, samples and sound libraries
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on Apr 05, 2011
Puremagnetik has released Vintage Organs Volume 2, a library of organs featuring the Yamaha YC-30, Farfisa Pianorgan, Emenee, Magnus & Gulbransen Pump Organs.
Vintage Organs Volume 2 comes with a new and improved Laslo II speaker effect and Marimba Percussion Engine for Live, completely integrated Kontakt KSP drawbar controls and experty crafted channel strips for Logic.
Vintage Organs Volume 2 features
- Over 10 Multisampled programs, each with multiple layers to blend.
- High Quality 24 bit samples.
- Live version includes a new and improved Laslo II speaker effect and Marimba percussion engine.
- Logic EXS version includes channel strip settings with Logic effects.
- Kontakt version includes custom KSP interface and fully loaded effect chains.
Vintage Organs Volume 2 (requires Ableton Live 8.2.1, Kontakt 3.5 or Logic 8) is available now to Puremagnetik subscribers.
More information: Puremagnetik / Vintage Organs Volume 2
BooTweak Designs has announced that its custom programmed Kontakt library BooTweak is now available as donationware.
With BooTweak, you can quickly find, edit and perform with your samples from one performance view. Think of it as the uber-template you wished you had every time you drag a group of samples into Kontakt where they huddle, naked and afraid, with only a lone volume envelope to comfort them.
BooTweak for Kontakt 4
BooTweak is available for Kontakt 4.11 or higer. All of the BooTweak samples, kits and 3rd party sample kit files are now free for download. Donations are much appreciated.
More information: BooTweak
Puremagnetik has released Microtron™ XL, a bundle of 3 tapes from Puremagnetik’s popular Microtron series.
All of the original performance nuances of the Mellotron M400 have been immaculately captured through a Neumann U47 Microphone and Reeves Custom 50 Amplifier.
Microtron XL integrates seamlessly into Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3/4 and Logic 8/9. It comes packed with a palette of 9 expertly recorded instruments and over 1 Gigabyte of multisample content.
The Ableton Live version contains 9 individual multisampled instruments and a full “tape” instrument that has similar sound blending functionality as found on the original M400. Microtron XL also comes packed with over 150 professionally performed phrases complete with Macro and effects integration.
Microtron XL for Kontakt includes all 9 multisampled instruments complete with effects and a custom KSP user interface. Logic and Kontakt versions both come with a collection of over 150 professionally performed Apple Loops in SIAL format.
Microtron XL includes the following instruments as programmed from the original tapes.
- MK II Flute – Undoubtedly the sound that defines Mellotron, the MKII flute instantly conjures images of 1967 Abbey Road. Not only the most famous Mellotron sound, but perhaps the eeriest, the MKII flute’s dubious pitching has been in question throughout the decades. The change in timbre (they say two flutes were used) and odd intonation only adds to the haunting and mesmerizing character of this timeless sound.
- Octave Recorders – The Octave Recorder is a newer sound composed of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Playing fast staccato chords on this one can make it sound a bit like a harmonium. It has a solid woody tone with breathy articulations and is definitely a contender to fill up the mix with some organic elements.
- Cello – Renown for its melancholy timbre and described by some as “wheezing and groaning” the Cello sound was originally recorded in the 1960s. A double bassist was used for the lower registers. Apparently the original session cellist did not wish to detune his cello for fear of damaging the instrument. Nonetheless, the Microtron Cello recording is undoubtedly a unique character in the tape library.
- Clarinet – The original Mk1 Clarinet that was discontinued but re- introduced for Puremagnetik’s Microtron series. Warm and woody, the Microtron clarinet has an authentic sound that captures a vintage flavor all its own. The Microtron clarinet patch is programmed an octave higher for quick harmonic layering with other Microtron sounds.
- French Horn – Big and brassy, the Microtron French Horn is a uniquely expressive addition to the Microtron collection.
