Ivy Audio has announced that its Piano in 162 sample library of a Steinway Model B grand piano is now available in both Kontakt and SFZ formats.
Like all Ivy Audio libraries, it is available to download completely free of charge for personal and commercial use.
Due to time constraints I was unfortunately unable to record release samples, which means the library might sound a little funny in certain situations.
Piano in 162 features
- Two microphone positions.
- Five dynamic levels.
- Two round robins.
- Sustain pedal on and off.
Piano in 162 for Kontakt and sfz is available to download at no charge. Donations are welcome.
More information: Ivy Audio / Piano in 162
Karoryfer has announced the release of Karoryfer x bigcat cello, a free cello instrument library in Native Instruments Kontakt and sfz formats.
The Kontakt interface of the Kararyfer x bigcat cello instrument library.
This collaborative release by Karoryfer Lecolds and bigcat instruments is a simple cello sample library which is intended to be flexible and easy to use. The recordings are close-miked, recorded without vibrato, and completely unprocessed, so there’s no pre-baked reverb, compression or EQ. You can shape the sound in whatever way you need to make it work in your mix, which makes this cello especially suited to pop, rock or EDM tracks rather than classical music.
The cellist had just received her master’s degree in cello performance a few days before these samples were recorded, and in addition to interning with an orchestra she regularly performs with a pop/rock string quartet. In her spare time, she enjoys pretending to ride sculptures of penny farthing bicycles (or so it seems from the Kontakt wallpaper).
All notes are sampled every minor third. There are also bonus harmonics slides and percussive noises mapped to the keys above the notes.
The cello library is a free download.
More information: Karoryfer / Karoryfer x bigcat cello
Karoryfer has released two free open-source sample libraries.
Emilyguitar features an Epiphone Emily the Strange model strung with thick flatwound strings.
After a few bass libraries, we’ve gone for a guitar. There are a lot of guitar samples out there intended for lots of styles of music guitarists like, from Latin jazz to metalcore, but this library is for music guitarists really hate, from hip-hop to EDM.
It’s designed to be easy to use for producers who don’t necessarily know a lot about guitars and don’t need a whole lot of different articulations, control over left-hand position, note off groups etc. Instead of all that you get a fat, percussive sound that’s great for crisp rhythms.
- Samples of an Epiphone Emily the Strange guitar with flatwound strings.
- A total of 323 24-bit 44.1 kHz WAV samples.
- Notes sampled every minor third.
- Four velocity layers and three round robins.
- String release noises with four round robins.
- Various percussive and fingering noises with five round robins.
- Six different SFZ mappings – four for single notes and two for chords.
- 98 MB download size.
Growlybass features the sounds of a sampled Squier Jazz bass guitar.
We’ve released several bass libraries already, but these samples were played by someone who is the complete opposite of our usual bass sample guy. She not only has very good hair, but also actually listens to music that has bassists playing basses.
These samples are not polite and have a ton of character. The strings get plucked hard and rattle against the frets. The bass (a Squier Jazz) is a classic design and the tuning is standard, so this is our best library for an archetypal bass guitar sound which could never be mistaken for anything else.
- Samples of a Squier Jazz bass guitar with roundwound strings.
- A total of 310 24-bit 44.1 kHz WAV samples.
- Notes sampled every minor third.
- Sustained notes with four velocity layers and four round robins.
- Staccato notes and string release noises with one velocity layer and five round robins.
- Pick scrapes with four round robins.
- Seven different SFZ mappings.
- 159 MB download size.
Both libraries are free to download (SFZ mappings are included).
More information: Karoryfer
99Sounds has launched Bass City, a free sample pack featuring sounds from the Korg EX-800, Yamaha TX81Z, and Korg Poly-800.
Bass City is a free collection of synthesized bass samples created by Chad Beckwith from PatchArena and Tomislav Zlatic from 99Sounds. The library features a set of 26 classic analog and FM bass patches which have been multi-sampled from three different hardware synthesizers.
Bass City features
- 399 audio samples.
- 26 instrument patches.
- Kontakt 5 and SFZ format support.
- 24-bit/44.1 kHz stereo WAV format.
- 581 MB size on disk, 336 MB download.
The pack is available to download from 99Sounds.
More information: 99Sounds / Bass City
PatchArena has launched SFZ FLukelele, a virtual ukelele instrument.
Sampled Instrument from a finger plucked Ukelele. Perfect for composing Ukelele on a breezy summer afternoon.
Instrument programming features include 5 “round robins” for each note using neighbor variation techniques. This provides natural variation on consecutive notes.
Use this free SFZ as a way to compose Ukelele lines with your favorite SFZ Player. With reverb and other effects this also works well for any plucked acoustic instrument part within the same range. Experiment with chorus, reverb, and other effects!
The library is a free download from PatchArena.
More information: PatchArena / SFZ FLukelele
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