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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


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


Songbird wind-instrument app for the iPhone released


Songbird Ocarinas has announced the release of Songbird, its new wind-instrument app for the iPhone.

Designed by musician and instrument maker Durian Songbird, it provides the user with a realistic and vivid wind-playing experience.

“My goal was to design a highly expressive app that offers the subtle nuances of a real wind instrument—and I’m extremely happy and excited with how it turned out,” says Durian, founder of Songbird Ocarinas. “Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished player, you’ll have an enjoyable and musically fulfilling experience with this app.”

The Songbird app has a three-octave range, and is played by blowing into the iPhone mouthpiece while fingering the instrument on the phone’s touchscreen. Physical movements add additional expressiveness: tilt the phone up or down to change octave, tilt right to bend a note higher or left to bend it lower, and shake to add vibrato.

Songbird TooT

Make the experience of playing Songbird even more authentic with the optional TooT mouthpiece, which is ceramic, just like a real ocarina. The TooT, which can be ordered from the Songbird Ocarinas website, fits over the iPhone’s microphone and provides a comfortable perch for your lips, focuses your breath right at the mic, and is equipped with four holes for fingering.

The Songbird sounds are all meticulously multisampled from authentic historical and modern instruments, and offer a high degree of realism. The app lets you dial in reverb and delay to add tasteful ambience to the sounds.

Two instruments, Ocarina, and Birdsong, are included with the app. Many others—including Bagpipes, Clarinet, Oboe, Trumpet, Bassoon, Pennywhistle, Crumhorn and more—are available via in-app purchase for just 99 cents each. You can also buy specialized instrument kits for $4.99 each, such as the Early Music Kit, the Middle Eastern Kit, the European Kit, and the Orchestra Kit.

An added value with Songbird is its included song collection. The songs come in the form of backing tracks complete with tablature showing the correct fingerings. The tablature scrolls as the song plays, and you can adjust the song’s tempo to suit your ability. The library of available songs is constantly expanding and ranges from very simple to extremely challenging.

Also noteworthy is Songbird’s ability to stay active while the iPhone’s iPod app plays music in the background. That allows you to jam along with any of the songs on your iPhone. You can also route Songbird’s output into Apple’s GarageBand app and use all of its effects, looping, and other recording capabilities.

Many more useful features are planned for subsequent Songbird updates including ringtone creation, sharing on SoundCloud and Facebook, and saving as scrolling tablature.

Songbird features

  • Real instrument sounds.
  • Tap, slide, shake, tilt, blow.
  • Express music with your whole body.
  • Play in any key.
  • Richly satisfying breath response.
  • Will not feedback in noisy environments.
  • Plays with iPod/music apps in the backround.
  • Learn songs and music easily with tabs.
  • Tabs scroll with backing tracks and speed control.
  • Tasteful reverb and delay settings.
  • Breath or Touch input.
  • Extra instruments from around the world available for purchase.

The free Songbird app is available now from the iTunes store. Everyone who downloads the app will get a discount coupon for a real ceramic ocarina.

More information: Songbird


Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra bundles 23 classic Chinese instruments

Kong Audio

Kong Audio has announced the release of its Chinee Orchestra, a set comprising of 23 classical Chinese instruments covering the complete instrument list of a modern Chinese orchestra arrangement, powered by the in-house developed QIN RV 2.0 engine for Windows.

From its very conception, Chinee Orchestra is designed to meet Chinese composers’ needs for a true-to-the-culture set of classical Chinese instruments that are proper for the standard professional workload. Kong Audio, having been developing Chinee Series since 2005, have packed up everything in the Chinese Series, added 8 new instruments, and updated, molded everything into one the powerful yet easy to use authentic tool. Chinee Orchestra is for work, and is for fun as well, as the sound from a different civilization can be simply inspiring.

The focus of the Chinee Orchestra, other than the much lauded ChineeWinds, ChineeKong and ChineeErHu, is the new ChineeErhu II. Special attention has been dedicated to ChineeErHu II’s design: a different take on the recording for a clearer yet mellower sound and the much easier access to the legato performance, plus the auto upbow/downbow switching. All these attentions have made ChineeErHu II a much alive instrument.

A lot of work has went into the making of the new QIN RV 2.0 engine. Based on the experience of QIN engine v1.0, QIN RV 2.0 is rewritten from the scratch, hence the better performance and compatibility, and still keeps the original design philosophy. QIN RV 2.0 is now a multitimbral and multiout VSTi plugin.

Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra
Chinee Orchestra features Kong Audio’s new QIN RV 2.0 engine.

