K-Sounds releases Epic Grand for Kurzweil PC3K

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K-Sounds Epic Piano for Kuzweil PC3K

K-Sounds has announced the release of Epic Grand for the Kurzweil PC3K, a sample library 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 PC3K-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.

Five bank sizes are included. The 121Mb bank offers four sampled dynamic levels for realistic dynamic response across the keyboard. Additional independent elements such as damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noises, and damper noises bring the piano to life. Subsets of these samples are provided in 80Mb, 42Mb, 28Mb, and 13Mb bank sizes, allowing PC3K users to manage their keyboard’s 128Mb sample memory.

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 users to adjust its volume or disable it altogether.

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 samples of a Japanese grand piano.
  • Up to four stereo sampled dynamic layers.
  • True sampled damper resonance.
  • Release resonance samples.
  • Hammer noise samples.
  • Big “studio” sound with modest sample memory requirements.
  • Wide stereo image.
  • Mono compatible.
  • Fully programmed for the PC3K.
  • Five bank sizes facilitate sample memory management.
  • Designed to be incredibly playable.

Epic Grand for the PC3K is available for purchase for $95 USD. Additional formats are also available.

More information: K-Sounds

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Fingerpushers releases Sampler Anthology 909

Fingerpushers has announced the release of Sampler Anthology 909, a new sound library focusing on bringing back the sound of old hardware samplers into modern productions.

Fingerpushers Sampler Anthology 909

In this library we have sampled a real TR909 with some of the most classic hardware samplers ever constructed, from the stylish Akai S1100 and Roland S770, to the warm and crunchy Emu Emax and Akai S950. Plus some samplers known for their dark and moody sound, such as the Ensoniq EPS. We even found an old sampling cartridge for the Atari ST that gives the classic 909 sounds an exceptionally artificial tone. Not something you can recreate with a simple bitcrusher effect.

The library is build upon ten different kits, sampled with ten different samplers. To recreate as many nuances of the samplers as possible, we included up to nine variations of each drum kit for each samplers, capturing different sampling rates and input volumes, from clean and pristine to crunchy and dirty and even outright broken and brutal.

The samplers used in Sampler Anthology 909: Akai S950, Akai S1100, Atari ST Replay 16, Casio FZ20m, Ensoniq EPS, Ensoniq ASR-10, Emu Emax, Emu E4XT Ultra, Kurzweil K2000, Roland S770/

Sampler Anthology 909 contains 9301 samples for each format, and comes with pre-made kits for Native Instruments Kontakt 4, Maschine, Akai MPC and FXpansion Geist.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of 14.90 EUR until October 12th, 2014 (regular 24.90 EUR).

More information: Fingerpushers / Sampler Anthology 909

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Wildfunk releases Deep House Chords Volume 2 sample pack

Wildfunk Deep House Chords Vol 2

Wildfunk has announced the release of Deep House Chords Volume 2, a sample library for Deep House producers.

This time we have used some golden oldies from the 90’s: Kawai K-5000, Kurzweil K-2500, Roland JV-1080 and Yamaha SY-85.

200 minor chords (100 originals with additional 100 edits) are ready for being turned into club hits by you!

Load them into your sampler and play your own Deep House progressions with just one finger. From hard-hitting pianos to dubby stabs… it’s all in there.

The sample pack is available in wav format and royalty-free.

Deep House Chords Volume 2 is available to purchase for 19 EUR.

More information: Wildfunk / Deep House Chords Volume 2

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SKYLIFE announces SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite

SKYLIFE has announced the upcoming release of its SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite, a complete software package to master all sampling challenges elegantly and fast.

Therefore the Sampling Suite offers a comprehensive and sophisticated set of tools for instrument mapping and export, auto sampling, MIDI remote control, format conversion, batch and auto-loop processing, sample playback and synthesis. It was never easier to build sample-based instruments on a professional top quality level.

SKYLIFE SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite

SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite contains the following products: SampleRobot 4, WaveRobot 4, Camel Audio Alchemy Player 1.2, Awave Studio 10.4, and more than 1 GB of premium samples in Soundfont 2 file format.

