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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


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).

More information: Tonehammer / Emotional Piano


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).

More information: Tonehammer / Requiem


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