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EarthMoments Indian Emotions, Indian Strings and Woodwinds sample library

EarthMoments Indian Emotions

Loopmasters has released Indian Emotions, a sample pack featuring Indian strings and woodwinds by EarthMoments.

The essential strings and woodwinds package has been optimised with the closest attention to detail, staying true to the sound with authentic royalty free samples. The vocals samples were recorded using tube Pre-Amps and Mics on 96kHz in studios across India.

This unique sample pack has been created and maximised to the highest standards, exclusively delivered by top Indian vocalists in the Indian music scene today, and can be used to create a variety of styles with Indian vocals signatures.

India Emtions features

  • 785MB content, Wav 24 bit / 44.1khz quality.
  • 567 samples of a range of known and unknown Indian instruments: Bhapang, Ektara, Dotara, Dilruba, Esraj, Santoor, Sarangi, Sarod, Sitar, Slide Guitar, Veena, Vichitra Veena, Violin, Bansuri flute, Flute and Harmonium.
  • Recorded on 96kHz using Class A preamps and Tube mics at Clementine studios in Chennai.

Indian Emotions is available to purchase for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / EarthMoments Indian Emotions

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Dan Dean Productions announces Sample Library Sale

Dan Dean Productions Sample Library Sale

Dan Dean Productions has launched a time limited promotion, offering various sample libraries at discounted prices.

Founded in 1979, Dan Dean Productions, Inc. is primarily involved in music production for the broadcast media and sample library design and development. Broadcast media clients include: the Boeing Company, Nike, Soloflex, Haggar Sportswear, Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Microsoft, MSN, Hewlett Packard and many others.

Since its inception, Dan Dean Productions has created truly cutting edge sample libraries, receiving numerous awards such as Keyboard Magazine’s “Key Buy” awards, Sound on Sound Magazine’s “5 star” designations, Electronic Musician’s “Hot Pix” award and others.

Dan Dean Productions Sample Library Sale

  • Brass Ensemble for GigaSampler/Akai – $199 USD (regular $699/$599)
  • Solo Brass for GigaSampler/Akai – $199 USD (regular $649/$549)
  • Solo Brass – Lite for GigaSampler – $99 USD (regular $199)
  • Solo Woodwinds for GigaSampler/Akai – $199 USD (regular $$549/$549)
  • Solo Woodwinds Lite for GigaSampler – $99 USD (regular $199)
  • Bass Collection, Vol 1 – $99 USD (regular $129)
  • Bass Collection, Vol. 2 – $99 USD (regular $129)
  • Giga Bass Collection for GigaSampler – $99 USD (regular $199)
  • Solo Strings for GigaSampler/Akai – $99 USD (regular $199)
  • Solo Strings Advanced for Kontakt – $99 USD (regular $199)

This time-limited sale ends 8 June, 2010.

More information: Dan Dean Productions

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Kong Audio releases ChineeSuona

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Kong Audio ChineeSuona

Kong Audio has announced the release of ChineeSuona, a virtual hybrid crossover of a brass and woodwind instrument.

The sound of Suona is energetic, unapologetically harsh, abrasively brash, and proud-to-be-so-loud, blasting out everythings in sight. It is wild.

Suona is believed to be derived from the Persian Zurna and slowly adopted by the Chinese in the course of history. By the time of the Ming Dynasty (14th – 17th century), Suona is documented as a prevalent instrument in China.

Today, Suona is still widely used in the local (especially the rural areas) Chinese activities such as weddings or religious festivals. Some modified versions of Suona are now the official instruments of large traditional Chinese orchestras.

ChineeSuona features

  • 380 MB meticulously produced sample sets, all samples are recorded in 24 bit 96 kHz.
  • Two different Suonas: a Big Suona in G (note range: D4-E6), a Small Suona in D (note range: A3-B5), with various types of legato, tremolo, trills and staccato, rolls and vibes playing styles.
  • Like all other Chinee Series plugins, the live playability of ChineeSuona is unmatched.

