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

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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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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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Prime Loops releases Nightmare Strings sample pack

Prime Loops Nightmare Strings

Prime Loops has launched Nightmare Strings, a huge sample library of painstakingly recorded violin played by Benjamin Talbott with tempos ranging.

This collection of dark and melodic string samples is suitable for a wide range of users looking to bring a magical, organic edge to their productions. Weather you are writing tense dance music for the club or scoring atmospheric themes for broadcast, Nightmare Strings will offer you plenty of inspiration for your next project!

Our latest artist signing Benjamin Talbott is a multi-instrumentalist and an award winning composer and established producer. He has worked as a music director, lyricist and writer, and has been involved professionally writing and directing music since 2007.

Nightmare Strings is an orchstral sound library of unrivalled quality and versatility boasting over 855MB loops of solo and quartet pieces with a gritty honesty to them, every breath and stroke is heard and at no point have the loops been sugar coated, freeing you up to process them however you see fit.

Nightmare Strings features

  • 93 Bittersweet Progressions.
  • 304 FX & One Shots.
  • 53 Nightmare Waltzes.
  • 14 Plucked Progressions.
  • 25 Tension Builders.
  • 33 Warped Progressions.

The sample pack is available for purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Nightmare Strings

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8Dio releases Agitato Grandiose Legato Bundle

8Dio has announced the release of the Agitato Grandiose Legato Bundle, a new instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring ensemble violins (11 players) and divisi violins (3 players).

8Dio Agitato Grandiose Legato

Produced by Academy Award, TEC and G.A.N.G Award Winning Composer, Troels Folmann and Emmy Nominated composer, Colin O’Malley. The 8Dio Agitato Expansion series is the third branch to our existing Adagietto and Adagio String Collections. The Agitato Expansion series addresses to most sought-after sting articulations, including Grandioso Soaring Legato, Hyper-Fast Legato, True Ostinato and Soaring Sordino. Agitato was recorded in the same large and lush church as our Adagio & Adagietto series.

Agitato Grandiose Legato is inspired by the soaring melodic styles of Williams and Mancini and designed as fast melodic leads for any string library of your choice.

Agitato Grandiose Legato bundle consists of 14 different types of legato, starting with our new beautiful and smooth sustain x-fade. We also included more gentle legatos (ex. gentle and gentle detache), however if you are looking for a traditional soaring Hollywood inspired sound – we recommend our two Mancini Legatos, which brings forward that gorgeous, intense molto vibrato. The bundle contains both Ensemble and Divisi Grandiose Legato. Fully compatible with the existing Adagio and Adagietto Strings Series, but also designed for full compatibility with any 3rd party string library.

Agitato Grandiose Legato contains a completely new legato system, which is more flexible then ever. You have full control over dynamics and expression, including the ability to link the two. In addition we have a new highly adaptive legato speed system, which really allows the legato to adapt to your compositional style and preference.

The library is available for purchase for $149 USD.

More information: 8Dio / Agitato Grandiose Legato Bundle

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