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Uvi.net introduces UVI Grand Piano for Mac

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UVI Grand Piano

UVI.net has announced the release of the UVI Grand Piano for Mac, a virtual piano instrument.

UVI Grand Piano is the easiest way to turn your Mac into a wonderful piano : simply plug a MIDI keyboard in your computer and you’re ready to play one of the best instruments ever made, a Steinway™ Model D Grand Piano.

UVI Instruments are well known and have been deeply used by professional musicians and producers for more than a decade thanks to some unique software like MOTU MachFive™, Ethno™ and BPM™, Spectrasonics Stylus™ and Atmosphere™, UVI Workstation™… to name a few.

UVI Grand Piano features the best of the UVI technology and the most efficient user interface to play the piano: launch it and play !

UVI Grand Piano features

  • Super easy to use and great sounding instrument.
  • Steinway™ Grand Piano Model D.
  • Recorded in a world class studio.
  • Deeply multi-sampled (sustain, release, pedal noise…).
  • Expertly edited and scripted using the latest UVI Engine.
  • Low Memory usage thanks to lossless realtime decoding : only 400 MB for a 3 GB source.
  • Custom velocity curves to fit your playing style.
  • Superb integrated convolution reverb.
  • CPU efficient.
  • Ultra low latency.
  • Compatible with built-in or third party sound cards.
  • Compatible with all USB/MIDI keyboards and controllers.

The UVI Grand Piano is now available to purchase at the Apple App Store for a special introductory price of $29.99 USD / € 23.99 EUR until 31 January, 2011 (regular $49.99 USD).

More information: Uvi.net / UVI Grand Piano

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank introduces Complete Toy Museum, sampled musical toys

Ultimate Sound Bank Complete Toy Museum

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank has released Complete Toy Museum, a collection of sampled toys.

Complete Toy Museum features tons of marvelous “ready to play” presets from more than 300 musical toys. A massive 20 GB library containing more than 21 000 samples and loops carefully recorded in 24 bit / 96 khz with the best gear on earth.

For a limited period, Complete Toy Museum is shipped with a lovely hardback art book called “Toy Instrument”. In this art book you’ll discover throughout 192 pages the design and nostalgia inspired by these musical machines. Introduction by DJ Spooky, images and text by Eric Schneider, the man behind the Electric Toy collection!

Complete Toy Museum (including the full version of UVI Workstation and the book Toy Instruments) is now available to purchase for $499 USD. The library is also available as digital download at UVI SoundSource.

More information: Ultimate Sound Bank / Complete Toy Museum

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank updates UVI Workstation to v1.1.3

UVI Workstation

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank has released version 1.1.3 of UVI Workstation, a virtual instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

UVI Workstation is a multi-timbral instrument that provides unlimited parts, integrated effects, live performance features, and a smooth real-time workflow. With UVI Workstation, we’ve added powerful new features that help make your music production experience more efficient and enjoyable.

Changes in UVI Workstation v1.1.3

  • [Imp] Optimized convolution reverb.
  • [Fix] Fix issue with presets containing release triggered samples.
  • [Imp] Progress bar for UFS indexing.
  • [Fix] WASAPI support now working correctly.

UVI Workstation is available to download as a freeware instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/MAS).

More information: UVI Sound Source

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank releases Acoustic Toy Museum

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank Acoustic Toy Museum

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank has announced the release of Acoustic Toy Museum, a collection of sampled toy instruments.

For the first time, hundreds of musical toys were used to create a magical and unique sound library that will add innocence and freshness into your productions. Deeply multi-sampled in 24 bits / 96 kHz and meticulously recorded in the very best conditions using world-class microphones and Class-A equiment, each instrument sounds authentic and soulful.

Acoustic Toy Museum features

  • Toy Pianos and Keys — By far, this is the most complete selection of Toy Pianos around the word, featuring the famous Michelsonne pianos, rare wood pianos and other keyboards.
  • Xylo and Metal — A fair amount of xylophones and metallophones, sanza, and Clavi-Harp.
  • Children Bells — Simple bells, key-triggered bells, and chimes.
  • Toy Guitars — Two small guitars and two ukuleles. Multisamples, chords and loops expertly played in various tempo and for every key, so you can play riffs in any song.
  • Music Boxes — An Aladdin’s cave of music boxes! From old and crispy models, to the most clean with typical tones. Presets with different samples randomly played for every note are included for the classic models.
  • Baby Drums — Two different drum sets, a children school one and a very cheap cardboard one, both recorded in a professional studio and played with talent by a monster studio session drummer.
  • Baby Percussions — More than a dozen different percussions to cover a wide-range of needs. Loops played by an excellent percussionist also included.
  • Melodicas and co — Along with the prominent melodicas, you’ll find other reed instruments like accordions and harmonicas.
  • Blow Toys — Recorders, whistles, tiny trumpets… basically anything that can be blown into.
  • Musical Gadgets — Everything that couldn’t be sorted: from the giggle stick to the puzzling boom whackers.
  • Ancient Automates — Animated plush animals with ancient looks.
  • Kindergarten — Warning: you must at most be 36-month old to play with this category. Roly-poly toys, moo boxes, play centers, everything the youngests need.

