Sounds And Effects has announced the release of Reggae Guitar, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Propellerhead Reason.
Reggae guitar playing style is much different than rock, jazz guitar or other styles – it’s much more oriented towards rhythm and rhythmic accents and noises than just playing leads or chords. Mutes notes are important – half mutes, full mutes, even mutes with vibrato. And of course, reggae has leads as well, usually with a strong hard rhythmic feel.
The Reggae Guitar sound library / virtual instrument for Kontakt or Reason brings that kind of stratocaster based rhythmic guitar sound to the desktop by including pitched chucks and chuckas, strum noises, finger noises, various different kinds of muted notes, including 6 layers of soft to hard mutes, and also extra punchy mutes, vibrato mutes, five layers of lead guitar soft to hard, plus slapped or plucked lead notes, pulls offs, special delay effects and bonus loops.
The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $49.95 USD until November 30th, 2014 (regular $59.95 USD).
More information: Sounds And Effects
Future Loops has announced the release of Kingston Rockers – Reggae Construction Kits, a collection of live recorded samples in WAV & REX format.
Kingston Rockers is organized into several Construction Kits – structured in Intro, Verse, Bridge, Chorus ( & more) and includes:
- Bass Loops
- Full Drums, Fills & Multitracks: Both Stereo Mixed Versions plus individual Multitrack Drums (Kick, Snare, Hat, Overhead, etc..)
- Full Brass Section: Stereo Mixed version, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone
- Guitar: Both Rhythm and Lead Guitar in DI and Amp versions
- Keys: Clavinet, Rhodes, Hammond
- Percussion: Bongos, Timbale, Repeater, Thunder, Shaka, Cowbells & more
Kingston Rockers – Reggae Construction Kits is 100% Royalty-Free and contains over 1400 samples (+3.5 GB)
The sample pack is available for purchase for 59.95 EUR.
More information: Future Loops / Kingston Rockers
Toontrack has announced the release of Reggae EZX, a new expansion pack for EZdrummer 2.
Arguably more so than in any genre, the rhythm section is the heart and soul of reggae. Coherently it forcefully pushes the music forward, always with the characteristic, steady beat of the drums at the very forefront.
The Reggae EZX takes the traditional sound and recording techniques of reggae drums and puts it in the powerful framework of today’s most intuitive tool for drum production, EZdrummer 2.
The Reggae EZX was recorded at Rub-a-Dub Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and comes with a unique and genuine collection of instruments, all handpicked for this session. It includes two full, single-headed custom drum kits, a generous selection of snares, percussion and traditional Binghi and clay hand drums.
Reggae EZX features
- Customized Yamaha Stage Custom and 1970s Premier drums.
- Two full kits (with alternative tuning/damping on two sets of toms).
- Traditional percussion pieces and hand drums.
- Effect chain presets for a wide range of sounds and styles.
- Includes a collection of reggae MIDI grooves.
The Reggae EZX is available for purchase for 69 EUR.
Toontrack has also launched Reggae Beats MIDI, the collection of additional reggae MIDI grooves (not included in the Reggae EZX).
A new MIDI pack, all focusing on the beats of reggae and roots music.
The trademark side stick beats, the rockers, the one drops, the steppers and the unmistakable fills!
The Reggae Beats MIDI pack costs 25 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / Reggae EZX
Toontrack has launched the Reggae EZmix Pack, a collection of EZmix 2 presets for reggae music production.
In this EZmix pack, Toontrack teamed up with Sweden’s premier reggae studio of the past three decades, Rub-a-Dub Studios, to dig deeper into the art of roots and reggae production.
”We did something unique this time”, says Ulf Edlund, Toontrack’s sound designer. ”We brought a digital rig and ran it alongside the analog setup at the studio. We then A/B tested and matched all tones and settings against that. We were really blown away by how the emulations in the back end of EZmix 2 performed”, he says.
The end result is an impressive collection of tape saturated, tube-sizzling and warm settings for a wide range of instruments and mix scenarios. It doesn’t only cover the essential guitar and bass tones, but comes with complete effect chains for drums, piano, organ, percussion, horns and vocals. On top of that, it has the genre’s characteristic aux bus effect presets with phasers, delays, plate and spring reverbs. And of course, the eternal, dwindling self feeding dub-delays. This pack paints a comprehensive picture of the distinct sonic landscape that is at the heart and soul of reggae. All that it leaves up to you is to voice your own expression and be creative.
The pack is available for purchase for 39 EUR.
More information: Toontrack / Reggae EZmix Pack
Loopmasters has released Dub and Reggae Sound Station, a new royalty free sample collection produced by LA based collective Next Level Sound Station.
Dub and Reggae Sound Station features 7 authentic Dub and Reggae construction kits together with a wealth of ready to play multi sampled instruments and over 100 incredible Dub effects.
This collection of Roots ready song kits contains 7 unique construction kits each with its own melodic and percussion Loop elements including Guitar Leads & Skanks, Piano Bubbles and Chops, Heavyweight Dub Basses and Rock Steady Drums.
In addition to the song kits the guys have included some incredible multi sampled instruments including Bass Guitars, Electric Guitars with various effects, Melodica together with over 140 Dub Drum Shots and an essential collection of Dub FX such as Lasers, Police Sirens, Analog Sirens, Rewinds, Warning Sounds, Explosions, Gun Shots, Gongs, Lion Roars, Kung Foo Sounds, Swords Clashing, Sci-Fi Drops, Robotic Noises and not forgetting Air Horns.
The pack is available for purchase for £24.95 GBP. The loops and one-shot samples & sampler patches are sold separately for £15.95 GBP each.
More information: Loopmasters / Dub and Reggae Sound Station
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