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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


Native Instruments updates Session Strings to v1.1

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Native Instruments Session Strings

Native Instruments has released version 1.1 of Session Strings, a versatile virtual string ensemble for Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 4 Player.

Aimed at producers looking for high-quality ready-to-go string sections for modern productions, SESSION STRINGS produces immediate results without hours of fine tuning and tweaking, yet also boasts an incredible set of expressive features accessible from a highly intuitive interface. The fully production-ready sound is made up of four violins, three violas, two celli and two double basses – played as one perfectly realized ensemble via the free KONTAKT 4 PLAYER or KONTAKT 4, representing outstanding value for money.

Changes in Session Strings v1.1

  • Improved Animator sync to host.
  • Improved Animator response time.
  • 12 additional 3/4 Animator presets – the total number of Animator presets is now 48.
  • Reduced RAM footprint – most SESSION STRINGS presets now require less RAM (some now less than half).
  • Various fixes, improvements and performance enhancements.

Session Strings for Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 4 Player is available to purchase for 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Session Strings


EarthMoments World String Series – Ethnic Violin sample library

Loopmasters has released World String Series – Ethnic Violin, a sample library by EarthMoments.

EarthMoments World String Series - Ethnic Violin

EarthMoments adds an exciting new addition Ethnic Violin Bundle to its ultra special World String Series that explores the many string instruments of the world.

A must-have library, the Ethnic Violin Bundle is a warm collection of 335 ethnic violin loops played by exceptional musicians.

The bundle includes a range of samples from the Klezmer origins in Eastern Europe, journeys through to other ethnic East European style influences, and moves across the ocean to Jewish community wedding celebrations in USA. The Klezmer style of playing is easily identified by its characteristic expressive melodies that impersonate the human voice.

Optimised with the closest attention to detail, the Ethnic Violin Bundle samples have been recorded using tube Pre-Amps and Mics on 96kHz.

World String Series – Ethnic Violin features

  • 335 Ethnic Violin Loops.
  • 24bit 44.1khz audio quality.
  • Tempos from 80BPM to 174BPM.
  • 666MB content.

World String Series – Ethnic Violin is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / World String Series – Ethnic Violin


Review: Realstrings Volume 2 – Cinematic Loops, sample pack by Organic Loops

Pete Whitfield

Violinist, arranger and orchestrator Pete Whitfield has recently released his third strings sample library with Loopmasters, Realstrings Vol. 2: Cinematic Loops.

The library features authentic strings samples recorded in Pete’s studio, where he also records real strings for major labels, TV companies and radio/media companies.

Pete writes:

I’ve taken, for inspiration, the music of artists like Hybrid, Cinematic Orchestra and Bjork and the media scores that capture a similar feel.

There are 126 loops (mostly 4 bars) at tempos from 110 – 140; they each offer a distinctive character as individual loops, but they are also organised into 12 construction kits.

This is the 1st time I’ve tried this and the feedback from writers and producers is already very positive, so the next pack will do a similar thing but slower tempos and darker moods.

The 126 loops are available in 24 bit/44.1kHz wav format, as well as Rex2 loops (an Apple Loops version is available separately).

Divided up into 12 sequence kit folders the loops include chords, melodic lines, held notes, figures, etc. that work well together. Basically like construction kits.

The folders and files are well structured, indicating key, tempo, and type of sound.

Besides audio loops you will also find various scores for violin and cello as MIDI sequences, as well as in Sibelius format and printed scores in Acrobat PDF. Pete’s passion for his work shows.

Having these sequences is really useful as you can make modifications to the phrases and use your own sample library or virtual instrument. In the example below I used Tone2′s ElectraX synthesizer to play a phrase from sequence 3.

So what do I think?

Product: Organic Loops Realstrings Vol. 2 – Cinematic Loops
Format: 24bit/44kHz samples, Wav/Rex2 + MIDI (Apple Loops also available)
Price: £19.95 GBP
Like: high quality usable loops, scores included
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

Realstrings Vol. 2 continues in the same vein as the previous two string sample packs by Pete Whitfield on the Organic Loops label. This is a collection of outstanding orchestral strings loops. Dynamic, emotional, dramatic, and real. The themes are inspiring and useful in many music genres like hip hop, chill, house, film and game soundtracks, etc.

The construction kit approach works well and having a collection of MIDI sequences is a big bonus.

“I love my work!” it says on Pete’s website.
His sample libraries are a reflection of this statement. If you are in need for some high quality strings loops you can’t go wrong with the Realstrings sample packs.

More information: Loopmasters / Realstrings Vol. 2 Cinematic Loops


Necromare releases free sample-based VST instruments


Necromare has released a number of free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.

The samples used are from free online sources and recorded sounds. The instruments are created with MaizeSampler.

Necromare VST instruments

  • Orchestral Percussion, velocity sensitive with note variation along the keyboard.
  • Kalimba, made with a single wave file.
  • Zombie Electric Guitar, velocity sensitive with note variation, includes various scrapes and noises.
  • Nylon Guitar, velocity sensitive and note variation includes harmonics, picking and plucking, and fret noise sounds.
  • Bowed Guitar, a violin bow scraped across the strings of the guitar. Includes high string and high squeel sounds.
  • Clean Electric Guitar, straight foward electric guitar with no effects. Sounds great with some distortion added.
  • Acoustic Guitar, velocity sensitive with note vairiation, includes body thumps and fret noises.
  • Fartburpatron 3000, farts and burps.
  • The Office, various office items recorded including: Enter Key, Pen Click, Paper Ball, Inkjet Printer, Paper Rip, Stapler.
  • Old Candle Jar, experimental instrument with sound of an old candle jar struck with a screwdriver.

Necromare VST instrumnent plug-in for Windows are available to download at no cost.

More information: Necromare