HISS and a ROAR releases Tortured Wood sound library

HISS and a ROAR has released Tortured Wood, a unique 7GB sound library featuring the sounds of breaking wood.

HISS and a ROAR Tortured Wood

Tortured Wood? Hell yes! We’ve spent the last month breaking wood, slamming 40kg poles into stacks of debris, throwing pallets, planks and furniture around as loudly as possible! We also tortured wood in our quiet foley room, rendering half a dozen baskets into kindling & capturing some truly nasty crunches, creaks and breaks.

Primarily captured with Sennheiser MKH8040 ORTF microphones, we also used contact mics at times (although its very difficult to keep them attached to disintegrating wood!) We also captured some of the louder moments to Nagra 4.2 which will be released as a free update to this library, once final demonising is complete.

The library is available for the introductory price of $79 USD until August 9th, 2014 (regular $99 USD).

More information: HISS and a ROAR / Tortured Wood

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LSTN Headphones launches Troubadours headphones

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LSTN Headphones Troubadours

LSTN Headphones has recently launched the Troubadours series of handcrafted over-ear headphones.

Guitars, pianos and violins are made from wood – why not headphones? Wood has acoustic properties that outperform synthetics.

Each pair is handcrafted from reclaimed wood – no two sets are exactly the same. Eco-friendly meets fashion-friendly.

For every pair sold, we help restore hearing to a child in a deaf school. We strive to make philanthropy the coolest thing, ever.

Troubadours features

  • Reclaimed beechwood/cherry/ebony wood casing.
  • Plush earcups for long term use.
  • Unpluggable, wood enclosed, gold plated plugs.
  • In-line microphone.
  • Durable, nylon wrapped cables.
  • Adjustable metal band.
  • Works with iPhone®, iPod®, Android®, Blackberry®, CD, DVD, spaceships etc.
  • Frequency response: 18Hz – 22KHz.
  • Sensitivity: 101+/-3dB At 1KHz1mW.
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm.
  • R&L balance< < 3dB(50Hz-6KHz 1mW).
  • Rated input power: 30mW.
  • Maximum input power: 50mW.
  • Cable: length 1.2m.
  • Plug: 3.5mm gold plated.

The Troubadours are available to purchase for $150 USD.

More information: LSTN Headphones / Troubadours

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S&V Studio releases Wooden Horn Tenor for Kontakt

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S&V Studio has released Wooden Horn Tenor, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Wooden Horn Tenor (vladimirsky rozhok) for NI Kontakt 5. Details sampled version of Russian folk instruments.

S&V Studio Wooden Horn Tenor
The Wooden Horn Tenor in Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

Wooden Horn Tenor features

  • 603 samples, 281 MB. wav, aif. 44.1kHz Hz, 24 bit, Stereo.
  • 1-3 Round-Robins.
  • 1- 4 velocity layers for each note.
  • Natural release noises.
  • Strokes: Sustain 1, Sustain 2, Sustain slow attack, Staccato 1 and 2, Frullato, Loop Staccato (Full MIDI automation), Doits, Falls.
  • CC 64 (Damper Pedal) launches the different Release groups.

Wooden Horn Tenor for Kontakt 5 (full version required) is available to purchase for $33 USD.

More information: S&V Studio / Wooden Horn Tenor

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UNTERLASS Studio Furniture opens for business with DUODESK 60

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All-new high-end studio furniture-maker UNTERLASS Studio Furniture has opened its doors for business throughout the European Union, offering a flexible range of quality professional products proudly manufactured in Austria.

Unterlass Studio Furniture Duodesk 60
Unterlass Studio Furniture’s Duodesk 60 in various configurations.

Today’s budget-conscious climate has resulted in many musicians choosing to record in their own highly- personalised workspaces, often at home. Design consciousness is arguably at an all-time high, but what do you do when what you want does not exist? Why, design and build it yourself, of course! Which is exactly what Austrian Arno Unterlass did: UNTERLASS Studio Furniture by name, studio furniture by nature.

So who better, then, to take up the UNTERLASS Studio Furniture story than the namesake company founder himself: “In 2009 I wanted to buy a desk for my own recording studio, but there was nothing on the market that fitted my needs, in terms of ergonomics, design, and materials. As a musician and producer myself, I knew exactly what I wanted: the look and feel of a studio — without having to buy a big analogue mixing console. I rendered the first prototype of the DUODESK 60 in 3D, then built it for real. This was exactly what I wanted — lacquered finish, open backs, and lots of space for rack units. The reason why I formed the company was that I got so many requests from people who wanted exactly the same desk.”

