Versilian Studios releases Marimba & Etherealwinds Harp (free)

Versilian Studios has released Marimba and Etherealwinds Harp, two new instrument plugins and Kontakt sound libraries.

Versilian Studios Marimba

The Marimba is a relative of the xylophone, distinct for its large, typically semi-tubular resonators found underneath the keys, and larger range than its smaller counterpart. Its history is complex, having early origins in Africa and Central America, but it found a prominent home in the halls of America’s Vaudeville at the start of the 20th Century. The marimba is unique from many modern instruments in that its playing style is still evolving quite rapidly, with new applications and playing techniques coming forth every few years.

Marimba features

  • 4-6 RR, 3 velocity layers. Very dynamic sound.
  • 3 mixable mic positions: Main, Close, and Ribbon.
  • Pre-recorded rolls at different velocities.
  • Performance by professional mallets player.

The Marimba is available for purchase for $15 USD.

The Etherealwinds Harp features the sounds of a diatonic folk harp recorded by the Newgrounds musician Etherealwinds.

Versilian Studios Etherealwinds Harp

Folk/lever harps differ from their big orchestral brothers by having a smaller range, and additionally by the functionality of their tuning system. On a pedal harp, the orchestral staple, levers at the base, activated by foot, control all the notes of the same variety (so if you change C to C#, all the C’s are sharped). However, on lever harps, each note has an independent “sharping lever”, which can raise that particular note by a half step. This system only allows a halfstep of motion- each octave has to be sharpened if it is desired. In addition, the smaller body of the lever harp gives it a different overall tone than their big brothers.

Etherealwinds Harp features

  • Diatonically sampled, 2x RR, 3 velocity layers.
  • Celtic Lever/Folk Harp with a delicate, warm tone.
  • Full Decays Sampled.
  • Played and recorded by Newgrounds musician Etherealwinds.

The Etherealwinds Harp is available for download at no charge.

Versilian Studios has also released updated versions of Tubular Bells and Timpani, which resolve some issues, enhance the user interface, and add functionalities.

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Versilian Studios releases Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 & VS Chamber Orchestra

Versilian Studios has announced the release of Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 and VS Chamber Orchestra, three new virtual instruments.

Versilian Studios Timpani
Kontakt version of Versilian Studio’s Timpani virtual instrument.

New Versilian Studios instruments

  • Timpani: Extensively sampled Timpani (Wholetone sampling; 4-6x RR, 5 Velocity Layers, stereo). Available for Kontakt and also as a VSTi/AU. Price $15 USD.
  • VS Upright No. 1: Medium-sized sampled upright piano ideal for sketches (3 velocity layers, 2x RR, sampled in tritones to reduce size). Available as a VSTi/AU. Free or donation.
  • VS Chamber Orchestra: Very light selection of orchestral and wind ensemble instruments ideal for beginner composers (featuring concert flute, clarinet, bassoon, F horn, trumpet, tenor bone, bass bone, tubular bells, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, large percussion section, harp, piano, solo violin, and violin section, all using accurate ranges). Free or donation.

Versilian Studios has also ported a number of its previously released products to the Kontakt format.

  • Dan Tranh: Vietnamese pentatonic zither that uses metal strings.
  • Tubular Bells: Suspended chimes used to emulate church bells in orchestral music.
  • Glockenspiel: Deep-sampled chime-like mallet instrument.
  • Handchimes: Strange cross between a hand-bell and a tuning fork.

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Versilian Studios releases Glockenspiel, Hand-Chimes & Miscellania II instrument plugins

Versilian Studios has released three new virtual instrument products: a chromatically-sampled Glockenspiel, a set of Hand-Chimes, and Miscellania II: Bells and Chimes, a mixed selection of metallic percussion.

Versilian Studios Glockenspiel
Unlike most sampled glocks, you get to hear the full natural impact of the mallet and get a full range of dynamics.

New Versilian Studios instruments

  • Glockenspiel:
    • 4x Multi-Sampling; Chromatic.
    • Three Velocity Layers.
  • Hand-Chimes:
    • 2x Multi-Sampling; Chromatic.
    • Unique sound- great replacement for celesta or glockenspiel.
  • Miscellania II – Bells and Chimes:
    • Follow-up to the “Miscellania I: Horror” plug-in.
    • Contains six octaves (incl. accidentals) filled with metallic percussion.

Glockenspiel and Hand-Chimes are available to purchase for $10 USD and $5 USD respectively. Miscellania II is a free download. The instruments are available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

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Versilian Studios releases Miscellania I: Horror

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.

Versilian Studios Miscellania I - Horror

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

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Versilian Studios releases Dan Tranh virtual instrument

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Versilian Studios Dan Tranh

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.
  • Effects.
  • 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

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