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HeadlessBuddha Samples releases Lo-Fi Wurly Lite for Kontakt

HeadlessBuddha Samples Lo-Fi Wurly Lite

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 sets free Dirty Harry lo-fi synth plugin

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de la Mancha has announced that its Dirty Harry lo-fi synthesizer plugin for Windows is now available as freeware.

de la Mancha Dirty Harry
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 intros Casio SK-1 Rhythm and Tone Sample Pack

Seaweed Factory Casio SK-1

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

VST Buzz offers 50% off Wavesfactory Piano Bundle

VST Buzz Wavesfactory Piano Bundle

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

Soundiron releases Street Bukit for Kontakt + 4th of July Sale

Soundiron Street Bukit

Soundiron has launched Street Bukit, a Kontakt sample library featuring collection of 5 different buckets and 5 different pots and pans recorded in three ubiquitous urban environments: city street corner, open garage and a small apartment bedroom.

The Street Bukit is a deep collection of classic DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) drumkit sounds that are found in improvised urban street performers’ drum kits.

Common to cities around the world, you’ll often find street drummers playing an ecclectic variety of large and small plastic buckets, pots, pans and other scrap and found objects arranged into a rough sort of drum kit. They play with marching or rock drum sticks, jazz brushes, mallets and hands, with specialized technique for producing kick drum sounds – they left the edge of a large bucket with the side of their feet and them stomp or drop it back down in different ways to produce unique lo-fi “bass drum” sounds. As raw a concept as this might seem, skilled street bucket drummers can be profoundly virtuosic, with complex, highly nuanced rhythms, grooves and cadences ranging from drum corps to break-beat to drum n’ bass to industrial and tribal.

Street Bukit features

  • 4,105 samples.
  • 2.40 GB Installed.
  • 22 nki Kontakt instrument presets (11 K4 / 11 K5).
  • 24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format.
  • Open format to allow user customization.

The Street Bukit library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $47 USD until July 12th, 2013 (regular $59 USD).

Soundiron has also announced its 4th of July Sale, offering a 20%–40% storewide discount until July 12th, 2013.

More information: Soundiron / Street Bukit

Seaweed Factory releases Casio PT-10 Sample Pack

Seaweed Factory Casio PT-10

Seaweed Factory has introduced the Casio PT-10 Sample Pack, a free collection of samples from the 32-mini keys Casiotone PT-10.

After a long gap, it’s time for another sample pack. This packs contains sounds from a Casio PT-10 mini-keyboard. Each of the 4 voices have been multi-sampled. I’m fond of the fantasy setting in particular.

Loops of the 10 different rhythms have also been provided at 2 different speeds. Enjoy this super lo-fi blip blast! I’m offering it free of charge again for commercial and non-commercial use, but please don’t redistribute the pack.

More information: Seaweed Factory

Pluggotic releases SoS24 & Prillo Garlante for Kontakt

Pluggotic has released SoS24 and Prillo Garlante, two sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Pluggotic SoS24

SoS24 is a S+S drum-module based on a classic 12bit “made in japan” rhythm composer machine sampled dry and through 24 hardware effects.

Featuring 14 analog and 3 digital effects sampled alone or combined, the selection of radical hardware inserts includes compressor, lo-fi tape, envelope flanger, envelope filter, 12 db/oct multimode filter, 10-stages phaser as well as several kinds of distortions including tube & cascated tubes, sampler distortion, vintage & volt-starved fuzz, waveshaping & bitcrushing, feedback-loop fuzz, amp simulator and more.

Pluggotic Prillo Garlante

The legendary S.a.S. “electronic learning aid” family includes 7 linguistic variations, and Prillo Garlante is a Kontakt instrument based on the italian version.

163 sounds including bleeps, letters, words and phrases have been sampled through a 1/4 phone plug & distortion-free preamp at 24/96 and are arranged in three “sets” or keyswitches (bleeps-letters-phrases, words A to I, words I to Z) that can be enabled via graphic interface or modwheel.

Prillo Garlante features

  • Several soundshaping fxs options including 9 24/48 stereo reverb irs.
  • 163 24/96 mono samples, 45 Mb (unlocked).
  • Host-automated controls with midi-learn.
  • 10 presets.

