AudioThing releases Toy Bars for Kontakt

AudioThing has announced the release of Toy Bars, a music toy instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

AudioThing Toy Bars

Toy Bars features samples from a forgotten musical toy. The instrument consists of a small glockenspiel operated by the chunky keys.

The sounds were sampled with condenser and binaural microphones, with 5 round robin repetitions. The key release noises were sampled separately and can be adjusted to taste. The library also includes hits on the back of the plastic case along with slowed down samples.

Toy Bars features

  • 8 Kontakt Instruments (.nki).
  • 5 Round Robin samples.
  • Two mics: condenser and binaural.
  • 102 Samples (44.1kHz / 24-bit).
  • Formats: Kontakt and WAV.

The library is available for the introductory price of 6.40 EUR until February 22nd, 2015 (regular 8 EUR).

More information: AudioThing / Toy Bars


Modartt releases Toy Piano for Pianoteq

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Modartt has announced Toy Piano, a new instrument library for Pianoteq based on a Michelsonne “piano miniature”.

Pianteq Toy Piano

Often encountered as a child’s toy, toy pianos are usually no more than 50 cm (20 inches) in width, and made out of wood or plastic. The sound is produced by small hammers striking metal rods.

Its unique timbre resembles more the celesta or the glockenspiel than the piano. This unusual sound has been somewhat of a key appeal to many composers and performers through the centuries, who used the toy piano as a real musical instrument. The Pianoteq virtual copy is modelled after a two-octave Michelsonne toy piano and is extended to four octaves.

The Toy Piano is included in the Celeste instrument pack, available for purchase for 49 EUR. Requires the latest Pianoteq update 5.1.3.

More information: Pianoteq / Toy Piano


Loopmasters releases Robotica sample pack

Loopmasters has launched Robotica, a sample pack featuring a collection of twisted and abused electronic talking toys by extreme samplist MIDI Error.

Loopmasters Robotica

Mr Error is back to his old tricks tormenting innocent inanimate objects, this time armed with a PZ2 insulated screwdriver and a wet finger he has managed to coax strange garbled electronic noises and words from a collection of dusty electronic toys and games for your listening pleasure.

Every sound in this collection has come from genuinely abused toys mic-ed and hardwired to a chain of devastating audio effects including Bitcrushers, Watkins Tape Delay, Mooger Fooger Pedals and then plumbed into a vintage Reel to Reel tape machine for some warm Analog saturation.

During the last moments of their inevitable death and whilst under heavy interrogation these battery operated kid’s companions spat out their entire vocal range and then some, luckily our sample hero was there to capture it all to tape.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Robotica


HeadlessBuddha Samples releases Grandpa Toy Piano for Kontakt

HeadlessBuddha Samples has launched Grandpa Toy Piano, a toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

HeadlessBuddha Samples Grandpa Toy Piano

It’s not perfectly tuned, it’s a worn and aged little piano, it’s got a lot of character, it makes some noise when we release some keys, and it’s beautiful.

Obviously we at HeadlessBuddha Samples sampled this 60’s toy through some worn cassette tape but this time we wanted to capture more subtleties and details than we usually do, so we spent a lot of time and energy on it. I think it’s our best Kontakt instrument to date and we’re very proud to present it to you.

Grandpa Toy Piano features

  • 7 velocity layers and 2 round robins per note plus release samples.
  • 1 Kontakt instrument.
  • 44.1kHz/24 bit .wav format.
  • All recorded through cassette tape.
  • A set of 18 custom impulse responses.
  • 550Mb installed.

The library is available for purchase for $35 USD.

More information: HeadlessBuddha Samples / Grandpa Toy Piano


Rattly And Raw releases The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends

Rattly And Raw has announced The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends, a toy piano instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Rattly And Raw The Stupidly huge toy pianos and friends

Toy pianos are usually limited to being a great little additional tinkly instrument, but with usually only a few keys, a simple additional colour at best!
Not for Rattly And Raw…
We were not going to be put off by the annoyingly small key range of real toy pianos! We loved the sound and wanted to expand the tiny key-range of this childish characterful sound into, well, a huge key-range of childish characterful sound.

So we did…

Two massive 5 octave toy pianos constructed from genuine toy piano recordings, loose tines, prepared piano recordings, celeste recordings, multiple mic positions, convolution based body resonance and lots of tweaking.

The Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends features

  • Two multisampled FIVE OCTAVE toy piano instruments.
  • Controls to mix between different mic options and layers.
  • Lofi/fx controls.
  • 2 custom made convolution reverbs.
  • Velocity manager (super useful for dialling in performance data).
  • 2 multisampled concert celestes with loads of controls and options.
  • 4 other bonus instruments including two toy pianos, a set of suspended tines and a basic prepared piano.
  • Over 3GB of samples (uncompressed).

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £20 GBP.

More information: Rattly And Raw / Stupidly huge toy pianos & friends


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