BLACK FRIDAY SALE: 25TH-28TH NOV

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: 25TH-28TH NOV

By Soniccouture  |  21.11.2016

We will be having a short sales promotion to commemorate Black Friday, a traditional pagan festival where all the people in the village would gather together to celebrate the availability of cheap flatscreen TVs.

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This sale of ours will last from 25th to the 28th November. There will be variety of discounts on offer, up to 60% off in some cases.

Full details will be available on the 25th.

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Rave Harpsichord Track From Clark

Rave Harpsichord Track From Clark

By Soniccouture  |  15.11.2016

Harpsichord: the new Korg M1 Piano?

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Warp records artist Clark has given a way a new track which heavily features that techno staple: Soniccouture’s Conservatoire Collection; specifically, one of the harpsichords. Whether it is the French or the Flemish we will leave it to you to guess.

You can download the track (Empty The Bone Thugs Of You) here:

Clark Website

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New Release: Xbow Guitars

New Release: Xbow Guitars

By Soniccouture  |  03.10.2016

We’re excited to announce that we have finally released Xbow Guitars. That ‘finally’ is there because this project has been around a long time. Veteran Soniccouture users will know our Ebow Guitar instrument; released in 2007, it has remained popular, largely because of the slightly magical ebow acoustic sound it featured. Pure, near-sine, waves, but with subtle organic percussive touches from the key-offs; the sound of the strings being released by the finger.

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Over time, though, the Kontakt 3 interface had got pretty dated, and we were keen to get it encoded for Kontakt Player also, but wanted to give it a worthwhile sonic update if possible. So Dan began experimenting with different weird ways of generating sound from guitars. If I remember correctly, the vibrator (yes, the sex thing) was an early idea which gave interesting, mandolin-esque, results, but other ideas were somewhat slow in coming. So the project always remained on the shelf while others came to flower sooner. Eventually, as a a re-imagining of the guitar as simply another type of stringed instrument, the full set of cello bow articulations was recorded, which added a completely different context to the project. Disconnecting the idea of powered stimulation and other semi-electronic directions, the true heart of the library was discovered in one of the most traditional forms of string excitement – the horse hair bow. We sampled several articulations like this, including playing with the wood of the bow (col legno). The main violin bow articulation is a dynamic crossfade patch, interpolating between the soft bow and the hard bow, and can be extremely expressive.

The final part of the puzzle emerged last year with the release of a new version of Godley & Creme’s Gizmotron, a device that attaches to an electric guitar and uses tiny rubber wheels to bow the strings. You can vary the speed (velocity) of the wheels on the device itself, which we then sampled to create a dynamic crossfade system in the virtual instrument.

Details:

24bit 48khz stereo & mono sampling, 8,600 samples.
9GB Download (16 GB instrument before Compression)
130 Preset snapshots
Acoustic & electric guitars
Multiple fret positions, dynbamic crossfade layers, round robins
Microphone & Pickup channels
Cello Bow Articulations:Arco Spiccato Legno Marcato
Soniccouture Jammer 2, generative arpeggiator
Soniccouture Modular FX Insert system
Kontakt Player + NKS Compatible (Kontakt 5.5.1 required)

bowed-acoustic

Xbow Guitars Webpage

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NKS UPDATES PHASE 2

NKS UPDATES PHASE 2

By Soniccouture  |  19.07.2016

The final set of Soniccouture instruments have been fully rebuilt and encoded for NI’s NKS format. This set of instruments included many older products were were keen to update in depth, with new GUIs and extra features.

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Latest NKS Updates: Array Mbira, Broken Wurli, Conservatoire Collection, GlassWorks, Konkrete, Novachord, Pan Drums, Xtended Piano

Existing users should login to their accounts, and click on ‘downloads’ for each individual products. Some have simple update files, but some require downloading the entire full product again from the main link.

 

UPDATED PRODUCTS – CLICK ON AN IMAGE FOR DETAILS

pandrums-main   mbira-instrument   main2   konkrete-euclid    wurli-instrument2     EngTheorbo   CCB  nova-2039

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Sound on Sound Review Box of Tricks

Sound on Sound Review Box of Tricks

By Soniccouture  |  23.05.2016

Sound on Sound magazine feature a nice write-up of Box Of Tricks in the June 2016 issue.

Simon Sherbourne said:

“An awful lot of care and work has gone into Box Of Tricks and the result is a captivating and, above all, playable set of instruments…

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The custom scripts are not there to show off, they are genuinely useful performance enhancers. The danger with this project could have been to veer too much toward quirkiness and whimsy, or create a set of instruments that recreate Imogen Heap songs. Luckily, this has been avoided, while still letting Imogen’s playfulness and sonic sensibility shine through. And far from being a Heap sound-alike construction set, Box Of Tricks has wide cross-genre appeal, as well as being ripe for film and TV production, and is as beguiling as the artist herself.”

You can read the full review on the SOS site (free to read after 1 month):

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