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Cinematique Instruments releases Concert Zither

Cinematique Instruments has announced Concert Zither, a virtual zither instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Cinematique Instruments Concert Zither

We treated the Concert Zither very hard. We plucked, stroke and strummed all the strings to get every possible sound, noise and articulation the Zither can make. Finally we assembled 6 different patches. Firstly there are two the main patch with all the 36 strings recorded in 4 round robin variations and several (up to four) dynamic layer. We additionally recorded the 31 accompaniment strings in a muted variation.

All these notes were recorded with two different types of microphones: a large-diaphragm condenser pair as well as a classic dynamic microphone. By turning a corresponding mic balance knob you can infinitely mix between these two different sound properties. Finally – in order to shape the sound – we added a complex script to achieve lots of different variations of the Concert Zither. By moving the mod wheel you can fade between vibrato and non-vibrato notes.

Beside the main complex patches we provide another 4 useful FX patches, separated into textures, strokes & hits (with dynamic layers) and weird noises. Here you find a great assortment of rare and exceptional FX string sounds.

Concert Zither features

  • Includes 6 patches:
    • Concert Zither Natural.
    • Concert Zither Cinematique.
    • Cacophony Textures.
    • FX (glissandi and noises).
    • CZ FX Percussive.
    • Cacophony Dead.
  • ~2 GB content, over 2,100 samples.

The library is available for purchase for 38 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.22 or higher.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Concert Zither

Versilian Studios releases Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 & VS Chamber Orchestra

Versilian Studios has announced the release of Timpani, VS Upright No. 1 and VS Chamber Orchestra, three new virtual instruments.

Versilian Studios Timpani
Kontakt version of Versilian Studio’s Timpani virtual instrument.

New Versilian Studios instruments

  • Timpani: Extensively sampled Timpani (Wholetone sampling; 4-6x RR, 5 Velocity Layers, stereo). Available for Kontakt and also as a VSTi/AU. Price $15 USD.
  • VS Upright No. 1: Medium-sized sampled upright piano ideal for sketches (3 velocity layers, 2x RR, sampled in tritones to reduce size). Available as a VSTi/AU. Free or donation.
  • VS Chamber Orchestra: Very light selection of orchestral and wind ensemble instruments ideal for beginner composers (featuring concert flute, clarinet, bassoon, F horn, trumpet, tenor bone, bass bone, tubular bells, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, large percussion section, harp, piano, solo violin, and violin section, all using accurate ranges). Free or donation.

Versilian Studios has also ported a number of its previously released products to the Kontakt format.

  • Dan Tranh: Vietnamese pentatonic zither that uses metal strings.
  • Tubular Bells: Suspended chimes used to emulate church bells in orchestral music.
  • Glockenspiel: Deep-sampled chime-like mallet instrument.
  • Handchimes: Strange cross between a hand-bell and a tuning fork.

More information: Versilian Studios

Versilian Studios releases Dan Tranh virtual instrument

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Versilian Studios Dan Tranh

Versilian Studios launched Dan Tranh, an extensively sampled virtual Dan Tranh instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

The Dan Tranh is a traditional zither originating from Vietnam. It is considerably longer than its European and American cousins, and is also tuned as a pentatonic instrument. 16-17 metal strings run the length of the instrument with bridges halfway for each string.

In traditional performance on this instrument, one hand plucks the strings on one side of these bridges using plectrums (finger-picks) and the other hand bends the pitches of the notes as desired on the other side of the bridges. This allows an incredibly dynamic and unique performance which is very hard to sample and replicate.

Dan Tranh features

  • c. 3 octaves of pentatonic (B) and chromatic range, including 4 velocity layers and at least 2xRR on each note.
  • “Pentatonic Assist” – If you press a key not in the pentatonic scale when a pentatonic patch is loaded, it will play the closest previous note meaning you can use all white keys if you desire.
  • Effects.
  • Muted Plucks (2 Vel. Layers, 2xRR).
  • Sampled RR Tremolo and Vibrato.
  • Full Glissandi (4 speed, 3 VL, 2xRR).
  • Complete Product Manual.

The plug-in is available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at $25 USD. A free Lite version (normal and muted only) can be downloaded from the product page.

More information: Versilian Studios / Dan Tranh

Versilian Studios releases free Fretless Zither plugin

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Versilian Studios Fretless Zither

Versilian Studios has released Fretless Zither, a free virtual instrument plug-in.

The fretless zither is a simple “parlor instrument” consisting of a sound box with strings going across the top and a soundhole in the middle. To the left is generally a section of “chord” strings, which, when a set of these is strummed with the finger, will play a certain chord. To the right is a chormatic scale, generally two octaves, which consist of the “melody” half.

A friend showed me this one while I was visiting and I was instantly enthralled by the instrument despite its poor shape and complete lack of tuning. I spent a day tuning it and afterwards ended up recording some samples of the notes in a semi-studio setup. I compiled the samples I made into this basic fretless zither virtual instrument, using the Maize Sampler software.

The Fretless Zither is available to download for Windows (VST).

More information: Versilian Studios / Fretless Zither

Wavesfactory releases Marxophone for Kontakt

Wavesfactory Marxophone

Wavesfactory has announced Marxophone, a zither sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Marxophone is a fretless zither that has four sets of chord strings to be strummed with the left hand and two octaves of double melody strings, which are struck by metal hammers activated by the right hand.

The hammers are mounted on spring steel and produce a mandolin-like sound from repeated bouncing on the strings, hence the name mandolin-guitar-zither sometimes applied to the Marxophone. The sound of the Marxophone is also reminiscent of the various types of hammered dulcimer in music traditions world-wide.

