Audiomodern Everything Bundle

Everything Bundle from AUDIOMODERN (Affiliate Link)

The Everything Bundle from AUDIOMODERN is a collection of 21 products comprising  Kontakt Instruments, Sample Packs and Preset Packs. This versatile bundle is available at a staggering 84% discount for a few days until early March 2017.

Paths | Expressive Electronica & Ambient

Paths is an Expressive Electronica & Ambient loop based Kontakt Library. As a loop based sampler instrument running inside Kontakt it is also as WAV, Apple Loops, ACID and REX formats.

This library comes with lush and deep electronica & Neo-Ambient. Each kit containing six different loops. With the kits you can make different by using one layer, you increase the depth, complexity and beauty by adding additional complimentary instrument parts.

Paths help you when composing dramatic Electronica and Neo-ambient Cinematic score in your Atmospheric Composition, Scores, Trailers, Documentaries, Advertising, World and Background score. Or you can use the melodic motif to enhance the viewer experience. Paths were designed to compose downtempo, atmospheric, chillwave and post-dubstep to ambient moods and atmospheres quickly. Full Retail version of KONTAKT 5.5 or higher is required.

SYNC 1, SYNC 2, and SYNC 3 (three different products) | Intelligent Polyrhythms

SYNC 1, SYNC 3, and SYNC 3 are loop based sampler Kontakt instruments. They are focusing on futuristic sounding electronic & glitch drum groove construction kits that carefully blend IDM, Breaks, Organic, Ambient, Glitch, Trip-hop, Minimal, and Futuristic Electronica. Full Retail version of KONTAKT 5.3 or higher is required

ModulARPS and ModulARPS 2 (two different products) | Twisted Modular Goodness

ModulARPS and ModulARPS 2 are loop based sampler instrument for  Kontakt also available on WAV, AIFF & REX file formats. ModulARPS was created by a unique modular setup and controlled by Sound designer Adam Ritchie, ModulARPS contains experimental Ambient sounds. ModulARPS 2 was created by a unique modular setup and controlled by Sound designer Pau Cabruja, ModulARPS 2 includes a collection of Modular Synthesizer loops.

Inside ModulARPS and ModulARPS 2 you find sequence loops sorted Bass, Beats, Melodies, Textures, Drones, Rhythms and all designed to be used together. ModulARPS 2 holds a collection of Modular Synthesizer loops.

Both products covering all styles from Ambient, experimental, New Age minimal to the most modern of technical productions, with depth, warmth and character to your score. These unique libraries of modular loops is designed to work in a range of musical and sound design scenarios and contain a huge selection of highly original sounds wanting to bring life and character to any media production.

Abuser | Powerhouse Samplerbank

Abuser is a hybrid analog virtual instrument for Kontakt (Full Retail version of KONTAKT 5.3 or higher is required).

Based on 1.538 pristine audio samples, direct from the Sherman filterbank , a filter effect box with unique tube sound overdrive. An analog machine, which is not based on processor calculation speed.

Glitchee, Glitchee II and Glitchee III | Glitch & Cuts Step Sequencer Modules

Glitchee, Glitchee II, and Glitchee III are a glitch & cuts drum machine module. A step sequencer & groove generator with six sound categories on each of the three kits which is best suited to give your music production a contemporary percussive fundament.

You can easily create groovy electronic patterns with crystal sound quality or add-on loops built out of bits, cuts, glitches and blips! Features unique glitch kits on a flexible step sequencer module.

Metamorphis | Bass • Beats • Percussion • Synths LoopS

Metamorphis contains 582 Mb loops. Their tempos range from 73 BPM to 140 BPM, with the large majority of loops falling in the 90 to 120 BPM range. All loops and samples are leveled and ready use. All included loops are 100% Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops). Created by Max Million & The Audiomodern Team

Discrete Energy, and Discrete Energy ΙΙ (two products) | Glitch, IDM, and Breaks Samples

Discrete Energy and Discrete Energy ΙΙ provides the samples for Glitch | IDM | Breaks or other forms of EDM music production. All of the loops are 100% Royalty-Free (including the vocal loops), you can use these loops in your commercial releases.

