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.Read More
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.
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)
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.Read More
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.
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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…Read More
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):Close Close
By Soniccouture | 02.04.2016
A couple of years ago we were approached by Guy Jackson, a software programmer from South Africa, who told us he wanted to make an electronic, hardware Hang Drum type instrument that would perfectly replicate the experience of playing those great instruments. He, like so many others, was frustrated at the lack of availability and high costs of the genuine drums, and wanted a more affordable, democratic solution.
Yeah, ok, sounds great, we thought. We won’t hold our breath, though.Read More
However, a year or so later, Guy was back – with a functioning early prototype, made of wood, but playing just like a handpan. It showed real promise and we were impressed by Guy’s drive and determination to make it happen, so we agreed we would act as sound design consultants and supply samples if a full production model ever came to be.
Another year later and Guy is about to launch a crowd-funding campaign to get The Lumen into a full production prototype form, and then make it available for retail. The price isn’t fixed yet but Guy ‘s aim is that it will be well under $1000 USD. With original Hangs changing hands for up to $10,000 on ebay, and other models selling for $2000+, this is exactly the price it needs to be.
Here is a sneak peak of the projected feature set:
- Sound Design & Consultancy by Soniccouture
- Full velocity sensitivity (20 levels per tone field)
- Full range, amplified speakers
- USB charging
- 4 hour+ playing time
- MIDI output
- Audio output (headphone jack)
- Multiple instruments – changeable while playing
- Key adjustments while playing
- Scale adjustments
By Soniccouture | 24.03.2016
We are very pleased to announce that 13 Soniccouture products have now been approved as fully NKS compliant.
Working closely with Native Instruments, each product has been updated, integrated and tested with Komplete Kontrol and the Kontrol series of hardware keyboards.Read More
Our remaining Kontakt Player products are already in the pipeline and should be available by the end of April 2016
The NKS product list in full:
- Box Of Tricks
- Balinese Gamelan 2
- EP73 Deconstructed
- The Attic
- The Hammersmith
- The Hammersmith Pro Edition
- Grand Marimba
- Glass Works
Updates are completely free for existing users, and can be downloaded from the user account area now. Simply click on the Downloads link for each individual product, and you will see the update under the main product downloads: