Sample Logic Releases Waterharp 2

Sample Logic has released Waterharp 2, a Kontakt 5 sound library based around (but certainly not limited to) those classic “Matrixy” waterphone sound effects that work so well for giving a track or a cue that futuristic and other-worldly feel. Waterharp 2 is a 2.5 GB library that comes with over 550 instruments and multis, where waterphone samples have been scripted and and twisted and morphed, giving users both the well known waterphone type sounds as well as a host of score-ready morphed instruments one might never have guessed had anything to do with the instrument they originated from –  in true Sample Logic fashion. The library also contains enhanced, re-enginered and re-morphed versions of all the instruments from the original Waterharp library.

Sample Logic claims their latest release is the most comprehensive waterphone library to date – and I’m inclined to take their word for it. I also expect the library to be plain darn good, as I’ve been more than impressed with the handful of previous Sample Logic releases I have used, and that includes the original Waterharp library, which I’ve owned for a good while now and still use regularly. (And watch this space for a review of Sample Logic’s fairly recent release Morphestra Generations – I expect to have it ready in just a few days.)

According to the good people at Sample Logic, their new library “delivers mind-bending atmospheres, suspenseful tension building stingers, tempo-synced percussive rhythms, morphed melodic instruments and explosive score-ready impacts. “WH2″ is designed to streamline your workflow with powerful user interface controls and well-organized, genre specific, instruments and multis making it a must have sample library for all film, TV, and game composers.” Check out the demo below to get a small taste of what you can do with this instrument, or just go ahead and visit SampleLogic.com for more demos and much more info on their new Waterharp 2.

Waterharp 2 is formatted as a Kontakt based sample library, which requires a retail version of Kontakt 5.3 or higher.
Price: $99.99

Instrument categories:

  • Ambience (113)
  • Arpeggiated (22)
  • Hit Ensembles (18)
  • Impacts (79)
  • Tempo-Synced Rhythms (145)
  • Melodics (22)
  • Stingers (78)
  • Transitions (46)
  • Multis (37)

100 Free Monark Presets from Aiyn Zahev

Acclaimed sound designer and trance producer Aiyn Zahev has whipped up a nice treat for owners of Native Instrument’s eminent Minimoog emulation Monark: 100 presets free of charge, obviously highly suitable for trance but also a number of other electronic styles.

If you’re a dance music producer you probably already know of Zahev’s work, but if not then let me tell you that this guy really knows what he’s doing when it comes to sound design. I’ve followed his work in this area since the very beginning and I’m honestly quite impressed. This guy has got the talent, the skills, the ears and the taste that sets  the elite sound designers apart from the rest of the bunch – just check out what he’s done and I think you’ll see what I mean.

So if you’re a Monark owner don’t miss out on this chance to get 100 of Aiyn’s sounds for free. Head over to Aiyn Zahev Sounds and download the sound bank, and take a look at the other stuff he’s got as well: sound banks  for Waldorf Largo, NI Massive, Lennar Digital Sylenth1, U-He’s Diva & Zebra synths  etc – and they’re all sound banks of absolutely top notch quality. Highly recommended. There’s also an article section there with few BS-free reviews there that you might like. Check it out.

Here’s a quick demo of the Monark presets:

EMW WCS-1: a Brazilian Hybrid Mono-Synth That Sounds Great

Electronic Music Works – EMW for short – is a young (est. 2011) Brazilian synth manufacturer whose stuff I’m starting to find really interesting. Their growing range of exotic standalone synths, eurorack modules, MIDI-accessories and novel patch programmers seem to be gaining popularity among electronic musicians, and it’s easy to see why: these products aren’t just different and eye-catching (check out the somewhat quirky looks of the synth on display here), but some of the sounds coming out of them are also really, really nice. I’ve always been a real sucker for good digital/analog hybrid synths, and the first unit to really catch my attention was the EMW WCS-1, whose digital oscillators and analog filters seem to be a match made in Heaven. There’s some juicy tones in the demos below, so waste no time in checking them out. And take note of this: the cost of this unit is a very modest $249. We’re talking a lot of synth for the money here, in other words.

What you get here is a MIDI-controlled synth module with a DSP-oscillator (which is also available in eurorack format) going into a signal path consisting of all discrete analog components (including what sounds like a very nice 18 db low pass / band pass filter), and while the WCS-1 is definitely a fairly simple synth it does allow for some interesting tones you won’t find everywhere else. The Wave Composition Oscillator (WCO) going into the dual input VCF can generate a larger variety of wave shapes than what one might guess by just looking at the front panel.

The WCS-1 doesn’t offer a ton in the MIDI-control department, being limited to On/Off and pitch bend messages, but considering the cost of this synth and how good it sound I’m personally going to be quite forgiving of that.

The Electronic Music Works Wave Composition Synthesizer is an inexpensive, exciting  little synth module whose sound I really enjoy, so I’m quite sure I’ll be ordering one of these for myself sometime this winter. I’ve also got my eye on a few of EMW’s eurorack modules – if they sound as nice as this little guy my humble modular system could soon be wearing a lot of black…

(And hey, I’ll have to admit this: the idea of owning a Brazilian synth or two certainly appeals to me, as I’m a HUGE fan of the country. My last visit was earlier this year and can’t get enough Brazil-stuff. What a place.)

 


Learn more about the WCS-1, Electronic Music Works and their interesting range of synths and gear at their home online.

FREE Noiseash Virus TI Uplifting Trance Soundbank for Kontakt 5

Here’s a nice freebie for you Trance producers out there: Noiseash’s new Virus TI sample collection for Kontakt 5. Noiseash’s Beyhan Kilic has taken a bunch of his custom Virus sounds – big fat basses, leads, plucks and pads – and sampled them in 24 bit and layered and scripted it all into a Kontakt instrument, making the sound of the sought after Virus synth available to anyone with an updated copy of Native Instruments’ popular sampler. If you’re producing uplifting trance and hate the fact that you don’t own a Virus, this will probably help you get through your day!

Check out the demo below and download at no cost from Noiseash.com!