Pendle Poucher of Sound Dust has released the dULCITONE1900 sample library.
It’s taken an age, but I’ve finally managed to birth a lovely sister to Dulcitone1884. This one is a 16-year younger beauty with a slightly jinglier and more even tone which really compliments the butch woody clunk of the 1884 version.
Think of dULCITONE1900 as Keira Knightly and Dulcitone1884 as Kristin Scott Thomas…..or maybe whatshisface in Twilight to George Clooney.
I’ve gone to town with the sampling, seven velocity layers of binaural recording add up to around 500mb of samples. There’s a wee video of her in action which tells you more about her than I can put into words.
dULCITONE1900 is available for Kontakt 3 and above (full version required), EXS, Ableton Sampler, Alchemy (full version required), SFZ (imports into Alchemy player) and SoundFont, priced at £15 GBP. Purchase includes all formats.
Pendle has released Grand Thrift Auto(harp), a cunning hybrid instrument made by mating a plucked grand piano with a lowly autoharp.
Pendle Grand Thrift Auto(harp) for Kontakt
This strangely beautiful offspring weighs in at a fairly hefty but graceful 288mb and contains 4 separate and individually adjustable layers of multi-velocity samples from every note of both instruments.
Grand Thrift Auto(harp) includes a plucked autoharp, muted autoharp, plucked binaural grand piano, and a binaural autoharp. It is only available as a Kontakt 2 or Kontakt 3 instrument, and costs £15 GBP.
Pendle has released Ships Piano, a new set of samples of a ships piano.
Here’s another small, slightly portable and largely neglected keyboard instrument. Designed by JB Cramer and Sons of London in the late 1800′s, the ships piano (or yacht piano) was built especially for the cramped confines of Victorian pleasure boats. The perfect thing for a little sea bound entertainment in the good old pre-ipod days of the empire.
A ships piano is basically a tiny rudimentary upright piano with a five octave keyboard that folds upwards to save space. It has no bottom half and sits either on a low table or a stand with a small leather and chain contraption dangling from its bottom that loops around the foot for the sustain pedal.
Because of its small frame size it struggles with low notes so the bass strings are very wide gauge and particularly flabby, resulting in a strange almost atonal metallic sound in the lower reaches.
The Ships Piano sample set contains 155mb of 16bit samples, featuring meticulously sampled white notes (binaurally) with 4 or 5 velocity layers.
Ships Piano is available for £15 GBP as Kontakt 2/3, EXS, Reason Combinator and Soundfont formats.
Visit Pendle‘s website for more information and sound demos.
Pendle has released Steel Drum Percussion Room, a new kit of lovely dusty binaural acoustic drum samples and slightly prepared steel drums.
….a kind of Tom Waits percussion machine featuring drums in all shapes and sizes.
Steel Drum Percussion Room features
4 octaves of huge flappy marching band bass drums, ripped and rattly snares and kicks, frame drums, congas, bongos, toms, hi-hats, cymbals, boxes, metal shelving…you name it.
plus the “prepared” steel drums, a neglected set of bass steel pans played with fingers and soft mallets to avoid sounding like proper steel drums ( more apocalypse than calypso ) , the tunings are a bit iffy, but theres plenty of velocity layers per hit for a rusty hang drum like effect. Great for film scoring.
both kits were recorded binaurally in a great sounding room with long decays for a total of 168mb of samples.
The samples are currently available in Kontakt, SFZ, Giga and soundfonts (Live, EXS and NNxt coming very soon), and cost £15 GBP.
Also make sure to check Pendle’s other sample sets, the dulcitone and tiny binaural harpsichord.