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Syntone launches Bongos, Timbales & Xylofun for Kontakt + Piano Impacts freebie

Syntone has launched with the release of three percussion instrument libraries for Native Instruments: Bongos, Timbales and Xylofun.

Bongos

Syntone Bongos

This library is, as the name implies, a set of bongos we deeply sampled. A decent multitude of hits and a good supply of single and looped scrapes await the proud owner of this popular percussion instrument.

One hot day of Australian summer found us sampling these bongos. Battling the weather (it was REALLY hot), we eventually achieved the 1000+ samples we needed to create a product we were happy with.

Bongos features

  • 12 round robins for the hits.
  • 4 round robin for the scrapes.
  • 2 round robin for the looped scrapes.
  • Up to 8 velocity layers for the hits.
  • 1312 samples.
  • 48kHz/24-bit quality.
  • 169MB (91MB compressed).

Bongos costs $15 AUD.

Timbales

Syntone Timbales

The Timbales is a sample library consisting of a COWBELL and some other drums that make up the timbales.

We figured sampling just the cowbell alone would be counterproductive, so decided to sample the rest of the set, with 8 round robin, 8 velocity layers and custom scripting to keep each rhythm you create fresh and devoid of monotony.

Timbales features

  • 8 round robin.
  • 8 velocity layers.
  • 48kHz/24-bit quality.
  • 85.5MB (40MB compressed).

Timbales costs $10 AUD.

Xylofun

Syntone Xylophone

The Xylofun is a children’s xylophone we’ve meticulously sampled. It might be a child’s toy, but we can all still have a lot of fun with it!

The Xylofun was our first concept for a sample library. Recording was easy, but the sample-making was not. Turns out that tuning isn’t that important in toys for children. Thankfully, we’ve tuned it properly, sampled with 8 round robin and 8 velocity layers, created some hybrid variants and glued it all together with custom scripting, so now it won’t make you cringe when you hit an off-note.

Xylofun features

  • 8 velocity layers for the clean instrument.
  • 8 round robin with optional neighbour borrowing (potential total of 24RR).
  • 2 clean and 4 hybrid instruments.
  • 48kHz/24-bit quality.
  • 740MB(431MB compressed).

Xylofun costs $25 AUD.

Syntone Piano Impacts

Syntone is also offering a free version of the upcoming Piano Impacts library.

Slapping pianos is nothing new; the likes of George Crumb and Henry Cowell were doing it when most of us weren’t even born yet.

We had a piano. We had things to hit it with. Put two and two together and you get this lovely little library.

The free version is available to Syntone Facebook fans. It is limited to 1 velocity layer and does not include the arp available in the full version.

All Syntone virtual instrument libraries require Kontakt 4.2.4+ full version.

More information: Syntone

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Versilian Studios releases Xylophone for Kontakt

Versilian Studios Xylophone

Versilian Studios has announced the release of its Xylophone virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Xylophone is an ancient and common member of the percussion family, specifically the selection of pitched mallet percussion. It is formed of a line of pitched wooden (or synthetic) blocks. When hit with a mallet, the instrument produces a tone. Resonators (in the form of tubes) under the blocks give the instrument an added ring. Mallets may vary from a soft yarn mallet to a very hard rubber mallet (more suitable for full orchestral work) or in Dictatorships, the terrifying metal mallets of death, doom, and broken xylophones.

This virtual instrument includes three different mallet settings, recorded with two sets of microphones including Round Robin and multiple velocity layers for loads of fun! NB: This product uses the mod wheel.

Xylophone features

  • c. 3 1/2 Octaves of chromatic sampling.
  • 2x Natural RR and 2 Velocity Layers.
  • Compact GUI to minimize screen space.
  • Two microphone ranges to mix.

The Xylophone instrument is available for Kontakt and in VST/AU plug-in formats. Until September 2nd, 2013, you can order for a “pay-what-you-like” price, with various rewards for donations.

More information: Versilian Studios / Xylophone

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Free sampled ‘Studio 49 Royal Percussion’ xylophone for Kontakt and EXS24

Christian Schwenk of BIG UP! AZ has released a free sampled Xylophone instrument in Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS24 formats.

This is the original sound of a quality Xylophone (Bells/Glockenspiel) ‘Studio 49 Royal Percussion’ instrument. This Xylophone was recorded at the music school of Havixbeck, Germany by Christian Schwenk.

There are three octaves of range from F0-F3. You can open this instrument in both samplers NI Kontakt(.nki file) or Logic’s Exs24(.exs file).

Download the free xylophone library here.

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AfroDJMac releases Broken Bells Rack for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac has released Broken Bells Rack, the 10th instrument in a series of free Ableton Live packs.

AfroDJMac Broken Bells Rack

This week’s download is created from samples of two different xylophones. One, I bought at a music store for about a hundred bucks and another belongs to my friend DF, who plays in an excellent noise rock band from Brooklyn called Imaginary Weapons (check them out, it’s very melodic, noisy, contemplative guitar rock woven together with some beautiful synth parts).

