Time+Space has launched a contest in which you can win tickets to a unique event at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Garritan’s Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, UK distributor Time+Space are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets worth over £175 to “The Sound of Abbey Road Studios” – a series of talks taking place in April and May which mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two.
Hosted by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan – the authors of the critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, the lectures will explore the evolution of recording techniques and equipment as well as offer demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment.
What’s more, renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will also be in attendance to offer his unique insight into life at the world’s first purpose built recording studios.
To enter, complete and submit the entry form on the Time+Space website or Facebook page before the April 12th, 2014. The winner will be randomly selected shortly after this date.
More information: Time+Space / Abbey Road Studios contest
Pakotec Samples has announced Piano Melodies Vol.5, a new ‘Piano Melodies Series’ sample pack, featuring a rare collection of 50 unique and fresh melodies in MIDI & WAV format.
These melodies are suitable for R&B, Rock, Pop, Dance, Jazz, Blues, and even cinematic genres and inspired by the best piano compositions of the past decade. With these winning fresh melodies and your special synth sounds, you can make your next best-selling hit!
This premium quality pack contains 50 MIDI loops & 50 Wav Loops that are ready-to-use at any time and are organized by scales and tempo.
All phrases are 100% Royalty-Free and ready to be used in any personal or commercial music.
The pack is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.
More information: Pakotec Samples / Piano Melodies Vol.5
VST Buzz is offering a 60% discount on The Big One piano sample library by SampleTekk, for a limited time only.
Get a HUGE 60% off the aptly named piano sample library – “The Big One”, from Sampletekk. Weighing in at over 6GB (zipped!), this is an absolute beast of a piano library, offering an incredibly realistic sound, for a very affordable price.
“The Big One” is a Yamaha C7 piano recorded with a massive 31 velocity layers per note, offering a huge dynamic range. Perfect for pop, rock, underscore, hip hop – this is a piano library you’ll use forever. Check out the audio demos and video for an idea of how awesome this is!
The library is available from VST Buzz for $79 USD until April 1st, 2014 (regular $199 USD).
More information: VST Buzz
Toontrack has announced the release of Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI, a new MIDI pack for the EZkeys Line.
Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI comes with a wide selection of playing styles for all the creative facets of jazz ballads through the ages.
From the traditional melodic sophistication of the “Jazz Age” in the early 1900s to the cool and saturated harmonics of the post-war times, leading up to the free spirit of avant-garde and all the way to the many faces of more modern-day jazz.
This collection of piano MIDI truly is a creative tool and a comprehensive introduction to the awe-inspiring tonalities of the genre. See it as a toehold for you to stand on before you throw yourself into the unending well of inspiration to make your very own rendition of what a jazz ballad is – to you.
Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI features
- An extensive collection of chord progressions and playing styles for jazz ballads.
- Performed by Thiago Pinheiro.
- Covering straight and/or swing in 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 & 6/8.
The MIDI pack is available to purchase for 25 EUR / $29 USD.
More information: Toontrack / Jazz Ballads EZkeys MIDI
Rattly And Raw has announced The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends, a toy piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Toy pianos are usually limited to being a great little additional tinkly instrument, but with usually only a few keys, a simple additional colour at best!
Not for Rattly And Raw…
We were not going to be put off by the annoyingly small key range of real toy pianos! We loved the sound and wanted to expand the tiny key-range of this childish characterful sound into, well, a huge key-range of childish characterful sound.
So we did…
Two massive 5 octave toy pianos constructed from genuine toy piano recordings, loose tines, prepared piano recordings, celeste recordings, multiple mic positions, convolution based body resonance and lots of tweaking.
The Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends features
- Two multisampled FIVE OCTAVE toy piano instruments.
- Controls to mix between different mic options and layers.
- Lofi/fx controls.
- 2 custom made convolution reverbs.
- Velocity manager (super useful for dialling in performance data).
- 2 multisampled concert celestes with loads of controls and options.
- 4 other bonus instruments including two toy pianos, a set of suspended tines and a basic prepared piano.
- Over 3GB of samples (uncompressed).
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £20 GBP.
More information: Rattly And Raw / Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends
SampleTekk has released White Grand MkII, a virtual piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Since the samplers has been become more advanced and the White Grand still are one of our most popular pianos, we decided to bring it up to date and add some functions in the line of the original ideas.
We also added hammerback and pedalnoise samples. Then we added our True Resonance feature and used Kontakts scripting facilities to make Real Time/True Pedaling, Sympathetic Resonance and some other nifty features, and, Voila: The White Grand MkII
White Grand MkII features
- 16 velocity levels.
- More the 9000 samples.
- TimeVel Release Technology.
- Sympathetic Resonance.
- Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
- Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and True Resonance.
- 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples.
The White Grand MkII is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD (MSRP $149 USD). The upgrade for White Grand owners is $30 USD.
More information: SampleTekk / White Grand MkII
Famous Audio has launched Atmospheric Piano Themes, a collection of 20 cinematic crescendos and heart-wrenching piano phrases.
This pack brings you 20 professionally played and inspiring piano themes and 20 meticulously programmed MIDI files range at 70/90/100 BPM with duration from 1:00 up to 1:30. We have given you as much flexibility as possible – that will perfectly fit into your productions.
All loops are perfectly matched, sound great, and are free of artifacts. This natural sounding piano will work in just about any track mix. MIDI files allow you to assign these melodic phrases to your favorite 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 for purchase for £14.95 GBP.
More information: Famous Audio / Atmospheric Piano Themes