SampleTekk has introduced Rain Piano MkII, a virtual piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Rain Piano has become a synonym for character upright pianos and has been used in countless productions, both in film and music.
Now we have made a great thing even better!
Rain Piano MkII features
- Sympathetic Resonance.
- True Resonance.
- Real Time Pedalling.
- True Pedalling.
- User controllable Hammer Noise and Pedal Noise.
- User controllable Resonance.
- TimeVel technique for ultra realistic release samples.
Rain Piano MkII will be available shortly, priced at MSRP $79 USD. An upgrade grace period will be available for Rain Piano owners.
More information: SampleTekk
AudioThing has launched Soundscapes Vol.2, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Soundscapes Vol.2 includes soundscapes, textures and ambiences ready to use as Kontakt instruments or WAV loops. These sounds are divided into four categories: binaural, concrete, inductor and piezo.
Like Soundscapes Vol.1, the samples were recorded in different places across the world (Las Vegas, Dublin, Prague, Naples, and Cosenza) using studio or portable equipment. AudioThing used different types of microphones, including handmade piezo and inductor mics, a large condenser microphone and a binaural microphone set.
All samples are seamless loops, so if you don’t have Kontakt it is possible to load them directly into your DAW.
Soundscapes Vol.2 features
- 35 Kontakt Instruments (.nki).
- 35 Samples (48kHz / 24-bit).
- Formats: Kontakt and WAV (loops).
- Size: 207 MB.
- Samples derived from: binaural recordings, inductor and piezo effects, mixed objects/places.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of 10 EUR until March 14th, 2014 (regular 12 EUR). Requires Kontakt 4.2.4+ or 5, full version.
More information: AudioThing / Soundscapes Vol.2
Bad Cat Media has released The Performachord, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
“The Performachord” is a reed based instrument thats somewhat of a cross between an accordion, and an organ. It is also commonly known as a “Chord Organ”, among a couple other names. The left hand is played by “push down” buttons offering different voiceing’s including: Roots, Major, Minor, & Seventh. Although this may seem basic to some, with a little creativity, and a decent grasp of theory, one can actually create numerous chord voicings using a combination of these buttons alone.
On the right hand, it has a keyboard to allow for melodies to be played in conjunction with the chords, or simply to be used for solo melody purposes. The character of its sound is unmistakeable, and easily fits well into the common “accordion based sound” that composers turn to day after day for TV/film work. However, it is far from from a one trick pony, and can easily be used in modern EDM/House music for either chord or melody.
The Performachord features
- A deeply sampled Performachord instrument.
- Over 700 samples, 1.12 GB download.
- Requires Native Instruments Kontact 5.3 or higher.
The library is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.
More information: Bad Cat Media
ForceSampling has releases Afterlife, a scoring sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The sounds have been processed and morphed from several different soundsources, everything from acoustic instruments like piano and guitar, to analogue sounds from a modern modular synthesizer.
The library content covers a wide scope of different genres (cinematic, ambient, dnb etc.), but it’s goal is not to provide bread and butter sounds for modern genres, instead the focus lies in bringing unusual and unexpected sounds to give extra spice to your compositions.
Distorted synth brass from dystopian lands, surrealistic drones from your weirdest nightmares, ethereal pads full of enlightenment and morphed acoustics that sound both natural and otherworldly, all in the same library.
- 600+ Nkis in 11 categories: Arps, Bass, Bells and Mallets, Drones, Dystopian Orchestra, Leads, Morphed Acoustics, Pads, Percussion, Risers, Synthesis.
- 6200+ samples in ncw format (2.3 GB compressed, 4.5 GB uncompressed).
- 401 MB 24 bit wav files of all FX (drones, risers) included.
- Requires full and latest version of Kontakt 5 (not compatible with Kontakt Player).
Afterlife is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49 USD until March 12th, 2014 (regular $99 USD).
Also available is Afterlife Free, offering 1,06 GB of sample content and 100 patches handpicked from the full release as a free download.
More information: ForceSampling
Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Bones Vol 1, a new British Modular Library series instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
BONES VOLUME 1, Features two sections; Tenor Trombones and Bass Bones both a2 (in future volumes you’ll get soloists, giving you 3 totally different players of each size on different instruments in different positions when played tutti) played by some of the greatest players on the planet today and recorded at Air Studios, London. Deeply sampled with an essential set of articulations, the most comprehensive set of mic positions all ingeniously scripted for an “it just plays out of the box experience”.
Composers have been travelling the world to come and record in London for many years now, our strings are formidable, alongside our woodwinds and brass. But the bones, well they’re just the backbone of any self respecting brass section! Maybe it’s the colliery tradition, the numerous symphony and chamber orchestras, the three major opera houses, several world class concert halls and 80+ theatre pits and buzzing film business in London alone. It leaves our brass players a cut above the rest of the world.
