Microhammer releases Bowed Bucket for Kontakt

Microhammer has released Bowed Bucket, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

This little beast is what happens when you build an instrument out of a 5 gallon plastic bucket, a wooden 4×4 and some cello strings. The bucket was fitted with tuning lugs and then holes were drilled out to allow individual strings to pass through, using the bottom wall as the bridge, so that sound projected outward and down. Then a 4×4 wooden beam was affixed to the bucket and the strings were then stretched up the heavy wooden neck, roughly nailed in place and hand -tuned. Remember that old string and paper cup trick from when you were a kid? Yeah, think bigger.

Microhammer Bowed Bucket

Bowing the strings produces a surprisingly clean, yet rich and beefy sound, with plenty of growl and low end and a nice clear bite. It’s sound is a little similar to electric cello, but with a unique rawness and body. For our percussion, we simply banged on it like an idiot, with results just as you’d expect – plastic bucket drums. We captured various bowed articulations from both inside and outside of the bucket. We also plugged in our custom polyphonic Sim-legato and Uberpeggiator systems to some instruments, just for kicks. And of course, as a bonus, we’ve also created a variety of very cool lead, pad, ambient droning and FX presets to take it to the next level.

Bowed Bucket features

  • 29 Kontakt patches (unlocked).
  • 568 Samples.
  • 545 MB Installed / 348 MB download.
  • 10 round robins for percussion and staccato patches.
  • Multiple dynamic intensity and velocity layers.
  • Custom Convolution Reverb Impulses.
  • Powerful Custom Performance, legato, FX, and arpeggiator controls.

Bowed Bucket for Kontakt (requires full version) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $24 USD until May 21th, 2011 (regular price $29 USD).

More information: Microhammer / Bowed Bucket

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Microhammer March Bundle: Imbibaphones & Seahorse sample libraries

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Microhammer March Bundle

Microhammer has released the March Bundle, a collection of sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We are excited to bring you our latest two products: “Imbibaphones” and “Seahorse” in an affordable bundle collection. The bundle is only valid until our next release, so grab it while you can.

March Bundle includes:

  • Imbibaphones – Sustaining notes and rubber mallet strikes for several types of glass with a variety of effects to create some great special effects patches.
  • Seahorse – Various instruments created from the sounds recorded from a unique & manually chiseled hanging metallic seahorse.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 3 and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 and later. Full retail versions required for Kontakt instruments.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player does not support this product. Full version required.

The March Bundle is available to purchase for the introductory price of $35 USD until the next Microhammer release.

More information: Microhammer

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Microhammer February 2011 Bundle, sample collection for Kontakt

Microhammer February 2011 Bundle

Microhammer has released the February 2011 Bundle, a collection of sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We are excited to bring you our latest four products: “Metal Bowls”, “Borosilicate Bells”, “99 Beer Bottles” and “Gnomehammer Vol. 2″ in an affordable bundle collection. The bundle is only valid until our next release, so grab it while you can. The original price is $66, however we are offering it for mere $45.

Microhammer February 2011 Bundle features

  • Metal Bowls
  • Borosilicate Bells
  • 99 Beer Bottles
  • Gnomehammer Vol. 2
  • Format(s): Kontakt 3 and .wav
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 and later. Full retail versions required for Kontakt instruments.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player does not support this product. Full version required.

The Microhammer February 2011 Bundle is available to purchase for $45 USD (original price $66 USD). The offer expires upon the next microhammer release.

More information: Microhammer / February 2011 Bundle

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Gnomehammer 2010, Tonehammer’s freebies season is back

Tonehammer Gnomehammer

Tonehammer has kicked off this year’s Gnomehammer season, offering various free virtual instruments until Christmas.

We have all received poor xmas gifts in life … whether it was handmade insults like socks or sweaters, a low-carb cooking book or a set of meditation tapes.

Gnomehammer is proud to follow this lackluster tradition by regifting last years entire Gnomehammer fruitcake collection for free until December 25th 2010.

This strange collection of quasi-musical oddities was mostly captured in one epic recording session somewhere around Thanksgiving im 2009 at the Tonehammer studio, involving lots of Belgian beer, balloons, helium, oxygen deprivation, us and a few of our closest friends. While there is a bit of a winter or even some sort of pseudo-Christmas theme running through this library, it’s definitely intended to fitin well with content from Tonehammer’s Antidrum and Mini series of libraries. The library includes a wide range of comedic sounds from authentic helium choir (yeah – we sucked down a whole tank of 2He) to drum kits from snow- and ice sounds – from human beat box through PVC ensembles to manipulation of childrens balloons – from glockenspiel to sleighbells etc.

Microhammer “Gnomehammer”

  • Free downloable until December 25th 2010 (normal price $19 on www.microhammer.com)
  • Articulations include: Snow Drums (drums made from snow sounds), Wintery Pod (drums made from throwing stones on ice), Toy Glockenspiel, Holy Ambiencs, Gnomish Choir (aka Helium Choir), PVC Beatbox Ensemble, Luftballon.
  • Intelligent editing and programming.
  • Read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • 47 instrument patches, 1405 samples, 531MB installed, 313MB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution and source format: 44.1Khz/16/24Bit mono- and stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt, SFZ and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 and later. Full retail versions required for Kontakt instruments.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player does not support this product. Full version required.
  • Note: This product is derived from previous, Tonehammer “Gnomehammer” collection.

Tonehammer will be posting something new every day until December 25th, 2010.

More information: Tonehammer

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Microhammer Kinderklavier, sample pack for Kontakt

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Microhammer Kinderklavier

Microhammer has announced the release of Kinderklavier, a sampled instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Kinderklavier is an iconic sound found in commercials, TV, soundtracks and pop music. From cute and innocent, dark and twisted, to pop and rock, Microhammer’s Kinderklavier is a truly versatile library.

This Kinderklavier was deep sampled and close-mic’ed to capture all it’s subtle nuances. As usual, we deeply sampled the instrument, every single 25 notes with 8 round robin and an average of 6 velocity layers per note. The keys of the Kinderklavier had such unique character that we had to multi-sample and include them as release triggers with multiple round robin and velocity layers. In addition to our standard deep sampling, the Kinderklavier was beaten with sticks and mallets, dismantled, probed, strummed and tortured in just about as many ways as we could think of, creating a variety of effects sounds. After extracting all usable sounds, we decided to push the library further by creating a set of tuned, deep ambiences. Topping off the library is a complete set of custom controls tuned for each patch and our own custom reverb with 46 unique impulses to choose from.

This library includes custom front-panel controls and modwheel automation to allow pitch adjustment of up to +/- 6 octaves as well as additional features.

Kinderklavier features

  • Deep sampled kinderklavier, every key sampled with 8 round robin pr. key and 6 velocity layers pr. key.
  • Special FX made with sticks, mallets, strums and torture.
  • Special FX slaps, taps, clacks, glisses.
  • 46 custom convolutions.
  • Unique UI/interface programming.
  • 14 additional special ambient/MW controlled patches.
  • 16 Kontakt Instruments and 2 Kontakt Multis.
  • 1494 Samples.
  • 46 Bonus custom impulses.
  • 900 MB download, 2.2 GB Installed.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 and later. Full retail versions required for Kontakt instruments.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player does not support this product. Full version required.

Kinderklavier is available to purchase for $35 USD.

More information: Microhammer / Kinderklavier

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