Bad Cat Media has launched its “Pickup Series” of free sample packs with the release of Mini Keys, a toy keyboard pack.
This is an exploratory series where every sample is recorded through high quality preamps but instead of using a microphone we use an excellent hum-bucker guitar pickup. The result is a crisp and clean sample with an incredibly low noise floor recorded at 24bits and 48khz. Combine that with some experimental scripting in Kontakt to create some slightly off quilter possibilities and you have an interesting tool for the mad scientist music producer/composer.
Volume #1 in The Pickup Series is The Mini Keys. A tiny toy keyboard with a very distinct 8-bit sound. After sampling this keyboard via our humbucker, we programmed a basic patch for a convincing retro game sound. The true fun came when we developed the Kontakt script which makes this instrument anything but mini.
The Pickup Series is available in both Kontakt 4.2.4+ and EXS24 formats, which are both included in the package.
Zenhiser has announced the release of its Old Skool House Grooves sample pack, featuring a classic collection of classic 90′s House Hooks & Beats.
This sample pack is true to our heart and we can never get enough of those classic and retro sounds. ‘Old Skool House Grooves‘ is the pinnacle of the 90′s and early 00′s house sounds ranging from those classic house hooks through to some retro rollin percussion and grooves. If you want to get retro then this is the sample pack for you. 360+ old skool house loops including classic rave chords, bouncing basslines and perfect 909 style drum beats.
No attention to detail has been missed with perfectly looped synth lines, bpm locked beats and perfectly swung basslines. This is the pinnacle of retro house and some orgasmic hooks ready to be used and abused.
Sometimes you have to move backwards to go forwards especially with the current movement and trends in the clubbing scene. ‘Retro Tech Drummer’ is a vision that encompasses that traditional retro drum sound and blasts it into the future with top end quality and punch in all the right places.
Consisting of nearly 300 drum hits in total, this sample pack is a Master collection of the sound of yesteryear brought right up to date. The mastering and engineering in this tech drum pack is second to none whilst still retaining some of the dirt and grit of 90′s and early 00′s drum sound.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £15.95 GBP.
Time+Space has announced Club Classics, a new sample library featuring 70′s & 80′s dance construction kits by Zero-G.
UK based producers Zero-G have been releasing high quality, award winning sample libraries for over 20 years. Many of their collections have become industry standards and the diverse range of material in their catalogue is second to none.
The newest release from Zero-G sees them take a step back in time and revisit the sounds of dance-floors from the 70s and 80s. Club Classics takes a trip into the past and delivers a goldmine of old school sounding gems begging to be sampled.
Club Classics is a sizable collection with over 3.3GB of content which breaks down into 38 construction kits and numerous extra synth, bass, piano and percussion loops plus loads of single hits.
All major formats are covered and, as with all Zero-G titles, the samples are all 100% original and royalty free to be used without payment of additional fees.
Club Classics features
1650 Acidized WAV files.
1650 AIFF Apple Loop files.
1550 Stylus compatible REX2 files.
58 EXS24 Instruments.
58 Kontakt Instruments.
58 NN-XT Instruments.
Club Classics is available exclusively as a download from the Time+Space website, priced RRP £79.95 GPB/98.95 EUR incl. tax.
Zenhiser has announced 80′s Retro Drummer, a collection of 80′s drum samples.
Fresh from the Zenhiser studio comes a 80′s drum kit that will simply blow you away. The attention to detail on these 80′s drum sounds is second to none and literally took us weeks to produce using the same concept and tricks that were used back in the 80′s by high end studios and producers. ’80′s Retro Drummer’ is a drum kit that not only sounds like it was created in the eighties but stands up against any modern drum kit.
Clocking in at just over 390 authentic 80′s drum sounds means this sample pack is an all in one pack for all producers and remixers. With styles and techniques used by some of the pioneers of the 80s including Phil Collins, Howard Jones, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Human League, Tears For Fears, Art Of Noise, Steve Winwood and more this is a sample pack with a decade of pure 80′s drum history.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $30 USD.
Ueberschall has released Retro Action Score, a new sound library for authentic action-movie-retro-sound as heard in numerous classics of the genre.
Retro Action Score links a wide variety of elements from rock, jazz and soul together with distorted organs and rhodes, distortion fx and fat drumbeats as well as upright and electric bass to an inspiring vintage sound.
3.8 GB library Retro Action Score in 20 construction kits includes a big selection of clean and distorted electric and acoustic guitars, groovy electric and double basses, rhodes, pianos, synths and organs. Fat drumbeats, various percussion elements, atmospheric guitar- and drum fx provide the fitting rhythmic basement. The tempo of the kits varies between 66 and 180 bpm. 1853 loops from two to eight bars are mixed with enough headroom to enable you to modify the sounds according to your demands.
The Retro Action Score Elastik Soundbank for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for 99 EUR.
Xenos Soundworks has released Videogame Mania, a soundset for the Massive software synthesizer by Native Instruments.
Videogame Mania is a fine collection of 50 retro chiptune style patches for Native Instruments Massive in both KSD and NMSV file formats. This soundset contains classic SID arps, authentic videogame sound effects, gritty 8-bit basses and quirky leads which fans of such systems as the NES, Commodore64 and others will instantly recognize. Macro Controls have been assigned in each patch for maximum versatility and tweakability.
Videogame Mania is available to purchase for the introductory price of $5.45 USD.
Korg has announced two makeovers for its SV-1 stage piano.
SV-1 Black: Combining great looks and incredible sounds, the SV-1 has been captivating audiences since 2009. Now, the acclaimed Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano has been given an elegant matte black stage finish. Presenting the SV-1 Black; available with 73 or 88 keys.
SV-1 Reverse Key Limited Edition: Bold and curvaceous, with an impressive red body and a retro reverse keyboard! Packed with the retro sounds that defined an era and remain in demand today, the SV-1 Reverse Key is sure to complete any keyboard set-up, while captivating the ears and eyes of the audience. Only 500 pieces of each model are available in this strictly Limited Edition.
The Black Stage Vintage Piano will be available mid January, 2012 priced $2,700 USD (SV-1BK73) / $3,000 USD (SV-1BK88). The Reverse Key Stage Vintage Piano will be available May, 2012, priced $2,900 USD (SV-1R73) / $3,200 USD (SV-1R88).