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The Unfinished releases Zebra Serenity & Zebra Serenity: Dark Edition

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The Unfinished has launched Zebra Serenity and Zebra Serenity: Dark Edition, two soundsets for the Zebra synthesizer instrument by u-he.

The Unfinished Zebra Serenity

With an emphasis on warm, organic, analogue tones with some bite, this soundset is designed to provide fresh synth noises for modern film scoring and atmospheric electronica. Serenity takes advantage of Zebra2′s extraordinary attention to detail, extensive modular capabilities and highly developed synth engine.

Serenity leans towards the sound of hybrid scores like M83′s Oblivion, Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy and Harry Gregson-Williams’ Total Recall; where classic, analogue synth warmth meets the searing, modern virtual analogue.

There also nods to the more laidback, lo-fi world of neo-classical too, with ambient padscapes and dusty, slightly broken synths; inspired by artists such as Johan Johansson, Hammock and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

The Dark Edition expansion takes the original 128 Serenity sounds and tweaks, modifies and fine tunes them for Zebra HZ. Whilst these are not completely brand new patches, they take the original sounds into new sonic territory, taking advantage of Zebra HZ’s lush analogue Diva filters and VCA compressors, adding extra analogue warmth, bite and darkness.

Zebra Serenity is available to purchase for £19.99 GBP; The Dark Edition (includes Zebra Serenity) is £29.99 GBP.

More information: The Unfinished

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Producers Choice releases Organic Drum Kit sample pack

The Producers Choice has launched the Organic Drum Kit, a drum kit sample library for Native Instruments Maschine (WAV also included).

Producers Choice Organic Drum Kit

Breakthrough recording and processing techniques used to capture the “perfect” drum sound – helping prevent muddy low-frequency and harsh high-frequency build-up. Analog processing ($60,000 of gear was used) for character, warmth, and depth and pro-studio character. Each sample precision hand-edited for perfect attacks and smooth decays.

The end result is…. Drums with WARMTH, DEPTH, CLARITY & PUNCH.

Organic Drum Kit features

  • Includes 150 pounding kicks, 115 creative snares, 80 authentic claps, 90 open & closed hi-hats, 570 organic percussion section, 90 cymbals & toms.
  • 100 original drum loops.
  • 30 bonus transition FXS.
  • 22 Maschine Kits (v1.8.2).
  • 24-Bit WAV format, compatible with all major DAW’s and software.
  • 100% royalty free, use the samples in your commercial musical compositions with no royalties or credits required.
  • 602MB total content.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Producers Choice / Organic Drum Kit

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Samplephonics launches Acoustic Abstraction by Memotone

Samplephonics Acoustic Abstraction

Samplephonics has launched Acoustic Abstraction, a sample library featuring 2.4GB of beautiful acoustic melodies, rare instruments and textures by Memotone.

Acoustic Abstraction is one of the most inspirational sample libraries we have released to date.

Developed by the insanely talented multi-instrumentalist Memotone, this beautiful collection of loops and samples has such a range of wonderful and diverse sounds, the first time we played it in the office, we were literally stunned to silence!

The sample pack is overflowing with acoustic instrument loops, textures, organic rhythms and sampling gems. Sifting through the sounds is like digging through a crate of rare vinyl, each groove a complete surprise and ready to be shaped into something new.

The sample library is available to purchase for £40 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics

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Fairly Confusing Waveforms releases Arctic Rooster for Kontakt

Fairly Confusing Waveforms has announced Arctic Rooster, a free organic synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Fairly Confusing Arctic Rooster

Today I serve Arctic Rooster. It’s a sort of neo-retro organic synthesizer for Kontakt.

It is based on very short waveforms, serving as ‘oscillators’, that has been cut from recording of an authentic Icelandic rooster that I took this summer. Also there is the oscillator bank made of waveforms that I took from recording of my own voice.

Arctic Rooster features

  • 15 waveforms in 3 oscillator banks.
  • Wood finishing enclosure.
  • 3 memory banks.
  • LCD display.
  • 3 LFOs and lots of knobs.

The Arctic Rooster library is available as a free download. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or newer, full version.

More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms / Arctic Rooster

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Cinematique Instruments releases Fabrique for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments Fabrique (Prime)

Cinematique Instruments has launched Fabrique, a real-time pattern module library for Native Instruments Kontakt 5 and Kontakt 5 Player.