Rude | Aggressive , Aaturated and Bass

RUDE is a sample pack which contains 388 MB of aggressive , saturated and bass driven audio loops. Tempos range from 90 BPM to 140 BPM, with the large majority of loops fall in the 100 to 120 BPM range. They fit into Electronica , Glitch-Hop , Breaks , Electro House or other forms of EDM

 

STREAKULATOR | M4L Device for Ableton Live

STREAKULATOR created by developer Ernesto Cecco D’Ortona is a midi-modulated audio effect swiss army knife for Ableton Live where you can sidechain, sound design, waveshaping, filtering, wobble and growl basses, synth sounds from any source, heavy metallic effects, robostep sounds, perfectly synced gating, dramatically fast sound.

STREAKULATOR can be used with any kind of sound: organic sounds, acoustic instruments, drum loops, synth phrases and vocals.

Random Groove Generator | M4L Sequencer and Sample Slicer

Random Groove Generator is an advanced sequencer and sample slicer device for Max For Live.

Random Groove Generator generates pattern sequences, where you can randomize the steps, pitch, volume, filter, sample point, amount of notes and more to find new grooves, rhythms and melodies never heard before. Ableton Live 9.2 & Max For Live 7.1 or higher is required

Random Riff Generator | Melody, Riff & Sequence Generator Tool

Random Riff Generator helps to generate sequences. These midi sequences/riffs can be sent to any synth, software or hardware, sampler, drum machine, which can be controlled through midi input. Ableton Live 8.1 & Max For Live 7.1 or higher is required

Glitchverb | Grainy/Glitchy Reverb Plugin

Glitchverb was created by developer Ernesto Cecco D’Ortona. Glitchverb is a modern reverb plugin that features a big bassy compression reverb sound, but without compressing. The magic behind its huge presence on the freq spectrum, so rich to raise your volume levels quite dramatically, lays in the “Root” knob: it sets the root frequency to which “Bass” and “Treble” knobs will adapt their min/max values range.

Rest assured that it’ll make sound your drums heavy like tons-heavy lead blocks. Ableton Live 9.5 & Max For Live 7.1 or higher is required

Ryoji | Experimental Plugin

Ryoji was created by developer Ernesto Cecco D’Ortona, Ryoji is an experimental plugin that makes anything sound like Ryoji Ikeda’s glitch music. Ableton Live 9.5 & Max For Live 7.1 or higher is required

 

 

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEX DAVIS, CO-FOUNDER OF EMBERTONE by Thorsten Meyer

AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEX DAVIS, CO-FOUNDER OF EMBERTONE
by Thorsten Meyer

Alex Davis from Embertone did take the time out off his busy schedule to provide some insights and background information about Embertone and the virtual instruments which help some many to write inspiring great music.

Thorsten Meyer: You mentioned that you appreciate other virtual instrument companies in the market. Now you are in a market lead position yourself and inspire other start-ups to follow you.

Alex Davis (Embertone): It comes from enjoying the process of making VIs — and obsession for detail. Jonathan and I got into this for the fun of it, and that is what sustains us still. When it’s not fun, it’s an uphill battle (and probably not worth it!)

Alex Davis and Jonathan Churchill run Embertone, tell us a little about Embertone and about the team including other team members like Andreas Lemke?

Embertone is a partnership between Jonathan and I. We work with dozens of composers, musicians, artists, programmers, affiliates and other developers. It’s incredibly gratifying to interact with so many talented people! Andreas is one of our closest partners. He has been working with us since the beginning, and we initially reached out to him in 2011 because of his amazing work revitalizing the Westgate instruments. His experience with true legato was the initial draw, but his talent is huge… he has created some amazing VI scripts for us, and continues to surprise us as we deepen our work together.

Elan Hickler of Sound Emote has been our go-to sample editor for a few years now. His work is incredibly advanced, and his obsession with perfection is really impressive…
How did it all start?

