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Vir2 Instruments Q, sample library available to pre-order

Vir2 Instruments Q

Vir2 Instruments has announced Q, a sound design and scoring instruments library designed for the unique needs of television, film, game, and media composers and music producers who want to add a fresh and previously unheard dimension to their sonic palette.

Q (as in, cue, or, if you prefer, as in the master spy’s gadget man), contains almost two thousand patches and 16GB of sample material including cinematically thunderous drums, percussion, winds, vocals, ethnic instruments, metallic textures, glass, guitar, toy, ambient atmospheres, synth landscapes, and trailer-ready effects.

The library includes both playable melodic pitched instruments and multisampled one-shot percussion and effects. A large collection of epic percussion loops which automatically sync to tempo and are playable both whole and by the slice, are also included.

Q features

  • 16GB of sample material (requires 9GB of hard drive space thanks to lossless sample compression).
  • The collection is divided up into twenty-three main category folders: Ambient Chordal Pads, Cymbals, Gongs, Rolls, and Effects, Drums and Percussion, Granular Orchestra, Guitars, Hong Kong Cinema, Horns and Winds, Impacts and Low Drums, Loops and Construction Kits, Metallic and Glass Melodies, Middle Eastern, Morphstruments, Multilayer Dreamscapes, Multilayer Drones, Mystery, Pedal Steel Ambiences, Pulp Surfer, Sound Effects, Stylistic Phrases, Tempo Textures, Toys and Character Keyboards, Voices, and Western.
  • Easy-to-use interface provides one-click effecting of the library, including the famed EZRoom convolution, delay, chorus, filters, chorusing, flanging, and more. Other advanced functions include a special legato mode for melodic instruments, and crossfade controls for multilayered instruments.
  • While everything in Q is mapped in Kontakt format ready to play from a MIDI controller, as a bonus many of Q’s one-shot effects (such as booms, whooshes, metal scrapes and hits, and special sound effects) are also available on the disc in open 24-bit WAV format, allowing instant drag-and-drop into a film mix.
  • Q is powered by the industry-leading Kontakt engine. It is compatible with VST, AudioUnit, and RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8) plug-in formats allowing it to work seamlessly within any major sequencer, in addition to standalone use.

Q is now available to pre-order from Big Fish Audio for $299.95 USD. Shipping starts November 15, 2010.

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Try-Sound updated with new instruments

Try-Sound

Try-Sound has announced some improvements to its online Test Station, a service by Best Service and SoundsOnDemand providing the ability to test virtual instruments over the internet from the comfort of your living room or studio.

This outstanding and absolutely free service has made a giant step forward. Beside an all new, clearly arranged and elegant web design, Try-Sound is now not only available for Windows users, but also for Apple Mac OS users. The new user interface was enhanced with extended search and filter functions by labels and instruments.

More than 20.000 registered users gave us hundreds of enthusiastic comments and most of their wishes and suggestions have been implemented into the new website.

At this time there are around 50 instruments available. Please expect, many more to come within the next weeks.

Recently added to Try-Sound:

  • Cinematique Instruments, Best Service
  • Electri6ity, Vir2 by Big Fish
  • String Ensembles, Miroslav Vitous

More information: Try-Sound

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.

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Vir2 Instruments updates Electri6ity to v1.1

Vir2 Instruments Electri6ity

Vir2 Instruments has released version 1.1 of Electri6ity, a virtual electric guitar instrument for PC and Mac.

After more than three years of development, Vir2 Instruments presents Electri6ity, an epic electric guitar virtual instrument containing the most advanced, detailed, and versatile collection of electric guitars ever made in a virtual instrument.

Changes in Electri6ity v1.1 Library Update

  • Fixed a problem with an error message which occurred in very rare cases.
  • Possible problem with Electri6ity initialization on slower machines fixed.
  • Strange release note behavior in some cases fixed.
  • Various smaller fixes, tweaks and adjustments.

Electri6ity is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone, powered by Kontakt 4 Player), priced at $399.95 USD.

