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Tonehammer releases Tabla Vol. 2 “Multi”

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Tonehammer Tabla Vol. 2 Multi

Tonehammer has released Tabla Vol. 2 “Multi”, the most comprehensive multi-sampled Tabla in the history of sampling.

Our goal with this collection was to capture a extraordinarily comprehensive range of tabla articulations, designed to provide the most realistic, high-fidelity, playable and dynamic tabla multi-sample instrument ever attempted.

This library was recorded close and dry, in a medium wood and masonry studio. We covered every classical tabla articulation and a variety of variants and creative alternatives for maximum flexibility. We’ve also developed custom performance control and pitch stepping functionality, further expanding the musical potential of this library and allowing it to incorporate seamlessly with our companion library, Tonehammer Tablas Vol. 1: Loops. You’ll also find a broad set of special effect and tuned melodic programs and mutations, as well as a mighty set of brand new morphable ambient drone instruments, crafted and sculpted from the heavily manipulated raw source recordings. This collection also features basic EXS support and a variety of other special features.

Tabla Vol. 2 “Multi” features

  • Studio (dry) recorded tablas.
  • 14 unique tabla articulations, 20 unique bayan articulations and bend variation types, 10 unique tabla-bayan combo articulations.
  • Deep programming and scripting features providing unparalleled realism and playability.
  • Custom re-tuning and playability UI controls, with instant automation support.
  • Tunable traditional and realistic performance modes.
  • Large collection of bonus ambient droning instruments, with multi-layer mod-wheel morphing.
  • Bonus special effects & tuned melodic patches, opening up new musical possibilities for the tablas.
  • True deep sampling, with up to 10 velocity layers per note, with 10 round-robin variations per layer.
  • Key-switch pitch control allow shifting up to +/- 7 semitones.
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • Listen to exclusive (.mp3) interview Sameer Gupta & Mike Peaslee.
  • 45 Kontakt patches (including one patch with everything / 2.321 samples), 28 EXS patches.
  • 1.14 GB installed, 662 MB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 2, EXS24 and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2 / 3 / 4 full retail versions required for all Kontakt instruments.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player will only work for 30 minutes with this product. Full version required to remove this restriction.

Tabla Vol. 2 “Multi” is available to purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD until December 25, 2009 (regular price $79 USD). Both Tabla volumes are available in a bundle for $129 USD.

Tonehammer has also announced The Wintery Pond, another free sample pack as part of its Gnomehammer Celebration.

We captured a variety of percussive elements and effects by bouncing stones and ice over a frozen pond in a narrow canyon, high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The results are quite surprising, as the sound waves travel over the ice and bounce of the canyon walls in very unusual ways. As the stones bounce away from the listening position, across the ice to the far side of the pond, the impact sounds are morphed into a series of spring-like pinging Doppler effected echoes.

There are 5 sub-categories: Pebble skittering, large rock skipping, small rock skipping, ice smashing and smashing/splashing through the ice. The patches load into “drum” mode by default. The decay/sustain has been shortened to allow tight percussive playing. Use the modwheel to extend the length of the sample all the way to full length, to hear the stones crossing the entire width of the frozen pond.

While this 214 Sample / 8 program / 118 MB library is well suited for use by sound designers and sfx artists, the advanced instrument programming should nonetheless allow for very unique and responsive playability as percussion and musical effect elements.

More information: Tonehammer / Tabla Vol. 2 “Multi” / Gnomehammer downloads

Tonehammer releases Tabla Vol. 1: Loops

Tonehammer Table Vol. 1: Loops

Tonehammer has released Tabla Vol. 1: Loops, a sample library featuring tabla loops by Sameer Gupta.

The tabla is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means “drum.”

We worked with tabla master and jazz percussionist Sameer Gupta (, to capture a range of tabla rhythm, melody and soul. Sameer has been a student and practitioner in the art of percussion for nearly 25 years, traveling the world to study and perform in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and venues

To call tabla a mere percussion instrument alone would be a vast understatement of its musical range, as one of the most revered of all classical Indian musical instruments.

