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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

Simple Sam Samples releases Vintage Upright for Kontakt

Simple Sam Vintage Upright

Simple Sam Samples has launched Vintage Upright, a virtual piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Vintage Upright is a beautiful “character” piano, subtly out-of-tune, bursting with realism, and filling a gap between the pristinely sampled pianos on the market and novelty “junk” pianos.

Its haunting tone shines beautifully as a solo instrument or in the mix, and lends extraordinary character to any style of music including jazz, rock, blues, pop, ragtime, and film applications.

Vintage Upright features

  • More than 3000 samples in 24 Bit.
  • All 88 keys individually sampled in 10 dynamic levels.
  • Two microphone perspectives (Close and Room).
  • Multi-velocity adjustable mechanical noises (pedal, hammer, release).
  • Authentically modeled una corda (soft pedal) samples.
  • Sympathetic String Resonance with real overtones.
  • True repedaling and Pedal “catch”.
  • User controllable microphone/recording noise.
  • Adjustable stereo width and controllable reverb.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $29.99 USD (regular $49.99 USD). Requires the full retail version of Kontakt 5.1 or later (Kontakt 4 version coming soon).

More information: Simple Sam Samples / Vintage Upright

Diginoiz releases Piano Resource 2 sample library

Diginoiz Piano Resource 2

Diginoiz has launched Piano Resource 2, a samples pack featuring piano loops by Fabio De Marco.

Uncompromising, melodic, great sounding piano loops and midi files ready to be used in Your soft or hardware.

Thanks to Midi files Your creativity is unlimited, You are able to change notes, switch sounds and create You own patches!

Created by young and talented producer and composer Fabio De Marco. ‘Piano Resource 2′ contains 50 Piano Loops and 50 Midi files, 431 Mb multiformat material in Pop / R&B genre!

The sample pack is available to purchase for 20 EUR.

More information: Diginoiz

Bengt Nilsson releases Intimate Piano & Headroom Piano free Kontakt libraries

NI Kontakt

Bengt Nilsson has released Intimate Piano and Headroom Piano, two free piano instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Today I had the great honor to be working with a real pro when it comes to scripting programming for Kontakt. mk282 helped me put together a Kontakt instrument for my 12 year old dusty piano samples.

While he programmed the instrument, I worked with the graphics. First time I’ve used Skype on this way. Incredibly fun!

So folks, let us introduce The Intimate Piano. 2 microphone placements, 1 layer (pp), stereo widening and other stuff. But the best part is – it’s free.

Next week we will release a larger version on the piano. Headroom Piano. It has 5 velocity layers and EQ on each mic placement.

The libraries are available as free downloads at the V.I. Control forum.

More information: Bengt Nilsson / Intimate Piano / Headroom Piano