Tuesday, July 5, 2016

VSCO 2 Kontakt

Sam Gossner had a dream. After creating the original VSCO which was nice little orchestra, he wanted to create something bigger and bolder. Collaborating with dozens of friends from both sides of the pond, he created a new chamber orchestra. Two years in the making this version at its largest (and most expensive but still quite reasonable) has 300 instruments.

However he didn't forget you and I, the freebie loving population of the world. He has put almost 2000 samples under a Creative Commons Zero license which is similar to Public Domain. These include 16 string, brass, woodwind and keys instruments along with lots of handy orchestral percussion.This is called the Community Edition and there is a full SFZ version and an EXS24 version in the making on this page along with all the original samples. Thanks to Sam and his friends for this tremendous contribution to the world of free music.

Being an inveterate tinker, I've started trying to do a better Version 2 using fairly gently edited samples (before I just adjusted the starts in Kontakt) and Big Bob's WIPs scripts for legato. The string section is now complete.

I've also included the Original version of the Strings and Percussion. These are the samples as originally presented in the VSCO2 sample pack without editing, normalizing and the like. Eventually I plan on having the original for all the sections.

Here's a Trombone that Sam released in Community Version 1.1.  It has five velocity layers and two round robins for the sustain and three velocity layers and four round robins for the shorts. I've done several versions including a crossfaded version that uses CC1 / modwheel. Note that it requires the latest version of Kontakt.

Composer Steven McDonald made a nice video demonstrating some nice ways to get the VSCO2 sounding pretty solid for a free orchestra.

includes Solo Violin & Bass, Violin, Viola & Cello Sections
String & Woodwind Demo
Soundcloud Demo

VSCO Brass for Kontakt 5
includes Trumpet, Trombone, Tube & French Horn

 includes Solo Flute, Clarinet, Oboe & Bassoon

VSCO 2 Community Orchestra for SFZ Here

Soundcloud Demo kindly created for me by Sam from the VST version.
Res Evil 3, Res Evil Main Hall Demos by WhiteNoiz

VSCO 2 Instruments: Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal : Versilian Studios / Sam Gossner
Piano & Organ also : Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal : Simon Dalzell of Ivy Audio

Note the name VSCO 2 is used to give attribution to the sampling project from which these samples were taken. It doesn't imply any form of endorsement.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Suprise Piano

Reading David Byrne's book about music I was inspired to be weirder. So I tried to create something odd. In this case your hit a key and one of five pianos will play. Oddly when you just hit one key at a time it sounds pretty bad, but often it seems folks play several notes at once and in some sort of sequence. This tends to average out the various pianos somehow and sometimes creates some other piano sound. It is lets be kind and say experimental and you might significantly hate it.

Surprise Piano
 Soundcloud Demo

I tweaked the volumes just a bit on this nki and you can replace the old one with this one if you like.
Alternate nki

This uses the City, Iowa and Skerratt London Public Domain pianos and the Salamander and VSCO 2 Community Orchestra Creative Commons Pianos. The blame rest entirely on my shoulders.
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International: Simon Dalzell and Alexander HolmFeel.