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Tonehammer Small Epic Percussion Vol 2, Kontakt percussion library

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Tonehammer Small Epic Percussion Vol 2

Tonehammer has released Small Epic Percussion Volume 2, the latest in Tonehammer’s line of epic percussion libraries.

This collection of small orchestral percussion meshes with any of our other “Epic” libraries. The focus this time was on multiple articulations for a variety of different small drums, including ol’-reliable, the snare drum. We found a pair of miniature open-body snare drums with a rather unique crack to them. We also recorded a few more eclectic percussive instruments, including several small tamborims in different sizes and tunings. We also found several unusual custom instruments, such as a giant spring cymbal, odd steel water-chambered hand percussion instruments and a modified steel air tank.

Small Epic Percussion Vol 2 features

  • 1,432 samples, 24 bit / 44.1 kHz stereo PCM wav format (939 MB installed).
  • 72 Kontakt .nki files.
  • Articulations: 5″ Tamborim, 6″ Tamborim, 7″ Tamborim, 6″ Mini Open-Body Snare Drum, 7″ Mini Open-Body Snare Drum, 40″ Spiral Cymbal, Water Triangle, Water Ring-Block, Step Tuned Steel Rack, Air Tank, Tons of drum and drum spiral effects.
  • Each instrument type and variation deep sampled in multiple strike positions, in ensemble and solo sets, as well as special effects and rolls.
  • Requires Kontakt +3.5 full retail version.

Small Epic Percussion Vol 2 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $39 USD until 1 January, 2011 (regular $49 USD).

More information: Tonehammer / Small Epic Percussion Vol. 2

Gnomehammer 2010, Tonehammer’s freebies season is back

Tonehammer Gnomehammer

Tonehammer has kicked off this year’s Gnomehammer season, offering various free virtual instruments until Christmas.

We have all received poor xmas gifts in life … whether it was handmade insults like socks or sweaters, a low-carb cooking book or a set of meditation tapes.

Gnomehammer is proud to follow this lackluster tradition by regifting last years entire Gnomehammer fruitcake collection for free until December 25th 2010.

This strange collection of quasi-musical oddities was mostly captured in one epic recording session somewhere around Thanksgiving im 2009 at the Tonehammer studio, involving lots of Belgian beer, balloons, helium, oxygen deprivation, us and a few of our closest friends. While there is a bit of a winter or even some sort of pseudo-Christmas theme running through this library, it’s definitely intended to fitin well with content from Tonehammer’s Antidrum and Mini series of libraries. The library includes a wide range of comedic sounds from authentic helium choir (yeah – we sucked down a whole tank of 2He) to drum kits from snow- and ice sounds – from human beat box through PVC ensembles to manipulation of childrens balloons – from glockenspiel to sleighbells etc.

Microhammer “Gnomehammer”

  • Free downloable until December 25th 2010 (normal price $19 on www.microhammer.com)
  • Articulations include: Snow Drums (drums made from snow sounds), Wintery Pod (drums made from throwing stones on ice), Toy Glockenspiel, Holy Ambiencs, Gnomish Choir (aka Helium Choir), PVC Beatbox Ensemble, Luftballon.
  • Intelligent editing and programming.
  • Read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • 47 instrument patches, 1405 samples, 531MB installed, 313MB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution and source format: 44.1Khz/16/24Bit mono- and stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt, SFZ and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 and later. Full retail versions required for Kontakt instruments.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player does not support this product. Full version required.
  • Note: This product is derived from previous, Tonehammer “Gnomehammer” collection.

Tonehammer will be posting something new every day until December 25th, 2010.

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Tonehammer announces Pink Friday, 30% off all Tonehammer products

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Tonehammer has announced Pink Friday, a limited time promotional offer.

Tonehammer Pink Friday

Oh … and how does it work? You just add all the items you want in your cart – then type in: pinktone in the discount field of the cart. Voila! 30% OFF.

Please note that the discount code is only valid until the end of 26th of November 2010 and requires 2 or more items in the cart.

