Sonokinetic has announced the release of Güzin, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring female Turkish vocal performances.
We have worked with Miss Güzin Degismez before, in our very first vocal library ‘Tigris and Euphrates’ and have been in contact with her about doing another project ever since.
As no other, Ms Degismez knows how to blend the traditional music of her culture into cinematic atmospheres that instantly invoke emotion and lively imagery. For this project, we recorded all new material, based on ‘moods’ and, in contrast to Tigris and Euphrates, these are all tempo synced and we’ve recorded all material in two tempi, to be able to employ our ITM tempo mapping system, making sure the recordings will always stay within acceptable stretch ranges. Of course, you can turn off ITM if you’re looking for that overstretched sound as an effect.
All is recorded in Istanbul by our trusted producer Ceyda Pirali, who played live percussion during the recording session to accompany the mood and set the stage for Güzin to perform freely and without the robotic constriction of a clicktrack, while still providing us with tempo sync-able material.
- Kontakt 4 & Kontakt 5 patch spanning 6 different moods, each in two recorded tempi.
- Automatic BPM group selecting (HOST slave).
- Tempo synced by time machine.
- Use of Sonokinetic Intelligent Time Machine functionality.
- Kontakt 5 with Timemachine Pro settings (64Bit).
- 3400+ samples. (1,36 GB sample content).
- all samples is 24 Bit 44.1 kHz AIFF format.
- Royalty and copyright free.
The library is available to purchase for 49.90 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt (Kontakt Player not supported).
More information: Sonokinetic / Güzin
Atom Hub has announced version 2.0 of the Old Mandolin virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Old Mandolin includes a new GUI for operating a number of useful effects.
Although it was not sampled again from scratch like Toolshed, about 80 MB of new material were newly sampled. More samples have been effected outside Kontakt to provide more sonic colors to the library. So now it contains “mandolinish” pads, kind of organs, e-pianos, softer, tonal, atonal FX patches.
I found this mandolin good at resembling another stringed instruments – koto, kalimba, cemballo, cimbalom, harp… those instruments will come up in your mind when scrolling through the new patches. Also, the initial basic patches have been improved, repositioned on some tones, tuned properly to give the mandolin and to you more options.
Old Mandolin features
- 16-24 bit / 44,1 kHz.
- 260 MB installed.
- 81 nki files (374 wav files) in 7 categories.
- up to 3 RR variations.
- Mandolin with its flaws and imperfections.
- Knocks, hits, percussive sounds.
- Basic mandolin patches.
- Extra FX patches ranging from experimental to calming and ethereal ones.
- Not a mandolin in traditional sense.
The library is available to purchase for 15 EUR. Existing customers of Old Mandolin can get the updated version for 5 EUR.
More information: Atom Hub / Old Mandolin
Orange Tree Samples has launched Pure Jazz Vibes, a virtual vibraphone instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
We developed Pure Jazz Vibes in collaboration with Chris Poehler of Lujon Audio, who arranged and oversaw the entire sample recording as well as contributing his invaluable expertise to the production of the sample library itself. One of our top priorities for Pure Jazz Vibes was getting a pristine, yet natural vibraphone tone. We auditioned several vibraphones, finally selecting a 70′s Musser Century Vibraphone due to its classic, warm tone. The Musser vibraphone is a legendary instrument, extensively used by vibraphone masters such as Gary Burton, Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Mainieri, and many others.
The vibraphone recording session was engineered by Michael Aarvold at the WaterSound Productions studio in the heart of Studio City, California. Regarding the choice of WaterSound’s studio to record the vibraphone samples, Michael says, “It has an exceptionally well-designed live room: the room maintains life and air in the sound, yet doesn’t superimpose a distinctive and undesirable sonic signature. It is also extremely quiet, which is very important when recording delicate textures and maintaining a room aspect to the sound.”
Pure Jazz Vibes features
- Over 8 GB total 24-bit 48khz samples (uncompressed).
- 4 dynamic layers, up to 7x round-robin, chromatically sampled.
- Separately controllable close, mid, and far mic positions.
- Modeled tremolo with adjustable speed and depth.
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD until February 28th, 2014 (regular $129 USD).
