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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

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

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

Kurzweil announces SP4-8 Stage Piano

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Kurzweil SP4-8

Kurzweil has announced the SP4-8, the modern successor to our best selling SP88/X, which famously combined world-class Kurzweil sound quality with previously unheard of affordability and portability.

The updated SP4-8 makes available to more players than ever the same sound set featured in our hugely successful PC3 line of professional keyboards, in an instrument that is slim, lightweight and extremely easy to use.

SP4-8 features

  • PC3 Series Technology – 128 hand-picked programs & dozens of professional quality FX Chains taken directly from our acclaimed PC3 Product Series.
  • Lightweight & Portable – At only 39 lb (17.7kg) the SP4-8 is one of our lightest 88-notes ever.
  • MIDI Controller – 4 user-configurable zones with 10 customizable MIDI controllers PER zone.
  • KB3 Tonewheel Emulation – Select signature KB3 organs, with all control parameters accessible via external MIDI.
  • World Class String Section – Culled from the PC3′s extensive String Section ROM, the SP4 features a bank of carefully selected sectional as well as solo programs.
  • K.urzweil V.irtual A.nalog – Revered KVA powered synth programs pulled from the PC3 Series sonic library.
  • Easy Updates – Easy O/S Updates, installed via direct-USB connection to your computer.

The SP4-8 stage piano is expected in Q2 2011. The 74-key SP4-7 is now shipping at a suggested retail price of $1349 USD.

More information: Kurzweil / SP4-8

Kurzweil PC3K8, 88-key Keyboard Workstation

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Kurzweil PC3K8

Kurzweil has released the PC3K8, an 88-key keyboard workstation which bridgesthe gap between Kurzweil’s past successes and present innovations.

The Kurzweil PC3 series keyboards introduced some major developments in synthesizer technology, with their anti-aliasing VA oscillators, improved KB3 mode, amazing sound sets, 16 independent riffs and arpeggiators, powerful song and QA modes, sampling, unparalleled MIDI control, and more. If you’re a long-time Kurzweil fan, however, you may have missed those wonderful sample libraries you’ve built up over the years. The PC3K8 changes everything! This revolutionary new keyboard combines all of the hard-hitting PC3 features, plus K 2/25/26 series .K file sample library compatibility, which opens the door to some of the greatest sound sets ever created.

With the PC3K8, you can combine more than a decade and a half of K2000 and K2500 legacy sample libraries with the PC3′s super-powerful Dynamic V.A.S.T. synthesis engine, for exploring the uncharted possibilities of sound development. The potential power of the PC3K8 is simply incredible, and 88 PC3X-style fully weighted keys make it a blast to play. It even offers more excellent new features, including a USB host port that lets you plug in standard USB thumb drives so that you can quickly store and retrieve data, as well as load OS updates.

One further development that the PC3K8 offers you is 128MB of nonvolatile user-sample memory. Made possible by a breakthrough in sample flash technology, this nonvolatile user memory adds a new level of stability to the PC3K8. Not only does this new sample flash memory allow the PC3K8 to retain user samples after a power cycle, but it also powers back on with zero sample load time. Whether you’re a Broadway performer, a working musician, a composer, or even a hobbyist, if you’re looking for the very best performance sounds from a super-stable keyboard, you’ll find it with the Kurzweil PC3K8!

The PC3K8 is available to purchase for an MSRP of $4199 USD.

More information: Kurzweil / PC3K8

Homegrown Sounds releases HG Drum Hits

Homegrown Sounds HG Drum Kits

Homegrown Sounds has released HG Drum Hits, a collection of drum sounds.

HG Drum Hits is a collection of drum sounds which includes Kits from the Kurzweil K2500 amongst other drum machines. There are some lovely percussion and metal kits in here, as can be heard on the loop demos. The WAVs are compatible with any sampler, and are organised into banks ready for Black Magic.

HG Drum Hits features

  • Over 1,000 hits organised into 25 folders, recorded at 24-bit (420MB).
  • Also included is a set of 200 Loops created with these hits in Black Magic (280MB).
  • Available as instant download.

HG Drum Hits is available to purchase for $15 USD.

More information: Homegrown Sounds / HG Drum Hits

Short links for October 9th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Audio Damage Tattoo

Chris Randall shares the latest on Audio Damage’s forthcoming virtual drum synthesizer (check little demo audio clip here).

Audio Damage Tattoo
Audio Damage Tattoo (alpha)

Chris writes:

With the caveat that the UI isn't 100% finalized, here you go. Have a gander at Tattoo, our first instrument. Some salient points:

  1. No samples. This is a drum synthesizer. Each voice is purpose-built, as well, rather than just having a general percussion synthesis voice.
  2. Every synthesis control has a sequencer attached to it.
  3. If you own Replicant, you can immediately see how the randomization/likelihood works for each channel/voice.
  4. The sequencer also outputs MIDI (in the VST only, of course) so you can use the randomization features in other drum synths or external hardware.

So, there you have it. We haven't decided on a price, and I have no idea whatsoever as to when it will be done. We've got the synthesis all in place, but not "tuned," and the sequencer is about 80% complete, but the hardest parts haven't been done yet.

# Synthgeek free samples

Synthgeek has added another sample pack to the free samples page. The Kurzweil percussion 1 (2.15MB) sample pack includes 15 drum/percussion sounds from a Kurzweil K2000S.

# Create Digital Music » The Speaking Piano, and Transforming Audio to MIDI

Austrian composer Peter Ablinger digitized a recording of a child speaking and then programmed a mechanical piano to replicate the sounds. The video above is in German, but Hack a Day has provided a translation:

I break down this phonography, meaning a recording of something the voice, in this case -, in individual pixels, one can say. And if I have the possibility of a rendering in a fairly high resolution (and that I only get with a mechanical piano), then I in fact restore some kind of continuity. Therefore, with a little practice, or help or subtitling, we actually can hear a human voice in a piano sound.

The content of the speech is taken from the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009.

# Make: Online : Build a drone synthesizer

From Casper Electronics:

Read all about the "DroneLab" analog drone synthesizer and signal processor; PCBs and parts kits coming by the end of October. Or build it from scratch! The schematics are available at the bottom of the page. PCB pattern will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

CUNKA releases APACHE Sound Set for the Kurzweil PC3 Series

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CUNKA APACHE

CUNKA has announced the release of APACHE, its first sound set for the Kurzweil PC3 series (PC3X, PC3 & PC361).

Featuring 100 new PROGRAM’s, the APACHE sound set delivers an audio injection that will shine your PC3 in a whole new light.

New razor sharp leads, synth emulations, pads, silky strings and delicious sound FX that take the PC3′s “Dynamic VAST” & “Cascade Mode” to the edge and back again. It is the audio edge you have been waiting for. Get it now and be heard!

APACHE was programmed by veteran Kurzweil programmer Brian “Cowzar” Cowell for CUNKA. Audio demonstrations as well as the handy “controller destinations” PDF are available from the CUNKA website.

APACHE is available as a download priced at 39.95 AUD.

More information: CUNKA / APACHE