Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Haunted Piano, a virtual toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Haunted Piano is created from multiple samples of two toy pianos which between them span a full three octave range. We sampled them at midnight, by candlelight, when the moon was full (and at 24-bit, natch). Using three velocity layers and two round robin sets, we created an eminently playable and responsive virtual toy piano, which can sound just as clunky and naive as the originals.
But then we went a bit further down the spookiness path, pushing the sound of the virtual instrument into sound-design territory. The samples can be reversed with the click of a button, to give eery builds and surprise tones, or to recall those “backwards masking” moments so favoured by demonic rock bands. They can also be force-transposed down by three octaves for groaning, bottom-of-the-sea, sepulchral noises and cavernous drones; or pitched up two octaves for tiny, sparkling fairy-bell sounds that glitter and gleam.
Haunted Piano features
A toy piano with several unsettling differences.
3 octaves of chromatic multi samples, plus extras: 580 samples in total.
Truly expressive: three velocity layers and twin round-robin sets for natural variation of the sound.
50 switchable randomised key-off samples.
75 effects samples of noises, thumps, bumps, crashes and squeaks.
Reverse samples and groaning sub-transposition at the touch of a button.
The Haunted Piano library costs £9.95 GBP. Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later full version.
This samplepack contains 123 samples recorded from a Cicuit Bent Turkish Toyphone.
It has three subfolders containing a) sounds from the Toyphone before bending, (including the numbers from 0-9 in Turkish)*, b) unprocessed Circuit Bent sounds and c) a selection of sounds created with the Toyphone and a Kaoss Pad quad.
*handy if you’ve always wanted to do that Turkish cover of Kraftwerk’s ‘Numbers’
Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of EK470 Mark2, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The EK470 mark2 is a lucky bag. Although its sound source is a low-cost, garbage toy keyboard for just 25 EUR, all the sounds are incredibly warm and charming. You can lose yourself just playing along this analog sounds, being inspired by its character and possibilities. Beside that, the graphical interface is also worth mentioned which make you turn knobs and switch buttons.
The structure of EK470 mark2 is based on 2 simultaneous sound slots, each can be feeded with every of the 24 sounds and has separate volume and pan knob. Beside that, the first slot provides an additional -12 to 12 semitones pitch knob. We selected the best 24 sound patches out of 99 available patches the original keyboard provides. We recorded every third minor note, looped the sound and processed it if needed.
EK470 Mark2 features
One complex Kontakt patch with 24 single sounds available twice (2 sound slots).
18 programmed patches, covering a range of pianos, pads, organs and fx-sounds.
Includes various parameters to shape the sound:
3 EQ´s called „RADIO”, „A.FLT” and „HIFI”.
Rotary- , cabinet- and distortion-fx.
Reverb and delay.
2 different volume envelopes, called „PAD” and „SQR”.
„RND” function sets all(!) parameter and sound selections by random.
Bonus: Includes previous instrument version “Super Sound EK 470″.
The sample library is available to purchase for 28 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 full version.
Sampleism has launched ToyBoy by Pluggotic, a rompler based on four sampled toy-keyboards with distinct sonics and soundsets.
64 PCM instruments can be played, and edited through two twin layers with multimode filtering, envelopes, retriggered lfos and fxs.
ToyBoy features several pianos, brasses, strings and keyboards, tuned and detuned synths, percussives like celesta, kalimba, vibes, bells, music boxes, xilophones as well as choir, hawaiian guitar, telephone tones, distorted guitar and pizzicato strings.
All instruments can be played raw, edited, filtered, detuned, enhanced with five effects, layered to build different sounds.
Rompler/s+s synth for Kontakt 4.2.3 or newer versions.
64 raw lo-fi instruments, 30 looped. 584 16bit44100 waves, 152Mb.
Varied sampling range for each keyboard, all sounds uniformed to 5 octaves.
5 effects, from cabinet and modulations to 9 ir stereo reverbs.
Arpeggiator and quick tweaks section.
Host-automated controls & midi-learn.
Presets, 64 naked/original and 64 categorized presets (arp/key/pad).
Includes ToyBeat: All drums, percussions and soundeffects from the four toy-keyboards in one instrument.
ToyBoy for Kontakt costs £7 GBP. It is also available bundled with Artifunkt in the Pluggotic Synth Bundle, priced at £9 GBP.
First is a brand new but redundant VHS video deck someone gave me which I promptly pulled to pieces and tortured, then are some little wind up toys that I recorded sitting on top of an old 16mm film canister. Third is a strange little prop: an antique herb grinder that I bought in a junk store, which has a great squeak that can be performed at various speeds. Fourth are some sounds I made on my modular synth – analogue synthesis is one form of religion I subscribe to – watch your bass bins is all I can say! Fifth is a green watering can – the kind of practical Xmas present you might like, but as it is metal and very resonant I managed to extract some unique sounds from it when it contained a little bit of water & I could bend the pitch of the resonance. And lastly are some very strange glass squeaks!
The sample pack is a free download for HISS and a ROAR subscribers (subscription free).
Audio Geek Zine has released Pink Piano, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Pink Piano is made from a First Act brand “Grand Piano” I found at a thrift store. It’s made of cheap wood and the sound is created by the clacky plastic keys hitting some metal tines inside. It sounds broken. My kid loves it and like all musical toys I buy, I planned to meticulously sample it.
The recording was done at 24-bit; 96kHz using a pair of small diaphragm cardioid condensers and an omni condenser in the center. Each note was recorded at 3 velocities. Noise reduction was applied, the three mics were mixed, then each note was cut with the perfect start time, length and each set of velocities was set to specific peak levels. Finally the files were mapped across the keys in KONTAKT. This was all incredibly time consuming.