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Sound Magic updates Rose Whisper Piano & Ruby Piano to v2.9

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Sound Magic Rose Whisper & Ruby Pianos

Sound Magic has released version 2.9 of its Rose Whisper Piano and Ruby Piano virtual piano instruments for Windows and Mac.

The sound of Rose Whisper Piano comes from Fazioli “Brunei”, a concert grand which is worth over $400,000. Fazioli “Brunei” is the most expensive concert grand piano over the world. Fazioli, a piano manufacturer 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.

Ruby Piano starts with the Famous Yamaha C7 sound, Appearing on famous concert stages, international competitions and prestigious music events throughout the world. Ruby Piano has successfully captured the mellow sustain and beautiful tones of a Yamaha C7 built in 1972, which has original ivory keys.

Changes since v2.5

  • Works better under OSX 10.9.
  • Improved reverb algorithm and range.
  • Adjusted some parameters.
  • Improved CPU usage.
  • Updated engine version.

Both instruments are available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 99 EUR each.

More information: Sound Magic

Wavesfactory updates Old Tape Piano for Kontakt

Wavesfactory has updated Old Tape Piano, a sample library featuring a grand piano recorded in mono using a low quality cassette recorder.

Wavesfactory Old Tape Piano

8 velocity layers, custom animated GUI and custom script that gives you control over the volume and color of the noise from the tape itself, and over the speed and tune of the tape.

This library was first released on January 2012 with no GUI and no script available. This free update gives you more control and more fun over this special and addictive instrument.

Old Tape Piano features

  • WAV files, 44.1KHz 24bit.
  • 88 keys.
  • Lo-fi cassette recorder.
  • 8 velocity layers.
  • Custom GUI.
  • Noise volume and color.
  • Tape speed and tune.

The library is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / Old Tape Piano

8Dio releases 1969 Steinway Legacy Grand for Kontakt

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8Dio 1969 Steinway Legacy Grand

8Dio Productions has announced the release of 1969 Steinway Legacy Grand, a virtual piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The 1969 Steinway Legacy Grand Piano is playing! This gorgeous wonder of the world features a full ranged Steinway Concert Grand (Model D), including 11 piano morphed patches, controls over pedal volume, velocity curve editor, eq controls, custom convolution reverbs etc. The 1969 Steinway was recorded with 6 different stereo microphone perspectives, so you can dial in the perfect sound blending the Overhead, Keyboard/Player, Damper, Ambient, Spot and Room microphones together.

In addition the 1969 also includes unique round-robin staccato for faster playing and an advanced, yet fluent user-interface. Check out video, demo and specs right here – we think you will enjoy this rich, full-body concert grand.

The 1969 Steinway Legacy Grand is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD until February 15th, 2014 (regular $149 USD).

More information: 8Dio / 1969 Steinway Legacy Grand

VI Labs intros Ravenscroft Virtual Piano

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VI Labs Ravenscroft

VI Labs has announced the Ravenscroft Virtual Piano, a virtual piano instrument library featuring an officially licensed version of the Ravenscroft 9′ Model 275.

The Model 275 is arguably one of the greatest grand pianos on the planet. Ravenscroft pianos are different from the beginning. Each Ravenscroft piano takes more than 1,000 hours to build. They obsess over every last detail sourcing only the finest components available and employing build and design techniques learned and developed over decades of servicing, building, and repairing other world-class pianos.

VI Labs worked hand-in-hand with Michael Spreeman, the man behind the Ravenscroft pianos to make sure their Ravenscroft virtual instrument had the same attention to detail and user experience for virtual instrument users.

Ravenscroft Virtual Piano features

  • Choose between four sets of discrete phase-aligned microphones including a Close Position, Room Position, Side Position, and Player position.
  • Sampled Pedal and Sympathetic Resonance.
  • Advanced half-pedal features.
  • New Repetition Strikes, Silent Strike, and Stereo Width controls.
  • Nearly 20,000 samples.
  • Works as standalone item inside UVI Workstation, or as a plug-in in popular DAW hosts (Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Sonar).
  • Requires 38GB of Hard Drive Space.

The Ravenscroft Virtual Piano costs $199.99 USD. It will be available to pre-order on January 29th, 2014 (shipping February 7th).

More information: VI Labs

MakeMusic & Abbey Road Studios intro Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand

Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the upcoming release of Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual instrument featuring the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One.

