-Piano Upright, an old, out of tune, mechanically imperfect but still usable upright piano.
A-Piano Grand piano,an old French Gaveau piano. Gaveau was a French piano manufacturer. The company was established in 1847 in Paris and used to be one of the three largest piano makers in France (after Érard and Pleyel). This particular piano was build in 1960 and is refereed to as a “crapaud” (“Petite Grand” in English), which means that it’s a little smaller than a “quart de queue” (baby grand). It has a very particular sound, very bright and full of “inharmonicity” in the bass due to the short length of the strings.
Kawai-EX Pro sample Library, a powerful and bright 9-foot (276cm) Kawai EX concert grand piano that used to be in the Kennedy center in Washington DC.
Academic Grand, a 1963 Steinway D concert grand which has seen countless recitals and concerts over the years where it served as the University of Arkansas’ primary concert instrument.
Old Black Grand, an old Pleyel Grand Piano (F-71240 model from 1928) with vintage gear like a Studer console and tube microphones, it has the rich and warm sound of the old jazz/blues or even classical music recordings.
3-Velocity layers per piano.
Full sustain notes (no looping).
Separate volume assignments for release and sustain sounds.
Fits on 512MB RAM or Flash.
44kHz/16-bit Stereo Samples.
The libraries are available to purchase for the introductory price of $49.99 USD each (regular $99.99 USD), or in a bundle of all five for $199.99 USD (regular $299.99 USD) until November 5th, 2012.
Synth Magic has announced Digital Love Child, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Synth Magic’s Digital Love Child includes waveforms taken from various synthesizers.
This Kontakt instrument is a collection of waveforms taken from lots of different synthesisers. Synths such as Korg DSS-1, Kawai K5, Moog Phatty, Sid Chip, 1000p additive synth, Evolution Evs1, Quasimidi synths, CX5m have all been sampled through valve pre-amps and placed under the control of a custom GUI.
Digital Love Child features
Nearly 2GB of samples recorded through valve pre-amps using high quality converters.
Custom Kontakt GUI Interface (by Flavours of Lime).
Over 200 presets included randing from pads, keys, bass, weird alien drones and 60′s sci-fi, dance stabs, digital clangs and abstractions, vector sounds, additive risers the list goes on.
The sound library is available to pre-order for £14.95 GBP. Download links will be sent on June 3rd, 2012.
Tronsonic has released Dark Horse, a sample library with sounds from the Kawai 100-F synthesizer.
This analogue monosynth from 1980 wasn’t everyones cup of tea. Great for sci-fi effects but perhaps not the sweetest lead sounds.
With this pack, both the sawtooth and square waves (as well as white noise) have been sampled to tape in their pure form (ie no filter/modulation etc). Now you have the ability to playback this ‘mellotronized’ monosynth with full polyphony – and here is where the magic begins! A truly unique analogue/digital hybrid synth has been born…the Dark Horse…
Dark Horse includes 350 preset patches (175 for Kontakt 4.2.2 and 175 for EXS24). The library is available to purchase for £15.99 GBP.
Jiggery-Pokery has released Additions: retro additive synthesizers, an additive and FM synthesizer ReFill for Reason.
Additive synthesis: the unsung, unloved princess of synthesizer sound-making has been locked at the top of an overgrown tower for over a decade. Like a jester dressed as a Knight in slightly tarnished armour, JP rides to her rescue, kisses her back to life and lovingly crafts a massive set of sounds from two classic synthesizers, the FM/additive hybrid, the DK Synergy (1982), a long-time favourite of electronic artist Wendy Carlos, (patches from whom we are pleased to present here) and the true-additive beast that was the Kawai K5m (1987).
DK Synergy: all three of the rare Wendy Carlos cartridges, plus the factory and FX sets, and cartridges #4 and #5, for a total of 165 tones, plus 35 multi-layered Combinators, all handcrafted into shape by JP, for Hollow Sun.
Kawai K5m: 253 patches from the Kawai K5m—one of only a handful of true additive synthesizers ever produced—and several of its memory cards, lovingly sampled and edited by JP. Several patches feature velocity or release layers, plus 100 multi-layered, additive industrial soundscapes, including many recreations of Kawai presets.
Most DKS and K5m patches feature up to four notes per octave to reduce note stretch artefacts, and samples up to 30 seconds long in some cases. Additions contains nearly 2.8GB of uncompressed samples..
68 “Virtual Synergy” Combinators, using Thors’ FM Pair oscillators and inspired by the DK Synergy.
selig VocoSynth, combined with JPs virtual RMI Harmonic Synthesizer template.
PDF user guide.
The Additions ReFill is available to purchase for £29.95 GBP.
Soundcells has announced the release of Simple Sampling V2, an updated version of the ReFill featuring classic old-school sampled sounds.
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 classic old-school sampled sounds instead of huge patches built by hundreds of individual samples, you will love this ReFill. Patches are super-fast loading, CPU-friendly and they are full of ‘retro’ character…
Version 2 is an awesome update which adds 25 new combinator patches, some minor additions as well as reworked backdrops…
Simple Sampling V2 features
126 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, Kawai K5000…
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 to purchase for the introductory price of 17.90 EUR until April 17, 2011 (regular 24.90 EUR).
Goldbaby Productions has announced the release of iAm-K3m, a sample based synthesizer for EXS24 and Kontakt.
The K3m is a hybrid digital/analog synth produced in 1986. It uses an 8 bit wavetable for the oscillators and has analog filters and VCA. It also has a very lush stereo chorus!
This synth was recorded through various tasty bits of studio hardware… things like the UBK Fatso, Great River Harrison EQ32 , A-Design EM-PEQ.
What you get is a sample based instruments bursting with character, digital grit and analog warmth. You will find musical inspiration and sonic adventures waiting to be incorporated in to your next track…
Contains 116 patches for EXS24 and 122 patches for Kontakt. Including all the wave oscillators from the wavetable and a set of drums and FX synthesized on the K3m.
The iAm-K3m library is available to purchase for $49 USD.
Goldbaby has also released iAm-K3m-Free, a free sample pack featuring 36 24-bit wav drums created using the Kawai K3m and various analog hardware units.