War Tuba is a free tuba sample library created with the tuba player. It contains recordings of a “regular” Bb tuba, not an acoustic locator.
CGC Shaker is a free experimental percussion sounding similar to shaker. It’s made out of recordings of Camping Gas Cartridges (CGC) filled with sand (and small rocks). It’s not that very predictive when in use, making similar but always different sound so we used many round robins to emulate that.
Part violin family, part machine. The three String Cyborgs – Zinc, Blackheart and Ironface – use the processed and looped sounds of bowed strings (cello and double bass) as oscillators, and place them in a synthesizer architecture with unison, detune, filters and even some humanization parameters.
Scarypiano has three voices – one is made from all three original velocity layers, another is made only from the loud layer, and the scariest voice is made only from the medium layer. It’s a 342 MB download and contains 430 16-bit WAV samples, an SFZ mapping and even a GUI for Plogue Sforzando complete with bloody eyeballs for knobs.
Bear Sax is a free sample library for Plogue sforzando of a very nice Conn bartione saxophone from 1926. This instrument includes cross-faded dynamic layers for the sustain notes, making it the most realistically expressive thing we’ve done to date. Also included are staccato, subtone and growl articulations.
Shortcircuit was created as a reaction against the ongoing trend where software samplers are being designed with the primary intent of library playback. It is intended for people who, like us, consider a sampler to be a musical instrument in its own right, and not just a way to emulate other instruments. It has been a very high priority to make sure that adding and editing individual samples is as fast and logical as possible.