“In creating our new CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, we’ve partnered with the very best,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “Abbey Road Studios is an undisputed world leader, where brilliant engineers blend the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics. This same ‘best of both worlds’ approach also drove the design of the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano. The flagship concert grand of the Yamaha piano line, the CFX is a stunning instrument that has elevated the art of piano making.”

“We’re delighted to have captured the fine details of this remarkable piano in this spectacular studio. The result is an incredible new virtual piano with a power, richness and clarity that is unmatched.”

Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX virtual instrument will be available to purchase for $259.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed/USB flash drive).

More information: Garritan

Mkhitaryan releases Strum Ukulele sample pack + Royal Grand & African Djembe for Kontakt

Mkhitaryan Strum Ukulele

Mkhitaryan has announced a free Strum Ukulele sample pack and Royal Grand piano and African Djembe instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Strum Ukulele

Let’s add some chirpy sunshine to your music. A little loop pack from MKHITARYAN Pr.

How often does someone have a Ukulele around? So here is a must have pack for island/hawaii/pop music producers.

The pack contains 20 high quality ukulele loops in two formats` 24bit Wav and AIFF (Apple Loops). The pack is royality and absolutly FREE.

Mkhitaryan Grand Royal

Royal Grand

Legendary GRAND PIANO software, its structural transparency, balanced register, and poetic and original style are the definitive characteristics of this Studio piano.

Home recording techniques using high-end equipment provided the raw material for the award-winning KONTAKT sample engine, ensuring the Royal Grand is indistinguishable from the original.

Mkhitaryan African Djembe

African Djembe

Djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé” translates as “peace”!

African Djembe is a studio-quality 24-bit, 2Mb nki Instrument that allows you play your keyboard exactly like a hand drum.

The sample pack and Kontakt libraries are available to donwnload at no charge.

More information: Mkhitaryan

SampleTekk offers up to 65% off selected sample libraries

SampleTekk has launched a limited time sale, offering up to 65% off its Renaissance Flutes, The Big One Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, Mk seventy-three, and BOB – Orchestral Brass sample libraries.

SampleTekk Sale

SampleTekk Sale

  • Renaissance Flutes – A complete set of recorders, Bass, Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Sopranino, beautifully played by one of Sweden’s top flutists. Regular Price $119 – On Sale $49
  • TBO, The Big One – Yamaha C7 Grand Piano with 93 unique samples/recorded note! Regular Price $199 – On Sale $89
  • Mk seventy-three – The Rhodes challenger! Recorded through a a Fender Twin – The way it was supposed to. Regular Price $140 – On Sale $49
  • BOB – Orchestral Brass – BOB gives you French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. Regular Price $98 – On Sale $39

The sale ends January 20th, 2014.

More information: SampleTekk

Roland intros new Roland & BOSS products for 2014

Roland has launched Roland Connect 2014, introducing new Roland and BOSS products for 2014.

Roland Connect 2014

KEYS

Roland FA-08/FA-06 & RD-800

GUITAR

BOSS OD-1X, DS-1X & ME-80
  • OD-1X – Overdrive
    Special Edition BOSS Pedal with Premium Tone.
  • DS-1X – Distortion
    Special Edition BOSS Pedal with Premium Tone.
  • ME-80 – Guitar Multiple Effects
    Hands-On Access to a World of Great Tones.

PERCUSSION

Roland TM-2, KT-10 & NE-10/NE-1
  • KT-10 – Kick Trigger Pedal
    Rock-Solid Playability in an Integrated Low-Noise Design.
  • NE-10/NE-1 – Noise Eater
    Acoustic Sound Isolation for V-Drums.

PIANOS

Roland HP508/HP506/HP504, DP90Se/DP90e, HPi-50e & LX-15e
  • HP508/HP506/HP504 – Digital Piano
    Experience New Levels of Inspiration for Creativity and Learning.
  • DP90Se/DP90e – Digital Piano
    Premium Piano Features in an Elegant Modern Design.
  • HPi-50e – Digital Piano
    Enhanced Piano Features and the Magic of DigiScore Bring Musical Enjoyment to Your Entire Family.
  • LX-15e – Digital Piano
    Top Performance and Advanced Technologies in a Luxury Upright for Your Home.

More information: Roland Connect 2014