HISS and a ROAR releases Wind Instruments + 50% off sale

HISS and a ROAR has announced the release its new Wind Instruments sound fx sample library.

HISS and a ROAR Wind Instruments

I’ve been collecting wind instruments, whistles and breath powered toys for years, and have at last captured them in the form of a new library of sound effects, notes, tones, phrases, character squeaks and generative drones. Perfect for animation, game audio, tonal music sound design and granular manipulation, the library contains over 5,000 24bit 96kHz sounds.

Props include a bosuns whistle, pan pipes, bamboo flutes, five different slide whistles, umpires whistles, squeakers, hooters, scouts whistle, a Vuvuzela, an Aztec Death Whistle, nose flutes, dog whistles, bone flute, kazoos, ocarina and twenty different resonating chambers ranging in size from a vodka bottle down to a tiny antique perfume bottle.

The library costs $99 USD.

HISS and a ROAR has also announced a limited time sale in celebration of its 4 year anniversary.

Hiss and a ROAR 4 Year Anniversary

Its been four years since our first release: SD001 VEGETABLE VIOLENCE and we still get a thrill to hear people using it for great sounding fight scenes & gore!

And today we are very proud to release our 28th library, along with launching an opportunity for you to pick up any of our libraries with our deepest offered discount. If you are new to HISSandaROAR or have tried out our free libraries, this is also a unique chance to affordably access the full scale of our work, in quality & selection.

Customers can save 50% off any purchase with coupon code BOING at checkout. This sale ends midnight August 31st, 2014.

More information: HISS and a ROAR

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Spitfire releases BML103 Low Winds for Kontakt

Spitfire BML Low Winds

Spitfire Audio has released Low Winds, a new British Modular Library series instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

BML103 – LOW WINDS brings us even closer to reaching our first phase creating the finest most detailed orchestral library on the planet today; the British Modular Library project. 3 fine soloists who you will often see performing with the greatest orchestras and on the most important film scoring sessions. In this volume you will find everything you need to get up and running with simply the most beautiful, realistic, playable and inspirational low-end clarinets and flute.

Recorded to tape via the finest signal chain in the finest room. This volume contains no less than a selection of essential articulations curated by multi award winning composers and musicians. The library features multiple round robins, dynamic layers and easy to use, fully functional legato with control of vibrato. This instalment is sure to highlight what a wonderful colour these instruments can add to your work and we hope will encourage and inspire your best writing.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £169 GBP until September 1st, 2014 (RRP £229 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4 or 5.

More information: Spitfire / Low Winds

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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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