The sample libraries are available to purchase from Sampleism, priced at £2.50 GBP each.

More information: Pluggotic

Review: Samplephonics Future Garage and Deep Techno by Ghostek

Future Garage and Deep Techno by Ghostek

Samplephonics has collaborated with yet another interesting producer for its Future Garage and Deep Techno sample library.

Mysterious producer Ghostek presents a deep and varied sample library, containing an eclectic selection of lo-fi garage breaks, driving techno percussion, granular pads, dark brooding atmospheres, deep and sometimes sinister basslines, and a huge collection of one shot drums and effects samples.

From airy, floaty trips to sinister, pulsating rhythms, this sample pack pushes forward the deep house, garage and techno movement towards something that is both unique and varied, yet somehow bound together by a distinct feeling of otherworldiness and emotion.

I was not familiar with Ghostek’s productions, so I had a quick listen to some of his tracks at his SoundCloud.

Ghostek’s style is seemingly dark and otherworld-ish indeed. Next-gen garage style beats and percussion mixed with minimal melodic themes drenched in reverb, electric static bass sounds and haunting vocal snippets.

The sample pack kind of sounds like a dive into Ghostek’s personal stash of samples. Here’s a breakdown of what is included:

  • 43 bass loops.
  • 191 combi drum loops.
  • 287 one shot samples
    • 70 FX
    • 25 hats
    • 60 kicks
    • 72 percussion
    • 60 snares
  • 77 pads and atmos.
  • 61 percussion & top loops.
  • 26 synth loops.
  • 6 sampler patches for Kontakt, EXS24 & NN-XT are included. These group sounds for easy auditioning.

The bass loops immediately set the tone. Ghostek is on some different stuff. Growling reeses and distorted hardcore stabs alternate with deep sub basses and techno lines. There’s a lot of creative processing going on. In general the bass loops are quite raw sounding.

Whereas the bass section smells more of drum and bass than garage or deep techno, it’s the combi drum loops that show this sample library’s true colors. The mix of syncopated garage shuffles and straight on deep techno beats is interesting. Both have a totally different feel, yet Ghostek blends them seemingly effortless. With close to 200 loops there is plenty of variety in these 4 to 8 bar loops. With a variety of lovingly applied sound effects, there’s not a bland beat to be found really.

The one shot sample section includes sound fx as well as various drum elements. These compliment the loops well and can be used to construct completely new beats from scratch. Very useful.

The pads & atmos are stunningly beautiful. Ghostek knows how to use reverb to create gorgeous, intricate soundscape type sounds. Very cinematic, and well suited to minimal or ambient music. I was pleasantly surprised that on their own, many of these samples actually have a very uplifting character. My only gripe is that some of the loops are cut a bit too short. They’re alright, but they just end too abrupt for my taste. Specifically the reverb heavy sounds would benefit from a longer tail.

The percussion and top loops again show Ghostek’s different approach. They have a lo-fi quality about them that I really enjoy. Lots of creative processing results in a very musical batch of sounds.

Lastly, the synth loops folder features another collection of melodic sounds. It is a bit of a mixed bag—not your typical synthesizer sounds, but very useful and inspiring. Some of the most beautiful samples I have heard in a long time.

Check the official demo tracks below to get an impression of the sounds of Future Garage and Deep Techno.

So what do I think?

Product: Future Garage and Deep Techno by Ghostek
Format: 24bit samples (various formats)
Price: £34.70 GBP
Like: unique material, inspiring, single shot samples
Don’t like: pads/atmos could evolve more or have longer tails
Verdict: 9/10

What a gem! The sounds of Future Garage and Deep Techno are so refreshing. There is lots of unique sounding material, it feels like uncovering a goldmine.

Though I found Ghostek’s music to sound rather dark, the samples in this production actually didn’t give me the same vibe. My favorite sections are the pads/atmos and the combi drums, but to be honest the whole pack is brilliant.

Ghostek’s Future Garage and Deep Techno is very musical and inspiring. If you are in for some new sounds, check it out!

More information: Samplephonics / Future Garage and Deep Techno