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K-Sounds releases Epic Grand for Korg Kronos and Kronos X

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K-Sounds Epic Grand

K-Sounds has announced the release of Epic Grand for the Korg Kronos and Kronos X, featuring detailed stereo samples of a Japanese grand piano.

Epic Grand was designed with quality in mind. The samples were recorded and edited at 176.4kHz, 24 / 32 bits, then converted to Kronos-compatible specifications for the final product. A close mic position was used, creating an up-front, studio sound. The stereo image is wide, centered, and mono-compatible. Every note has a generous, natural-sounding sustain.

Epic Grand offers eight sampled dynamic layers plus damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noise samples, and multi-dynamic damper noise samples. All samples are unlooped, lasting up to twenty seconds.

Epic Grand’s damper resonance samples are true recordings of the sympathetic string resonance heard when notes are played with the damper pedal down. Sampling the actual resonance of a real piano provides authenticity that surpasses digital effects and convolution. This resonance is presented as an independent component of the instrument, allowing it to respond to the sustain pedal in real time. Users can adjust its volume or disable it altogether.

In addition to a variety of programs, five layer / split combinations are provided. Each one blends the piano with multiple instruments that can be independently activated and disabled during a performance. A keyboardist could begin by playing solo piano, add strings, add electric piano, and then return to solo piano – all without causing a break in the sound! Taking this concept further, additional combinations focused on solo piano allow users to independently add or subtract damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noises, and damper noises.

Epic Grand is designed to be incredibly playable. It was constantly played during its development to ensure that it responds dynamically and musically.

Epic Grand features

  • Close-miked, unlooped samples up to 20 seconds long.
  • Eight sampled dynamic layers.
  • True sampled damper resonance with real-time sustain pedal response.
  • Release resonance samples.
  • Hammer noise samples.
  • Damper noise samples triggered by the sustain pedal.
  • Big “studio” sound with modest system requirements.
  • Wide stereo image.
  • Mono-compatible.
  • Custom programs and combinations provided.
  • Designed to be incredibly playable.

Epic Grand is available for purchase for $125 USD.

More information: K-Sounds / Epic Grand

Soniccouture launches The Attic instrument bundle for Kontakt

Soniccouture has released The Attic, a bundle of 10 virtual instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniccouture The Attic

The Attic : a project to document and sample interesting, characterful instruments that may not always be the obvious choice when we think of classics.

Instruments which, when added to a track, instantly add some special magic, even if it is due to the fact that it sounds a bit cheap or quirky.

We asked around some friendly producers: Neil Davidge, Adrian Utley and Liam Howe were all happy to open up their attics to us, and the resulting collection is a fascinating journey into the corners early analogue synthesis, offering a huge palette of sounds to reach into when you need colour, character and exuberance.

The Attic features

  • 10 Unique Instruments: Roland RS202 String Machine, Korg LP10 Analog Piano, Suzuki Omnichord, Jennings Univox, Minikorg 700s, Hammond Solovox, Synthi AKS, Roland SH2000, Godwin String Concert, Philips Philicorda
  • Authentic Analogue Sample modelling.
  • Over 350 Presets.
  • Kontakt Player Compatible.
  • 7.8 GB Core Library.

The Attic is available for purchase for $149 USD / £119 GBP / 129 EUR. Until May 2nd, 2014, you can use coupon code URR3K3Y to get $30 USD / 20 EUR off.

More information: Soniccouture / The Attic

Kid Nepro releases Vintage Synths 2 for Korg Kronos

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Kid Nepro Vintage Synths 2 for Kronos

Kid Nepro has released Korg Kronos Volume #10 – Vintage Synths 2, a new collection of sounds for the Kronos HD-1 sound engine.

Vintage Synths 2 contains 373 Megs of new multi samples with a wide assortment of classic analog basses, leads, pads, strings and killer synths that have that vintage analog sound that many musicians pay big bucks for – now at a fraction of the cost – Only $69.

The best thing about sampling vintage analog synths into the Kronos is that we have then added all the amazing Kronos effects and real time controls to create a mix of super analog synths on steroids. All programs and combis include full KARMA functions and drum track as well as control assignments to the Kronos Joystick, Vector Stick, SW1 & SW2 and User Knobs 5-8. The result is the best analog sound with the best modern controls that will inspire you to create amazing new music.

Kronos Vintage Synths 2 is perfect for your next studio recording or live gig. Or if you just want to jam along, the cool KARMA grooves included on all 64 Programs & 16 Combis will have you jamming for hours.