More information: Orange Tree Samples / Pure Jazz Vibes
Bigcat Instruments has introduced City Piano, a free virtual grand piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The City Piano is a fully sampled Baldwin Baby Grand with 4 velocity layers and release samples.
It is free and public domain. Do anything you like with it.
The library is available to download in Kontakt 5 format. Additional formats without interface or light versions are also available (incl. SampleTank, SFZ, VST, Kontakt 3, samples).
Three derivative piano instruments are currently also available for Kontakt 5: Shoot the Piano, The Whisper, and Lo-Fi.
More information: Bigcat Instruments
Heavyocity has released DM-307 – Modern Groove Designer, a Kontakt Player sample library.
The DM-307 Modern Groove Designer for Kontakt and Kontakt Player.
Heavyocity’s DM-307 is a highly-stylized collection of modular synth drums, live percussion, and processed classic analog drum machines. With more than 3,600 unique sounds and loops housed in 1500+ presets, DM-307 introduces innovative ways to quickly and easily create production-ready beats in a variety of contemporary styles; including electronic, hip hop, industrial, ethnic and cinematic.
In addition to the kits and loops, DM-307 showcases 300+ signature multis, allowing users to tweak beats created by Heavyocity and some of today’s top DJ/producers: Kaiserdisco, Martin Eyerer, Mendo, Pirupa and Uner; and notable cinematic composers: Joe Trapanese, Jason Graves and Kevin Riepl.
The library is available to purchase for $299 USD. Owners of other Heavyocity products (or Komplete 8/9) can get a $20 USD discount through February 25th, 2014, by entering their registered serial at checkout.
More information: Heavyocity / DM-307 – Modern Groove Designer
Luxonix has released Pop Keys, a virtual electronic piano instrument sample library for Kontakt.
Pop Keys is a sample library for Kontakt of a useful keyboard sounds package.
Pop Keys has basically standard acoustic & electric piano sounds, moreover it has various keyboard instrument sounds total 150 presets. Just one Pop Keys will solve your keyboards part in your various music genres.
Pop Keys features
- 150 .NKI Kontakt instrument presets for Kontakt 5.3+.
- 1,451 samples, 24 bit / 44.1 kHz .NCW format samples (Lossless compression).
- Includes various acoustic piano sounds, electric piano sounds, keyboard sounds for all music genres.
- Innovate instrument structure by 2 layers mixing style.
- Can easily make unique user sounds.
- Easy and accurate digit display FX knobs.
- About 900 MB installed (Compressed down from 2 GB).
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $29.99 USD / 22.99 EUR / £18.99 GBP through February 2014 (regular $59.99 USD / 44.99 EUR / £36.99 GBP).
More information: Luxonix / Pop Keys
Fairly Confusing Waveforms has announced Psychodrumma, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Psychodrumma is a “machine for blinking lights and making noise”.
Psychodrumma is nonsensical drum machine for NI Kontakt 4, focused on creating random and randomly evolving rhythmic patterns. It is experimental sound device and although it could be used as a regular drum machine, it would be probably impractical.
It is build of nine modules, called pads, each can playback a sound from one of two banks of 100 samples each, each has separate sound control rack and its own simple sequencer. All sequencers are synchronized with host tempo, but can run at different relative speeds and their start points can be de-synchronized, so to say.
The fun feature of Psychodrumma is, that it can play by itself, all of pad’s settings can be randomized on user input, gradually or periodically. You can just tune settings, let it play and observe evolving waves of randomness.
The virtual instrument library for Kontakt includes 200 wav files (24bit/44kHz), and is available to download at no charge.
More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Psychodrumma
Wavesfactory has updated Old Tape Piano, a sample library featuring a grand piano recorded in mono using a low quality cassette recorder.
8 velocity layers, custom animated GUI and custom script that gives you control over the volume and color of the noise from the tape itself, and over the speed and tune of the tape.
This library was first released on January 2012 with no GUI and no script available. This free update gives you more control and more fun over this special and addictive instrument.
Old Tape Piano features
- WAV files, 44.1KHz 24bit.
- 88 keys.
- Lo-fi cassette recorder.
- 8 velocity layers.
- Custom GUI.
- Noise volume and color.
- Tape speed and tune.
The library is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.
More information: Wavesfactory / Old Tape Piano