CWI Technology has announced a public beta of TX16Wx 2.0, a software sampler instrument for Windows.
After months of development and closed testing, I am proud to present the long awaited public beta of TX16Wx version 2.0, now available on the new website http://www.tx16wx.com/.
The worlds greatest sampler now comes with a more user friendly, re-sizable GUI, built for drag and drop operation, as well as full Undo/Redo support for easy editing. Tool tips and context-sensitive help now make it easier than ever to quickly get up to speed with the instrument. There is now also a built-in file browser with drag and drop loading and improved bookmark handling.
The sound engine has also added three new step modulators as well as new modulation sources and destinations, making the sound tweaking possibilities greater than ever. New import formats, such as Ogg vorbis and SFZ files, as well as improved Soundfont 2 support makes a large set of pre-existing material available to the instrument.
TX16Wx is a free, multitimbral VSTi software sampler instrument plugin, modelled after professional hardware samplers from the 80s and 90s.
TX16Wx 2.0 features
Re-sizable, flexible GUI
Full Undo/Redo support.
Built-in file browser with wave preview.
Unlimited multi-timbral operation.
128 voice polyphony
24dB resonant filters.
Two syncable LFO:s per voice.
Two Modulation Envelopes per voice.
Three Sequence LFO:s per voice.
Modulation matrix with 16 modulation slots per voice.
Multiple keyboard scales.
Multiple trigger modes.
8 choke groups per program.
Per-sample loop start/end/direction modulation.
Built-in sample editor
Automatic Loop Slicing + slice mapping.
Actually Samples! Record audio straight into the sampler.
Automatic pitch detection.
Loop cross fading.
Multiple loop definitions per wave.
Trim, cut, duplicate.
Graphical keyboard mapping editor
Automatic sample layout.
Flexible drag & drop-based group edit.
Quick select of sound data via MIDI.
Drag & drop of samples/programs/performances/banks.
4 Stereo + 8 Mono outputs.
Individual output mapping for key groups (drums).
16 mappable controllers for automation.
48 mappable VST parameters for automation.
Preview loaded programs and samples in your song before loading.
Reads multiple sample and bank formats
Typhoon compressed AIF files.
Original Yamaha OS Wave files.
100% documented XML-based sound file format.
Anyone can write conversion tools.
Saves data in DAW project directory.
Low CPU usage.
Fully native, optimized for SSE2.
The public beta is available to download at no cost (Windows VST).
Precisionsound has announced the release of EP-30, a “Vintage keyboard collection” series sample library featuring the sounds of the Roland EP-30 electric piano.
Roland released the first velocity sensitive electric piano in 1974, the EP-30. It was built in a sturdy road case with 4 preset sounds and a bass sound that could be blended with the others in the lowest octave. It had a vibrato with speed control that affected the volume, and a tone control. You could create some variation to the sound by pressing more than one preset button at a time. Today it’s quite rare to find.
If we where to describe the sound, “Pac Man piano” could be appropriate. EP-30 does not sound like a real piano, it sounds very Lo-Fi and cheesy, in a cool, retro way.
The EP-30 sampled in full, every key and preset. The natural range of the Roland EP-30 is F0 to F5, and F0 to B1 for the Bass. The sample library has an extended range from C0 to C6 except the Bass which has been extended down only, to C0.
263 WAV files (24bit quality).
5 programs for Steinberg HALion, Logic EXS24, NI Kontakt v1-2.
12 programs for NI Kontakt v3-5 (full version required).
5 programs in the SoundFont format (16bit), 100% compatible with all virtual samplers supporting the SoundFont format like Dimension Pro (Cakewalk), Free SFZ player, NN-XT (Reason) and more.
The sample library is available to purchase for $25 USD (download) / $36 USD (DVD). All formats are included.
Precisionsound has announced the Hedberg Travel Organ, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24, HALion & SoundFont.
The “Hedberg Travel organ” is a 4 octave Swedish folding harmonium made in Enskede, Stockholm, Sweden, around 1950 by “Hugo Hedberg”.
This instrument combines brilliance and simplicity in something that looks like an ordinary suitcase. But don´t let the appearance deceive you—it’s a great example of a completely acoustic, portable keyboard instrument.
With a warm and stable tone quality, different from both the accordion and bigger harmoniums, it will be a useful element in genres as Folk, Country and Jazz – but also in a simple acoustic guitar-vocal setup. The instrument has been used as a Missionary Organ, for playing psalms in outdoor services.
Hedberg Travel Organ with custom interface for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Hedberg Travel Organ features
117 24bit WAV files, chromatically sampled and recorded in stereo. Range is C1 to C5 with the last note stretched to C6 so you get 5 octaves. Includes notes and release samples, as well as noise samples.
2 programs for all versions of Steinberg HALion.
2 programs for Logic EXS24.
2 programs for NI Kontakt v1 and v2.
1 program for NI Kontakt v3 v4 & v5.
2 programs in the SoundFont format (16bit).
The SoundFont versions are 100% compatible with all virtual samplers supporting the SoundFont format like Dimension Pro (Cakewalk), Free SFZ player, NN-XT (Reason) and more.
Full version of Kontakt 3, 4 or 5 is required for the Kontakt versions (Free Kontakt Player not supported).
The sample library is available to purchase for $25 USD (+$11 USD for DVD).
Emiliano Grilli has released a free Balafon SoundFont, a sampled wooden percussion idiophone from West Africa.
A friend of mine lent me a fantastic african instrument: a Balafon. I took the opportunity to sample it and make a soundfont to be used in GNU/Linux with qsynth.
To record it I used my trusty yamaha pockettrack 2G (best buy of 2011), I then cropped the single notes with mhwaveedit and put toghether the soundfont with swami.
The instrument itself is gorgeous, too bad I have to gave him back soon… I only sampled one layer for each note, basically there are three octaves of a C scale from G2 to F5 (I don’t know for shure those are the actual pitches, maybe I missed an octave in positioning notes).
The SoundFont is a free download from linuxaudiostudio.