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on May 12, 2009
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 has released Sitar Nation, a sample library for Kontakt.
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.
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on Jan 23, 2008
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
- 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.
- 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 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.
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
Also, on the same page you can find links to the Electronic Tabla and Electronic Dholak.