Fabrique is a real-time pattern module for creating complex and inspiring musical elements within seconds. Whether you are either searching for the basis for a score cue or for a sophisticated add-on percussions loop or you are just trying to look up organic loops, atmospheric soundscapes or tonal movements or you just wanted to get inspired for a new piece of music, Fabrique provides almost every possibilities according to all these needs. But even if you are not feeling like creating your own pattern, there are available over one 170 presets, ready to be played.

Fabrique includes three different kind of modules which varies in genre and amount of sounds: Firstly there is the PRIME, which covers the wide range of cinematic music and song production, secondly there is the URBAN which meets the needs of dub and pop music and finally the maverick one called EERIE which provides pattern and sounds for horror and dramatic purposes.

Although Fabrique is a very complex and versatile tool, it is anyhow very simple and intuitive to use. All control and operating elements are easily accessible, so that you can quickly and easily create or edit your pattern according to your own requirements.

Fabrique features

  • 3 kind of Fabrique: Prime, Urban and Eerie.
  • Over 70 single instruments and 50 audio loops.
  • 3 tracks per module.
  • CPU friendly (no additional loading), low memory.
  • Easy and intuitive use.
  • Flexible Master Section (bar size, tempo, shuffle).
  • Multi Mode-able with free definable ‘run’ key.
  • Separate solo function.
  • Enhanced playability and intuitive programming possibilities.
  • Separate sound shaping options (volume, pitch, length filter, reverb, dealay, envelope).
  • Partially Randomization.
  • over 170 presets.

Fabrique (incl. all 3 modules) is available to purchase for 185 EUR.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Fabrique

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Review: Eclipse Sound Zebra Botanica

Eclipse Zebra Botanica

After a series of soundsets for Native Instruments Absynth and Massive, Polish sound designer Artur from Eclipse Sound Design takes on the Zebra synthesizer by u-he with Zebra Botanica.

Ethno-tropical sound set with a gentle breeze of warm equatorial regions.

The soundset includes a total of 54 patches:

  • 32 Abstract Instants.
  • 4 Lead/Bass.
  • 3 Sequence Patterns.
  • 15 Texture Pads.

Most patches have all 4 macro XY pads assigned for maximum expression.
At 54 patches, this soundset is rather small. However, it is surprisingly versatile.

Check out a few of the patches included in this audio clip.

For a demonstration of the sounds in a musical context, Torben Hansen created this lovely track.

So what do I think?

Product: Zebra Botanica by Eclipse
Format: .h2p patches for Zebra 2.5
Price: $8.95 USD
Like: organic sounds, expressive, unique & usable
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 8/10

Zebra Botanica is a really nice set of sounds. I don’t know if it’s the concept, patch titles and the cover art for the soundset, but the whole thing feels very organic to me. Almost like a collection of real instruments, found scattered around a tropical forest.

There is a lot of color in the instruments, they’re vibrant and alive. Interestingly enough, Artur has shared that he likes to start off with the artwork of a soundset, using a wallpaper of it as an inspiration while designing the sounds. I think this approach works really well, resulting in a cohesive collection of original sounds.

The patch count is kind of on the low side, but the soundbank is priced accordingly.

More information: Eclipse Sound / Zebra Botanica

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Soundiron releases Ambius 2: Systematik + Deals on drum & piano libraries

Soundiron has announced the release of Ambius 2: Systematik, a 4.9GB beast of an organic synth collection built on adaptive groove-building and inspiring tone and texture shaping features.

Soundiron Ambius 2 Systematik
The foundation of Ambius 2 is Soundiron’s Instrument Designer system, which allows you to combine a range of tuned percussive attack samples with a broad variety of richly detailed sustaining pads and leads.

Ambius 2: Systematik represents a huge new step forward in our quest to build a truly flexible and adaptive sample based atmospheric synth.

We wanted a broad collection of richly nuanced flavors with the ability to freely layer, blend and reshape a wide mix of percussive, tonal and textural elements into custom multi-layered dynamic and evolving instruments. We wanted a unified and powerful interface to combine detailed performance and tone shaping controls with a wide pallet of experimental and environmental convolution effects. We wanted a built-in tempo-locking step-sequenced filter and LFO engine that could be adapted to just about any other GUI control parameter on the fly without missing a beat. Ambius 2 is all of that and much more.

