Bad Cat Media has released The Performachord, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
“The Performachord” is a reed based instrument thats somewhat of a cross between an accordion, and an organ. It is also commonly known as a “Chord Organ”, among a couple other names. The left hand is played by “push down” buttons offering different voiceing’s including: Roots, Major, Minor, & Seventh. Although this may seem basic to some, with a little creativity, and a decent grasp of theory, one can actually create numerous chord voicings using a combination of these buttons alone.
On the right hand, it has a keyboard to allow for melodies to be played in conjunction with the chords, or simply to be used for solo melody purposes. The character of its sound is unmistakeable, and easily fits well into the common “accordion based sound” that composers turn to day after day for TV/film work. However, it is far from from a one trick pony, and can easily be used in modern EDM/House music for either chord or melody.
The Performachord features
- A deeply sampled Performachord instrument.
- Over 700 samples, 1.12 GB download.
- Requires Native Instruments Kontact 5.3 or higher.
The library is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.
More information: Bad Cat Media
Bedroom Producers Blog has announced that the Producers Choice is giving away free copies of its Survival Drum Kit sample library to all BPB readers.
Introducing ‘Survival’ – the latest high technology hip hop/urban drum samples, from The Producers Choice and Xclusive-Audio. Designed from the ground up to work quick with both Reason & NI Maschine/Mikro – but also available in .WAV format for use in ANY software/hardware.
Survival Drum Kit is aimed mainly at hip hop music producers, however the included drum samples and loops will also work great in other urban music styles such as trap, dubstep, etc. This commercial drum sample collection is normally priced at $39 and features over 1.14 GB of one shot drum samples, as well as over 300 MB of drum loops.
The sample pack is free at BPB until March 7th, by sharing the news on social networks or subscribing to the BPB mailing list.
More information: BPB / Survival Drum Kit Giveaway
The Drum Broker has released Kingsway Music Library Vol. 3, a collection of samples by Frank Dukes.
The Kingsway Music Library is a collection of 15 original samples (master clearance guaranteed) created by multi genre music producer and composer, Frank Dukes. Frank has been composing original samples for the industries top producers including Jake One, Illmind, Cardiak, and more.
The Kingsway Music Library was created for the sample based producer, DJ, and beatmaker who wants original music to chop, flip, and arrange into headbanging beats without the hassle of digging through endless stacks of vinyl or worrying about sample clearance issues.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.
More information: Drum Broker / Kingsway Music Library Vol. 3
ForceSampling has releases Afterlife, a scoring sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The sounds have been processed and morphed from several different soundsources, everything from acoustic instruments like piano and guitar, to analogue sounds from a modern modular synthesizer.
The library content covers a wide scope of different genres (cinematic, ambient, dnb etc.), but it’s goal is not to provide bread and butter sounds for modern genres, instead the focus lies in bringing unusual and unexpected sounds to give extra spice to your compositions.
Distorted synth brass from dystopian lands, surrealistic drones from your weirdest nightmares, ethereal pads full of enlightenment and morphed acoustics that sound both natural and otherworldly, all in the same library.
- 600+ Nkis in 11 categories: Arps, Bass, Bells and Mallets, Drones, Dystopian Orchestra, Leads, Morphed Acoustics, Pads, Percussion, Risers, Synthesis.
- 6200+ samples in ncw format (2.3 GB compressed, 4.5 GB uncompressed).
- 401 MB 24 bit wav files of all FX (drones, risers) included.
- Requires full and latest version of Kontakt 5 (not compatible with Kontakt Player).
Afterlife is available to purchase for the introductory price of $49 USD until March 12th, 2014 (regular $99 USD).
Also available is Afterlife Free, offering 1,06 GB of sample content and 100 patches handpicked from the full release as a free download.
More information: ForceSampling
FXpansion has announced the release of Vintage DrumBox, a collection of synthesized analogue drum samples for the Geist drum instrument for Windows and Mac.