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Tonehammer releases Sick, a free sample pack

Tonehammer Sick

Tonehammer has released Sick, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Trick or Treat! It is Halloween! The wonderful time where zombies, monsters, ghosts, goths and ghouls haunt our lands. Sick is Tonehammers way of celebrating the dark night. We wanted to embrace the concept of Halloween and created a bunch of monsters, zombies, human guinea pigs, gore and intestines, tortured pumpkins and so forth. Sick is our sound disease to you … and it is all for free.

Sick features

  • Includes Cinematic Quality Hardcore Gory Sound Design, Big Ass Monsters, Hungry Zombies, Scared and screaming humans, Intestines and gores explored, Smashed Pumpkins, Nightmares.
  • 14 Kontakt instruments.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Full Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 4 Player compatibility.

Sick is available as a free download now.

More information: Tonehammer / Sick

Tonehammer Montclarion Hall Piano, sample library for Kontakt

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Tonehammer Montclarion Hall Piano

Tonehammer has released the Montclarion Hall Piano, a sampled piano for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Montclarion Hall Piano is a big grand piano recorded in a wooden church in the San Francisco Bay Area. The piano has a very rich sound and ideal for jazz, pop/rock and more experimental type of scoring.

The library includes three different microphone positions (close, mid and far), so you can easily blend between the microphone positions. The close microphone is ideal for more intimate scoring. The mid microphone is great for a larger acoustic live feel and the far microphone has an incredibly dreamy texture to it. We also included song writers mood ambiences, which means that you can trigger emotive ambiences (ex. rain, warfare, bird sounds) in the background of your playing. This will help you test the piano against a variety of classical moods and easily sketch out a score against basic sound design.

The library also includes a massive effects section, so the library is both conventional and highly experimental.

Montclarion Hall Piano features

  • Deep Sampled Church Grand Piano.
  • Three Microphone Positions (close, mid, far).
  • Deep Sampled FX Patches.
  • Song Writers Mood Ambiences.
  • Powerful custom performance control interface:
    • Attack, offset, release control
    • Dynamics / velocity control
    • Sustain Pedal SFX, with volume control
    • Dampening control, with pedal flip button for instant “harp” mode
    • Convolution reverb control (includes +45 great custom convolutions)
  • Full and lite patches for CPU conservation.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.

Montclarion Hall Piano for Kontakt +3.5 (full retail version required) is available to purchase for $89 USD.

More information: Tonehammer / Montclarion Hall Piano

Tonehammer Music Made with Bees, free Kontakt sample pack

Tonehammer Music Made with Bees

Tonehammer has announced Music Made with Bees, an experimental project featuring the sound of bees.

Tonehammer is not just about fancy sampling, but we also find pleasure in cross-pollinating new elements and creating fresh audio honey. This time around we wanted to explore the concept of bees. The bee produces about 200-230 wing flaps pr. second, which is enough to generate a nice, rich sounding buzz.

We recorded a bunch of bee sounds and manipulated them through a variety of tools (including timefreezers, delays, filters, glitch modules etc). We then decided to add some more human elements to it (vocals, guitars, grooves etc) and wrapped it up by adding full symphony orchestra and choirs on it during the end.

A Free Bee sample pack is available as a free download (contains Kontakt files and raw .wav files).

More information: Tonehammer / Music Made with Bees

Tonehammer releases Plucked Grand Piano, sample library for Kontakt

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Tonehammer Plucked Grand Piano

Tonehammer has announced the release of Plucked Grand Piano, a library dedicated to deep sampling of plucked and hammer struck grand piano strings.

The Plucked Grand Piano was created by public demand from our users, since its never been properly deep sampled before. We took a world class piano (same as Emotional Piano) through a humiliating process by recording every string with a custom pick, but with more emphasis on round robin (4 pr. string), since the playing style has a percussive quality to it.

