The first Samples of the week for August 2022 hits with Neo Ergu, new solo strings by the Vienna Symphonic Library, a feathered flute, and the usual deals and freebies. See what’s on offer below…
Sound Magic Neo Erhu – Erhu Samples
Neo Erhu is a VST/AU plug-in and sample library featuring the sounds of the Erhu, a Chinese Violin. The software is powered by Music Domain Synthesis and Hybrid Modeling technologies, both advanced enough to reach beyond the limitations of current sampling and modeling approaches.
Neo Erhu is sold for USD 99 and it works under macOS (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit).
Vienna Symphonic Library SYNCHRON-ized Solo Strings
The Vienna Symphonic Library released a new solo strings instrument called SYNCHRON-ized Solo Strings. It features the instruments first violin, second violin, viola, cello and bass. All of them are played with mutes. The instrument is based on the Vienna Synchron Player with its entire sample database edited and optimized for it.
SYNCHRON-ized Solo Strings (sordino) is currently available at an introductory price of USD 185 (down from USD 261). Upgrade paths from the VI Series Library Solo Strings II are also available.
Free samples: Sonixinema Superball Percussion
The full version of Superball Percussion features a unique ensemble of instruments – Orchestral Bass Drums, Taikos, Timpani, Gongs, and Thunder Sheets. They make for an innovative collection of evolving percussion samples ideal for creating dark cinematic soundscapes and atmospheres. The library sounds were performed by world-class percussionist Joby Burgess, known for his virtuosic performances in Black Panther, Mission Impossible, Alien, and others.
The freebie requires the full version of Kontakt. The paid version of Superball works with the free Kontakt Player.
Audiofier Riffendium Cinematic Bundle for Kontakt
SampleTekk launched a limited time sale on Audiofier’s Riffendium Cinematic Bundle. Volumes 3, 4 and 5 of the Kontakt loops libraries are offered at an 80% discount. Riffendium lets you arrange instrument parts using articulations slices coming from real instrument performances. You can randomise loops slices and obtain completely new melodies, riffs, and accompaniments with convincing results.
AThe library is available for the full version of Kontakt and is on sale for USD 51 until August 13, 2022. The regular price is USD 255.
Feathered Flute by Jon Meyer
The Feathered Flute is a cinematic dreamscape generator of featherlike textures and undulating swells, carved from cedar in the Texas Hill country. Its sound can be described as both haunting and beautiful. The flute was handcrafted and originally featured in the instrument Flute+Violin, which later became Arctic Swells.
The instrument requires Kontakt Player Version 6.7 at minimum. It has up to 2 Round Robins, up to 3 velocity layers, different articulations (swells, sustains, staccato, chatter, ethereal pads), attack / release controls for some of the articulations, and fade between dry / wet textures. The download is 1.5 GB in size. The price is USD 39.
Sierras Altas is a cinematic plugin inspired by the beautiful high mountains that create unique, colorful landscapes. It features drum parts, sound effects, pianos, pads, and synths. Each preset is made up of two instruments that can be leveled independently. Thus, each preset’s color and essence can be modified by increasing or decreasing either of the instruments.
Sierras Altas contains four main categories: FX (18 explosions, drums, and cinematic effects), Keys (10 piano types), Pads (19 pads and atmospheres), and Sounds (22 presets from string, piano, and synth recordings).