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8Dio Adagio Violins Vol 1.1 for Kontakt + Back To School Bundle

8Dio Adagio Violins

8Dio has announced the release of Adagio Violins Vol. 1.1, a sample library for Kontakt, containing over 33,300 polished samples and reprogramming of all articulations.

Produced by Academy Award, TEC and G.A.N.G Award Winning Composer, Troels Folmann and Emmy nominated composer and orchestrator, Colin O’Malley, 8Dio Adagio String Series marks the most expressive collection of deep-sampled emotional strings ever created. Adagio contains a variety of advanced techniques that were specifically developed for the library. The techniques allow you to create completely realistic string sequences with true emotion and passion. You don’t need to be a master orchestrator to sound great.

Changes in Adagio Violins v1.1

  • All legatos have been polished, refining the level of the intervals and their associated grafted dynamic bows/post sustains.
  • An entirely new “CLOSE” mic mix has been created for the legato patches. Previously the CLOSE mix for legatos was not drastically different from the MIX. The new CLOSE mix provides great clarity and focus in the interval transitions. Essentially you have the detail of a stage recording coupled with the lush sound of a church environment. It’s the best of both worlds in our view.
  • A “Violins 2″ button has been incorporated into all Adagio patches. This button simulates the slightly darker tone of a violins 2 section.
  • Lite patches (patches using direct from disk streaming) are available across the library. In most cases these lite patches are nearly identical to the full versions, but have much smaller memory footprints. As an example, Adagio Instinct Legato full version = 500mb. The Light version = 22mb. Adagio is NOT a resource hungry library.
  • Vibrato “character” control is now incorporated into many of the legato patches, with all new sustain recordings. The control goes beyond simply adding more vibrato. You can actually alter the character, allowing for more solo-istic detail to shine through when appropriate.
  • Adagio now includes MULTI LEGATO patches. These patches allow you to switch fluidly between up to 3 legato types within a single connected phrase. You can switch legato types based on velocity or MIDI CC.
  • Short notes have been reprogrammed and mixed to capture more ambience of the natural church environment. They are MUCH lusher in tone. They have also been balanced allowing for smoother articulation switching.
  • There are now host tempo synced patches available for all loures and phrase patches. There are versions for both Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 5 users.
  • 40 Bonus Ambiences have been crafted from our lush Adagio source material.
  • Output mapping has been expanded, allowing routing of different mic positions to different outputs. This is an essential addition for surround mixing.
  • Every patch in the library has been smoothed, polished, buffed and spanked.

Adagio Violins is available to purchase for $499 USD. The update is free for all current owners.

8Dio has also announced the Back To School Bundle, a limited time bundle comprising 1928 Legacy Piano, Hybrid Tools Vol. 1, Song Writing Guitar, and Studio Solo Violin.

8Dio Back To School Bundle

8DIO Bundle #8 is a bundle specifically designed for students. You will get one the most extensively sampled pianos, the newest modern musical sound designs, song writing guitars and deep-phrase sampled studio solo violin at 40% off!

The normal price for this collection of deep sampled voice collection is $746, however this bundle has a special price of: $449

The Back To School Bundle is available until September 7th, 2012.

More information: 8Dio Productions

Soundiron intros Street Erhu traditional Chinese violin phrase library

Soundiron has announced the release of its Street Erhu, a live-performance phrase library that features thousands of high-fidelity traditional Chinese erhu violin phrases.

Soundiron Street Erhu
The Street Erhu phrase library for Kontakt comes with a custom UI controls.

With 6.3GB of content, this collection covers 8 instruments, in different sizes and voicings. This library is designed to combine the authentic realism of a naturally emotive live performance with the control and flexibility of granular deep phrase sampling.

For the creation of Street Erhu, we worked with veteran street performer Qi Xin Huang and local Erhu craftsman Kenneth Lam. Qi Xin’s playing is raw, emotive and authentic, evoking a traditional flavor not possible with a sterile and overly rigid performance. Each erhu sampled in this library offers its own unique flavor, creating a palette of different sounds fit for any stylistic need.

This Street Erhu features 83 presets for Kontakt. There are 1328 bass erhu, 2543 mid-range erhu and 341 treble erhu phrases recorded in a dry studio environment, plus 398 bowing and fingering sfx. There are also 12 additional songs recorded live on busy city streets and 40 songs recorded in a bustling underground subway station. We’ve also included 48 ambiences created from the source material allowing users to experiment with a wide range of soundscapes and FX. As always there is a range of automatable LFO, EQ, filter, custom convolution and sound-shaping systems to expand on the creative possibilities that this library offers.

The sound library for Kontakt (full retail version required) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD until July 5th, 2012 (regular $79 USD).

More information: Soundiron / Street Erhu

Time+Space intros Luminoso – Live Violin Phrases from Zero-G

Time+Space has announced Luminoso – Live Violin Phrases, a Kontakt sound library from Zero-G.

