Samplephonics has announced the release of Afro-Tropical Percussion, a sample pack featuring 195 percussion loops.
Afro-Tropical Percussion is an exotic collection of African and Caribbean infused percussion loops ready to spice up any recording, whether it’s House, Techno, Jungle, Raggaeton, Afrobeat, Trap, Hip Hop or Funk and Soul! Lush shaker patterns, swung conga rhythms, processed technical drums and organic djembe solos all work together to create an exciting library of up beat grooves in tempos 95-128bpm.
All loops and samples have been recorded, mixed and programmed painstakingly for a perfectly balanced and wide sound that leaves plenty of space for the rest of your mix. Synthetic drums and organic world percussion blend perfectly to create depth and fullness across the frequency spectrum.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £25 GBP.
Samplephonics is offering 30% discount on any order by using coupon code winterwarmer9823 at checkout. Expires February 15th, 2014.
More information: Samplephonics
Hello Samples has launched JMX09, the second release in the Raw Series of sample packs.
After the warm reception of our first installment in the analog percussion world (the acclaimed RAW Series Vol.1) we decided to make a library built on the same honorable principles -realism, dynamics and usability- but with a more aggressive and punchy sound that complemented the organic, creamy and percussive nature of the previous collection. Of all the drum machines in our arsenal we felt that the 09 was the box that best represented this idea, and thus our next victim was chosen!
The 09 is a 909 inspired drum machine with a twist. The great thing about it it’s that, although you can use it to emulate a convincing 909, it can also go WAY beyond it’s limits. The bass drum and snare circuits have much wider range and the sound is a bit more modern and over-the-top. It’s like a 909 on steroids! This is specially nice since you can end up with something that sounds “familiar” yet not dated like the overused original 909. A clever way of sounding different.
- 2,300+ painstakingly handcut samples (about 200 different sounds x 7 round robin hits + more than 300 single one-shots), organized by type and descriptively labelled.
- A minimum of 4 Round Robin samples of each sound for added realism, most hits have 7 or more Round Robin samples.
- 40 ready to use Machine kits.
- 20 ready to use MPC kits (1000/2500).
- 298 ready to use Ableton Live kits including:
- 23 Drum Rack Kits.
- 18 Impulse Kits.
- 250 individual Sampler patches (Round Robin).
- 7 groups Sampler patches.
- 6 Kontakt patches including automatic Round Robin management.
The sample library is available to purchase for 10 EUR. A free demo pack can be downloaded from the product page.
More information: Hello Samples / Raw Series Vol 2 JMX09
Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Frank Ricotti Glockenspiel and Frank Ricotti Crotales, two virtual instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Engineered by Toby Warren at Air-Edel Studios, a classic and infamous studio in central London used by an extraordinary mix of people from Nick Cave (Proposition) to Beyonce, to Tinie Tempah. Spitfire has recorded a pristinely maintained Glockenspiel deeply with a number of beaters, techniques and from a number of perspectives. With the recent folk renaissance, the glock has become one of the most popular tuned percussion instruments of recent times. These little beauties are not easy to record well, nor make truly convincing. Spitfire has a decade of experience making the best, most realistic virtual instruments on the market today. By engineering chaos into the selection of sounds and by using the finest ribbon and valve mics with incredible signal paths Spitfire has created the definitive article, so if your favoured Glock is sounding a little worn Spitfire is always a good bet!
Crotales are small bronze disks, almost thick cymbals arranged in a piano keyboard style layout to produce chromatic pitches. They are one of the brightest tuned percussion instruments and similar to a piccolo, will cut through even the biggest orchestral dirges. With the producer range however we like to introduce music makers of all persuasions to try instruments they may never have heard of. So alongside the bright and brash elements of this library you can also find moments of magical beauty. A great instrument that can create the feeling of a bright celeste coupled with a triangle but with none of the pre-conceived ideas of either of those instruments, ie Celeste = Harry Potter.
Again engineered by Toby Warren at Air-Edel Studios, a classic and pristinely maintained vintage studio in London’s west-end, Spitfire has recorded a pristinely maintained set of world-class Crotales sampled deeply with a number of beaters, techniques (including a bowed patch which is going to get tongues wagging!) and from a number of perspectives.
For the first two weeks, the Ricotti Glockenspiel and Crotales libraries are available to purchase for the introductory prices of £39 GBP and £31 GBP, repectively (regular £52 GBP and £42 GBP).
Both libraries require a full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.
