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Digital Sound Factory releases Steinway & Yamaha Grand Pianos for Kontakt

Digital Sound Factory has announced the release of the Steinway Grand Piano and Yamaha Grand Piano for Native Instruments Kontakt 5+.

Digital Sound Factory Steinway Grand Piano
Digital Sound Factory’s Steinway Model L (5’10”) Grand Piano for Kontakt.

Steinway Pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, and beauty requiring up to one full year to handcraft. With a natural sounding wooden resonant tone and very long sustain, this Grand Piano contains over two gigabytes of pedal up, pedal down, key up, and pedal harmonics.

The Yamaha C7 (7’6″) is part of the Conservatory Concert Collection and is built using high quality materials and careful production process. This collection contains over two gigabytes of pedal up, pedal down, key up, and pedal harmonics.

The piano libraries are available to purchase for the introductory price of $39.95 USD each (regular $59.95 USD).

More information: Digital Sound Factory

Sonivox announces Vocalizer Pro vocal production synthesizer + Updates 5 virtual instruments

Sonivox has announced Vocalizer Pro Vocal Production Synthesizer, the next-generation version of the amazing Vocalizer MIDI-controlled audio effect.

Sonivox Vocalizer Pro
Sonivox Vocalizer Pro Vocoder Musical Instrument for PC and Mac.

Vocalizer Pro brings a harmonic/melodic voice to any audio input, thus vocalizing the sound. Simply singing or speaking—or any type of vocalizing—can intuitively create deep and complex musical results. The patented technology delivers unparalleled signal processing, advanced vocoding, and powerful re-synthesis. In addition, Vocalizer Pro allows the creation of simple or complex vocal harmonies that can extend far beyond the natural limitations of the voice. Vocalizer Pro is excellent for processing any type of percussive or melodic audio track. One preset has the ability of producing thousands of different results. This is because Vocalizer Pro is not just for vocals.

“I’m more excited about what the end user is going to do with this, because I know what I can do with it,” according to Jason Jordan, Head of Soundware, Sonivox. “I can’t even fathom what someone else is going to come up with. The sheer number of sound design possibilities is near infinite.”

Vocalizer Pro features

  • Revolutionary MIDI-controlled audio effect.
  • Unparalleled vocoding, re-synthesis and signal processing from subtle to mind-blowing.
  • Expanded controls including FFT audio processing suite.
  • Pitch shift, formant, improved frequency control and spreading.
  • Two rows of performance pads extend playability and live performance control.
  • Standalone, AU, VST, and RTAS.
  • 32 and 64-bit.

Sonivox has also updated five of their most popular Virtual Instruments to include an integrated patch browser and native 64-bit support.

Updated instruments and improvements include:

  • Wobble 2.0 Dubstep Grime Generator
    • Quickly create customized dubstep bass and synth sounds.
    • New: Improved step-sequencer graphics.
    • New: Easy on/off control of parameter modulation.
    • New: Integrated patch browser.
    • New: Native 64-bit.
    • Standalone, AU, VST, and RTAS.
  • TWIST 2.0 Spectral Morphing Synthesizer
    • Ethereal sound design instrument.
    • New: Improved step-sequencer graphics.
    • New: Easy on/off control of parameter modulation.
    • New: Additional envelopes and modulation control.
    • New: Integrated patch browser.
    • New: Native 64-bit.
    • Standalone, AU, VST, and RTAS.
  • Eighty Eight Ensemble Grand Piano Virtual Instrument
    • Exceptional embodiment of the Steinway 9’ D “Practice” Piano.
    • Layered patches featuring piano with strings, pads, or choir.
    • Adjustable split patches with bass, piano and lead instrumentation.
    • New: Updated user interface.
    • New: Improved EQ control and new reverb.
    • New: Integrated patch browser.
    • New: Native 64-bit.
    • Standalone, AU, VST, and RTAS.
  • Big Bang Drums 2.0 Flagship Drum Instrument
    • Meticulously sampled custom SJC drum kit.
    • Multi-velocity, multi-take round robin.
    • SONiVOX Intelligent Rhythm Control™ technology.
    • New: Updated user interface.
    • New: Five new drum kits.
    • New: Integrated patch browser.
    • New: Native 64-bit.
    • Standalone, AU, VST, and RTAS.
  • Big Bang Cinematic 2.0 Percussion Instrument
    • Over 200 percussion patches.
    • SONiVOX Intelligent Rhythm Control™ technology.
    • New: Updated user interface.
    • New: Patches.
    • New: Integrated patch browser.
    • New: Native 64-bit.
    • Standalone, AU, VST, and RTAS.

These Version 2 releases will be available as a free download to all registered customers.

More information: Sonivox

Soundiron releases Ambius 2: Systematik + Deals on drum & piano libraries

Soundiron has announced the release of Ambius 2: Systematik, a 4.9GB beast of an organic synth collection built on adaptive groove-building and inspiring tone and texture shaping features.