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Time+Space announces Vir2 Buy One Get One Free (includes Electri6ity)

Time+Space Vir2 promotion

Time+Space has announced a Buy One Get One Free promotion on Vir2 Instruments.

As part of the Big Fish Group, Vir2 Instruments is an international team of sound designers, musicians, and programmers who specialize in creating the world´s most advanced virtual instrument libraries. Their recent releases – MOJO, World Impact: Global Percussion, and Electri6ity have gone down a storm with all manner of musicians and producers – from hobbyists through to the professionals.

Throughout June, when you buy any of the four Vir2 releases specified below, you can claim another title for free! This offer even includes ‘Electri6ity’ which was released just last month!

So, buy any of these four titles from Time+Space or an authorised UK dealer: Electri6ity, MOJO, World Impact Global Percussion, Elite Orchestral Percussion

Then send proof of purchase with the rebate form (available from timespace.com) to Time+Space and they’ll send your free second title to you directly with no extra charge. Your chosen free title can be any one of the following: VI.One, Syntax, Basis, Acoustic Legends

More information: Time+Space

Review: Vir2 Instruments World Impact: Global Percussion

Vir2 Instruments prouds itself in creating some of the most advanced virtual instrument libraries for Kontakt. The recently released electric guitar instrument Electri6ity took over three years to develop, and listening to the audio demos it shows.

Vir2 Instruments World Impact: Global Percussion

Vir2′s previous release is World Impact: Global Percussion, a comprehensive sample library featuring ethnic, world, and cinematic percussion from around the world.

Sampled in meticulous detail and programmed for maximum and instant musical usability, the collection includes hundreds of varied percussion instruments from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and more.

A massive 4.2-gigabyte collection of Japanese Taiko drums recorded from multiple microphone positions forms a central part of the library.

Each instrument has been recorded with numerous alternate takes and velocity layers, assuring realistic and dramatically expressive sonic results. World Impact is an essential tool in the toolbox of every film composer, movie trailer producer, and aficionado of world percussion instruments.

The list of instruments available in World Impact is kind of ridiculously long. Over 300 instrument patches are available, neatly categorized by region and instrument type.

Instruments can be browsed separately or as menu patches to preview instruments. These menu patches include many instruments, each one mapped to a single key on the keyboard. As the instrument’s name shows up for each note played it’s a great way to audition/find the sound you are looking for. And when you do you will want to load that particular instrument patch, as it will include the full set of samples, articulations, and the extensive features of World Impact’s pattern engine.

More than a set of samples

World Impact features a massive 13 gigabyte collection of high quality 24-bit samples. Having tons of quality samples is great, but if you ever tried to create a convincing realistic percussion performance with samples you know this can be quite tricky.

Like many other sample libraries, World Impact features multi-sampled instruments with multiple velocity layers and round robin techniques (some of the instruments actually only use a relatively small amount of samples). To more faithfully reproduce the way a real percussionist would play you need more than a collection of samples. That’s where Kontakt comes in.

Vir2 uses Kontakt’s powerful scripting engine to create various articulations which can be triggered by notes. World Impact comes with choke, flam, 3-stroke roll (16th/32nd/64th notes), and roll (32nd/64th notes), and a number of rhythmic patterns (tempo-synced) is included with each instrument. You can create your own custom patterns as well, and store them in one of the 25 user patterns.

The patterns include separate step sequencers for velocity, smooth, and pitch. To create a more authentic, realistic sounding percussion performance World Impact includes a useful Humanize page, in which you can set randomize parameters for pitch, timing, and volume.

Also included is EZRoom, a convolution reverb library which provides some 50 custom sonic spaces;

everything from chapels and halls to caverns, small rooms, and unique esoteric spaces is included

I will briefly demonstrate these Kontakt script features in the video below.

The audio in the video isn’t so great so make sure to check the official audio demos below to get an idea of the sound quality of World Impact.

