Ample Sound has announced the release of Ample Ethno Banjo, a new sampled virtual instrument based on a Deering Sierra Banjo.

The 3.9 GB sample library features 9 articulations: Sustain, Palm Mute, Natural Harmonic, Slide in & out, Legato Slide, Hammer On & Pull Off,Pop, Strum, Legato at random length & pitch, with support for multiple strings. It was sampled with 4 microphone modes (mono, bridge stereo, body stereo and neck stereo).

Each voice in Ample Ethno Banjo has its on SAHDS modulation envelope. You can get natural and realistic vibratos while keeping the Mod wheel in one position, and the mod speed, gain, and pitch can also be adjusted.

An advanced bend system allows for each string to be bent individually, while other strings are generating normal notes. When a string is bent, the status will be kept so it can be released when it is played again. The Advance Bend system simulates real instrument by modeling the change of sound such as timbre and velocity.

The instrument also features a capo logic system specifically designed for the 5-string banjo, a Banjo Strummer and Banjo Tab Reader.

Available in VST/VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats and as standalone software for Windows and Mac, the Ample Ethno Banjo is on sale for the intro price of $89 USD until July 4th, 2021 (regular $119 USD).

Ample Sound also updated Ample Ethno Ukulele to version 3.4, with the following changes:

  • SAHDS Modulation System.
  • Advance Bend system.
  • New keyboard skin – Dark Keys.
  • Improved IR related algorithm with higher efficiency.
  • Some changes in Strummer.
  • Updated the old standalone host (ASHost) to the Rectangles.
  • Fixed VST3 parameter issue in some DAWs.
  • Fixed some bugs that caused crashes in Riffer and Strummer.
  • Fixed some bugs in exported chords in Strummer’s chord detection mode.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the Uninstaller unable to run on latest versions of MacOS.

Ample Sound is running an Ethno Instrument promotion, offering 25% off on Banjo, Ukulele and related bundle until July 4th, 2021. Loyal customers can get an additional 10% discount.

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