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Review: Vir2 Instruments World Impact: Global Percussion

Vir2 Instruments prouds itself in creating some of the most advanced virtual instrument libraries for Kontakt. The recently released electric guitar instrument Electri6ity took over three years to develop, and listening to the audio demos it shows.

Vir2 Instruments World Impact: Global Percussion

Vir2′s previous release is World Impact: Global Percussion, a comprehensive sample library featuring ethnic, world, and cinematic percussion from around the world.

Sampled in meticulous detail and programmed for maximum and instant musical usability, the collection includes hundreds of varied percussion instruments from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and more.

A massive 4.2-gigabyte collection of Japanese Taiko drums recorded from multiple microphone positions forms a central part of the library.

Each instrument has been recorded with numerous alternate takes and velocity layers, assuring realistic and dramatically expressive sonic results. World Impact is an essential tool in the toolbox of every film composer, movie trailer producer, and aficionado of world percussion instruments.

The list of instruments available in World Impact is kind of ridiculously long. Over 300 instrument patches are available, neatly categorized by region and instrument type.

Instruments can be browsed separately or as menu patches to preview instruments. These menu patches include many instruments, each one mapped to a single key on the keyboard. As the instrument’s name shows up for each note played it’s a great way to audition/find the sound you are looking for. And when you do you will want to load that particular instrument patch, as it will include the full set of samples, articulations, and the extensive features of World Impact’s pattern engine.

More than a set of samples

World Impact features a massive 13 gigabyte collection of high quality 24-bit samples. Having tons of quality samples is great, but if you ever tried to create a convincing realistic percussion performance with samples you know this can be quite tricky.

Like many other sample libraries, World Impact features multi-sampled instruments with multiple velocity layers and round robin techniques (some of the instruments actually only use a relatively small amount of samples). To more faithfully reproduce the way a real percussionist would play you need more than a collection of samples. That’s where Kontakt comes in.

Vir2 uses Kontakt’s powerful scripting engine to create various articulations which can be triggered by notes. World Impact comes with choke, flam, 3-stroke roll (16th/32nd/64th notes), and roll (32nd/64th notes), and a number of rhythmic patterns (tempo-synced) is included with each instrument. You can create your own custom patterns as well, and store them in one of the 25 user patterns.

The patterns include separate step sequencers for velocity, smooth, and pitch. To create a more authentic, realistic sounding percussion performance World Impact includes a useful Humanize page, in which you can set randomize parameters for pitch, timing, and volume.

Also included is EZRoom, a convolution reverb library which provides some 50 custom sonic spaces;

everything from chapels and halls to caverns, small rooms, and unique esoteric spaces is included

I will briefly demonstrate these Kontakt script features in the video below.

The audio in the video isn’t so great so make sure to check the official audio demos below to get an idea of the sound quality of World Impact.

As mentioned earlier World Impact includes too many instruments to list here (you can find them on the Vir2 website), but I did want to highlight the Taiko drums. From the manual:

The Taiko drums were recorded on a large stage with three sets of mics capturing the drums: close mics, stage mics (approximately at the conductor’s position), and room mics. Every sample of each Taiko patch has been phase-aligned and is triggered whenever you hit any Taiko note. These controls give you fine control over the sonic balance between the three pairs of mics.

A total of 15 Taiko drums instruments is included; over 4 GB sampled material!

So what do I think?

Product: World Impact: Global Percussion by Vir2
Format: Virtual instrument for PC/Mac, Kontakt Player included (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone)
Price: $399 USD

World Impact is probably the most comprehensive percussion library I have ever seen. The amount of instruments is overwhelming at first, so it’s not a bad idea of Vir2 to include those menu patches for easy auditioning of sounds.

The sampled material is of outstanding quality and the use of the Kontakt engine/scripts really adds value to this library. Although the articulations and patterns don’t work equally well for every instrument it is an amazing way to create realistic sounding percussions with little effort.

World Impact should easily take care of most your percussion needs.

More information: Vir2 Instruments / World Impact: Global Percussion

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Nine Volt Audio updates TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio has updated TAIKO, a multi-sampled library of Japanese drums for Kontakt.

Great reviews have not stopped us from adding more of everything to TAIKO: 31 new patches/multis, 75 new MIDI performances across 12 new themes and 475+ MB of additional hits and fx! The specifications below reflect these additions.