The synth you are getting this week is actually four instruments in one. The first two are the xylophones layered together. These can be mixed together to your preference. Next, while thinking about the nostalgia I get from the xylophone, and how our memories are often distortions of what really happened, I decided to reverse the samples and layer those over the original sounds. So, when you hit the notes, a traditional xylophone sounds, but then a reversed xylophone creeps back in with an echo of those same notes. You can play the instrument with just the normal xylophones, just the reversed ones, or a blend of both. The reversed xylophones are being moved around the stereo spectrum via LFOs, which adds the the cerebral effect I am going for with this instrument.

The Broken Bells Rack for Ableton* is available as a free download from AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac

*This pack comes with the original samples so you can import them into a sampler/instrument/DAW of your choice as well.

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Acousticsamples releases Olyx virtual xylophone sound library

Acousticsamples Olyx

Acousticsamples has released Olyx, a virtual xylophone instrument library.

Olyx features

  • Olyx is a 3 1/2 octave xylophone.
  • Recorded at 88.2khz 24bits, downsampled to 44.1khz 24bits.
  • 138 MB sample bank, no loops, 370 samples.
  • 8 velocity layers per note.
  • The Kontakt version features a manual tuning table to allow you to tune it your way.
  • Available for Kontakt 2, 3 and 4, EXS24, SFZ and the free ASPlayer for Windows and Mac (VST/AU).

Olyx is available to purchase for $23 USD.

More information: Acousticsamples / Olyx

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Wavesfactory releases W-Xylophone for Kontakt

Wavesfactory W-Xylophone

Wavesfactory has released W-Xylophone, a sampled wooden xylophone for Native Instruments Kontakt.

We have new product in Wavesfactory! 44 piece Yamaha Xylophone, recorded in stereo with high quality equipment for only $9.95!

W-Xylophone features

  • 44 piece Yamaha Xylophone recorded in stereo, played with mallets. Condenser mic placed on the high notes and another condenser mic on the low ones. Røde mics, Audient preamps and Apogee converters.
  • 3 NKI files with different pan presets (Center, Stereo with High keys on the right and low and the left and inverted stereo).
  • 1,300+ WAV files included (no encryption).
  • 5 round robin (aka repetitions) and 3 velocities (piano, normal and hard) for each note with no pitch shifting, all keys were sampled!
  • Perfect for comical music, orchestral, caribbean, etc.

W-Xylophone (requires full version of Kontakt) is available to purchase for $9.95 USD.

More information: Wavesfactory / W-Xylophone

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Necromare releases new sample-based VST instruments

Necromare Banjo

Necromare has released some more free sample-based VST instruments for Windows.

What can I say I love building instruments. I think it’s part of being a composer, to finally make the sounds you need and want. I keep coming up with ideas for instruments and there seems to be no end. I already have 50 plus most in the testing stages. Looks like I will be releasing them well into next year.

New Necromare plug-ins

  • The Panning Piano – Simple piano that automatically pans left and right slowly as you play. Good for filing out a mix. The last octave includes some piano screeches.
  • Piano Harp – Imagine if you played the piano like a harp? What would it sound like? It would sound like this VST great sound for mystical or romantic moods. Included in the last octave are Gliss samples for effect.
  • Simple Acoustic Guitar – Straight Foward guitar. Good for picking or sketch work.
  • Soft Mallet Xylophone – The xylophone played with a soft mallet. Velocity sensitive over 4 octaves.
  • Toys – Toy Piano, a small scale piano with a tiny sound + an electronic children’s piano with baby xylophones instrument.
  • VL-1 Drum – Drum sounds from the Casio VL-1 keyboard/calculator.
  • Zeboo Drum Kit – Acoustic drum kit, GM Mapped. The last octaves are samples of Zeboo himself!
  • Lucivier – The keyboard produces a celesta like tone while pipes produce flute like sounds at the same time. The bottom octave and the last are the sounds produced by using the three pedals on the bottom.
  • Kazoo – The only instrument you need little to no experience to play. So why not try a VST. It’s a bit harsh but fun to knock around with.
  • Gamelan Music – Three Gamelan instruments: Reyong, Gangsa and Calung.
  • Electric Bass – Simple Electric Bass, keys are velocity sensitive to give a short note on harder strikes. The upper octaves include a classic bass slide.
  • Whale Song – Made from CC whale song files. Includes a whale purr, a trumpet, gentle underwater sound fx, and more.
  • Sinsonic Drums – Like many old toys from the past some have actually been used by pros. Mattel Synsonic drums have been used by kraftwerk and others. This is a knock off the original pays tribute to our toys of a bygone era.
  • Basement Piano – Most homes might have one of these lurking in there corner basement. An old upright that you may have learned to play piano on or liked to beat on. Either way this pleasant piano will convey a warm nostalgic sound for your next tune.
  • Southern Banjo – For some there is nothing like the sound of a picked banjo. for others they can do without. This is an attempt to faithfully recreate the sound of a great instrument.

The Necromare instruments are available as freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC.

More information: Necromare

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