Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of HG Electric Sitar, a virtual electric sitar instrument for Windows.
HG Electric Sitar is based on a multisampled Jerry Jones Electric Sitar, the modern day equivalent of the 60′s Dan Electro, used by the Beatles and the Stones. There are 7 different sample sets, each containing at least 4 octaves of samples, one for each note. Any two sample sets can be used simultaneously to give plenty of flexibility for creating interesting Sitar based sounds and atmospheres.
The plugin is based on the HG Piano, and so also includes soundscaper, an effect capable of combs, delays and reverbs which is very good for producing experimental atmospheres. As well as SoundScaper there is also a Flanger swappable for a filter, and a delay. The effects can be routed in 3 different ways, SoundScaper->Flanger->Delay, Flanger->SoundScaper->Delay or in parallel.
As with other Homegrown Synths, Sitar features a versatile Scala based Microtuner and comes with a standard selection of 300 patches. There are over 3,500 patches freely available from the Scala website which can also be used. Finally there is also a fully featured Arpeggiator and an inbuilt Recorder capable of recording WAVs directly to disk at up to 32-bit.
HG Electric Sitar features
Dual Sitar Layers – There are 7 different sample sets, each has a unique sample per note
Filter – Cascadable up to 8 times and includes Low Passes, Hi Passes, Band Passes, Comb, Low Shelf, Hi Shelf and Peak.
2 ADSR Envelopes – Simple Envelopes. Envelope 2 can either be used to control Sitar 2 volume or used to shape the Filter Cutoff Frequency.
Drive – Auto Volume Distortion
Arpeggiator – With many modes include classic Arp modes.
Microtuner – Microtuner uses most standard Scala files of any size for custom tunings
Flanger/Filter – Switchable between Flanger and Filter effect, LFO has over 300 predefined shapes with smooth control as well as standard shapes.
Stereo BPM based Delay – Synced delay.
FX Routing – 3 different Paths available.
Drift – Adds a random pitch detune with each note played.
Stereo Spread – Allows setting a random value to the Pan of each voice.
Recorder – Allows recording directly to disk at 16/24/32 bits. Wavs are auto-named by date and location is set via a config file.
Limiter – Output is limited to prevent clipping.
Default – Sets Sitar to default settings
Randomize – Randomizes all settings. There are also local randomizers in each section.
HG Electric Sitar is available to purchase for the introductory price of £18 GBP (regular £30 GBP). HG Electric Sitar comes with an additional bonus of 500 24-bit Electric Sitar Loops with RX2 equivalents.
Syntheway has announced the release of Virtual Sitar, a VST instrument designed to emulate the Indian Sitar.
The Sitar is a Hindustani classical stringed instrument which utilizes sympathetic strings along with regular strings and a gourd resonating chamber to produce a very distinctive sound.
It was popularized by “legendary sitar virtuoso” and composer Ravi Shankar in the 1960s.
Virtual Sitar features
Mastered sitar samples recorded with special equipment in a low noise environment. Full length sustain, no loops (natural decay).
Includes 18 predefined sounds.
Optimized CPU and memory usage.
ADSR envelope generator with Attack, Sustain, Decay and Release parameters and several modulation targets.
Multiple-Mode Filter: The values are automatically computed when you select any of the filter types. Filter switch includes: LP (Low pass), BP (Band pass), HP (High pass), notch, peak, low pass and high pass shelving filter with adjustable cutoff and bandwidth.
Variable room simulation. Reverb effect can control the “room ambience”.
MIDI Automation: Added complete MIDI CC#.
Syntheway Virtual Sitar is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC, priced at $25.90 USD.
Impact Soundworks has announced the release of a demo version of Sitar Nation, a Kontakt sample library featuring classical instruments of India.
Sitar Nation has been one of our most successful libraries, having redefined the standard for not only Indian instrument samples, but any kind of world instrument. Now, you can download a free version of Sitar Nation to try out and use in your compositions!
The Sitar Nation demo version contains four patches in NKI monolithic format, meaning they can be loaded in Kontakt 2 and above. These represent only a handful of the patches in the full library, and only show off one mic position. However, the level of depth (velocities, round robins) is the same as the full version, so you can get an idea of the tone and playability of the basic components of the library.
Sitar Nation Demo Version includes
Sitar Main Patch – The primary plucked articulation of the sitar, limited only in key range. Velocities and round robins are all there.
Sitar Releases – A patch intended to be loaded on to the same channel as the Sitar Main Patch. Adds release noises at random to add realism to your performance.
Tampura Main Patch – Just one note of the full tampura main patch, which is a long drone.
Tabla and Baya – In the full library, these patches are separated and can be loaded together or one at a time as desired. This demo patch combines two strokes from both the tabla and the baya on to one MIDI channel to help accompany your performances.
The Sitar Nation Demo is available as a free download, while the full version has a price of $99 USD.
Native Instruments has released North India, a new KORE SoundPack capturing the sound of North India.