Jonathan and I both worked as 9-5 staff composers at a marketing agency in Raleigh North Carolina USA, We began recording some virtual instruments just for fun… and when we had collected a handful of them, we realized that we could build a company around it. A few months of work and we were able to release our first 6 products in July of 2012… it was a really big moment for us!

How do you position Embertone to the market?

We try not to take ourselves too seriously. We want to have FUN first and foremost. Beyond that, our concept is to develop a la carte instruments at really affordable prices. We’ve done our best to honor those founding principles still – even though some of our products are deeper and more expensive these days. I still love the idea that we can create a simple, useful, beautiful VI and sell it for around $20!

Let’s focus on your string instruments. How and where do you capture and record your instruments?

We tortured our musicians with hours of monotonous transition recording. Our first solo string was Friedlander Violin, which was recorded in a large room in an office building… Although our recording space and concept has evolved a whole lot since then, the overall approach for recording these instruments has not changed: we aim to capture a close and intimate sound, which allows us to bend the sound to our will a bit more. Another benefit of this recording style is that it allows our users to place the instrument in their own space, using IR or Algorithmic reverb.

When recording the string libraries, who did perform the instruments and helped to record them?

3/4 are players in the NC Symphony: Leonid Finkelshteyn on Bass, Chris Fischer on Viola, and Dovid Friedlander on Violin. For our cello we hooked up with Blake Robinson, the Australian Cellist/Composer.

Tell us more about the same note re-bow and the different legato types?

I believe that we were among the first to capture both bowed and slurred legato styles, which helps with realism by a huge margin! Each of the Intimate Solo Strings has bowed, slurred and portamento legato styles, with speed control as well… meaning that as you play slower and faster, the transitions will compress and expand, allowing for more comfortable real-time performance AND more realistic results. The same note legatos were recorded so that a user can make realistic note repeats. By holding down the sustain pedal and replaying a note, a “real” performance of a “same note” is heard.

How many round-robins and dynamics did you include?

The number of round robins vary greatly depending on the instrument and the articulation. In general, short articulations will have 4X round robin and 4 dynamics. Note sustains also generally have 4 dynamics as well. In terms of the legato transitions, however, the instruments in the series vary. Our violin and cello have only a single legato dynamic layer, while the bass and the viola have two. Having the two dynamics is so much fun! It allows users more variety and color in their playing, and the dynamic sets can be crossfaded without any phasing due to the way we processed the samples.

When you did release the Fischer Viola you included new features like color morphing, dynamic morphing and an improved vibrato. Tell us more about those and how they help when scoring.

Color morphing and dynamic morphing are important features! The dynamic morphing is a fancy way of saying that you can crossfade between dynamics seamlessly, without the pesky phasing effect that will usually occur. The color morphing is similar, but applies to the position of the bow between the fingerboard and the bridge. With the violin, viola and the bass, users can seamlessly move their virtual bow to any position, varying the timbre of the sound greatly. There’s a nice warm sound as the bow moves closer to the fingerboard, and a harsh, nasal quality (Sul ponticello) as the bow drifts toward the bridge.

We plan to update our cello and violin with as many of the newer, more advanced features of the viola and bass. The process is quite challenging and it has been a long road getting there. We hope to have some great updates this year!

Where are you on updating all string instruments to the same level of features, any timeline you want to share?

None as of yet. It is very high on my todo list.

What is the reason to no offer single articulation patches?

It’s simply not in our concept. As a compromise, however, I plan to allow users to purge any sample set they wish to from within the single instrument. We see these projects as VI’s more than just sample libraries. So it’s our sincere goal to integrate all of these articulations and styles into a single, intuitive interface!

Let’s talk about the Ensemble feature. What is your guidance on how to use it best?

Ensemble mode is Andreas’ vision. The concept is not very hard to understand, but to create it is a whole different story:). Ensemble Mode is a complex system of using neighboring notes and re pitching them all on a single note… and also subtly repositioning notes to attack at slightly different times to further avoid any phasing. The Ensemble Mode is a lot of fun, especially because it approximates a full section of instruments playing bowed/slurred/portamentos. There are some more advanced features here as well, such as panning control and the ability to change the size of the ensemble by removing/adding players.

