Samples of the week: Vogue, Iconic V, Songbird Virtuoso and more
In this Samples of the week edition: UJAM takes a different path to piano libraries with Vogue, Iconic V simulates emblamtic 80’s drum sounds at depth, and then there’s Songbird Virtuoso with its flock of singing birds! Several free downloads await at the end. Have fun and see you next week!
UJAM Virtual Pianist Vogue
UJAM approaches the subject of piano with its own ‘smart’ way of generating realistic performances. The sound and articulations of Vogue focus on today’s modern and popular styles. Both light accompaniments and tasteful solos can be played out. The sample source is an Austrian concert grand piano tuned and set up specifically for pop and rock.
Vogue offers 30 styles, 180 phrases, 150 fills/add-ins, 7 different chord styles, 130 presets, 30 finisher modes, and 30 ambient FX presets. The plug-in supports MIDI drag-and-drop and has a scalable interface.
The library takes up 3.3 GB on the hard drive and costs EUR 99 until June 5, 2022. Then it will cost EUR 149.
Iconic Instruments Iconic V
Iconic Instruments sampled a vintage Simmons SDS-V drum synth and made it into a Kontakt instrument with great care and attention to detail. Iconic V emulates 8 original drum sounds from this early unit, complete with sound shaping controls and the vintage-looking graphics.
Iconic V works inside Kontakt 6.7 and also in the free Kontakt Player. Price-wise, you will pay USD 99.
Loops de la Creme Songbird Virtuoso – bird samples!
How about a Kontakt instrument that lets you play bird sounds in a fun and musical way? Songbird Virtuoso is not the first of its kind, but it’s incredibly interesting. You can use it to construct very realistic bird songs (if you make music for birds.) But you can also create melodic and musical phrases which the lovable dinosaur descendants can’t. For example, there are actual drum and percussion sounds derived from bird sounds!
Songbird Virtuoso contains 691 samples, 27 patches, 12 sounds from nature, and 21 melodic voices to play melodies with. Kontakt 5.8 (or newer) is required. Until June 15 2022, you will pay EUR 20, down from the regular price of EUR 39.
Free samples and sample instruments
- With Harmonic Flights, Spitfire Audio presents a new extension for LABS – its free sample player. Atmospheric string textures were created in cooperation with the Piano Book maker Sage Reynolds. Visit Spitfire Audio for more info.
- The Bluezone Corporation gives away a range of sound effects. You will find the sounds of robots, machines, communication devices, impacts, creatures, and much more. All further information and the download links can be found here.
- Rast Sound brings a Chinese flute with Hulusi. It comes with 85 samples and a Kontakt instrument (for version 5.8.1 or newer). The library contains phrases, patterns, and playable melodies. You can download the 180 MB instrument here for free.
- Did you really think SampleScience wouldn’t be here this week? Twisted Drums delivers 60 one-shots in 24-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution. They are sourced from the venerable Akai Rhythm Wolf mangled by an EF-111 effects unit. Everything else you need to know is available here.
Those songbird drums are cuckoo.