FXpansion intros Kabuki & Noh Percussion for BFD2, BFD Eco & BFD DV

Sonica Kabuki & Noh Percussion

FXpansion and Sonica have announced the release of Kabuki & Noh Percussion, a fascinating collection of authentically played Japanese percussion instruments and noisemakers.

Evoking the emotions and grandeur of the Kabuki stage, the mysteriously profound aesthetic world of Noh theater, and the reverberations of tapped hand drums, Kabuki & Noh Percussion features 56 percussion instruments used in Kabuki and Noh performances. The collection includes a variety of traditional hand drums, pitched drums, bells, gongs and music boxes alongside Noh flute and authentic vocal motifs. Also included are the ashibyoshi foot beats and tsukeuchi sound-effect clappers crucial to Kabuki performance.

Played by master traditional Japanese percussionist Takinojo Mochizuki with alternating left/right hits at up to 99 velocity layers, Kabuki & Noh Percussion’s stunning detail was captured using well-preserved vintage mics and Neve preamps. The recording sessions were conducted in an anechoic room similar to the bamboo-curtained orchestra room in a Kabuki theater. Reverb can be added as needed – the recordings preserve the true character of the instruments’ sound. Kabuki & Noh Percussion comes complete with 156 grooves that give you instant access to real nagauta and Noh performance rhythm patterns.

Kabuki & Noh Percussion for BFD2, BFD Eco and BFD Eco DV is available to purchase for $149 USD / 109 EUR / £95 GBP inc VAT.

More information: FXpansion / Kabuki & Noh Percussion


Ableton Partner Instrument Compilation, free Live Pack updated

Ableton Partner Instruments

Ableton has released version 1.4 of the Partner Instrument Compilation, a free Live Pack.

Ableton’s favorite sound designers have developed a rich collection of instruments custom-made for Ableton Live: the Partner Instruments.

Now, we’re giving away the Partner Instrument Compilation — a free 3.7 GB Live Pack that provides a selection of content taken from the Partner Instruments. It includes everything from acoustic pianos and electronic drums to exotic instruments and cinematic soundscapes.

Version 1.4 updates the Partner Instrument Compilation with a sneak peek of sounds from upcoming Partner Instrument Soniccouture Novachord. It also includes sounds from the recently released AAS Journeys and Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion Partner Instruments.

Partner Instrument Compilation features

  • 73 Instrument Racks
  • 17 Drum Racks
  • 6 Live Sets
  • 85 Live Clips

The Partner Instrument Compilation is available as a free download for Ableton Live 8, Suite 8, or Intro, version 8.1.3 or higher.

More information: Ableton / Partner Instrument Compilation


Ableton releases Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion and AAS Journeys, new Partner Instruments

Ableton has announced the release of two new partner instruments: Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion and AAS Journeys.

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion is a collection of Japanese taiko sounds that perfectly captures the epic thunder, majesty, and subtlety of these massive traditional drums.

Taiko, Japan’s famous traditional drums, are growing in popularity around the world due to the emergence of taiko groups and their spectacular live performances. Sonica Instruments has packaged the heart-stopping low end, bombastic volumes, dynamic rhythms and unmistakable sound of five taiko percussion instruments in an impeccably recorded and crafted library. Performed by Ikki Hino, famed for his intricate taiko stickwork, and produced by sound creator and composer Tomzuin H, Japanese Taiko Percussion gives the curious musician and sound producer access to a vivid, unexplored world of percussive expressions.

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion features

  • Perfect reproduction of five traditional Japanese instruments — an ohdaiko (large taiko about 108 centimeters in diameter), a chudaiko (mid-sized taiko at about 60 centimeters in diameter), two varieties of shimedaiko (smaller taiko, a mere 40 centimeters round), and a kane (a hand symbol).
  • Four-channel recording of each instrument with two direct microphones and an overhead stereo microphone for maximum mixing flexibility.
  • Extensive range of essential taiko articulations in addition to regular hits for virtually endless expressive possibilities.
  • Left and right hits recorded separately at up to 47 velocity layers each (total of 94 velocity layers).
  • Left and right hits assigned to different keys to give a genuine sense of playing the taiko on a keyboard.
  • Collection of performers’ calls and shouts.
  • More than 1,000 original MIDI grooves performed by Ikki Hino.
  • Includes 14 Drum Racks, 86 Live Sets containing 1025 Clips.
AAS Journeys

AAS Journeys is a set of 128 Tension sounds for Ableton Live ranging from acoustic-like instruments to organic landscapes.