Acoustic Toy Museum is now available to purchase for $349 USD (includes the full version of UVI Workstation).

More information: Ultimate Sound Bank / Acoustic Toy Museum

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank releases UVI Workstation v1.1

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank UVI Workstation

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank has released version 1.1 of UVI Workstation, a powerful free sample player for PC and Mac.

To celebrate the first year of UVI SoundSource’s official opening, we are proud to introduce a new version of the UVI Workstation.

Version 1.1 features some unique functions for a FREE sample player including one of the most complete arpeggiator in the market, a full compatibility with 64 bits PC computers, comprehensive search engine inside the UVI Soundbanks and more. It’s free and you can download it right away !

Changes in UVI Workstation v1.1

  • Complete Arpeggiator.
  • Search feature in Browser for UVI Sounds.
  • Full compatibility with 64 bits PC computers.
  • Tap Tempo.
  • WASAPI support in Windows StandAlone version (only available on Vista and Windows 7).
  • Multi prev/next button.
  • Append Multi.

UVI Workstation is available as a free download for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS).

More information: UVISoundSource.com

Ultimate Sound Bank releases Grand Piano Collection

Ultimate Sound Bank Grand Piano Collection

Ultimate Sound Bank has announced the release of Grand Piano Collection, a bundle of 5 sampled piano instruments.

“In the maze of piano sample libraries, Grand Piano Collection has a very unique place: the UVI philosophy regarding pianos is to propose truly musical and excellent sounding presets, but with a convenient and “realistic” size (around 20 GB for 5 instruments). It’s also the most versatile library, thanks to the choice of very different sounding instruments..”, said Alain Etchart, Founder and Director of Marketing at Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank.

“Grand Piano Collection features surely some of the best sounding sampled pianos in the market. True to our beliefs, we don’t think it’s about figures (like velocity, memory, number of microphones) but about feeling. A good sounding piano is a rare alchemy between the instrument, the acoustic in the recording studio, the microphones and above all, the engineer’s taste. These pianos are not our first endeavour, in fact we did sample many more, so we had the chance to see the expertise turn up.”

Grand Piano Collection features

  • Steinway D Concert Grand
  • Fazioli F278 Concert
  • Erard Baby Grand Piano
  • Seiler Upright Grand
  • Japanese Upright

Grand Piano Collection is now available for PC and Mac for $249 USD (includes the full version of UVI Workstation).

More information: Ultimate Sound Bank / Grand Piano Collection

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank releases Italian Grand Piano

Ultimate Sound Bank Italian Grand Piano

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank has announced the release of Italian Grand Piano, a new sample library for the UVI Workstation, featuring a Fazioli F278 model Italian Grand Piano.

For that kind of unique instrument, we did choose a very unique gear: the microphone set-up was a matched pair of Neumann M150 and the preamp/converters were the ones from the acclaimed Nagra D2. A unique combination of exceptional gear for the first time in sampling a piano library.

The UVI philosophy regarding pianos is to propose truly musical and excellent sounding presets using a convenient and realistic size (7 GB for this one).

Thanks to UVI Engine’s advanced keygroup layers and rule switching, the sustain pedal and release samples perform and “feel” like a real piano.

At the end of the process, during the editing of samples, we consulted a great instrumentalist to test the result of this work, then we were able to even improve the instrument’s response to make it really enjoyable.

This wonderful UVI Soundcard fully completes our Grand Piano series, putting forward, once again, an excellent sounding piano with true musicality.

Italian Grand Piano is available for purchase for $89 USD.

More information: UVISoundSource.com

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank releases Hip Hop Planet

Ultimate Sound Bank Hip Hop Planet

Univers Sons / Ultimate Sound Bank have announced the release of Hip Hop Planet, an urban sample library from the brand new EKOLOOPZ series.

This library was produced the same way the best Hip Hop and R’n B tunes are. From creating and mixing the construction kits – with a unique way to analyse and process the sounds -, to the mastering, done at Sterling Sounds in New York by top mastering engineer Chris Gerhinger. The result is that punchy sound you won’t find anywhere else. All recorded at 24-bit 96 kHz resolution.

Hip Hop Planet features

  • 87 construction kits produced by Eric K-Roz for EKOLOOPZ.
  • From these kits were extracted over 3.5 GB and thousands of all-new, never-before-released loops, samples and beats:
    • Sliced loops ∓ phrases.
    • Individual sounds sorted by type and by construction kits.
    • Ready to use drumkits.
    • BPM data including patterns, kits, and pattern + kits.
    • Instruments “X-Samples” : ready to play “sample” instrument extracted from construction kits.

Hip Hop Planet is now available for $149 USD (includes the full version of UVI Workstation).

More information: Ultimate Sound Bank