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Tonehammer releases Emotional Piano

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Tonehammer Emotional Piano

Tonehammer has announced the release of Emotional Piano, a deep-sampled library dedicated to soundtrack piano and focused on capturing the warmth, the wideness, the deep resonance and softness of a world class grand.

We’ve spent years searching for just the right one to capture. With ears pressed to wood and eyes hovering scant inches above strings, we tested literally hundreds of them before finding this one special piano. The sound of a piano is defined by a thousand things, from the lacquer on the wood to the hardness of the felt in the hammers. Our goal was purely sound: a soft, deeply resonant, rich, warm and soulful sound. We had no concern for brand, model, design or pedigree. We’re not even going to mention the model and brand of the piano we chose for this library. Not because it is important, but because it is truly irrelevant. With all preconceived notions and expectations aside, this piano will either speak to you or it won’t.

This is a big, dark, warm, lush, resonant piano. It’s intended to be a scoring piano. It is a piano for epic soundtracks, not fancy dinner parties. This piano wears a helmet flak jacket, not a tuxedo with tails. This piano is a door gunner, not a dancer. This piano doesn’t retire to the New England countryside triumphantly after an extended run at the Met. It’s buried 6 feet under in the middle of a Chicago downpour after being gunned down by the mob. If you ever find yourself storming a beach in slow motion or charging into a burning building to save a baby, then this is the piano that will play when your final credits roll. If you find yourself wearing a powdered wig and leggings, then this is not your piano… unless you’re also carrying a musket and you’ve just been ordered to fix bayonets. This piano doesn’t do romantic comedies. It does love stories and, more often still, it does heartbreaks. This piano isn’t for everyone or every occasion, but when we think of a piano and really hear it in our heads and hearts, this is the sound of Tonehammer.

Emotional Piano features

  • Warm, wide, resonating soundtrack piano
  • Powerful custom performance control interface:
    • Attack, delay, release control
    • Dynamics / velocity control
    • Pedal volume control
    • Dampening control
    • EQ control (low, mid, highs)
    • Convolution reverb control (includes +10 great custom convolutions)
  • Full and lite patches for CPU conservation
  • Master patches (ex. Grand Piano, Jazz Piano)
  • FX patches using a variety of scripting and convolutions
  • Ambient Piano FX patches
  • Convolution Reverb specific patches (ex., custom cathedral, church, regular hall studio, bunker etc)
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation
  • 39 Instrument patches, 1800 Samples
  • 4.8 GB installed, 2.6 GB .rar 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

Emotional Piano is available to purchase for the introductory price of $129 USD until June 1, 2010 (regular price $149 USD).

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Tonehammer announces Requiem

Tonehammer Requiem

Tonehammer has announced Requiem, a next-generation virtual choir developed for professional composers.

The library is based on a variety of new recording- and sampling techniques some which have never before been integrated in choral sample libraries. The library can literally sound like a real choir and includes both full choir (SATB), divisi groups (males/females) and solo singers – all recorded in 24 bit / 44.1khz with 3 (5.1) microphone positions.

The library contains true legato intervals from piano to forte, sustains from piano to forte, staccato with repetitions, ultra forte marcato, BPM (host-synced) based latin chants recorded at different speeds across entire interval of choir, +1000 choral effects including whispers, shouts, clusters, demonic chants, sweeps, consonants without tone, claps, snaps and over +50 different types of effects.

Requiem for Kontakt is now available to pre-order for $599 USD until the release on May 20, 2010 (25% discount on regular price of $799 USD).

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Tonehammer releases Epic Frame Drums

Tonehammer Epic Frame Drums

Tonehammer has released Epic Frame Drums, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Tonehammer “Epic Frame Drum Ensemble” library contains deep sampled Irish Bodhrán drums, North African Tar drums, Egyptian Riqs, Persian Dafs and North American tribal drums. We captured them in a large A-frame chapel for an authentic, naturally massive sound that no artificial algorithmic or convolution reverb can truly simulate. We recorded in divisi and full ensemble groupings and covering both traditional and expanded playing styles and articulations. This library is ideal for powerful epic scoring and any composition that calls for massive sounding percussion.

We also captured a huge bonus collection of +1.100 BPM-based performance loops (80-140 BPM). The loops include automatic tempo-syncing functionality that allows them to be matched to a fairly wide range of custom project tempos.

