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Edge Sounds releases Studio Grand sample library

Edge Sounds Studio Grand

Edge Sounds has released Studio Grand, a grand piano sample library.

For this project two Blüthner grand pianos were used: a Concert Grand and a Studio Grand built in Germany in mid 1950’s. Also included is a prepared piano, where metal plates were placed on each hammer.

EdgeSounds approached the creation of this library from the point of view of a performer and a sound engineer involved in a real record production.

Studio Grand features

  • 795 24 Bit 96 KHz linear samples totaling the 4.3 GB of sample data.
  • 3 performance programs.
  • Available for NI Kontakt 2.2 and up, GIGA Studio 3 and compatible instruments.

The Studio Grand is available to purchase for $99.95 USD.

More information: Edge Sounds / Studio Grand

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Detunized releases DTS020 – Rolfing Laid Back Vol. 2, Prepared Piano for Live

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Detunized DTS020 - Rolfing Laid Back Vol. 2

Detunized has announced the release of DTS020 – Rolfing Laid Back Vol. 2, a prepared piano sound library for Ableton Live.

Rolfing Laid Back Volume 2 contains more sounds taken from a found upright piano.
This dilapidated upright, whose better days have clearly passed, consists of nothing more than the cabinet and about 50 detuned strings, no keyboard or pedals. Notably the upright´s undamped reverb produces a dense and long decaying sound with a vaque pitch center.

For the Live Pack six multisampled instruments that introduce versatile prepared piano techniques were created. Different kinds of objects like glasses, a ball of felt, printer paper, a curtains bracket or a human thumbnail were used to excite the strings and the cabinet of the upright. Rolfing Laid Back Volume 2 comes as a creative toolbox for composers and sound designers and perfectly complements to Rolfing Laid Back Volume 1 which was released earlier this year.

Rolfing Laid Back Vol. 2 features

  • 6 instruments for Ableton Live 7 or higher.
  • 217 samples, 24 Bit/44 kHz.
  • 500 MB content.

DTS020 – Rolfing Laid Back Vol. 2 is available to Detunized subscribers for 4.98 EUR, or for 6.78 EUR as an instant buy.

More information: Detunized

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Review: Detunized ROLFING Laid Back Vol.1, sound pack for Ableton Live

Detunized ROLFING Laid Back Vol. 1

About a year and a half ago Stephan Marche launched Detunized, a subscription service offering sample packs for Ableton, Reason and FL Studio on a monthly schedule.

Stephan takes the road less traveled by creating unique sample packs from synths like the Elektronika EM-5 and the handmade Junglefish, old transistor organs, found sounds, and lots more.

The 9th release in the series is ROLFING Laid Back Vol.1, a sound pack for Ableton Live featuring a collection of instruments created from an old upright piano.

Stephan Marche writes:

A really rotten upright piano, totally out of tune, with all the keys disappeared. But the chassis was still complete and made such a fantastic reverb, it seemed to be everlasting. Slapping the lowest string it took almost three minutes until the sound had gone.

With Volume 1 you get the original piano sound picked up at two distances plus five other sound sets using different prepared piano techniques.

The sound pack includes 7 Live instruments. A total of 5 piano instruments have a chromatic key range of C-1 to G7, while the “Dockside Bar” and “Percussion” instruments have samples on the white keys only. The samples are in high quality 24bit/44.1kHz format, 386 in total.

Detunized ROLFING Laid Back Vol. 1 in Ableton Live
Detunized ROLFING Laid Back Vol. 1 in Ableton Live

The instrument panels in Live have some useful macro controls like presence, filter, width, attack, sustain, etc. so it is easy to shape the sound of a particular instrument.

Below you can listen to some sounds from the ROLFING pack. The first and second clip feature most the Live instruments including some of the percussive and prepared piano sounds. The third clip was done on two piano instruments, with a recording taken from a practice session by Geoff Peters.

Some more sound clips are available on the Detunized website.

So what do I think?

Product: DTS009 – ROLFING Laid Back Vol.1
Format: Ableton Live 7 or higher
Price: 7.98 EUR

Having a soft spot for unique/odd sounds this sound pack is exactly my cup of tea. There is plenty of that unique “prepared” character while retaining playability with the more traditional piano instruments.

ROLFING is not going to be any competition to upright piano libraries from the likes of Native Instruments, but it does show that even rotten, out of tune upright pianos with all keys missing are a valuable source for new musical instruments.

The sounds are quite dramatic, especially the percussion. Well suited for soundtrack work.

If you are looking for some new inspiring piano based sounds to use in Ableton Live, ROLFING Laid Back Vol.1 seems a no-brainer, and it has the price to match.

More information: Detunized / DTS009 – ROLFING Laid Back Vol.1

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Andreas Busk-Jepsen releases Are You Prepared for Kontakt and EXS24

Are You Prepared

Andreas Busk-Jepsen has released Kontakt and EXS24 version of the Are You Prepared sample set.

