Organic Loops releases Real Strings Vol 6 – Broken Chords

Organic Loops has launched Real Strings Vol 6 – Broken Chords, a loops library of violins, performing the distinctive texture of rolling arpeggios.

Organic Loops Real Strings Vol 6 - Broken Chords

There are 94 chord patterns, recorded across 4 bars, at 100 and 120 bpm. The loops cover major, minor and open 5th chords, and unusual patterns like augmented, diminished and sus chords. The pack also includes sustained notes with rising and falling dynamics.

The pack really comes to life for producers who own Kontakt 5 as they are treated to a fully scripted performance instrument that features a customisable preset of up to 8 Broken (arpeggiated) chord patterns, a two octave spread of single notes to compliment the arpeggios and a reverb module to add air to the sounds and loops. Real Strings – Broken Chords features clever key switching allowing producers to change between the 8 loaded sequences on the fly with the ability to also change the root key of each loop. Tempo changes are not a problem as the instrument will use Kontakt 5’s ability to follow your DAWs tempo.

The sample library is available for purchase for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Organic Loops / Real Strings Vol 6 Broken Chords


Aria Sounds releases London Symphonic Strings – First Violins

Aria Sounds London Symphonic Strings First Violins

Aria Sounds has announced the release of London Symphonic Strings – First Violins, an orchestral instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The first part of the “London Symphonic Strings”; the “first violins”, boasting a huge range of articulations and techniques, as well as new scripting tech and possibilities. This is a must own, as either your perfect go-to string library for any composing needs, or as a considerable addition to your existing string palette. Recorded 24 bit at 48000Khz with four mic positions (Close, Main, Rigs and Room) in a wonderful sounding hall, LSS First Violins boasts the first user controllable slow gliss/slide patch, allowing you to perform long glissandos between any two notes, without the aid of synthesized pitch bends or artificial means, of course the essential patches, different types of legato and legato patches, less common articulations, and a collection of string sound percussive sounds, experimental sounds and builds.

The range of articulations is listed below, with many true legato patches, bowed/fingered legato, more varied types of detached notes, muted patches etc. Boasting a huge range of articulations and techniques, new scripting tech and possibilities available from a sample library, with a fantastic four mic positions, Close, Main (conductor position), Rigs, and Room.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £29.99 GBP until February 11th, 2015 (RRP £49.99 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4 and above.

More information: Aria Sounds / LSS – First Violins


Virharmonic launches Winter Madness with sale & Violin Freebie

Virharmonic has launched Winter Madness, a limited time sale on its virtual instrument libraries.

Virharmonic Winter Madness

We have prepared promotional pricing for the upcoming 12 days and the special pricing will last till the end of 24th December.

We are also proud to announce our upcoming series called Soul Capture. This series is the largest project we have ever undertaken and we can’t wait to share more with you, but to prevent an injury from the overwhelming anticipation, we are providing a Violin Freebie to settle the nerves. Violin Freebie is now available on our product page and it is completely free – just add to cart and process like a normal order with the main difference of not needing your credit card.

2015 will bring more updates to our Choral Series and the launch of Soul Capture series and we believe that it will be a very exciting Year.

The sale ends December 24th, 2014.

More information: Virharmonic


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


Patchpool releases Ambient Strings for MachFive 3

Patchpool has annonunced the release of Ambient Strings, a sound library for MachFive 3 by MOTU.

Patchpool Ambient Strings

Ambient Strings focusses on atmospheric sounds and textures derived from string instruments like cello, violin (electric and acoustic), electric and acoustic guitars, psaltery (ebowed, plucked and bowed) and oud.

The patches combine textural sounds, multisampled acoustic instruments and more exotic instrument articulations with electronic textures all derived from the dry instrument samples to create wonderful, ethereal, dark and mysterious sound worlds. Expressive multisampled instruments, temposynced instrument sequences and morphable soloistic phrases are also included in this library.

16 patches patches/instruments have scripted interfaces for extended sound manipulation, a snapshot system especially developed for this library allows the user to save and recall 5 snapshots, or recall the 5 snapshots programmed into the patches by default. So on top of the 75 patches this library ships with another 64 snapshot variations.

Ambient Strings features

  • 3.35 GB of original samples (wavs/stereo/48 Khz/24 Bit), 6 impulse responses, 4 single cycles, a small fraction of samples was borrowed from other patchpool libraries.
  • 75 patches (including 3 low CPU variations) plus 64 snapshot variations inside the scripted patches, combining all synthesis forms available in MachFive 3.
  • All non-scripted patches have the Modwheel and the 8 Macros assigned in the info tab, quite a few also use Aftertouch.

The sound library is available for purchase for 68 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Ambient Strings


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