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.
AfroDJMac has released Broken Bells Rack, the 10th instrument in a series of free Ableton Live packs.
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.
Acousticsamples has released Olyx, a virtual xylophone instrument library.
- 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
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!
- 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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on Nov 15, 2010
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
Modartt has released a Xylo add-on for Pianoteq, a virtual piano instrument for Windows and Mac.
Xylophone and Bass Marimba are similar to the vibraphone but are using wooden bars instead of aluminium. Each bar, that vibrates when hit with mallets, is paired with a metallic resonator which is tuned to amplify the sound.
The origin of the xylophone dates back several thousand years in Africa and South East Asia. The marimba appeared at the same time and is today the symbol of Guatemalan music. Due to its huge size, the bass marimba sounds more than two octaves below the xylophone. Very popular both, they are used in various musical styles from classical to Latin and rock.
The Pianoteq virtual copies of these two instruments are respectively modelled after a modern 3½-octave French brand xylophone and a modern 5-octave French brand bass marimba. Thanks to the sophisticated Pianoteq physical model, they come in several variants and benefit from the recently developed humanization feature which allows varying the strike point, adding to the musician’s interpretation a vivid and stunning realism.
The Xylo add-on for Pianoteq is available to purchase for 49 EUR.
Modartt has also introduced two new bundles:
- Rock Collection 89 EUR, includes Electric pianos, Clavinet, and Rock piano add-ons.
- Chromatic Percussions Collection 99 EUR, includes Vibes, Celeste, and Xylo add-ons.
More information: Pianoteq