Zero-G Luminoso Live Violin Phrases

Performed by two world-class violinists from the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded in Liverpool’s famous Parr Street studios, Luminoso: Live Phrases is a 15GB collection of thousands of live recorded 6-bar looped phrases. Despite recording only two players, the instrument cleverly layers up to 6 different bars in real-time for the effective sound of a 12-piece string section, or if you wish, you can dial it down to the sound of a solo violin.

Luminoso bridges the gap between premium string libraries which have excellent control, but can sound artificial on certain passages (such as runs, arpeggios, fast rhythms), and ‘pre-recorded melodic phrases’ libraries, which can sound dazzling on first listen but have little useful control and can grow tired quickly.

Despite being made from pre-recorded phrases, Luminoso remains highly controllable. This has been achieved by recording the same patterns across a wide pitch and dynamic range with many scale variations, by choosing patterns that blend in particularly well to a wide variety of musical styles, and then by allowing you to automatically sync to the tempo of your projects with a wide variety of chord, rhythm and scale types all controlled with key-switches. Dynamic levels pp to ff can be smoothly cross-faded by mod wheel, the ensemble size can be zoomed from solo to 12 players, and two mic positions (close and room) can be chosen or blended.

Luminoso is available as a DVD or download exclusively from Time+Space, priced RRP £99.95 GBP / 115 EUR.

More information: Time+Space / Luminoso – Live Violin Phrases

8DIO releases Studio Solo Violin for Kontakt

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8DIO Studio Solo Violin

8DIO Productions has released Studio Solo Violin, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring a massive collection of over 4,000 phrases performed by renowned concert violinist Thomas Yee.

The intention of the library was to sample completely realistic solo violin by creating an incredible collection of musical phrases. We programmed the library in a way that gives you maximum control over the phrases and literally allows you to sculpt 100% realistic solo violin performances. It was deliberately designed to support, augment and in some cases replace existing solo violin libraries.

Essentially this library takes over where normal multi-samples (ex. legato, sustains) can’t perform. This is what we call deep phrase-sampling.

Studio Solo Violin features

  • +4.000 Solo Violin Phrases.
  • 169 Programs in 39 Core Categories.
  • Time-Stretching and Pitch Control.
  • Deep controls and Convolution Reverb(s).
  • Programmed individually for Kontakt 4 and 5.

Studio Solo Violin for Kontakt 4.2 or later (full version required) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $149 USD until March 15th, 2012 (regular $199 USD).

More information: 8DIO Productions / Studio Solo Violin

Eastwest releases Quantum Leap Solo Violin sample library

Eastwest has announced the release of Quantum Leap Solo Violin, a world-class solo violin for the most demanding virtual orchestrations.

Eastwest / Quantum Leap Solo Violin

Produced by Nick Phoenix, Quantum Leap Solo Violin is a virtuoso solo violin recorded at Remote Control Productions, a film score facility in Santa Monica, California run by veteran film composer Hans Zimmer and home to the scores of many of today’s top films.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin includes 5 passes of true legatos sampled intervals, Legato soft, legato forte, expressive legato, portamento and fast legato/ trill/ run.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin features round robin up and down bowing on most articulations and is the first violin virtual instrument that can handle very fast playing and live trill playing with ease. All of the basic articulations were sampled as well as various expressive articulations, vibrato styles, and non vibrato.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin has a sound and character ideally suited for film and classical work.

Quantum Leap Solo Violin includes the latest version of EastWest’s PLAY software featuring 2 new solo violin reverb impulses designed to make Quantum Leap Solo Violin blend well with other EastWest/Quantum Leap collections.

Eastwest/Quantum Leap Solo Violin is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Sounds Online (USA + World excl. Europe) / Sounds Online (Europe)

Diginoiz releases Beauty Strings + 50% off extended

Diginoiz Beauty Strings

Diginoiz has released Beauty Strings, a sample pack featuring string loops.

If You are looking for high quality live violin/string loops played by professional musicians – this package has been made specially for You. 118 solo violin loops played in the Urban genre, ready to be used in Your Hip Hop / R&B or Pop production. Loops were played from 91 to 97 Bpm with root key included. Over 600 Mb of multiformat material will certainly help Your creative hit making process.

‘Beauty Strings’ contains 609 Mb, 118 multi-format loops (91- 97 BPM) in Hip Hop/R&B/Pop genre!

Beauty Strings is available to purchase for 18 EUR.

Diginoiz has extended its 50% discount sale until the end of January. Use coupon code diginoiz at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Diginoiz

Loopmasters launches EarthMoments Summer Sale

EarthMoments libraries

Loopmasters has launched the EarthMoments Summer Sale, a limited time sale on sample libraries from the EarthMoments labal.

EarthMoments On Sale Until The End Of August – All Products 20% Off. World Music At Its Best!

