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Native Instruments announces Komplete 10 & Komplete 10 Ultimate

Native Instruments has announced Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate, the next generation of their industry-standard production suites, which comes with six brand-new instruments.

Native Instruments Komplete 10

KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE come with six brand-new instruments – ROUNDS, KONTOUR, POLYPLEX, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION. KOMPLETE 10 now includes 39 instruments and effects.

KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE includes all 75 current KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 440 GB of content. Notably, the prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of purchasing the instruments and effects separately.

Native Instruments Rounds

ROUNDS combines powerful sound design capabilities with advanced sequencing techniques, allowing users to play melodies, chords, and arpeggios while sequencing and morphing sounds in real time.

Native Instruments Kontour

KONTOUR is the latest synthesizer from NI founder Stephan Schmitt – an extremely responsive synth capable of organic textures from mallets to plucked and bowed strings to distorted, aggressive and noisy sounds.

Native Instruments Polyplex

POLYPLEX delivers an intuitive, fun way to design drum kits. Up to four samples per sound slot are randomized on the global, sound or sample level. A host of effects including dynamics, reverb, glitch, and more are also on board for additional sound shaping.

Also included in both KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE is THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION – three new high-definition pianos offering unprecedented detail, and a varied and nuanced sonic range. THE GENTLEMAN is a sampled instrument based on an upright piano from 1908.

Definitive Piano Collection

Sampled with all the original parts, the instrument’s delicate and expressive sound gives producers distinctive, turn-of-the-century character with a supreme level of control for their recordings. THE GRANDEUR is a detailed sampled instrument of a beloved concert grand piano. Its bright, silky top end and booming, full bass are equally suited to a variety of styles including mainstream pop, jazz, and classical productions. THE MAVERICK is a recreation of a sonically singular instrument – a 1905 concert grand made for the Prince of Prussia. THE MAVERICK delivers a wide range of color and an unconventional sound where each note is full of character. These three pianos are also available for purchase separately or as a specially-priced bundle.

KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE also ship with the KOMPLETE KONTROL software. This allows users to browse all KOMPLETE Instrument sounds from one interface, accelerating workflow and providing a clear overview of all related sounds tag-based simplicity. KOMPLETE KONTROL also allows producers to access key functionality directly from the new KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. Registered users of KOMPLETE 9 and KOMPLETE 9 ULTIMATE will receive a free download for the KOMPLETE KONTROL software, giving them the same functionality on KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards as KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE users.

Along with these brand-new instruments, each bundle comes with several new additions released since KOMPLETE 9. KOMPLETE 10 now features 39 products, over 12,000 sounds, and over 130 GB of instruments and effects, including DRUM LAB, SESSION HORNS, and SUPERCHARGER. KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE delivers 75 products, over 17,000 sounds, and over 440 GB of instruments and effects, such as ACTION STRIKES, MOLEKULAR, and RISE & HIT – all stored on a USB hard drive for convenient installation. Both bundles also feature best-selling KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects such as the award-winning KONTAKT 5, GUITAR RIG 5 PRO, and NI’s flagship modular synthesizer REAKTOR 5. MASSIVE, FM8, and ABSYNTH 5 cover the complete spectrum of synthesis for any production task.

Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate will be available October 1st, 2014, priced at $499 USD/499 EUR for Komplete 10 and $999 USD/999 EUR for Komplete 10 Ultimate. Various upgrades, updates and crossgrades will also be available.

More information: Native Instruments / Komplete

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Sound Magic releases Fazioli Rose piano instrument

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Sound Magic Fazioli Rose

Sound Magic has announced the release of the Fazioli Rose, a virtual Fazioli “Brunei” concert grand piano instrument for Windows and Mac.

Fazioli “Brunei” is the most expensive concert grand piano. Fazioli, base in Italy, is considered to produce the best sounding grand pianos nowadays. Based on its famous Fazioli F308, the 10 foot concert grand model, Fazioli “Brunei” is decorated with flowers in mother of pearls, features semi-precious stones in various types. Not only the appearance changes a lot, but also Fazioli “Brunei” was specially tuned by factory engineers to achieve a unique sound, it has a deeper bass and mellower in sound compared to F308. By using the best Microphones and AD/DA converter nowadays, we successfully captured Fazioli “Brunei” unique sound. And after almost 1 years’ modeling processing, we finally get an vivid instrument with a rather small size compared with other sampled instruments.

Neo Piano features a custom built Hybrid DFD/RAM system. It is a very flexible system which can be optimized for different playing applications. If you are using an old system with low RAM, DFD will work well. If you are using a top performance 64-bit system with plenty of RAM, you can choose to play Neo Piano totally from RAM. A balance of DFD and RAM samples can be utilized to optimize general performance. In All cases Sound Quality remains at the highest level. For live stage performances, the entire piano sample set can be loaded into RAM, removing any worries about OS interference with Hard Disc access. For Studio and Composition use, DFD is ideal with modern computers.

A major breakthrough in Neo Piano Engine is the resonance engine. Every Grand Piano has a very large soundboard which reflects sound which resonates together with the piano’s wood body. This is a continuous process and makes every note sound unique. In order to simulate this behavior, Sound Magic first captures multi angle IRs from the soundboard, then applies new technology to convert those IRs into Resonance Engine Algorithms. The result is a concert hall sound reproduction full of life.

Style Designer is a special function which allows you to quickly and easily set the piano’s musical style, such as pop, jazz, rock, classical or soft. When you move the style level dial, it will change several internal parametric.

Fazioli Rose for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for 129 EUR/$169 USD/£105 GBP.

More information: Sound Magic / Fazioli Rose

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The Producers Choice releases Piano Sessions sample pack

The Producers Choice has launched Piano Sessions, a collection of 4 piano loops kits.

