Precisionsound has released the Naeshult Table Piano, a virtual instrument sample library for Kontakt and EXS24.
These so-called table pianos, or piano harps, were made in Småland in the south of Sweden from about 1880 until 1929, when the manufacturing plant was burnt. During this period there was a use for self-playing instruments in schools, churches, and other groups. You could call them “sing-along machines of the 1800s”. Naturally, the demand declined in conjunction with the introduction of gramophone records.
Now, a hundred years later, Precisionsound have taken this limited but charming contraption and made it a flexible and playable instrument for software samplers. Their aim was to honour the instrument’s original characteristics – the clapping of the clubs, the sonorous sound of the strings coming out of the box.
Naeshult Table Piano features
- 459 stereo 24-bit WAV samples.
- Chromatic string samples.
- Percussive hammer samples.
- Mechanical crank samples.
- 4 programs for Kontakt 2.
- 1 scripted program for Kontakt 3+ and above.
- 4 programs for EXS24.
- 1.50 GB total uncompressed size.
The sample library costs $49 USD.
More information: Precisionsound / Naeshult Table Piano
Precisionsound has released MBira bva Zimbabwe, a virtual mbira instrument library.
The MBira bva Zimbabwe is a twenty-two key MBira with added machachara—or “sizzler” to give a buzzing sound. The buzzing is traditionally important because it is believed to attract the ancestral spirits.
Precisionsound has deconstructed the sizzler from the original tone, so that the user can mix between the chromatic tone, the release noises, and the sizzler sound, all within the Kontakt interface. The user can also adjust the sizzler’s decay independently, to find a balance between the tone of the MBira keys and the buzz of the sizzler.
The MBira bva Zimbabwe library was sampled in two velocity layers, and recorded four round robins for each of the chromatic metal keys, sizzlers, and release samples. The instrument was close-miked in stereo, and the library contains 252 24-bit WAV samples. The key range of the instrument is from B1 to C5.
MBira bva Zimbabwe features
- 252 stereo 24-bit WAV samples.
- Chromatic metal key notes and release noises.
- Percussive “sizzler” samples from the MBira body.
- 1 program for NI Kontakt 3-5 with scripted interface.
- 3 programs for NI Kontakt 2.
- 3 programs for Logic EXS24.
The library is available to purchase for $20 USD. Kontakt programs require the full version of Kontakt (not compatible with the free Kontakt Player).
More information: Precisionsound / MBira bva Zimbabwe
Precisionsound has announced the release of Greek Lira V2 – Kementze, a virtual instrument library for Kontakt and EXS24.
The Kementze is a Turkish/Greek instrument, a three-string fiddle with a spike-shaped neck. Of Persian origin, the instrument is played with a Kaman, the Persian word for bow.
We bought the instrument on location in Greece, and sampled it with two versions of each chromatic articulation. We also recorded slides and some unusual scrape and scratch effects.
The Greek Lira V2 Kementze makes it easy to access the articulations via keyswitches, and provides legato (Kontakt 3,4 & 5 version only) for more realistic playing and programming.
Greek Lira V2 Kementze features
- 254 stereo 24-bit WAV samples.
- Sustained, Marcato, Staccato, Tremolo, and Plucked chromatic articulations.
- Two versions of each chromatic articulation for layering.
- Slides and FX articulations.
- 1 program for NI Kontakt 3-5 with scripted legato and GUI.
- 2 programs for NI Kontakt 2 with key switches from C1-F#1.
- 2 programs for Logic EXS24 with key switches from C1-F#1.
- The total size of the library uncompressed is 70 MB.
Greek Lira V2 Kementze is available to purchase for $29 USD.
More information: Precisionsound / Greek Lira V2 Kementze
Precisionsound has announced the release of the Nordic Psalmodikon, a virtual instrument library for Kontakt, EXS24 and SoundFont.
The Nordic Psalmodikon is a single-stringed instrument with a haunting tone, captured in multiple articulations for cinematic and creative music production.
The Nordic Psalmodikon library is useful and unusual in its tone, ideal for cinematic scoring and creative music production if you like to add an “edge” to your sound.
Nordic Psalmodikon features features
- 537 mono 24-bit WAV samples, 195 MB content.
- Sustained, Marcato, Staccato, and Picked articulations.
- Unique “scraped overtone” versions of all bowed articulations.
- 1 program for Kontakt 3-5 with script and GUI.
- 15 programs for Kontakt 2.
