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Organic Loops releases Real Strings Vol.4 – Hip Hop sample library

Organic Loops has released Real Strings Vol.4 – Hip Hop, a collection of real string samples by Pete Whitfield.

Organic Loops Real Strings Vol 4 Hip Hop

Real Strings 4 – HipHop is the brand new sample pack of quality scored string ensembles by Pete Whitfield. These authentic samples were recorded in Pete’s studio where he records real strings for major labels, TV companies and radio/media companies as a highly sought after arranger, in fact the strings for Kanye West’s Track, To The World were recorded by Pete and so you can guarantee you are in for a treat with Real Strings Vol4 Hip Hop.

Now is your chance to ditch those cheesy keyboard workstation string sounds and drop the real deal into your productions, with every nuance and feel that comes from a live performance, these string samples will raise your productions and give you hands on control of powerful, emotive String ensembles that could launch you into the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame!

Real Strings Vol.4 – Hip Hop features

  • 249 full loops, 72 phrase loops + 321 REX2 files (716MB content).
  • Recorded in 24bit/44.1 kHz, at tempos between 75-100 bpm in minor and modal keys.
  • Each file is tempo, and key labelled with extra descriptions including things like flowing, pizz, pulsing, rhythm, riff, bold, simple, disco, classical etc. Loops are also identified as ‘full’ or stripped down versions – ‘high’ or ‘low’.
  • Includes 12 scores in MIDI, PDF and Sibelius formats.
  • Apple Loops version sold separately.

The sample library is available from Loopmasters for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Organic Loops / Real Strings Vol.4 – Hip Hop

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Native Instruments releases Action Strings — Kontakt string orchestra by Dynamedion

Native Instruments has introduced ACTION STRINGS, a phrase-based instrument featuring a 60-piece string orchestra.

Native Instruments Action Strings

Running in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT PLAYER, ACTION STRINGS delivers driving string phrases and short motifs with an extremely natural and expansive sound. The flexible instrument provides producers of all skill levels with a inspiring resource for adding drama and movement to film and game scores, as well as rock, pop and urban tracks.

Performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague, Action Strings provides producers with over 14GB of musical phrases, carefully sampled by renowned score production company Dynamedion. The orchestra is made up of a high ensemble featuring 22 violins, eight violas and six cellos, as well as a low ensemble containing ten violas, eight cellos and six basses. The phrases range from basic rhythmic patterns to intricate melodies, each recorded live in every key, and in two dynamic levels.

With ACTION STRINGS, these phrases become playable and adaptable to any project. Producers of any expertise level can instantly create ‘big screen’ orchestral results, selecting phrases with the left hand while controlling chords, melodies and tonality with the right. Created with ease of use and flexibility at the forefront, ACTION STRINGS allows for blending between dynamic levels via the mod wheel, and simple switching of the harmonic patterns to minor or major via velocity level.

All of the over 150 phrases are organized into themes of five, with five additional custom slots available. All slots can be assigned or changed easily via the phrase browser, with every phrase being playable in all keys. The phrases are selectable via keyswitch and can be played in trigger mode or synced to the ’1′ of a host software’s tempo. Utilizing KONTAKT’s Time-Machine Pro time stretching algorithm, tempo can be adjusted in real time, allowing for the creative use of effects such as Ritardando or Rallentando.

ACTION STRINGS was created by Dynamedion – soundtrack composition specialists renowned for their work in the European computer game market. High profile projects such as Halo Legends, Call of Duty 4 and Battleforge games – as well as movie trailer scores for The Last King of Scotland, The Bourne Ultimatum and 10,000 B.C. – have won the company numerous prizes and music awards in the past decade.

The Action Strings library for Kontakt 5 and the free KONTAKT PLAYER is available to purchase for $339 USD / 299 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Action Strings

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AudioThing Strings sample library for Iris and Kontakt released

AudioThing Strings

AudioThing has announced the release of Strings, a sound library for iZotope Iris and Native Instruments Kontakt.

Strings is a collection of sampled string instruments processed through the incredible features of iZotope Iris to get a wide range of new sounds. This soundset includes synths, pads, soundscapes, drones, and many effects derived from strings samples. The sampled instruments were a Tenayo AutoHarp, a Romanian Toy Harp, a Baton Rouge Soprano Ukulele, a Chinese Violin, and a Squier Bass. The modulation wheel is assigned to different parameters in each patch.

