Cinesamples releases CineSymphony LITE for Kontakt

Cinesamples has announced the release of CineSymphony LITE, a comprehensive sketch tool recorded by industry veteran Dennis Sands at the world famous MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures studios in Los Angeles.

Cinesamples CineSymphony LITE

CineSymphony LITE covers all the essential instruments from the string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections and is designed to give students and professional composers a solid starting foundation in their music scoring palette.

According to co-founder of Cinesamples, Michael Patti, the origins of CineSymphony LITE came from a familiar problem for composers. “I was trying to sketch ideas down for an upcoming project, and I was out of town. I really wanted to use our larger CineSymphony products on a laptop, but our libraries are deep-sampled and intended for professional composer studios.” This made the Cinesamples founders realize the gap in the market for a sketch library for professionals and also a smaller scale CineSymphony collection for students. Says Patti, “back when we were students, it was a challenge trying to find really high-quality libraries at a price we could afford. CineSymphony LITE is our solution to this problem.

Maintaing the professional sound and simplicity of their full CineSymphony line was especially critical to the company, says Michael Barry, co-owner of Cinesamples. “This library was designed by composers, for composers, with direct feedback from the film community during its development. We always want our libraries to be composer-friendly and sound professionally mixed right out of the box, and CineSymphony LITE is no exception.”

CineSymphony LITE is especially revolutionary in its ability to recreate the sound of the orchestra with minimum system specifications. CineSymphony LITE includes the principal instruments of every section and their most common articulations in stunning detail and unparalleled recording precision. Each instrument was meticulously sampled for the CineSymphony Core line to capture the unique Hollywood sound. By extracting the essential samples from its CORE-line, Cinesamples has created a product less demanding on lighter systems while still maintaing the usability that its customers have come to expect from its CORE-line.

CineSymphony LITE for Kontakt is available for purchase for $399 USD / $199 USD (educational license).

More information: Cinesamples / CineSymphony LITE

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EastWest releases Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

EastWest has launched Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, a percussion instrument library produced by a team comprised of Doug Rogers, Nick Phoenix, Thomas Bergersen, and engineer Shawn Murphy.

EastWest / Quatum Leap Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is a unique orchestral percussion library featuring one of America’s best orchestral percussionists and his arsenal of instruments. A composition tool for serious composers, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion includes PLAY 4 software, offering powerful scripting for ease of use and up to 5 microphone positions for control over each instrument including main pickup (Decca tree), mid pickup, close pickup, surround pickup, and an alternate vintage circa 1945 RCA ribbon room pickup.

Recorded in the famous EastWest Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes, Hollywood Orchestral Percussion perfects techniques pioneered in Stormdrum 3, using unique repetition sampling techniques and 8 way round robin that deliver a virtual live performance. The entire collection uses zero noise reduction resulting in “a sound that will virtually jump out of the speakers”.

Hollywood Orchestral Percussion features

  • Orchestral percussion staples include timpani, snare drums, cymbals, bass drums, and metals.
  • Specific instruments to handle extreme tempos.
  • Extensive and fluid timpani.
  • An extensive array of epic anvil samples.
  • Orchestral chimes are sampled to mimic the sound of real church bells, as the instrument was originally intended.
  • Array of vintage field drums, such as Epic Bass Drum Ensemble and Mahler Hammer.
  • The celeste has been captured in a multi mic position environment with extremely low noise.

The library is available in a Diamond Edition for $799 USD (supplied on an optional hard drive), the Gold Edition is $499 USD, and the Silver Edition costs $249 USD.

Diamond and Gold Editions are available now. The Silver Edition will be available later in October.

More information: SoundsOnline / Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

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Cinesamples intros CineSymphony Lite for Kontakt

Cinesamples has announced CineSymphony Lite, an upcoming instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

CineSymphony LITE is a comprehensive sketch tool recorded at the world famous MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures studios in Los Angeles, and recorded by industry veteran Dennis Sands.

CineSymphony LITE covers the essentials of all orchestral instrument sections, and provides students and professional composers with a solid starting foundation in their music scoring palette.

The library will be available October 15th, 2014.

More information: Cinesamples

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Impact Soundworks releases Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion Essentials

Impact Soundworks Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion

Impact Soundworks has announced Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion Essentials, an extra-affordable version of the symphonic library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring a comprehensive collection of traditional & extended percussive instruments.

This exquisite symphonic collection for KONTAKT features a comprehensive collection of 50 traditional & extended percussive instruments recorded through three mic positions. With a clean, focused character that is not clinically dry OR overly ‘epic’, Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion is highly flexible for everything from small ensemble scoring and intimate cues to dramatic & bombastic. No other percussion library is as extensive AND affordable; we couldn’t be more proud to share it with you!

We are also pleased to announce Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion ESSENTIALS, which offers the same depth of sampling as the full version, two mic positions (close & hall), 16-bit samples, and all essential percussive instruments – all at the no-brainer price of $89 with a smooth upgrade path to the full version.

Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion Essentials is available for purchase for $89 USD. Requires the full version of Kontakt 5.3 or higher.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Rhapsody

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Impact Soundworks releases Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Impact Soundworks Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion

This beautiful library features over 50+ instruments sampled in great detail, from traditional drums and chromatic percussion to hand & world drums, aux percussion and much more. All recorded with three flexible mic positions.

Besides a deep and broad collection of instruments, Rhapsody offers a closer and more intimate perspective than many other percussive libraries. Its neutral and honest character lends itself to a huge range of styles, from traditional orchestral to epic scoring, pop music or anything in-between. Simply put, Rhapsody is designed to easily sit in your mix. No fighting with over-produced sounds or a hall drowning with reverb.

Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion features

  • 50+ instruments recorded at a beautiful symphonic hall.
  • Blend between close, stage, and hall mic positions.
  • Traditional drums, ensembles, cymbals, gongs.
  • Aux & chromatic percussion hand & world drums.
  • Up to 10x RR and 5x dynamic layers per instrument.
  • Elegant & intuitive user interface.
  • Available in 16-bit or 24-bit flavors.

Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion is available for the introductory price of $199 USD until September 30th, 2014 (MSRP $249 USD).

More information: Impact Soundworks / Rhapsody

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