An important note about Ensemble Mode — a powerful computer is needed to handle it, because the voice count becomes quite high!

Tell us more about how artist can use the instruments with their tablets or other devices?

All of our Intimate Solo Strings come with Touch OSC templates. Touch OSC is a nifty little iOS/Android app that allows you to control dozens of settings within the space of a single tablet. I should emphasize that Touch OSC is NOT needed to get the full experience from these instruments. HOWEVER, it is really fun to be able to control most UI parameters with your 5 fingers. Most exciting perhaps is the X/Y vibrato grid. X for SPEED and Y for amplitude! It’s really fun and intuitive.

More about Touch OSC at www.hexler.net

Is there any score where the string instruments have been used you like to point out?

The composers who use our products throw our instruments everywhere :). We recently received some glowing reviews from composer Jason Graves – he creates mock ups with our solo strings all the time, and especially fun because he knows and works with Chris, Leonid and Dovid from time to time. So he has access to the virtual players before bringing them into the recording studio and laying down real tracks!

Thank you for your time.

We’re glad to be involved, wishing you the best!

-Alex

Embertone Solo Strings Bundle

Embertone Solo Strings Bundle now for a limited time period for just 199USD here: https://audioplugin.deals/ref/18/ (Affiliate Link)

Embertone Solo Strings Bundle contains Friedlander Violin, Fischer Viola, Blakus Cello, and Leonid Bass. Back in February 2016 Alex and team from Embertone complete soloist library for their Intimate Strings series with the release of Leonid Bass. All four are expressive solo string instruments. The Solo instruments are designed to help you to write for any styles of music.
The four different solo string instruments have been released over a period of time and Embertone has in the same timeframe enhanced their recording and programming skills of the Virtual (Kontakt) Instrument. Currently older solo string instruments are in the progress to be updated or have been updated to get all string instruments on the same level and close to the quality of the Leonid Bass. The Bass is one of the detailed String Bass libraries available on the market.

The instruments have impressive timbre, bow position and dynamic control. With the color mode you can use the instruments to produce a huge spectrum of tone colors by choosing where their bow goes between the bridge and fingerboard.

All four instruments have been recorded dry which makes them great instruments to process and mix with other instruments that are delivered with built in reverb.

These are different patches available in terms of CPU/RAM usage. Embertone’s speed responsiveness script, and adjustable portamentos require that the majority of the instrument be loadeddirectly into RAM. And their scripted vibrato has a multitude of background modulators running all at once. All of this combines to create an exceptional instrument. Embertone also provides you with lower ram demanding instruments version to reduce the footprint. Those with less powerful systems should use the included 16-bit samples, for those with a normal setup or a better performing DAW would select the 24-bit samples which are included.

The included ensemble comes with humanization settings that should help vary the accuracy of your virtual player. You can change the Tightness to make the ensemble less precise with their timing. Similarly, when changing the Intonation the players become less exact with their intonation. There included features allow you to reduce the level or expertise of the simulated player. This comes handy when you would like to show the audience how a rather bad/medium player would become a better player. You can take the same footage and the music played provides the illusion of a medium to great string player. There are also features that help you to increase the perceived realism out of the Ensemble script.

Embertone support alternative midi controller. With the support of TouchOSC your tablet turns into a Modular OSC and MIDI control surface for the four different string instruments. Embertone is providing a TouchOSC template for the different instruments. Touch OSC is an amazing app that will get you advanced control within a very short period of time.

For Friedlander Violin more than 4000 recorded samples have been recorded, Fischer Viola has nearly 6000 recorded samples, Blakus Cello includes nearly 6000 recorded samples, and Leonid Bass is based on nearly 6000 recorded samples. All four libraries are Kontakt 5 Player Compatible and would support also the full version of Kontakt.