Establishing the new regional-themed ”Discovery Series” of KORE SOUNDPACKS, this new sound collection for KORE 2 or KORE PLAYER journeys to North India to draw on the rich and varied musical heritage of Hindustani classical music.
Packed with 3GB of beautifully sampled classical instruments as well some contemporary realizations, this Soundpack is perfect for creating authentic classical performances and for adding North Indian textures to film scores, urban, pop or electronic productions.
Bansuri – The bansuri flute is a transverse bamboo flute with open holes. It is used both in classical and lighter styles of North Indian music.
Harmonium – The Indian harmonium is a small hand-pumped reed organ equipped with drone stops. It is mainly used to accompany singers and solo table performances.
Shehnai – The Shehnai is a reed instrument and is mostly used in traditional folk music.
Sitar – The sitar is a complex instrument equipped with melody, accompaniment and resonance strings. It is the main melody instrument in North Indian classical music but is also used in many other styles in India.
Tabla – The tabla is a set of two miniature kettle drums played by hand. It is the main percussion instrument of North India and used in a variety of styles.
Tanpura – The Tanpura is an unfretted lute with four strings. It is solely used as an accompanying drone instrument.
North India: Discovery Series is available for download from the Native Instruments Online Shop for $79 USD / 69 EUR.
# Reaktor Tips – Peter Dines recently posted some nice new Reaktor stuff.
Tada! The initial release of the Frame looper, made to emulate the realtime-manipulable start and loop points of Ableton’s Simpler instrument. It’s a powerful and convenient way to play with samples, which makes the dearth of samplers that can do it so shocking.
There's also a peek at a Reaktor drum machine he has been working on. Sounds lovely to me!
Insructables user dingolishious created a cigar box sitar:
This is an easy variation of the cigar box guitar but with a buzzing bridge to make sounds reminiscent of a sitar drone. One of the great things about this project is that there are no critical measurements, almost any configuration will work just fine. The resonating cavity doesn't have to be a cigar box, It can be anything from cookie tins, hardhats to the traditional gourd.
Inspiration for the project: http://dennishavlena.com/tamboura.htm
Wonderful rendition of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android by Adolfo Baez.
Radiohead is one of my favorite bands and this is their best song IMO, This song is from the album Ok Computer, it´s considered by many one of the best rock albums of all time.
This is the most difficult song I´ve made using Mario Paint Composer but because of the hype that I´ll see Radiohead live on March I decided to make it.
I slightly modified some chords in the middle part to make them sound better with the original MPC soundfont and I left out 15 seconds of the end because that part just didn´t sound right with the MPC instruments, oh and I also made the song a little bit faster, more like when they play it live.
Guiliano Cantini sends this patch he’s put together with Kore Player and Pd. He uses transient detection in Pd to trigger randomized parameter changes in Kore Player. That rig is entirely free (as in beer), but the same ideas could apply to Kore, too – and if you’re not into the clap metaphor, you could find other audio-reactive or controller-reactive approaches. (You can also just slap the mic on your laptop.)
Impact Soundworks has released Sitar Nation, a sample library for Kontakt.
We came up with the idea for Sitar Nation in mid-2007, after noticing that despite the growing popularity of ethnic instrument libraries, few products sampled non-Western instruments with a level of depth expected from a modern sample library. We spoke with numerous composers and producers who were unhappy with the current offering of ethnic instrument samples which only provided an “overview” of sounds and lacked the detail necessary to provide realistic solo performances.
The sitar, tampura, tabla and baya were chosen for our library not only because these instruments have remained a foundation of Indian classical music for centuries, but also because they have even permeated Western music since the 50s and 60s. Sitar Nation is the first library to capture these instruments with a level of detail and realism normally reserved for violins and pianos, allowing the composer to control and play these beautiful sounds without relying on excessive programming.
Sitar Nation features
Instruments: Gourdless Sitar (Handcrafted), Tampura, Tabla & Baya.
18 main patches, covering a variety of important playing techniques for all four instruments.
All of these sounds can be loaded from up to three positions: close, room, and ambient.
17 FX patches which take the core audio content into new directions using both pre-rendered offline processing and effects/programming within Kontakt. The result is a wide variety of highly useful sounds, from drones and percussion to chimes, pads and keyboards.
All samples are 24-bit, stereo, 44.1 kHz.
Sitar Nation is available for Kontakt (version 2 and above) for $119 USD.
PowerFX has released World Loop Spice Rack, a sample library containing 1,220 melodic and percussive loops and riffs of authentic ethnic instruments from Africa, Australia, China, India and the Middle East.
Project Description and Goals
The purpose of this project is to use microcontroller technology to create a real-time instrument that models the Sitar. This Electronic Sitar (known as the ESitar) has digitizing sensors, custom positioned to traditional Sitar technique, which converts human musical gestures to binary code which machines can comprehend. These signals can then be used to trigger real-time sound and graphics.