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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

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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

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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

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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

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AfroDJMac releases VHS Rack & Double P Keys for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has launched VHS Rack and Double P Keys, two new titles in the series of free Ableton Live packs.

This Ableton audio effect rack will give you control over the pitch inconsistencies, chorusing, saturation, and compression that are characteristic of VCR tapes. You can dial in the effect to be subtle, or go all out and make your music sound like it’s practically broken. It can be used on a track by track basis or on the master channel.

Double P Keys is a multi-layered synthesizer rack.

AfroDJMac Double P Keys

This instrument rack contains five chains of synthesizers stacked on top of each other. 3 of the sounds are designed to add ambience and texture to the sound, while 2 of them produce the musical, harmonic material that allow you to play notes and write melodies. You can mix in the level of “Double P Noise” and each synth. The instrument also has control over the filters of each of the two musical synths.

The first musical synth can be morphed from a pluck type sound to a more rounded pad sound. The second synth makes use of the filter envelop to give movement and character to the sound. All 5 layers of this sound are created from the same sample, just different sections of it. I won’t say exactly what it is, but I’m sure if you give it a listen, it will be a familiar sound.

Both libraries are available to download from AfroDJMac at no charge.

More information: AfroDJMac

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Elektron releases Nintari Flashback Sound pack for the Octatrack

Elektron Nintari

Elektron has announced the release of the Nintari Flashback sound pack for the Octatrack dynamic performance sampler.

The Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Entertainment System are the consoles that helped form a generation. They are remembered not only for their amazing selection of games, but also for that special video game sound they were capable of generating. The great Puremagnetik team has sampled both consoles in detail and we are proud to present the fruit of their labor: the Nintari Flashback Sound pack. The mixture of seriously raw waveforms, lo-fi squeaks and 8-bit drum sounds will beam the Octatrack straight back to the future. Press start to continue!

The sound pack is specifically made for the Octatrack. Included is an Octatrack set featuring 1 project, 16 patterns and 4 parts. Also included are 16 scenes per part, providing a great starting point for experimenting with the demo patterns.

The Nintari Flashback pack costs 30 EUR.

More information: Elektron / Nintari Flashback

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Inear Display releases Bucephal, Danaides and SicknDstroy for Linux

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Inear Display

Inear Display has announced that its Bucephal, Danaides and SicknDstroy effect plugins are now available in native 32 and 64-bit VST format for Linux.

Inear Display plugins

  • Bucephal is a sound mangling plugin based on two delay lines designed to be mutated by four modulators freely assignable to the time and feedback.
  • Danaides is a sequenced sound mangler with a powerful modulation section.
  • SicknDstroy is a multimode lo-fi effect plugin.

Bucephal and Danaides are 20 EUR each, SicknDstroy is freeware. The plugins are now available for Windows, Mac & Linux (VST/AU).

More information: Inear Display

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