The Kontakt version is a collection of sampled string instruments ported from the Iris sampleset.

Strings features

  • 50 Paches/Instruments
  • 44.1kHz / 24Bit Samples
  • 145 MB (Kontakt) / 94 MB (Iris)

Strings for Iris and Kontakt is available to purchase for the introductory price of $12 USD until September 14th, 2012 (regular $15 USD).

More information: AudioThing / Strings

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Impact Soundworks releases Plectra Series 2: Highland Harps for Kontakt

Impact Soundworks Highland Harps

Impact Soundworks has released Highland Harps, a new Plectra Series sample library featuring a collection of stringed instruments.

Continuing our Plectra Series of plucked, picked and strummed string instruments from around the world comes this collection of traditional folk harps!

Featuring the lyre, lap harp, and celtic harp, this KONTAKT 4 sample library evokes images of the Irish countryside, Appalachian splendor, tall tales and a heart mug of mead beside a crackling fire. The intimate, close-miced sound is ideal for traditional, folk, medieval and Renaissance music as well as modern scores in any number of styles.

Highland Harps features

  • Lyre, celtic harp and lap harp recorded across 14 ‘Natural’ patches.
  • 2.28gb of NCW-compressed samples.
  • Dry, intimate recordings suitable for a variety of styles.
  • Plucks, hammered playing, harmonics.
  • Traditional bow and ebowed, percussion and glissandi.
  • 10 ‘Designed’ patches with pads/ambiance and plucked-style sounds.
  • Scripted interface for easy tweaking, effects and humanization.
  • Kontakt 4+ format.

The sample library is available to purchase for $49 USD. A bundle of Plectra Series 1 (8-string Acoustic Bouzouki) and 2 costs $79 USD.

More information: Impact Soundworks / Highland Harps

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Neocymatics intros Hybrid Strings – Solo and section strings for Kontakt

Neocymatics Hybrid Strings

Neocymatics has announced Hybrid Strings, a virtual string instrument library for Native Instrument Kontakt.

After a long period of detailed research, development and fine-tuning Neocymatics is proud to announce the release of Hybrid Strings, a Kontakt Library that will bring a new perspective to VST Strings.

The purpose of Hybrid Strings is to serve as a Solo String Library but also as a Section one. Our aim was to achieve the highest playability and expressiveness possible in real time, with no compromise in quality or diversity.


Demonstration of Neocymatics’ Hybrid Strings library for Kontakt 5: Lord of the Rings.

Hybrid Strings features

  • Crystal-clear Audio Quality, Ultra Dry Sound with full control over Room/Air.
  • Dynamic Amplitude Sound Shaping, controlled through Breath Controller/Expression Pedal or any Midi CC of your choice.
  • True Legato Performance – Realistic Trills.
  • Bow-Change simulation.
  • Real-time portamento/glissando with variable Finger-String contact and full control over portamento time.
  • Fully controlled real-time Vibrato with variety of techniques/intensity.
  • Fully controlled String Resonances/Harmonics for every note.
  • Formant-correct realistic Pitch-Bend action.
  • Real-time control over Attack Dynamics for both monophonic and polyphonic playing.
  • Increased playability with only 3 articulations to cover the full range of playing techniques (staccato, spiccato, legato, pizzicato, tremolo, portamento, polyphonic playing) in only 1 patch per instrument.
  • FX Processor tweaked for every instrument respectively, with assignable controllers for real-time sound morphing.
  • 30 custom Impulse Responses that will truly transform your sound, ranging from Short Spaces and Early Reflections to Huge Halls and Concert Stages, all recorded at 96 kHz.
  • Individual Note Microtuning with 200 cents range, including 22 ready presets of Byzantine Sounds, Middle Eastern Scales, Arabic Maqams and Miscellaneous Tunings (Pythagorean, Just Intonation etc) – Ability to transpose every Tuning to any Base Note. All Tunings use precision of 2 decimal numbers.

The Hybrid Strings library for Kontakt 5 (requires full version) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 249 EUR until August 1st, 2012.

More information: Neocymatics

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Vienna Symphonic Library releases Vienna Special Edition Vol. 3 & 4

VSL Special Edition Vol 3 and 4

Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of two new collections for the Vienna Special Editions, its entry-level orchestra packages.

