Cinematique Instruments releases Shruti Box for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced Shruti Box, a Kontakt instrument library featuring traditional drones and a shruti-sizer.

Cinematique Instruments Shruti Box

The Shruti Box is a traditional Indian instrument which works on a system of bellows. It is a keyless version of the harmonium, which was invented for the specifc purpose of producing drone sounds. On the front it has 12 valves to control the pitch. The instrument is generally used to accompany other instruments in rehearsal sessions or concerts of classical Indian music. But the shruti box is enjoying a renaissance in the West amongst traditional and contemporary musicians who are using it for a range of different styles.

We carefully sampled the individual notes, even the noises which are produced by the bellow and paid special attention to capture the unique character of a Shruti Box which can described as rough and vibrant. Traditionally the Shruti Box has a range of 13 notes which we expanded up to 3 full octaves. In order to get a realistic Shruti sound and enrich the sound with vividness we provided two kinds of pump action which can be switched on separately. We also added distortion, chorus and a rotary simulation to shape the sound as well as a special sustain mode which will play an endless drone. All these features are giving the Shruti Box nice options to shape the sound.

But that’s not all! We thought how could we push the Shruti Box forward to much more versatility? And that’s why invented the Shruti-Sizer:
If you turn around the Shruti Box you are getting to a complete different interface which has nothing to do with the traditionally Shruti Box. It reminds you to an old synthesizer look with knobs, symbols and an oscilloscope. It is a complex LFO modulation section. You can modulate several parameter by four different wave forms with a variable speed. It puts the Shruti Box to another level and lets you create individual pad sounds an even constantly evolving rhythmic textures.

The result of it all is a unique instrument and a perfect supplement to the Cinematique Instruments family.

The library is available for purchase for 28 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 or higher, full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Shruti Box

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Crypto Cipher releases Bollywood Harmoniums sound library

Crypto Cypher Bollywood Harmoniums

Crypto Cipher has launched its Bollywood Harmoniums sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Once again Crypto Cipher has created the best mixture of “melody of universe” and Bollywood taste of harmoniums-
It will now fulfill your requirements in Movies, TV Background shows and many other areas where Indian Harmoniums are in need.

Harmoniums can be played solo as well within mix – Many times melodies are played via harmonium within the song structure. We have captured the Raw sound of harmoniums through Ribbon Microphone (Royer 122)
Not just “Master Harmonium patch” but total three varieties of Indian Harmoniums to fulfill Varied tones.

Bollywood Harmoniums features

  • Three Varieties of Harmoniums (Three Reed, Regular Tone and 1930’s Harmonium).
  • Master and Legato Patch for each Harmonium.
  • Digital Tanpura Drones recorded from Shruti Box.
  • Raga phrase based Violin Library.
  • Sound Designed Patches derived from Bollywood Harmonium Samples.
  • Sample Size 1.1 GB.
  • Custom Script for Bollywood Harmoniums.
  • Multisampled Three Reed Harmonium – which Includes Male , Female and Bass Reeds.
  • PDF Documentation Available for Download.
  • Sample Resolution : 44.1 KHz / 24 bit NCW Format.

The sample library is available to purchase for $79 USD.

More information: Crypto Cipher / Bollywood Harmoniums

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EarthMomenths releases Shruti Box free Ableton Live Virtual Instrument

EarthMomenths Shruti Box

EarthMomenths has recently released Shruti Box, a free sound library for Ableton Live.

A Shruti Box is a small hand-pumped wooden instrument that provides a rich drone background as support to singing or playing almost any instrument.

The use of the Shruti Box has widened with the cross-cultural influences of world music and new age music, providing a drone for many other instruments not typically associated with it.

While normally it has been associated with Indian Music, the Shruti box is enjoying a renaissance in the West amongst traditional and contemporary musicians who are using it for a range of different styles.

We have captured an organic wooden shruti at 96kHz using tube mics and preamps.


EarthMoments – Shruti Box – Ableton Live Instrument.

The library is available to download at no cost at EarthMoments.

More information: EarthMomenths / Shruti Box

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Presicionsound releases Indian ShrutiBox

Precisionsound Indian ShrutiBox

Presicionsound has announced the Indian ShrutiBox, a sample library featuring the sounds of a Shruti box instrument.

Originating in South India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu), but widespread also in the North, the Shruti box is a small wooden (usually teak) instrument which provides a rich drone background to support singing and other solo instruments, especially winds, like the Bansuri or the Shenai, or to practice sessions and concerts of Indian classical music.

Indian ShrutiBox features

  • 61 stereo wav files (24bit) mapped for Kontakt, HALion & EXS24 (all versions).
  • SoundFont version (16bit) included for users of other sample players like Reason NN-XT, Dimension, Sfz player etc.
  • Includes 2 long chord drones, 5 and 10 minutes long that could be placed as audiotracks in your DAW of choice.
  • All notes of the Shruti box has been sampled for many minutes and cut in 4 variations.
    • ShrutiBox 1 has the natural attack and looped
    • Shrutibox 2 is a cut out of the long note/drone looped
    • Shrutibox 3 another portion of the note/drone looped
    • Shrutibox 4 the note/drone fading out, not looped
    • Shrutibox Pumpnoise – A selection of pumpnoises
  • The Kontakt and HALion format have some extra programs including 2 Menu programs with all versions of the drones and noises together but with smaller tone range and a Mix program with 3 drones in unison mix.
  • All formats are included when you buy Indian ShrutiBox.

The Indian ShrutiBox library is available to purchase for $19 USD.

More information: Precisionsound / Indian ShrutiBox

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Tonehammer announces Little Pump Reeds

Tonehammer Little Pump Reeds

Tonehammer has announced Little Pump Reeds, a new sample library for Kontakt.

Tonehammer decided to fully embrace this ancient wisdom by deep sampling three different type of pump reeds in the form of the serious Shruti Box – and the more childlike Plastisax and Baby Accordion. We wanted to sample these instruments both to cover more of the drony type of reeds, but also to cover more children like instruments, which are often forgotten in the world of professional sampling.

The Shruti Box is a small wooden keyboard instrument using a system of bellows. It is traditionally used as a drone instrument in Indian classical music and in a variety of new age music. The Plastisax is a childrens type of instrument emulating a soprano saxophone, but sounding more like a harmonica. The Baby Accordion has a similar “naive” sound as the Plastisax, but is essentially a primitive accordion.

Little Pump Reeds features

  • Core instruments/articulations
    • Shruti Box 1 (soft)
    • Shruti Box 1 (hard)
    • Shruti Box 1 (crossfade / MW patches)
    • Shruti Box 2 (soft)
    • Shruti Box 2 (hard)
    • Shruti Box 2 (crossfade / MW patches)
    • Baby Accordion (natural / tight / loosely played)
    • Baby Accordion (auto-pump / tight / loosely played)
    • Baby Accordion (crossfade / MW patches)
    • Plastisax (clean / tight / loosely played)
    • Plastisax (dirty with natural reed click sounds / tight / loosely played)
    • Plastisax (crossfade / MW patches)
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • Listen exclusive interview w/ Mike and Troels.
  • +950 samples, 1.3 GB installed, 0.7 GB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 2 and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2.2.4 / 3 full stand-alone retail versions required.

Little Pump Reeds will be available for purchase on 24 September, 2009, for $49 USD.

More information: Tonehammer / Little Pump Reeds

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