Soundiron Ambius 2 Systematik
The foundation of Ambius 2 is Soundiron’s Instrument Designer system, which allows you to combine a range of tuned percussive attack samples with a broad variety of richly detailed sustaining pads and leads.

Ambius 2: Systematik represents a huge new step forward in our quest to build a truly flexible and adaptive sample based atmospheric synth.

We wanted a broad collection of richly nuanced flavors with the ability to freely layer, blend and reshape a wide mix of percussive, tonal and textural elements into custom multi-layered dynamic and evolving instruments. We wanted a unified and powerful interface to combine detailed performance and tone shaping controls with a wide pallet of experimental and environmental convolution effects. We wanted a built-in tempo-locking step-sequenced filter and LFO engine that could be adapted to just about any other GUI control parameter on the fly without missing a beat. Ambius 2 is all of that and much more.

To celebrate the release of Ambius 2 Systematik, Soundiron is offering a $30 discount on the price and offering some amazing deals on Apocalypse Percussion, Cymbology, The Struck Grand and our Montclarion Hall Steinway until December 21st, 2012.

More information: Soundiron / Ambius 2: Systematik

Time+Space launches Festive Bundles

Time+Space has announced a number of Festive Bundles.

Time+Space Festive Bundles

The season of goodwill has well and truly arrived at Time+Space HQ as the UK’s largest soundware distributor announces its festive bundles and deals for 2012.

Highlights include…

  • Free iLok with Synthogy Ivory II pianos – start tinkling those ivories straight away with this great bundle deal.
  • Toontrack EZkeys and Sound Expansion Bundle – two EZkeys pianos for just £129.00!
  • 25% off The Producer’s Manual and The Secrets of House Music Production – swat up on your music making knowledge and skills with these useful books from Sample Magic.
  • 50% off all Toontrack SDX expansion packs – get extra kits for your Superior Drummer at only £54.95 each.
  • Free Garritan Basic Steinway worth £99.95 when you buy the Garritan Ultimate Collection.
  • iZotope Creative Bundle only £379 – save over £200 with everything you need for inspiring adventures in audio manipulation.
  • The Ultimate Dance Collection – nine top quality Sample Magic titles for just £99.95 – that’s a saving of over £200!
  • Zero-G sample library bundles – Disco, Sound Design, House and Hip Hop bundles with savings of up to £117!

Still stuck for ideas? Why not buy a Time+Space gift voucher and let them pick out their own plugins?

More information: Time+Space

Cinematique Instruments Grand 3P piano for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has introduced the Grand 3P, a sample library for Kontakt based on the famous Steinway A grand piano, a wonderful piano with a powerful and a warm sound.

Cinematique Instruments Grand 3P
Cinematique Instruments’ Steinway A sound library for NI Kontakt.

The Grand 3P is a very versatile instrument with a lot of fantastic opportunities. You´ll find it perfectly suitable for film scores, classical music and contemporary pop as well as virtually any other music style that requires a great sounding piano.

In order to build a versatile and complex instrument there are many editing options. Besides regular tools such as reverb (with 5 different types), delay, speaker simulation and a four-band EQ there are some outstanding features available. This includes the Soft Vel, the Tone, the Bottom and the key option. The key option gives you the ability to choose between the different mic positions and microphones that were used in the original recording session.

Inside the Grand (Gefell MV691), outside the Grand (pair of Neumann KM149) and in the room (pair of Neumann KM184) – all notes recorded with 9 velocity layer. This will let you decide about the amount of close miking and natural ambiance you want to use in your production.

The Grand 3P comes with 20 different presets divided in the 3 categories ‘Cinematique’, ‘Natural’ and ‘Effect’ which gives you the ability to quickly dial your favourite sounds for your own music.

Grand 3P is available to purchase for 58 EUR.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Grand 3P

Gospel Musicians announces Acousticsamples Acoustic Pianos for Yamaha Motif XS/XF

Acousticsamples Piano Collection

Gospel Musicians has partnered with Acousticsamples to release five new acoustic pianos for Yamaha Motif XS/XF synthesizer workstations.

We all love the advent of computer music and the idea of taking a laptop to a gig with you, but there is still something to be said for hardware. Imagine having the reliability of hardware, at the same time, having the same detail, precision, and clarity of a plugin.

AcousticsampleS, in partnership with Gospel Musicians are now bringing the most realistic, organic, and playable grand piano sounds ever created for the Yamaha Motif XS and XF keyboards. With no loops and natural sustain, all 5 pianos have a distinct sound and character that will make you fee like you are playing a real acoustic piano.

