Bigcat Instruments intros Piano Collection for Kontakt

Bigcat Instruments has introduced the Piano Collection, a collection of free piano instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Bigcat Instruments Salamander Piano
The Salamander Piano (Yamaha C5) by Alexander HolmFeel was originally released as an SFZ instrument.

Here are six bigcat Instruments pianos for Kontakt 5.

The showpieces of the collection are mid-sized to baby Grands from each of the three major piano makers, Yamaha, Steinway and Baldwin. Also included are a Prepared Piano, a Honky-Tonk and an Intimate Piano.

The libraries are available to download at no charge (Creative Commons and Public Domain licenses).

More information: Bigcat Instruments / Piano Collection

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Puremagnetik releases free Ableton Live Packs inspired by John Cage

Puremagnetik has announced the release of Hotel Prepared Piano and Amplified Cactus, two free Ableton Live Packs inspired by the experimental, avant-garde composer John Cage.

Amplified Cactus

Amplified Cactus a la John Cage

Puremagnetik’s free Amplified Cactus Pack includes a drum rack of “plucked”, percussive articulations and a multisampled rack of “scraped” sounds. Rocks, grass, paper and feathers are among the exciters used to create these sound varieties.

Amplified Cactus was recorded using a barrel cactus mic’d with TranceAudio surface pickups and a custom built low-noise preamplifier.

Hotel Prepared Piano

Hotel Room Prepared Piano

Whilst abroad in Israel, Puremagnetik sound developer Micah Frank found his hotel room equipped with a vintage upright piano. After a few attempts to create a conventional upright piano recording, the plan was aborted due to outside noise. Instead, Micah jammed paperclips, seashells, twigs and pieces of plastic into the piano strings and recorded two octaves of prepared piano tones and noises.

Puremagnetik’s Prepared Piano is available as a free Ableton Live Pack that includes a multisampled Rack of the two-octave piano and a selection of effects captured during the recording process.

The packs are available to download at no charge.

More information: Puremagnetik

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Detunized releases The Day Time Traffic Piano & 4 Pianos Bundle Universal

Detunized The Day Time Traffic Piano

Detunized has announced the release of The Day Time Traffic Piano, a new sample library featuring the sounds of an upright piano at open windows.

Day Time Traffic Piano is an unusual interpretation of a virtual piano library. A well preserved Hoffmann & Kühne upright piano in a Berlin city apartment delivered the material for this library.

The recording session took place on an ordinary Wednesday during the afternoon. The windows above the heavily travelled main road were kept open intentionally so that a proper portion of these noises could be captured on the recordings.

The result is an outstanding piano instrument thats invites to write classic dream ballads or contemporary improvisations.

The sample library is available in universal formats, including SFZ, NKI, SXT, EXS, and FXP patches. It costs 9 EUR.

Detunized 4 Pianos Bundle

Detunized has also launched 4 Pianos Bundle Universal, comprising collection of non-standard, hard-mangled and abnormal recorded pianos.

Included are the legendary Rolfing Vol.1 & 2 – prepared piano sounds captured from a totally rotten piano without keys.

Then there´s the Day Time Traffic Piano, – recorded at open windows at a major street during Berlin rush hour.

And another Upright Piano found in a little jazz & blues club right beside a car repair shop.

The bundle is available to purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: Detunized

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Detunized releases 4 Pianos Live Pack Bundle

Detunized 4 Pianos Live Pack Bundle

Detunized has launched the 4 Pianos Live Pack Bundle, an interesting collection of non-standard, hard-mangled and abnormal recorded pianos.

Included are the legendary Rolfing Laid Back (Volume 1 & 2), a collection of prepared piano sounds captured from a rotten piano that once was pulled out of an abandoned backyard building.

Also included is the Day Time Traffic Piano which is an upright that was recorded in an apartment at a major street in Berlin during rush hour. The windows of the apartment were kept open so that a proper portion of traffic noise made its way into these sounds.

At least there is another Upright Piano that is hosted in a little club right beside a car repair shop. This Piano has undergone numerous Jazz & Blues sessions throughout the decades.

4 Pianos Live Pack features

  • Ableton Live Pack for Live 8/9 (PC and Mac).
  • 27 instruments.
  • 782 samples.
  • 1.6 GB total content.

The bundle is available to purchase for 29 EUR.

More information: Detunized / 4 Pianos Live Pack Bundle

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Detunized expands its Universal Formats line with Rolfing Laid Back Piano Vol 2

Detunized Roling Laid Back Piano Vol 2

Detunizes has announced that Rolfing Laid Back Piano Vol. 2 is the latest addition to its Universal Format catalog.

It features 6 “prepared piano” sounds from a rotten upright piano without keyboard. A variety of objects like glasses, a ball of felt, printer paper, a curtains bracket or even the engineer´s thumbnail were used to excite the strings and the body of the Rolfing. Each patch in the library is included in 5 different formats (SFZ, NKI, SXT, EXS, FXP)

Rolfing Laid Back Volume 2 Universal features

  • Supported formats: SFZ, NKI, SXT, EXS, FXP.
  • Instruments: 6.
  • Content: 217, 24 Bit/44.1 kHz, 500 MB.

Universal Formats category was initiated in early 2013 and introduces sounds that are accessible by a wide range of software samplers and DAWs. Universal Format releases contain pre-configured patches that load instantly into NI´s Kontakt, Reason´s NN-XT, Logic´s EXS, Steinberg´s Halion and numerous software samplers and sample players that know of the SFZ standard. Beside that range of virtual instrument patches Universal Formats also includes pure WAV-file libraries.

Currently the following sound libraries are available in universal formats:

  • DTG009 – Rolfing Laid Back Vol.1 (universal) – prepared pianos
  • DTG012 – Forstrasse No. 8 (wav) – found sounds
  • DTG013 – Curetronic Modular Vol 1 (wav) – modular synth loops
  • DTG027 – Just Water (wav) – flowing, dripping, frozen water
  • DTG029 – Infinite (wav) – deep drones & tense textures
  • DTG035 – City Traffic (wav) – busses, cars, trains and more
  • DTG037 – Chropolis (universal) – Rhodes Chroma Polaris
  • DTG039 – Composite Keys (universal) – Acoustic Modeling Adventures
  • DTG042 – 4op (universal) – Frequency Modulation Sound Synthesis
  • DTG043 – Vox Populi 2 (sfz, nki, sxt, exs, fxp) – Analog Synthesizers
  • DTG045 – Polite 800 (sfz, nki, sxt, exs, fxp) – Hybrid Synthesizers
  • DTG047 – Computer Noises (wav) – Field Recordings
  • DTG048 – Piano (universal) – An Upright Piano in a small venue
  • DTG049 – HumBuzz (wav)- Electromagnetic field noises
  • DTG050 – Glass Harp (universal) – Singing Glasses

More information: Detunized

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