- Glenn Miller – Glenn Miller disappeared from the radar in 1944, but now he has returned for one last swingin’ arrangement in your DAW!
Glenn Miller inspires hours of fun and creativity with layered brass sounds, warped, flanged and mangled in the classic Mellotron tape style.
- Brass – The recorded combined output of two saxophones, two trumpets and a trombone, this is a powerful and punchy sound much beloved of King Crimson, Rick Wakeman, The Moody Blues and even John Lennon who thoughtfully recorded most of a demo of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ using the black Mellotron Mk II he kept on his half landing. Never fails to impress. Never fails to scare small children either.
- 8 Voice Choir – Certainly one of the major ‘classic’ Mellotron sounds, and perhaps the most arresting, this recording of four females and four males was first used in the early 1970s with the advent of the M400 and was widely used by rock groups who found that the sound of a Mellotron was a bit better than the sound of their chronic off-key harmonising.
- String Section – A combination of violins, viola and cello, these multisampled strings are pre-arranged to sound huge! Layer them together in chords or clusters for some outlandish string effects.
Microtron XL is available to purchase for $29 USD
More information: Puremagnetik / Microtron XL
Puremagnetik has announced the release of PM-70, a new sound pack of 8 multi-sampled instruments emulating the Yamaha CP70 Electric Grand Piano.
At the core, the CP-70 is a piano with strings and hammers with a pickup system for electric amplification. Originally released in the 1970′s as a “portable grand piano” for use on rock tours, the sound was made famous by Genesis, Kansas, U2 and more recently Keane. The CP-70 can be compared to that of a Rhodes or Wurlitzer electric piano, but due to the use of strings instead of tines, it sounds much more like a traditional piano. The metallic strings amplified by electric pickups further characterize the CP70 as its own class of piano, giving it a guitar-like sound at times.
Puremagnetik worked with The Distillery in New York City to capture the pickup details using a prototype germanium-based DI from Sage Electronics. The twangy saloon like piano tone was recorded with a stereo pair of matched 414′s through a Focusrite ISA 828.
Additionally, Puremagnetik has programmed some patches to emulate the CP-70 tremolo circuit and tube amplifier. As evidenced in some of the more exploratory patches, PM-70 also explores the piano as a spectral source to create new fictional synthesizer tones.
PM-70 features features
- High Quality 24 bit MultiChannel recordings.
- Multiple Velocity Layers for Realistic Playability.
- Emulation of the Original Tremolo Circuit.
- Integrated Ableton Live Effects Racks with Advanced Macro Mapping.
- Custom Kontakt KSP GUI for Easy Editing.
- Requires Ableton Live 8.2.1, Kontakt 3.5 or Logic 8.
PM-70 is now available for Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3/4 and Logic 8/9.
More information: Puremagnetik / PM-70
Precisionsound has announced the release of Indian Santoor, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24 & HALion.
The Santoor/Santur is a flat shaped instrument in the form of a trapezoid that means it is wider at one end and short at the other end. It is a wooden box that is broader in size low pitch notes and is tapered at the other side for the high pitched notes.
The Indian Santoor used in this SampleSet was hand crafted in Delhi, India. It has 31 notes in units of 3, resulting in a total of 93 strings.
Indian Santoor features
- 3 octaves from C2 to C5, with four velocity layers and four round robin hits (Kontakt and EXS24 format only) for a very sensitive and natural playability.
- 573 stereo 24bit wav samples.
- 8 programs for HALion 1-3, 8 programs for EXS24, 9 programs for NI Kontakt v1-2, 1 multi program for Kontakt 3 and 4 with KSP script and GUI, (NI Kontakt 3 and 4 format requires the full version of NI Kontakt 3 or 4 and does not work fully with the free Kontakt player!)
Indian Santoor is available to purchase as a download for $69 USD (+$11 USD on DVD). All formats
More information: Precisionsound / Indian Santoor