Bones Volume 1 also features many scripting and sampling innovations developed when producing our seminal Sable and Mural strings ranges and comes with the full feature set and intuitive GUI developed for the whole of the BML range. As you would expect with BML, Bones will feature a comprehensive selection of microphone perspectives and labour saving Jake Jackson mixes. Bones also has some additional expression features including intensity, tightness and control of release triggers to give even more human elements and a further ability to tweak.
The library costs £279 GBP. An introductory discount of 20% is available until March 18th, 2014.
More information: Spitfire Audio / Bones Vol 1
ThaLoops has announced the release of Cello 4 Hip Hop, a 1.4 GB virtual instrument for Kontakt and SoundFont, developed for urban music producers.
The cello worth 6k$ was sampled in a top studio using premium mics (A pair of Neumann U-87, Schoeps CMC641 and Blue Custom Microphone), run through a-class preamps.
The instrument includes 861 wav samples of various cello articulations covering 5 velocity layers per note and real trigger release sounds:
- Detache ( 5 velocity layers per note, polyphonic, vibrato with mod. wheel.)
- Legato (5 velocity layers per note, vibrato with mod. wheel.)
- Staccato (5 velocity layers per note.)
- Pizzicato (5 velocity layers per note.)
- Authentic Glissandos (octaves on every string C,G,D,A, solo and fifths.)
- Authentic Trills.
Unlike other virtual cello instruments, Cello 4 Hip Hop is an affordable professional library developed not just for movie scoring producers, but also for musicians who produce in genres such as urban hip hop and pop; strong, suede low end cello sound do not interfere with the powerful 808 layered hip hop kicks.
Compose catchy lead melodies and harmonies and layer modern synthesizers with the natural, edgy cello sound to add richness to your beats.
The Cello 4 Hip Hop library is available in Kontakt and SoundFont formats, priced at $34.95 USD.
More information: ThaLoops / Cello 4 Hip Hop
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on Mar 04, 2014
Native Instruments has announced the DYNAMIC DUO sales special, a limited-time offer that bundles the acclaimed MASCHINE groove production studio and NI’s industry-leading instruments and effects suite KOMPLETE 9.
Until March 31, 2014, MASCHINE and KOMPLETE 9 are available together for $799 / 799 € / £669 / ¥ 82,700 from the NI Online Shop and at retailers worldwide.
MASCHINE combines powerful software with a hardware-based workflow inspired by classic grooveboxes. 16 multi-color pads, a master push encoder, and eight display knobs provide intuitive control of all software features with tactile immediacy. MASCHINE 2 software delivers a pattern-based sequencer, highperformance sampler, and professional studio instruments and effects. The software also features five exclusive drum synth plug-ins capable of a wide range of sounds – all fully-adjustable and automatable directly from MASCHINE’s hardware. A new 8+ GB sound library of professional, production-ready sounds adds even more sound for beat makers to explore. MASCHINE 2 software’s tagbased browser and product icon display allow at-a-glance browsing of all KOMPLETE 9 Instruments and Effects.
KOMPLETE 9 is a comprehensive creative production suite with 33 products, 12,000 sounds, and 120 GB of sampled content for both studio and stage. Among its 33 award-winning instruments and effects are samplers such as KONTAKT 5 and BATTERY 4. The flagship modular synthesizer REAKTOR 5, which also hosts the dynamic MONARK, PRISM, and SPARK instruments, and renowned synths MASSIVE, FM8, and ABSYNTH 5 are also included. The updated SOLID MIX SERIES gives users a complete studio effects suite for creating polished, release-ready productions. And GUITAR RIG 5 PRO provides a wealth of amps and effects for use on guitar and bass or for creative sound design. When loading a KOMPLETE 9 Instrument or Effect in MASCHINE, key parameters automap to MASCHINE’s eight display knobs for immediate, hands-on sound adjustment.
Maschine and Komplete 9 can be purchased together for $799 / 799 EUR / £669 GBP until March 31st, 2014.
More information: Native Instruments / Dyanmic Duo
Wavesfactory has announced MutedTrumpet – Harmon, a trumpet instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Harmon Mutes have captured the imagination of music aficionados across the world through amazing performances from artists like Miles Davis. Today Harmon Mutes are played all over the globe by professional orchestras, soloists, recording artists, and students alike.
Played by the talented Bernat Xamena. Each note and transition sampled, no pitch shifting. Optional round robin, staccato, polyphonic sustains and true legato articulations selectable via keyswitches.
Dynamics, expression, vibrato and reverb controllable via remappable CCs.
It just works, sounds like the real thing. Easy playable, great sound instantly without having to tweak a hundred knobs.
The sample library is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.
More information: Wavesfactory / MutedTrumpet – Harmon