The instrument is best described as a hybrid crossbreed between a harp, clavinet, guitar/lute and the unforgettable sound of the harpsichord. In addition we added a bonus hammer-struck articulation, using a custom miniature hammer. The sound has some resemblance to a hammered dulcimer. The fancy naming and branding of the piano is irrelevant to us. We want the samples and music to speak for itself and we hope it speaks to you too.

Plucked Grand Piano features

  • Deep Sampled Plucked Grand Piano.
  • Powerful custom performance control interface:
    • Attack, offset, release control
    • Dynamics / velocity control
    • Sustain Pedal SFX, with volume control
    • Dampening control, with pedal flip button for instant “harp” mode
    • Convolution reverb control (includes +45 great custom convolutions)
  • Full and lite patches for CPU conservation.
  • Articulations: Plucked Grand Piano, Plucked Grand Piano lite, Plucked Grand Piano ultralite, Plucked Grand Piano Uberpeggiator, Hammered Grand Piano, Hammered Grand Piano Uberpeggiator, Basic Grand Dulcimer, Hammered Grand Wetspin, Hammered Grand What, Hammered Grunker, Plucked Grand HelloOperator, Plucked Grand Infader, Plucked Grand PleaseHoldTheLine, Plucked Grand Revsmatter, Plucked Grand Shimmer-ring, Plucked Grand Winderbender.
  • 14 .NKI files, 1406 Samples in 44.1Khz/24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Approx. 2.6 GB installed (using Lossless NCW compression (2:1 ratio).

Plucked Grand Piano for Kontakt (compatible with free Kontakt Player) is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Tonehammer / Plucked Grand Piano

Tonehammer Requiem Light, next-generation virtual choir product developed for professional composers

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Tonehammer Requiem Light

Tonehammer has announced Requiem Light, a new version of the next-generation virtual choir product developed for professional composers.

Requiem essentially comes in two different versions, Requiem Pro and Requiem Light. Requiem Pro contains three full (5.1) microphone positions, updated to 5 solo singers and full effects section. Requiem Light contains one premixed microphone position, 2 solo singers and a more limited effects section, no convolution effects.

Requiem Light supports the Free Kontakt Player by Native Instruments, so the only purchase you need to make is this product and then download the free Kontakt Player and you will be rolling.

Requiem Light features

  • Full choir (SATB), divisi choir (male/female) and 2 solo singers (soprano and tenor).
  • 1 Pre-mixed Microphone Position mixed from Requiem Pro (5.1) mics.
  • Multiple (true) legato intervals (P/MF/FF) of sustained notes with Full Choir (SATB).
  • True Polyphonic Legato (yes, you can play true legato with polyphony).
  • Sustained notes with Full Choir (SATB).
  • 19 (FF) Staccato articulations with round-robin (aka repetition) with Full Choir (SATB).
  • 16 (FFF) Marcato articulations w/ intense vibrato with Full Choir (SATB).
  • 12 Slow Legato Latin Sustain Variations (MF) with Divisi Males.
  • 12 Slow Legato Latin Sustain Variations (MF) with Divisi Females.
  • 20 Fast Legato Latin Chants (FF) with Full Choir (SATB).
  • 2 Solo Singers (soprano and tenor).
  • Tons of FX based articulations:
    • Claps, Snaps, Stomps, Breast Slap with Full Choir (SATB)
    • Teeth Clap, Hand Rubbing with Full Choir (SATB)
    • Cluster FX/sustains with Full Choir (SATB)
    • Cluster FX/sustains with Divisi (SATB)
    • Sweep / Glissando FX with Full Choir and Divisi (SATB)
    • Unison to dissonant clusters
    • Dissonant to unison clusters
    • Non-tonal consonants
    • Whispers & Breaths
  • Hall based release triggers.
  • Custom Kontakt Scripting.
  • TBD .NKI files.
  • TBD Samples.
  • Approx. 6 GB installed, 3 GB .rar download.
  • Multiple download servers to ensure smooth download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Full Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 4 Player compatibility.

Requiem Light is estimated to be available to purchase for $299 USD on August 23, 2010.

More information: Tonehammer / Requiem Light