Tabla Vol. 1: Loops features

  • Studio (dry) recorded tablas.
  • Articulations include uniquely recorded tabla rhythms at 70-200 BPM loops/phrases.
  • Additional tuning patches.
  • Key-switch pitch control allow shifting up to +/- 7 semitones.
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • Listen to exclusive (.mp3) interview w/ Tabla Master, Sameer Gupta & Mike Peaslee.
  • 27 BPM banks, +1.300 phrases / loops.
  • 1.8 GB installed, 1.3 GB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): EXS and Kontakt .nki.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2/3/4 full retail versions required. Free Kontakt Player not supported.

Tabla Vol. 1: Loops is available for the introductory price of $69 USD until 25 December, 2009 (regular price $79 USD).

More information: Tonehammer / Tabla Vol. 1: Loops

Impact Soundworks releases Sitar Nation Demo Version

Impact Soundworks Sitar Nation

Impact Soundworks has announced the release of a demo version of Sitar Nation, a Kontakt sample library featuring classical instruments of India.

Sitar Nation has been one of our most successful libraries, having redefined the standard for not only Indian instrument samples, but any kind of world instrument. Now, you can download a free version of Sitar Nation to try out and use in your compositions!

The Sitar Nation demo version contains four patches in NKI monolithic format, meaning they can be loaded in Kontakt 2 and above. These represent only a handful of the patches in the full library, and only show off one mic position. However, the level of depth (velocities, round robins) is the same as the full version, so you can get an idea of the tone and playability of the basic components of the library.

Sitar Nation Demo Version includes

  • Sitar Main Patch – The primary plucked articulation of the sitar, limited only in key range. Velocities and round robins are all there.
  • Sitar Releases – A patch intended to be loaded on to the same channel as the Sitar Main Patch. Adds release noises at random to add realism to your performance.
  • Tampura Main Patch – Just one note of the full tampura main patch, which is a long drone.
  • Tabla and Baya – In the full library, these patches are separated and can be loaded together or one at a time as desired. This demo patch combines two strokes from both the tabla and the baya on to one MIDI channel to help accompany your performances.

The Sitar Nation Demo is available as a free download, while the full version has a price of $99 USD.

More information: Impact Soundworks

Native Instruments releases North India

Native Instruments North India

Native Instruments has released North India, a new KORE SoundPack capturing the sound of North India.

Establishing the new regional-themed ”Discovery Series” of KORE SOUNDPACKS, this new sound collection for KORE 2 or KORE PLAYER journeys to North India to draw on the rich and varied musical heritage of Hindustani classical music.

Packed with 3GB of beautifully sampled classical instruments as well some contemporary realizations, this Soundpack is perfect for creating authentic classical performances and for adding North Indian textures to film scores, urban, pop or electronic productions.

North India features

  • 30 KoreSounds (10 acoustic sounds, 10 contemporary sounds, 10 synthetic drones).
  • Includes the following classical instruments:
    • Bansuri – The bansuri flute is a transverse bamboo flute with open holes. It is used both in classical and lighter styles of North Indian music.
    • Harmonium – The Indian harmonium is a small hand-pumped reed organ equipped with drone stops. It is mainly used to accompany singers and solo table performances.
    • Shehnai – The Shehnai is a reed instrument and is mostly used in traditional folk music.
    • Sitar – The sitar is a complex instrument equipped with melody, accompaniment and resonance strings. It is the main melody instrument in North Indian classical music but is also used in many other styles in India.
    • Tabla – The tabla is a set of two miniature kettle drums played by hand. It is the main percussion instrument of North India and used in a variety of styles.
    • Tanpura – The Tanpura is an unfretted lute with four strings. It is solely used as an accompanying drone instrument.

North India: Discovery Series is available for download from the Native Instruments Online Shop for $79 USD / 69 EUR.

Visit Native Instruments for more information, video tutorials and audio demos.

Impact Soundworks releases Sitar Nation: Classical Instruments of India

Impact Soundworks has released Sitar Nation, a sample library for Kontakt.

Impact Soundworks Sitar Nation

We came up with the idea for Sitar Nation in mid-2007, after noticing that despite the growing popularity of ethnic instrument libraries, few products sampled non-Western instruments with a level of depth expected from a modern sample library. We spoke with numerous composers and producers who were unhappy with the current offering of ethnic instrument samples which only provided an “overview” of sounds and lacked the detail necessary to provide realistic solo performances.

