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Soniccouture launch Summer Sale – 33% off

Soniccouture has announced a Summer Sale, offering 33% off all its virtual instruments and sample libraries for a limited time.

Soniccouture Summer Sale

We don’t do this every year – a Soniccouture Summer Sale is a rare and fleeting occurence, so be sure to take advantage while it’s here.

33% Off All products until Tuesday 1st July ( Midnight PST)

ENTER CODE : 7YT333G3FD

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Soniccouture launches The Attic instrument bundle for Kontakt

Soniccouture has released The Attic, a bundle of 10 virtual instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniccouture The Attic

The Attic : a project to document and sample interesting, characterful instruments that may not always be the obvious choice when we think of classics.

Instruments which, when added to a track, instantly add some special magic, even if it is due to the fact that it sounds a bit cheap or quirky.

We asked around some friendly producers: Neil Davidge, Adrian Utley and Liam Howe were all happy to open up their attics to us, and the resulting collection is a fascinating journey into the corners early analogue synthesis, offering a huge palette of sounds to reach into when you need colour, character and exuberance.

The Attic features

  • 10 Unique Instruments: Roland RS202 String Machine, Korg LP10 Analog Piano, Suzuki Omnichord, Jennings Univox, Minikorg 700s, Hammond Solovox, Synthi AKS, Roland SH2000, Godwin String Concert, Philips Philicorda
  • Authentic Analogue Sample modelling.
  • Over 350 Presets.
  • Kontakt Player Compatible.
  • 7.8 GB Core Library.

The Attic is available for purchase for $149 USD / £119 GBP / 129 EUR. Until May 2nd, 2014, you can use coupon code URR3K3Y to get $30 USD / 20 EUR off.

More information: Soniccouture / The Attic

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Soniccouture releases Concert Kazoos

Soniccouture has announced the release of Concert Kazoos, a new deep sampled instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniccouture Concert Kazoos

A set of 25 rare tuned kazoos made by Suzuki, exhaustively sampled to 2 inch tape through a custom Neve console*.

5 round robin layers ensure absolute organic realism of sound and the most natural kazoo response imaginable.

Soniccouture say that the instrument is both ‘Epic’ and ‘Cinematic’, while also being ‘Emotional’. As well as being essential for feature film soundtracks, it is of course also suitable for EDM & Dubstep producers.

Concert Kazoos is now as a free download from the Soniccouture website.

More information: Soniccouture / Concert Kazoos

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Soniccouture launches Christmas Sale – BOGOF or 40% off + Tape Choir released

Soniccouture has announced its Christmas Sale 2013, offering discounts on its virtual instrument libraries for a limited time.

Soniccouture Christmas Sale

Christmas Sale Now On!

Welcome to Soniccouture. We make virtual instruments that you can make music with.

From 16th to 31st December 2013 we are running two very special offers:

  • Buy One Get One Free – AUTOMATICALLY APPLIED AT CHECKOUT, NO CODE REQUIRED. No limit on purchases, cheapest items will be free.
  • 40% OFF – ENTER CODE : FESTIVE40

The sale ends December 31st, 2013. Note: The 40% off code cancels out the BOGOF.

Soniccouture has also launched Tape Choir, a new exclusive content instrument.

Based around the laborious process used to create the vocal pad sound in 10cc’s I’m not in love, Tape Choir offers a similar ‘infinite choir’ sound. The Perfect partner to our CrowdChoir.

Soniccouture Tape Choir
The Tape Choir virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt features ‘Tape’ emulation controls – wow, noise, loops, speed, and detune.

Tape Choir features

  • Kontakt, EXS, and Ableton Live formats.
  • 368 takes by 3 Vocalists.
  • 24bit 44.1khz sampling.
  • KSP ‘Tape’ Controls.
  • Sound Design Presets.

Tape Choir is available as a free download with any purchase at Soniccouture.

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Soniccouture launches Black Friday Sale – 50% off

Soniccouture has launched its Black Friday Sale, offering a 50% discount on selected products for a limited time.

Soniccouture Black Friday

From Friday 29th November to Monday 2nd December you can get 50% off any of the following products :

CLAV | ARRAY MBIRA | BROKEN WURLI | MORPHEUS | GUZHENG | PAN DRUMS | NOVACHORD | SYNTHI AKS | EBOW GUITAR | XTENDED PIANO | THUNDERDRUM | BALINESE GAMELAN | TINGKLIK | SKIDDAW STONES | SAMULNORI PERCUSSION | KIM | ABSTRAKT BREAKS 1+2 | TREMORS 1+2 | PHILICORDA | SC ELECTRIC PIANOS

ENTER CODE :FRIDAY

IMPORTANT : Due to a cart limitation, the code can only be used on one product per transaction. There is no limit to the number of transactions per customer.

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Rekkerd.org music production contest – A picture is worth a thousand words

Note: the deadline for this contest is extended to December 20th!