More information: Spitfire Audio
Taleweaver Orchestra has announced Ancient Heavy Boxes, a cinematic percussion library for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.
What is so special about this library? Ten cardboard-boxes have been recorded in different positions and styles. We used sticks, brushes and hammers. We hit, scratched and smashed them. And after recording over 5.000 samples we chose 2.500 to be the best so we can come up with 15 unique patches:
- Bass Drum 1 & 2
- Brushed Boxes 1 – 6
- Paper Djembe
- Taikos 1 – 3
- Tom Drums 1 – 3
Boxes? Made of paper? Hit with drumsticks?!
Yeah, we know how crazy that sounds. But recorded in the right way they really sound fantastic! We found out that paperboxes have a special unique sound that can give some very interesting edge to a track.
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of 28.80 EUR until February 28th, 2014 (regular 42 EUR).
More information: Taleweaver Orchestra
Soundiron has announced the release of Apocalypse Percussion Elements – Kontakt Player Edition, a streamlined concert ensemble and solo percussion collection powered By Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player engine.
The lighter and more affordable Elements just focuses on the aggressive, punchy sound of APE’s close stereo mic position for single-stroke multisampled articulations. It’s designed with your workflow, with a modular interface, intuitive and easy-to-use workflow and instant sound shaping tools, with the power to dial in you sound. You can dynamically arpeggiate and import customizable midi clips and use our built in DSP to find that perfect tone or completely warp and mutate the sound.
Apocalypse Elements features over 40 different drums of all shapes and sizes, with ~100 articulations, 8x round-robin and deep velocity layering. You’ll find thunderous ensemble and solo bass drums, toms in all sizes, dhols, riqs, frame drums, bongos, octobans, djembes, cajons, doumbeks, a massive snare ensemble and 6 solo snare drum types. We’ve also got stick clicks, clacks, hi-hats, rides, crashes, splashes, hybrid and FX cymbals, gongs, finger cymbals and so much more.
Apocalypse Percussion Elements is available to purchase at an introductory price of $69 USD through February 14th, 2014 (regular $99 USD).
More information: Soundiron / Apocalypse Percussion Elements
Sample Magic has announced the launch of Drum Hits 2, a sample pack featuring a large collection of drum hit samples.
Sample Magic returns with a vast second volume of 1,500+ of our fattest, punchiest and most detailed drum hits to date, packed with expertly synthesised and layered kicks, snares, claps, hats, crashes, percussion one-shots, FX glitches and vintage processed hits to serve every electronic music genre.
Created over a 12-month period, we accumulated thousands of transients from a variety of sources – classic and forgotten drum machines, vinyl records, digital synths, field recordings, live studio sessions – which were then painstakingly layered and processed through our high-end outboard signal path for unparalleled analogue warmth and sheen on each and every hit.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £34.90 GBP. Individual Click+Mix packs are sold separately.
More information: Sample Magic / Drum Hits 2
Sample Logic has announced HAVOC, a new cinematic percussive instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
HAVOC is the ultimate cinematic percussive suite of over 850 instruments and multis that will transform the tools of your trade. The HAVOC sample collection has been derived from hundreds of industrial machines, farm tools, and everyday auto body parts and gears, all recorded in a massive multi-car garage.
Each sample was recorded, processed, manipulated, morphed and then programmed creatively utilizing Sample Logic’s award-winning user interface controls. Geared for film, TV, game composers, and sound designers, HAVOC takes cinematic percussion to an entirely new level.
- Over 850 Instruments and Multis delivered at 44.1k/24-bit.
- Just over 5GB of sample content resulting in a 2.4 GB sample library using Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression.
- Native 64-bit support.
Havoc is available to pre-order for $249.99 USD (MSRP $299.99 USD). The library will be released on February 3rd, 2014.
More information: Sample Logic / HAVOC
Red Ochsenbein has announced Cinematic Grooves 2, a new collection of 120 MIDI loops for the Damage instrument library by Heavyocity.
Targeting some smaller uses of percussion in cinematic scores it is designed to inspire rhythmic ideas and offer a quick start to your own grooves. Just load the Damage patch into Kontakt and import the midi file in your track. Tweak and break it to fit your needs.
Cinematic Grooves 2 contains 120 midi loops in 4/4, 5/4, 3/4 and 7/8 created for 3 Damage patches.
Because they are midi files they can be tweaked to work with different patches and even other sound sources than Damage.
The Cinematic Grooves 2 pack is available to purchase for $12.99 USD.
More information: Red Ochsenbein / Cinematic Grooves 2