ThaLoops releases Viola instrument library

ThaLoops has announced the release of Viola, a virtual instrument from the Colors of Sound series provided in Kontakt, Soundfont and ThaLoops Player formats.

ThaLoop Viola

The acoustic viola was sampled in a high-class studio by Latvian National Symphony Orchestra violist. Years of experience playing in the symphony orchestra are represented in ThaLoops Viola virtual instrument. The instrument is built using 851 24-bit wav samples of various articulations covering 5 velocity layers per note and trigger release sounds. Presets of detache, legato, staccato, pizzicato, glissandos and trills are available. ThaLoops Viola is recommended both for accompaniment and solo purposes.

3 1/2 octaves are mapped across keyboard range beginning at C0 and up for Detache, Staccato, Pizzicato and Trills presets. Legato and solo switch button is provided in Kontakt sampler’s interface, the switch is also available by using MIDI key C4. Ascending and descending glissando presets were programmed covering each viola’s string (A, C, D and G) starting with the first position and continuing up semitone by semitone.

ThaLoops Viola is available for purchase in Kontakt, Soundfont and free ThaLoops Player formats, priced at $24.99 USD.

More information: ThaLoops / Viola

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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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8Dio Productions releases Adagietto ensemble string section for Kontakt

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8Dio Adagietto

8Dio Productions has announced the release of Adagietto, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Adagietto is a compilation of the gorgeous Ensemble Strings from our Adagio Series.

We hand-picked, reprogrammed and polished our favorite ensemble articulations and the end-result is an incredibly flexible, playable and expressive string library. In essence you have the full string ensemble (Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses) all at your finger tips in one patch.

In addition Adagietto contains individual string sections of all patches, so you can isolated each string section when/if needed. The whole thing just works. No hassle.

Adagietto features

  • Full Ensemble String Section.
  • Individual String Sections for Violins, Violas, Cellos & Basses.
  • 12.2GB / 18.735 Samples.
  • Direct download / Cloud Server System.

Adagietto is available to purchase for the introductory price of $349 USD until February 1st, 2014 (regular $399 USD).

More information: 8Dio / Adagietto

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Spitfire Audio releases Sable String Vol 2

Spitfire Sable Vol 2

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Sable Volume 2, a string library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Spitfire are delighted to release the hotly anticipated second volume in our detailed new String library. Volume 2 contains the Violin 2 section (providing you with a smaller totally different group of violinists, sat in a different position to give you a true orchestral spread), Viola and Bass sections, and between volumes 1 and 2 you have an incredibly beautiful and dynamic, responsive collection of players.

Each section is fully controllable individually, and is recorded with 7 mic positions, through rare and classic mics in one of the greatest recording studios in the world, through Neve ‘Montserrat’ mic pres and then on through the Neve 88R onto tape, and finally through Prism converters into Protools at 96k. We present the library in Kontakt 4.2.4 and higher format (FULL VERSION OF KONTAKT REQUIRED) at 48k, 24bit.

The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £299 GBP until May 14th, 2013 (regular £399 GBP). Prices ex VAT.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Sable Volume 2

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8Dio releases Adagio Violas Vol. 1 for Kontakt

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8Dio Adagio Violas Vol 1

8Dio has announced the release of Adagio Violas Vol. 1, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The third installment of our highly acclaimed Adagio series is now available for download. The Adagio Violas contain three main groups of Violas: Full Ensemble (7), Divisi (3) and Solo (1), all of which were sampled extensively.

Adagio Violas Vol. 1 features

  • Deep-sampled orchestral ensemble, divisi & solo violas.
  • Recorded in rich church w/ 3 mic. positions (close, combo, far).
  • Ensemble violas (7). divisi violas (3). solo viola (1).
  • Uniquely recorded legato types with up to 4-way round robin.
  • New articulations (ex. dynamic bowing, loure, tons of sordino).
  • 17GB / 29.943 samples.
  • Kontakt +4.2 or later required.

The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $249 USD until May 1st, 2013 (regular $299 USD).

More information: 8Dio Productions / Adagio Violas Vol. 1

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