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Ethnic Flute – Expressive World music flute for NI Kontakt

Designed for Kontakt 4.2 or above, Ethnic Flute is a generic sounding wooden flute suitable for many styles of World music. The instrument uses velocity switching to give a natural sounding performance simply by playing the split keyboard (staccato notes on the lower keys, various sustained articulations on the upper). A selection of breaths is also included. Volume can be adjusted using the modulation wheel.

Sounds like a bargain (if you need flute 🙂 ) …

The price is 3.99 UK Pounds and the product is available via Sampleism

More info: Ethnic Flute

Solo Acoustic Guitar

This acoustic guitar instrument for NI Kontakt (4.2 and above) has a rich, mellow tone. Designed mainly for single note playing, it is suitable for melody lines, instrumental fill passages, solos and riffs within song structures. Convincing results can be easily achieved using velocity sensitivity to introduce a variety of articulations. A selection of string scrapes is also included.

For 4.99 UK Pounds it’s quite a no-brainer, especially if you’re looking for Acoustic Guitar 🙂

More info: T.D.Samples – Solo Acoustic Guitar

Kalimba – African thumb piano for Kontakt

Another (I hope) interesting find, and affordable too 🙂 – the kalimba (also known as an Mbira or Thumb piano). It is an African instrument consisting of metal tines attached to a wooden board which are plucked with the thumbs. This Kontakt instrument features eight non-western scale tines sampled at four velocities to create an authentic sound. The instrument has been recorded dry without effects although some reverb has been added to the demo.

It costs 1.99 UK Pounds.

More info: T.D. Samples – Kalimba (via Sampleism)

The Bandoneon – NI Kontakt Instrument

The bandoneón is a type of concertina particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay and Lithuania which is an essential instrument in most tango ensembles from the traditional orquesta típicas of the 1910s onwards and in folk music ensembles of Lithuania.

The bandoneón, so named by the German instrument dealer, Heinrich Band (18211860), was originally intended as an instrument for religious music and the popular music of the day, in contrast to its predecessor, the German concertina (or Konzertina), considered to be a folk instrument by some modern authors. German sailors and Italian seasonal workers and emigrants brought the instrument with them to Argentina in the late 19th century, where it was incorporated into the local music, such as tango. [via Wikipedia]

Would you like to have the Bandoneón in your NI Kontakt ? To be honest, I don’t know if there are some other Bandoneon kontakt libraries but this one seems great (judging by audio demos, comments etc.).

This particular Bandoneón was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina by the renowned composer Guillermo Guareschi. It is a “Premier” Bandoneón with a sweet and expressive sound. One Neumann microphone was in charge of register for the left hand where all the bass notes are generated plus an additional ribbon microphone that handled the very low frequencies with precision. The right hand was captured by a modified SE A5600 II tube microphone and an AKG mic was set to record the natural high roof ambience of the recording studio. All the microphones were connected to vintage Telefunken preamplifiers that delivered the signal directly without any console or black box in the chain.

The library “weights” almost 800 mb, and requires full NI Kontakt 4.2 (and above).

Price ? 13.99 UK Pounds

More info: Sampleism – The bandoneon

Peruvian Ocarina – sampled instrument

The ocarina is a wind instrument in the category of vessel flutes. Variations do exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body. It is traditionally made from clay or ceramic, but other materials may also be used, such as plastic, wood, glass, metal, or bone.

PrecisionSound captured the sound of Peruvian Ocarina and released it as freebie. The instrument contains 56 24bit mono WAV samples – 4 articulations, normal, legato, glissando and staccato. Peruvian Ocarina is available as SF2 file, NI Kontakt and Halion format.

Audio example

Download: Peruvian Ocarina

Hollow Sun – Vital Organs

Hollow Sun Vital Organs is a collection of organ sounds, useful for any number of musical genres. There are 35 different organ sounds from Hammond B3s, rock, jazz to church and cathedral sounds with distortion, cab simulator, rotary cab and reverb effects. Looks like great NI Kontakt library and, what’s important, the price is very, very affordable. Just 2 UK pounds which means 17.5p per each preset.

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More info: Hollow Sun – Vital Organs