Bowed Guitar Clouds cinematic morphing pad library for NI Kontakt

Riot Audio Bowed Guitar Clouds

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 […]

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Sonuscore launches Origins Bundle Vol. 1-5 for NI Kontakt at a reduced price

Sonuscore Origins Bundle

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 […]

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Here are some of the weirdest musical instrument ideas from NAMM

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/

https://www.synclavier.com/product/synclavier-knob/

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!)

https://effigylabs.com/effigy-home-page

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).

Brass knuckle mic accessory. Signs you may want to talk to your booking agent about the quality of your venues. Someone at Metaldozer had ideas about what to do with the metalworking.

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.

https://www.gamechangeraudio.com/

Sonic State takes a look:

— and Gearnews.com did a nice writeup.

Plenty more where these came from – do check them out:

https://otheroom.com/namm/

And you’ll get loads more bizarre finds on Barry’s Facebook page, like… whatever this is:

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Prime Loops releases new Soundbites series Ukulele sample pack

Prime Loops Soundbites Ukulele

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 […]

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Sonuscore releases Origins Vol. 5 – Ukulele & Muted Piano for NI Kontakt

Sonuscore Ukulele & Muted Piano

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 […]

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Loopmasters delivers stringed acoustic licks & riffs with Acoustic Blueprints

Loopmasters Acoustic Blueprints

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 […]

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Ample Sound releases Ethno Ukulele III virtual instrument

Ample Sound Ethno Ukulele III

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 […]

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Save up to 60% off Pop Ukulele and Island Sounds, ICE: Hip Hop & Trap Construction Kits and more

Big Fish Audio Pop Ukulele and Island Sounds, Cyborg, Jazz Drums & ICE

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 […]

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Big Fish Audio releases Pop Ukulele and Island Sounds Vol. 2

Big Fish Audio Pop Ukulele & Island Sounds 2Time+Space has announced the release of Pop Ukulele and Island Sounds 2, a sample library by Big Fish Audio and Track Star Entertainment, featuring a collection of 12 massive kits full of island-inspired pop elements. With 12 huge Construction Kits at over 5GB of content, these kits are full of all the elements you need […]

Mega Bundle Deal: Up to 80% OFF Gospel Musicians, Dream Audio Tools, FrozenPlain & Chocolate Audio

Audio Plugin Deals Mega BundleAudio Plugin Deals has launched a Mega Bundle Deal, offering discounts of up to 80% off on a collection of 19 products from 4 developers. In this limited time sale you have option of buying individual products from different developers at great discounts or buying the whole bundle at a huge 78% discount. The following […]