The Vienna Special Editions offer a large-scale orchestra and more at your fingertips, in resource-saving, affordable packages. They are available in four BUNDLES, six COLLECTIONS and 14 individual instrument SECTIONS (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion & More, Keyboards & Guitars) that may be purchased separately.

New Vienna Special Edition libraries

  • Special Edition Vol 3 (“Appassionata & Muted Strings”) – Apart from the lush and cinematic Appassionata Strings with a wide variety of playing techniques in normal and muted variations, the Special Edition Volume 3 focuses on “con sordino“ (muted) recordings of the Solo Strings and Chamber Strings. Additionally, you’ll find an alternative Harp to the one included in the Special Edition Volume 1. All instruments include Vienna Symphonic Library’s famed Legato Performances – real note transitions, smoothly and authentically performed by the algorithms of the Vienna Instruments software player.
  • Special Edition Vol 4 (“Special Winds & Choir”) features 15 woodwind and brass instruments that are not included in the Special Edition Volumes 1–3, such as the “Fanfare Trumpets” (a powerful ensemble of 6 trumpets), bass flute and contrabass clarinet. What’s more, the most important articulations of our Vienna Choir are included, covering the full range of the human voice with soprano, alto, tenor and bass ensembles. Add another dimension and a very human touch to your music, especially to your orchestral scores!

The new Special Edition collections are available to purchase at the introductory price of 325 EUR (Vol 3) and 245 EUR through June 15, 2012.

More information: Vienna Symphonic Library / Special Edition Collection

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Cinematic Strings 2.0 sample library for Kontakt released

Alex Wallbank has announced the release of Cinematic Strings 2.0, a string instruments sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematic Strings 2.0 is a completely redesigned and updated version of the original library. Whilst retaining the warm luscious tones produced in the world class Verbrugghen Hall of the Sydney Conservatorium, the new version features a sleek new interface and even smoother legato.

Because Cinematic Strings was created to meet the needs of working composers in today’s film, television and video game industries, our focus has been to maximise both efficiency and authenticity. With this in mind it provides a realistic mockup tool, and an inspiring instrument – which will save you from all the hassle and wasted time spent tweaking parameters, modifying CC data, or applying drastic EQ and reverb effects to emulate the sound you’re after.

Cinematic Strings 2.0 features

  • Brand New Interface – Thanks to the cutting edge GUI, Cinematic Strings is incredibly easy to use. Loading and unloading articulations, assigning keyswitches, adjusting the microphone balance using the new mixer, and controlling a built-in reverb are all just a click or two away.
  • New Legato Engine – Real legato transitions were sampled for Cinematic Strings. The new legato engine is designed to be more authentic and efficient, allowing the transitions to be integrated seamlessly into your melodies. This is made possible by the advanced scripting system that adjusts the dynamics and timbre automatically while you play. The new engine compensates for your playing speed automatically, so that when you play fast, shorter more natural legato transitions are triggered.
  • New “Mix” Microphone Position – Cinematic Strings utilises three microphone positions – close, stage, and room. Mixing these three together will allow you to take advantage of the deep concert hall warmth captured in the recordings. Additionally, you can achieve a full sound while saving on computer resources by using the new “mix” microphone position.
  • Compatible with the free Kontakt 5 Player – Cinematic Strings 2.0 is now Kontakt Player 5 compatible, meaning it will work as a standalone product without the need to purchase any additional 3rd party software.
  • Other features and enhancements:
    • Controllable vibrato using a MIDI CC (user selectable).
    • 4 dynamic layers for all articulations.
    • All common articulations sampled: Sustains (with and without vibrato), Tremolo, Trills (half and whole tone), Staccato, Pizzicato (with Bartok Snap).
    • Specialised ‘Runs’ mode for creating realistic fast string runs.
    • 4 x Round Robin samples for all short notes – essential for realistic repeated notes.
    • Repacked using Native Instruments lossless compression algorithm to reduce per-sample footprint.
    • New staccatissimo samples – for when you need that extra bit of nimbleness!.
    • User-adjustable short note lengths.
    • Built-in algorithmic reverb, adjustable from main GUI page.
    • Intelligent controllable vibrato. The system doesn’t enable vibrato samples unless you move the controller – this saves resources if you’re not using this feature.
    • Selectable high and low playing positions – controlled via GUI control or velocity sensitive keyswitch.

Cinematic Strings 2.0 is available to purchase for $499 USD.

More information: Cinematic Strings

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