- 16 programs for EXS24.
- 7 programs in SoundFont format (16bit).
Nordic Psalmodikon is available to purchase for $29 USD (includes all formats).
More information: Precisionsound / Nordic Psalmodikon
Precisionsound has announced Gothenburg Reed Organ, a sample library featuring the sounds of the Gothenburg Reed Organ, a midsize chamber organ with suction air made by Göteborgs Orgelfabrik.
For those of you who love the sound of Precisionsound’s Langegard Pump Organ, we’re now taking a big step forward. We went back to the same instrument but re-recorded it. The Gothenburg Reed Organ consists of new samples – of every single register of the organ. This means extended possibilities to create the voice character you’re looking for.
The Gothenburg Reed Organ, NI Kontakt version is a truly virtual recreation of a reed/pump organ, with flexibility beyond the original instrument, and over four hundred samples.
You can mix the registers together by volume, and you can also fine-tune the registers against each other for a big sound. You can vary the volume with an LFO, adjust the stereo image, and more.
Gothenburg Reed Organ features
- 1 program for NI Kontakt version 3, 4 & 5.
- 7 programs for Logic EXS24.
- 7 programs for NI Kontakt version 2.
- 425 MB content (uncompressed).
Gothenburg Reed Organ costs $59 USD (includes all formats). Full version of Kontakt is required, this library does NOT work with the free Kontakt Player.
More information: Precisionsound / Gothenburg Reed Organ
Precisionsound has announced the release of Analog Performer: Nano Loops, a compact but versatile library of improvised synthesizer performances by best-selling ambient artist Phil Thornton.
Featuring Phil’s vintage Korg MS-20 modular synth and SQ-10 sequencer, Analog Performer: Nano Loops is a great introduction to the Analog Performer Uptempo and Analog Performer Downtempo libraries from Precisionsound.
Owners of the Uptempo and Downtempo libraries will find that Analog Performer: Nano Loops complements their sounds perfectly.
Analog Performer: Nano Loops features
- 16 ACID wav format loops at 120bpm (34MB total).
- Sliced versions of the 16 loops in Apple Loops, Spectrasonics Stylus RMX, and REX formats.
- 44.1kHz/24-bit mono audio throughout.
- Note: software sampler not required to use this library.
The Nano Loops pack is a free download at Precisionsound.
More information: Precisionsound / Analog Performer Nano Loops
Precisionsound has announced the release of Gospel Drawbars, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24.
Our goal with Gospel Drawbars has not been to make a generic virtual recreation of an organ but to capture the character of a unique instrument, in this case one of the first ever Hammond organ models made, a Hammond AB from the late 1930s.
We have created a user-friendly control panel for blending a number of pre-made settings. The drawbar settings have been carefully chosen to include both mellow standards and trebles with attitude.
We recorded all the settings through the organ’s own Leslie speaker, in stereo, which gives a warm and pleasing colour to the sound. Gospel Drawbars has 22 recorded settings and 955 stereo wav samples in total, recorded at 24bits and 44.1 Sample rate.
You get 22 programs for NI Kontakt 2 and Logic EXS24. The NI Kontakt 3-5 scripted version has 22 bonus presets to start with for your own tweakings. The total size of the library uncompressed is 1.10 GB.
Gospel Drawbars costs $69 USD (download). All formats are included when you buy Gospel Drawbars. Full version of Kontakt is required.
More information: Precisionsound / Gospel Drawbars
Precisionsound has announced the release of Ukrainian Bandura, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24.
The Bandura is the national instrument of Ukraine. We have sampled a 55-string Bandura made by the Chernihiv factory in the -1980ties. Playing styles included in the library are:
- Solo (4 velocity layers, 6 round robin layers)
- Trio ( 4 velocity layers 2 round robin layers, based upon the same samples as “Solo” with 3 samples per note)
- FX1-3 (178 sound effects created with the instrument)
The tonal range of the instrument is A0-D#5, mapped from A1-D#6 in the keyboard.
All samples were recorded at 24 bits, and 44.1 Sample rate.
The SampleSet contains 1315 mono WAV samples mapped as 9 programs for Kontakt 2 and above, 1 scripted program for Kontakt v.3-5, and 10 programs for EXS24. The total size of the library uncompressed is 2GB.
The sample library is available to purchase for $69 USD as a download (includes all formats). It is also available on DVD for $80 USD.
More information: Precisionsound / Ukrainian Bandura