Monday, October 16, 2017

On a break

Starting soon old bigcat instruments aka me is taking a break from instruments, the internet and life for a while. I hope to be back sometime Summer of 2018 or so. Thanks to everybody who has sample instruments and put them under a CC / PD license. Thanks to all the freebie instrument makers. It is a great time to love making music and to be broke. I think there are more and better free instruments now then there have ever been. A number of folks are making great free SFZ instruments.

Keep an eye out for Sample Science as he is going to be coming out with a new Player which should be awesome. It may well be the best free VSTi ever. Though tossing him a couple buck to say thanks and cover bandwidth is always nice.

Thanks to my buddy Sam for creating the VSCO2 chamber orchestra. He is a great guy and has a great crew. Simon does awesome stuff with the GUIs. Check out the Pro version of the orchestra.

I'm sorry some jerkish company that makes an android video app of some kind slapped a takedown notice on the VSCO2 orchestra. How they thought files that said orchestra and flute and other instruments in the file name itself would be a copy of their stuff is beyond me. Apparently you can just use the DMCA to take down anything you want off the internet is you have lawyers.

I'm sorry to those of you who have trouble getting the Maize VSTis to work. They seem to work fine for me in Studio One and friends have tested them in other DAWs for me. If a DAW uses standard  I would just download one and try it by unzipping it in your VST folder. If the DAW can find and use it you are set. If not I would try to find SFZ versions. Reaper has problems with the full orchestras but can use the individual instruments.

Anyway good luck with your music and thanks for dropping by and check out the instruments. I hope you find something useful hear.

Monday, June 26, 2017

An Orchestra - VSCO2

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

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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mihai Sorohan Choir




Vowel Ensemble Choir for SFZ

The internet has allowed for collaborations across time and distance. 

Seven years ago this thread appeared on KVRMihai Sorohan and his friends and family had created an ensemble vowel choir. I'd happily downloaded it much later and made myself my own little Kontakt version because that's what I do. Over at Scoring Central (run by the guy who created the Sonatina Orchestra) where I hang out with friends and musically gifted AIs, someone asked about free choirs and mentioned this free ensemble. Somewhere someone mentioned that it was nice but it would be nice if it sounded fuller this reminded me of the Kontakt script J's Ensemble Maker created by Jay Bacal over a decade ago. This script can multiply solo instruments by up to seven through Digital Wizardy understood by about a dozen Kontakt scripting pros in the world. So after finding a public domain piece of clipart and using the freeware GIMP graphic editor to fake a woodburned GUI look, out came the Kontakt instrument.

But folks on VSR and SC wanted an SFZ version and I don't know how to do that. Fortunately Sam Gossner the headman at Versilian Studios (the guys behind the VSCO2 Orchestra) has created and given away a free folder-to-SFZ converter and made a nice video on how to use it. So after a bit of confusion and renaming 110 files I was ready to send out the SFZ version. I just wished I knew how to make a ketswitched patch for it, but hey you can't have everything right? Then into my inbox comes a full keyswitched version from Pytchblend from KVR. And that is how using freeware, samples and help from friends a free choir is put up on a blog.

From Mihai's blog...

"The choir patch was developed by Mihai Sorohan together with Richard Osborn for Mu.Lab Multisampla and Selcuk Bor (from Symphony of Specters) for Kontakt.
 

Choir: Citrina - soprano & alto, Jelena - alto,Roman & Dimitri (Timohi) - tenor, Jonny Zed - tenor, Mihai - tenor & baritone"

Also from Mihai's blog are the conditions for use...

"By downloading the provided files you accept the following terms:
  • You get a personal non-exclusive non-transferable right to use the sample content as an integral part of your musical composition, in combination with other sounds, for both personal and commercial purpose. You may not use it for commercial sample libraries (put it on a CD and sell it, sell it online, etc) 
  • You may use the sample content as an integral part of your musical composition, in combination with other sounds, for both personal and commercial purpose. 
  • I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material. "


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Legato Vibrato Piano

The gang over at Vi-Control have a bizarre thread about a legato piano that started on or around April Fool's Day, VI crashed recently so its tough to say. Being a bit crazy I decided to see what would happen if I used Big Bob's WIPS scripts to create a legato piano with vibrato. It sounds pretty weird.