Chinee Orchestra features

  • 23 polished classical Chinese instruments, including 8 new instruments:
    • 5 Hu fiddles: ChineeErHu II, ChineeJinHu, ChineeZhongHu, ChineeGaoHu, ChineeBanHu.
    • 1 plucked instrument: ChineeRuan (Moon Guitar).
    • 2 wind instruments: ChineeXun (Chinese Ocarina), ChineeBaWu.
  • Re-written from the scratch, the brand new multitimbral/multiout QIN RV 2.0 Windows 32-bit native engine.
  • Special attentions have been paid to the legato mode to accommodate Chinese instruments’ characteristics.

Chinee Orchestra is available to purchase as a VST instrument for Windows, priced at $690 USD. Each individual instrument is also available for purchase separately. QIN RV 2.0 engine upgrade is free for existing customers.

More information: Kong Audio / Chinee Orchestra


Cinesamples launches CineWinds CORE

Cinesamples CineWinds CORE

Cinesamples has announced the release of its flagship orchestral library CineWinds CORE, the first installment of the CineWinds Series recorded at the world famous SONY Pictures Scoring Stage under the watchful eye of master engineer Dennis Sands (The Avengers, The Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, American Beauty).

CineWinds CORE covers the principal instruments of the orchestral wind section in stunning detail and unparalleled recording precision.

Each instrument was meticulously sampled to capture the perfect imperfections which subtly breathes life into your mockup. And as always we brought our intense focus to make these instruments incredibly simple and intuitive to use.

CineWinds CORE will earn a permanent place in your template.

CineWinds CORE features

  • 13GB+ (in compressed format).
  • 28,000+ Samples.
  • Includes articulations and true legato patches for Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon.
  • Designed for Kontakt (requires full version of Kontakt).

Walk through of the features of the CineWinds CORE library for Kontakt.

The CineWinds CORE library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $299 USD (regular $399 USD).

More information: Cinesamples / CineWinds CORE


Vienna Symphonic Library releases Vienna Special Edition Vol. 3 & 4

VSL Special Edition Vol 3 and 4

Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of two new collections for the Vienna Special Editions, its entry-level orchestra packages.

The Vienna Special Editions offer a large-scale orchestra and more at your fingertips, in resource-saving, affordable packages. They are available in four BUNDLES, six COLLECTIONS and 14 individual instrument SECTIONS (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion & More, Keyboards & Guitars) that may be purchased separately.

New Vienna Special Edition libraries

  • Special Edition Vol 3 (“Appassionata & Muted Strings”) – Apart from the lush and cinematic Appassionata Strings with a wide variety of playing techniques in normal and muted variations, the Special Edition Volume 3 focuses on “con sordino“ (muted) recordings of the Solo Strings and Chamber Strings. Additionally, you’ll find an alternative Harp to the one included in the Special Edition Volume 1. All instruments include Vienna Symphonic Library’s famed Legato Performances – real note transitions, smoothly and authentically performed by the algorithms of the Vienna Instruments software player.
  • Special Edition Vol 4 (“Special Winds & Choir”) features 15 woodwind and brass instruments that are not included in the Special Edition Volumes 1–3, such as the “Fanfare Trumpets” (a powerful ensemble of 6 trumpets), bass flute and contrabass clarinet. What’s more, the most important articulations of our Vienna Choir are included, covering the full range of the human voice with soprano, alto, tenor and bass ensembles. Add another dimension and a very human touch to your music, especially to your orchestral scores!

The new Special Edition collections are available to purchase at the introductory price of 325 EUR (Vol 3) and 245 EUR through June 15, 2012.

More information: Vienna Symphonic Library / Special Edition Collection


Best Service Desert Winds sound library by Eduardo Tarilonte

Best Service has released Desert Winds, a sample library by Eduardo Tarilonte.

Best Service Eduardo Tarilonte

Welcome to DESERT WINDS, another sample library from Eduardo Tarilonte, the creator of “Epic World” and “Forest Kingdom”, featuring 21 exotic and oriental soundscapes based on four unique ethnic solo wind instruments. It’s a perfect tool for composers and sound designers to create ambience and music for films, documentaries, video games and new age music.
A wonderful collection of sounds from the sands of time.

Desert Winds is a 2.5 GB library with more than 2000 individual samples. In Desert Winds you will find up to 6 different real legato types per instrument, deep sampling, amazing playability.

For each of the wind instruments you will find a microtuning folder with 16 patches featuring the most important arabic/turkish microtuning tables.

Thanks to the Best Service Engine 2 you will enjoy a beautiful and easy to use interface. Get easy real-time control over all the important performance parameters.

Additionally the library offers 21 beautiful and inspiring bonus soundscapes to create cinematic and evolving desert ambiences. Every soundscape offers 2 to 6 different individual layers which can create indefinite new ambiences by mixing them at will.

Desert Winds is available to purchase for 149 EUR.

More information: Best Service / Desert Winds