The sitar, tampura, tabla and baya were chosen for our library not only because these instruments have remained a foundation of Indian classical music for centuries, but also because they have even permeated Western music since the 50s and 60s. Sitar Nation is the first library to capture these instruments with a level of detail and realism normally reserved for violins and pianos, allowing the composer to control and play these beautiful sounds without relying on excessive programming.

Sitar Nation features

  • Instruments: Gourdless Sitar (Handcrafted), Tampura, Tabla & Baya.
  • 18 main patches, covering a variety of important playing techniques for all four instruments.
  • All of these sounds can be loaded from up to three positions: close, room, and ambient.
  • 17 FX patches which take the core audio content into new directions using both pre-rendered offline processing and effects/programming within Kontakt. The result is a wide variety of highly useful sounds, from drones and percussion to chimes, pads and keyboards.
  • All samples are 24-bit, stereo, 44.1 kHz.

Sitar Nation is available for Kontakt (version 2 and above) for $119 USD.

Visit Impact Soundworks for more information and audio demos.

PowerFX releases World Loop Spice Rack

PowerFX World Loop Spice Rack

PowerFX has released World Loop Spice Rack, a sample library containing 1,220 melodic and percussive loops and riffs of authentic ethnic instruments from Africa, Australia, China, India and the Middle East.

World Loop Spice Rack features

  • Rhythmic
    • Arabic Percussion: Bendir, Bolone, Darbouka, Karkabou, Rai Percussion ensemble, Tabakai, Takhalt, Zalamit, Frame drum, Dumbek.
    • Indian Percussion: Tabla, Dholak, Bass Dholak, Ganjira, Udu, Mridangram.
    • African Percussion: Djembe, Talking Drum, Log drum, Crash box.
    • Australasian Percussion: Clap Sticks, Monkey drum, Knee drum.
    • World drumset: From West Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Melodic
    • African Instruments: Marimba, Mbira, Eygptian Lute, Vocals.
    • Middle Eastern: Kamenche, Rabab, Setar, Tar, Jimbash Saz, Riq.
    • Chinese Instruments: Pipa, Di Zi, Jing Ho (One String Peking Opera Violin), Gu Zheng (Chinese zither), Rehu (string violin).
    • Indian Instruments: Sarod, Sitar, Surbahar, Pungi, Vocals.
    • Also included: Digeridoo, Charango, Berimbau, Bouzuki.
  • All loops are acidized wav files in 16 bit 44.1 with tempo and key (when applicable) information in the file name.
  • Size: Download 598 MB (.RAR) uncompressed 890 MB.

World Loop Spice Rack is available for $79 USD.

Visit PowerFX for more information and audio demos.

Btw, I don’t know what the guys at PowerFX were thinking when they came up with that cover… Ah, see Bil’s comment below. The old cover is no more. Nice job guys!

Babel Audio free samplesets: Russian Zither, Magnus Chord Organ and Street Tabla

Babel Audio Magnus Chord Organ

Babel Audio produces high quality, focused samplesets for musicians and sound designers with wide musical tastes. Their current projects range from diverse ethnic instruments and percussions, through to quirky electronics and digitally prepared sounds.

A few free samplesets are now available for download: Russian Zither, Magnus Chord Organ and Street Tabla.

Russian Zither and Magnus Chord Organ are available as waves (including maps for sfz/Kontakt/Halion) and WusikSND format, and wave files for Street Tabla.

Visit Babel Audio for more information and a link to download these nice free samplesets.

Electronic Sitar Controller: ESitar

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A bunch of people from several universities have created the Worlds first Digitized Indian String Instrument, the ESitar.

From the project webpage:

Project Description and Goals
The purpose of this project is to use microcontroller technology to create a real-time instrument that models the Sitar. This Electronic Sitar (known as the ESitar) has digitizing sensors, custom positioned to traditional Sitar technique, which converts human musical gestures to binary code which machines can comprehend. These signals can then be used to trigger real-time sound and graphics.

The ESitar in action
The ESitar in action

Also, on the same page you can find links to the Electronic Tabla and Electronic Dholak.