Aria Sounds has released Surdos & Snares, an authentic sounding, flexible and controllable drum sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
ARIA Sounds are proud to present “Surdos & Snares”, a percussion ensemble consisting of three snares and three surdo drums, all placed in the displayed formation, and reproduced faithfully, so you can play these drums, and they will sound in these positions.
We have absolutely pushed the variation and authenticity to the limit with this library. There are 127 dynamic layers per hit/technique/key in these drums, which provides even more benefits than the obvious lack of repetition, or the dreaded “machine-gun effect”.
Surdos & Snares features
- 127 velocity layers for ultimate realism.
- Ensemble of 6 individually playable drums.
- Faithful 3D sound/reproduction of ech drum’s position in the hall.
- Variety of techniques per drum, including soft mallets, sticks, rims, hands, different brushes.
- Close and main mic positions.
- Over 6GB of samples.
Surdos & Snares for Kontakt 4 and 5 (full version) is available at a 50% discount for a limited time (regular £39.99 GBP).
Fluffy Audio has released TimeDrops, a granular time manipulation tool for Kontakt 5, featuring sample import and an extensive of sound sources and presets.
TimeDrops implements an advanced time granular engine which allows to freeze the time of any sample, creating pads and soundscapes out of any kind of material.
It also features a custom scripted ADSR, time synced LFO and an advanced mapping system for creating complex organic textures and many different playing modes to reinterpret the material of the sample in lots of different ways.
The idea of this instrument is to take something beautiful and transform into something else with the proper tools keeping the maximum sound quality possible. For this reason, despite its apparent simplicity, it implements many under the hood adjustments like per-grain custom windows, anti-phasing techniques and synchronized time/rate/densities between the grains. Granular synthesis is actually awesome when you can’t actually distinguish between the single grains and the whole result appears like a new designed sound.
For this reason, the library will feature a very simple way to import your own samples, and you can create your personal library of TimeDropped sounds!
- Advanced time freezing engine with sample importing.
- 988 MB sample library.
- 94 ready to use soundsources.
- 91 NKI presets.
- Custom ADSR, LFO and CC controls.
- Easy sample importing.
- Custom FX engine.
- Multiple grain windows.
- Custom remappable CCs.
TimeDrops is available for the introductory price of 50 EUR / $54 USD until October 1st, 2015 (regular 65 EUR / $69 USD). Requires full version of Kontakt 5.4 or higher.
Crypto Cipher has released Solo Dholak, an instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
This is the first and most advance playable “Solo Dholak” sampled instrument released till now with over 12,900 samples recorded with high quality equipments. Sampled Dholak was a always a great need of producers working in film industry and keeping their requirement in mind we started working on the concept and finally developed playable dholak instrument with the modern sound design capabilities.
You have fine control over each sound as well each side of dholak drum. Solo Dholak is recorded with Sontronics apollo (a Blumlein X/Y stereo ribbon microphone), Royer 122, Lewitt mics and bodied mic. Mic mix settings can controlled via mic mixer given on UI.
Solo Dholak is available for purchase for $79 USD. Requires full version of Kontakt.
Bela D Media has announced release of Diva Revamp 2015, a female vocal library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
DIVA Classical Female Soloist was created in 2003 and is the very first product every produced by Bela D Media. Since that time, DIVA has sold world-wide and is used by many top composers for film, television and videos games. In the States, often one would be hard-pressed to not to hear DIVA in use on many popular television stations – even to this day. We are extremely proud of this and always consider it to be an honor when a composer (professional or other wise) finds a place for our work in their arsenal of digital tools.
Welcome you to DIVA REVAMP 2015. Once again we have trimmed the digital fat and employed our Vocal Tools style scripting features and GUI to complete this special version. Features include, sample offset polyphonic legato, creation and storage of custom vocal verses, attack and release control per vocal step and real-time playback sequencing.
The library is available for purchase for $150 USD. Users of the Diva Bundle and/or the original Diva Revamp (full version) will received a crossgrade offer. Requires Kontakt 4/5 full version.
Human Touch Technology has released Darbukator Extreme II, a percussion instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Darbukator Extreme II is a classic arranger for playing oriental Percussion styles with some unique features
- Manual / automatic improvisation.
- Loops time lock (legato mode)
- Random Breaks
- Multi Doffs and Doholla for each style (group instruments)
Darbukator Extreme II can be used alone or with other percussion modules. The improvisation generator can add the live feel to any ethic percussion track. All styles and improvisations based on live loops, not single shots.
We sampled the playing technics and improvisation from top percussionists in the Middle East, we got tons of ideas, some of the loops are 8 bars long variations, the possibilities are endless.
Darbukator Extreme II is available for purchase for $89 USD ex. VAT. Requires Kontakt v5.3 or higher, full version.
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds: Vol 1, an instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring classic sampled sounds that defined a generation.