Created by Mr Hoodie from The Groove Criminals, Vintage DrumBox is the result of obsessively sampling a set of strange, esoteric and crusty old machines. The included sounds are warm, rounded and perfect as an antidote or accompaniment to more modern timbres. The pack also features a bonus selection of riffs and arps from some classic analogue synths.
Some highlights of Vintage DrumBox include early preset accompaniment and organ-top boxes like the Hammond AutoVari and Watford Rhythm Generator, Amdek and Electro Harmonix percussion tone generators and rare drum machines such as the Vermona DRM-1. Legendary analogue BBD delay, tape echoes and spring reverbs are judiciously used to add further textures and flavours.
Vintage DrumBox features loops, kits and presets for FXpansion’s Geist software. Samples are supplied in 24-bit 44.1kHz WAV and RX2 formats and can be loaded into any software or hardware that supports them.
Vintage DrumBox is available to purchase for $29 USD / 25 EUR / £22 GBP inc VAT for all registered Geist owners.
More information: FXpansion / Geist Expander: Vintage DrumBox
VST Buzz is offering the Music Box sample library by Bad Cat Samples at a 40% discount for a limited time.
The Music Box by Bad Cat Samples is an incredibly realistic music box sample library that has the character and subtlety that’s missing from many sample libraries.
16 different music boxes were meticulously recorded, note by note to create a highly expressive music box instrument with all the nuances and intricacy of the real thing. Each crank, creek, scratch, buzz, ting and scrape was left in and the result is something quite organic and simply inspiring to play.
The Music Box comes with 12 patches – 2 basic instrument patches along with 10 extra designed patches ranging from pads to extra terrestrial sound FX. Perfect for childlike nursery rhymes, eerie melodies, enchanting passages and much more – for $12, you’d be stupid to pass up this deal!
The library is available from VST Buzz for $12 USD until March 11th, 2014.
More information: VST Buzz
The Drum Broker has announced a pre-order of the Official Jake One Drum Kit – Snare Jordan Vol. 2, a collection of 115+ new drum samples from Jake One’s personal drum stash and timeless classics.
Jake One built Snare Jordan Vol. 2 using feedback from the producers and beatmakers on Vol. 1 and improved the kit with rare sounds that can’t be found anywhere else!
These samples are straight out of Jake’s ASR-10, EQ’d on an SSL Console, and packaged for your beat making pleasure.
Don’t sleep on Snare Jordan Vol. 2. As with anything Jake touches, this is sure to be another Classic!
The sample pack is available to pre-order now for $24.99 USD.
More information: Drum Broker / Snare Jordan Vol. 2
Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Bones Vol 1, a new British Modular Library series instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
BONES VOLUME 1, Features two sections; Tenor Trombones and Bass Bones both a2 (in future volumes you’ll get soloists, giving you 3 totally different players of each size on different instruments in different positions when played tutti) played by some of the greatest players on the planet today and recorded at Air Studios, London. Deeply sampled with an essential set of articulations, the most comprehensive set of mic positions all ingeniously scripted for an “it just plays out of the box experience”.
Composers have been travelling the world to come and record in London for many years now, our strings are formidable, alongside our woodwinds and brass. But the bones, well they’re just the backbone of any self respecting brass section! Maybe it’s the colliery tradition, the numerous symphony and chamber orchestras, the three major opera houses, several world class concert halls and 80+ theatre pits and buzzing film business in London alone. It leaves our brass players a cut above the rest of the world.
Bones Volume 1 also features many scripting and sampling innovations developed when producing our seminal Sable and Mural strings ranges and comes with the full feature set and intuitive GUI developed for the whole of the BML range. As you would expect with BML, Bones will feature a comprehensive selection of microphone perspectives and labour saving Jake Jackson mixes. Bones also has some additional expression features including intensity, tightness and control of release triggers to give even more human elements and a further ability to tweak.
The library costs £279 GBP. An introductory discount of 20% is available until March 18th, 2014.
More information: Spitfire Audio / Bones Vol 1