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Future Loops Tabla Loops, sample library from the Total India collection

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Future Loops Tabla Loops

Future Loops has announced the release of Tabla Loops, a sample library featuring tabla loops from the Total India collection.

Future Loops presents Tabla Loops, from the highly acclaimed collection Total India release with over 450 pure North Indian Tabla hypnotic samples (Loops and One-Shots), straight from the Total India collection, which was entirely recorded in Chennai, Calcutta and Mumbai, India.

Tabla Loops is a rich and authentic tabla sample pack, played by true masters, and it is perfect for anyone who needs original Indian percussion loops that fit into virtually any music style, from world music, to chill-out, from drum n’ bass to house music.

Tabla Loops features

  • 457 MB content, 465 Tabla samples.
  • 168 loops in Wav, REX, and Apple Loops format.
  • 297 One-Shots in Wav format.

Tabla Loops is available to purchase as a download for the introductory price of $15.96 USD (regular price $19.95 USD).

More information: Future Loops / Tabla Loops


Loopmasters releases Indian Sessions Vol.2: KV Bala Krishnan

Loopmasters Indian Sessions Vol.2: KV Bala Krishnan

Loopmasters has released Indian Sessions Vol.2, a sample library featuring percussionist KV Bala Krishnan.

Loopmasters have teamed up with renowned Indian percussionist KV Bala Krishnan to put together this supreme collection of Indian percussion, Indian vocals and Sitar samples for producers worldwide looking for authentic royalty free Indian samples to integrate into their productions.

This is the second of a 2 part series which sees KV team up with local Indian musicians and vocalists from Chennai to extract pure melodies, grooves and rhythms from Indian culture and traditional music, but with an eye on popular western tempos and time signatures in order to create a palette of sound which will work well when fused into modern genres.

This is truly an authentic collection of samples recorded and produced in India exclusively for Loopmasters, which have been mastered centrally at Loopmasters studio to ensure maximum compatibility with all music applications and is presented in multiple formats for easy manipulation by you the producer.

Indian Sessions Vol.2: KV Bala Krishnan features

  • 900+MB of 24bit Indian samples including, over 330 Samples, 335 Loops.
  • 87 Female Vox loops, presented in various folders including vocals presented as Classic Aalap, Kalyani, Raag and Shivaranjini loops alongside light style loops and phrases.
  • 61 Male Vox Loops, include Amarnath, Mantra, Carnatic, Classic and Film Loops, alongside phrases and single shouts.
  • 159 Percussion Loops, masterfully played by KV himself, and includes loops of Bass Dholak, Dukki Tarang, Finger Cymbals, Ghata Singari, Ghatam Pot, Salangai, Shakers, Tabla, Tambourine, Triangle, amongst others.
  • 28 Sitar Loops, a selection of Ensemble, Sitar Jaala, Phrase and Taraf Harp Loops.
  • The tempos range from 75 –128 bpm.

Indian Sessions Vol.2 is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Indian Sessions Vol.2


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.