ZenSound has launched Pixelations, a soundset for the Zebra 2 synthesizer instrument by u-he.
This soundset covers a wide range of 8 bit sounds. For making all the sounds I’ve used completely the modular capacities of Zebra 2, that gives to this soundset a retro and advanced modular taste.
This soundset is formed by keyboards, drums, basses, leads, atmospheres, SFX, sequences and arpeggios. All these sounds have an advanced 8 bit taste!
- 128 patches in Zebra 2 native format.
- A guided installation in pdf and txt format.
- All the patches are royalty free.
- Includes free updates (volumes will be normalized and Mod Wheel control will be added in next free update).
The soundset is available to purchase for 14 EUR. Requires u-he Zebra v2.6 or higher.
More information: ZenSound / Pixelations
Psychic Modulation has released version 1.4 of its Phonec synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Phonec is best described as an ‘analog flux synthesizer’. Inspired by the mystique of video logo synth scores from worn out VHS tapes, Phonec was primarily designed with character in mind.
However Phonec is capable of producing a wide range of sounds such as vintage analogue tones, lo-fi synthscapes, ethereal pads, minimal techno sequences, and synthwave leads and basses.
Changes in Phonec v1.4
- Overall sound improvements.
- New Pulse Width oscillator modes.
- Added new switch for retriggering the oscillator phase on each note; produces a much more solid sound; excellent for outrun style basslines.
- New LFO & envelope targets: Filter attack/decay & pulse width.
- Added invert switches to mod envelopes.
- Sub Oscillator can now switch to square wave; produces a much fatter sound than sine.
Phonec for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $39 USD.
More information: Psychic Modulation / Phonec
Fingerpushers has announced Analog Stabs – Bright & Dirty, a sample library featuring stab sounds.
Analog Stabs Bright & Dirty is a library built on 100 stab sounds – 30 slow and 70 snappy – with a twist.
Apart from the clean unprocessed stabs, we also used two of our favorite hardware samplers to give the stabs the authentic feel of yesteryear. The samplers we used was the Akai S1100 and the original Ensoniq EPS. The sounds also passed through a quality analog mixing desk for an additional layer of analog goodness.
All in all, Analog Stabs Bright & Dirty contains 300 dry audio files. 100 samples from the Akai, sampled at 44.1 kHz, and 100 samples from the Ensoniq with a lofi sampling rate.
The Analog Stabs – Bright & Dirty pack is available to purchase for 9.90 EUR.
More information: Fingerpushers / Analog Stabs – Bright & Dirty
HeadlessBuddha Samples has announced the release of Lo-Fi Wurly Lite, a virtual electric piano library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Lo-Fi Wurly Lite has less resources than it’s full version, having one less velocity layer (3) and a much simpler GUI, resulting in a much lower cpu and memory usage, and a very little loss in the instrument’s dynamics. Of course, it’s price is lower too!
Lo-Fi Wurly Lite features
- 1 Kontakt instrument.
- 3 Velocity layers (one less than the full version).
- No GUI (just a background image).
- 400 MB.
- 44.1kHz/16 bit .wav format.
- All recorded on an lo-fi cassette tape recorder.
- Note: Does not include custom set of Impulse responses.
The Lo-Fi Wurly Lite is available to purchase for $10 USD.
More information: HeadlessBuddha Samples / Lo-Fi Wurly Lite
de la Mancha has announced that its Dirty Harry lo-fi synthesizer plugin for Windows is now available as freeware.
dirty harry is an unashamedly DIY lofi synth based on the samples of my two homemade, lofi noisemakers, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM
dirty harry offers 20 unique waveforms in all their mono/monophonic glory. For extra grit the oscillators can be sync’d or ring modulated. Fidelity can be lowered further still with reduction in sample quality, distortion and a unique ‘bad contact’ emulation. 2 tempo sync LFOs allow modulation of filter, pitch and contact, with one LFO modulating the depth and frequency of the other.
There are envelopes for volume, pitch and filter, with different contours and pitch options. Throw in an arpeggiator, pitch drift and portamento and you can see that whilst it may be lofi in sound, it doesn’t lack for sound design features.
Dirty Harry is available to download as a VST plugin for Windows.
More information: de la Mancha / Dirty Harry
Seaweed Factory has launched the Casio SK-1 Rhythm and Tone Sample Pack, a free collection of samples.
Here is a sample pack of the rhythms and tones of an unmodified Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard. Though the sampling feature of this keyboard is wonderful, the lo-fi drums and tones are also pretty neat.
All samples were produced using a unmodified Casio SK-1 Sampling Keyboard. Normalization was used across multi-samples, but dynamics between notes are preserved. Some samples are labeled to indicate note or drum pattern. All eleven drum patterns are sampled at the default rhythm. The fill pattern for each rhythm is also available. Each of the eight built-in voices has been multi-sampled at octave intervals of the note C. Individual drum hits have been extracted from patterns.
The sample pack is a free download, commercial and non-commercial use allowed.
More information: Seaweed Factory / Casio SK-1 sample pack
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VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on the Wavesfactory Piano Bundle, comprising two virtual piano instruments.
Old Tape Piano is a grand piano that has been sampled in mono using a low quality cassette recorder. It has a lofi vibe to it, without sacrificing dynamics and 8 velocity layers.
W-Honky is a vintage keys library that is similar to the “Mrs Mills” piano sound from Abbey Road Studios used by the Beatles, Elliot Smith etc. The sound was achieved by combining a vertical piano (Kawai from 1984) with a digitally processed metal sound for the attack. The signal is slightly detuned to achieve the honky tonk sound.
Both libraries require the full version of Kontakt 3.5 or higher (Old Tape piano is available in EX24 format also).
The bundle is available to purchase for $12.50 USD until July 16th, 2013 (50% off regular).
More information: VST Buzz