Producers Choice Piano Sessions

These brand new piano loops will give you the inspiration to start your next song… Build on them with some drums, synths and bass for a perfect beat – or use them as they are for beautiful royalty free music for Film / TV. Or you can even chop up the chords, and resample them if you want to get creative.

You get HQ 24bit WAV files, MIDI files for easy edits and all 100% royalty free. There are two versions of each loop – dry and with reverb.

Played and recorded by classical pianist Sebastian G (classical soundtrack composer) This is the closest you can get to a real classical pianist playing in your music.

Piano Sessions features

  • Over 80 full loops (231 files in total, over 500MB of content).
  • Organised into folders (Basic, Advanced, Complex, Left Hand Movements, Instant Inspiration etc).
  • HQ 24 bit WAV. format (MIDI files also included).
  • Each loop comes in two flavours – Dry and with reverb.
  • 100% Royalty Free – ideal for commercial use.
  • Works in ALL DAW’s, software and hardware.

The pack is available for purchase for $47 USD. The first 20 customers get 10% off using coupon code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

More information: Producers Choice / Piano Sessions

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Drum Broker intros Minor Scales Vol. 2 by Cardiak

The Drum Broker has launched Minor Scales Vol. 2, a new sample pack by Cardiak for adding a major flare to your melody.

Cardiak Minor Scales Vol. 2

This kit is the 2nd installment of the #MS Series, Cardi gives you More insight on the piano in its most Minor details.

From chords to progression Cardiak gives you More dark, melodic piano loops just for your production from the HeartFelt lab are sure to give your production a triumphant presence because music is not limited to be heard, it is to be felt.

Minor Scales Vol. 2 features

  • 26 performed Piano Loops in WAV format.
  • Piano Loops include BPMs and Midi Files.
  • Compatible with ALL DAW systems (Logic, Reason, Ableton, FL Studio, Protools, etc).

The pack is available from the Drum Broker for $24.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / Minor Scales Vol. 2

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Famous Audio releases Atmospheric Piano Themes 2

Famous Audio has launched Atmospheric Piano Themes 2, a collection of 20 cinematic crescendos and heart-wrenching piano phrases in WAV format and 20 exclusive piano melodies in MIDI format.

Famous Audio Atmospheric Piano Themes 2

This pack brings you 20 professionally played and inspiring piano themes and 20 meticulously programmed MIDI files at 70, 90 and 100 BPM with a duration from 0:35 up to 1:10. All files are BPM and key-labeled to make choosing the right file even easier. You have the ultimate freedom to choose your own sounds, edit the tempo, change the key, velocity, length and more.. We have given you as much flexibility as possible – that will perfectly fit into your productions. MIDI files are 100% compatible with all major DAWs. Try layering your own sounds with the included wav files for huge powerful melodies and hooks. This natural sounding piano will work in just about any track mix.

“Atmospheric Piano Themes Vol 2” comes with both WAV and MIDI format. From complex piano arps to dark emotional chord progressions, you are going to love this product. Mix & match piano parts to create even deeper productions. MIDI files allow you to assign these melodic phrases to your favourite synth or sampler, allowing them to slot perfectly into your production. Simply drag and drop or import your chosen file into your sequencer software. You’re then free to get creative to re-arrange the musical phrase exactly as you want it, add your own unique sound and build up your new track!

The pack is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Famous Audio / Atmospheric Piano Themes 2

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Production Grand LE by Production Voices 50% off at VST Buzz

VST Buzz has launched a limited time sale on the Production Grand LE, offering a 50% discount on the piano library for NI Kontakt by Production Voices.

Production Grand LE

The Production Grand LE is an incredible piano sample library from Production Voices. Recorded in a world-class recording studio with over 42,800 samples and a massive 8 microphone perspectives to choose from, this is one of the deepest sampled Yamaha C7 piano libraries available on the market.

Instead of sifting through piano presets only to settle on ok, dial in your piano sound with the precision of a producer or professional audio engineer. The result is exceptionally better piano sounds that blend into your productions, songs and sets.

Production Grand LE features

  • Yamaha C7 grand piano with over 42,800 samples.
  • 8 microphone perspectives.
  • 16 bit / 44.1 kHz.
  • 77GB in size (compressed to 25GB with no loss of quality).
  • Recorded with the best microphones in the world.
  • Perfect for film scoring and live performance.

The library is available from VST Buzz for $99 USD until August 12th, 2014 (regular $198 USD).

More information: VST Buzz

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SampleTekk releases The Emperor MkII for Kontakt

SampleTekk has announced the release of the Emperor MkII, a reproduction of a unique Bösendorfer 290 SE Imperial Grand Piano.

SampleTekk Emperor MkII

The owner achieved to install a very high-tech mechanism in the piano designed by Wayne Stahnke that operates the piano keys and pedals with more than 1.000 steps accuracy and is controlled by a computer system. This allowed me to capture each velocity layer of this perfect instrument with unequalled precision.

By utilizing this new technology to optimize the performance of the action, we have created a product which leaves the pianist in total control of dynamic response, timbre and touch.
This library provides the greatest possible control during the softest pianissimo, through crescendos to the reserves of power needed for the loudest fortissimo.

Emperor MkII features

  • 11 velocity levels.
  • TimeVel Release Technology.
  • Sympathetic Resonance.
  • Real Pedalling.
  • Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
  • Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and Resonance.
  • Adjustable Instrument Body Resonance.
  • Kontakt 4 (full version, it will open in the free player, but in a time limited/session mode).

The library is available for the introductory price of $49 USD until August 15th, 2014 (regular $79 USD).

More information: SampleTekk / Emperor MkII

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