ChineeSuona is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC, priced at $68 USD.

More information: Kong Audio / ChineeSuona

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Cinesamples releases Hollywoodwinds

Cinesamples HollyWoodWinds

Cinesamples has announced the release of Hollywoodwinds, a comprehensive sampling of the orchestral woodwind ensemble.

This library’s collection of scales, runs, phrases, chords, textures, trills, FX and full ensemble patches, will get you thinking again about using woodwinds in your next cue.

Hollywoodwinds features

  • Cinesamples Intelligent Time Engine (Cite) — The groundbreaking new method of sync on the fly. Kontakt will automatically recognize your sequence’s tempo and playback your scales and textures in time (live). In addition all patches using this engine have samples which have been recorded at multiple tempos. Kontakt will automatically and intelligently choose the correct sample and micro adjust it into place- providing incredibly realistic results and leaving the composer to worry about more important things.
  • Mic Placements — Choose from exclusively Stage Mic patches or Close Mics patches, or using the hybrid patches create your own custom mix – live with no artifacts. Automate your levels using Kontakt 3.5+ or use our presets. Flavor your mix with the 3 Band EQ pre-sets.
  • Notation View — Using Kontakt 3.5+ you can actually visually see the music you are creating, live! The notation window displays incredibly detailed conductor – piano reductions of your current sample being triggered. Very useful for composers, educators and anyone curious.
  • Authentic Hollywood Sound — Straight down the chain we have focused our sound to emulate the voice of the Hollywood scoring stages. From the choice of ensemble, the players themselves, the gear, the mix, the orchestrations, the scale tunings,…. the entire concept is planned to sound with that one goal in mind. Plenty of trail/error, score studying, lunch meeting, phone calling and general research was gathered in pre production so we blatantly tried to squeeze all the detail and life we possibly could at the sessions and in post. This is the extra step the great hollywood composers and orchestrator’s provide on a daily basis.
  • Keyboard Patches — Our method of using tempo synced pre-records with typical keyboard patches is extremely efficient and realistic. The stacked patches, such as the octaves patch, allow the user to voice the ensemble over several different octaves in an authentic hollywood stack (see user manual for details). And of course there is the tutti patch, featuring everybody playing (including the piccolo). There is a whole other half to the library after you check out the GB’s of pre records.
  • 20th Century Textures And Runs — All that creepy stuff the winds do when the spider is attacking, when the beautiful face is morphing, when the eyes turn yellow??? We decided we needed to have that too. From unison ensemble quarter tone bends, to 12 tone cluster stacks to massive collection of Atonal Rips to clarinet “meowing” to multi- piccolo flutters you are sure to find something you need for your track here.

Hollywoodwinds for Kontakt is available for purchase for $299 USD.

More information: Cinesamples / HollyWoodWinds

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Cinesamples announces HollyWoodWinds

Cinesamples HollyWoodWinds

Cinesamples has announced HollyWoodWinds, a comprehensive sampling of the orchestral woodwind ensemble.

This library’s collection of scales, runs, phrases, chords, textures, trills, FX and full ensemble patches, will get you thinking again about using woodwinds in your next cue.

HOLLYWOODWINDS: Bringing the woodwinds back into orchestral film scoring.

HollyWoodWinds features

  • Groundbreaking Cinesamples “Intelligent Time Engine” – Auto Tempo Awareness / Syncing.
  • Smart Tempo Matrix Sample Selection.
  • Extensive RR/Legato Programming.
  • Keyboard Style Patches:
    1. Tutti Ensemble
    2. Octaves Ensemble
    3. Major/Minor Triads Ensemble
    4. Unison Tremolos
    5. Chordal Tremolos
    6. Tritone/FX Tremolos
  • Scales and Rips:
    1. Major Scales
    2. Minor Scales
    3. Diminished Scales
    4. Whole Tone Scale
    5. Chromatic Scales
    6. Tonal Rips
    7. Atonal Rips/FX Rips
  • Orchestrated Textures and FX:
    1. Random Note Staccato Patterns
    2. Pitch Bending FX
    3. Cluster Chords/Flutter Chords
    4. Repeating Octaves Duplets
    5. Repeating Octaves Triplets
    6. Marching Textures
    7. Repeating Major/Minor Chords All Inversions
    8. Chordal Trills (Aka John Williams)
    9. Lydian Thirds
    10. Light Hearted Motifs
    11. Oom Pahs – Major Minor
    12. Inspiring Textures 1
    13. Inspiring Textures 2
    14. Inspiring Textures 3
  • Mic Placements: Stage Mics, Close Mics (Both Independently Mixable).

