Zenhiser has launched Oldskool House Chords, a sample pack featuring 155 house chords including piano, organ and strings.
We’re delving back, way back into time when piano chords and organ stabs reigned supreme. The 90’s House scene from London to Chicago brought a charismatic sound that reverberated through clubs around the globe, The 90’s sound was driven by chords and most of the tracks melodic content was in these inspirational and fresh sounds. It was such a big part of the 90’s that we had to document it and not just with a few samples but a dedicated sound pack made entirely of these iconic chords and stabs. Comprising of 155 chord stabs “Oldskool House Chords” utilises the most popular chord structures of the time and uses synths that were the staple of the 90’s House sound. Included in the sound pack is piano chords, organ chords, dirty chords, string stabs, vibraphone hits and even marimbas.
Each sound within “Oldskool House Chords” is supplied with multiple chord variations so simply mapping the samples to your keyboard will deliver the option of instant chord hooks without the knowledge of chord structures. Each sample also has the key information within the file name and every sound within the pack has been compressed and mastered to ensure uniform content across the sample range.
The sample pack is available for purchase for $35 AUD.
More information: Zenhiser / Oldskool House Chords
Wavesfactory has announced an update for its 1850 Pipe Organ Pro sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
We first launched “1850 Pipe Organ” on September, 2011. Containing both free and pro versions. On the Pro version there was basically 2 features that quite a few users wanted to be included: reverb control and IRs of the church. So here they are:
- Reverb control, depending on the volume of each rank.
- 4 custom IR (impulse responses) from the church where the library was recorded in. Close, mid, far and balcony perspectives / distances. Recorded with a Neumann KU-100 binaural microphone.
- Minor bug fixes and folder organization improved.
Load the different IRs into your favorite convolution reverb and you’ll be able to hear your tracks as if they were recorded together with 1850 Pipe Organ.
1850 Pipe Organ is available for purchase for 19.95 EUR. The update is free for previous customers.
More information: Wavesfactory / 1850 Pipe Organ
Wavesfactory releases Retro Keys I, a Kontakt library featuring 3 keyboards from the 70s.
Retro Keys I is a collection of 3 libraries based on famous keyboards from the 70s. Perfectly replicated with all the original features and more.
- The Compac is an electric piano made by Crumar in 1972 that features 3 piano sounds (piano, honky tonk and clavichord). Noise, envelope and cabinets also available.
- The Orchestrator was also made by Crumar in 1975, is an electric piano and a “string machine” with a brass simulator. Bass, brass, piano, clavichord, violin, cello; with vibrato, cabinets, noise, envelope and presets.
- The Organ X55 is a clonewheel made by Elka also in the 70s. Features 2 keyboards with 1 drawbar each, 3 piano sounds with optional sustain, percussion, 2 vibrato types, brilliance, cabinets, rotator, tube drive and a set of presets (including random values).
All keyboards have an option called “vintage”. When it’s active some effects are applied to give a very nice vintage vibe to the sound (tape distortion, compression, wow, flutter and speed variations). We love it and we’re sure you’ll love it too.
The library is available for the introductory price of 9.95 EUR until November 1st, 2014 (regular 19.95 EUR).
More information: Wavesfactory / Retro Keys I
Hello Samples has launched Sweet Chords Vol2, a collection of construction kits & chord kits.
The second volume in our series of our experimental electric piano themed sample packs is out! Sweet Chords is back, and here to stay!
Arecio & Hi.Moez have locked themselves up in the studio again to delight you with some fresh and inspiring sounds.
1754 sounds divided in 10 construction kits that contain Electric Pianos, Organs and Synthesizers. To put the icing on the cake we’ve further processed with ‘foogers some of these sounds, creating instruments and kits based around those specific chords for ease of use and instant fun-factor.
Sweet Chords Vol2 features
- More than 1,700 painstakingly handcut samples.
- All WAV files in 24 bits 44.100 (16 bits for MPC).
- 141 ready to use Ableton Live Instruments
- 10 construction kits (including 31 instruments with chords & riffs).
- 63 E. Piano chords Instruments.
- 12 Organ chords Instruments.
- 35 Processed chords Instruments.
- 10 Maschine construction kits (115 ready to use Groups)
- 82 E.Piano Groups (including chords & riffs).
- 15 Organ Groups.
- 15 Clav & Synth Groups.
- 3 Processed chords Groups.
- 10 MPC construction Kits
- 40 ready to use MPC kits (1000/2500).
The sample pack is available for purchase for 10 EUR.
More information: Hello Samples / Sweet Chords Vol2
Rhythmic Robot has announced Lorenzo, a vintage reed organ instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
We have a bit of a soft spot for reed organs. They can add an instant blanket of breathing, organic warmth to a track. Their tuning’s never perfectly stable. The reeds are never quite in sync. The fan noise adds a dash of high-frequency texture to each note. Overall, we can’t get enough of them.
The Lorenzo is a compact four-octave reed organ. No chord accompaniment buttons; no tone controls; just keys and reeds and a fan breathing air over them. So it only does one thing, but the sound it makes it just fantastic.
- Rich, vintage reed organ tone.
- Individual control over key on and key off samples, randomised for authenticity.
- Vintage attack captures the original characteristic sound of the reeds; Clean attack gives a snappier, modern sound.
- Tremolo, rotary and two types of distortion.
- Tilt EQ to tailor the tone.
- Separately adjustable fan noise.
Lorenzo for Kontakt is available for the introductory price of £4.95 GBP (regular £5.95 GBP).
Rhythmic Robot has also recently released its Busker percussion library.
Busker takes its inspiration from those blond-dreadlocked chaps on street corners, and aims to put the smell of old sweat and weed into your DAW courtesy of some street-vibe percussion: cajon, knee-snare, foot stomp, and two kinds of tambourines.
Tambourines in particular always sound kind of anodyne in the big sample libraries; these are warts-and-all wonders of realism, with shakes, rolls, hits and many many randomised round-robins to add natural variation.
- Everything you need to add some hippie street vibe to your tracks.
- Foot stomp, Cajon, portable wire Knee Snare, and two kinds of Tambourine.
- Multiple round-robins and velocity layers for organic variation.
- Hit things with hands or sticks and beaters.
- “Street” knob adds instant trashy grunge for a more sweat-stained feel.
Busker for Kontakt is available for the introductory price of £5.95 GBP (regular £9.95 GBP).
More information: Rhythmic Robot
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