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Soundiron intros Olympus Elements for Kontakt & Kontakt Player

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Soundiron Olympus Elements

Soundiron has announced Olympus Elements, a choral toolkit that puts the core functionality and sonic quality of our complete Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection into a compact, efficient and convenient low-cost package for Native Instruments Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player.

This library is designed for both professionals and casual users in mind, with years of virtual choir engineering and refinement distilled down into one extremely potent and simple solution that captures the spirit and power of a full 63-voice symphonic choir.

Olympus Elements contains just the wide close stage blend microphone position for all 8 core vowel articulations: Ah, Ee, Eh, Ei, Ih, Mm, Oh and Oo. The choir is completely configurable, with independent control over male and female divisi sections. You’ll find sustains, staccatos and marcatos, with pp-ff dynamic layering and intelligent round robin. This choir packs a massive forte punch and velvety smooth piano dynamics, giving you complete expressive control and creative freedom. We also bring you our newly upgraded true ah & oo legato sustains, with up to 6-part polyphonic harmony and fluid interval shaping. The library also features a wide variety of classic choral effects, swells, sweeps, shouts, whispers and more. Each preset comes with an array of fine performance controls, EQ, 50 custom convolution environmental and fx reverbs to choose from. And of course, we’ve included our signature hand-crafted choral atmospheres, pads and evolving soundscapes to open up more creative possibilities.

Soundiron Olympus Elements
The Vowel Master all-in-one preset gives quick access to the full choir, with realtime dual layer/divisi vowel selection & blending, sustain/staccato switching.

Olympus Elements

  • 3.77 GB Installed.
  • Unlocked, non-compressed 24/48 wav samples.
  • Kontakt full retail version 4.2.4 or later required.
  • No online activation necessary.
  • Not compatible with the free Kontakt Player or Library rack.
  • Watermarked by Continuata.

Olympus Elements Player Edition

  • 2.52 GB Installed.
  • Lossless NCW 24/48 audio format.
  • Works with Kontakt and free Kontakt Player (version 5.1 or later).
  • Powered-By-Kontakt format for Kontakt Player and Library rack compatibility.
  • Qualifies for the Native Instruments Kontakt cross-grade discount.
  • Requires serial activation through Native Instruments Service Center.
  • Watermarked by Continuata.

The standard edition is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD (regular $119 USD), the Kontakt Player edition is expected to be available shortly for the intro price of $119 USD (regular $139 USD).

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Soundiron launches B-Sale & Demo Contest

Soundiron B-Sale

Soundiron has launched a B-Sale, offering up to 30% off selected sample libraries.

To celebrate the v2 update of our classic Bamblong library, we’re offering up to 30% Off on these fantastic instruments from now through May 1st, 2013.

  • Bizarre Sitar: regularly $39 Only $27
  • Bowed Bucket Bass: regularly $29 Only $19
  • Bamboo Stick Ensemble: regularly $39 Only $27
  • Bronze Bin: regularly $15 Only $10
  • Breaker: regularly $39 Only $27
  • Bamboo Collection: regularly $167 Only $84!
  • Bamblong: regularly $49 Only $39

Soundiron has also announced a demo song contest, offering a chance to win the Anklung used for the recording of its sample library.

We’re also holding a song-writing competition to see who can craft the best demo using only content and features from Bamblong. The best entry will win the actual 18-piece Indonesian Angklung set that we recorded for our extensive Angklung library. Two runners-up will receive a free copy of the Angklung library and all three will become featured artists. Just send us your mp3 by May 2nd, 2013. We’ll announce the winners on May 9th!

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Soundiron releases Bamblong 2.0 sample library for Kontakt

Soundiron Bamblong 2.0

Soundiron has announced the release of version 2.0 of its Bamblong sample library featuring the sounds of a hand-crafted Southeast Asian bamboo idiophone.

For our new version 2.0, we’ve added a full-featured custom user interface with powerful fully-automatable performance controls. The included EQ, Reverb and Uberpeggiator meta-arp system give the Bamblong 2.0 a whole host of new musical potential and playability.

Bamblong 2.0 features

  • 5 Main Articulations:
    • Dry, Studio-Recorded Multisamples with Mallets
    • Dry, Studio-Recorded Multisamples with Brushes
    • Dry Brush Rolls w/ release samples
    • Wet, Hall Looping Sustains w/Release
    • Sustaining tonal pads and evolving atmospheres
  • 2,519 Samples (standard pcm wav).
  • 17 .nki files (unlocked format).
  • 1.56 GB installed.
  • 24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format.
  • Over 50 custom convolution reverb impulses.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 4.2.4 .nki and pcm .wav.

