AudioThing has released Tank Drum for Kontakt 5, a new virtual instrument based on samples from a steel tongue drum.
Also called hang drums, these instruments are usually made out of propane tanks with tongues of different sizes and tuned in different scales.
The instrument sampled features 8 tongues and is tuned in E minor pentatonic. It was played both with hands and rubber mallets, along with some sound effects with hands and brushes. The sound has a long release and is rich in harmonics.
Here are official audio demos: Continue reading
Embertone has released a major update to its Friedlander Violin virtual instrument.
Friedlander Violin is an extensively sampled virtual violin, designed to create a ‘authentic, living sound’.
Check out the official audio demos of Friedlander Violin and let us know what you think of it: Continue reading
Modartt has released Pianoteq 5, the latest version of their virtual piano instrument for Linux, Mac OS X & Windows
Here’s what they have to say about the new version:
We have devoted two years of research to developing and refining the award-winning Pianoteq physical model. Pianoteq 5 brings a new clarity and authenticity to the piano sound. Moreover, it offers no less than 9 new piano models, and sound recording is taken to a higher level of control with the addition of directional microphones, letting you choose from a range of well-known microphone brands.
Samplemodeling Flutes is a new virtual instrument, based on Synchronous Wavelength Acoustic Modeling (SWAM), designed to create realistic and playable C-Flute, Piccolo, Alto & Bass Flute.
Flutes uses samples as a base material, chromatically performed by a professional player over a very wide dynamic range, and recorded with state-of-the-art technology. The resulting timbre is therefore that of the real instrument. But the analogy with a sample based library ends here. Continue reading
Pulse Code, creator of Rhythm Studio, Modular Synthesizer & Boom 808!, has introduced Boom 909! – an iOS drum machine inspired by the classic Roland TR-909.
Here’s what they have to say about Boom 909!:
Along with the classic drum sounds, Boom 909 has a built in compressor that is tuned to add punch to your drum beats. Soft saturation overdrive rounds out the signal chain adding warm crunch to your beats.
Using Boom 909 with Audiobus allows you to add any number of Audiobus compatible effects as well as record your beats into the app of your choice. Writing beats is easy by using the internal step sequencer or trigger the drums with CoreMIDI. Control your groove with two swing variations.
UVI has released EGP, a new virtual instrument that the describe as ‘the most comprehensive electric grand piano instrument ever produced’.
EGP is inspired by Yamaha’s stage electric grand piano series: Yamaha CP-60, CP-70 and CP-80,
- Discrete and fully mixable electric, L/R and M/S signals
- M/S signal switchable to dual mono
- 10 prepared piano styles, create custom key splits in UVI Workstation
- Independent effect chains for acoustic and electric signals
- Independent ADSR amplitude control for acoustic and electric signals
- Resonance polyphony and volume control
- Pedal and Release volume control
- Extended Range switch provides a full 88-note range
- Wheel Strum
- 100+ preset library
- Advanced audio engine
- Licensing supports 3 concurrent authorizations
Arturia has announced the availability of Spark 2, introducing an update UI and new features to its software drum machine for Mac and Windows.
While Spark has always been built on a fully-modular VA (Virtual Analogue) sound engine, originally only developers had access. With the all-new Modular screen, Spark 2 users can now add and subtract modules (including Oscillator, multimode Filter and Karplus-Strong Filter, Envelope, Lfo, MiniMixer, RingMod, and Bode Frequency Shifter); create their own patch routings; and assign up to six macro controls for immediate control. Continue reading
Samplephonics has released Leeds Town Hall Organ, a multi sampled organ virtual instrument, as a free download.
Here’s a demo of the free instrument in action: Continue reading