TAIKO features

  • Recorded in a concert hall, capturing nagado-daiko drums with natural reverb from multiple microphone perspectives including close, stage, hall, and balcony. Stage, hall and balcony positions include left and right microphone perspectives for complete stereo images.
  • Recordings include left and right hand head hits, rim clicks, stick clicks, stomps, yells, shouts, growls and more.
  • 4,800+ recorded hits and nearly 2.8 GB of content in 24 bit, 44.1kHz resolution.
  • 275+ patches and multis with a palette of sounds ranging from minimal stick clicks to ensemble created sonic booms.
  • 150+ MIDI performances, many with up to 16 parts, spread across 24 themes. Sixteen of these themes recreate the performances in Action Drums: Taiko Edition. A matching Kontakt multi patch is included for each theme, pre-mixed for instant out-of-the-box composing.
  • Patches have up to 90+ velocity layers, and advanced scripting assists in the creation of realistic performances by affecting volume, tuning, randomness and ensemble tightness.
  • Includes a broad range of “ensemble constructor” patches. These present the most natural form of the recorded taiko into easy to use patches. Each taiko is broken down into elements by microphone position and articulation for maximum control of the mix.
  • Users have access to all raw .wav files.

TAIKO is available for Kontakt (v2.2.4.001 or higher) as a digital download and on DVD for $129.99 USD.

Visit Nine Volt Audio for more information and audio demos.

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Time+Space announces 20% discount on all Nine Volt Audio titles

Time+Space Nine Volt Audio promo

Time+Space has announced it is offering a 20% discount on all Nine Volt Audio titles.

Nine Volt Audio’s sample libraries have received an abundance of first class reviews from the music-making press and have been incorporated in the scores for numerous adverts, films, computer games and tv productions. Recognized for their rhythmic atmospheres, distinctive dynamics and melodic statements, the collections allow users to take tracks into new and unexpected directions.

Until 28th February, you can save 20% off all Nine Volt Audio titles.

This offer even includes the newest library Melodic Rex and Taiko.
Other collections include:

  • Big Bad Guitars: Aggressive and intense modern rock guitar loops
  • Beat Bandit: Hans Scheffler Edition: Modular loop library of electronic drums and rhythms
  • Textural Rex: Melody, harmony and tonal atmosphere
  • Funky Rex Guitars: Flexible funky guitar loops

A full list of Nine Volt Audio titles can be found here.

Visit Time+Space for more information.

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FXpansion & Sonica release Japanese Taiko Percussion

FXpansion / Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion

FXpansion & Sonica have released Japanese Taiko Percussion, a new expansion pack for BFD2.1.

Taiko groups have wowed audiences the world over with their visually arresting performances, earth-rumbling bass, pure percussive volume, dynamics, and rhythm. The unmistakable taiko sound has also gained acceptance in many applications far removed from traditional Japanese music. And yet the taiko — the king of Japanese traditional instruments — has been missing from the ranks of professional sound libraries. SONICA Instruments at last brings you the sound of the taiko in a carefully crafted FXpansion BFD2.1 library.

Japanese Taiko Percussion features

  • Ohdaiko — This monster — some ohdaiko are as large as 108 centimeters in diameter — is what taiko ensembles are famous for. The ohdaiko features deep basses with rich overtones.
  • Chudaiko — This is a typical hollow shell taiko with a diameter of about 60 centimeters that has a round tone with ample expressiveness. This ubiquitous drum is widely used in Japanese folk songs, festivals, and traditional arts.
  • Shimedaiko1 & Shimedaiko2 — Looking much like a snare drum, the 40-centimeter-diameter shimedaiko produces a bright, sharp resonant sound. The popular shimedaiko is widely used in Japanese folk songs, festivals, and traditional arts. Shimedaiko1 is intended for use in combination with Shimedaiko2 since taiko ensembles usually feature multiple shimedaiko. Shimedaiko1 is tuned higher than Shimedaiko2.
  • Kane — Shaped like an ashtray, this 10-centimeter-diameter hand cymbal rings with a bright, brassy tone. The kane is used with a shumoku — a type of drumstick tipped with deer antler. The kane is held in the left hand while the shumoku is used to strike the inside producing complex stroke patterns.
  • Taiko Voice — The performers’ calls are an integral part of a taiko ensemble. Ikki Hino and the other performers shouted themselves hoarse during these recordings.

Japanese Taiko Percussion is available now for $125 USD / 90 EUR / 70 GBP.
Grooves for Japanese Taiko Percussion, available separately, is 25 USD / 20 EUR / 15 GBP (prices exclude VAT and local taxes where applicable).

Visit FXpansion and Sonica for more information.

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Nine Volt Audio releases TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio TAIKO

Nine Volt Audio has released TAIKO, a multi-sampled library of Japanese drums capable of an extensive range of sounds and impacts.

By combining theatre recordings with deep programming, a vast selection of patches and MIDI files, TAIKO offers composers a unique and easy-to-use set of tools for creating compelling drum performances.