In the process of making music I take inspiration from many things. One thing I tend to do a lot is to take a sound or idea and let everything flow from there. Using pictures is a great stimulus to get my creative juices going.

a picture is worth a thousand words

For this contest, the idea is to take a photograph as your “muse” for a piece of music. Kind of similar to how you would write a soundtrack for a film. Use an image of a person, object, environment, or whatever might inspire you. Just make sure to keep it “G-rated” and free of copyright, your image will be part of your contest submission, posted on SoundCloud.

This time around you are free to use any kind of sound source or processing, so aside from the theme there are no limitations. For those who like to use samples, I made a small sample pack (16 loops, 24bit wav) that may serve as an inspiration. You can check the sounds at SoundCloud.

Contest sample pack Download size: 34.8 MB

I’m happy to say we have some great prizes donated by a bunch of generous developers.

contest sponsors

Contest prizes

  • D16 Group offers:
    • 1st place: 3 plugins of choice.
    • 2nd place: 1 instrument plugin + 1 effect plugin of choice.
    • 3rd place: 1 effect plugin of choice from the SilverLine collection.
  • Additionally, the top 6 winners get to choose (in order of ranking) an item from the prize pool below:
    • Soniccouture: Geosonics ft. Chris Watson and the Konkrete 3 sample-based drum synth for Kontakt.
    • Reveal Sound: Spire synthesizer plugin for Windows & Mac.
    • The Loop Loft: The Platinum Pack bundle in all formats (4.6 GB of drum loops).
    • ADSR Sounds: $250 USD store voucher (soundsets & video courses).
    • SKIN: The protective cover for NI Maschine that keeps your controller safe from liquids, dirt and debris.
    • Cableguys: Cableguys Bundle, including the Curve synthesizer, and flexible FilterShaper, VolumeShaper & MidiShaper effect plugins.

So to be clear we’ll have 6 winners, with the top 3 ranking entries getting both a prize from D16 Group as well as a pick of their choice from the 6 additional prizes.

The contest deadline for submitting your entry is Friday, December 20th, 2013, 11.59pm CET. The winners will be decided by popular vote amongst entrants.

Check the details below on how to join the contest.

Good luck and enjoy!
Ronnie

Contest rules

  • Create a musical piece inspired by a photograph. Use of the samples provided in the contest sample pack is optional. Use any sound source or processing you like, be creative!
  • Submit your entry in mp3 format (minimum of 192kbit) along with the image that inspired it per email to contest@rekkerd.org before December 20th, 2013, 11:59pm CET. One entry per person is allowed, you will receive a confirmation of your submission.
  • Your entry should be composed specifically for this contest. By entering, you grant permission for your track and image to be published at the rekkerd.org website, through SoundCloud.
  • In order to be eligible to win, contestants are required to vote for their top 6 within a week after the contest deadline. Contestants will be contacted to submit their votes. Note: you cannot vote for your own entry.
  • Winners choose a prize from the prize pool in order of placement (1st place winner picks first, then 2nd, etc.). All prizes are granted at the discretion of rekkerd.org. Some prizes may be subject to specific conditions imposed by the sponsor (e.g. NFR licenses).

Contest rules subject to change. If you have any questions feel free to ask or comment on this post.

Contest entries

The submitted tracks are listed here, ordered by date of entry.

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Soniccouture releases Vibraphone for Kontakt

Soniccouture Vibraphone

Soniccouture has announced the release of Vibraphone, a virtual instrument library for Kontakt & Kontakt Player.

Essentially a mechanised, 20th Century variation on the classic metallaphone, the vibraphone adds a constant modulation to its resonator tubes by the use of motorised fans.

The fans, or discs, cover the top of the resonator tube and spin in unison, allowing full or partial function of the resonator tube depending on which point of the cycle the motor is in.

The resulting tone is a type of tremolo effect – shimmering, golden, & very wobbly indeed; due to all resonators modulating together and thus aggregating the effect on the decaying notes.

Instruments that use this kind of global modulation (the Hammond C3/leslie is a similar example) are traditionally impossible to sample & model realistically, because if you record a single note with the tremolo active, it will be completely out of sync with all subsequent notes you record. Previous attempts to sample the vibraphone usually resorted to sampling the instrument with the motor/tremolo switched off, then approximating the effect later using filters modulated by an LFO to effect the change in timbre.

Soniccouture Vibraphone takes a completely new approach – by sampling the entire instrument twice. Once with the fans closed, once with them fully open, both times completely static – the motor switched off.

Once we have the full vibraphone sound sampled in both states – fans closed and fans open – we can then simply crossfade between them in Kontakt using a simple sinusoidal LFO. This gives not only the authentic, detailed timbre, but also full control over the speed of the tremolo, another essential element of the instrument missing from previous renderings.

Soniccouture Vibraphone

Vibraphone features

  • Kontakt Player Compatible.
  • 3,864 samples, 24bit 96khz Stereo Sampling.
  • 15GB Library (8GB with NCW compression).
  • True Tremolo Modelling.
  • 3.5 octaves: 41 notes, from C2 to F5.
  • 23 Velocity Layers.
  • Damped and undamped samples.
  • Intelligent Round Robin Mapping.

The Vibraphone costs 99 EUR. Until Midnight, 2nd November, 2013, you can get 15 EUR off MSRP with coupon code AIATTR74.

More information: Soniccouture / Vibraphone

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