, electric piano
, George Duke
, Native Instruments
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on Mar 12, 2012
Native Instruments has announced the release of an update to the Kontakt-based instrument George Duke Soul Treasures.
The update focuses on enhanced time-stretching, made possible by recent updates to the KONTAKT 5 engine. The new time-stretching provides a much smoother, high-quality sound when changing tempo or pitch shifting, adding a new flexibility to the loops and phrases, and making it easier to incorporate them into any production. Native Instruments has published a collection of new audio demos, showcasing the time-stretched loops in action that can be found on the Native Instruments website.
GEORGE DUKE SOUL TREASURES is a vital resource for producers looking for the sound of authentic soul. The instrument provides over 500 sliced and tempo-synced keyboard loops and phrases, recorded exclusively for Native Instruments by American soul and jazz legend George Duke. Instruments used include acoustic, Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Clavinet pianos, recorded using highly sought-after vintage equipment. The instrument provides an immediate harmonic basis and is an ideal starting point for hip-hop, R&B or soulful electronic productions.
The updated GEORGE DUKE SOUL TREASURES runs in the latest version of KONTAKT or the free KONTAKT PLAYER.
To mark this update, the price of the product has been reduced by 50% for one week only. From March 12th to March 19th 2012, the instrument is available for $59.50 USD / 49.50 EUR, exclusively at the NI Online Shop. Owners of the original George Duke Soul Treasures will receive a newsletter with a link to the free update.
More information: Native Instruments / George Duke Soul Treasures
Related: electric piano
, Equinox Sounds
, samples and sound libraries
, Smash Up The Studio
, Steve Burton
Posted in news
on Nov 23, 2011
Equinox Sounds has released MIDI Keys: Keyboard Riffs of the 60′s & 70′s Vol 2, a piano MIDI chord progressions library by Smash Up The Studio.
You’ll find three awesome MIDI Construction Kits and stacks of loops, performed with breathtaking authenticity and in the styles of some of the huge artists of the era.
Following its best-selling predecessor, this pack also concentrates on those truly memorable chord progressions that never seem to go out of date. Timeless riffs that slot seamlessly into many of todays popular styles.
There are loops designed for acoustic piano, also loops for some of the classic electric pianos of the time such as the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer piano and also the Hohner D6 Clavinet and Hammond organ.
Keyboard Riffs of the 60′s & 70′s Vol 2 features
- 3 MIDI Construction Kits and 70 loops ranging from 4 to 16 bars in length.
- Covers various musical styles including Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock and Pop.
- Not limited to specific sounds but can use the plug-in of your choice to play back each loop, as well as performing countless other editing permutations.
- A selection of loops are featured in the Loop demo. All MIDI files are tempo-labelled.
- All loops are Royalty-free and have been composed and performed by Steve Burton, exclusively for Smash Up The Studio.
MIDI Keys: Keyboard Riffs of the 60′s & 70′s Vol 2 is available to purchase for $29.95 USD.
More information: Equinox Sounds / Keyboard Riffs of the 60′s & 70′s Vol 2
Roqstar Entertainment has announced the release of 5-String Bass and 73 Stage Piano Collection, two sample libraries by Realsamples.
The realsamples ’5-String Bass Collection’ offers a 5-string bass guitar for your sampler. The lush, full deep sound of a G&L™ bass is captured with its dynamics with 32 velocity layers of each note.
5-String Bass Collection features
- Every one of the five strings have been sampled separately with 32 velocity layers, along with ghost notes of each string.
- Recorded in 96 KHz and 24 bits resolution, the signal was downsampled to 44.1 KHz/24 bits (16 bits in the Giga® version).
- No mastering process has been applied to the samples, hence you don’t get an overprocessed sound, just the great, deep, lush and full sound of a 5-string bass.
- Includes ready-to-play presets for Halion®, Kontakt®, EXS24® or GigaStudio®.
- “Light” versions of the presets are included as well.
The realsamples 73 Stage Piano Collection brings the holy grail of electric pianos to your studio: A vintage Fender™ Rhodes® piano, sampled with 16 velocity layers per note.
To get the most natural sound, the piano was recorded directly from the pickup through the preamp section of a Mindprint™ DTC high-end preamp while bypassing any equalization. Recorded in 96 KHz and 24-Bit resolution, the signal was downsampled to 44.1 kHz. The set contains ready-to-play presets for Halion®, Kontakt® and EXS24®.
The 5-String Bass Collection and 73 Stage Piano Collection libraries are available to purchase for $49.95 USD each.
More information: Roqstar Entertainment
Sound Magic has released GrandEpiano, a hybrid modeling electric piano.
By utilizing Sound Magic Award-Winning Hybrid Modeling Technology, GrandEpiano can simulate several acclaimed vintage epianos such as Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Horner.
The most important feature of it is that you can freely “hybrid” this epiano sound with any piano modules in Supreme Piano 2 to create a new fantastic hybrid sound. Also GrandEpiano has built in several professional effect to help you shape final sound.
