Cinematique Instruments releases Ensemblia for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Ensemblia, a modern chamber orchestra library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia

ENSEMBLIA is the sound of a modern chamber orchestra that lets you easily write organic and truly natural music. A selected range of classical instruments combined with a fine mix of unique sounds are ready for your cinematic suspense, drama and comedy or even to give a special spice to your pop and R’n’B tracks.

Ensemblia was built to easily create beautiful polyphonic chamber arrangements and textures while you are just playing chords or single notes. We didn´t recorded phrases, a powerful 16step arranger will do it.

Ensemblia can layer up to 7 instruments at the same time and gives you a quick access to a broad range of timbres and tone colors while playing. A special voicing engine will split your notes and chords automatically into separate voices and lets you individually assign them to each particular instrument.

Building Ensemblia we aimed to create a modern minimalistic ensemble sound inspired by composers such as Michael Nyman, Philip Glass or Steve Reich. Ensemblia is a really helpful and inspiring tool for composers.

Ensemblia features

  • Instruments include violin, a viola, a cello and a horn in several articulation such as spiccato, staccato, pizzicato and long notes (normal, ponticello, harmonics), up to 5 velocity layer and 4 round robin variations.
  • Also includes Baritone Trombone (re-recorded), Marimba (C2-C5), Alto Glockenspiel, Upright Piano, Shruti Box, and Bowed Psaltery from the Cinematique Instruments library.
  • 2 separate patches: „longs“ and „shorts“. Instruments are spread over 7 slots – each of them provide separate mixing and editing options in order to compose the ensemble at your own requirements.
  • Kontakt interface with a master page and a mixer page, and shorts patch has an additional arranger page that lets you define and built up polyphonic 16 step patterns.
  • Both patches have a Voicing engine that lets you easily spread certain voices to particular instruments. While playing notes or chords Ensemblia automatically analyzes your playing and splits all incoming notes into 5 voices which are low – midlow – mid – midhigh – high. You can separately assign these 5 voices to each instrument at your own requirements.
  • The Arranger, a powerful 16 step ostinato engine that sets the velocity, the voicing and the octave for each step and instrument separately. The arranger plays the flexible pattern using only notes and chords that you are holding down. As a result you get versatile and inspiring musical patterns and riffs playable in all ranges and speed variations. There are no pre-recorded phrases. Optionally you can play in- or off-sync.

The library is available for purchase for 179 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Ensemblia


Spitfire releases BML Additional Flutes for Kontakt

Spitfire BML Additional Flutes

Spitfire Audio has launched Additional Flutes, the last release in the British Modular Library series of orchestral sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Throughout 2013 Spitfire secretly went into the hall at Air Studios for the biggest round of sampling it has ever undertaken. With production complete roughly twelve months ago we announced the impossible. That we were, in just one year, going to create the first volume of a next-gen deeply sampled modular orchestral library to beat all others. The first commercial British orchestral sample library featuring the greatest players, playing the greatest instruments in the greatest space in the world. Built by composers, for composers and curated by masters in the field of sampling.

It is with the launch of this final BML module of the year, that we are fighting back the tears, wiping away the blood and dressing the wounds of 12 months hard battle. We made it, and what better way to present our freshly baked orchestral cake to you but with a ripe little cherry on top. We’re now happy to announce that you need not go anywhere else for your orchestral needs but the hall. THE BRITISH MODULAR LIBRARY VOLUME 1 IS NOW COMPLETE!

As with all BML modules Additional Flutes is a deeply sampled affair with multiple round robins, dynamic layers, vibrato control, numerous mic positions and perspectives and the eponymous Jake Jackson mixes for CPU-light ease of use.

Additional Flutes is a single volume library so unlike ‘essential articulations’ or ‘Volume 1′ modules this is a very deeply sampled multi articulation module. These will get you set with everything you’d need from these instruments with both essential and additional articulations in the one module.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £169 GBP until January 2nd, 2015 (RRP £229 GBP).

More information: Spitfire Audio / BML Additional Flutes


Alan ViSTa releases Hand Crash free plugin

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Alan ViSTa has announced the release of Hand Crash, a free instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac, featuring a sampled orchestral cymbals set.

Alan ViSTa Hand Crash

Hand Crash is a set of 5 sampled orchestral cymbals. It contains 10 stereo samples from the University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios public domain library.

Hand Crash features

  • 5 orchestral crash cymbals.
  • Stereo 24-bit samples.
  • Release time for each cymbal.
  • Volume for each cymbal.
  • Amplitude dynamic range control.

Hand Crash (VST/AU) is available to download at no charge.

More information: Alan ViSTa / Hand Crash


Bela D Media offers 20% savings to readers

Bela D Media is offering readers a 20% discount on its Kontakt sample libraries for a limited time.

Bela D Media

Bela D Media was formed in 2003 by CEO/Producer Francis Belardino. We have reached directly to thousands of users worldwide. Our products are extensively used by composers of feature films, major network television shows and many top video games. We are sincerely grateful to our users – as we work to gain even more. Thank you for your interest in Bela D Media.

Recent Bela D titles include the a Gregorian style choir library Phantom Voice, Giovani Revive, an update to the Giovani Edition youth choir sample library now featuring re-mastered audio, finer vocal turnings and the utilization of advanced Kontakt scripting. An updated version of the free Scoring Noise library was also recently released. This is now also fully scripted and includes new noise floors and other noises heard during recording sessions of choirs and orchestras.

Until December 17th, 2014, you can save 20% off a purchase of any Bela D Media library by using coupon code rekkerd at checkout.

More information: Bela D Media


Steinberg launches Black Friday Sale

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Steinberg Black Friday Sale

Steinberg has launched its Black Friday Sale, offering 50% off selected VST instruments.

There’s no better way to celebrate the Black Friday than to get your hands on our high-quality VST Instruments at an unbelievable price. Gear up your arsenal of instruments with HALion Symphonic Orchestra, Neo Soul Keys, Triebwerk, Dark Planet or Hypnotic Dance and save 50%!

This weekend only! Offer ends on Sunday, November 30.

To take advantage of our Black Friday special sale, go to the Steinberg Online Shop, select your favourite product and enter the following coupon code in the shopping cart:


More information: Steinberg


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