TAIKO features

  • Recorded in a concert hall, capturing nagado-daiko drums with natural reverb from multiple microphone perspectives including close, stage, hall, and balcony. Stage, hall and balcony positions include left and right microphone perspectives for complete stereo images.
  • Recordings include left and right hand head hits, rim clicks, stick clicks, stomps, yells, shouts, growls and more.
  • Consists of over 4,800 recorded hits and 2.3 GB of content in 24 bit, 44.1kHz resolution. Users have access to all raw .wav files.
  • Contains nearly 250 patches with a palette of sounds ranging from minimal stick clicks to ensemble created sonic booms.
  • Includes over 75 MIDI performances, many with up to 16 parts, spread across 12 themes. Four of these themes are also featured in Action Drums: Taiko Edition. A matching Kontakt multi patch is included for each theme, pre-mixed for instant out-of-the-box composing.
  • In addition to having patches with dozens of velocity layers (90+ in some instances), TAIKO features advanced scripting that works behind-the-scenes to assist in the creation of realistic performances by affecting volume, tuning, randomness and ensemble tightness.
  • Includes a broad range of “ensemble constructor” patches. These present the most natural form of the recorded taiko into easy to use patches. Each taiko is broken down into elements by microphone position and articulation for maximum control of the mix.

TAIKO for Kontakt (v2.2.4.001 or higher) is available now for $149.99 USD.

Visit Nine Volt Audio for more information and audio and video demos.

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Nine Volt Audio releases Action Drums: Taiko Edition

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Nine Volt Audio Action Drums: Taiko Edition

Nine Volt Audio has released Action Drums: Taiko Edition, a sample library that brings the power, thunder and excitement of Japanese taiko drums to the REX, Stylus RMX, ACID wav and Apple Loop formats.

Recorded in a concert hall with microphones from stage to balcony, Action Drums: Taiko Edition captures the energy resonating from every strike, boom and cinematic blow.

Action Drums: Taiko Edition features

  • Available on DVD or via Download and features 100% copyright free loops.
  • Contains 680+ loops in the REX2, Stylus RMX, Reason ReFill, Apple Loop and ACIDized Wav formats.
  • Organized into 15 “Beat Themes”. Each Beat Theme contains between four and eight full mix loops (89 total), as well as the individual parts used to make the full mixes (590+ loops). This allows the user to easily edit and mix their own unique taiko passages.
  • Contains Beat Themes in a wide range of time signatures, including: 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 and 6/8.
  • Over 140 single and ensemble hits are included for endings and breaks.
  • Includes 89 Stylus RMX multi presets that allow the user to pull up full mixes of individual loop parts for quick and easy customization of the mix.
  • Suggested tempos have been given to each suite, but as part of the BPM Flex Series™, every loop can be used at virtually any tempo while retaining their feel and groove (not applicable to the ACID wav and Apple Loop files).
  • Full mix loop performances are offered at two different tempos for the ACIDized Wav and Apple Loop formats for an additional 89 loops.

Action Drums: Taiko Edition is available for $99.99 USD.

Visit Nine Volt Audio for more information and a video demo.

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Tsaiko releases Tsaiko Expander upgrade

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Tsaiko

Tsaiko has released Tsaiko Expander, an upgrade for the multi-sampled taiko percussion library for Kontakt 2.

Tsaiko Expander features

  • Almost 400 mb of new samples.
  • Recorded in the same hall as Tsaiko, featuring the same mic control options.
  • Includes stomps, shouts, HAs, growls, Grrs, and other pseudo-manly sounds .
  • Includes nearly fifty patches, including some like “Disgruntled Wookie”.
  • The user has access to ALL of the original wave files.

Combined with Tsaiko, the total package currently has over 5,000 samples of taiko drum hits, (near 2.2 GB), and around 100 patches.

Tsaiko is currently available for $55 USD (the update is free for registered users).

Visit the Tsaiko website for more information and audio demos.

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Tsaiko percussion library released

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Tsaiko

Tsaiko (pronounced s ī k ō) is a multi-sampled taiko percussion library for Kontakt 2 (v2.1.1.001 or newer).

Tsaiko features

  • Thousands of taiko samples
    • Left and right-hand hits
    • Dozens and dozens of velocities
    • Individual and unison ensemble hits from four taiko
    • Head hits, shell hits, and stick clicks
    • Recorded in 24-bit, 44KHz, mono
  • Microphone Perspective Control
    • Recorded in a concert hall from various locations
    • Balcony, in-hall, stage, and a close “three-set” microphone perspectives
    • Each taiko was recorded from three-set close perspective to capture subtle nuances
    • Top head, bottom head, and overhead microphone position
  • Customizability
    • User has access to all wave files/samples
    • User can add or remove any microphone perspective they wish
    • Includes almost fifty patches

Tsaiko is available as a digital download for an introductory price of $49 USD.

Visit Tsaiko for more information and audio demos.

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