Rabbit Ears Audio releases Steam Whistles sound library

Rabbit Ears Audio has launched Steam Whistles, a sample library featuring recordings of steam whistles.

Rabbit Ears Audio Steam Whistles

Although steam whistles emerged in the mid-19th century as a warning device, they quickly became the rail industry’s iconic sound. Many railways even cast their own whistles, branding the sound of their particular train line. REA_017 features a variety of whistle types from North America including 3-chime, 6-chime, and single note hooters (there is even a bonus whistle from China).

The whistles were recorded while the steam engine was stationary with no electrical system running. This means the whistle blows are completely isolated from any other train noise. REA_017 provides pure steam and the flexibility to place whistles wherever you need them..

The library is on sale for $99 USD for a limited time (regular $115 USD).

More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / Steam Whistles

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Ilya Efimov releases Tin Whistle for Kontakt

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Ilya Efimov Production has launched Irish Wind Tin Whistle, a new ethnic folk instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Ilya Efimov Irish Tin Whistle

The Irish Tin Whistle library is an instrument based on a highly playable legato system. Ilya Efimov sampled all possible intervals in several versions. Thus, a user gets all-natural realistic legato and full control over dynamics and expression, as well as the ability to add and control vibrato and frullato.

There is a variety of articulations: mordent, grace note (forshlag), slides, staccato, trill and rolls and a unique system of articulation switching. The library also contains additional features such as Repetition Key and Attack mode. A user can reassign keyswitches and MIDI controllers, saving all settings on a computer.

Tin Whistle features

  • 717 MB ncw compressed format.
  • 1166 samples, 44,1 Hz \24-bit, stereo.
  • 2 natural legato types: normal and glissando.
  • 10 different articulations.
  • Realistic dynamic from p to f.
  • Two vibrato types.
  • Control of realistic vibrato and frullato.
  • Reassignable keyswitches and midi-controllers.
  • 3 modes of legato performance.
  • Repetition key.
  • Attack mode.
  • 6 round-robin for staccato.

The library is available for purchase for 49 EUR. Requires full retail version of Kontakt 5.4 or higher.

More information: Ilya Efimov / Irish Tin Whistle

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Vienna Symphonic Library releases Vienna Solo Voices and Vienna Whistler

Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of Vienna Solo Voices, a new library featuring 4 female and 3 male solo voices: Coloratura Soprano, Soprano, 
Mezzo Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass.

Vienna Solo Voices

Recording the human voice as the oldest and most expressive musical instrument ever is a special challenge and to make it “playable” as an intuitive virtual instrument requires even higher demands. That’s why only the best singers with a special focus on a homogenous timbre over the full register have been selected, featuring four female voices (coloratura soprano, soprano, mezzo soprano, alto) and three male voices (tenor, baritone, bass). Countless hours were spent performing with utmost perfection regarding tone, intonation and consistency. Every recorded note is a testament to the professionalism of these outstanding artists. For the first time this collection allows for an accurate and authentic realization of polyphonic vocal repertoire – both as an a cappella performance or in various other instrumental combinations.

The recordings include staccatos, sustains and Legato Performances of the vowels “A” (aah) and “U” (ooh) in four dynamic levels as well as various staccato repetitions (of the syllables “ta”, “pa”, “ra”, “sa”, and “tu”, “pu”, “ru”, “su”), sforzatos, crescendos, diminuendos, trills and glissandos.

The full library is available for purchase for the introductory price of 360 EUR until January 31st, 2015 (regular 490 EUR). The standard library is 295 EUR.

VSL has also launched Vienna Whistler, a library featuring Marcus Schmidinger.

Vienna Whistler

VSL users might be already familiar with his name, as he performed on all of the horn instruments included in our Brass I and Brass II Collections – both as a soloist (of the Viennese horn and the triple horn) as well as a member of the Horn ensemble on the popular Epic Horns.

During the recordings at our Silent Stage we discovered that Marcus is not only a true horn virtuoso, but also an excellent whistler with an incredibly homogenous timbre over a wide key range of approximately two octaves. As an aside, so-called “art whistlers” echo an Austrian tradition of the 19th century when they would perform in Viennese community theatres, vaudeville shows and cabarets.

We’ve recorded a wide range of articulations, including single notes in various lengths (staccato, portato, looped sustains), with and without vibrato, legato performances, portamentos, repetitions and trills and even bends and falls. Anyone who has tried to whistle once might have noticed that an accurate performance and recording is not an easy task at all. Now simply select one of our performance patches within the Vienna Instruments (PRO) player and you’ll be impressed with the stunning proficiency and realism of Marcus’ great live performance!

The Vienna Whistler library is available for purchase for 55 EUR.

Both libraries are included in the new Voices Complete, which also includes Vienna Choir and Soprano Choir.

More information: Vienna Symphonic Library

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Soundiron releases IronPack #11 – Penny whistle for Kontakt

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Soundiron has launched IronPack #11, a penny whistle instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soundiron IronPack #11

Iron Pack #11 is a chromatically sampled alto penny whistle. The tin whistle falls into the fipple flute family, similar to recorders and Native American flutes.

The flute was recorded dry, capturing standard sustains, vibrato, flutter tongue and trills, as well as staccatos (4x round-robin), short performance phrases and effects.

The library also comes complete with plenty of sound designed ambiences and flute atmospheres. This 140 MB library has 14 instrument presets and 128 samples.

IronPack #11 is available for purchase for $3.99 USD until December 31st, 2014 (MSRP $4.99 USD).

More information: Soundiron / IronPack

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Realitone updates RealiWhistle to v1.2

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RealiTone RealiWhistle

Realitone has released version 1.2 of RealiWhistle, a human whistling instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Black Keys, Foster the People, Peter Bjorn and John, One Republic . . . what do they all have in common? Recent hit songs featuring whistling. And now you can, too!

With two whistling styles, round robins, legato, velocity dynamics, falls, ramps, vibrato, and even an ensemble mode, RealiWhistle is the most comprehensive whistle instrument we know of!

This update to RealiWhistle includes a new “Mix” slider, which allows the user to adjust the tone from a pure normal whistle to the full airy whistle.

RealiWhistle is on sale for $29 USD until the end of August, 2014 (regular $39 USD). The update is free to existing RealiWhistle customers.

More information: RealiTone / RealiWhistle

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