Sonokinetic has announced the release of Capriccio, an orchestral instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Capriccio is our biggest Orchestral collection yet, both in terms of physical size and in terms of sound, which is just…BIG!
We had conductor Petr Pololanik approach the limits of his Capellen orchestra for these recording sessions, and the resulting energy, drive and power really comes across in each and every sample. Each phrase has been carefully treated from conception through production to implementation in the final instrument, to make sure it would work as a whole, and be as widely usable as possible.
We say it is big, and the sound is big, but as you can hear from the demos the sound has a diverse range of uses and is only limited by your own imagination. You can use Capriccio as a base for your composition, or to complement your existing piece, using only bits and pieces. It can be really loud and awe-inspiring, or gently set the mood.
If you are familiar with our previous orchestral instrument ‘Grosso’, Capriccio’s user interface should look quite familiar. The basic structure of the instrument is the same, using 4 presets each divided in 3 layers, but there are many innovations within Capriccio that will make working with this library even more intuitive and flexible. Highlights include the ‘phrase offset’ slider, separate volume setting for release tails and MIDI drag/drop from the score view in the interface, straight into your DAW.
With Capriccio we’ve brought phrase-based sampling bang up to date. Throw away your preconceptions of stiff one-shot samples and use the power of the Capriccio interface to harmonise, syncopate, offset and blend every one of the 38,000 samples. We’ve wrung every bit of creativity and flexibility out of these phrases and built a bespoke interface that will allow you to do the same.
Despite advancements in sampling technology, you simply can’t beat the realism of live played phrases and orchestral patterns so our goal is to make these as playable as possible, like a real instrument, with the minimum of end-user programming. These instruments are meant to stimulate your creativity, and based on the feedback we are getting, that is exactly what they do.
Capriccio is available for purchase for 299.90 EUR. The library has an introductory price of 249.90 EUR until Wednesday January 21st, 3pm CET.
More information: Sonokinetic / Capriccio
Sonokinetic has announced its Legacy Looting sale, offering legacy sample libraries at deep discounts for a limited time only.
We’ve opened our storage vaults for some old fashion Legacy Looting.
This is an exclusive and one time only ‘garage sale’ starting today and ending on December 5th 15:00 (CET)
The bundle of legacy libraries is available for purchase for 99 EUR ex. VAT (regular 429 EUR). Individual products are sold starting at 5 EUR.
More information: Sonokinetic / Legacy Looting
Sonokinetic has announced the release of Alphorn, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of a large wooden alphorn.
This instrument, recorded on location at the Alphorn Centre in Friesenheim, the south of Germany, and played by renowned player and Alphorn builder Franz Schüssele, is an inspiring mix of nature and craftsmanship, producing silky smooth soft tones and rattling shouts alike, sounding a bit like a very warm brass instrument even though the whole thing including the mouthpiece is made of wood.
We had a great time with Franz trying to capture all the intricacies of this amazing instrument, and we think we succeeded, in the Sonokinetic style, warts and all, to make for a very original and natural sounding approximation of the real thing.
Since the Alphorn has no valves it only plays nature-tone harmonics, in the case of this instrument upwards from a low F. Some of these harmonics are not exactly tempered to our modern ears (most notably the one between Bb and B, and between Db and D). However sounding very off key in these cases we thought it good to offer a version of the instrument as you would get it with a real Alphorn player, so the ‘Natural’ version of the instrument we left unturned. The added benefit of this approach was that we could also add recorded legato transitions of up to three octaves (!) up and down for the natural instrument.
For general usability we also made an ‘Extended’ version, mapping the samples over the missing notes, and tuning it in Kontakt. This extended version is multitimbral, and capable of producing amazing beds of Alphorn ensemble sweetness. Further controls in the instrument are very basic, with a ‘growl’ control and a basic EQ and IR reverb. We, at Sonokinetic BV, are very proud to introduce Alphorn to you, and can’t wait to hear the amazing things you, our valued customer base, will produce with it.
The Alphorn library is available for purchase for 49.90 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.
More information: Sonokinetic / Alphorn
Sonokinetic has announced the release of Grosso, a virtual orchestral instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Kontakt Player.
With Grosso, Sonokinetic BV is changing the paradigm for orchestral phrase-based instruments… again! Before our Minimal library, the level of control, whilst retaining the authentic sound that live recordings bring to the party, was unheard of. We have gotten so much positive feedback on Minimal that a ‘sequel’ was unavoidable. Mere sequels is not what we do though at Sonokinetic, so if you look at what Grosso brings to the table, you will see an evolved entity that is a homo-sapiens to Minimal’s homo-erectus.
We have conceived this instrument from the ground up, using parts of the Minimal engine and reimagining many other things to accommodate for the added flexibility Grosso brings to the table. The main difference, apart from the obviously upbeat nature of the recorded material and the addition of a choir part and a taiko and non-melodic percussion section, is that we split out the orchestral sections into more parts. Strings and choir are split in low – mid – high, woodwinds and brass into low and high, percussion into taiko and more traditional orchestral percussion. All of these elements have been carefully composed to work well with all of the others, resulting in millions of possible combinations of sounds.
- 6 Instrument patches covering Strings, Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds, Choir and a Dynamic builder tool for transitions composing.
- Including Timestretching and tempo syncing using Native Instruments Time machine Pro 2 & Sonokinetic’s Intelligent Tempo Mapping.
- 44.1kHZ – 24bit and 16bit NCW format (36.000+ samples each).
- Royalty and copyright free.
The library is available for purchase for a three week introductory price of 249.90 EUR (regular 299.90 EUR). Prices excl. VAT.
More information: Sonokinetic / Grosso
Sonokinetic has announced the release of The Carnival, a virtual barrel organ instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Ever since we recorded and produced ‘Carousel’ several years ago, we’ve been hearing so many positive reactions about it, and about the need for ‘couleur locale’ like this. Loving Carousel as much as we do, we decided to do an encore, a sequel if you wish. We infused this new instrument with a lot of the things we’ve learned and perfected over the years. Our scripting mastermind Ken Black added an ingenious script to glue it all together and make it feel and play as it should in proper Sonokinetic fashion.
For the recording we went back to Hilversum in the Netherlands and booked the same studio we used for Celesta. We teamed up with A.W. de Vogel, who comes from a long lineage of prolific organ-men in the lowlands. He brought along two of his most cherished barrel organs, a small hand operated one, and a larger one powered by an electric motor, that we barely got through the studio entrance.
The Carnival features
- 470 MB sample pool, 850+ samples (44.1 kHz, 24-bit NCW format).
- Big and Small organs with 4 registers respectively.
- Organ percussion and sampled Tremolo for the large organ.
- Octave Doubling.
- Automatic Tempo-synced trills (major and minor).
- Tempo-synced runs in 5 scales.
- ‘The Carnival’ Bespoke Reverb.
- Sampled Bellows Noise.
- Custom designed interface.
- Open Kontakt format for complete user customisation (Kontakt 4.2.4 or 5 full version only, NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player).
The library is available to purchase for 69.90 EUR.
More information: Sonokinetic / The Carnival
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