Epic Frame Drums features

  • 10 different frame drums, covering of all sizes and origins.
  • Recorded naturally wet in a rich, lush, large epic church.
  • Deep multi-sampling, with 10X Round robin on all notes and plenty of velocity layers for truly dynamic playability and realism.
  • Half-step instant retuning with key-switching, attack, room decay shaping and custom convolution reverb controls with unique real-world and sound designed impulse files.
  • Full Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 4 Player compatibility.
  • Custom Presets: Master tuned and un-tuned mega-patch.
  • Divisi patches for each group and subgroup Divisi patches for solo drums.
  • A wide variety of mallet types and hand positions Exotic percussion effects, rolls, swells and skin drones Body stomp, clap and bible thumping percussion.
  • A bonus collection of 1157 live-recorded ensemble and solo frame tempo-synching drum grooves recorded at 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 and 140 BPM.
  • Automatic host-tempo syncing solutions for all loops also included.
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • 75 instrument patches, 2509 Samples.
  • 2.3 GB installed, 1.6 GB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt and .wav.

Epic Frame Drums is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD until $99 May 10, 2010 (regular price $109 USD).

More information: Tonehammer / Epic Frame Drums

Tonehammer announces Bundle Sale (up to +50%)

Tonehammer Bundle Sale

Tonehammer has announced a Bundle Sale, offering huge discounts on bundles for a limited time.

Its spring time … we are feeling foolish … the moon ships are sending evil laser beams into our brains … forcing us to prostitute ourselves to a degree we have never done before … commanding us to put all our bundles on sale …

But who cares … everybody is on sale these days … right?

Wellllll … here is the insane part … all our bundles were already on sale … on top that you can use our discount calculator, which allows you up to 30% additional discount … aaaand … now … we reduced the price even further … so the threesome is complete. Comfuzed? So are we! But for the rest of this month (March 2010) you can get our bundles for the following:

Bundle Sale

  • Bundle 0 “I-Want-It-All” – $1143 USD (regular price $2398 USD)
  • Bundle 1 “Exotic Tuned Perc” – $240 USD (regular price $398 USD)
  • Bundle 2 “Untuned Perc” – $292 USD (regular price $547 USD)
  • Bundle 3 “All Vocals” – $212 USD (regular price $396 USD)
  • Bundle 4 “Music Designer” – $221 USD (regular price $433 USD)
  • Bundle 5 “Indian” – $251 USD (regular price $478 USD)

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Tonehammer releases Bizarre Sitar

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Tonehammer Bizarre Sitar

Tonehammer has released Bizarre Sitar, a sample library for Kontakt.

Often mocked as a “baby”, “miniature” or “toy” sitar, this bizarre beast patiently waited in the grand bazaar until it’s day arrived and a customer decided to buy it. However its wait had just begun – and for over a decade it sat dormant as mere decor, never having the chance to express it’s full-featured nature as a true contender in the world of stringed instruments. But all good comes to most who wait and the instrument was rediscovered by the all-loving Tonehammers.

The heart of our Bizarre Sitar library are the strumming patches. The modwheel allows you to sculpt the speed of the individual strum from very tight, fast strums to slow, plucky strums. The strums are tuned and spread across the entire keyboard. In addition, we’ve also included individual string plucks for lead lines and accents. As usual there are plenty of other tricks up the sleeves of this library, including bowing, FX, mutes and bonus ambiences as well as a set of all the main patches with our custom reverb. This library includes custom front-panel controls and modwheel automation to allow pitch adjustment of up to +/- 24 semitones, as well as additional features.

Bizarre Sitar features

  • 31 instrument patches, 600 Samples.
  • Bowing and FX (short, sustain, and tremolo bow, fret noise, fx, mutes).
  • Strums (fifth, sloppy, unison, unison with fifth).
  • Plucks (plucks, pluck with fifth, pluck with unison).
  • Bonus: Custom ambiences.
  • Bonus: Wet patches w/ custom convolution reverb.
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • 1.6 GB installed, 808 MB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3 / 4 full retail versions required.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player will only work for 30 minutes with this product. Full version required to remove this restriction.

Bizarre Sitar is available to purchase for the introductory price of $35 USD until 26 March, 2010 (regular price $30 USD).

More information: Tonehammer / Bizarre Sitar

Microhammer releases February 2010 Release Bundle

Microhammer Spirit Flute

Microhammer has released the February 2010 Release Bundle, a collection of 10 new instruments for Kontakt.

Microhammer is launching a series of new products around 15th of every month. All monthly releases will be followed by a bundle containing all the products at a highly favorable rate, so you can get it all. The bundle is only valid until our next release, so grab it while you can. We are proud to announce our second launch bundle, which consists of all the Microhammer February titles.

