Soundiron has announced the release of Phonautograms v2.0, an upgraded and expanded collection of atmospheric instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.
This historic instrument is drawn from some of mankind’s earliest known sound recordings, drawn from archival source carefully restored by First Sounds. Based on inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s 1860 “Gamme de la Voix” vocal scale recording, this collection features playable vintage chromatic sustains, as well as newly crafted modern sound-designed creative ambient and electro-percussive content.
For the new version we’ve expanded the sample content by tenfold and added a custom Kontakt user interface that features automatable dynamic volume swelling, note attack, note release, sample start offset and pitch transposition. We also added nearly 200 MB of new ambient material crafted from the source in the form of 31 synths, evolving soundscapes and dark atmospheres. We also created a variety of newly resynthesized percussive hits and FX from the source, building a unique kit with 41 electro kicks, snares, hats, toms and fx. Our custom DSP effects rack is also featured for Kontakt, featuring customizable distortion, EQ, filter, delay and much more. The convolution reverb effect contains 70 custom-recorded environmental and FX impulse responses.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $5 USD until December 25th, 2013 (regular $10 USD). During this sale, a free copy of the special edition Sleighbells multisample library (283 MB) is included with a purchase of Phonautograms.
More information: Soundiron / Phonautograms
Leap Into The Void has released Enchantment Of Absynth Vol. 1, a soundset for the Absynth synthesizer instrument by Native Instruments.
Enchantment Of Absynth is about organic expression. Soundscapes that evolve like they have a life of their own. Lead sounds that sense and react to every little nuance of your playing. Bass sounds that will bite anything, should you want them too.
You’ll find evolving pads, tempo-synced soundscapes, darkness, ominum and distortion, percussive sounds, synthetic physical models of acoustic instruments yet to be invented, and more. A total of 110 Absynth presets.
Suited for anything organic, be it electronica, film music, dark ambient, contemporary art-music, progressive rock, minimalism, metal, jazz, pop, games production, drum & bass, etc.
The soundset costs 29.95 EUR. Through January 12th, 2014, it is available for 17.97 EUR when using discount code LIVEOA40 at checkout.
More information: Leap Into The Void / Enchantment Of Absynth Vol. 1
Arte Nuovo has launched a Christmas Sale, offering up to 30% off its soundsets for the Zebra wireless modular synthesizer by u-he and Reveal Sound’s Spire synthesizer instrument.
Arte Nuovo soundset
- e-motion for Reveal Sound Spire, a soundset filled with 128 wonderful, emotional, evolving, from deep & warm to icy thin, out of the box production ready pads. Additional sounds include a variety of really useful keys, bass and lead, plucked instruments and drum sounds.
- Padsheaven for u-he Zebra features 96 expressive, evolving, moving synth pads, both uplifting, light and airy as well as warm, deep, dramatic mysterious and icy, and 32 carefully selected keys, leads, plucked instruments, drums & basses.
- Padsheaven 2 for u-he Zebra is the continuation of the successful padsheaven, a brand new collection of lyrical, dramatic pads, effects and soundscapes and much more from a multiple golden and platinum record owner composer.
Individual soundsets are on sale for $20 USD each (regular $25 USD), the bundle of Padsheaven and Padsheaven 2 is $35 USD (regular $45 USD). The sale ends January 5th, 2014.
More information: Arte Nuovo
ADSR Sounds has announced Film Score, a sample library featuring 270+ sounds by Premier Sound Bank.
Whether you are preparing to score a film, or simply enjoy incorporating live orchestral instruments into your music, our Film Score sound pack serves as a great tool to apply to your productions.
With a total of 273 sounds included, we provide you with the building blocks needed to create the highest quality film scores and orchestral sessions possible.
We stock you up with everything from elaborate horn sections and emotional string arrangements, to ambient samples and cutting edge sound effects.
Film Score features
- 273 sounds in WAV format (24bit/44.1kHz).
- Includes 21 Horn Samples, 21 Trombone Samples, 14 Trumpet Samples, 21 Tuba Samples, 42 Violin Strings, 14 Bass Strings, 14 Cello Strings, 21 Viola Strings, 35 Soundscapes, 20 Ambient Samples, 50 Cutting-edge Sound Effects.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $22 USD.
More information: ADSR Sounds / Film Score
Luftrum has announced an update to its Luftrum 9 soundset for the Diva virtual analog synthesizer by u-he.
All arpeggios in Luftrum 9 are now assigned to the integrated arpeggiator in DIVA and included are 10 extra variations of some chosen Arp presets, so Luftrum 9 now contains 74 presets in total.
The new update of Luftrum 9 is sent out to all customers.
Luftrum 9 features
- 74 presets ranging from smooth ambients pads to gentle arpeggios, berlin school sequences and synth emulations inspired by Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Royksopp and Jean Michel Jarre.
- 21 Ambient Pads.
- 19 Arpeggios + 10 variations.
- 15 Synths.
- 4 Soundscapes.
- 3 Sound Effects.
- 2 Strings.
- All arpeggios are assigned to the arpeggiator in DIVA v1.3.
The soundset costs $23 USD. Until December 31st, 2013, a 50% discount code can be found on the Luftrum website.
More information: Luftrum / Luftrum 9
Time+Space has announced the release of Critical Mass – Audioscapes by Zero-G and Xfonic, the latest addition to the impressive line-up of award winning cinematic sample libraries created by the same producer of Dark Skies and Alien Skies.
Critical Mass provides you with a vast expanse of new and experimental sound materials with themes ranging from chilling deep space horror all the way through to sumptuous heavenly atmospheres. It has been designed to suit all the needs of professional audio-video producers such as TV, cinema & game score composers and also EDM music producers who want to add a unique twist to their tracks.
In addition to hundreds of atmospheres, soundscapes, textures, hits, stingers, pads and FX there are 30 production kits which present the sounds within short, musical/sound design ‘cues’ to inspire your imagination – experiment by mixing and matching the sounds in the various Kits to create unique and interesting fusions!
Critical Mass Audioscapes features
- 700+ Acidized WAV files.
- 700+ AIFF Apple Loops.
- 750 Kontakt Instruments.
- 750 EXS24 Instruments.
- 750 NN-XT Instruments.
Critical Mass is available to purchase (download and 2-disc DVD set) for RRP £59.95 GBP/€74.95 EUR. A purchase of the library at Time+Space before December 16th will include Zero-G’s Ambiosis sample library download for free (£30.95 GBP value).
More information: Time+Space / Critical Mass
Patchpool has announced Sonic Cinema, a sound library for the HALion 5 instrument from Steinberg.
This sound library comprises dozens of cinematic soundscapes, evocative pads and musical textures designed for producing epic soundtracks, ambient music and anything that needs inspiring sonic ingredients beyond the ordinary.
Sonic Cinema also contains dark cinematic brass instruments made with/derived from sampled instruments like the sousaphone, trombone, euphonium and french horn which were exclusively recorded for this library, mainly in a dry studio environment. Some of the french horn recordings were conducted in a church.
The patches will combine HALions outstanding granular engine, the normal sampling mode and the very versatile synth module. Eight Macros and the Modwheel are programmed for each preset to enable the user to deeply interact with the sounds, some patches also use Aftertouch, Sphere-modulation, FlexPhrasers and keyswitches.
The library will be distributed as a protected HALion sound-archive for the sample content and tagged vst3-presets.
The soundset will comprise ~100 presets (2.5 to 3GB of samples) and is scheduled for release in January 2014. A pre-order of the library is now available for 44 EUR, a 20% discount on the regular price of 55 EUR.
More information: Patchpool / Sonic Cinema