To celebrate the release of Ambius 2 Systematik, Soundiron is offering a $30 discount on the price and offering some amazing deals on Apocalypse Percussion, Cymbology, The Struck Grand and our Montclarion Hall Steinway until December 21st, 2012.

More information: Soundiron / Ambius 2: Systematik

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Review: Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft by Paul Rez

Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft

Tons of sample libraries are released week in week out, and I reckon it’s getting increasingly harder to get noticed. Still, every once in a while there’s a sample library that grabs my attention.

Since launching their website at the end of 2011, the guys at Samplephonics have been working hard to bring “fresh, unique sounds that inspire creativity and push the boundaries of music and sound”, and that’s certainly what they are doing with libraries like Analogue Witchcraft.

This is quite simply the most diverse and exciting sample pack we have released to date, packed full of leftfield and experimental loops and samples all with their own unique flavour and texture.

Leftfield and experimental, just my cup of tea!

The title Analogue Witchcraft might throw you off a bit so just to be sure you know what we have here. The library includes a fair amount of sounds coming from modular analog synthesizer sources, but this sample pack is not all about that.

For Analogue Witchcraft a combination of vintage and current equipment and software was used. Samplephonics mentions “experimental recording techniques”, I call the pack’s sound fresh. It includes recordings of acoustic guitars and foley percussion, and a Studer Tape Machine was used as well.

This library was made by Paul Rez aka Paul Ressel, an innovative sound designer, composer, and member of electronica band Lark from Cape Town, South Africa. As part of this band that is said to be “one of the key contributors to the rising experimental and idm crossover scene”, Paul is no stranger to blending organic and acoustic sources with digital and electronic sounds.

Have a listen to some demo tracks and example loops from the sample pack below.

The pack includes no less than 226 samples grouped in 7 folders.

The first folder – Acoustic Guitar Day Care – sets the tone right from the start. These are some lovely acoustic guitar samples with a distinct sound, 42 loops in total. The description reads “played in a variety of unorthodox ways and processed in Reaktor and Audiomulch for some subtle effects”. I really like Paul’s style on the guitar, lots of flageolet tones and fragile melodies, lovely!

Taking things to the more experimental side we find Flawed Foley Melodies, a collection of 23 more melodic and rhythmic themes with stringed instruments and cinematic percussion type sounds. Unique in sound and execution.

The Half Buried Drum Loops folder includes 26 heavily processed beats. Heavy compression, long reverbs, nasty distortion. All is allowed here. Again, lots of unique material here.

Up next is the Organic Mechanic folder, in which 37 loops blend organic and mechanical sound sources. This results in more melodic and rhythmic themes, which are more on the experimental side as well. It’s interesting to see the variety of styles, which go from dark cinematic to sonic youth type bass guitar.

The Retriggered to Tape section offers a selection of loops that were processed with tape. The 21 loops include lots of re-triggered piano and guitar sounds.

Just as you think you are getting a good sense of where this library is going we get another surprise. Synthi Hurtful Bass Loops is full of the type of sounds that will make some people question your sanity. You’ll have to reassure them your speakers aren’t broken, explain what idm is, that kind of thing. Samplephonics lists them as “gnarly twisted bass loops, recorded from a selection of analogue synth loops, bass guitars and upright basses”. Gnarly & twisted, check.

The last folder is titled Uncooperative Sequences and they kind of remain in the same area as the synthi bass loops. These sequences also sound quite raw and twisted. There’s a total of 48 melodic and percussive loops, which once again showcase a lovely sonic range and a wide variety of styles.

The sample pack also includes REX files for many of the loops (103 in total), and patches are available for easy auditioning in your favorite soft sampler.

In general the loops have quite a raw and honest vibe, played/composed with feeling and processed with care.

So what do I think?

Product: Analogue Witchcraft by Samplephonics
Format: 24bit, 44kHz/48kHz/96kHz Wav
Price: £34.70 GBP
Like: Unique sounds, inspiring
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

I would like to describe Analogue Witchcraft as musical, experimental, glitchy, raw & energetic, and most beautiful. These sounds conjure up a childlike enthusiasm in me. The library is like a playground with lots of fun toys scattered around for you to find, pick up, and make your own. My favorite sections are the guitar sounds and the drum loops.

The library is most suited to idm music producers and many sounds have a vibe that would work well for cinematic projects as well.

In short, Paul Rez created a truly remarkable collection of loops with a sound I haven’t really heard before. Recommended, check it out!

More information: Samplephonics / Analogue Witchcraft

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