Versilian Studios releases Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 & VS Chamber Orchestra

Versilian Studios has announced the release of Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 and VS Chamber Orchestra, three new virtual instruments.

Versilian Studios Timpani
Kontakt version of Versilian Studio’s Timpani virtual instrument.

New Versilian Studios instruments

  • Timpani: Extensively sampled Timpani (Wholetone sampling; 4-6x RR, 5 Velocity Layers, stereo). Available for Kontakt and also as a VSTi/AU. Price $15 USD.
  • VS Upright No. 1: Medium-sized sampled upright piano ideal for sketches (3 velocity layers, 2x RR, sampled in tritones to reduce size). Available as a VSTi/AU. Free or donation.
  • VS Chamber Orchestra: Very light selection of orchestral and wind ensemble instruments ideal for beginner composers (featuring concert flute, clarinet, bassoon, F horn, trumpet, tenor bone, bass bone, tubular bells, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, large percussion section, harp, piano, solo violin, and violin section, all using accurate ranges). Free or donation.

Versilian Studios has also ported a number of its previously released products to the Kontakt format.

  • Dan Tranh: Vietnamese pentatonic zither that uses metal strings.
  • Tubular Bells: Suspended chimes used to emulate church bells in orchestral music.
  • Glockenspiel: Deep-sampled chime-like mallet instrument.
  • Handchimes: Strange cross between a hand-bell and a tuning fork.

More information: Versilian Studios

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Soniccouture releases The Conservatoire Collection for Kontakt

Soniccouture The Convervatoire Collection

Soniccouture, in conjunction with The Birmingham Conservatoire, has announced The Conservatoire Collection, a completely unique collection of 10 different baroque, renaissance and early musical instruments.

The collection centres around two magnificent reproduction harpsichords, and also features guitars, theorbos and a hurdy gurdy.

These beautiful new instruments bring the soundscape of our musical past to life, showing us how incredibly diverse our modern instruments’ predecessors were. We are now able to enter into our musical heritage more faithfully, and the new palette of sounds available offers fresh inspiration for composers today.

The Conservatoire Collection features

  • 23 GB core sample library ( 9 GB on disc with NCW lossless compression).
  • 24 bit 96 khz stereo sampling.
  • 10 Kontakt Player instruments: French Harpsichord, Flemish Harpsichord, Theorbo, English Theorbo, Baroque Guitar, Psaltery, Baroque Timpani, Renaissance Side Drums, Nakers, Hurdy Gurdy.
  • Up to 10 velocity layers, 3 alternate Round Robin layers.
  • Key-off samples and multiple articulations according to instrument.
  • Real time hand postion control for guitar instruments.
  • Custom Convolution Reverb Impulse response library.
  • User selectable scales and tuning control for all pitched instruments.

The Conservatoire Collection is available at an introductory price of €179 EUR / $219 USD until Sept 16, 2011. Use coupon code OVD069KVPK at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Soniccouture / The Conservatoire Collection

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Wavesfactory releases W-Timpani for Kontakt

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Wavesfactory W-Timpani

Wavesfactory has announced the release of W-Timpani, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Set of 4 orchestral timpanis multisampled with 5 Round Robin, 6 velocity layers, dry environment, premium gear recording, custom script, and more!

W-Timpani features

  • WAV files 44.1 Khz 24 bits.
  • Not encrypted (you have access to all files).
  • 6 velocities.
  • 5 round robin.
  • Stereo recording.
  • Premium mics, preamps and converters.
  • Dry recording environment.
  • Custom script, separate mic pan control.
  • 790 Mb uncompressed.
  • Kontakt 3.5+.
  • Kontakt Player will run in demo mode.

W-Timpani is available to purchase as an instant download for €9.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / W-Timpani

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Best Service releases Cinematique Instruments

Best Service Cinematique Instruments

Best Service has released Cinematique Instruments, a boxed version of Cinematique Instruments products powered by Engine, the sample player based on Yellow Tools Independence Pro.

Cinematique Instruments sets a focus on weird, odd and rare instruments which adds a subtle and individual character to your music production. Cinematique Instruments nearly recorded everything they could get their hands on!

The library contains wonderful string instruments such as an autoharp, a 36 string instrument with a series of chord bars, a kantele, a traditional plucked 5-string instrument of the zitherfamily native to Finland, a wooden celtic nylon harp or a bowed psaltery, an instrument of the zither family such as a kind of a wooden soundbox with unstopped strings over it.

Beyond a nice collection of percussion sounds Cinematique Instruments features also strange and rare keyboard instruments such as the low-price, garbage Super-Sound EK-470 e-piano, the charming organ with its electric fan which blows air across reeds or the organic and warm Zeitter & Winkelmann Piano.
But there are also special sound paks called Glass, Metallic Objects, Experimental Box and Downbeat Box. These sound paks are an amazing source of individual und inspriring textures, pads, mallets and percussions instruments.They beat and knocked doors and sideboards of a metallic kitchen with timpani mallets, brushes, sticks, fingers and fists, they tapped with fingers and timpani mallets against lids, rubbed around the glass rim and they assembled instruments from unique sounds such as stationannouncements, trains, paper crumpling, acoustic and electronic noise, station hum, underground railway noise, pneumatic doors, crown cap shaking, glitches, noise, hiss, hum and other weirdness.

Cinematique Instrument´s goal and ultimate ambition is to inspire everyone by using its highly playable and unique instruments providing a lot of opportunities for your music production.

Cinematique Instruments is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at 199 EUR.

More information: Best Service / Cinematique Instruments

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Westgate Studios releases Timpani sample library

Westgate Studios Timpani

Westgate Studios has released Timpani, a multi-format sample library for Gigastudio 3.1 and Kontakt 2.1.

The programming features 3 mallet choices, left and right hand samples and 8 velocity levels from ppp-fff. Check here for a full list of included samples.

Timpani is available on DVD (includes versions for both Kontakt 2 and Gigastudio 3) for $ 110 USD, which includes all the samples, and a download version for $70 USD which includes only the medium mallet samples. (The download version can be upgraded to the full DVD version for $40 USD).

Visit Westgate Studios for more information and mp3 demos.

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