Acoustic Pianos for Yamaha Motif XS/XF

  • 5 acoustic pianos by Acousticsamples
    • B-Piano Upright, an old, out of tune, mechanically imperfect but still usable upright piano.
    • A-Piano Grand piano,an old French Gaveau piano. Gaveau was a French piano manufacturer. The company was established in 1847 in Paris and used to be one of the three largest piano makers in France (after Érard and Pleyel). This particular piano was build in 1960 and is refereed to as a “crapaud” (“Petite Grand” in English), which means that it’s a little smaller than a “quart de queue” (baby grand). It has a very particular sound, very bright and full of “inharmonicity” in the bass due to the short length of the strings.
    • Kawai-EX Pro sample Library, a powerful and bright 9-foot (276cm) Kawai EX concert grand piano that used to be in the Kennedy center in Washington DC.
    • Academic Grand, a 1963 Steinway D concert grand which has seen countless recitals and concerts over the years where it served as the University of Arkansas’ primary concert instrument.
    • Old Black Grand, an old Pleyel Grand Piano (F-71240 model from 1928) with vintage gear like a Studer console and tube microphones, it has the rich and warm sound of the old jazz/blues or even classical music recordings.
  • 3-Velocity layers per piano.
  • Full sustain notes (no looping).
  • Release Notes.
  • Separate volume assignments for release and sustain sounds.
  • Fits on 512MB RAM or Flash.
  • 44kHz/16-bit Stereo Samples.

The libraries are available to purchase for the introductory price of $49.99 USD each (regular $99.99 USD), or in a bundle of all five for $199.99 USD (regular $299.99 USD) until November 5th, 2012.

More information: Gospel Musicians / AS Piano Collection

Sound Magic Piano Thor updated to v1.5 for Mac

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Piano Thor

Sound Magic has announced Mac version 1.5 of its Piano Thor virtual Steinway piano instrument.

This is the sound of the piano “Thor” developed from the most famous Steinway piano – perhaps the most famous grand piano – in history. This is the Steinway D numbered CD443, the piano that Vladimir Horowitz loved most. The CD443, Mr. Horowitz’s last piano, was selected by the artist for his own personal home use. When he was first introduced to this instrument, Mr. Horowitz had reservations about the piano’s action (which was rather heavy) but came to love the instrument so much that, when he briefly considered concertizing in 1989, he planned to take the CD443 with him. This piano was used for recording sessions made at his home in both 1988 and 1989.

Piano Thor featured an amazing dynamic range which other pianos were hard pressed to compete with. It had more “bite” when it was played really hard but it produced a soft, singing tone when played softly. And Steinway’s famous singing tone and bell like sympathetic resonances made it a truly great piano. This vast dynamic contrast and its lighting fast response won this superb instrument the name “Thor”, the Norse god of storms and thunder.

Changes in Piano Thor v1.5

  • Add Audience Mic Position.
  • Add Key Release Modeling.
  • Add String Resonance.
  • Adjust Dynamic.
  • Many Minor Changes.

Piano Thor for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 129 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Piano Thor

Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D now shipping at Time+Space

Time+Space has announced it is now shipping the American Concert D, Synthogy’s most detailed Ivory II piano to date.

Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D
The piano was recorded in the Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall at Le Domaine Forget in the Charlevoix region of Quebec where Synthogy has captured every nuance in precise detail to deliver a sumptuous sound and a sublime playing experience.

The 1951 New York Steinway D with its exceptionally pure and clear tone and a remarkably expressive dynamic range is lauded by some of the world’s greatest concert artists and Synthogy has exquisitely captured every nuance of this piano for the newest addition to the critically acclaimed Ivory II family.

Delivering a sublime playing experience with a truly stunning sound, Ivory II American Concert D, with its 49GB library, is Synthogy’s largest single piano to date boasting even more detail with up to 20 velocity levels, more soft pedal samples and more release samples. What’s more, the American Concert D possesses a naturally long sustain, which is captured in its entirety to the final decay with some of the notes ringing longer than two minutes.

If you’re looking for a rich, classic concert sound or simply want to expand your palette of Ivory II pianos, the American Steinway Concert Grand is the clear choice.

Powered by the award-winning Ivory II engine, American Concert D contains the full breadth of Ivory II’s award winning features including the acclaimed Harmonic Resonance Modelling for the realisation of true Sympathetic String Resonance. Custom designed by Synthogy, this technology does not rely upon triggering additional samples or use ordinary sine waves. Rather, notes struck that are harmonically related excite the actual complex overtones of the notes that are being held, in the same manner that undamped strings resonate in a real acoustic piano. Together with the new American Concert D samples, the results are simply stunning, the culmination of Synthogy’s most powerful technology, with their most advanced sampling techniques.

Ivory II: American Concert D is a free-standing Virtual Instrument, which can run as a plug-in or standalone so no previous version of Ivory is required. Or, for existing Ivory II users, Ivory II: American Concert D will install directly into the existing Ivory II library, giving access to all of Ivory II´s pianos and features from one great interface.

“I try not to play favorites, but this might be the best piano we’ve ever done,” says Joe Ierardi, co-founder of Synthogy. “Of course, producing it for George Taylor´s brilliant Ivory II engine was added incentive to exceed all of our previous standards.”

The Ivory II American Concert D is available to purchase for an RRP of £139 GBP / 165 EUR.

More information: Time+Space / Ivory II American Concert D