HollyWoodWinds for Kontakt will be available for purchase on October 1, 2009, priced at $299 USD.

You can win a free copy of HollyWoodWinds by following Cinesamples on Twitter. A winner will be drawn randomly on September 30.

More information: Cinesamples / HollyWoodWinds

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Steinberg releases HALion Symphonic Orchestra v1.5

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Steinberg HALion Symphonic Orchestra

Steinberg has released version 1.5 of HALion Symphonic Orchestra, a complete symphonic orchestra instrument featuring authentic strings, brass, woodwind and percussion.

HALion Symphonic Orchestra puts the awesome emotive power and sheer sonic majesty of a full symphonic orchestra under your total control. Evocative scores, exquisite arrangements, emotive accompaniments: HSO is the ideal, cost effective symphonic instrument for composition, production and pre-production in music, TV and film scoring and game sound.

Changes in HALion Symphonic Orchestra v1.5

  • Support for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista.
  • New sound bank with “light” versions of the orchestral instruments in order for customers using 32-bit versions of Windows to deploy more articulation and instruments too.
  • More details here (pdf).

The 64-bit update 1.5 and the new sound bank are available as a free download for HALion Symphonic Orchestra users.

Visit Steinberg for more information.

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Ableton releases Orchestral Instrument Collection

Ableton has released Orchestral Instrument Collection, a bundle package of the Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion sample libraries produced in partnership with SONiVOX.

Each instrument has been painstakingly recorded in a number of velocities and articulations, employing the expertise of world-class musicians, engineers and producers. Grab your baton and create authentic, expressive orchestral arrangements within the familiar environment of Ableton Live – quickly and easily. And underneath the hood, Live’s SmartPriming technology manages system resources efficiently, giving you big orchestral sounds with a minimum of CPU action.

Albeton Orchestral Instrument Collection

Orchestral Instrument Collection features

  • Orchestral Strings – A comprehensive selection of naturally rich and dynamic stringed instruments. Features solo and ensemble violin, viola, cello and double bass, all recorded in their natural positions within the orchestra, complete with a number of articulations.
  • Orchestral Brass – A thorough set of vivid and colorful brass instruments. Features solo and ensemble French horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba, with a unique set of articulations in multiple section sizes.
  • Orchestral Woodwinds – Delivers a variety of clear and vibrant wind instruments. Features solo and ensemble flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe and English horn with a broad selection of articulations.
  • Orchestral Percussion – Captures the true essence of symphonic percussion instruments in pristine quality. Features vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, crotales, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cymbals and timpani with a variety of articulations.
  • All instruments are meticulously multisampled in a variety of velocities and articulations.
  • All instruments are perfectly integrated into Ableton Live’s workflow. Instruments are loaded via Simpler, which is included with Live 7.
  • All instruments take advantage of SmartPriming, Live 7′s new resource-efficient sample engine, allowing users to work with an impressive number of instruments in their compositions.
  • Includes special Rack versions of each instrument, with all articulations switchable via a single macro control in real time for maximum playability.
  • Each instrument includes versions for high-quality production and CPU conservation.

The Orchestral Instrument Collection is available for 499 EUR / $599 USD. The instruments can also be purchased separately. Check the Ableton Shop for current prices (which seem quite a bit lower than when the instruments were first announced back in October 2007).

Visit Ableton for more information and audio demos.

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