The library is available to purchase for $69 USD.

More information: Kid Nepro / Kronos Vintage Synths 2

Dark Side of the Tune releases Volca Beast II

Dark Side of the Tune Volca Beast II

Dark Side of the Tune has released Volca Beast II, a free sound library featuring the sound of Korg’s Volca Beats analog drum machine with expanded sonic capabilities.

The Volca Beats was put through boutique sound processing to create even more depth and range. From quick thumpy sounds for techno and like genres, to beefy Hip-Hop style rhythms, Volca Beast can easily fit into most productions.

Samples labeled with a lower-case letter after them are multi-samples. This gives you the choice of randomizing each hit so you keep some of the analog integrity.

All sounds are offered in 16 and 24 bit resolution, 44.1kHz wave files.

The sample pack is a free download at the Dark Side of the Tune SoundCloud page.

More information: Dark Side of the Tune / Volca Beast II

Full Bucket Music releases Nabla string synthesizer

Full Bucket Music has released Nabla, a free string synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Full Bucket Music Nabla

The Nabla is a VST™2.4 software instrument for Microsoft Windows® simulating the KORG Delta DL-50 Strings Synthesizer from 1979. Is is written in native C++ code for high performance and low CPU consumption.

Nabla features

  • Paraphonic Synthesizer and Strings sections.
  • Up to 64 voices polyphony.
  • Synthesizer section:
    • Four band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators.
    • Additional noise generator.
    • 4-pole zero-delay feedback bandpass/lowpass filter.
  • Strings section:
    • Two band-limited frequency divider-driven signal generators.
    • 2-band equalizer.
    • Ensemble effect.
  • Flexible pitch/filter modulation by LFO or noise.
  • Tweaks (not to be found in the original Delta):
    • “GOD Mode” to provide true polyphony.
    • Panning for Synthesizer/Strings sections.
    • Built-in phaser and delay effects.
  • Double precision audio processing.
  • All parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.
  • Plug-in comes in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
  • Fully compatible with SM Pro Audio’s V-Machine™.

The plug-in is available to download as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: Full Bucket Music / Nabla

Precisionsound releases Analog Performer SFX

Precisionsound Analog Performer SFX

Precisionsound has introduced Analog Performer SFX, a suite of electronic sound effects ranging from glitchy blips to screaming rips, noise strikes to harmonic ripples, laughing androids to alien birdcalls, all created with analog hardware.

The library was crafted from exclusive performances by Phil Thornton on his vintage Moog Source synthesiser, complemented by his Korg MS-20/MS-50 modular system and Korg SQ-10 analog sequencer. A bonus suite of remixed effects pushes into further sonic terrain, including sweeps, risers, and hybrid textures.

Precisionsound founder, Lars Westin, said: “Analog Performer SFX will add colour and chaos to your productions. The combination of synth programming and live improvisation gives this library an unmistakable character – hovering between vintage sci-fi and futuristic electronica – that can’t be matched by software synths or computer-based sequencing.”

Phil Thornton is a best-selling ambient artist whose production and performance credits include Sinéad O’Connor, Arthur Brown, Hossam Ramzy, and Expandis.

Analog Performer SFX features

  • 385 raw synth sounds (709MB total).
  • 155 hybrid remixed sounds (586MB total).
  • 1.26GB uncompressed size.
  • Individual sounds from 300ms to 1m25sec in duration.
  • 44.1kHz 24-bit stereo WAV throughout.

Analog Performer SFX is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Precisionsound / Analog Performer SFX

Soundcells releases WaveDrummin’ v3 ReFill

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Soundcells WaveDrummin'

Soundcells has updated its WaveDrummin’ ReFill to version 3.

With WaveDrummin’ you can combine enchanting and haunting rhythms based on loops and samples from the KORG Wavedrum WD-X and the Impaktor App for iPad.

This ReFill opens doors to percussive bliss that have never been opened before – wether you are a dance producer druling over techno or electro beats or you are a vegetarian ethno guru spiritualist … WaveDrummin will help you getting there.

Version 3 adds REX loops, Kong & ReDrum kits as also combinator patches.

WaveDrummin’ v3 features

  • 167 combinator patches.
  • 158 REX loops.
  • 20 NNXT patches.
  • 25 Kong- & 10 ReDrum kits.

The ReFill is available to purchase for 9.90 EUR.

More information: Soundcells / WaveDrummin’

Korg announces development of new ARP Odyssey synthesizer

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Korg has announced that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey analog synthesiser is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.

The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.

Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.

After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.

The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.

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