ARIA Sounds has announced the release of Catalyst, a high end sample library, with over twenty stunning cinematic percussion instruments.
The instrument is also compatible with both version 4 and 5 of Kontakt, unlike out other instruments, and comes with a staggering FOUR mic positions to mix between. These include close, overheads, mid, and far mic positions, for ultimate control over the sound.
Instruments are sampled with up to five round robins per note, with multiple velocity layers per note, for maximum realism and that extra human sounding quality.
Each drum was sampled with different types of mallets/sticks, hard, soft, large, wood, etc, as well as trills and extra and even extended techniques included.
The library is available for the introductory price of £39.99 GBP (regular £99.99 GBP).
More information: ARIA Sounds / Catalyst
FXpansion has announced the release of BFD Orchestral, an expansion pack that delivers a unique set of concert percussion to your BFD3, BFD Eco or BFD2 sessions.
The included sounds are perfect for film and commercial composition as well as for progressive music production and creative sound design.
BFD Orchestral features a variety of orchestral bass drums, snares and hand cymbals alongside chromatically tuned timpani and concert chimes which are sampled over 1.5 octaves and perfect for unusual melodic lines. Other highlights include suspended cymbals with huge decays due to the lack of a stand to dampen vibrations.
All the sounds in BFD Orchestral are recorded using carefully selected high-end equipment to capture the dynamics and sonic beauty of these instruments which have the versatility to fit into all kinds of genres and mixes.
BFD Orchestral is available for purchase for $70 USD/55 EUR/£49 GBP inc VAT where applicable.
More information: FXpansion / BFD Orchestral
Function Loops has announced the release of Epic Summer EDM Anthems and Lush Progressive V2 Drums & Percussion, two new sample packs.
‘Epic Summer EDM Anthems’ is Function Loops brand new summer anthem and drop inspired sample pack. This collection is filled with essential sounds which will make your crowd go wild and fill your tracks with atmospheric and euphoric melodies and drops.
Inspired by most fashionable sound of 2014, this new pack has also key features such as MIDI files for maximum flexibility.
Epic Summer EDM Anthems is available for purchase for $19.90 USD.
Lush Progressive Drums & Percussion is the follow up to the “Lush Progressive” series, a collection of hand-picked analog drum loops and one-shots.
As usually, with each of our packs comes a fine selection of nicely produced and pre-mixed material which is both DAW and LIVE-ready.
The beats sound solid and spacious, but when combined with the accompanying percussion, they suddenly “click” and get that often desired chunky fullness. Since they offer generous amounts of dynamic range, you can use your favorite bus compressors and fatten them up further.
Lush Progressive V2 costs $8.90 USD.
More information: Function Loops
Soundiron has launched Iron Pack #3, a compact yet full-featured instrument library featuring manipulated metal percussion and melodic instruments.
Iron Pack 03 features thirteen creative tuned percussion instruments – both short and sustained, each carefully sculpted from natural recordings we’ve made fro a wide variety of resonant metal objects and surfaces. These highly flexible patches are perfect for all styles of music, from soudtack, to experimental and atmospheric music. The final preset in the set is an awesome metallic “drum kit”, assembled from our huge Rust 3 library. We’ve included all of our favorite user controls in the Kontakt instruments, including the “Edge” knob for extreme shape transformations and the “Wind” convolution reverb selector, with 5 great halls/rooms and 5 creative FX impulses.
You’ll find regular unlocked nki presets for the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later, as well as universal open source SFZ presets, for users who don’t own Kontakt. The SFZ presets can be used in the free Sforzando Player by Plogue, as a VST, AU, RTAS, AAX and stand-alone engine, just like Kontakt. It can also be used in the free Alchemy Player by Camel Audio! The SFZ presets offer many of the same core control features and playability, in a simpler interface, with the same great audio quality.
The Iron Pack is available for purchase for $2.99 USD until until May 15th, 2014. Requires the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later or an SFZ 2.0 compatible engine.
More information: Soundiron / Iron Pack
Nord has launched the Marque Gilmore Bank, an expressive sound bank for the Nord Drum 2.
The innovative drummer/percussionist/producer and composer Marque Gilmore has put toghether a signature bank for the Nord Drum 2. Marque has been working globally as a professional musician for nearly 25 years and has a long experience combining the best of the acoustic and electronic world of percussion, as well as being a pioneer in combining and uniting musical expressions from all over the world.
The Marque Gilmore Bank contains 23 kits and can be downloaded here, where you’ll also find some really brilliant sound demos showcasing the expressive, dynamic range of the Nord Drum 2!
The bank is a free download.
More information: Nord / Marque Gilmore Bank
unEarthed Sampling has released Tension Hits 2, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Where STH focuses on soft tension filled hits from unlikely sources, TH2 focuses more on in your face loud and epic impacts. All of these impacts come from unconventional sources such as chairs, tubes, stage hits, doors, sticks, metal shelves, and candelabras. unEarthed Sampling even recorded ensemble stomps on the stage which sound “HUGE and epic”. There are no loops or phrases here, these are all multisampled recordings meticulously recorded via a matched pair mic set.
All of the samples were recorded in a large old hall built in the late 1800s. The hall is featured in the GUI art by Glyn Lloyd. All of the patches (save for one of the two stomps patches) feature 4 X RR.
The GUI features some easily tweakable controls to really change the sound of each of the patches. These tweaks include Attack, Release, Lo, Mid, and Hi gain knobs, and the indispensable pitch knob. The toggleable covolution reverb makes these sound huge and they even included 13 easily selectable impulse responses.
The library is available for purchase for $25 USD.
More information: unEarthed Sampling / Tension Hits 2
JunoVHS has announced Drip, a sample library for Kontakt.
Drip is a collection of 56 glitchy, organic percussive samples. Painstakingly created using advanced and proprietary sound design techniques. The essence of every sound comes from lost and forgotten old-world sources, treated with the highest caliber of modern analog effects.
Drip comes in both Kontakt Instrument format, and includes the raw Wav audio samples neatly organized. You need the full retail version of Kontakt 5.1 or later to use the NKI instrument preset.
The sample pack is available for purchase for $2.99 USD.
More information: JunoVHS