KX77FREE has launched Kx-PolyM-CSE, a vintage modular polyphonic synthesizer instrument for Windows.
This one is a special work to implement a CS70M emulation and the x16 sequencer inside a modular VA. Even if the CS70 used for the tests is broken (some voices and keys are HS, no split, …), I could work nicely and really check this piece of synthesizer story. I really appreciated to go to the past… I added some “CS” offsets to the initial values of my usual setting, created the waveforms, modified the Lfo, etc, to match with the original synthesizer. Of course, you can use this plug-in like you want with or without the “CS” offsets.
I love the vintage japanese synthesizers because generally they have more creative parameters.
The particularity of this CS is its two channels (for each: 1 VCO, 1 VCF, 1 VCA) which provide nice stereo pads. And its Vcos are not Dcos (like those of 80′s synths), so the detune between the two Vcos and each voice creates rich chorus fx to build nice organs or string ensembles. But the great features of this vintage synthesizer are: the Lfo which generates a frequency modulation up to 500 hz controlled by the AD envelope and the Sine oscillators of the Vcas which create a solid base of the sounds using Bp or Hp filters.
The Kx-PolyM-CSE for Windows (VST) is a free download.
Noisefirm has launched the NF-01, a virtual classic synthesizer instrument.
The NF-01 Classic Synthesizer fully captures all the nuances of its classic ancestor, Yamaha’s CS01, and evokes the rich harmonics and fat sounds of a bygone era. Featuring 6 unique waveforms, with the ability to to be independently mixed and tuned, NF-01 can produce a vast array of synth textures. From warm evolving pads to percussive pluck sounds and aggressive basses, NF-01 can serve up a variety of inspirational synth elements for your next creation.
Kontakt instrument (full retail version 4.2 or later) with custom scripting and GUI.
Over 100 built-in patches for Kontakt.
1.15 gB of samples and instruments.
Additional patches for Apple Logic EXS24 sampler and Ableton Live (version 8 or later).
Fully recreated Yamaha CS-01 vintage synthesizer plus additional features.
Steinberg has released version 1.1.0 of sonote beat re:edit, the beat instrument plug-in for Cubase.
Based on Yamaha’s innovative sonote technology, sonote beat re:edit lets you create remixes of your beats in next to no time. Extracting characteristic beat slices from an audio loop and swapping them with similar sounds from other audio files, sonote beat re:edit helps you to change the character of your grooves in the most creative and fun way.
Changes in sonote beat re:edit v1.1.0
Added the Tool Tips.
Improved the speed with which VST Preset and Project files are saved within Windows.
Fixed a problem in which Cubase might occasionally crash when an audio file is imported.
Fixed a problem in which Cubase might crash when exporting sonote data to an audio track then dragging-and-dropping an audio file (without any other operations) to sonote beat re:edit.
Solved some minor problems.
Sonote beat re:edit for Cubase 7 is available to purchase for 49.99 EUR inc. VAT.
Ueberschall has launched Acoustic Guitar, a new Elastik Soundbank library featuring a loop collection for songwriters and music producers.
This Elastik sound bank is part of Ueberschalls Instrument Series and dedicated to the acoustic guitar. The library contains 464 painstakingly produced acoustic guitar loops.
Each phrase has been performed three times using different acoustic guitars with instruments made by Martin, Yamaha and Ibanez. Each of the 464 loops has been recorded carefully using selected, high quality equipment. To add flexibility, all loops are available in unaltered versions without equalization and compression.
For immediate use, the sound bank not only contains dry versions of any loop but also mastered versions. In this mixdown, guitar 1 has been panned left, guitar 2 fully to the right and guitar 3 to the middle. The individual loops were not repeated identically. Therefore, they can be used to complement each other rhythmically and dynamically, resulting in an extreme wide but 100% mono-compatible sound.
Each loop was produced, to be possibly integrated into different song structures. Thereby the loops mainly focus on unobtrusive and accompanying phrases as opposed to virtuous licks. The individual phrases can easily be matched to your productions using Elastik Player, regardless of working on music productions, web applications, video- or game sound.
Digital Sound Factory’s Steinway Model L (5’10”) Grand Piano for Kontakt.
Steinway Pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, and beauty requiring up to one full year to handcraft. With a natural sounding wooden resonant tone and very long sustain, this Grand Piano contains over two gigabytes of pedal up, pedal down, key up, and pedal harmonics.
The Yamaha C7 (7’6″) is part of the Conservatory Concert Collection and is built using high quality materials and careful production process. This collection contains over two gigabytes of pedal up, pedal down, key up, and pedal harmonics.
The piano libraries are available to purchase for the introductory price of $39.95 USD each (regular $59.95 USD).
XLN Audio has announced the release of Electric Grand, a new Addictive Keys piano library featuring a meticulously sampled Yamaha CP-80 electro-acoustic instrument.
Its recognizable sound can be heard on countless records from classic artists like U2, Peter Gabriel and ABBA, as well as contemporary acts like Keane and Miike Snow.
This new member of the Addictive Keys family combines three distinct characters in one instrument: The acoustic sound of hammers hitting strings, the direct line signal from the built in pickups, and finally a crunchy amped sound to add some grit to the mix.
This makes the Electric Grand very versatile and suitable for just about anything from indie rock and pop to house to R’n’B ballads.
Electric Grand features
Three disctinct characters in one.
Piano hammers and strings.
Recorded in a large studio.
Seven selectable mic perspectives.
Addictive Keys engine included.
The Electric Grand for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/standalone) is available to purchase for 69.95 EUR ex. VAT.