Marxophone features

  • Played with spring steels, pick and fingers.
  • All major and minor chords sampled.
  • 4 velocity layers.
  • 4 round robin (repetitions).
  • Release noise also with multivelocities and 4 round robin.
  • Mono and Stereo WAV files 44.1 kHz 24 bits.
  • Full natural decay.
  • Custom Script.
  • Control volume of all mics and articulations.
  • Hi quality mics, preamps and converters.
  • Kontakt 3.5 and superior.
  • Full version required. Kontakt Player will run in demo mode.
  • More than 4 Gb installed, 2Gb downloaded.

The Marxophone library is available to purchase for 14.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / Marxophone

Best Service releases Cinematique Instruments

Best Service Cinematique Instruments

Best Service has released Cinematique Instruments, a boxed version of Cinematique Instruments products powered by Engine, the sample player based on Yellow Tools Independence Pro.

Cinematique Instruments sets a focus on weird, odd and rare instruments which adds a subtle and individual character to your music production. Cinematique Instruments nearly recorded everything they could get their hands on!

The library contains wonderful string instruments such as an autoharp, a 36 string instrument with a series of chord bars, a kantele, a traditional plucked 5-string instrument of the zitherfamily native to Finland, a wooden celtic nylon harp or a bowed psaltery, an instrument of the zither family such as a kind of a wooden soundbox with unstopped strings over it.

Beyond a nice collection of percussion sounds Cinematique Instruments features also strange and rare keyboard instruments such as the low-price, garbage Super-Sound EK-470 e-piano, the charming organ with its electric fan which blows air across reeds or the organic and warm Zeitter & Winkelmann Piano.
But there are also special sound paks called Glass, Metallic Objects, Experimental Box and Downbeat Box. These sound paks are an amazing source of individual und inspriring textures, pads, mallets and percussions instruments.They beat and knocked doors and sideboards of a metallic kitchen with timpani mallets, brushes, sticks, fingers and fists, they tapped with fingers and timpani mallets against lids, rubbed around the glass rim and they assembled instruments from unique sounds such as stationannouncements, trains, paper crumpling, acoustic and electronic noise, station hum, underground railway noise, pneumatic doors, crown cap shaking, glitches, noise, hiss, hum and other weirdness.

Cinematique Instrument´s goal and ultimate ambition is to inspire everyone by using its highly playable and unique instruments providing a lot of opportunities for your music production.

Cinematique Instruments is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at 199 EUR.

More information: Best Service / Cinematique Instruments

Kong Audio releases ChineeGuQin + Holiday Special Promotions

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Kong Audio ChineeGuQin

Kong Audio has announced the release of ChineeGuQin, a sample-based GuQin (zither) instrument plug-in for Windows.

With true knowledge of the Chinese instrument, Kong Audio planned GuQin from the ground up. By intertwining the detailed sampling and the tailored Intelligent Legato mode, GuQin is brought back to life in its authenticity. As can be heard from the audio demo, ChineeGuQin captures not only the sound, but also the “silence” (string-sliding), and this “silence” is an integral part to GuQin music.

Also new is the real-time subset browser which greatly helps the user to see which subset is active in the current patch according to the incoming notes. By default ChineeGuQin is in the legato mode. It can be switched to polyphony mode using the Sustain Pedal, giving the musician an easy switch of the playing style. When in the polyphony mode, the playing style is usually played in two sections.

ChineeGuQin features

  • 425 MB meticulously crafted sample sets.
  • Windows XP/VISTA. 512mb RAM. NO 64-bit HOST support (Still can be used in 32-bit hosts under 64-bit Windows OS).
  • Works in 32-bit VSTi compatible hosts.
  • All samples are recorded in 1-bit/2.8 MHz

Kong Audio has also announced a number of time-limited Holiday Special promotions.

  • Instant China and Essential China plugin packs are now 50 percent off the usual price tag.
  • All plugins are now $48, except for ChineeKong V2+ and the new ChineeGuQin.
  • Buy 4 plugins, pick one more for free. (ChineeKong V2+ not included).

These special promotion deals are available until January 12, 2010.

More information: Kong Audio / ChineeGuQin

Bolder Sounds releases Toy and African Marimbas and updates Hammered Dulcimer Trilogy and Bavarian Zither

Bolder Sounds Toy and African Marimbas

Bolder Sounds has released Toy and African Marimbas, a free sample library for Kontakt and EXS24.

This FREE sound offering originated from a musician named Barry Higgins. Barry contacted me and wanted to “give something back” for all the Bolder FREE Sound offerings. He sent me a sample set of a Toy Marimba he owns to be shared with other Bolder users. Barry is also a maker of fine Native American flutes. You can visit his website at http://www.whitecrowflutes.com. Thank you Barry!

I decided to augment the Toy Marimba offering with a set of samples I’ve had sitting around for years – a bass and tenor African marimba set complete with buzzing resonators. I’ve chosen to map both the bass and tenor marimba to the same keymap for convenience. Also, Bo Clausen has contributed a very nice Kontakt script to the library as well. I’ll post the alto and soprano marimbas at a later date.

Toy and African Marimbas features

  • 32 MB library for Kontakt 2+ and EXS24.
  • The African marimbas have anywhere from 5 to 10 velocity switch samples per key.
  • Kontakt script by Bo Clausen.
Bolder Sounds Hammered Dulcimer Trilogy

Bolder Sounds has also updated the Hammered Dulcimer Trilogy to version 2 and the Bavarian Zither sample library was updated with a KSP script which is more streamlined in accessing the various articulations.

Changes in Hammered Dulcimer Trilogy V2

  • Flexible scripting has been added to the Kontakt format.
  • Channel Strip Settings for the EXS24 as well as improved programming.
  • Now available for a reduced price of $99 USD for the entire set, or $39 USD for each each dulcimer individually.

More information: Bolder Sounds / Toy and African Marimbas