The sample library is available for introductory price of $39 USD through May 1st, 2013 (regular $49 USD). Requires Kontakt version 4.2.4+ full version.

More information: Soundiron / Bamblong

Soundiron launches Olympus Mike-Ro Solo sample library

Soundiron has announced Olympus Mike-Ro Solo, a vocal sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soundiron Olympus Mike-Ro Solo
Soundiron’s Olympus Mike-Ro Solo, an “ultra-premium virtuoso tenor solo vocal library” for NI Kontakt.

Actually, this is just a fun, yet totally functional micropack that shows a little of what goes on behind the scenes at Soundiron as we research new production and sampling methods. When you’re dragging a full choir into a hall to record, it’s generally a good idea to have an idea of what you want them to do before you roll tape. Soundiron’s official in-house trained monkey (Mike Peaslee) likes to fancy himself a singer, usually somewhere in the tenor range. Since he was sadly born without a sense of shame or decorum, he’s literally willing to do anything on command if somebody’s recording. So we tend to use him as a human guinea pig quite a bit.

What you’ll find here is a collection of 5 poly-sustain chants, with Latin and Slavonic Russian content, along with common vowel sustains (Ah, Eh, Oh, Oo) that we recorded during the production of our Olympus Symphonic Choir. These tests helped to inform our approach to editing, recording and programming for solo voice in a hall environment.

We’ve included a pair of improvised long Latin phrases based at 130 bpm and three common multi-syllabic Slavonic words taken from the Angelic Salutation, each recorded at 100 bpm. We include standard vowel sustains Ah, Eh, Oh and Oo. This mighty little solo tenor vocal library includes nearly 100 vocal samples and 180 MB of data. It also contains a couple of sweet-ass ambient and atmospheric bonus presets and radical special FX and room convolution impulses built right into the interface. Check out the solo demos by Sascha Knorr and Freewayland to hear some of that illbient vibe for yourself. It’s pretty sick. It also works great with Olympus Micro and any of our professional full-sized symphonic choir libraries.

The sample library is available to purchase for $4.99 USD.

More information: Soundiron / Olympus Mike-Ro Solo

Soundiron releases Electric & Acoustic Saz for Kontakt

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Soundiron has announced the release of the Electric & Acoustic Saz libraries, the first truly playable virtual Turkish Guitars designed for professional composers and exotic stringed instrument junkies.

Soundiron Electric Saz
These unique 5-stringed fretless hollow-body instruments from the streets of Turkey sound strikingly like guitars in certain ways, but with a very unique flavor and range of capabilities.

This pair of multi-sample libraries capture the total essence of both the Acoustic and Electric saz baglâma, with a full range of sustained plucks, palm mutes and chokes, true legato slide and release behavior, hand-slaps and more, with deep round-robin sampling per articulation on each string.

Our intuitive strum, arpeggiation, gliss, legato and performance controls allow exquisitely life-like fingering and emotive real-time articulation, whether you’re in the mood for intricate leads or just banging out strummed grooves and chord accompaniment in a single unified UI.

You’ll experience full control over each string, including key range, string selection, hammer-ons, pull-offs, legato and pluck type, all with key-switch support. Our unrivaled live strumming and chord generation tools can handle any style of lead or rhythm playing you throw at it. Each control can be fully automated by midi and we’ve designed several preset types to accommodate a variety of personal work-flows and preferences.

To put it simply, these libraries not only represent the most powerful ethnic stringed instrument libraries of their kind in the world – they deliver an unprecedented breakthrough in string instrument control solutions, flexibility and pure sound quality.

The sample libraries are available to purchase for the introductory price of $129 USD each through April 4th, 2013 (regular $149 USD). A bundle of both has an intro price of $199 USD (regular $229 USD).

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Soundiron updates Olympus Micro Choir to v2.0 + Demo Contest

Soundiron has announced version 2.0 of its Olympus Micro Choir, a major redesign which doubles the content and vastly expands the feature range of the choral instrument for Kontakt.

Soundiron Olympus Micro Choir
Olympus Choir Micro is a lightweight user-friendly simple choral instrument for musicians who just need the basics.

We’ve added a ton of new cutting edge UI features and capabilities, along with the new fast Russian Slavonic poly-sustain ‘Raduisya’ to go along with original slow Latin ‘Dominum’, both with optional tempo-synching for Kontakt 5. We’ve also added easy-to-use smooth ‘Ah’ ff and ‘Oo’ pp vowel sustain options and a new ‘Ah’ and ‘Oo’ short Staccato preset.