Pieces of wood, strips of plastic, rubber, bamboo and cloth as well as weather stripping, bolts, screws, nuts and coins… placed between the strings of a grand piano… This instrument is one of many ingenious musical inventions thought out by sound philosopher, inventor and revolutionary composer John Cage (1912-1992).

This original arrangement of everyday objects placed between the strings of a grand piano has become known as the ‘prepared piano’. Although the instrument sounds amazing and like something out of this world, it is largely overlooked.

Are You Prepared features

  • 37 prepared piano samples of unusually high quality.
  • All samples are recorded in the renowned concert hall of Esbjerg Music Conservatory, Denmark.
  • No streching or looping has been made in the digital sampling process; each note has its own unique sample.
  • The careful choice of microphones and their placement in, over and under the piano results in an intimate feel for the instrument.

The Are You Prepared samples are now available in Live Packs for both Simpler and Sampler, Kontakt and EXS24 formats.

Visit the Are You Prepared website for more information.

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Are You Prepared – Prepared Piano Live Pack

Are You Prepared

Andreas Busk-Jepsen has recently launched the Are You Prepared website.

Andreas writes:

Pieces of wood, strips of plastic, rubber, bamboo and cloth as well as weather stripping, bolts, screws, nuts and coins… placed between the strings of a grand piano… This instrument is one of many ingenious musical inventions thought out by sound philosopher, inventor and revolutionary composer John Cage (1912-1992).

This original arrangement of everyday objects placed between the strings of a grand piano has become known as the ‘prepared piano’. Although the instrument sounds amazing and like something out of this world, it is largely overlooked.

Live Packs for both Simpler and Sampler are available for download from the website.

Are You Prepared Live Pack features

  • 37 prepared piano samples of unusually high quality.
  • All samples are recorded in the renowned concert hall of Esbjerg Music Conservatory, Denmark.
  • No streching or looping has been made in the digital sampling process; each note has its own unique sample.
  • The careful choice of microphones and their placement in, over and under the piano results in an intimate feel for the instrument.

AYP will be available as an EXS version for Logic soon as well.

Visit the Are You Prepared website for more information, mp3 files, some movies and the download links.

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Short links for June 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 10th, 2008:

# The Weather Box

Gian Pablo and Lesley Flanigan’s final project for Networked Objects.

Our original idea had been to retrieve weather information from the Internet for different cities, and use this as the basis for a simple melody. This basically what we delivered:

Gian Pablo Weather Box

The Weather Box is built into a tea box. Inside is an Arduino-based polyphonic synthesizer, with an XPort Internet access module. When dialing up one of the 8 cities, the box retrieves the weather information for that city from an NOAA server, and turns it into a simple melody.

Pressing the red button will replay the melody.

# ArcAttack – Home of the Singing Tesla Coils – Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, the crew of ArcAttack uses high tech wizardry to present music in a whole new light. ArcAttack employs a unique DJ set up of their own creation (an HVDJ set up) to generate an ‘electrifying’ audio visual performance. The HVDJ pumps music through a PA System while two specially designed DRSSTC’s (Dual-Resonant Solid State Tesla Coils) act as separate synchronized instruments.

# Star Wars music played by a floppy drive – Don't throw out your old floppy drives just yet!

# Evolution2 Contest – Win 3x $30,000 – Due to the overwhelming success of the first Evolution contest in Europe, we are launching a worldwide version: Hobnox Evolution2. Submit a project into one of three categories and compete for one of three Artist Support Packages worth up to $30,000 each.

# Sound Design for Imaginary Instruments: A Kore-Prepared Piano

Peter Kirn writes:

In the last installment of “sound design for imaginary instruments,” we saw some experiments with guitar sounds. This time, I’ll talk about how nice it is to be able to throw together sampled sounds and effects quickly in Kore.

# SUB SUB WOOFER – capable of reproducing sound down to 1Hz – The speaker requires installation into a purpose built attic or basement space which works as an infinite baffle/resonant chamber so you don’t actually get to see the cone of the speaker oscillating at 1Hz, but you’ll feel it.

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reFX releases Analog and Peter Siedlaczeks’ Total Piano

NEXUS expansions

reFX has released two new expansion packs for NEXUS: Analog and Peter Siedlaczeks’ Total Piano.

Analog features 128 analog sounds created on real analog equipment, such as Minimoog, Andromeda, Oberheim, TB303, and many more… Fat, round and warm – these attributes reflect the basic sound of this expansion.

Snappy, biting electro basses; saturated leads and synths; fat, droning pads and many re-creations of well-known legends – all of them minimalistic, pure and raw. All sounds have the pleasant frequency response and the natural depth which analog-experts prefer.

Peter Siedlaczek’s Total Piano is the first library containing – in addition to the classical samples of acoustic pianos – new, unconventionally created, original piano sounds, which can be subdivided into four groups:

  1. Acoustic Pianos
  2. Unconventional playing techniques
  3. Prepared Piano Sounds
  4. Piano Effects

The samples are identical to the already available Total Piano sample-CD collection. The presets however, are totally new.

The expansions cost $69.99 USD each.

Visit reFX for more information, and mp3 demos.

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