Toontrack has launched EZkeys Country MIDI, a new MIDI expansion for the EZkeys virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.
As the title suggests, this pack is focusing on the country genre and will showcase the journey this music style has found itself on the past few decades. It includes anything from the classic and rootsy to the timeless ballads and the slick, pop-influenced styles that top the charts of today.
EZkeys Country MIDI features
- An extensive collection of chord progressions and playing styles for country inspired music.
- Tempos and styles ranging from ballad to uptempo.
- Covering straight and/or swing in 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4.
The MIDI pack is available to purchase for $29 USD / 25 EUR.
More information: Toontack / EZkeys Country MIDI
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Posted in news
on May 09, 2013
VSTBuzz is offering a limited time 60% discount on the SampleTekk Seven Seas Grand sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Seven Seas Grand by Sampletekk is an incredibly detailed and deeply sampled Yamaha C7 grand piano. With at least 93 samples per note and 31 velocity layers, this is an beautiful sounding piano – just watch the video below to hear it!
The Seven Seas Grand was recorded at OAL Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and requires the full version of Kontakt 1.5 or higher. Its 6.04GB (zipped).
The sample library is available from VSTBuzz for $80 USD until May 15th, 2013.
More information: VSTBuzz
Paper Stone Instruments has introduced Palm Mute Piano, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Palm Mute Piano is a 2.6GB 64 note Kontakt instrument. Each note of our PaperStone Grand Piano has been meticulously sampled using finger dampening, resulting in a unique cinematic tone. The PaperStone house piano is a Danemann Grand Piano 6’8″; Mahogany c1960, chosen for it’s rich character and mellow tone. Perfect for cinematic and jazz music.
It has been sampled in short (staccato) long (sustain) and pedalled articulations at 3 velocity levels, with 5 microphones: Close (mono) Stereo and Room.
The Palm Mute Piano was recorded in Studio 2 of Paper Stone Studios in Nottingham, UK (a converted cinema auditorium dating back to 1914).
Palm Mute Piano features
- 4 Patches in NKI format
- PMP Full (Complete with all articulations and dynamic keyswitching)
- PMP Staccato (Lighter version with just the Staccato articulation loaded)
- PMP Pedalled (Lighter version with just the Pedalled articulation loaded)
- PMP Sustain (Lighter version with just the Sustain articulation loaded)
- 1737 stereo samples recorded at 24bit 44.1 KHz.
- Original user interface and advanced custom scripting engine.
The Palm Mute Piano is available exclusively at Sampleism, priced at £22.99 GBP until the end of May (RRP £34.99 GBP).
More information: Paper Stone Instruments / Palm Mute Piano
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Posted in news
on Apr 29, 2013
Detunized has announced the release of “Piano”, an Upright Piano in a small venue.
Detunized Piano translates the spirit of a pretty old and battered Upright Piano into digital realms. Hosted in a small venue right beside an auto shop this particular Piano has undergone numerous Jazz and Blues sessions throughout the decades.
The Live Pack delivers the multi-sampled and velocity-layered Piano with separately adjustable sustain and release levels plus 7 additional instruments that push the classic piano sound far beyond the original.
Piano for Live features
- Ableton Live Pack, compatible with Live 8/9.
- 8 Ableton Instrument Racks (121 samples, 24 Bit/44.1 kHz)
- Arper adds some heavenly arpeggios.
- Damped sounds like a huge piano behind a wall.
- Looped introduces random patterns during performance.
- Morph combines formant-shifting with interesting side-noises.
- Piano is the pure velocity-layered piano sound.
- Peak brings in the taste of a prepared piano.
- Remember 2133 can be tweaked from Grand to Honky Tonk.
- Synth is a polyphonic stereo synthesizer.
- 240 MB Sample content.
The Piano for Ableton costs 9 EUR.
Detunized Piano in Universal Format contains the velocity-layered sustain samples plus release sounds in separate patches.
Both patches can be combined in numerous software samplers like Kontakt, NN-XT, EXS 24, Halion, DirectWave, Dimension as well as each other software sampler that reads Cakewalk SFZ files.
Piano Universal features
- 2 pre-configured Instrument Patches.
- SFZ, NKI, SXT, EXS, FXP files included.
- 119 samples, 24Bit/44.1 kHz.
- 233 MB Sample content.
The Universal format Piano library is also 9 EUR.
More information: Detunized
Propellerhead has introduced the Radical Instruments Bundle, a discounted bundle featuring the Radical Piano and Radical Keys Rack Extension instruments.
Radical Keys brings you three classic keyboard instruments in a great-sounding package: the Rhodes Mk1, the Wurlitzer and the Pianet-T. Radical Piano comes with three sampled pianos paired with the technology to make an infinite number of your own. A flexible and bendable piano that goes from ultra-clean to creakingly natural.
Thanks to Propellerhead’s cutting edge Radical Engine, these instantly playable instrument have sonic capabilities ranging from the ultra realistic to the utterly outlandish.
The Radical Instruments Bundle costs 119 EUR (25% off individual prices).
More information: Propellerhead / Radical Instruments Bundle
SampleTekk has announced the release of the Blue Grand, a “character” grand piano sample library for Kontakt and HALion.
The Blue Grand is the perfect piano when you want something that’s a bit more mellow, old school and ambient sound. The great instrument used for the White Grand and White Sister, a large Malmsjo Grand, a 100 year old beauty, was here used to create their more soft spoken sister.
The instrument was miked up pretty closed, to remain contact with the instrument, but room mikes was used to give it a more ambient character. It was also tuned to give a bit more movement in the tone, giving it an even more old school sound. Hammerback and pedal noise samples that gives it intimacy and presence, (no pedal noise on the HALion 3 version).
The Blue Grand is not the ultimate Grand Piano that will cover all bases, but if you need a ambient, old school instrument that still has precense, look no further!
The sample library is available to purchase for Kontakt 4 and HALion 3/4, priced at $49 USD. The first 200 customers pay $29 USD.
More information: SampleTekk / Blue Grand