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Rhythmic Robot releases Cloud Chamber for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Cloud Chamber, a hybrid synthesizer instrument for Kontakt, based around samples of three kinds of acoustic wind instruments, wired to a “Sine Bank” of 8-bit sine waves pitched to the harmonic series.

Rhythmic Robot Cloud Chamber

The acoustic samples include Pipes (clean penny-whistle type tones with a small attack chiff), Flasks (blown bottle tones with a pronounced overblow in the attack) and Rotors (wind-wand “bullroarer” tones with a slow ramp-up attack and pronounced periodic tremolo). These can be played with their characterful attack portions switched in or out; with the attack removed, the sounds lend themselves to more abstract sound design, or you can graft acoustic attacks onto synthetic sustains created with the Sine Bank.

Cloud Chamber excels at creating strange, ethereal tones and textures with the sonic fingerprint of acoustic sources; “unreal” instruments that nevertheless sound like they should be real; and complex, varying, evolving soundscapes that conjure up steampunk-style futures, windy mountain peaks, industrial piston chambers, sussurating cave mouths, and a thousand other uniquely characterful locations. Whether you want a hissing pad from the Victorian steam age for an electronic track or a convincing Troll flute hewn from a solid tree-trunk for your fantasy soundtrack, Cloud Chamber can dial it up for you :D

It includes our Glitch control which randomises the controls in a musically intelligent manner for instant inspiration, several effects tailored to the wind-based tonality of the instrument, and a factory patch library of 30 starting points for your sonic adventures.

Cloud Chamber is available for purchase for the introductory price of £13.45 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later, full version.

More information: Rhythmic Robot

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Best Service releases Chris Hein Winds – Orchestral Woodwinds

Best Service has announced the release of Chris Hein Winds, a virtual orchestral woodwinds instrument collection for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Best Service Chris Hein Winds

Chris Hein – Winds is an extensive woodwind library meeting the highest expectations in regard to sound, quality, expression and usability. The libraries instruments are based on painstakingly recorded and edited multisamples, with numerous articulations and up to eight dynamic layers. Producer Chris Hein has brought thirty years of sampling experience into this masterpiece, giving the user maximum flexibility and a high level of customization, while maintaining the ease of use.

Chris Hein – Winds consists of four individual volumes, also being available separately or combined in a bundled complete version. The library contains a total of 13 instruments: four transverse flutes, three clarinets, three oboes and three bassoons.

Chris Hein Winds features

  • 13 Orchestral Woodwind Instruments.
  • 50 GB Content, 130.000 Samples.
  • 13 Articulations, Up to 8 Dynamic Layers.
  • Unique Phase-Align Technique.
  • 4 Dynamic Modes, Dynamic Expression Sustains.
  • Note-Head Designer.
  • Hot-Keys.
  • Intelligent Legato.
  • Glide-Mode to play realistic runs.
  • 10 built in DSP-Effects.
  • 2 independent Convolution Reverbs, 63 high class impulse responses.
  • Attack- & Release controls.
  • Special Noise Controls.
  • Ensemble Maker.
  • Micro-Tuner.
  • Adjustable Fader Settings in the UI.
  • Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ.
  • Customizable Auto-Vibrato, Key-Vibrato.

The complete library is available for purchase for 649 EUR / £519 GBP / $749 USD. Individual volumes are 199 EUR / £169 GBP / $229 USD each.

More information: Best Service / Chris Hein Winds

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batZode releases Blowfinger breath & wind controller app for iOS

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batZode Blowfinger

batZode has announced Blowfinger, an app that turns any iPad into a breath or wind controller.

Musicians blow across an iPhone mic – or any other mic – and the wind noise is converted into a MIDI continuous controller. The instrument can send notes from the onscreen keyboard or woodwind touch keys (which use a very simple and intuitive fingering system). Or it can just function as a MIDI breath controller.

Blow, finger.

“We designed this app to take the place of expensive, inferior hardware breath controllers,” programmer Stephan Podell says. “It’s also a fantastic auxiliary controller for playing MIDI instruments.”

Blowfinger features

  • Blowfinger Keyboard mode
    • Velocity-sensitive keyboard allows you to glide between notes in a way not possible on a regular keyboard, making this an excellent musical performance addition to any set-up.
    • Use the eight utility pads with user text labels to send program changes or keyswitches. Or use them to play drums and percussion – they’re velocity-sensitive.
    • The XY pad offers additional expressive control in both axes, and it can be set to snap back to zero, to the center, or stay where you release it. Choose which MIDI controller is sent in each direction.
    • Transpose octaves up or down with one tap (either or both keyboard manuals).
  • Blowfinger Wind mode
    • Simplified fingerings based on recorder or Boehm system allow anyone who’s ever played a wind instrument to pick up Blowfinger right away. You switch octaves with your left thumb, so once you know one octave you know them all.
    • One size fits all. The keys and the thumb pads can be resized, moved, and stretched all over the screen. Play the instrument on your lap or perhaps a desk in front of you, or move the pads to the sides and hold the iPad up to your belly.
    • XY right thumb pad. This has the same features as the one in Keyboard Mode, with your choice of snap back behavior and MIDI controllers.
  • General features
    • Blowfinger can work as a breath controller without sending notes; in Breath-only mode, blow without fingering and it sends a MIDI controller.
    • Simultaneous support for Network MIDI over Wi-Fi, hardware MIDI, and inter-application MIDI to control synths running on the same iPad. Also supports rpMIDI for wireless MIDI on Windows.
    • While it feels great right away, you can personalize the breath response to suit your preference and also to adjust for noisy environments.
    • Global transposition so you can play in the key of Cb without getting angry.