Instrument and Samples: Public Domain.
WIPS scripts: Copyright Robert D. Villwock 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Freesound

Here is a collection of 5 toy piano type instruments.



Note this requires Kontakt 5.6.6 or later.
Creative Commons Attribution: BeskhuCorsica_S, Poissonmort
Creative Commons Sampling Plus: Tombola
Public Domain: Taylor Sampled

This chap named pjcohen has put up some really nice drum, cowbell, harpsichord and standup acoustic bass samples. Bass is up first. To quote the gentleman.
"This standup bass was sampled using a direct pickup as well as stereo overhead mics for some room ambience. Articulations include a normal pizzicato, or finger plucked note; a stopped note as performed with the finger; a stopped note performed Bartok style; and some miscellaneous sound effects: a slide by the hand down the strings, a slap on the strings, and a knock on the wooden body of the bass. Do enjoy; feedback is welcome!"


Note this requires Kontakt 5.6.6 or later.
Instrument and Samples are placed in the Public Domain.

Sauron974 placed five Shofar samples in the public domain, "An 18" ram's horn shofar being sounded from a few feet away."


Note this requires Kontakt 5.6.6 or later.
Instrument and Samples are placed in the Public Domain.

I asked over on the Cakewalk forums for any ideas for instruments. Fleer suggested a deeply sampled pan flute which I have utterly failed to deliver, but in searching I found this really cool instrument. Made by Mr. Shoes as he explains, "I used a 3/4 in. diameter PVC tube stopped at one end and water to create all of the notes. the notes have even temperament. they may be slightly off in terms of tuning at the top end, but overall, I'd say not too much." There are 20 samples and I stretched the ends a bit so you have over 2 octaves of PVC pipe and water goodness.


Note this requires Kontakt 5.6.6 or later.
Instrument and Samples are Creative Commons Attribution: Mr. Shoes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

VSCO2 Rompler


Big thanks to VST Planet for making this video



Otto used the VSCO2 Community edition to create this award winning song. Grats Otto!


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There is a problem with the Mediafire Versions. Please try using VST4Free for now.


I know some countries can't access Mediafire and so the gentleman behind VST4Free has kindly agreed to provide another host for the project. This link is to the full Rompler, you can also browse bigcat instruments next to the '>' sign to get the individual instruments.



Note this needs Windows Vista or later, it won't work on XP.
The full Rompler creates a crash issue with Reaper. The individual instruments seem to work fine, so please try those instead if you use Reaper.


Thanks to Sam Gossner and his crew for this collection of samples. Thanks to Simon Autenrieth for the artwork. Take a look at the Community Edition on Sam's site. You can find the samples, SFZ versions and much more. If you enjoy the sound you might invest in the pro edition. I did and I'm quite enjoying it. The fun exotic instruments like wooden flutes, baroque recorders and unique brass along with more standard orchestra instruments and great percussion make it worth the price of admission.

Thanks to VST4Free for providing alternate hosting here.

My full blog for VST instruments.




Full Rompler contains all the instruments below it.
Instrument Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Full Orchestra Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU


I know some countries can't access Mediafire and so the gentleman behind VST4Free has kindly agreed to provide another host for the project. This link is to the full Rompler, you can also browse bigcat instruments next to the '>' sign to get the individual instruments.

Soundcloud Demo kindly created for me by Sam.
Demo of the Harp, Res Evil 3, Res Evil Main Hall by WhiteNoiz


Creative Commons Zero: Versilian Studios / Sam Gossner 
Piano and Organ sampled by Simon Dalzell of Ivy Audio 
Artwork: Simon Autenrieth
 
By downloading and using anything on this site you agree to this Limited Warranty & Liability.  

Instruments Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Violin Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Violin Section Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Viola Section Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Cello Section Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Double Bass Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Trumpet Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
French Horn Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Trombone Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Old Trombone Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Tuba Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Piccolo Lite Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Flute Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Oboe Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Clarinet Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Bassoon Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Piano Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Upright 1 Piano Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Organ Loud Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Organ Soft Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Harp Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Percussion Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Timpani Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Marimba Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Xylophone Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU
Glockenspiel Win 64 Win 32 Mac VST Mac AU