Reflekt Audio has released Playtime, an instrument plugin featuring the sounds of a sampled toy banjo, toy keyboard, toy drums and a toy ukulele. Playtime consist if 10 different toy instruments that range from a desktop drum kit with a few toms and a hi hat, to a toy keyboard, a toy banjo, and more! […]
Prime Loops has announced a flash sale on its Soundbites series of sample packs. Introducing Soundbites… a new label from Prime Loops! Soundbites deliver bite-sized, beautifully recorded & unique instrument loops, ready to fit into your productions. To introduce this new series, and for a limited time only, grab any of the Soundbites packs at […]
Riot Audio has announced the release of Bowed Guitar Clouds, a Kontakt instrument library featuring the sounds of bowed string instruments. Bowed Guitar Clouds is a cinematic morphing pad library based on Riot Audio’s proprietary CLOUDS engine and featuring 4 instruments: Bowed Hollowbody Electric, Bowed Acoustic Guitar, Bowed Semi-Acoustic Bass, Bowed Braguinha. A follow-up to […]
Sonuscore has announced the release of the Origins Bundle Vol. 1-5, a collection of the five original Origins instrument couples: Sansula and Steel Tongue Drum, Music Box and Plucked Piano, 12-String Acoustic Guitar and Balalaika, Oud and Qanun, and Ukulele and Muted Piano. Additionally to the 5 matching couples, you will get every instrument as […]
Trade shows can be a strenuous onslaught of noise, cost, and crowds – but then it’s often the weirdest stuff that makes it worth it. And no one finds strange quite like Barry Wood and his annual NAMM Oddities.
Barry impressively tracks every kind of freakish appearance at the enormous US music instruments show, and it’s worth digging through his whole NAMM Oddities guide category by category ($1.2 million-dollar guitar straps and all). I’ve taken the liberty of picking some of my favorites from this year’s haul. Some of it is genuinely useful and cool – some will just make you shake your head and mumble, say wha?
One Synclavier knob. Built-to-order, $399 – half of which you owe as a deposit. This is evidently for people who are esoteric rich people, but with a fraction of the money of really rich crazy people. They … I don’t want to use the word “explain” as that would imply I understand who this is for, but they describe how this four hundred dollar knob is historically accurate:
The weight and feel of the knob are identical, as we have used the exact measurements and a balanced spring arrangement. The two-inch diameter knob is milled from a solid bar of instrument-grade aluminium (yes, we were doing this long before Apple). The interface software and hysteresis algorithm are taken from Synclavier II.
Full hammer action, in any quantity of keys. This is actually a great idea – Piano de Voyage is a hammer action keyboard broken into modules. Want just 2 octaves? Get just one module. (I always wondered why people want a full 88 keys in electronic contexts, actually.) Or if you do want as many as 8 octaves, you can break down the modules so they fit in a bag – unlike a usual full keyboard. No word on pricing or availability, but there’s a sign-up. https://pianodevoyage.com/
A food pedal that looks like it was prototyped in Play-Doh. Effigy Labs Control pedal is what it’s called, and the makers promise unique expression in a foot controller. (This was evidently a big hit at the show, too!)
Color sensing rings. Sphero Specdrums are wireless, optical, color sensing rings. (The idea of having musical rings just keeps coming.)
Giant panda piano. The piano section at NAMM and Germany’s Musikmesse always has something unusual, but this Seiler upright – out there. And if you figured something weird and panda-related came out of Asia, you’d be wrong – Seiler started in Germany, is now a US brand, and recently was bought by Nashville’s Samick Music Corporation.
Remember, never say no to panda.
A light-up uke.Solo Music‘s Lighted Ukulele should qualify as this year’s strangest use of RGB LEDs (though I know given what controllers look like these days, we can’t really make fun of ukelele players).
And basically everything from Game Changer Audio. Need a sound source that’s got spinning discs with optical sensors and electromagnetic pickups? Or 3000 volts of plasma for distortion? Game Changer is all over new ideas; we’ll have reviews of their stuff soon.
Prime Loops has released the first title in a new Soundbites series. The Ukulele Mini-Pack offers a collection of ukulele samples with strumming, muted fingerpicking, folk melodies, country-style melody lines and more. This blissful Ukulele sample pack contains a beautiful and essential snapshot of live-played Ukulele loops and one-shots; allowing you to immerse yourself in […]
Sonuscore has released Ukulele and Muted Piano, the fifth entry in its Origins series of virtual instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt. Featuring a unique combination between two carefully sampled, distinct instruments, the Multi-Arpeggio-Designer (MAD) gives a wonderful performance when playing chords, melodies or progressions on your keyboard. Play bold, grounded and wide-open sequences with […]
Loopmasters has announced its new sample pack Acoustic Blueprints, a collection of stringed acoustic licks and riffs featuring the sounds of guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, dulcimers and more. Acoustic Blueprints comes with 570 MB of expertly played, recorded and produced loops that can be combined infinitesimally for an expansive plethora of tunes. You’ll have no trouble […]
Ample Sound has released Ethno Ukulele III, an updated version of the virtual ukelele instrument for Windows and macOS. The update comes with a newly designed interface, VST3 support, and various other additions and improvements. Changes in AEU III Higher efficiency of reading and playback samples; Improved playback system with better sound quality. Brand new […]
Time+Space has launched a new round of weekly specials, offering selected Big Fish Audio sample libraries at up to 60% off regular. This week’s sale includes the following titles. Pop Ukulele and Island Sounds (40% off) — Pop Ukelele and Island Sounds consists of 12 fully loaded construction kits containing over 2.5 GB (1GB of […]