Blowfinger is available to purchase for $17.99 USD.

More information: batZode

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Loopbased releases Eastern Grooves Vol 1

Inspire Loops Eastern Grooves Vol 1

Loopbased has launched Eastern Grooves Vol 1 by Inspire Loops, a collection of 7 construction kits made with Authentic Asian, Middle Eastern and African instruments and percussions.

Eastern Grooves was created from a collection of Chinese String and Wind Instruments, Indian Ethnic percussions, Persian instruments and many different rhythmic and melodic wind and percussive instruments.

Eastern Grooves has a slight mix of bollywood beat style and percussive styled rhythms. From Land scaping Pads to Dry taikos, Eastern Grooves has a unique sound to itself. Making it different from the usual. Eastern Grooves also has percussion from the african continent. All construction Kits are in Wave format. A variety of Tempo signatures has been used for this project.

The sample pack costs 30 EUR.

More information: Loopbased / Eastern Grooves Vol 1

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Sound Magic releases Bamboo Dreams BaWu

Sound Magic BaWu

Sound Magic has released Bamboo Dreams BaWu, a virtual Chinese wind instrument.

Although shaped like a flute, it is actually a free reed instrument, with a single metal reed. It is played in a transverse (horizontal) manner. It has a pure, clarinet-like timbre and its playing technique incorporates the use of much ornamentation, particularly bending tones. The bawu likely originated in the Yunnan province of southwest China, it has become a standard instrument throughout China, used in modern Chinese compositions for traditional instrument ensembles. The instrument is also closely associated with Hmong, Yi, Hani and other minority cultures in southwestern China. It is typically used as a solo instrument, and is often featured in film scores; it is sometimes also heard in popular music recordings.

This over 1GB (500MB after compression) library covers nearly all existing performance skills of Bawu, with over 9 categories and 30 variations.

To ensure the maximum accuracy and musicality in the reproduction of this complex and beautiful sound, Sound Magic invited the virtuoso from the prestigious China National Philharmonic to record their wide variety of sounds. To make it easier for you to sound like one of these world reknowned Bawu performers, Sound Magic has developed a simpler set of controls to let you control all 30 skills on the fly.

Bamboo Dreams BaWu features

  • High Quality 24Bit/96KHz Resolution Samples.
  • VSTi/AU/ Kontakt Format, VSTi supports Sound Magic’s Add-on System.
  • Patented Multi-Dimension Vector Synthesis (MVS) Technologies.
  • Over 1GB size and 500MB after compression.
  • Key Switch, Mod switch different groups of samples.
  • Multi Layer Velocity Sample provides realistic experience.
  • Over 9 categories, 30 kinds of performance skills.

The Bamboo Dreams BaWu costs 79 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Bamboo Dreams BaWu

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Kong Audio announces Chinee Orchestra Boxset

Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra Boxset

Kong Audio has announced that its Chinee Orchestra collection of sample-based Chinese traditional instruments will be available as a boxset shortly.

The boxset is currently is production. The disc will include the latest update to the instruments as well as the updated QIN engine player. Quite some instruments have been re-polished under the hood and are integrated with a new legato Extender module in the upcoming release, to provide a even more nuanced expressiveness to the instruments.

All of Kong Audio’s updates have been free for existing customers since 2005, and this upcoming update will be available as free download too.

Chinee Orchestra, powered by Windows native QIN RV 2.0 engine, contains 22 instruments, covering strings, plucked, percussion and wind instruments: ChineeWinds, ChineeKong V3, ErHu and ErHu II, NanXiao, GuZheng II, PiPa, MaTouQin, SuoNa, GuanZi, Sheng, YangQin, HuLuSi, GuQin, LiuQin, SanXian. Ruan, JinHu, ZhongHu, GaoHu, BanHu, Xun, BaWu.

More information: Kong Audio

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Cinesamples CineWinds PRO—Orchestral woodwind expansion released

Cinesamples CineWinds PRO

Cinesamples has announced the release of CineWinds PRO, an orchestral woodwind sample library for Kontakt.

You have asked and we have labored, and we are proud to announce the release of CineWinds PRO, the expansion of the popular CineWinds CORE orchestral woodwind library.

CineWinds PRO expands the orchestral woodwind section with additions of Alto Flute, Bass Flute, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Contrabassoon — and we also added a wide array of ethnic and period wind instruments, such as the Penny Whistle and Ulleann Pipes, performed by maestro William Lyons, who performed on the same instruments he used in many films, including Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. CineWinds PRO was recorded at the SONY Scoring Stage and mixed by master engineer Dennis Sands.

The CineWinds PRO Expansion is now available to purchase for $399 USD. A bundle of CineWinds CORE and PRO is $649 USD. Libraries require full version of Kontakt 4.2.4.

More information: Cinesamples / CineWinds

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