Orange Tree Samples releases Pure Jazz Vibes for Kontakt

Orange Tree Samples Pure Jazz Vibes

Orange Tree Samples has launched Pure Jazz Vibes, a virtual vibraphone instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We developed Pure Jazz Vibes in collaboration with Chris Poehler of Lujon Audio, who arranged and oversaw the entire sample recording as well as contributing his invaluable expertise to the production of the sample library itself. One of our top priorities for Pure Jazz Vibes was getting a pristine, yet natural vibraphone tone. We auditioned several vibraphones, finally selecting a 70’s Musser Century Vibraphone due to its classic, warm tone. The Musser vibraphone is a legendary instrument, extensively used by vibraphone masters such as Gary Burton, Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Mainieri, and many others.

The vibraphone recording session was engineered by Michael Aarvold at the WaterSound Productions studio in the heart of Studio City, California. Regarding the choice of WaterSound’s studio to record the vibraphone samples, Michael says, “It has an exceptionally well-designed live room: the room maintains life and air in the sound, yet doesn’t superimpose a distinctive and undesirable sonic signature. It is also extremely quiet, which is very important when recording delicate textures and maintaining a room aspect to the sound.”

Pure Jazz Vibes features

  • Over 8 GB total 24-bit 48khz samples (uncompressed).
  • 4 dynamic layers, up to 7x round-robin, chromatically sampled.
  • Separately controllable close, mid, and far mic positions.
  • Modeled tremolo with adjustable speed and depth.

The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $99 USD until February 28th, 2014 (regular $129 USD).

More information: Orange Tree Samples / Pure Jazz Vibes

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VST Buzz launches sale on My Vibes for Kontakt – 50% off

Fluffy Audio My Vibes

VST Buzz has announced a limited time sale on My Vibes, a virtual instrument library for Kontakt by Fluffy Audio.

“My Vibes” is an incredible vibraphone library for NI Kontakt by Fluffy Audio. With a size of 1.6GB, its one of the most accurate sounding vibraphone libraries out there.

Perfect for jazz, orchestral, cinematic or any style of music, this library sounds absolutely beautiful. With 8 patches, 2 mic positions, 3 mallet types, 3x round robins and up to 6 velocity layers, My Vibes is the only vibraphone library you’ll ever need!

My Vibes is available to purchase at VST Buzz for $44.50 USD until December 24th, 2013 (regular $89 USD). Full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2.4 or above is required.

More information: VST Buzz

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VST Buzz offer 40% off Cool Vibes Jazz library for Kontakt

Art Vista Cool Vibes

VST Buzz has launched a promotion on Cool Vibes, offering a 40% discount on the virtual instrument library for Kontakt 5 by Art Vista.

Cool Vibes is a sample library of the Yamaha 3 1/2 octave Gold Tour Vibes played with soft mallets and with the motor engaged, allowing a true acoustic tremolo and full tube resonance to be recorded. It delivers the classic “cool” sound for a jazz combo, and the tremolo speed was calibrated to match the speed used by Milt Jackson of Modern Jazz Quartet. Eight presets are included with three stereo perspectives.

If you’re looking for the genuine Jazz vibraphone sound, this is the sample library for you. Sound on Sound reviewed it and said: “Art Vista have certainly squeezed the last drop of versatility out of this library, and, for those who want the unmistakable sound of real vibes, I’ve not heard better.”

The library is available from VST Buzz for $59 USD until December 3rd, 2013.

More information: VST Buzz

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Paper Stone Instruments releases Vibraphone for Kontakt

Paper Stone Instruments Vibraphone

Sampleism has announced the release of Vibraphone, a virtual instrument by Paper Stone Instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The PSI Vibraphone is a 1.9GB 37 note virtual instrument using Native Instruments lossless .ncw compressed format samples. Each note of our 1960s 3 octave Premier 751 vibraphone has been meticulously sampled in our cinematic live room.

There are 4 main instruments: Sustain (pedalled) with soft and medium felt beaters, Staccato (unpedalled) with medium felt and hard (rubber) beaters. All 4 have 3 velocity levels. There are also 3 bonus instrument: Muted (hand muted unpedalled), Soft beater Vibrato and medium beater Vibrato (both using the original 1960s tremolo effect). All 7 instruments were sampled using 3 pairs of stereo mics: centre (close) Stereo (wide) Room (distant).

The resulting instrument is lush and warm and playable in the full retail version of Kontakt V4.2.3 or above. (not the free Kontakt Player)

The Vibraphone library is available from Sampleism for RRP £29.99 GBP.

More information: Sampleism / PSI Vibraphone

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Soniccouture releases Vibraphone for Kontakt

Soniccouture Vibraphone

Soniccouture has announced the release of Vibraphone, a virtual instrument library for Kontakt & Kontakt Player.

Essentially a mechanised, 20th Century variation on the classic metallaphone, the vibraphone adds a constant modulation to its resonator tubes by the use of motorised fans.

The fans, or discs, cover the top of the resonator tube and spin in unison, allowing full or partial function of the resonator tube depending on which point of the cycle the motor is in.

The resulting tone is a type of tremolo effect – shimmering, golden, & very wobbly indeed; due to all resonators modulating together and thus aggregating the effect on the decaying notes.

Instruments that use this kind of global modulation (the Hammond C3/leslie is a similar example) are traditionally impossible to sample & model realistically, because if you record a single note with the tremolo active, it will be completely out of sync with all subsequent notes you record. Previous attempts to sample the vibraphone usually resorted to sampling the instrument with the motor/tremolo switched off, then approximating the effect later using filters modulated by an LFO to effect the change in timbre.

Soniccouture Vibraphone takes a completely new approach – by sampling the entire instrument twice. Once with the fans closed, once with them fully open, both times completely static – the motor switched off.

Once we have the full vibraphone sound sampled in both states – fans closed and fans open – we can then simply crossfade between them in Kontakt using a simple sinusoidal LFO. This gives not only the authentic, detailed timbre, but also full control over the speed of the tremolo, another essential element of the instrument missing from previous renderings.

Soniccouture Vibraphone

Vibraphone features

  • Kontakt Player Compatible.
  • 3,864 samples, 24bit 96khz Stereo Sampling.
  • 15GB Library (8GB with NCW compression).
  • True Tremolo Modelling.
  • 3.5 octaves: 41 notes, from C2 to F5.
  • 23 Velocity Layers.
  • Damped and undamped samples.
  • Intelligent Round Robin Mapping.

The Vibraphone costs 99 EUR. Until Midnight, 2nd November, 2013, you can get 15 EUR off MSRP with coupon code AIATTR74.

More information: Soniccouture / Vibraphone

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