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Sennheiser launches DrumMic`a free virtual drum instrument for Kontakt Player

Sennheiser  DrumMic`a

Sennheiser has introduced DrumMic`a, a free virtual drum instrument powered by Kontakt Player.

DrumMic`a! ist ein extrem aufwändig produziertes, virtuelles Instrument für den KONTAKT 5 PLAYER von Native Instruments und besteht u. a. aus mehr als 13.000 Audio-Samples und ca. 40.000 Zeilen Programmcode. 15 Sennheiser und Neumann-Mikrofone an einem amtlichen Drum-Set, aufgenommen in einem reellen, professionellen Studio, nachzubearbeiten durch das integrierte Software-Studio. Sowie ca. 1370 stilechte Beats, eingespielt von einem leibhaftigen Profi-Drummer.

Das Besondere daran: DrumMic`a! lässt sich in nahezu jede digitale Audio Workstation und somit auch für eigene Produktionen verwenden. Und das Beste: Sennheiser und Neumann bieten die Software im Rahmen einer Freeware-Lizenz an, d. h. die Nutzung ist nach der Eingabe eines kostenlosen Registrierungscodes unlimitiert!

The DrumMic`a library is a free download. Free registration is required for unlimited use.

More information: Sennheiser

Patchpool releases Alchemistry Metallurgy for Alchemy

Patchpool has announced the release of Alchemistry Metallurgy, a soundset for the Alchemy software synthesizer by Camel Audio.

Patchpool Alchemistry Metallurgy

The soundset Alchemistry Metallurgy for Alchemy is the first in a series focussing on specific materials and single instruments.

The set contains 57 patches with 8 variations each in the Remix Pad and focusses on metallic sounds derived from real instruments, metal objects and industrial field recordings. This patch collection keeps the balance between real sounding metal instruments, otherworldly textures and wondrous soundscapes using also some processed electronic derivates of the sampled materials.

All sounds are sample-based, some patches use the resynthesis features in Alchemy. You will find many patches and snapshots which sound wam, delicate and beautiful, characteristics one may not normally associate with metallic sounds.

Alchemistry Metallurgy features

  • 1.81 GB of original samples – source material:
    • Instruments:
      • China Cymbal bowed, scraped and beaten – multisampled and Round Robin.
      • Glockenspiel multisampled – 23 semitones (C4-A#5), 4x RR, 2 velocity layers (179 samples/386,7 MB).
      • 2 microtonal handheld Bell Trees 8x Round Robin, 2 articulations, +textures.
      • 2 Thai Gongs multisampled + 8x Round Robin, 4 velocity layers, +texures.
      • Thai Ching Bells – 6x Round Robin, 3 velocity layers.
      • Tam Tam 45 cm – beaten (7xRound Robin/4 velocities), scraped and rubbed.
    • Various multisampled metal objects:
      • Caviar Cans, Metal Bowl, Coins, Dumbbell plate, Small Thunder Sheet, Metal Plate (dinner tray), Anvil.
      • Industrial metal sounds recorded in factories.
  • All samples recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R – 48 Khz/24 Bit; U87 center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R, the industrial field recordings were done with 2 shotgun mics – Sennheiser MK 70
  • 57 patches with 8 variations each.
  • 1.82 GB total content (1.06 GB compressed).

Alchemistry Metallurgy is available to purchase for 25 EUR. Note: requires the full version of Alchemy (Alchemy Player not supported).

More information: Patchpool / Alchemistry Metallurgy

RedWirez Marshall 1960A/Celestion G12M-25s, free IR library

RedWirez Marshall 1960A/Celestion G12M-25

RedWirez has released a free impulse library of a Marshall 1960A with Celestion G12M 25-watt Greenbacks.

Ah, the legendary Marshall 1960A. Pretty, ain’t it? With its grill-cloth glistening in the bar-light as this beast muscles out power chords in an amaranthine haze of smoke, hot lights and adoring fans… this cab positively reeks of rock… the raucous, beer-soaked, unapologetic kind. Oh, and it sounds great, too.

It was the first cab we ever sampled and is still one of our favorites, so it seems fitting to release these IRs into the wild on Redwirez’ birthday.