Billed as being a one-man media production workspace for recording, mastering, and mixing, today the DUODESK 60 is available as standard in a silk matt black lacquered finish for €1,780.00 EURO (excluding VAT). Featuring a cleverly-concealed cable management system, its two 10-degree-angled desktop-mounted side racks (10HE each), two front-facing floor-level vertical side racks (16HE each), and two rear-mounted horizontal racks (4HE each) all amount to a lot of rack space — surely enough to satisfy most recording requirements, while its ergonomic shape, look, and feel simplifies workflow, creating the impression of being in a professional studio environment — perfect for impressing clients, whether working in a fully professionally-designed studio or otherwise.

Various configuration options enhance the look, feel, and functionality of the DUODESK 60: deluxe (alternative ‘Zebrano’ wooden finish); flexi (extends the desk width by 20cm or 50cm); master (adds another angled 10HE rack space within the desk’s ‘sweet spot’); white (alternative colour finish). Pricing upon request.

Production time is approximately four weeks from order placement, and shipping is available from 100 EUR (excluding VAT), depending on destination. All desks are securely supplied flat-packed in a wooden crate with instructions for relatively simple self assembly. No need to widen any doors!

More information: UNTERLASS Studio Furniture / Duodesk 60

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sun.io releases Sudden Sound Studio World Instruments for Kontakt

sun.io wrote in to share the news of a free sample library for Kontakt, featuring 9 world instruments sampled by Greg Bossert.

Sudden Sound Studio World Instruments
Samples and images by Greg Bossert; Programming for Kontakt by sun.io

World Instruments for Kontakt features

  • Kenyan Sistrum – a forked rattle from Kenya. It’s about 16x5x1 inches, made of a natural forked branch. Two wires strung across the fork hold a number of rusty, flattened metal bottle caps, which act as jingles. Most of the samples are single hits, either short (with the rattle held vertically) or long (with the rattle at an angle). Sample 19 is long looped shake at no particular tempo.
  • Vietnamese Cricket (Sanh Sua) – a Sanh Sua, a frog/cricket noise maker from Vietnam. It’s about 11x6x2 inches, made of wood bound with cane and inlaid with abalone. It’s shaped somewhat like a pair of tongs; gently squeezing the handles pushes the two almond-shaped ends together, causing them to rattle against each other.
  • Ghanan Marimba – a simple 10 key marimba from Ghana. It’s about 26x16x8 inches, made of wood. The keys, which are relieved in the middle to bring out the fundemental, are attached to the frame/resonator with twine. This instrument lacks the usual gourd resonators, and was probably made for the tourist trade.Note that the given pitches are very approximate; while the instrument is reasonably in tune with itself, it is not at standard A=440 pitch.
  • India Hatheli – a jignle stick from India. It’s about 10x2x0.5 inches, made of wood with flat brass jingles. The samples include single sharp hits, some of which have multiple bounces of the jingles, as well as softer hits made by twisting the stick. There is also a digitally reversed sample, and a loop of 1/8 notes accented in 4/4 at 120 BPM.
  • Kenyan Box Rattle – a rectangular shaker or rattle from Kenya. It’s about 10x5x0.5 inches, made of reeds bound together with nylon thread, wooden end pieces, and probably filled with pebbles. Most of the samples are single hits, either short (with the rattle held vertically) or long (with the rattle at an angle for a rainstick-like effect). Samples 20 and 21 are long looped shakes at no particular tempo.
  • Kenyan Kpoko Kpoko – a double-ended wooden bell from Kenya. It’s about 15x3x2 inches, carved from a single piece of wood with two small clappers in each bell tied in place with wire.
  • Thailand Ching – a pair of small hand bells from Thailand. They are about 2x2x2 inches, and made of bronze. The ching is the timekeeper for traditional Thai ensembles (eg. pi phat or mahori). It plays a repeating pattern of alternating closed and open tones. In contrast to tradional European music, the accents (marked with the closed tone of the ching) are on the second and fourth beats in the measure, with the strongest emphasis on the fourth beat. This pattern usually starts slowly, with one “ching” per measure, and repeatedly doubles in speed as the piece progresses. This information on the ching comes from the essay “The Music of Thailand” by David Morton. The samples include open and closed strokes, as well as some longer open rings. There are also digitally reversed and looped tones. Note that the pitch is very close to a standard western “C”. Finally, there is a loop of the traditional pattern at 120 BPM.
  • Tongue Drum – offically the Catania Bass Bamboo Tong Drum. It’s made from a large half-cylinder of bamboo with a padauk top/keys. Note that the given pitches are approximate, due to the interaction between the tongues, the notes are more like chords with one tone slightly predominating.
  • Vietnamese Fish Scraper – a wooden scraper/rasp and woodblock from Vietnam. Stroking the stick along the “fins” on the fish’s back produces a slightly ascending noise somewhat like a frog. The stick stores neatly in the fish’s mouth. The samples include up and down strokes as well as some single hits. The pitch is approximately an “f”. Note that single hits and some of the scrapes work quite well as pitched sounds in a sampler.

The World Instruments for Kontakt sample library is available as a free download from sun.io here (9.26 MB).

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