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Vir2 Instruments Violence, extreme virtual solo violin instrument (Kontakt Player)

Vir2 Instruments Violence

Vir2 Instruments has announced Violence, a multidimensional and innovative virtual instrument focusing on extremely unusual textures, manglings, distortions, and perspectives on the solo violin.

Created for both musical use and sound design, Violence features an unprecedented deconstruction of a solo violin recorded from numerous angles: bowed, scraped, hit, plucked, played with mallets, chopsticks, guitar picks, and wet fingers. Then the sound design was repitched, layered, and post-processed through an array of unusual tools to produce sounds unlike any found in other virtual instruments. More than eighty unique patches were designed, each with a custom set of scripted knobs and controls all conveniently organized into four categories of sounds: Drum Kits, Melodic, Pads and Sound Effects, and Tempo-Synced.

Violence features

  • 82 instruments subdivided into four major category folders: Drum Kits, Melodic, Pads and SFX, Tempo Synced.
  • Powered by Kontakt 4 Player; a variety of custom-designed controls for each of its 82 instruments is available.
  • Depending on the instrument loaded, appropriate knobs for tweaking the instrument appear in the interface, such as: Quantization, Envelope controls (attack and release), Stereo spread, Lopass and hipass filters, Layer blend controls, Effects (reverb, delay, drive, flanger, vibrato, rotator, wobble, and others), Autopan control, Repeater.

Violence for PC and Mac (Kontakt 4 Player; VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) will be available to purchase on 26 July, 2010, priced at $99.95 USD.

More information: Vir2 Instruments / Violence

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Native Instruments releases Session Strings

Native Instruments Session Strings

Native Instruments has announced the release Session Strings, a versatile virtual string ensemble for KONTAKT 4 and the free KONTAKT PLAYER.

Brought to life through the advanced functionality of the KONTAKT platform, SESSION STRINGS provides charismatic, highly expressive acoustic string sounds for pop, soul, R&B, disco, house and other contemporary music styles.

SESSION STRINGS recreates a string ensemble comprising four violins, three violas, two celli and two double basses, captured and produced in one of Germany’s most renowned recording studios by sampling expert Thomas Koritke’s new sound design house e-instruments. All recordings were taken from exclusive instruments from the 18th and 19th century, played by top musicians from some of the finest European orchestras, resulting in outstanding tone and articulations on the highest level of musical virtuosity.

By fully utilizing the advanced features of the KONTAKT platform, SESSION STRINGS puts the full expressive arsenal of a world-class string ensemble at the fingertips of the user. The individual instrument groups are mapped conveniently across the keyboard, with intelligent legato and glissando based on dedicated samples. Easily controllable falls, swoops and crescendo variations allow producers to create soulful and dynamic string licks with ease.

The authenticity and creative value of SESSION STRINGS is further enhanced through the unique and highly versatile “Animator”. This powerful function can be engaged seamlessly during play to transform incoming notes into virtuous staccato, spiccato and pizzicato chords and arpeggios, with the timing and groove easily adjustable by the user, and while maintaining natural legato articulation at the same time. An integrated studio-grade convolution reverb also provides a variety of completely realistic room ambiences.

SESSION STRINGS also provides a full set of optional “Motown versions” for all included sounds, utilizing a special sonic treatment that authentically recreates the distinctive and highly sought-after vintage string sound of the legendary soul recordings from the 60s and 70s.

Session Strings features

  • Includes 48 Instruments: 10 Standard Performance + 10 Motown Performance (combining articulations such as Sustain, Falls, Scoops, Staccato, etc); 14 Standard Individual + 14 Motown Individual (single articulations per patch).
  • 1,65 GB (equals 2,3 GB of uncompressed samples).
  • Powered by KONTAKT 4 PLAYER / KONTAKT 4 (4.0.5)

Session Strings is available to purchase as a download for $119 USD / 99 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Session Strings

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Short links for September 28th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Experibass – violin, viola, cello and double bass combined together.

Experibass

Diego Stocco writes:

Few weeks ago I visited a luthier looking for instruments parts, I had an idea in mind for an instrument I wanted to build. My curiosity was to hear the sound of violin, viola and cello strings amplified through the body of a double bass. I came up with a quadruple-neck experimental "something" that I thought to call Experibass.

To play it I used cello and double bass bows, a little device I built with fishing line and hose clamps, a paintbrush, a fork, spoons, a kick drum pedal and a drum stick. I hope you'll like it!

Thanks to luthier John Wu for providing me the parts, even though I warned him that I was probably going to create a "monster" : )

# A bunch of free samples:

  • Drum Samples – 1,000 drum samples, WAV 16-Bit 44.1 kHz.
  • Tron Audio – A selection of Andrew’s most recent musical releases, full quality 24bit, 48kHz sample packs, Ableton Live production tutorial videos, remix packs and more.
  • Wax Trax Bass – Tom Shear shares a sound he made on a Waldorf Microwave XTk. 24-bit, 44.1k mono WAV files.
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Prokits Unveils Latest Instruments and Sound Collections

Prokits Tibetian Singing Bowls

Prokits has announced a new collection of unique and individual sampled instruments.