With the Sampling Suite you can easily do automatic sampling of acoustic and electronic instruments. Remote control your MIDI gear and sample all sound nuances fully automatically. Seamless integrated WaveRobot software lets you find perfect loop points even for whole multi-samples with different velocity layers during recording. It was never easier to build professional sounding software instruments.

Import older sampler formats like Ensoniq, Kurzweil, Roland and Yamaha or even use original AKAI S1000 series CDs with Awave Studio and export them with SampleRobot to various software sampler formats. Or send new multi-samples back to your old hardware. With the new Sampling Suite you can do it all. If you like, you can convert about 290 audio file formats.

Alchemy Player is a powerful sampling synthesizer that offers a broad range of high end effects and sample playback features. With the newly created Alchemy Export Bridge you can export samples from SampleRobot directly to Alchemy and Alchemy Player. Play and shape instruments and samples instantly within your favorite DAW both on Mac and PC.

SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite comes with new export options like “Export all Projects at once” and “Export to Waldorf Blofeld”. SampleRobot and WaveRobot are optimized for Windows 7 and offer better Win7 performance than previous versions.

SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite features

  • Turn acoustic and electronic instruments, voices and noises into virtual instruments fast.
  • Fully automated sampling.
  • Intuitive project assistant.
  • Sophisticated auto-loop processing and editing.
  • Alchemy Export Bridge.
  • Sampling of virtual instruments.
  • Direct sample playback on Mac and PC, edit effects, modulation and envelopes.
  • Convert about 290 audio and multi-sample formats.
  • Import formats like AKAI S1000, MPC, Kurzweil K2xxx, Roland S, Ensoniq and MIDI Sample Dump.
  • Extract samples from sampling CDs.
  • Audio batch processing, auto-loop for all, resampling, normalizing, gaining, fading.
  • Export samples directly to Steinberg HALion 4, Logic Pro EXS24, NI Kontakt 4, Reason NN-XT, Waldorf Blofeld, Soundfont2 and many others.
  • Import and export for Yamaha Tyros 2+3, Motif XS+XF.
  • Full MIDI remote control, incl. program and bank changes, multi-velocity layering.
  • Release-Sample editing.
  • Optimum loop handling incl. forward-backward loop with 2 independent crossfades and auto-gain functionality.
  • Sample and export whole synthesizer sound bank in one go (equipment copier).
  • Premium multi-samples from classic synthesizers included.

The SampleRobot 4 Sampling Suite will be available August 2011, priced $399 USD/€299 EUR/£259 GBP.

More information: SampleRobot

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Kurzweil launches free downloadable Sound Library for the PC3K Series

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Kurzweil PC3K Sound Library

Kurzweil has released SynthScapes and Take 6 Vocals, two sound libraries exclusively for the PC3K line of Synthesizer Workstations.

Now available for free download on Kurzweil’s web site, the first two collections of samples and programs available in the library are from Kurzweil’s acclaimed Synthscapes and Take 6 Vocals.

Originally developed for the legendary K2 Series keyboards, these incredible sound collections have been brought forward to the PC3K series continuing Kurzweil’s commitment to non-obsolescence by design. Many more samples and program collections will be provided in the near future further adding value to owners of PC3K keyboards.

These extensive sound collections were developed with painstaking attention to detail and recorded in some of the world’s best studios. They helped to build the legacy of the famous K2 Series keyboards and now they’re available to enhance the latest generation of Kurzweil instruments. Synthscapes provides a palette of rich, complex digital waveforms, many of which are layered together and combined with analog filters. Bearing the name of the acclaimed vocal group, the Take 6 library features numerous vocal articulations, with a variety of single and ensemble voices.

Both sound libraries are available as a free download for PC3K Series users.

In the upcoming months, Kurweil will be releasing additional sample collections online, including the Bass Gallery, Classic Analog Synths and Up From the Curb (percussion loops featuring Bashiri Johnson).

More information: Kurzweil / PC3K8 downloads

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