We’ve rolled in tons of great new GUI features from our more powerful flagship choir libraries, including dual-ensemble layering with independent controls that allow you to seamlessly blend between the different vowels and poly-sustains on the fly. The standard swell, attack, offset, release and release sample volume controls are there, but now you can stack two section layers together or smoothly cross-fade between them, customize their key ranges and freely sculpt performance settings on the fly.

We’ve also enhanced the legato system with smoother gliding and independent voicing for each divisi section, with phrase-synchronous legato for the poly-sustains and smoother gliss-style legato for the vowel sustains. You have control over speed, bend intensity and range. There’s now also a 3-band EQ with sweepable mid and an integrated convolution reverb engine with 10 special FX impulse options and 10 classic acoustic spaces to choose from.

The full master preset includes all poly-sustains and vowel sustains for both men and women in one unified interface, with customizable key range and performance controls for each section. The more focused Divisi men and women presets allow dual-voice melodic legato and cross-vowel morphing for bigger, more precise arrangements. We’ve streamlined the library and packed more power into every instrument to cut down the clutter and make them easier to navigate and use. You’ll also find brand new special atmospheric presets that take the choir in new creative directions, with custom FX control for each one tied to the modwheel.

Olympus Micro is available to purchase for $19.99 USD. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or later, full version.

Soundiron has also announced a demo contest for Olympus Micro.

The creators of the two best tracks that show off all of the new content and features in Olympus Micro 2.0 will be awarded their choice of either a copy of our Mercury Symphonic Boy’s Choir or a copy of our full Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection with Mars and Venus together! Just send us an mp3 by email or Soundcloud link of your submission by March 8th, 2013.

We’ll select the two best tracks that we feel go the deepest into Olympus Micro’s new content and capabilities and announce the two winners by March 15th.

More information: Soundiron / Olympus Micro Choir

Soundiron releases Musique Box for Kontakt

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Soundiron has announced the release of the Musique Box, a comprehensive collection of deeply multi-sampled music boxes with a huge range of extended content, powerful custom interface and cutting-edge performance features.

Soundiron Musique Box
The front panel includes sound selection, dynamic swelling, note attack, sample start offset, release gating, pitch shifting and key range control for two different instruments at a time.

We captured 11 different music boxes plus wind-up sfx, in a variety of environments and configurations, from bone dry, to concert hall, to submerged in a bathtub. We also manipulated the recordings to create a wide range of tonal and atmospheric sustains, pads, ambiences and special effect instruments, plus an array of 8 dynamic FX patches and another 10 custom presets to open up a wealth of creative possibilities right out of the box.

Our goal wasn’t to simply deliver the most comprehensive music box library possible, but to provide simply unmatched creative tools that turn these humble music boxes into heavy duty compositional power tools for custom tuned percussion design. Next to the Musique Box, the rest are just toys.

Musique Box features

  • 1680 Samples (standard pcm wav).
  • 16 .nki files (unlocked format).
  • 2.16 GB installed.
  • 24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 4/5 .nki and pcm .wav.
  • 70 Integrated Custom Convolution Reverb Impulses.

The Musique Box is available to purchase for the introductory price of $29 USD through Feb. 28th, 2013 (regular $49 USD).

More information: Soundiron / Musique Box

Soundiron updates Ambius 1: Transmissions to v2.0

Soundiron has released version 2.0 of Ambius 1: Transmissions, a uniquely nuanced textural and atmospheric fully playable organic synth and soundscape collection for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soundiron Ambius 1 Transmissions
Ambius 1 Transmissions features a hand-sculpted array of dark atmospheres, drones, pads and tonal sustains crafted from various real-world field recordings and acoustic instruments.

Ambius 1 Transmissions includes 352 long, evolving sound-scapes, deep pads, hypnotic drones and atmospheres and clocks in at nearly 2.8GB, but its freely mixable instrument design and shaping controls give you nearly infinite sonic possibility with just the twist of a few knobs.

The new upgrade builds on adaptive groove-building and inspiring tone and texture shaping features we engineered for our new Ambius 2 Systematik library.

Ambius 1 Transmissions costs $89 USD. Until February 12th, 2013, it has an introductory price of $69 USD. The update is free to existing Ambius 1 owners.

More information: Soundiron / Ambius 1: Transmissions