Journeys is a set of 128 Tension sounds for Ableton Live. This collection is master sound designer Gregory Simpson’s endeavor to create sounds that evoke the essence of other times, places or cultures. This collection will get you traveling from ancient to modern times, from Asia to Africa and everything in between — all with the intrinsic acoustic quality of Tension as your passport.

Journeys draws on the great strengths of physical modeling and the unique sonorities of Tension. Each of these presets is almost an instrument in itself, and reacts to user expression in a very natural and powerful way. From acoustic-like instruments to organic landscapes, Journeys is a great source of inspiration.

Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion is available to purchase for 59 EUR / $79 USD, AAS Journeys is 29 EUR / $39 USD.

More information: Ableton


Ian Boddy releases Beatalogue

Ian Boddy Beatalogue

Ian Boddy has released Beatalogue, the 4th sample library in the waveforms series.

This follow up to ‘Drumalogue’ takes a selection of electronic drum patterns and loops which were then fed through Boddy´s massive modular synth system. These were then filtered, mangled and generally messed up using a huge number of modules all in the analogue domain.

All the loops have between 3 and 5 variations and sonically range from sweet filtering all the way through to completely crunched and twisted mayhem. The quality of the distortion and overdrive achieved using these techniques gives the loops a gorgeous organic feel which is further heightened by the sound of the modular itself with it´s fuzzy warmness and tripping envelopes.

The sounds are also provided in Rex2 and Apple Loops format enabling them to be used at various tempos and dissected by the end user for their own purposes.

Beatalogue features

  • 300 mono samples at 44.1Khz, 24 bit in WAV format.
  • All samples also provided in Rex2 & Apple Loops format.
  • Drum Loops filtered, mangled & messed up via the following analogue synthesisers:
    • Roland System 100-M
    • Analogue Systems
    • Doepfer A-100 modular system
    • Analogue Solutions
    • Livewire AFG, Vulcan & Dalek Modulators
    • Metasonix TM-2 Tube BP filter & R-53 Tube Waveshaper/Ring Mod
    • Flight of Harmony Plague Bearer
    • The Harvestman Malgorithm
    • WMD Geiger Counter
    • Make Noise QMMG
    • Minimoog
    • VCS3

Beatalogue is available to purchase as a digital download for £24.99 GBP / 29.99 EUR / $39.99 USD.

More information: Beatalogue


FXpansion & Sonica release Japanese Taiko Percussion

FXpansion / Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion

FXpansion & Sonica have released Japanese Taiko Percussion, a new expansion pack for BFD2.1.

Taiko groups have wowed audiences the world over with their visually arresting performances, earth-rumbling bass, pure percussive volume, dynamics, and rhythm. The unmistakable taiko sound has also gained acceptance in many applications far removed from traditional Japanese music. And yet the taiko — the king of Japanese traditional instruments — has been missing from the ranks of professional sound libraries. SONICA Instruments at last brings you the sound of the taiko in a carefully crafted FXpansion BFD2.1 library.

Japanese Taiko Percussion features

  • Ohdaiko — This monster — some ohdaiko are as large as 108 centimeters in diameter — is what taiko ensembles are famous for. The ohdaiko features deep basses with rich overtones.
  • Chudaiko — This is a typical hollow shell taiko with a diameter of about 60 centimeters that has a round tone with ample expressiveness. This ubiquitous drum is widely used in Japanese folk songs, festivals, and traditional arts.
  • Shimedaiko1 & Shimedaiko2 — Looking much like a snare drum, the 40-centimeter-diameter shimedaiko produces a bright, sharp resonant sound. The popular shimedaiko is widely used in Japanese folk songs, festivals, and traditional arts. Shimedaiko1 is intended for use in combination with Shimedaiko2 since taiko ensembles usually feature multiple shimedaiko. Shimedaiko1 is tuned higher than Shimedaiko2.
  • Kane — Shaped like an ashtray, this 10-centimeter-diameter hand cymbal rings with a bright, brassy tone. The kane is used with a shumoku — a type of drumstick tipped with deer antler. The kane is held in the left hand while the shumoku is used to strike the inside producing complex stroke patterns.
  • Taiko Voice — The performers’ calls are an integral part of a taiko ensemble. Ikki Hino and the other performers shouted themselves hoarse during these recordings.

Japanese Taiko Percussion is available now for $125 USD / 90 EUR / 70 GBP.
Grooves for Japanese Taiko Percussion, available separately, is 25 USD / 20 EUR / 15 GBP (prices exclude VAT and local taxes where applicable).

Visit FXpansion and Sonica for more information.


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