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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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XLN Audio releases Addictive Keys – Studio Grand, Modern Upright & Mark One

XLN Audio has announced the release of Addictive Keys, a collection of three virtual keyboard instruments.

Addictive Keys is a powerful tool for musicians, producers and songwriters, setting a new standard for virtual keyboard instruments. With its unique sound creation ability, smart workflow and fast loading times, Addictive Keys is suitable for any production style or music genre.

Mix and match different microphone perspectives, add professional effects and advanced envelopes to create truly unique sounds. Two years in the making, Addictive Keys is the ultimate blend of engineering, innovative design and creative expression. The standalone version is perfect for spontaneous jamming and live performances and the plug-in version support all major DAW hosts.

Addictive Keys features

  • Three instruments:
    • Studio Grand – a Steinway Model D grand piano
    • Modern Upright – Yamaha U3 upright piano
    • Mark One – a Fender Rhodes Mark I electric piano
  • Warm tone and unique sound.
  • Fast loading and workflow.
  • Mix and match microphone perspectives.
  • Production presets.
  • Creative and professional effects.
  • MyCloud – Work from anywhere.

The Addictive Keys Studio Collection (VST/AU/standalone) is available to purchase for 179 EUR. The instruments are also available separately; The Studio Grand is currently 49 EUR (regular 99 EUR), Modern Upright 99 EUR and the Mark One costs 79 EUR. The Addictive Keys engine is included in all offers.

In addition to the Studio Collection, a free version of the Studio Grand – with 3 of the 6 recorded microphone perspectives, 49 of the 88 keys (4 octaves) – offers customers a way to try out the Addictive Keys platform, with the possibility to add one or more instruments as the need arises.

More information: XLN Audio / Addictive Keys

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Cinesamples updates Piano in Blue for Kontakt

Cinesamples has announced the release of version 2 of Piano in Blue, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring a historic 1949 Steinway D piano.

Piano in Blue is an exceptional instrument with great history, and we are thrilled to announce some updates that make this piano sound even better, along with some options that allow you greater control.

Cinesamples Piano in Blue
The Steinway D Concert Grand featured in Piano in Blue was used in recordings at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios in the 50′s and 60′s, notably including Glenn Gould’s “Goldberg Variations” and “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis.

Changes in Piano in Blue 2

  • Latency – Added a Sample Start knob, which will allow you to cut into the sample by 20ms. This feature will remove the hammer and finger noise of the instrument.
  • Tape Sample Replacement – All the samples were re-recorded through a physical Studer tape machine, and all samples have been replaced in the tape setting
  • De-noising – Extensive de-noising of all Version 1 Direct samples. Additionally, noise from F4 Velocity 101-110 has been removed.
  • Velocity 90-110 – issues with this velocity being too quiet have been fixed.
  • Added CC11 (Expression) control.

The Piano in Blue library is available to purchase for $99 USD. Full version of Kontakt 4.2+ required.

More information: Cinesamples / Piano in Blue

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