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Modartt releases Xylo add-on for Pianoteq + Rock & Chromatic Percussions Collections

Pianoteq Xylo add-on

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

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Short links for November 8th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on November 8th, 2007:

How to Win at Monopoly
Temperature map showing how quickly you get your incremental investment back
  • Build a xylophone out of almost anything – How-tos on building xylophones from everything from pipes, bottles, wood, wrenches, even stone.
  • Fran Holland’s Balloon Organ – Uses a bunch of standard plumbing fittings, tuned with sliders and balloons to produce weird, eerie, bagpipe-style music. A large inflated balloon to one side provides the steady air pressure for the drone.
  • The ‘Winners’ of the Wired News Saddest-Cubicle Contest – David Gunnells, an IT guy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has his desk penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave.
  • Julian Wolkenstein – Lovely photography from Australia’s most branded photographer.
  • Get 10% discount on Image-Line products – Use this link and get a 10% discount on FL Studio, Deckadance, Maximus, Morphine, Sytrus, Toxic 3 DirectWave, and more (someone recently use my promo code to buy an item at the Image-Line store, thanks David!, so I figured I’d plug my code once more in order to gain enough credits to actually be able to purchase something through the IL affiliate program).
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