Sound Dust has announced the release of Ships Piano Mk2, an updated virtual piano instrument for Kontakt, which now includes the “Satie-anator” for instant Eric Satie-ness.
A ships piano is basically a tiny rudimentary upright piano with a five octave keyboard that folds upwards to save space. It has no bottom half and sits either on a low table or a stand with a small leather and chain contraption dangling from its bottom that loops around the foot for the sustain pedal. Because of its small frame size it struggles with low notes so the bass strings are very wide gauge and particularly flabby, resulting in a strange almost atonal metallic sound in the lower reaches.
The ships piano is no Blüthner or Steinway, and there’s no chance of extracting rich sonorous tones, but its charming simplicity has lots and lots of useful character. Its very plinky without being too plonky.
Every usable white note is sampled binaurally for extra realism with 4 and sometimes 5 velocity layers for 155MB. Kontakt 4 and above (not Kontakt player).
Ships Piano Mk2 is available to purchase for £15 GBP.
More information: Sound Dust / Ships Piano Mk2
Time+Space has announced that the Toontrack EZkeys Upright Piano is 70% off for 1 week only.
It´s Black Friday week and Toontrack are kicking off the mega deals with a massive 70% off EZkeys Upright Piano!
This carefully sampled Östlind & Almquist piano, which dates back to the late 1800s, delivers a characteristic, rich and warm tone unlike any other instrument of its kind. It was sampled in painstaking detail at a world-class studio using the best in modern and vintage recording equipment.
Performed by a session pianist and played in full song section blocks (intro, verse, chorus etc), the revolutionary EZkeys engine means you can simply drag and drop your selections to the timeline to build the foundation to a professionally played piano track.
What´s more, EZkeys’ revolutionary smart transpose functionality, makes writing songs easier than ever. When you drop a MIDI file on the timeline, EZkeys will analyze and separate all chords. The smart transpose wheel will allow you to change or alter single chords as well as transpose full songs on the fly while still keeping the rhythm and feel of the MIDI intact.
The EZkeys Upright Piano is available at a 70% discount until December 2nd, 2013, priced at £32.95 / €38.95 EUR (regular £111 GBP / €139 EUR).
More information: Time+Space
Singomakers has announced Emotional Piano Themes Volume 2, a sample collection featuring 20 Wav and MIDI piano loops.
Extremely useful for any producer who wants to add some emotions and lyrics to their tracks, and fits perfectly in Film Productions, Ambient, Chill Out, Hip Hop, Dubstep and a lot more!
This Collection is produced by Alexandr Antonovsky, author of bestselling Singomakers collection “Epic Movie Themes” and “Emotional Piano Themes Vol 1”.
Inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Ilich Chajkovskij, Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Franz Peter Schubert, Mihail Glinka, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Sergej Rahmaninov, Ferenc Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Verdi.
The sound pack is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.
More information: Singomakers / Emotional Piano Themes 2
Equinox Sounds has launched Total Midi: Modern Orchestra & Piano, a bundle of 6 MIDI collections featuring orchestra instrument melodies and piano melodies.
You’ll get a total of 190 MIDI loops and 5 String Arrangements MIDI Construction Kits. All phrases are 100 royalty-free and ready to be assigned to your favourite synth or sampler in your personal and commercial productions.
‘Total MIDI: Modern Orchestra & Piano’ includes the following individual products:
- Modern Orchestra MIDI Melodies (30 MIDI Loops)
- Modern Orchestra MIDI Melodies 2 (30 MIDI Loops)
- Modern String MIDI Arrangements (5 MIDI Kits)
- Modern MIDI Piano Melodies (50 MIDI Loops)
- Modern MIDI Piano Melodies 2 (50 MIDI Loops)
- Modern MIDI Piano Melodies 3 (30 MIDI Loops)
This bundle contains a total of 190 MIDI loops featuring superb instrument MIDI melodies for piano, string and wind plus 5 different string arrangements MIDI Construction Kits. Each Kit has all the melodic MIDI parts for Bass, Organ, Electric Piano, Piano, Synth, Pad, Bass String, Cello, Viola and Violin.