Marshall 1960A IR features

  • Loaded with four, well-traveled 25-watt Celestion G12M “Greenbacks”.
  • 17 industry standard mics, so explore countless tonal possibilities: AKG C414B-ULS, Audix D6, Audix i5, Beyerdynamic M160, Coles 4038, Electrovoice RE20, Heil PR30, Neumann KM84, Neumann U47, Neumann U67, Neumann U87, Royer R121, Sennheiser MD409, Sennheiser MD421, Shure SM57, Shure SM7, TAB-Funkenwerk SM57. The paid version also includes DPA 4007, Neumann U47FET, Sennheiser MD441, Unidyne III 545, Earthworks TC30, Neumann M7 on BLUE Bottle, Neumann M8 on BLUE Bottle.
  • Added IRs of the G12M’s impedance curve at varying degrees of prominince (paid version only). These can be used to capture the effect of a tube amp interacting with the speaker. In general, tube amps have a higher output impedance than solid-state amps. As a result the speaker’s frequency response is shaped to varying degrees by it’s own impedance curve. All of our cabs will be getting this update in the near future.
  • Up to 54 positions per mic for a total of 777 IRs (1048 in the paid version)
  • Uncompromising signal chain that won’t add undesirable color to your sound. Bryston 4B -> Cab -> Mic -> Neve 1073 or Earthworks 1022 -> Prism Orpheus.
  • Edited for better phase coherence allowing you to mix multiple IRs.

The Marshall 1960A/G12M cab is available as a free download (valid email address required).

More information: RedWirez

Puremagnetik releases Microtron Tape 3

Puremagnetik Microtron Tape 3

Puremagnetik has announced the release of Microtron Tape 3, a sample library which brings three classic Mellotron M400 tapes direct to your sampler.

Tape 3 integrates perfectly with Puremagnetik’s Microtron Tape 1 & 2 and contains expertly recorded Clarinet, French Horn and Glenn Miller sounds.

All of the original imperfections, vintage analog quality and performance nuances of the Mellotron M400 have been immaculately captured through a Neumann U47 Microphone and Reeves Custom 50 Amplifier.

Microtron Tape 3 features

  • Complete sound set of 3 classic Mellotron sounds.
  • Integrates seamlessly with Puremagnetik’s Microtron series.
  • A collection of professionally performed clips.
  • SIAL Apple Loops for easy editing and tempo syncing.
  • Custom Kontakt KSP GUI and native Kontakt effects.

Microtron Tape 3 for Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3 & Logic 8 is now available to Puremagnetik subscribers (Subscriptions starting at $5.75/month).

More information: Puremagnetik / Microtron Tape 3

FXpansion releases BFD Heavy

FXpansion BFD Heavy

FXpansion has announced the release of BFD Heavy, a BFD2 expansion pack containing a pair of immaculately recorded Yamaha birch drumkits, supplied with a set of presets perfect for heavy rock, metal and other styles that require powerful, weighty drums.

The Recording Custom is the kit that signalled Yamaha’s arrival as one of the dominant forces in the world of drumming. This all-time classic birch kit comprises 2 powerful kicks, played with felt and wood beaters, alongside 4 toms featuring superb attack and sustain, and played with sticks. The Birch Custom Absolute, meanwhile, is the culmination of Yamaha’s 25 years of experience in crafting birch shells. Offering a great alternative to maple, birch shells feature excellent mid and low end, with a sharp and vibrant attack. The 5 toms are played with sticks and mallets, while the kick is provided in wood and felt beater versions.

A bonus ‘lite’ Yamaha Jimmy Chamberlin signature snare is provided to complement the kits. This steel-shell snare is provided in 4 versions played with sticks and mallets, with the snare strainer on and off. Full-detail versions of this snare are available in the Yamaha Signature Snares vol.2 expansion pack.

BFD Heavy’s expressive articulations include rim shots and rim clicks on the Birch Custom Absolute toms, while the bonus snare kit-pieces feature half-edge samples for expressive programming and electronic drums positional sensing support. The recording sessions took place at Omega Studios in Maryland, USA, using premium mics and preamps by Neumann, ATI, Neve, API and Violet, amongst others. Recording conditions were identical to those for other Yamaha-based downloadable expansions and the BFD Jazz & Funk, Percussion, B.O.M.B. and JEX libraries. BFD Heavy is also designed to sound great with BFD2′s built-in sounds as well as with BFD-compatible libraries recorded in other locations.

