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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

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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

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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

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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

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Tonehammer releases Zitherette

Tonehammer Zitherette

Tonehammer has released Zitherette, a zither sample library for Kontakt.

This enchanting little instrument is a simple 8-string fretless zither, roughly 12 x 20 inches in size. Zithers are a broad family of hollow-bodied string instruments common throughout all of Europe and Asia. Variants range from the dulcimer to the Koto, with countless other flavors unique to each region and culture. Common to each of them is the arrangement of multiple strings over a neck-less sound box. The oldest known variant of the zither family dates back to 4th century B.C China, while new additions continue to spring up to this day.

Zitherette features

  • Instruments/articulations:
    • 4 sets of Zitherette (natural scale BmHarmonic, w/ palm/mute)
    • 2 sets of Zitherette (tuned scale w/ dampener)
    • 2 sets of ZItherette (tuned scale w/ mute)
    • 2 sets of Zitherette (tuned w/ arp)
    • Zitherette experimental patches:
      • Saturn (w/ MW warp)
      • Saturn Rings (w/ MW time stretch and pedal damp)
      • Saturn III (w/ MW warp/mute)
      • Splattern
      • Splattern Anti Arp
  • Bonus: 4 custom ambiences
  • Extensive read me (.pdf) install, patch and hint documentation.
  • 24 instrument patches, 335 Samples.
  • 650 MB installed, 353 MB .rar download.
  • Sample resolution: 44.1Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav format.
  • Format(s): .nki and .wav.
  • Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2.2.4 / 3 / 4 full retail versions required. Free Kontakt Player not supported.

Zitherette is available to purchase for the introductory price of $35 USD until October 31, 2009 (regular price $39 USD).

More information: Tonehammer / Zitherette

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Cinematique Instruments releases Bowed Psaltery

Cinematique Instruments Bowed Psaltery

Cinematique Instruments has announced the release of Bowed Psaltery, a new sample library for Kontakt.

Description: A BOWED PSALTERY is a stringed musical instrument of the zither family such as a kind of a wooden soundbox with unstopped strings over it, that is played with a bow. The Bowed Psaltery is triangular in shape, allowing each string to extend a little farther than the one before it, so that each can be individually bowed – only one note at a time.

Content: We recorded every second string of the Bowed Psaltery in different modes: sustain notes as seperate up and downbow stroke variations, short (app. 3sek.) as well as staccato bowed notes in 4 times Round Robin and tremolo notes. Beyond that we recorded “slow – tremolo” loops and noises and scratches made with the bow. All these loops are tempo-synced. You might like to use these loops as ostinato backgrounds for your music. We programmed a couple of opportunities the instruments provide by using the modwheel or the surface of Kontakt.

Bowed Psaltery features

  • Bowed Psaltery MW — sustain notes as seperate up and downbow stroke variations, looped, additional release notes, modwheel controls dynamic.
  • Bowed Psaltery Shrt — Short notes in 4 times Round Robin.
  • Bowed Psaltery Stacc MW — Staccato notes in 4 times Round Robin, modwheel affects the dynamic from gentle to hard staccato.
  • Bowed Psaltery Stacc MW Arp — see above, arpeggiator script with 12 presets.
  • Bowed Psaltery Tremolo — Tremolo notes, looped, additional release notes, modwheel controls dynamic, controlling amount of reverb.
  • Bowed Psaltery FX — processed long notes, pad-like.
  • Bowed Psaltery KEY — multi patch contains sustain, short and staccato notes, switchable by key.
  • Bowed Psaltery Loops — ”slow – tremolo” (ostinato) loops, noises and scratches made with the bow, tempo-synced, controlling.

Bowed Psaltery for Kontakt (Kontakt 3 or higher full retail versions required) is available for download for 19 EUR.

More information: Cinematique Instruments / Bowed Psaltery

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Cinematique Instruments launches library of rare and special instruments

Cinematic Instruments has recently launched a new library of rare and special instruments.

Our goal is to create expressive and powerful tools for people who are writing music. No matter what kind of music…

Cinematique Instruments
Cinematique Instruments – some of the sampled instruments/objects

Cinematique Instruments libraries

  • String-Instruments
    • Autoharp – This is a stringed instrument with a series of chord bars. Despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp – it’s a chorded zither – and it’s the perfect instrument to give subtle highlights to all kinds of music. (6 patches)
    • Muted Baritone Ukulele – This is the largest size of ukulele and is tuned differently to the others (D-G-B-E, the same as the last four strings of a standard guitar, as opposed to G-C-E-A). We’ve concentrated on the muted played notes which can add beautiful light and subtle elements to your music. (3 patches)
    • Kantele – This a traditional plucked string instrument of the zither family native to Finland and Estonia with a distinctive bell-like sound and a diatonic tuning. We’ve made a Kontakt patch to play it in a chromatic tuning. (3 patches)
  • Key-Instruments
    • Magnus Harmonica Organ – This little organs use an electric fan to blow air across reeds, like a giant harmonica with keys. (3 patches)
    • Super Sound EK-470 – This is the processed e-piano sound of a low-cost, garbage keyboard for just €25. The sound is warm and crunchy. (3 patches)
    • Zeitter & Winkelmann Piano – This is our rehearsal piano, located in one of our control rooms. It’s got a warm and organic charm. (3 patches).
  • Mallets / Percussion (Tuned)
    • Glass – A collection of glasses and vases in different sizes. We scrubbed, rubbed, tapped and hit all the glass and made some very nice instruments out of it. (3 patches)
    • Metallic Objects/Lids – A collection of lid sounds. We struck the lids with fingers and recorded various sounds. It allows you to make up your own lid-mallet sound.
  • Percussion
    • Metallic Objects/Kitchen, Handrail – This is a collection of sounds, noises, crashes and bangs made with our studio fixture and fittings: our iron KITCHEN and our staircase with its huge HANDRAIL. The result is astonishing: experimental percussion, strange and remarkable mallets.
    • Percussion – All percussion sounds are easy to play in a lively, realistic and organic way (no loops). Available as a multi set or single instruments of: Bongos, Chimes, Guiro, Ocean Drum, Shaker, Spring Drum and Tambourine. Just in the multi are: Toms, Cymbals and Wood.

Cinematique Instruments libraries are available in .nki-format for Native-Instruments Kontakt 3 or 3.5. All samples are in 44.1 kHz/ 16Bit mono/stereo .wav-Format. Prices start at 7 EUR.

More information: Cinematique Instruments

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