Soniccouture has released Grand Marimba, a Kontakt sample library featuring a 5 octave Yamaha 6100 series.
When we decided to sample a marimba, we knew we wanted to find a 5 octave concert model. There’s something very special about the enormous bass notes of a full sized model. The Yamaha 6100 model, which was designed in collaboration with world-renowned marimba legend Keiko Abe, seemed to be the natural choice.
A descendant of the african balafon, the modern marimba originated in Mexico, and is typified by wooden (rosewood or the cheaper padauk) bars mounted above metal resonator tubes, which can be tuned using stops.
The 6100 marimba represents the absolute state of the art, with exclusive precision tuning which ensures true pitch and a full sound, while the Honduran Rosewood bars and welded resonators give rattle-free playing.
The Grand Marimba’s main Instrument panel, containing ADSR controls, a filter section with envelope modulation, and stereo width with Flip.
Grand Marimba features
7.45 GB sample library – 3.4GB on disc with Kontakt NCW compression.
24 Bit 96khz stereo sampling.
Over 5000 samples.
5 octaves from C1 to C6.
4 articulations: Mallet, Stick, Roll, Bowed.
5 round robin layers for the Mallet articulation, up to 15 velocity layers on the Mallet articulation.
Fully controllable KSP Tremolo processor.
Humanise KSP controls.
Sound design presets included.
Demo MIDI files included.
Custom effects panel with Soniccouture impulse repsonse reverb library.
Compatible with free Kontakt Player – VST AU RTAS.
The Grand Marimba library is available to purchase for 99 EUR inc. VAT.
Soniccouture has announced the release of Crowdchoir, a sample library created in collaboration with over 1,000 people.
The Crowdchoir project was an experiment in crowd-sourcing : We wondered if we could get hundreds of people all around the world to each sing one note from a 3 octave range – then layer these recordings in a sampler to create a unique vocal sound – a wash of different voices in different rooms in different countries.
The project was a great success – over 1000 people contributed to a final total that exceeded 4000 different notes.
The instrument is now finished, and available now in Kontakt, EXS & Ableton Live formats.
Soniccouture’s Crowdchoir interface of the Native Instruments Kontakt version.
4000 individual crowd-sourced recorded notes from 1000 vocalists.
500 MB Library, in Kontakt 4 + 5, EXS24, Live formats.
Polyphonic Legato function (KSP).
5 alternate round-robin layers for natural attack.
The library is available to purchase for 20 EUR / £20 GBP / $25 USD. All profits will be donated to The Red Cross. It is free to all contributors.
Soniccouture has updated its Glass Works sample library for Kontakt to version 2.0.
Glass / Works is a Kontakt player instrument which collects together 3 extremely unusual and rare musical instruments which use glass to generate sound : Le Cristal Baschet, The Glass Armonica, and a set of Cloud Chamber Bowls.
Changes in Glass Works 2
New instrument / samples: Bowed Chamber Bowls. An airy, ethereal sound with realtime harmonic control via velocity or modwheel. 5 round robin samples per note.
New instrument: Cristal SFX. The SFX sound set from the v1.0 instrument rehoused in its own custom interface with the great new KSP ‘FOCUS’ function : map any sound across the entire keyboard with one click.
New GUI: each Glass Works instrument gets its own unique control interface with custom KSP options setup, dedicated effects page and more.
New Preset Library: 100 sound design presets explore every corner of the Glass Works sounds.
Glass Works 2.0 is also fully Kontakt Player 5 compatible.
Glass Works 2 is available to purchase for 99 EUR. Glass Works 1 users can upgrade for 29 EUR.
For the next 2 weeks, Glass Works 2 is 20% off with coupon code: WOD84HRK
Puremagnetik has announced Synth700, a MiniKorg inspired instrument for Live, Kontakt and Logic.
Synth700 is a complete re-creation of Korg’s very first analog monosynth, the MiniKorg 700. Synth700 has been expertly recorded with the finest A/D conversion and programmed by Puremagnetik’s award-winning sound designers for integration into Ableton Live, Kontakt, Logic and more.
A complete Mini Korg 700 synthesizer emulation.
Over 1200 high quality samples.
Ableton Live Racks with precise incremental controls.
Kontakt KSP easy edit GUI.
Logic EXS version includes Channel Strip Settings with Logic effects.
EXS Universal file format for easy importing into any audio host.
Synth700 is now available to download for Puremagnetik subscribers.
Soniccouture has announced that its first ever library Abstrakt Vol. 1 is now available as a free download.
We have re-released our first product as freeware – the scripting and graphics may look a little old fashioned, but the sounds still sound pretty fresh to us! We include the original scripts – more developed versions of these are to be found in our script product Scriptorium.
Abstrakt Vol. 1 features
250MB Sample library.
16 Bit 44.1khz samples.
64 Kontakt instruments.
5 KSP Scripts.
Kontakt format (v3, 4, 5).
Abstrakt Vol. 1 is available to download at no cost. A Soniccouture website account is required (registration is free).
Puremagnetik has released DeeEx, a collection of 80′s FM synthesis programs based on the Yamaha DX7.
For Ableton Live
Each DeeEx Live Rack employs Sampler’s unique Frequency Modulation capabilities for extreme tweaking, beyond what the original was ever capable of. All DeeEx instruments were built and programmed within Live for a seamless production experience. With expertly crafted macro controls, powerful effects racks and high quality samples, DeeEx for Ableton Live brings one of the most legendary synthesizers in history right to your desktop.
For Kontakt, Renoise and Logic
DeeEx for Kontakt has been customized to offer a huge range of tweakable parameters. Within DeeEx’s KSP-based user interface, music and sound producers can immediately take control of numerous effects and sound shaping options. The Renoise and Logic versions of DeeEx have been built from the ground-up for a seamless user experience. XRNI and Logic Channel Strips integrate directly into their hosts for quick access and easy playability.
Over 20 professionally multi-sampled instruments.
Over 600 high quality samples.
Advanced Ableton Live Racks with Macro Controls.
“Renoise Ready” XRNI files for instant playability.
Kontakt KSP easy edit GUI.
Requires Ableton Live 8.2.1, Kontakt 3.5 or Logic 8, 250 MB of physical RAM, 600 Megabytes (MB) of free hard disk space.
DeeEx is now available to download for Puremagnetik subscribers.