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.

Does it live up to that promise? Check out these official audio demos and decide for yourself: Continue reading

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

Free HTML 5 Drum Machine For Your Web Browser

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Developer Jamie Thomson let us know about the HTML 5 Drum Machine Emulator – a new browser-based drum machine, described as a ‘the most advanced in-browser drum machine available’.

“I created this app with the intention that producers could compose and download drum patterns in a highly intuitive and accessible way,” says Thomson.  Continue reading

IK Multimedia Updates iGrand Piano, iLectric Piano For iOS

ik-ilectric-ipad-pianoIK Multimedia has released updated versions of iGrand Piano for
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and iLectric Piano for iPad.

The apps now sport
a variety of new features:

  • Full compatibility with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio in iOS 8;
  • New instrument expansion libraries;
  • An improved user preset management system; and
  • iGrand Piano now includes the same semi-parametric
    equalizer included in iLectric Piano.

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