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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The Lumen: an electro-acoustic handpan for all

The Lumen: an electro-acoustic handpan for all

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.

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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:

Features

  • 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
  • Affordable!

Get onboard early and support the Lumen crowd-funding campaign at Indiegogo

 

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NKS Updates: Phase 1

NKS Updates: Phase 1

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.

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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
  • Ondioline
  • Geosonics
  • EP73 Deconstructed
  • The Attic
  • The Hammersmith
  • The Hammersmith Pro Edition
  • Clav
  • Vibraphone
  • Grand Marimba
  • Ondes
  • 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:

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Roli + Ondioline

Roli + Ondioline

By James Thompson  |  26.01.2016

Roli sent us a Seaboard RISE to try out; here’s James noodling somewhat poorly with Ondioline.

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The Seaboard Rise is a very effective partner for the Ondioline instrument – I can’t think of any other controller which enables such a realistic emulation of the original units lateral vibrato keyboard. The Seaboard is much more flexible than that, though – the Ondioline keyboard could move side to side, but that was all – with the Seaboard completely fluid slides (in all directions) are possible, and the pressure sensitivity is also possible, although it takes some practice to play softly enough to be able to use it well.

The Seaboard is pretty easy to get used to, but you can imagine there is scope to become a real virtuoso with it.

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