Posts Tagged ‘library’

During black friday we could get Metal Machines EZX extension for Toontrack’s EZDrummer and Superior Drummer for EUR 29. This library of only 850 MB installed size (and 300 MB used memory, instant loading from SSD) provides great snares and outstanding toms, plus nice kick and crash cymbal (ride cymbals however aren’t good and have to be replaced by other libraries).

Comparing with Superior Drummer’s stock drum set (20 GB), Native Instrument”s Studio Drummer, Best Service Artist Drums and other libraries, Metal Machines really stands out and is the most efficient and best sounding (also best convincing) drums library (either while playing – great response – or triggering built in patterns). Also Toontrack engine (EZX libraries work great in Superior Drummer) allows very low CPU load (while Kontakt would stall quickly) and adds this proprietary real time human feeling.

Roland now provides the mac version of Integra-7 editor, and also new free sounds libraries for its synths (notably Jupiter and D-50 emulations for Integra-7) through its Axial site.

When installing SampleTank’s libraries (or Sonic Synth ones), first installer part installs sounds folder in Library/Application Support/IK Multimedia/Instruments, however the installation preferences files get then corrupted, leading to a generic kernel error when launching the players (crashes) :
Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE at 0x0000000000000000

In fact when installing following sounds parts, the installers get the modified/wrong installation location preference (the path contains “/” as separator instead “:” initially), leading to the part not being installed, and an empty file being created at the root of the filesystem (file named /Library/Application Support/IK Multimedia/Instruments/SampleTank XL Sounds for example).

The installation preferences files are located in /Library/Application Support/IK Multimedia/<softwareName>/Preferences/<softwarePrefix>.txt, for example /Library/Application Support/IK Multimedia/SampleTank 2.x/Preferences/ST2Pref.txt.
The instrumentPah property should be

InstrumentPath=Macintosh HD:Library:Application Support:IK Multimedia:Instruments:

InstrumentPath=Macintosh HD:Library:Application Support:IK Multimedia:Instruments:Sonik Synth 2 Sounds:

Moreover it allows all libraries to be available from SampleTank XL (including Sonic Synth, SampleMoog, SampleTron and Miroslav Philarmonik ones).

Here are some great free audio plugins/libraries, far more better than entry-level softwares (GarageBand, etc.) :

– Kontakt 4 player with included sounds. The player version only features the first 3 convolution reberb categories (17 in the full version), however they cover most needs and sound great.

– Kore player with included sounds, Compilation Vol.1 and Compilation Vol. 2

– Camel Audio Alchemy Player with provided sounds (very high quality)

– SampleTank Free with included sounds (very high quality)

– Yellow Tools Independance Free (most of the best sounds from the Basic version, including acoustic and electric basses and guitars, and the famous NDB organ with Origami free reverb).

– EastWest Symphonic Orchestra Free

– Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra

– Native Instruments Guitar Rig Player

All these softwares are really worth paying for the full versions, that include more sounds. Moreover they are fairly priced and can sometimes sound even better than some high priced libraries.

To transfer applications (Mobile Applications) from a mac to a new one, two ways are provided :

The old disk is available (or has been extracted from the old computer if the later is not working anymore) :
– Copy the files iTunes Library, iTunes Library Extras, iTunes Library Genius and iTunes Music Library to the new iTunes folder under user/Music/iTunes.
– Copy Mobiles Applications (that was at the root of iTunes folder under Leopard) to iTunes Media (new subfolder in iTunes folder under Snow Leopard).
– Launch iTunes while pressing Option key: locate then the new iTunes folder for the library.

A message “This computer isn’t allowed anymore to use applications installed on the ‘iPhone, do you want to authorize this computer…” click on Yes –> n computers on 5 registered message.

Applications are now listed on the Applications tab in iTunes (once the iPhone is selected). There isn’t anymore an Applications section in the left pane contrary to iTunes under Leopard.

The disk isn’t accessible (the data are only available on the iPhone ) :

– Through the Store menu list under iTunes, authorize the new computer.
– Right-click on the iPhone (left pane) and choose Transfert purchases.

Here is the procedure to migrate (keep existing samples install) Kontakt 2, EastWest libraries based on Kompakt, BestService libraries based on Kontakt Player 2 or Intakt, and EastWest PLAY libraries. This also work if the old computer isn’t accessible/does not work anymore. The samples have to be located in an external disk (or if they were on an internal disk on the old computer, extract the disk and install it in an external disk case).

