Monday, June 26, 2017

An Orchestra - VSCO2

Latest and last (really probably) version on this page!
Live as free as you can.

These are all for Kontakt and require a pretty recent version. Since a company issued an invalid take down order there have been issues with downloads. I just put up a complete 1.7 gig version using the generic name Chamber Orchestra which hopefully can be downloaded. It is the first link.

VSCO 2 Community Homepage for Samples, SFZ, Demos and more.

Etherealwinds Harp CE for Kontakt 
Harp SFZ, VSTi, etc... page
EWHarp: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license: Versilian Studios

String & Woodwind Demo
Soundcloud Demo
Demo of the Harp by WhiteNoiz
Percussion Demo 
Soundcloud Demo kindly created for me by Sam from the VST version.
Res Evil 3, Res Evil Main Hall Demos by WhiteNoiz 
The String Pack includes 857 samples in the forms of a complete String Section, Solo Violin, Violin Section, Viola Section, Cello Section, Solo Contrabass and Harp. There are 23 nki patches. The basic nki for each instrument or section uses R.D.Villwock aka Big Bob's WIPs scripts for fake round robin on the longs and legato. The Modwheel nki does modwheel crossfading thanks to Nils Liberg's script. The Ensemble nki lets you crank up to 7 time more instruments, though it is set at 3 and too many might sound a bit odd. Jay Bacal wrote the Ensemble script.

As a rule of thumb the instruments have two velocity layers and are sampled about every third note. The shorts usually have two round robins. The articulations include Arco Vibrato, Tremolo, Spiccato, Pizzicato and single layer Arco Vibrato Loud and Soft.

The Brass Pack has 774 samples across 5 instruments. This includes a Trumpet with some nice mutes, a somewhat lightly sampled French Horn, a Trombone, a more heavily sampled Old Trombone with a unique sound and a Tuba. These are all solo instruments, though the Ensemble script can give the illusion of a section. The WIPs scripts for fake round robins and legato are used for the main patches along with a modwheel crossfade and ensemble script for each instrument. There is are some 'First Chairs' nkis that have the solo instruments, except the Old Trombone, playing together and two brass chord and arpeggio nkis.

What makes this release unique compared to the first Kontakt version are the modwheel xfades, the ensembles and the arp and chord scripts.

This uses Sam Gossner's great VSCO2 samples, my script from Matt McKay and a bit of advice from Evil Dragon. 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.

VSCO2 Samples are Creative Commons 0 : Sam Gossner. This means you don't have to thank him but he is a great guy so you might anyway. Also he sells a Pro Version that I bought (and I'm notoriously cheap) that has lots more notes, velocity layers, mics and stuff then are here including 90+ instruments with lots of solo orchestral instruments and awesome weird instruments like ancient flutes and an ophicleide which is legal in all 50 states.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

NSI Instruments

Magenta is a Google Brain project that has created something called NSynth which seems to be extracting the audio DNA from samples and then mixing it all together in a user controllable synth. While I can't give you the synth (it is highly confusing) which will hopefully someday come out as a VST, I can apparently use the NSynth Dataset to create more traditional though possibly funky sounding instruments.

Acoustic Strings            Volume 1

20 string 'instruments', 4,000 samples, uses Big Bob's WIPS script for fake round robins and on sustains, legato.

Acoustic Keyboards        Volume 1
Soundcloud Demo

Acoustic Brass                Volume 1

License: The dataset is made available by Google Inc. under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Paper: Jesse Engel, Cinjon Resnick, Adam Roberts, Sander Dieleman, Douglas Eck, Karen Simonyan, and Mohammad Norouzi. "Neural Audio Synthesis of Musical Notes with WaveNet Autoencoders." 2017.