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    Spitfire Audio Grand Cimbalom

    Kontakt Instrument

    This large hammered dulcimer library runs on the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 and higher (though not on the free Kontakt player), occupies 2.6GB of disk space and costs less than 50 quid.

    Reviews Sep 2018
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    Toontrack EZKeys Dream Machine

    Multi-format

    To create Dream Machine, EZKeys engineers Mikael Stenberg and Viktor Hansson combined samples of a Fender Rhodes Mark 7 with those of a Schiedmayer Celeste, having discovered that the two instruments complimented each other extremely well.

    Reviews Sep 2018
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    Best Service Celtic Era

    Kontakt Instrument

    Eduardo Tarilonte’s libraries always guarantee something special and unusual. Focusing heavily on instruments of ethnic origins and the past, they’re a goldmine for anyone scoring for movies, games or any music that needs a touch of magic.

    Reviews Sep 2018
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    Spitfire go for more versatile sound with Studio Strings

    New library recorded in Air Studio One by award-winning engineer Simon Rhodes

    For the recording of Spitfire’s brand new Studio Strings virtual instrument, the British sample makers have...

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    Dronar Master Edition announced

    Gothic Instruments combine Dronar atmospheric sample library series

    Gothic have announced the upcoming release of Dronar Master Edition, a single instrument that lets you mix, match, layer and combine sounds from all of their libraries to create a near-endless variety of pads, patterns and atmospheres.

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    Kirk Hunter Front Row Violins

    Sample Library

    Sampling veteran Kirk Hunter’s latest instrument aims to cater for all of your violin needs.

    Reviews Aug 2018
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    Performance Samples Oceania

    Kontakt Instrument

    Oceania comprises two choirs — men and women — which can be used independently but are at their imposing best when played in tandem.

    Reviews Aug 2018
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    Output Analog Brass & Winds

    Kontakt Instrument

    On offer here is a wide range of more abstract ‘wind-flavoured’ sounds — in fact, just about anything other than traditional brass and wind.

    Reviews Aug 2018
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    Sonokinetic Noir

    Sample Library

    Film scores from the golden era of jazz were the inspiration for Sonokinetic’s latest sample library.

    Reviews Aug 2018
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    Strezov Sampling Rhodope 2 Ethnic Bulgarian Choir & Balkan Ethnic Orchestra

    Kontakt Instrument

    There exists in Bulgaria a rich choral tradition which sounds quite different from the Western classical vocal style....

    Reviews Jul 2018
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    Soundiron Microrgan

    Kontakt Instrument

    Microrgan is a fairly straightforward instrument, based on an obscure 49-key reed organ that was made some time in the 1950s...

    Reviews Jul 2018
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    EastWest Hollywood Choirs

    Sample Library

    EastWest’s new Hollywood Choirs library combines cinematic gloss with sophisticated word-building tools.

    Reviews Jun 2018
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    Rhythmic Robot Audio Sahara

    Kontakt Instrument

    Sahara not only captures the underlying sound and the unexpected warmth of the Enqoniq Mirage, but also its sometimes imperfect soul...

    Reviews Jun 2018
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    Toontrack UK Pop EZX

    EZdrummer/Superior Drummer Expansion

    Available as an EZX expansion pack for Toontrack’s EZdrummer 2 and with an imminent release in Superior 3 format, UK Pop aims to wrap up six decades of UK pop drum sounds using four kits plus extra parts and cymbals, all recorded at RAK Studios in London.

    Reviews Jun 2018
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    Vir2 Vital Series: Sticks

    Kontakt Instrument

    Vir2’s compact and easy-to-use Vital Series of libraries continues with Sticks, whose sounds are derived from various sticks hitting various objects.

    Reviews Jun 2018
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    Loopmasters unveil Loopcloud 2.0 loop browser

    New cloud-connected loop browser adds Auto Keymatch and individual sample purchase

    Loopcloud, the cloud-connected application from Loopmasters designed for easily browsing, streaming and importing your samples, loops and sounds into your DAW has received a major overhaul...

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    Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 3 & Berlin Orchestra Inspire

    Sample Libraries

    Fritz Lang’s Metropolis inspires a third epic sample collection, while Berlin Orchestra Inspire provides a full symphony orchestra in a single package.

    Reviews May 2018
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    Gothic Instruments Sculptor Epic Risers & Epic Drops

    Kontakt Instruments

    Epic Risers and Epic Drops are designed for the full version of Kontakt (v.5.6 or later) and provide the sorts of ‘riser’ and ‘drop’ sounds that have become firm ear-candy favourites for cinematic composers, game sound designers, and music producers in various contemporary genres (EDM and hip hop).

    Reviews May 2018
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    E-instruments Session Keys Upright

    Kontakt Instrument

    Weighing in at a substantial 40GB uncompressed, SKU therefore has plenty of headroom to focus on sound quality and detail...

    Reviews May 2018
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    Pro Sound Effects The Odyssey Collection: Essentials

    WAV Sample Library

    I took my first sound design job years ago on a television show whose budget barely afforded me the petrol to the studio. It...

    Reviews May 2018
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    What Sampling The Acoustic Guitar Taught Us

    Recording A Sample Library

    Recording a library of acoustic guitar samples highlighted the importance of repeatability, blind testing, small lasers and double‑sided sticky tape.

    Techniques May 2018

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