Soniccouture has released Grand Marimba, a Kontakt sample library featuring a 5 octave Yamaha 6100 series.
When we decided to sample a marimba, we knew we wanted to find a 5 octave concert model. There’s something very special about the enormous bass notes of a full sized model. The Yamaha 6100 model, which was designed in collaboration with world-renowned marimba legend Keiko Abe, seemed to be the natural choice.
A descendant of the african balafon, the modern marimba originated in Mexico, and is typified by wooden (rosewood or the cheaper padauk) bars mounted above metal resonator tubes, which can be tuned using stops.
The 6100 marimba represents the absolute state of the art, with exclusive precision tuning which ensures true pitch and a full sound, while the Honduran Rosewood bars and welded resonators give rattle-free playing.
The Grand Marimba’s main Instrument panel, containing ADSR controls, a filter section with envelope modulation, and stereo width with Flip.
Grand Marimba features
7.45 GB sample library – 3.4GB on disc with Kontakt NCW compression.
24 Bit 96khz stereo sampling.
Over 5000 samples.
5 octaves from C1 to C6.
4 articulations: Mallet, Stick, Roll, Bowed.
5 round robin layers for the Mallet articulation, up to 15 velocity layers on the Mallet articulation.
Fully controllable KSP Tremolo processor.
Humanise KSP controls.
Sound design presets included.
Demo MIDI files included.
Custom effects panel with Soniccouture impulse repsonse reverb library.
Compatible with free Kontakt Player – VST AU RTAS.
The Grand Marimba library is available to purchase for 99 EUR inc. VAT.
Sampletekk has announced a Winter Sale, offering 50% off its entire sample library catalog.
Time again for our annual Winter Sale where you can grab multisampled instruments for you Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, Gigastudio sampler. Choose between grand pianos, uprights, flutes, organs, brass, harpsichords, choirs and other instruments.
Sampletekk Winter Sale
SampleTekk Black – Based on the famous SampleTekk Black Grand, but with refined samples, and the use of SampleTekk’s True Resonance Samples in combination with Native Instruments Kontakt Engine, we built a Grand Piano that we feel is our best piano yet! Regular Price $99 Price now: $49.50.
White Grand – SampleTekk proudly presents the White Grand, in our opinion, the best contemporary pop/rock/jazz grand piano in the sampled world today. Regular Price $119 Price now: $59.50.
7CG – Super detailed multisampled Grand Piano No less then 93 unique samples per recorded note. Over 4400 samples! Incredible sound and response Super realistic playing behaviour. Regular Price $199 Price now: $99.50.
Rain Piano – A serious Upright piano with character! Used in countless productions both in music and media. Regular Price $49 Price now: $24.50.
INIL Choir – Original voices from 10CC’s seminal production “I’m Not In Love”. Released in cooperation with Eric Stewart. Regular Price $49 Price now: $24.50.
Renaissance Flutes – A complete set of recorders, Bass, Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Sopranino, beautifully played by one of Sweden’s top flutists. Regular Price $119 Price now: $59.50.
Mk seventy-three – The Rhodes challenger! Recorded through a a Fender Twin – The way it was supposed to. Regular Price $140 Price now: $70.
BOB – Orchestral Brass – BOB gives you French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. Regular Price $98 Price now: $49.
SampleTekk Marimbas – This Marimba has all notes (A1-C6) sampled in stereo. No less then 8 velocities/note makes this Marimba one of the largest sampled marimbas on the market today. Played using hard, medium and soft mallets. Regular Price $49 Price now: $24.50.
Pump Organ – A small, simple organ with tons of charm! Nothing you would play the Toccata on, but try some Tom Waits songs! Regular Price $15 Price now: $7.50.
TBO, The Big One – Yamaha C7 Grand Piano with 93 unique samples/recorded note! Regular Price $199 Price now: $99.50.
Worra’s Prophet – Classic analog synth voices in native Gigasampler Format. Over 600 megabytes of warm, retro keyboard sounds at an incredibly low price. Regular Price $30 Price now: $15.
Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Basic Marimba, the last in its 2012 “Clearing Out” series of sound libraries.
Basic Marimba includes 3 patches: regular marimba, muted marimba and towel marimba.
A marimba is a percussion instrument which consists of a set of wooden bars with resonators which are struck with mallets to produce its tone.
As the name of our release „Basic Marimba“ suggests, we are coming up with a rough and basic version of a marimba. This is because we recorded the marimba on the fly in between an orchestral break. By saying that, it becomes obvious that we only intended to take a snapshot of the marimba: we quickly miked it up and recorded some of the main playing techniques with up to 3 Round Robin variations and 3 velocity layers. In order to get a proper and useful instrument we spent some more time with post production and editing the whole instrument.
Even though we are aware of the fact that our marimba is not a very complex and extravagant instrument, we still decided to release the “Basic Marimba” as the final piece in our series of “Clearing Out the Stock”. The Basic Marimba is well suited for quite a lot music productions.
The Basic Marimba for Kontakt is available to purchase for 15 EUR.
Cinematique Instruments has announced that they will be delivering Cement 2 as a bonus with every purchase with a value of more than €25 in their online shop.
Cement is a sequencer based pattern generator which is well suitable to enrich your music production and lend it a specific character. As the name suggests you can easily create cementing textures, crawling patterns or a fundament for your musical idea.
Cement 2 sequencer based pattern generator for Kontakt
Cement 2 has the same concept as Cement 1 but is based on three different instruments: Baritone ukulele, guitar harmonics and marimba.
AfroDJMac has released the Snake Drum Synth, a free Ableton Live Rack.
It was created with an instrument I believe to be called a snake drum (at least that’s what it says on the bottom of it!) Basically it’s a hollow wooden box with slots cut into it, which are hit with a mallet to create a musical tone. The sound is similar to a marimba.
I’ve sampled it and stretched out across the keyboard, expanding its playability from its original six notes. Being that the samples are stretched to the extreme at the higher and lower octaves, some interestingly unexpected things happen to the sound. Expect some surprisingly deep and heavy sub bass sounds and odd glitchy chirps at the higher octaves. As usual, I have added some audio effects to further alter the capabilities of this sound.
But that’s not all!
While experimenting with the instrument, I recorded some especially bizarre and far out sounds and resampled them into a drum rack for a little special bonus :)
The Snake Drum Synth for Ableton Live is available as a free download from AfroDJMac.
8DIO Productions has released Glass Marimba, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Glass Marimba is 8Dio’s final and freebie release of 2011.
This gorgeous deep-sampled instrument contains over 2000 samples and is our way of thanking you all for a crazy year. The glass marimba has been a frequently requested instrument, so we thought it would be a great way to end the season.
The library consists of soft mallet, hard mallet, muted and finger samples. In addition we created a variety of FX and ambient patches – all made with the Glass Marimba.
Glass Marimba is available to download at no cost until January 1, 2012.