AfroDJMac has released Univox Bass Lucy, a free Live Pack featuring a sampled Univox bass from the 70′s.
I’ve had a lot of experience recording this bass, and I’m often torn on how to best record it. Running it through a bass amp is usually my first choice, but I also really like how it sounds coming out of my guitar amp. So what I did while sampling was run the bass through an SWR bass amp and my Fender Deluxe tube guitar amp. Also, I put up an AKG C414 mic in the room to capture both amps simultaneously. On the Ableton device, you can mix the three signals together to meet your taste.
When you pluck a string on a bass, it will always sound slightly different. So to emulate that, I recorded 3 different samples of each note that I recorded. I set the LFO in Sampler to play any of these three samples at random. That means that any melody you play will always sound slightly different. Even a MIDI clip will never loop in exactly the same way with the same samples. You will always get a bit of subtle variation, just as you would with a real bass player.
The Univox Bass Lucy pack is available as a free download at AfroDJMac.
More information: AfroDJMac / Univox Bass Lucy
Zenhiser has launched Melodic Trance Midi, a sound pack featuring a blend of trance audio & MIDI.
‘Melodic Trance Midi’ is the ultimate blend of melodic trance and euphoric sounds creating a plethora of truly stylish hooks. This detailed and diverse trance sound pack delivers multiple options and ideas to both develop and hone your trance skills. Consisting of multiple parts ‘Melodic Trance Midi’ gives you full trance hooks, then separates them into their individual parts. Not only have we supplied the lead loops with alternate versions for fx trails but everything within this sample pack also includes midi parts, this is a huge leap forward for programming variations, now you can delve into the parts, change notes, amend arrangements and turn every part of ‘Melodic Trance Midi’ into your own clubbing anthem.
Inside the pack you’ll find Trance basslines, leads, synth loops and of course the full loops. This truly is an essential trance sound and midi pack, we recommend it for all levels of trance producers, and as with all Zenhiser sample packs the level of programming, mixing and mastering is second to none.
The pack is available for purchase for $40 AUD.
More information: Zenhiser / Melodic Trance Midi
SampleTekk has announced the release of TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand, a virtual piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Grand Piano used for the TVBO is a Yamaha C7. One of the most popular studio grands. Well known for its detailed, rich, full sound.
The recordings took place at OAL studios in Stockholm, Sweden and we used two types of microphones, Neumann SM2, a stereo microphone and a pair of Neumann U89.
TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand features
- 31 velocity levels.
- More than 7399 samples.
- TimeVel Release Technology.
- Sympathetic Resonance.
- Real Pedalling.
- Controllable volume for key/pedal noise.
- Two different mixable microphone perspectives.
- Controllable volume for Sympathetic Resonance and Resonance.
- 24 bit 44.1 stereo samples.
The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until July 31st, 2014 (regular $249 USD). Requires Kontakt 4 full version or higher.
More information: SampleTekk / TVBO – Yamaha C7 Studio Grand
99Sounds has announced the release of Cinematic Sound Effects, a free collection of futuristic sound effects for film score composers and electronic dance musicians designed by Joshua Crispin aka Generdyn.
The library contains a set of free sound effects, including impacts, risers, atmospheres and musical loops.
Packing 50 production ready futuristic sound effects in 24-bit WAV format, this free sample library is a neat audio SFX toolbox for movie scoring, trailers, video projects and electronic music production.
Cinematic Sound Effects features
- 50 audio samples, 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV format.
- Includes 11 atmosphere sounds, 7 drone sounds, 2 interface sounds, 14 impact sound effects, 10 background loops, 6 risers.
- 151 MB size on disk, 74 MB download size (RAR archive).
The pack is a free download at 99Sounds.
More information: 99Sounds / Cinematic Sound Effects
The Drum Broker has introduced Rump Shaker, a new Special Edition BLAP KIT from !llmind.
Throughout the last 14 years as a music producer, one instrument I’ve always been obsessed with was the synth bass. The bass is what gives a beat its true meaning. It evokes emotion, acts as a marching band leader during chord progressions, and knows how to act as team player with drums and percussion.
Here, I’ve partnered up with ‘Truth Falls Audio’ to develop a truly beefy & analog ‘straight to the point’ synth bass instrument, in Kontakt Player. With over 40 synth bass patches to choose from, this is the ultimate bass instrument to fulfill any and all of your bass and low-end needs. From beefy low-mid bass patches, to wobbly 50hz subs, to one-shot teardrop subs, we worked hard to cover all ‘basses’.
Every bass instrument was carefully sound designed by me, manipulating various sine wavs, square wavs & everything in-between. Don’t leave home without the ‘Rump Shaker’!”
The library is available for Kontakt, Reason, Wav & Ableton, priced at $39.99 USD.
More information: Drum Broker / Rump Shaker
Bolder Sounds has released Guitarron, a Guitarron instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Guitarron is a 6 stringed fretless bass instrument that is commonly played in octaves in traditional Mariachi music. It has also been employed on recordings by rock-pop artists as Jackson Browne (Linda Paloma), Linda Ronstadt (Canciones de mi Padre) and the Eagles (Hotel California). It is the instrument that inspired Ernie Ball to create the Acoustic Bass guitar in 1972.
- Samples recorded with a microphone and a contact pickup, each sound source type has 3 x Round Robin and 3 velocity layers. Harmonic samples are also recorded for both mic. and contact pickup.
- Extensive KSP scripting featuring, amongst others :
- Independent EQ and Volume control of each sample source.
- An Octave Button with Timing and Randomization control for easy Mariachi style Octave voicing.
- A sophisticated Auto-Slide page giving the user extensive control of KSP generated slides.
- A Key Switch Page where you can freely assign which key will trigger the various Key Switches.
- 7 different effects – each with its own Preset menus, so you can save and recall all the various parameters.
- 20 example Kontakt instruments (.nki) that demonstrate sound sculpting flexibilty and much more.
The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of $44.95 USD until September 1st, 2014 (regular $59.95 USD).
More information: Bolder Sounds / Guitarron
Time+Space has announced the release of Electro Cinematic: Electronic Audio for Cinema, a new sample library from Zero-G.
Electro Cinematic from Zero-G and Xfonic is an impressive collection of over 2.5Gb of sounds featuring a vast range of cutting edge, electronic loops, effects and soundscapes. Primarily geared towards composers creating music for cinematic productions and video games, Electro Cinematic is an equally useful pack for dance music producers thanks to the huge array of innovative sonic elements.
Mangled beats, morphing basslines, pulsing sequences, ethereal pads, plucks, keys and arps, eerie drones, synthetic textures, otherworldly sound effects and action-packed electronic percussion are all crammed into this impressive multiformat collection that includes Acid Wav and Rex2 files, Apple Loops, plus sampler patches for Kontakt, EXS24, HALion and NNXT.
Electro Cinematic is available for purchase for RRP £55.95 GBP / 74.95 EUR.
More information: Time+Space / Electro Cinematic: Electronic Audio for Cinema