BFD Heavy features

  • Low-cost, download-only expansion pack for BFD2
  • 3 Kicks played with felt and wood beaters
  • 9 Toms variously played with sticks and mallets
  • Bonus snare with strainer on and off, played with sticks and mallets

BFD Heavy is available to purchase for all registered BFD2 users, priced at £35 GBP, €49 EUR / $70 USD.

More information: FXpansion / BFD Heavy

Tonehammer releases Rust II

Tonehammer Rust II

Tonehammer has announced the release of Rust II, a highly unique percussion library recorded in the depths of an old abandoned mortar bunker.

The library covers +3.000 samples of “prepared metal/rust” instruments and is one of the largest- and most comprehensive sample collections ever done of metal objects . Rust II covers over 81 different type of “instruments” from giant aluminum poles to metal bathtubs, from slamming blast doors used as percussion instruments to massive Hercules (nuclear missile holders) metal racks, from creaking cell doors to metal objects without names, from massive metal stairs to slamming large tower rails. The library also includes a sick sample collection recorded at a sculpture park. The collection holds no less then 17 different metal sculptures each with their own tonal characteristics.

All instruments were tortured in traditional Tonehammer ways, which includes using fists, hands, hammers, mallets and a variety of other instruments of pain. In addition the library follows normal tonehammer standards in terms of velocity layering and round robin.

Rust II features

  • 9 main instrument Categories.
  • 81 Kontakt patches (.nki)
  • 69 SFZ patches (.sfz)
  • 56 EXS24 patches (.exs)
  • Custom Neumann microphones.
  • 3069 Samples.
  • 44.1 kHz stereo PCM wav format (16 & 24 bit).
  • Bonus: 21 unique custom ambient drone, synth and soundscape instruments.
  • Bonus: 69 Custom Stereo Convolution Reverb Impulses, captured in 5 different locations.

Rust II is available for download for the introductory price of $59 USD until August 3rd, 2009 (regular price $69 USD).

More information: Tonehammer

Impact Soundworks releases Groove Bias: Vintage Drum Sounds

Impact Soundworks has released Groove Bias: Vintage Drum Sounds, a new drum sample library featuring vintage acoustic drum kits recorded in an authentic 60’s and 70’s style with all-analog gear.

“The drum sounds of the 60s and 70s have been captivating producers and engineers such as
me for decades. Countless tracks have featured samples taken from funk records, but no one
has made an effort to create a new collection of old-school sounds with that vintage tone,” said
Andrew Aversa, lead developer of the product.

Impact Soundworks Groove Bias: Vintage Drum Sounds

Groove Bias: Vintage Drum Sounds features

  • Nearly 4 gigabytes and 3,500 samples of unlocked, 24/96 audio content.
  • Three deeply sampled, custom kits as well as a set of percussive instruments: five snares, four kicks, nine toms, three hats (closed, loose, open, pedal), two rides, two crashes, two splashes, two rims, handclaps, tambourine, shaker, agogo, bongos, woodblocks, cowbell and triangle.
  • Recorded at three studios across the United States using a wide range of microphones, from high-end Neumann mics to trashy RCA and GE mics nearly half a century old.
  • All-analog outboard chain featured such gems as an authentic 70s Neve broadcast console, a UA-1176 and 2-610S, Tube-Tech, ADL and Empirical Labs compressors and even giant Otari and TASCAM tape machines.
  • Streamlined mixing, offering one or two tracks per kit component – close micing, and overhead or room micing.
  • Formats: Kontakt (version 2+), EXS-24, Battery and Reason NN-XT (at 16/44.1), with more formats on the way.
  • All formats of Groove Bias are unlocked for your editing and re-mapping pleasure, and with 5-10 round robins and 5-16 velocities per switchable kit component.

Groove Bias: Vintage Drum Sounds is available for download for $99 USD for the Kontakt/HALion/EXS24 version, and $89 USD for the Reason version.

Visit Impact Soundworks for more information and some audio and video demos.