With previous versions of Native Instruments site, a Manage Registrations and Activations link (was also displayed in older Service Center) allowed to deactivate a license for a machine (even if not accessible). Now this option isn’t available, however we just have to click on B) Serial Number Registration, and then Register the serial number here to register again. It seems the site now takes care automatically of deregistering the old computer, and allowing the product to be listed from Service Center on the new machine.

Kontakt2 migrating

– Install Kontakt 2 from the original DVD (Rosetta will launch) : enter the serial (from DVD cover), and do not install the library.
– launch the Kontakt 2.2.4 (UB) update
– launch service center : click on Activate for Kontakt 2 product
– Replace the Content.plist file (located at user/Library/Preferences) by the one provided by on Native Instruments site (contains the list of libraries that will be considered by Kontakt2 – not required when using Kontakt 4).

The Kontakt 2 library still cannot be used from Kontakt 4 Player, even after clicking on Add or having added the path in Database tab. We have then to keep Kontakt 2.2.4 also.

Some other tricks are provided here.

Migrating libraries based on Kompakt or Intakt

– Launch the installer on the original DVD (Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Choirs, Colossus, Artist Complete, etc.), and force quit it when asking for library destination.
– At NI site, once connected, click on B) Serial Number Registration, and then Register the serial number here to enter the serial number again.
– Launch Service Center on the mac, the product will then being displayed, and can be activated.
– The library is now accessible from Kontakt 2 (direct access to the instruments files, or browsing after a Database rebuild). The provided Content.plist file at NI forums have to be copied into user/Library/Preferences before.
– To add the library in Kontakt 4 Player, just click Add and locate the samples library folder.

Note : Kompakt also works through Rosetta (have to be launched twice however for the library to be considered registered).

Migrate libraries based on Kontakt Player 2

The procedure is the same, except we have to do a custom Install to only install Kontakt Player 2. However the library isn’t considered registered from Kontakt Player 2 and Kontakt 2, even after registering on the site and having activated it through Service Center (message about encrypted library – is tied with the previous machine). In fact the library can be loaded from Kontakt 4 Player, by clicking Add (works for Strings Essentials 2 and Ethno World 4).

If we prefer using the original Kontakt Player 2 or Kontakt 2, we have to install the whole library again before activating it through Service Center :

Reuse of PLAY libraries installs

Thanks to iLok authorization key, no step is required to transfer an EastWest Play product license from a computer to another :
– Install (optional) the Play application from the original DVD by doing a custom Install and uncheking Library. An error appears at the end, it isn’t a problem and is known by EastWest.
– Install the latest Play update (downloaded at By default the update selects the previously installed products (step 1) for the update (if not, choose Custom Install and select the products).
– Launch Play, and then open the Browser window, and Ctrl+click on the (empty) area under the Favorites button : through the contextual menu, go to Add Another Product Library, choose the submenu corresponding to the installed product (QL Ministry of Rock, etc.), and locate the library folder. This has to be done for each product.

Yamaha CF3 Piano free samples

Posted: December 6, 2009 in Audio
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To complement the great Independence library, we can find a free Yamaha CF3 Piano library (932 Mb, 792 samples) made by Mats Helgesson. That is here for the download (337Mb archive). Its format (GigaStudio) can be imported into Kontakt.

The samples number (and size) can seem small compared with recent piano libraries, however there is to remember that what makes a piano library sound good are its samples homogeneity (very difficult to achieve starting with thousands of samples) and its playability and liveness. For example the Roland Complete Piano card includes the same number of samples (4 velocity levels x 88 notes x 2 – for stereo) on only 64 Mb (compressed format, probably close to a 1/10 ratio).

Best Service : TITAN

Posted: July 9, 2009 in Audio
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Best Service unveiled TITAN (will be released July, 15) – in fact we discovered it some months ago in the Best Service paper catalog. This library includes 5500 multisamples (100 000 samples, 36 Gb) of sounds from 200 synthesizers of 80s and 90s (and from recent virtual plugins) : 2327 Synth Sounds, 1200 Pads & Atmospheres, 778 Basses, 250 Synth-Brass & Real Brass Sounds, 100 Guitars, 161 Choirs & Voices, 227 Pianos, hundreds of effect-sounds, and Bonus-Bank (170 original vintage string synths from over 20 different original instruments).
The ENGINE player (developed in collaboration with Yellow Tools) is provided (includes 400 impulse responses), and also works on G4. Videos are available, and the library is priced 249 euros.