If you’re looking for a full set of solo strings, there are many choices. What speaks for the embertone string bundle is the current price of 199USD (Affiliate Link), however there is a time limit on how long it is available, the impressive timbre/bow position + dynamic control and the quality of the bass, where the other instruments are being enhanced to a similar level. This is not to say that you will not get a wonderful Violin, Viola, and Cello, you will get a wonderful sounding which with the planned updates to those instruments will offer your more additional features. Embertone can be your go to library: not expensive and very flexible. In short, the four instrument sound terrific.

True Keys Pianos from VI LABS (three concert grands)

True Keys Pianos from VI LABS (three concert grands) 

True Keys is a virtual piano collection based on three highly revered concert grands. With nearly 50,000 audio files recorded with multiple high end mics and preamps, the pure sound of these instruments is available at your fingertips. Advanced scripting and specialized sampling replicate the fine mechanical details of each piano down to the resonances and noises of each key.

True Keys is a virtual piano collection based on three highly revered concert grands. With nearly 50,000 audio files recorded with multiple high end mics and preamps, the pure sound of these instruments is available at your fingertips. Advanced scripting and specialized sampling replicate the fine mechanical details of each piano down to the resonances and noises of each key.

Grand pianos are large instruments and are notoriously challenging to record well. A specific microphone in one area of the piano might work great in a jazz mix but not fit for a Romantic classical solo. The real piano in the studio can offer many mic and placement options to dial in the perfect sound.

Each piano is entirely sample-based. You have full control of the aspects of the piano such as release trails and pedal noise. Three individual mics plus a custom mix along with many more controls offer tremendous flexibility in getting the perfect sound.

A small comparison and play through showing the included pianos and comparing them with Chocolate Audio’s Model D, 8Dio’s 1969 Steinway Piano, and Soniccouture’s THE HAMMERSMITH.

 

  • All played pianos in the video above are:
    • True Keys American (Steinway D)
    • The 88 Series Pianos – Model D
    • 8Dio 1969 Steinway Piano
    • Soniccouture THE HAMMERSMITH (PROFESSIONAL EDITION)
    • True Keys Italian (Fazioli F308)
    • True Keys German (Bechstein)

True Keys from VI LABS is a virtual piano collection based on three concert grands. Included are True Keys American, True Keys Italian and True Keys German.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Nearly 50,000 samples of 3 of the most popular grand pianos in the world
  • 100% sample-based, no modeling or synthesis used
  • 4 discreet Microphone Perspectives available
  • Fully sampled Una Corda pedal
  • Sympathetic and Pedal Resonance
  • Adjustable Sympathetic Resonance polyphony
  • Re-pedal and True Pedal Action for realistic sustain pedal control
  • Half-pedal mode is sample-based and fully adjustable
  • Customizable MIDI and Dynamics response
  • 22 pristine Convolution Reverbs included
  • Thousands of Release samples, including true Staccato Releases
  • 19 total Velocity layers, including Silent Strike samples
  • Custom Tuning with presets and Micro-tuning supported

True Keys American is recorded from a Steinway D© nine foot concert grand, True Keys Italian from an Fazioli F308©, and True Keys German from an Bechstein© semi-concert grand

  • American 
    • True Keys American delivers the majestic sound of the Steinway D© nine foot concert grand. With powerful bass, robust attack and deep sustaining overtones, this versatile instrument can rise above a full orchestra or stand out in a busy mix. It also has a dark delicate side, mellow and rich, especially when played with the stereo ribbon Side mic. This grand has a classic American sound and is a staple of stages and studios worldwide.
  • Italian
    • True Keys Italian is the largest piano of this collection and has the brightest sound. Often crowned the World’s best piano, the Fazioli F308© provides the sound for our Italian grand. At a staggering 10 feet 2 inches in length, the instrument has immense power with long sustains and rich harmonics. The Una Corda pedal is particularly expressive letting you go from whisper soft to a thunderous fortissimo instantly, with even voicing across the entire register.
  • German
    • True Keys German puts you at the keys of the superb Bechstein© semi-concert grand and has the shortest length of the True Keys pianos at about 7 feet 5 inches. These pianos are known for their precision voicing, clear bell-like tones and deep bass. Smaller in scale than a 9 foot concert grand, it can be less obtrusive in a mix but still cut through when aggressively played. It’s also most suitable of the True keys pianos for soft lyrical playing.