- NEO Hybrid Modeling Electric Pianos.
- Internal Delay, Phaser, Chorus, Reverb and Compressor effect unit.
- Separate controls under Hybrid mode.
GrandEpiano for Windows (VST/Supreme Pianos add-on) is available for 50 EUR.
More information: Sound Magic / GrandEPiano
Platinum Loops has released Platinum Keys, a collection of keyboard loops.
The rich and haunting sound of the Fender Rhodes electric piano is unmistakable. Add some of that vintage magic to your productions with ‘Platinum Keys’.
Platinum Keys boasts 10 construction kits with keyboard loops that will fire your imagination and provide you with a wealth of song ideas. With a total of 132 loops, each construction kit gives you chords, melodies and counter melodies as individual tracks. You can also use the MIDI files that we included with this product to edit the sequences and compositions however you like. Want to change the root notes of the chords? No problem, simply import the MIDI files into your project and change anything you need to. The audio loops included in this product are 24-bit quality and come as WAV, Rex2 and Apple Loops for your convenience.
Add a touch of class to your songs with these soulful and enchanting keyboard loops.
Platinum Keys is available to purchase for $59.95 USD.
More information: Platinum Loops / Platinum Keys
Gospel Musicians has released Neo-Soul Suitcase, a Fender Rhodes sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Neo-Soul Suitcase Library for Kontakt 4 is a very specific urban sounding suitcase that is designed to reproduce the exact sound, feel, and playability of a real Electric Piano Suitcase with the detail and expressiveness of the Fender cabinet and, of course, the most beautiful vibrato. Our #1 goal was to make sure that if you were not able to take a real rhodes to your gig or studio, then this plugin would be the next best thing.
Our rhodes sound is a combination of samples (2.6GB), physical modeling, and complex impulse response algorithms that will give you the grit of hip-hop; the silkiness of R&B; and the soul in neo-soul. Our absolute number one goal was realism and with vintage modeled effects; complex impulse response algorithms; and tweak-able knobs for ultimate control, you will have the best rhodes experience ever produced in a plugin. With all of this, we can safely say that you can leave your Rhodes at home and replace it with the Neo-Soul Suitcase!
Neo-Soul Suitcase features
- Dedicated 2.6GB of sample data (44.1kHz/24-Bit).
- 12-Velocity layers of sustain, release, and staccato (bark) notes.
- Bass and Treble Boost.
- Tine/Bell Controls.
- Pedal Noise and Resonance sounds when sustain pedal is pressed.
- Key release noises, emulating a real rhodes.
- Velocity layered release samples.
- Dedicated Bark samples, for more aggressive sounds.
- Vintage Modeled Vibrato.
- Impulse Response Amp Modeling of Vintage Amps.
- Warm Phat Chorus for a Thick Layered Sound.
- Special EFX Section: Phaser, Flanger, Distortion, Delay.
- Vintage Modeled Spring Reverb.
- Kontakt 4 Advanced Scripting.
- Disk Streaming to Reduce Memory Usage.
- Easy MIDI Learn function for all knobs, sliders, and buttons.
- Real-Time MIDI controls that can be saved in a patch.
- Clean/Original Switch for raw samples or cleaned up sounds.
Neo-Soul Suitcase for Kontakt (requires full version) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79.99 USD (regular $99.99 USD). For those who already purchased (or will purchase) the Fundamental of Neo-Soul DVD the Suitcase library is $49.99 USD. A Kontakt Player FREE version is expected this October.
More information: Gospel Musicians
Detunized has announced the release of Infinite Live Pack, a new subscriber sound library for Ableton Live.
Infinite Live Pack is a library of 160 dark drones, wide ambiances and thrilling textures for the creation of impressive background layers in all kinds of composition.
The instruments in the North folder contain trace elements of harmonic structures while the South folder presets have a nearly pitch-free character. Eight macro controls allow for easy in-depth editing and fine tuning of the sounds.
Detunized has also released Blinker, a free download introducing a composite Rhodes instrument.
The combination of 2 sets of modified Rhodes samples, the sound of a bunch of sea shells hanging on a tree and an open air gong form this expressive instrument.
Additionally Blinker includes Chorus and Amp simulation.
Detunized subscriber downloads are available for €1.30 EUR. Instant downloads start at €4.80 EUR.
More information: Detunized
Tronsonic has announced the release of Rhodetron Seventy Three, a sample library featuring the sounds of a Rhodes Mark I stage piano.
Sampled through 60′s valve preamps to worn tape to 44khz/24 bit – no eq/compression etc. This set of samples loves distortion!
The kontakt demos use their built-in effects, but the esx24 demo utilizes effects from TAL – they’re currently free, and very nice. I’ve created a few unexpected patches, to demonstrate the scope of the rhodes as a different type of synthesizable sound source.
Rhodetron Seventy Three is available to purchase for £5.99 GBP.
More information: Tronsonic / Rhodetron Seventy Three