Cinematique Instruments releases Ensemblia for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Ensemblia, a modern chamber orchestra library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia

ENSEMBLIA is the sound of a modern chamber orchestra that lets you easily write organic and truly natural music. A selected range of classical instruments combined with a fine mix of unique sounds are ready for your cinematic suspense, drama and comedy or even to give a special spice to your pop and R’n’B tracks.

Ensemblia was built to easily create beautiful polyphonic chamber arrangements and textures while you are just playing chords or single notes. We didn´t recorded phrases, a powerful 16step arranger will do it.

Ensemblia can layer up to 7 instruments at the same time and gives you a quick access to a broad range of timbres and tone colors while playing. A special voicing engine will split your notes and chords automatically into separate voices and lets you individually assign them to each particular instrument.

Building Ensemblia we aimed to create a modern minimalistic ensemble sound inspired by composers such as Michael Nyman, Philip Glass or Steve Reich. Ensemblia is a really helpful and inspiring tool for composers.

Ensemblia features

  • Instruments include violin, a viola, a cello and a horn in several articulation such as spiccato, staccato, pizzicato and long notes (normal, ponticello, harmonics), up to 5 velocity layer and 4 round robin variations.
  • Also includes Baritone Trombone (re-recorded), Marimba (C2-C5), Alto Glockenspiel, Upright Piano, Shruti Box, and Bowed Psaltery from the Cinematique Instruments library.
  • 2 separate patches: „longs“ and „shorts“. Instruments are spread over 7 slots – each of them provide separate mixing and editing options in order to compose the ensemble at your own requirements.
  • Kontakt interface with a master page and a mixer page, and shorts patch has an additional arranger page that lets you define and built up polyphonic 16 step patterns.
  • Both patches have a Voicing engine that lets you easily spread certain voices to particular instruments. While playing notes or chords Ensemblia automatically analyzes your playing and splits all incoming notes into 5 voices which are low – midlow – mid – midhigh – high. You can separately assign these 5 voices to each instrument at your own requirements.
  • The Arranger, a powerful 16 step ostinato engine that sets the velocity, the voicing and the octave for each step and instrument separately. The arranger plays the flexible pattern using only notes and chords that you are holding down. As a result you get versatile and inspiring musical patterns and riffs playable in all ranges and speed variations. There are no pre-recorded phrases. Optionally you can play in- or off-sync.

The library is available for purchase for 179 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Ensemblia

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Time+Space announces Synthogy Ivory II pianos now available as downloads

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Time+Space has announced the the Ivory II pianos by Synthogy are now available for purchase as downloads.

15% off Synthogy Ivory II at Time+Space

At the heart of Ivory II are Ivory´s legendary pianos. Each Ivory piano has been further refined and developed, including expanded velocity levels (up to 18 per piano), additional soft pedal samples, and more release samples. Synthogy´s decades of expertise in piano development, along with proprietary “timbre interpolation” technology combine to deliver greater fidelity, unrivaled playability, and a musical experience that is unsurpassed.

Ivory II represents the most significant design enhancement to Ivory´s custom piano technology since its introduction. Years in the making, every effort has been taken to assure that Ivory II is a true and worthy successor to the legacy established by the original Ivory products.

Synthogy’s Ivory II piano downloads are available with 15% off until Decemeber 31st, 2014. A free iLok or a £25 gift voucher is also included with selected Synthogy products at Time+Space.

More information: Time+Space / Synthogy Ivory II

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Toontrack releases EZkeys Vintage Upright

Toontrack has announced the release of EZkeys Vintage Upright, a new EZkeys virtual piano instrument.

Toontrack EZkeys Vintage Upright

The Vintage Upright sound library features a carefully sampled Östlind & Almquist piano, a classic Swedish brand dating back to the late 1800s and widely known for its quality, craftsmanship and heritage.

This instrument was built in the 1930s and captures the essence of the timbre in a well-built upright piano. The frail, silvery treble, the bright, distinct mid range and the focused, round bass, all painstakingly captured in a world-class studio facility.

EZkeys Vintage Upright contains the same software, functionality and extensive MIDI library as the other EZkeys titles.

EZkeys Vintage Upright features

  • A carefully sampled Östlind & Almquist upright piano.
  • Recorded at Studio 9, Sveriges Radio, Sweden using only the best of the best in modern and vintage equipment.
  • All sounds are designed to be mix-ready. Just pick a preset and the sound will sit right in your mix.
  • Uncompromising dynamic response for great playability.
  • Includes Sympathetic Resonance based on real samples.

EZkeys Vintage Upright is available for purchase for 139 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / EZkeys Vintage Upright

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Xclusive-Audio releases Deep Keyz SE & Book Of Sounds Kontakt Library

Deep Keyz Special Edition

Xclusive-Audio has announced the release of Deep Keyz Special Edition, a collection of piano loops and MIDI files.

Are your beats lacking an authentic feeling and sound? Do you need motivation and inspiration to cure your “beat block”? This sound pack will remedy this problem and help you produce incredible music!

Use these loops as the foundation for your track or use the included MIDI data to completely re-work the composition into your own. When it comes to this, midi is completely flexible. You can have full control over the midi notes and can assign to any instrument sound to build a full track.

Deep Keyz Special Edition is available for purchase for $34.95 USD.

Book Of Sounds Kontakt Library

Xclusive-Audio has also launched Book Of Sounds, an instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Chapter one of the “Book of sounds” series was cleverly designed to help upgrade your music production and jump start your creative side. The Book Of Sounds kontakt library has 5GB of every sound and FX’s you will need to make HITS all year.

Instruments Included: Tuned 808’s, Arps, Bass, Bells, Brass, Choirs, Guitars, Hits, Pianos, Leads, Pads, Plucks, & Strings.

Book Of Sounds is on sale for $39.95 USD (regular $45 USD).

More information: Xclusive-Audio

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Zenhiser releases Oldskool House Chords sample pack

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Zenhiser has launched Oldskool House Chords, a sample pack featuring 155 house chords including piano, organ and strings.

Zenhiser Oldskool House Chords

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

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