For a short period of time you can get the bundle at a reduced price here
https://audioplugin.deals/ref/18/ (Affiliate Link)

 

 

Dan Dean Signature Bass Collection

Dan Dean Signature Bass Collection is an unique collection of 5 different bass guitar libraries, each with its own and different sound.

Available for a short period of time in Jan 2017 here: https://audioplugin.deals/ref/18/ (affiliate link)

 

Dan Dean is a multitalented artist, achieving national and international recognition as a bassist, producer, composer, educator, software developer and recording engineer. As a Jazz bassist, Dan Dean’s performances are distinguished and varied, having worked with artists such as BB King and Dionne Warwick.

Dan’s instruments are velocity sensitive with up to 7 layers per note (4RR). Dan did include for every instrument different presets and for each library one multi instrument. While recoding he worked hard to assure a low noise floors. On top of the presets dan included you can also apply your own effect using the included reverb, delay and skreamer. For many of the included presets Dan has been running the signals captured through classic outboard amps/cabinets.

Included are

  • Alembic Fretless
  • Alembic SlapPop
  • Fender Lull Jazz Bass
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • Fender Tele Bass

Showing Alembic Fretless Finger Bridge only:

 

RED PLANET and GRAVITAS Piano from Audio Imperia

RED PLANET and GRAVITAS Piano from Audio Imperia have been released under their KLAVIER brand.

“Klavier” – Sound Design Pianos:
KLAVIER – RED PLANET PIANO
KLAVIER – GRAVITAS PIANO

 

Klavier from Audio Imperia comes in two versions: Gravitas Piano and Red Planet. Both Klavier editions combine a piano with an additional sound. Red Planet can be morphed with an guitar and Gravitas Piano with synthetic presets. The concept is you have an organic part (the piano) which you can morph or blend in a second part.

You can both KLAVIER Instruments in a bundle for a short period of time here
https://audioplugin.deals/ref/18/ (affiliate link)

Both pianos used are based on a sampled Yamaha Baby Grand Piano. The possibility to morph the Yamaha piano is the unique and key feature to both libraries.

Gravitas Piano Synthetic presets are made from the Yamaha Baby Grand Piano through shaping the original sounds. The included synthetic presets have been made by Attila Áts, Bryan Leach, Danny Cocke, Jeremiah Pena, Joshua Crispin (Generdyn) and Paul Ortiz (Chimp Spanner).

The Red Planet Piano can be morphed with the incredibly rare JPM90HAM guitar.

The available microphone position vary, the Gravitas Piano comes with 6 Mics for the recorded Yamaha Baby Grand Piano, where the Synthetic part comes with one or six mics depending on the used Synthetic (sound-designed) preset. The guitar part of the Red Planet Piano comes with one microphone, where the piano offers 6 microphone positions.

Audio Imperia designed Gravitas Piano specifically for trailer music, the piano is able to cut through in a big and epic mix. The Red Planet Piano was inspired by the score from “The Martian” and is positioned as a outer space version of the Klavier.

 

 

You can use both with very little work as for pads and cinematic textures.

In the included FX rack you can use a filter, compressor and add Distortion, Chorus, Delay and Reverb (Convolution), for both or each part of the instrument.

After creating these two libraries as a private sample library for a group of trailer composers they have been released in the first half of 2016 to the public.

There are many piano libraries available right now, Klavier is adding value when you would like to morph the recorded Yamaha piano with new sounds.

The Klavier is priced at 139USD (Planet Piano) and 159USD (Gravitas Piano), there is a bundle available which sells for 199 USD. In Dec 2016 there is a special promo available where you can get the bundle for 99USD (see above). Klavier requires the full version of Kontakt 5.5.145 or higher, the free player will be NOT supported.