Cinematique Instruments releases Ensemblia for Kontakt

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Ensemblia, a modern chamber orchestra library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia

ENSEMBLIA is the sound of a modern chamber orchestra that lets you easily write organic and truly natural music. A selected range of classical instruments combined with a fine mix of unique sounds are ready for your cinematic suspense, drama and comedy or even to give a special spice to your pop and R’n’B tracks.

Ensemblia was built to easily create beautiful polyphonic chamber arrangements and textures while you are just playing chords or single notes. We didn´t recorded phrases, a powerful 16step arranger will do it.

Ensemblia can layer up to 7 instruments at the same time and gives you a quick access to a broad range of timbres and tone colors while playing. A special voicing engine will split your notes and chords automatically into separate voices and lets you individually assign them to each particular instrument.

Building Ensemblia we aimed to create a modern minimalistic ensemble sound inspired by composers such as Michael Nyman, Philip Glass or Steve Reich. Ensemblia is a really helpful and inspiring tool for composers.

Ensemblia features

  • Instruments include violin, a viola, a cello and a horn in several articulation such as spiccato, staccato, pizzicato and long notes (normal, ponticello, harmonics), up to 5 velocity layer and 4 round robin variations.
  • Also includes Baritone Trombone (re-recorded), Marimba (C2-C5), Alto Glockenspiel, Upright Piano, Shruti Box, and Bowed Psaltery from the Cinematique Instruments library.
  • 2 separate patches: „longs“ and „shorts“. Instruments are spread over 7 slots – each of them provide separate mixing and editing options in order to compose the ensemble at your own requirements.
  • Kontakt interface with a master page and a mixer page, and shorts patch has an additional arranger page that lets you define and built up polyphonic 16 step patterns.
  • Both patches have a Voicing engine that lets you easily spread certain voices to particular instruments. While playing notes or chords Ensemblia automatically analyzes your playing and splits all incoming notes into 5 voices which are low – midlow – mid – midhigh – high. You can separately assign these 5 voices to each instrument at your own requirements.
  • The Arranger, a powerful 16 step ostinato engine that sets the velocity, the voicing and the octave for each step and instrument separately. The arranger plays the flexible pattern using only notes and chords that you are holding down. As a result you get versatile and inspiring musical patterns and riffs playable in all ranges and speed variations. There are no pre-recorded phrases. Optionally you can play in- or off-sync.

The library is available for purchase for 179 EUR. Requires Kontakt 4.22 full version.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Ensemblia

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Loopmasters releases Double Tiger – Horns of Dub

Loopmasters has launched Horns of Dub, a sample library by Double Tiger featuring a collection of classic Roots horns performed and recorded live through an all analogue signal path for maximum authenticity and then drenched in lovely Dub FX.

Double Tiger Horns of Dub

Horns of Dub is a high-grade blend of Trombone, Trumpet & Tenor Saxophone that together form the classic 1970s Reggae horn section featuring top New York session guys paying tribute to the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic styling’s of legendary Reggae horn players such as Dean Fraser, Felix (Deadly Headly) Bennett, Rico Rodriquez, Cedric Brooks and Dirty Harry.

All horn lines have been performed live and produced by Double Tiger to emulate the rawness, brute force and real authentic “dread” quality that we have heard on so many amazing recordings from Jamaica in the 70’s. There are 22 different themes with multiple melodies, harmonies, chord stab variations to choose from and also included both dry unaffected version and dubbed (effected) versions are available.

The sample library costs £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Horns of Dub

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Native Instruments releases Session Horns Pro

Native Instruments Session Horns Pro

Native Instruments has released Session Horns Pro, a major upgrade to the popular Session Horns, offering 10 times the power, flexibility and detail of the original.

SESSION HORNS PRO now provides users with an extended and comprehensive sample library of horn sounds, customizable horn sections of up to 6 instruments, and intelligent play modes for increased playability.

SESSION HORNS PRO’s highly detailed 30GB sample library comes with additional velocity layers, round robins and articulations. The instrument range is expanded to include three saxophones, two trombones, three trumpets, a tuba, and a flugelhorn. All instruments can be played solo or as a part of customizable horn sections. 38 horn section presets provide common section types from popular music, making the process of finding the right sound easy for users of every level.

SESSION HORNS PRO’s Animator feature is also boosted to include over 200 ready-to-play riffs – up to six phrases can be combined at once. The Smart Voice Split feature identifies the correct instrument for each note, providing authentic horn arrangements without needing sophisticated knowledge of arrangement techniques. 34 articulations,and added true vibrato samples deliver an exceptional level of authenticity throughout. The revamped mixer section also adds a new level in control over the final sound, both over individual instruments and via master effects such as compression, EQ, tape saturation, and a low-pass filter.

SESSION HORNS PRO was created in partnership with e-instruments – the specialists for intensely detailed sampled instruments. Thomas Koritke and his team have captured the clarity, sparkle, and liveliness of these horns in outstanding sound quality.

Session Horns Pro is available for purchase for $299 USD / 299 EUR / £249 GBP. Session Horns users can upgrade for $199 USD / 199 EUR / £169 GBP.

More information: Native Instruments / Session Horns Pro

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8Dio releases CAGE Brass Edition for Kontakt

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8Dio CAGE Brass Edition

8Dio Productions has launched CAGE Brass, the second release in the CAGE series of orchestral effects libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

CAGE Brass contains 22GB of deep-sampled orchestral effects. The library is divided into three core sections: French Horns, Trombones and Trumpets.

In addition CAGE Brass contains over 80.000 lines of code and our completely new CAGE Chaos Engine, which not only allows you to control over 1.500 sample parameters, but also allows you to randomize our new rack-FX system. In essence the CAGE Chaos Engine allows you to completely change everything – and we mean EVERYTHING – with a single click.

We highly encourage you to check out our CAGE videos, so you can get an insight how deep the rabbit hole goes on this product line. It is our greatest achievement till date in regards to user interface features and a taking the concept of Aleatoric music to a code level and giving you the ability to mangle EVERYTHING in real-time.

The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $339 USD until April 1st, 2014 (regular $399 USD).

More information: 8Dio / CAGE Brass

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Spitfire Audio releases BML Bones Vol 1 for Kontakt

Spitfire Audio Bones

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Bones Vol 1, a new British Modular Library series instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

BONES VOLUME 1, Features two sections; Tenor Trombones and Bass Bones both a2 (in future volumes you’ll get soloists, giving you 3 totally different players of each size on different instruments in different positions when played tutti) played by some of the greatest players on the planet today and recorded at Air Studios, London. Deeply sampled with an essential set of articulations, the most comprehensive set of mic positions all ingeniously scripted for an “it just plays out of the box experience”.

Composers have been travelling the world to come and record in London for many years now, our strings are formidable, alongside our woodwinds and brass. But the bones, well they’re just the backbone of any self respecting brass section! Maybe it’s the colliery tradition, the numerous symphony and chamber orchestras, the three major opera houses, several world class concert halls and 80+ theatre pits and buzzing film business in London alone. It leaves our brass players a cut above the rest of the world.

Bones Volume 1 also features many scripting and sampling innovations developed when producing our seminal Sable and Mural strings ranges and comes with the full feature set and intuitive GUI developed for the whole of the BML range. As you would expect with BML, Bones will feature a comprehensive selection of microphone perspectives and labour saving Jake Jackson mixes. Bones also has some additional expression features including intensity, tightness and control of release triggers to give even more human elements and a further ability to tweak.

The library costs £279 GBP. An introductory discount of 20% is available until March 18th, 2014.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Bones Vol 1

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