Back in the 80s, the sampler that took the studio world by storm was the Emulator II. Far more affordable than a Synclavier or a Fairlight, its crunchy 8-bit samples and clever companding output convertors made for an awesomely in-your-face sound that punched its way through countless hit mixes. Artists like Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, Thomas Dolby, Philip Glass, Eurythmics, Pet Shop Boys, Vangelis and dozens more put the EII’s signature sound to work on their tracks. It’s not overstating it to say it helped define the sound of a generation of music.
‘I’m a fan of this Rhythmic Robot outfit. Using their instruments is like discovering a lost tribe in the digital jungle… pure, but slightly uncivilized.’ – Stephen Hague, producer (Peter Gabriel, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Melanie C, New Order, etc.)
Key to the EII’s success was a phenomenal aftermarket library of professionally-recorded samples. The factory library itself was excellent, but the soundset that really expanded the possibilities of the instrument was OMI’s Universe of Sounds – a mammoth swathe of patches covering keys, basses, strings, orchestral, synths, ethnic, drums, percussion, brass… everything you needed to bring your track to life. When we first approached the idea of sampling an EII, it was this library we wanted to sample.
Now, in collaboration with and with the blessing of Doug Morton – the guy who actually recorded those OMI samples back in the 80s, and who remains their copyright owner – we bring you the OMI Universe of Sounds, in all its glory. We’ve sampled every note of every patch (over 31,700 samples in all!) out of a reconditioned Emulator II, to preserve the exact sound of the EII’s D-to-A convertors and sample interpolation process. We’ve meticulously preserved original looping behaviour, velocity layers and sample switching. In short, what you hear when you play this instrument is the sound of an EII in its heyday.
Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds: Vol 1 features
- 31,700 individual samples.
- 33Gb original 24-bit.
- 21Gb uncompressed 16-bit.
- 11.33Gb compressed .ncw format.
- 541 individual instruments, including 14 Bass, 18 Bells & Chimes, 52 Brass, 51 Drums, 59 Ethnic & Folk, 8 FX, 36 Guitar, 38 Piano & Keys, 77 Orchestral, 41 Percussion, 61 Strings, 76 Synth, 12 Vocal.
- Additional Kontakt Multis taking the EII’s sounds in exciting new directions.
The sample library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £85 GBP + VAT through July 31st, 2015 (regular £99 GBP).
Photosynthesis Vol 1 – Sphere is a sample library aimed at film/game composers, producers, and musicians who need evolving pads, dark soundscapes, rhythmic underscore, and creative instrument effects. The sounds are inspired by ambient music, post-rock, and artists like Jon Hopkins, Sigur Ros, Ólafur Arnalds, This Will Destroy You, and M83.
Sphere includes 127 Kontakt instruments, a 1.85GB library of samples in .wav format, and 16 Guitar Rig 5 Pro presets. The instruments come in six categories:
- 21 Organic Instruments.
- 31 Pads.
- 27 Rhythmic Instruments.
- 16 Soundscapes.
- 13 Synths.
- 19 Unprocessed Instruments.
Price: $35. Full Kontakt 5.1.0 or later is required to run the library.
Photosynthesis Engine is a free interface for Kontakt designed to make creating your own Kontakt instruments easy. Import samples, then manipulate them with sound shaping envelopes, filters, 10 effects, and a rhythm section featuring a step sequencer, filter sequencer, and 4 LFO’s.
Price: Free. Full Kontakt 5.1.0 or later is required to run the engine.
Samplescience has announced the release of EA-K, an instrument collection for Native Instruments Kontakt 5, featuring the sound of the Korg EA-1.
Want slick leads and deep sub bass? It’s all here in this compact Kontakt 5 instruments collection.
Have the total control with EA-K scripted interface! Controls included: ADSR, 3 bands EQ, arpeggiator, union, portamento, and Reverb.
Although EA-K is best suited for minimal techno production, famous artists such as Throbbing Gristle, Orbital, Daft Punk, Like A Tim, Crystal Distortion and Cirrus have use the EA-1 to create other genre of music.
- 11 Kontakt 5 instruments.
- Universal 24 bit WAV files included.
The library is available from Sampleism for two weeks only, priced at £4.99 GBP.
Virtual drum machine for Kontakt, where sequencer program is being derived from a text string.
Soniocipher, is one completely unnecessary tool, which can convert a text string to machine drum sequence. The practical uses of this device are severely limited, as there is no backward conversion tool. However, it makes noises and it has blinking lights, so it’s quite fun for those, who enjoy such activities.
The machine is quite simple to use, you use virtual keyboard to type in text, then press “enter” to decode it into sound sequence. “Play” button in upper right corner starts sequence playback.
Sonocipher is free to download for Kontakt 4.24 or newer (full version). Download includes samples.
We go through the voices and features of Realivox Ladies, our vocal instrument for Kontakt. For more info, please visit us at:
Realitone says that the updated Realivox Ladies is designed to be a vocal sample library, that you can play on your keyboard, that sounds smooth and real.
Here’s what’s new in version 2.0:
- This collection of 5 solo singers with full legato now has almost double the articulations, as well as 6 ending consonants. This makes 25,000 samples, up from 16,000.
- Singers can now also be combined to form ensembles, all in a single instance.
- Also featured is a new Poyphopnic Legato mode.