EarthMoments sample libraries

  • Business Class Refugees – Producer Collection – The unique bundle unlike other samples libraries contains irresistible sound signatures and loops of 10 tracks from their successful album Kartick & Gotam – Business Class Refugees (EarthSync), offering a special experience to DJs, Composers, Musicians and Music Producers to explore and create new perspectives of the tracks.
  • Distant Rhythms – The Distant Rhythms – India collection contains 443 samples of a range of Indian percussion instruments: Bass Dholak, Ghatam, Kanjira, Tabla, Khol, Moresing, Mridangam and Naqqara.
  • Electro Folk India Vol 1 – Electro Folk India Vol I Bundle is a boutique collection of samples created by a fusion of the analog and the digital. Live recordings of India’s folk instruments performed by top Indian musicians have been given unique digital treatments, creating a path-breaking samples bundle. The collection pushes all soundscape boundaries and is the future sound of music.
  • Electro Folk India Vol 2 – Optimised with the closest attention to detail and recorded using tube Pre-Amps and Mics on 96kHz, Volume I of this essential sound library of over 176 samples from the special series Konnakol Shiva, Galactic Khol, Bass Dholak on Pluto, Divine Mantra, Angel Sarangi, and more.
  • Indian Emotions – The Indian Emotions collection contains 567 samples of a range of known and unknown Indian instruments: Bhapang, Ektara, Dotara, Dilruba, Esraj, Santoor, Sarangi, Sarod, Sitar, Slide Guitar, Veena, Vichitra Veena, Violin, Bansuri flute, Flute and Harmonium.
  • Voice Of India – The Voice of India collection contains 400 samples of a range of Indian vocals styles: Bollywood, Mantras, Qawalli, Rajasthani, Konnakol, Baul, Carnatic, and Hindustani classical
  • World String Series: Desert Oud – The Desert Oud Bundle delivers 384 warm and organic acoustic Oud loops played expertly on an ancient Iraqi Oud, bringing to life the rich, exotic sound of Arabia and the magic of the deserts.
  • World String Series: Ethnic Violin – A must-have library, the Ethnic Violin Bundle is a warm collection of 335 ethnic violin loops played by exceptional musicians.
  • World Woodwind Series – Clarinet – The Clarinet Bundle evokes a warm range of cultural emotions from the classical to the ethnic – Eastern European Jewish Klezmer and Balkan to Middle Eastern, from down tempo to upbeat.
  • World Woodwind Series – Oriental Ney – The Oriental Ney Bundle is a hard-to-resist library of 246 organic and husky ethnic Ney flute loops played by exceptional musicians with unmistakable Turkish emotions, and definitive Middle Eastern colours, with signatures ranging from the down tempo to the upbeat.
  • World Drum Sessions Vol 1 Middle East – Performed by top world music drummer Yoav Bunzel, who has recorded over 15 pop and rock albums, this exclusive World Drums Sessions Vol I Middle East bundle contains live drum loops and patterns of Middle Eastern grooves.
  • World Drum Sessions Vol 2 Balkan Drums – Performed by top world music drummer Yoav Bunzel, who has recorded over 15 pop and rock albums, this exclusive World Drums Sessions Vol II Balkan bundle contains live drum loops and patterns of the irresistible Balkan grooves.
  • World Drum Sessions Vol 3 African Drums – Performed by top world music drummer Yoav Bunzel, who has recorded over 15 pop and rock albums, this exclusive World Drums Sessions Vol III Africa bundle contains live drum loops and patterns of the irresistible African grooves.
  • Yidaki Groove – This exclusive Didgeridoo Package has been optimised with the closest attention to detail, staying true to the sound with over 60 authentic samples that have been recorded using tube Pre-Amps and Mics on 96kHz, and performed by top Australian didgeridoo artist Stuart Fergie, who uses a specially customized and unique Yidaki (didgeridoo)

The EarthMoments Summer Sale is available until August 31, 2011.

More information: Loopmasters / EarthMoments

Patchpool announces Alchemistry Beyond (+ pre-order)

Patchpool has announced Alchemistry Beyond, a new soundset for Alchemy by Camel Audio.

Patchpool Alchemistry Beyond

This Bank will comprise a wide spectrum of unique sounds. A female vocalist and a violinist will be hired to record unique source material using top notch Neumann microphones.

Multisampled vocal and violin patches featuring known and unknown pad and phrase instruments, resynthesized and granulated vocal and violin patches featuring conventional and unusual articulations processed with an array of FX Plug-Ins.

Also many percussion instruments will be multisampled and lots of field recordings recorded during the last months will be included in the +2,5 Gigabyte sample content produced at 48 Khz/24 Bit.

Otherworldly electronic textures using samples made or processed with the incredible Metasynth, crusherX and GRM tools will be another important ingredient of Alchemistry Beyond.

Alchemistry Beyond features

  • 128 patches with 8 variations each in Alchemy’s Remix Pad.
  • All 8 Performance Controllers as well as both x/y-pads will be assigned for each patch.

NOTE: This Sound Bank requires the full version of Alchemy. It does not work with the Alchemy player version.

Alchemistry Beyond is scheduled for release mid July, priceda t 39.95 EUR. It is available to pre-order now for 30 EUR (save 25%).

More information: Patchpool / Alchemistry Beyond