The bundle is available to purchase for $34.95 USD.
More information: Equinox Sounds / Modern Orchestra & Piano
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Haunted Piano, a virtual toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Haunted Piano is created from multiple samples of two toy pianos which between them span a full three octave range. We sampled them at midnight, by candlelight, when the moon was full (and at 24-bit, natch). Using three velocity layers and two round robin sets, we created an eminently playable and responsive virtual toy piano, which can sound just as clunky and naive as the originals.
But then we went a bit further down the spookiness path, pushing the sound of the virtual instrument into sound-design territory. The samples can be reversed with the click of a button, to give eery builds and surprise tones, or to recall those “backwards masking” moments so favoured by demonic rock bands. They can also be force-transposed down by three octaves for groaning, bottom-of-the-sea, sepulchral noises and cavernous drones; or pitched up two octaves for tiny, sparkling fairy-bell sounds that glitter and gleam.
Haunted Piano features
- A toy piano with several unsettling differences.
- 3 octaves of chromatic multi samples, plus extras: 580 samples in total.
- Truly expressive: three velocity layers and twin round-robin sets for natural variation of the sound.
- 50 switchable randomised key-off samples.
- 75 effects samples of noises, thumps, bumps, crashes and squeaks.
- Reverse samples and groaning sub-transposition at the touch of a button.
The Haunted Piano library costs £9.95 GBP. Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later full version.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Haunted Piano
Sergio Frias has announced Nostalgic Piano, a virtual piano instrument.
Nostalgic Piano is sampled from a Steinway Model D grand piano, it has a great, deep, clear lush sound, and sounds amazingly great in the mix or at solo. It can be used for songwriting of classical music, or other styles from jazz to pop.
My goal was to make the smallest sample library in size, yet the best sound quality, realistic piano to use in your productions and in your favorite host.forget about huge libraries occupying huge amounts of gb in your pc, Nostalgic Piano is about 100 mb in space, providing amazing expressivness of 12 velocity layers and meticulously fine tuned, realistical sample loops points on each 264 samples…and best of all, a cheap price of only 10$.
Nostalgic Piano features
- SFZ format.
- 12 velocity layers.
- 264 samples 44.1kHz stereo.
- Realistic decay/sustain/release times.
- Meticulous sample loop points providing reduced sample library (yet still maintaining the same sound quality).
The Nostalgic Piano is available to purchase for $10 USD.
More information: Nostalgic Piano
Roqstar has announced the release of Modern Pop Piano Bundle, a collection of two piano sample libraries.
Modern Pop Piano Bundle contains Volume 1 and 2 of the bestselling Modern Pop Piano Library.
20 fresh and modern pop piano loops in the style of Adele, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Christina Perri, Taylor Swift and many more.
For maximum flexibility we’ve included dry and processed audio files and the Midi Files. So you can easily tweak the loops to create your hit melodies on the fly.
These two piano collection are pure inspiration for your next hit and a great resource to starts songs. A must for the modern Pop producer.
The bundle costs $44.90 USD (save 25%).
More information: Roqstar / Modern Pop Piano Bundle
Roqstar has announced Modern Pop Piano Volume 2, a collection of grand piano loops.
Modern Pop Piano Vol2 is the follow-up of the sought after Volume 1 and brings you fresh and modern pop piano loops in the style of Adele, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Christina Perri, Taylor Swift and many more. For maximum flexibility we’ve included the Midi Files in addition to the audio files so you can tweak the loops to create your hit melodies on the fly. This piano collection is pure inspiration for your next hit and a great resource for the modern Pop producer.
All piano loops have been perfectly processed with high quality equipment to sit perfectly in your mix. You will find a processed and an un-processed original grand piano audio file plus the midi file for each loop mapped in separate folders per song.
All loops are key and tempo labeled for the ease of use. This pack brings you all the weapons for your next hit.
The library costs $29.90 USD.
More information: Roqstar / Modern Pop Piano Vol 2