As mentioned earlier World Impact includes too many instruments to list here (you can find them on the Vir2 website), but I did want to highlight the Taiko drums. From the manual:

The Taiko drums were recorded on a large stage with three sets of mics capturing the drums: close mics, stage mics (approximately at the conductor’s position), and room mics. Every sample of each Taiko patch has been phase-aligned and is triggered whenever you hit any Taiko note. These controls give you fine control over the sonic balance between the three pairs of mics.

A total of 15 Taiko drums instruments is included; over 4 GB sampled material!

So what do I think?

Product: World Impact: Global Percussion by Vir2
Format: Virtual instrument for PC/Mac, Kontakt Player included (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone)
Price: $399 USD

World Impact is probably the most comprehensive percussion library I have ever seen. The amount of instruments is overwhelming at first, so it’s not a bad idea of Vir2 to include those menu patches for easy auditioning of sounds.

The sampled material is of outstanding quality and the use of the Kontakt engine/scripts really adds value to this library. Although the articulations and patterns don’t work equally well for every instrument it is an amazing way to create realistic sounding percussions with little effort.

World Impact should easily take care of most your percussion needs.

More information: Vir2 Instruments / World Impact: Global Percussion

Vir2 Instruments releases Electri6ity

Vir2 Instruments Electri6ity

Vir2 Instruments has released Electri6ity, a virtual electric guitar instrument powered by Kontakt Player 4.

After more than three years of development, Vir2 Instruments presents Electri6ity, an epic electric guitar virtual instrument containing the most advanced, detailed, and versatile collection of electric guitars ever made in a virtual instrument.

Electri6ity features

  • Recordings of eight guitars: Strat, Tele, P90, Les Paul, Rickenbacker, Danelectro Lipstick, ES335, L4.
  • Three pickup positions: Front, Rear, Front + Rear Blend.
  • Recorded variations per sample: Downstroke/upstroke, Picked/strummed, Seamless velocity layers.
  • More than 24,000 recorded samples per guitar, recorded at 24-bit 44.1KHz fidelity.
  • Playing modes: Polyphonic, Monophonic, Legato (Sustain/Muted).
  • All modes can be combined with a Slide Mode for real-time slides from each fret to each other fret..
  • Articulation list: Sustain Neck <> Bridge, Sustain <> 5th / Octave Pinch Harmonics, Dead Notes <> Muted <> Half-Muted, Ghost Notes Clean, Ghost Notes Dirty, Chucka-Chuckas, Harmonics, Hammer On (played after sustain note) / Hammer On (tapped), Pull Off (played after sustain note) / Pull Off (tapped), One and two frets Slides Up / Down, Slides (from and to every available fret), FX Samples (Screams, Scratches, Whammy-FX, etc.).
  • Release types: Finger Noise, Finger Noise Short, Mixed I, Mixed II, Hand Mute (fret can be selected), Palm Mute, Slide Down Short, Slide Down Medium, Slide Down Long, Slide Down (1 fret, short), Slide Up (1 fret, short), Slide Noise Down, Slide Noise Up, Pick Noise.
  • A.M.T (Articulation Morphing Technology) & V.M.T (Velocity Morphing Technology) allows you to seamlessly morph from soft to loud notes, from dead muted to sustain, and even from sustain to fifth or octave pinch harmonics! The morphing is phase-aligned without any phasing artifacts.
  • Advanced string and fretboard positioning – the AI chooses the best fitting strings and fretboard position for you. It takes speed, timing, notes and polyphony into account. Manual overwrite is possible whenever you need it (by manually choosing a string or a position on the fretboard).
  • Advanced guitar noise engine – adds pick, finger and slide noises according to your playing.
  • Advanced legato engine – fluid legato lines in real time.
  • Advanced vibrato engine.
  • Advanced humanization – nothing is random, everything is artificial intelligence.
  • Advanced guitar chord detection – almost two thousand chords are detected and transferred into guitar chords in real time. Most guitar chords are available in up to three different voicings..
  • Inversions and chords with additional root keys are detected.
  • Easy Double-Tracking – without increasing the memory footprint.
  • Auto Unison-Bends.
  • Dynamic sympathetic resonance simulation.
  • Performance keys for strumming and picking – powerful yet easy to use.
  • Performance keys for trills, tremolo picking, one and two fret slides (it’s possible to slide whole chords as well).
  • Full control over the engine, tweak and control the playback with more than 100 parameters.