Prokits is a portal for buying and selling professional sampler specific sounds, libraries, multi-samples and instruments online. We have a dedicated team of highly individual sound engineers from around the world providing regular content for the site.

New Prokits instruments

  • Tibetan Singing Bowls by Michael Dunn – 250MB of long hits and loops.
  • Bulbul Tarang Indian Banjo Instrument by Michael Bietenholz – Scripted Kontakt sampled instrument, tuning modes, natural decay.
  • Kantele by Eric Van Gent – Traditional Finnish 5 string Kantele (plucked string instrument).
  • Feedback Response by Eric Van Gent – Textured Layered and Toned Soundscape.
  • Darbuka by Michael Bietenholz – Aluminium Goblet Hand-drum with round robin variants.
  • Toy Glockenspiel – Extensively sampled, massively playable metal plate glockenspiel.
  • Violimba by Pingu – Unique authentic sampled instrument producing deep metallic groans.
  • Waterphone by Pingu – 28 rod Waterphone played with beaters.
  • Amiga Kit by Koney – 6 drumkits and 10 synths from original Amiga Demoscene days.

Prokits instruments for Kontakt are available for purchase with prices starting at £1.50 GBP.

More information: Prokits

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Vienna Symphonic Library releases Solo Strings II

VSL Solo Strings II

Vienna Symphonic Library has released Solo Strings II, a sample library which features the muted solo instruments violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

The Solo Strings II Collection contains articulations such as muted short and long notes, crescendo and diminuendo variations, as well as Interval Performances like legato, portamento, and trills. Furthermore, additional Performance Legatos with very long notes have been recorded for use in slower parts. Thus, every single pitch and velocity is available in 24 variations, and going the extra mile proved worthwhile!

Solo Strings II features

  • Solo Strings Full Library contains 46.5 GB of uncompressed sample data in 44.1kHz/24-bit.
  • Performances:
    • Interval Performances: Legato with medium, progressive, and without vibrato, portamento, marcato, spiccato
    • Fast Interval Performances: Legato
    • Performance Trills
    • Repetition Performances: Legato, portato, staccato, spiccato
    • Fast Repetitions: 16ths from 150 to 190 BPM
  • Single notes:
    • Short notes: Staccato, short détaché, long détaché, 4 variations each
    • Long notes: Sustains with medium, progressive, and without vibrato
    • Dynamics: Medium and strong crescendos & diminuendos with vibrato; fp, sfz, sffz, pfp with vibrato
    • Tremolo
    • Pizzicato
    • Artificial harmonics: Staccato, sustains

Solo Strings II is available in a Standard version for $380 USD and the Full version is $664 USD.

Note: If you have registered both the Standard and the Extended Library of the Vienna Instruments Collection Solo Strings I you will automatically receive a Full Library Activation Code upon registering the Standard Library of Solo Strings II before or on January 15, 2009. This means you will get the Extended Library of Solo Strings II for free.

Visit Vienna Symphonic Library for more information and audio demos.

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bioLogic releases Violin Ricochet (free samples)

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bioLogic Violin

bioLogic has released a free set of violin samples.

He writes:

Recorded with a Rode NT3 small diaphragm condenser about 6″ from the strings, fed to a Really Nice Preamp and into my M-Audio 2496.

Violin Ricochet features

  • 16 Samples, 6.3MB extracted.
  • 32bit, 44.1KHz.
  • 4 Strings: G, D, A, E stretched to fit.
  • 5 Alternate Strikes: for round robin playability.
  • 1 Velocity Layer: ricochet style (bow held several inches high, and dropped).

The sampleset includes HALion 3, sfz and wav and can downloaded here.

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Vienna Symphonic Library releases Chamber Strings II

Vienna Symphonic Library Chamber Strings II

Vienna Symphonic Library has released Chamber Strings II, the sequel to Chamber Strings I, offering all-new articulations and sonic subtleties for the small string ensembles.

Chamber Strings II contains many of the playing techniques that the first Collection includes, but played “con sordino” (with mutes). They lend themselves well to soft, intimate arrangements, and provide nuanced variations to your orchestral pallet. The muted chamber ensembles are a refined addition to your treasure chest of string varieties from Vienna!

Chamber Strings II features

  • All of the recorded samples were performed by an accomplished ensemble of string players who have been lending their talents and their international experience to the Vienna Symphonic Library for years:
    • Violin ensemble (6 players)
    • Viola ensemble (4 players)
    • Cello ensemble (3 players)
    • Double bass ensemble (2 players)
  • Offers various facets of short and sustained notes, crescendos and diminuendos, but also includes Vienna’s unique Interval Performances, including legato, portamento, and trill performances. Check here for a complete list.

Chamber Strings II is available on DVD in a standard version for €365 EUR (13,245 samples), and a full version for €510 EUR (30,405 samples).

Visit Vienna Symphonic Library for more information.

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