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sun.io releases Dark Drones free sample pack

sun.io has introduced “Dark Drones”, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

sun.io Dark Drones

Dark Drones, great for a very dark cinematic effect. Heavy, gritty, dark. Well, just download and listen for yourself!

The instrument has 42 handcrafted drones. They are all around 1 minute in length and in Stereo. Hope you enjoy it, I love creating these patches.

The library is a free download (~190MB compressed). All samples were saved in the ‘NCW’ Lossless Sample Compression format to reduce file size.

More information: Dark Drones (download)

Sun.io releases Lighter Glitch – Free Kontakt sample pack

Sun.io’s Sasha van den Heetkamp has announced “Lighter Glitch”, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sun.io Lighter Glitch
Sampled sounds of lighters and matches for Native Instruments Kontakt.

So I was a little bored today. Instead of being a couch potato, I decided to sample a bunch of lighters and matches and make them a bit glitchy.

The result was pretty interesting, it makes a somewhat creepy atmospheric sound. A basic Arp is included.

The Lighter Glitch sample library for Kontakt 5+ (full version required) is a free download.

More information: Lighter Glitch (direct download, ~8.5 MB)

Sun.io releases free Pink Tambourine for Kontakt

Sun.io has announced Pink Tambourine, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sun.io Pink Tambourine
Free tambourine sample library for Kontakt.

This patch contains a sampled tambourine. It has 5 round robin layers, each containing 8 individual hits. This tambourine patch only works in the latest version of Kontakt.

Pink Tambourine features

  • Sampled Toca TCT10-PK 10 inch Colorsound Tambourine.
  • Recorded with Shure SM57 in Reaper at 16 bit 44.1Khz, through a LINE 6 UX2.

The sound library is a free download at Sun.io

sun.io releases free Jackson Pro Series guitar sample pack for Kontakt

Sasha van den Heetkamp of sun.io has released a free sample pack featuring the sounds of a Jackson Pro Series RR24 Rhoads electric guitar.

sun.io Jackson EMG
Jackson guitar instrument for NI Kontakt by sun.io.

This patch contains powerchords and palm-mutes sampled from a Jackson Pro Series guitar.

There are 9 round robin layers for each chord. All samples were recorded clean, This means
that you can add any effect -like distortion- yourself through the use of a plugin.

The patch works in Kontakt version 5.0.3 and upwards.

Sasha is currently working on sampling the whole instrument.

The sample pack is available to download at no cost (100 MB download).

sun.io releases Grasshopper free field recording sample pack

sun.io has released Grasshopper, a free sample pack for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of grasshoppers.

In August 2011 I went on a field recording trip to a local park called Sonsbeek in my hometown Arnhem. I’ve recorded a range of grasshoppers from a distance and very, very, very close by. Sounds easy, but it was really difficult to record them properly. It took me around 5 hours to obtain reasonable data for processing. All audio was recorded using the binaural technique.

sun.io Grasshopper
Recording location: the Sondsbeek park in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Grasshopper features

  • Recorded with:
    • MiniDisc MZ-R55.
    • Custom made binaural microphone.
    • Source: 44.1kHz re-sampled to 96kHz.
  • Kontakt patches:
    • Grasshopper Single – Single chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
    • Grasshopper Double – Double chirps of a grasshopper with 20 round (random) robin layers in mono.
    • Grasshopper Ambient Binaural – Sampled grasshoppers, streams, waterfall and other ambient sounds on location. Recorded in Binaural.

Download: Grasshopper (76.3 MB)

sun.io releases Sudden Sound Studio World Instruments for Kontakt

Sasha van den Heetkamp of sun.io wrote in to share the news of a free sample library for Kontakt, featuring 9 world instruments sampled by Greg Bossert.

Sudden Sound Studio World Instruments
Samples and images by Greg Bossert; Programming for Kontakt by Sasha van den Heetkamp

World Instruments for Kontakt features

  • Kenyan Sistrum – a forked rattle from Kenya. It’s about 16x5x1 inches, made of a natural forked branch. Two wires strung across the fork hold a number of rusty, flattened metal bottle caps, which act as jingles. Most of the samples are single hits, either short (with the rattle held vertically) or long (with the rattle at an angle). Sample 19 is long looped shake at no particular tempo.
  • Vietnamese Cricket (Sanh Sua) – a Sanh Sua, a frog/cricket noise maker from Vietnam. It’s about 11x6x2 inches, made of wood bound with cane and inlaid with abalone. It’s shaped somewhat like a pair of tongs; gently squeezing the handles pushes the two almond-shaped ends together, causing them to rattle against each other.
  • Ghanan Marimba – a simple 10 key marimba from Ghana. It’s about 26x16x8 inches, made of wood. The keys, which are relieved in the middle to bring out the fundemental, are attached to the frame/resonator with twine. This instrument lacks the usual gourd resonators, and was probably made for the tourist trade.Note that the given pitches are very approximate; while the instrument is reasonably in tune with itself, it is not at standard A=440 pitch.
  • India Hatheli – a jignle stick from India. It’s about 10x2x0.5 inches, made of wood with flat brass jingles. The samples include single sharp hits, some of which have multiple bounces of the jingles, as well as softer hits made by twisting the stick. There is also a digitally reversed sample, and a loop of 1/8 notes accented in 4/4 at 120 BPM.
  • Kenyan Box Rattle – a rectangular shaker or rattle from Kenya. It’s about 10x5x0.5 inches, made of reeds bound together with nylon thread, wooden end pieces, and probably filled with pebbles. Most of the samples are single hits, either short (with the rattle held vertically) or long (with the rattle at an angle for a rainstick-like effect). Samples 20 and 21 are long looped shakes at no particular tempo.
  • Kenyan Kpoko Kpoko – a double-ended wooden bell from Kenya. It’s about 15x3x2 inches, carved from a single piece of wood with two small clappers in each bell tied in place with wire.
  • Thailand Ching – a pair of small hand bells from Thailand. They are about 2x2x2 inches, and made of bronze. The ching is the timekeeper for traditional Thai ensembles (eg. pi phat or mahori). It plays a repeating pattern of alternating closed and open tones. In contrast to tradional European music, the accents (marked with the closed tone of the ching) are on the second and fourth beats in the measure, with the strongest emphasis on the fourth beat. This pattern usually starts slowly, with one “ching” per measure, and repeatedly doubles in speed as the piece progresses. This information on the ching comes from the essay “The Music of Thailand” by David Morton. The samples include open and closed strokes, as well as some longer open rings. There are also digitally reversed and looped tones. Note that the pitch is very close to a standard western “C”. Finally, there is a loop of the traditional pattern at 120 BPM.
  • Tongue Drum – offically the Catania Bass Bamboo Tong Drum. It’s made from a large half-cylinder of bamboo with a padauk top/keys. Note that the given pitches are approximate, due to the interaction between the tongues, the notes are more like chords with one tone slightly predominating.
  • Vietnamese Fish Scraper – a wooden scraper/rasp and woodblock from Vietnam. Stroking the stick along the “fins” on the fish’s back produces a slightly ascending noise somewhat like a frog. The stick stores neatly in the fish’s mouth. The samples include up and down strokes as well as some single hits. The pitch is approximately an “f”. Note that single hits and some of the scrapes work quite well as pitched sounds in a sampler.

The World Instruments for Kontakt sample library is available as a free download from sun.io here (9.26 MB).