Output Releases Free “Lite” Signal Pulse Engine

Output_Signal_FreeOutput Sounds has released a free version of their pulse engine, Signal, called, not surprisingly, Signal Free.

Working from the premise that “nearly all music is centered on a pulse,” Output, who also created the REV software instrument, gathered a team of 70 designers and developers to build an instrument “that pushes beyond conventional limits of synths and samples” in the creation of the original Signal product.

The Signal Free release is a “lite” version of the complete Signal, featuring all the same functionality with a few exceptions: 2GB of content (vs 40 GB in the full version) and 25 presets (vs >500 in the full Output Signal version).
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Audiomodern Releases Sync 2, Polyrhythmic Sampler Instrument

Audiomodern has released Sync 2, a loop-based sampler instrument for Native Instruments’ Kontakt.*

SYNC 2 focuses on “futuristic sounding” electronic and glitch drum groove construction kits that blend IDM, Breaks, Organic, Ambient, Glitch, Trip-hop, Minimal, and “Futuristic” Electronica, among others.
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Sample Logic Announces Cinematic Guitars Infinity

Sample Logic has just announced the update and expansion of its Cinematic Guitars virtual instrument series: Cinematic Guitars Infinity.

Created for use with Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player, the new collection includes complete versions of Cinematic Guitars 1 and 2, while expanding the library with two completely new and original sample libraries, Cinematic Guitars 3 and Cinematic Guitars INFINITY.

Cinematic Guitars 3 is comprised of all new samples recorded by “guitar hero” Steve Ouimette. Cinematic Guitars Infinity is the amalgamation of the CG trilogy that came before, incorporating all of the samples from the CG libraries, with an updated and more capable interface, into a new cinematic virtual instrument.
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Embertone Releases ‘Next Generation’ Fischer Viola

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Virtual instrument-maker Embertone has released Fischer Viola, an advanced virtual solo viola for Kontakt 5 Player.

Embertone developer Alex Davis says that Fischer Viola represents a “major leap forward”, in terms of musicality and technology.

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Soundiron Releases Waterharp v2.0

waterharp-vstSoundiron has released Waterharp 2.0 for Kontakt – a deeply multi-sampled percussion and effects waterphone library.

The Waterphone was originally developed by Richard Waters in the late 1960s. Waterphones — also commonly known as Water Harps — are found in all shapes and sizes, but they generally follow the same basic design: a brass vessel with a hollow brass water chamber and a long neck. The top side of the chamber is adorned with vertical brass tines or bars.

It is played by strumming, striking and bowing these tines, which resonate together creating darkly harmonic or dissonant tones and textures. The tines are cut to specific lengths and arranged to create scales as they wind around the body of the waterphone.

Adding water to the chamber and changing the position of the waterphone drastically changes the pitch and harmonics that are produced when the instrument is played. The water chamber itself can also be played as a percussion instrument.

Overall, the waterphone can be considered as both a tuned and un-tuned percussion instrument, but is most often used in suspense and horror soundtracks and sound design as a dramatic sound effect tool. Continue reading

Realivox Ladies 2.0 Puts Top Session Singers In Your DAW

Realitone has released Realivox Ladies 2.0 – a major update to their female virtual vocalist sample library for Kontakt.

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.  Continue reading

Native Instruments Adds VST Support, Invites Third Party Plug-In Development, More

Native_Instruments_at_Musikmesse_2015At Musikmesse 2015: Native Instruments has introduced three “major innovations” for their Komplete Kontrol keyboard portfolio:

  • NI announced the inclusion of the new Komplete Select instruments and effects suite with Komplete Kontrol keyboards,
  • a “significant update” to the Komplete Kontrol software,
  • and the debut of Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) – a new format allowing “deep integration” of third party plug-ins.

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