Electri6ity is available to purchase for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at $399.95 USD.

More information: Vir2 Instruments / Electri6ity

Vir2 Instruments announces Electri6ity

Vir2 Instruments Electri6ity

Vir2 Instruments has announced Electri6ity, an epic electric guitar virtual instrument containing the most advanced, detailed, and versatile collection of electric guitars ever made in a virtual instrument.

Electri6ity contains eight of the most famous and distinguished guitar tones from the history of the instrument: the Strat, Tele, P90, Les Paul, Rickenbacker, Danelectro Lipstick, ES335, and L4. More than 24,000 24-bit samples were taken of each guitar. Three pickup options (front, rear, and mixed) are available on every guitar. An impressive amount of samples allow you to play every articulation on every fret of every string for an absolutely authentic guitar sound. Downstrokes, upstrokes, seamless velocity layers, ghost notes, mutes, flageoletts, hammer-ons, pulloffs, slides, releases, and FX…the sky is the limit with Electri6ity.

Electri6ity features

  • Electri6ity includes eight guitars: Strat, Tele, P90, Les Paul, Rickenbacker, Danelectro Lipstick, ES335, L4.
  • Three pickup positions: Front, Rear, Front + Rear Blend.
  • Recorded variations per sample: Downstroke/upstroke, Picked/strummed, Seamless velocity layers.
  • Playing modes: Polyphonic, Monophonic, Legato (Sustain/Muted), All modes can be combined with a Slide Mode for real-time slides from each fret to each other fret.
  • Articulation list: Sustain Neck <> Bridge, Sustain <> 5th / Octave Pinch Harmonics, Dead Notes <> Muted <> Half-Muted, Ghost Notes Clean, Ghost Notes Dirty, Chucka-Chuckas, Flageoletts, Hammer On (played after sustain note) / Hammer On (tapped), Pull Off (played after sustain note) / Pull Off (tapped), One and two frets Slides Up / Down, Slides (Slide in and from each fret to each other fret), FX Samples (Screams, Scratches, Whammy-FX, etc.)
  • Release types: Finger Noise, Finger Noise Short, Mixed I, Mixed II, Hand Mute (fret can be selected), Palm Mute, Slide Down Short, Slide Down Medium, Slide Down Long, Slide Down (1 fret, short), Slide Up (1 fret, short), Slide Noise Down, Slide Noise Up, Pick Noise.

Integrated engines:

  • A.M.T (Articulation Morphing Technology) & V.M.T (Velocity Morphing Technology) allows you to seamlessly morph from soft to loud notes, from dead muted to sustain, and even from sustain to fifth or octave pinch harmonics! The morphing is phase-aligned without any phasing artifacts.
  • Advanced string and fretboard positioning – the AI chooses the best fitting strings and fretboard position for you. It takes speed, timing, notes and polyphony into account. Manual overwrite is possible whenever you need it (by manually choosing a string or a position on the fretboard).
  • Advanced guitar noise engine – adds pick, finger and slide noises according to your playing.
  • Advanced legato engine – fluid legato lines in real time.
  • Advanced vibrato engine.
  • Advanced humanization – nothing is random, everything is artificial intelligence.
  • Advanced guitar chord detection – almost 2000 chords are detected and transferred into guitar chords in real time. Most guitar chords are available in up to three different voicings..
  • Inversions and chords with additional root key are detected.
  • Easy Double-Tracking – without increasing the memory footprint.
  • Auto Unison-Bends.
  • Dynamic sympathetic resonance simulation.
  • Performance keys for strumming and picking – powerful yet easy to use.
  • Performance keys for trills, tremolo picking, one and two fret slides (it’s possible to slide whole chords as well).
  • Full control over the engine, tweak and control the playback with more than 100 parameters!

Electri6ity is available to pre-order for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) for $399.95 USD. It will be shipping in Spring 2010.

More information: Vir2 Instruments / Electri6ity