Versilian Studios has released Miscellania I: Horror, a sound effects plug-in which contains approximately 75 samples from a variety of sources centered around horror and sci-fi soundscapes.
A happy Halloween from everyone here at Versilian Studios with this fun little plug-in of six whole octaves (including black notes) of spooky effects and more, the first part of a series of light effects plug-ins to come out over the next few months.
This plugin contains zaps, whirring, percussive metallic hits, strange cymbal/gong sounds, bubbling, instrumental effects, and even a nature ambience.
It is designed for use by cinematic/ambient composers and sound designers looking for a basis for a scary or interesting soundscapes.
The plugin is available to download free of charge for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).
More information: Versilian Studios / Miscellania I: Horror
Versilian Studios launched Dan Tranh, an extensively sampled virtual Dan Tranh instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.
The Dan Tranh is a traditional zither originating from Vietnam. It is considerably longer than its European and American cousins, and is also tuned as a pentatonic instrument. 16-17 metal strings run the length of the instrument with bridges halfway for each string.
In traditional performance on this instrument, one hand plucks the strings on one side of these bridges using plectrums (finger-picks) and the other hand bends the pitches of the notes as desired on the other side of the bridges. This allows an incredibly dynamic and unique performance which is very hard to sample and replicate.
Dan Tranh features
- c. 3 octaves of pentatonic (B) and chromatic range, including 4 velocity layers and at least 2xRR on each note.
- “Pentatonic Assist” – If you press a key not in the pentatonic scale when a pentatonic patch is loaded, it will play the closest previous note meaning you can use all white keys if you desire.
- Muted Plucks (2 Vel. Layers, 2xRR).
- Sampled RR Tremolo and Vibrato.
- Full Glissandi (4 speed, 3 VL, 2xRR).
- Complete Product Manual.
The plug-in is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at $25 USD. A free Lite version (normal and muted only) can be downloaded from the product page.
More information: Versilian Studios / Dan Tranh
Versilian Studios has announced the release of its Xylophone virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Xylophone is an ancient and common member of the percussion family, specifically the selection of pitched mallet percussion. It is formed of a line of pitched wooden (or synthetic) blocks. When hit with a mallet, the instrument produces a tone. Resonators (in the form of tubes) under the blocks give the instrument an added ring. Mallets may vary from a soft yarn mallet to a very hard rubber mallet (more suitable for full orchestral work) or in Dictatorships, the terrifying metal mallets of death, doom, and broken xylophones.
This virtual instrument includes three different mallet settings, recorded with two sets of microphones including Round Robin and multiple velocity layers for loads of fun! NB: This product uses the mod wheel.
- c. 3 1/2 Octaves of chromatic sampling.
- 2x Natural RR and 2 Velocity Layers.
- Compact GUI to minimize screen space.
- Two microphone ranges to mix.
The Xylophone instrument is available for Kontakt and in VST/AU plug-in formats. Until September 2nd, 2013, you can order for a “pay-what-you-like” price, with various rewards for donations.
More information: Versilian Studios / Xylophone
Versilian Studios has announced Tubular Bells, a sampled instrument for Windows.
Tubular Bells, otherwise known as Orchestra Chimes or Orchestra Bells, are a member of the percussion family often used to emulate the sound of church bells. It’s use is broad- everything from “epic orchestral” to concert band music and more.
This particular set has been deep-sampled to provide excellent playability and reasonably good sound quality, certainly good enough for any project. There is a very large dynamic range on the instrument, allowing it to ring out above the orchestra as it truly would, or sink behind quietly to just accent the flow of the piece. The chimes’ delays were recorded up to 10 seconds; pressing down the sustain pedal will unleash the full resonance of the chimes.
Tubular Bells features
- c. 1 1/2 Octaves of chromatic sampling.
- 2x Borrowed RR and 5 Velocity Layers.
- Compact GUI to minimize screen space.
- Faux Vibrato effect for spooky music.
Tubular Bells for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $10 USD.
More information: Versilian Studios / Tubular Bells
Versilian Studios has released Fretless Zither, a free virtual instrument plug-in.
The fretless zither is a simple “parlor instrument” consisting of a sound box with strings going across the top and a soundhole in the middle. To the left is generally a section of “chord” strings, which, when a set of these is strummed with the finger, will play a certain chord. To the right is a chormatic scale, generally two octaves, which consist of the “melody” half.
A friend showed me this one while I was visiting and I was instantly enthralled by the instrument despite its poor shape and complete lack of tuning. I spent a day tuning it and afterwards ended up recording some samples of the notes in a semi-studio setup. I compiled the samples I made into this basic fretless zither virtual instrument, using the Maize Sampler software.
The Fretless Zither is available to download for Windows (VST).
More information: Versilian Studios / Fretless Zither