February 2010 Release Bundle includes

  • Berimbau, a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil.
  • Spirit Flute, originally an instrument played by Native Americans. It has been used in countless New Age and World Music recordings and is known for its distinctive and at times – almost haunting sound.
  • Train Flute, hand-carved by skilled craftsmen who adhere to the ways of a simpler time, only the finest and richest tone-producing secret blend of woods were used in this instrument.
  • Slide Flute, the classic slide-whistle or slide-flute is a common staple of comedic and children’s music. The signature rise and fall is used both musically, as well as in old-school sound design and foley to signify objects rising or falling in space.
  • Kokiriko, a traditional Japanese percussion instrument. The instrument sounds like a long set of domino pieces clashing together and has a distinct clicky/clacky type of sound.
  • Smiley Drum, a 10-tongue major pentatonic variant of the classic propane drum concept, with a shallower, wider pan than most.
  • Clay Drum, this giant clay vase was chosen specifically for it’s unique sound and tonal resonance. Producing a wide variety of sounds, this clay drum is a both a percussive and melodic instrument.
  • Sand Drum, the unique surf-like sound is produced by a medium-sized enclosed drum about 1 1/4″ thick and filled with dozens of tiny silver metal beads.
  • Road Trip Vol. 1, little tidbits, oddities, improvisations and random gems found at various pit stops on a desert trip.
  • Windchimes, made from a selection of different wind chimes, however sampled in detail so the user can control the amount of chimeniness and use them as percussive instruments.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 3, SFZ and .wav
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 3 / 4 full retail versions required.
  • Note: Free Kontakt Player will only work for 30 minutes with this product. Full version required to remove this restriction.

The February 2010 Release Bundle is available to purchase for the introductory price of $109 USD until 15 March, 2010 (regular price $172 USD). Instruments are also available to purchase separately, starting at $9 USD.

More information: Microhammer / February 2010 Release Bundle

Tonehammer releases Ambius 1: “Transmissions”

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Tonehammer Ambius 1: Transmissions

Tonehammer has released Ambius 1: “Transmissions”, a collection of handcrafted ambiences, drones, pads and evolving “synth” leads.

In this first volume of our Ambius series, we focus on the dark, the cryptic, the unnatural and the subliminal, in the form of unearthly angelic bell tones and demonically corrupt signals filtering through the void.

Every sound you hear was hand-crafted using only organic field and instrument recordings. In fact, no synthesizers were used in the creation of this library at all. We used a variety of custom techniques to blend, warp, shape and layer the sounds, taking them from the realm of the known into that of the very unknown. The instruments you’ll find in this collection range from simple, clean, tonal leads to compound, constantly moving sound-scapes and textures.

Ambius 1: “Transmissions” features

  • 288 different patches.
  • 2.5GB ambient material.
  • Core articulations (main drone categories):
    • Tuned Solo:
      • Clusterbells – Dark, sustaining bell-like drones with a searing top end, these make for great pads and leads.
      • Dig – This set has tonal and textural similarities to a wall of didgeridoos, with plenty of muddy, complex bass and mid tones.
      • Musiox – Clean, crisp sustaining bell tones.
      • Pangubus – Clouds of vast, warm organ-like texture, morphed with deep brass bells.
      • Pianus – Sustain drawn to infinity.
      • Protus – Similar in nature to the pangubus, but darker, crisper and yet more dissonant.
    • Melodic Pads:
      • Para-orchestral – Orchestral atmospheres and pads, from light and harmonic to dark and discordant.
      • Re-choral – Choir-like pads and atmospheres, from light and harmonic to dark and discordant.
      • Transmusical – Dark, evolving, dissonant complex ambient drones.
    • Horror drones, textures and ambiences:
      • Drill-o-phone – tuned lead instrument created from a dental drill grinding into tooth enamel.
      • The root canal – pads and ambiences created from an actual root canal procedure.
      • EVP – Evil transmissions from the other side, ranging from mystical to horrific.
      • Industry- Dark machines at work.
      • Panorganics – Strange alien biological auditory experimentation.
      • Rictus – sickly neon lights.
      • Swarming – great killer bee swarms and locust plagues.
      • Winds – storm winds howling through the cracks and endless hallways of an ancient factory building.
  • Bonus: Custom Convolution Reverb Impulses.
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • 3 main categories (Tuned, Melodic, Horror).
  • 288 Kontakt patches, including one patch with everything / 352 looping wav samples.
  • 2.56 GB installed, 1.8 GB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): Kontakt and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 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 of Kontakt is required to remove this restriction.

Ambius 1: “Transmissions” is available to purchase for the introductory price of $59 USD until 28 February, 2010 (regular price $79 USD)

More information: Tonehammer / Ambius 1: “Transmissions”

Tonehammer announces Guess the Instrument – February 2010

Tonehammer - Guess the Instrument

Tonehammer has announced a Guess the Instrument contest.

Microhammer (our little brother company specialized in weird instruments) will be releasing 9 new instruments later in Februrary, however we wanted to give you an opportunity to win the entire collection.

The first person that can guess what instruments were used in the demo (see below) will win the entire Microhammer February collection for free.

We don’t really expect anybody to be 100% on the money, since the instruments are highly unconventional, but give it your best shot and may the best ear win. All we ask is that you leave your answer in the comment field below and have fun. Microhammer is all about exploring new types of instruments and sounds, so let your mind be open and suggest anything that come to your mind.

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