Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Howdy

Thanks for dropping by this blog. I've tried to pick my favorite instruments from the many that have appeared on the blog the last couple years. It's kind of like trying to pick your favorite children. Hopefully you will find some solid and enjoyable Kontakt instruments here. I believe a number of them rival commercial releases and I would love to listen to the tracks you create with them.

In addition to a new Double Bass and reworked Cello (more in a moment), a number of the instruments have been retouched. Both the Salamander Piano and the LDK1609 Violin have been tightened up to allow for more responsive play. All the Taylor Sampled Synths have been edited to be more responsive and 28 presets of a new brand synth added. The WIPs version of the Sonatina Orchestra has finally been completed. A number of instruments have been digitally tuned and have been updated to the latest GUI and scripts.

I've been privileged to work with lots of great samplers and scripters and many others have sampled their instruments and allowed for free redistribution under Creative Commons or Public domain licenses. Thanks to all of them for making these contributions that allow for free musical instruments.

D. Smolken as always has been busy and you will find a brand new Kontakt version of his Meatbass that has already been a big hit in SFZ format, along with a great new version of his Cello along with his Cute Emily Guitar. Check out the Karoryfer website for lots of SFZ instruments.

It was great to work with Project16's bass samples and Quartertone's drum samples. together they make a great rhythm section. Thanks to Evil Dragon for allowing his version of the drumkit to be on the blogs.

Thanks to Mattias Westlund for the Sonatina Orchestra and Lawrence Fritts, Director of the Electronic Music Studios at the University of Iowa, for the Iowa Orchestra. Without these two gentlemen the classical section of this blog would be barren.


I'd like to thank Matt McKay who rebuilt the 'standard' bigcat kontakt script from a most basic interface into a fun one with a nice EQ and lots of reverb settings. He also did a brilliant job on the scripting and GUI for the Bureu Organ which I think is one of the best bigcat instruments ever. Thanks to the sampling of Lars Palo it sounds as good as any commercial organ I've heard.

Thanks so much to Mickaël Ménager for the Electric GUI and scripting used on many of these instruments. He did a tremendous job adding tons of effects and amps.

Finally thanks to 'Big Bob' Villwock the creator of the SIPs and WIPs scripts that I and many others have used in making Kontakt instruments. This gentleman went to his eternal reward recently and will be much missed by the digital instrument community.

And now on to part one of the blog. The Band. With electric pianos, guitars, a great rhythm section, saxes and four pianos, you can rock the house. I like the tighter Salamander Piano for cutting through a mix. So much so that I hand edited 500+ samples and I'm lazy. I also enjoy the Project16 Bass and the Quartertone Drums and think they are some of the best things here.

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