Samplemodeling Intros Cello Virtual Instrument

the-cello-virtual-instrumentSamplemodeling has introduced The Cello, a new virtual instrument that they say captures ‘virtually all the elements contributing to the sound of the real instrument ‘

Bow speed, pressure, direction and distance from the bridge are under player’s control. One can also control the resonance of the played string, that of the open strings, the amount of rosin and bow noise, the sharpness of the attack, the bow lift (on the string vs. off the string) on both attack and release, the preferred finger position, and many other parameters. Each parameter can be assigned to any MIDI CC, allowing real time control. Continue reading

New Virtual Instrument, AdLibXRom, Features Sound Of 90’s Soundcards

AdLibXRom_Product_1000pxSampleScience has introduced AdLibXRom, a sample-based instrument, featuring the sound of the AdLib sound card.

The AdLib soundcard, widely used in 90’s PCs, had a synthesis chip build by Yamaha. This chip was the YM3812, a FM and additive synthesizer which had up to 9 channels of digitally produced sound. Continue reading

IK Multimedia Intros Orchestral Percussion Virtual Instrument

IK Multimedia has introduced  Orchestral_Percussion_Menu_MP2_ScreenshotOrchestral Percussion, an add-on instrument collection for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 that contains over 45 symphonic percussion instruments.

IK says that ‘users will get the majesty of full-range, dynamic timpani, the stirring power of a massive 36? gran cassa orchestral bass drum, the unmistakable punctuation of symphonic chau gongs and piatti cymbals. Also included are the ultra-stylized articulations of three different classical snare drums along with flexible variations of sleighbells, tambourines, triangles, castanets, bell tree and more.’.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Aphex Twin Had A Booth At The Summer NAMM Trade Show And, Yeah, It was A Little Strange

At the 2016 Summer NAMM Show, Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) had a booth, to introduce his new Cheetah EP and to display his rare Cheetah MS800 synthesizer.

We talked with Hannah from Warp Records, who gave us a quick booth tour. Continue reading