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    Of course the big NI news is the release of Komplete12 with platform updates to Kontakt and Massive. I may wait for the 50% sales but, in true NI fashion, the updates are a bargain. I figured that included instruments/libraries/plugins in the Ultimate12 Update worked out to be $9-10 each, whether it was a simple Massive expansion or VST processor or Symphony Strings2 Pro or Kontakt6 or MassiveX. Not a cheap package but still a bargain bundle when you consider the included content. I can say from experience that you get a lot more than you expected and you will have fun exploring and using the instruments and plugins for years---and it doesn't hurt to wait for the sales.

    Being always at the top of the game, Sample Logic's offer of XOSPHERE is hard to pass up when its price is reduced by 66% (now $99 with coupon code XO66OFF until ???). Every time I open up a Sample Logic library with a definite purpose in mind I'm done in no time. Then I decide to just fool around. Then I look up and it's hours later.
    XOSPHERE | Sample Logic LLC.

    Kontak Hub has a number of good deals going on:
    A lot of Kontakt synth for <$10: Tronsonics System1000. Over 500+ presets, 45 multis, randomization, nice performance features, responsive controls, tweaking quickly yields results.
    System 1000M | Kontakt Instruments | Kontakt Hub

    Not the deepest reductions ever offered but, still, 50% off of all Audiofier instruments. Great features, sounds and value---they're bargains at full price and a steal on sale (SEQui2R EX especially so). N.B.: For whatever reason, you will save substantially by passing up the Randomiser Series bundle and purchasing its content (Vesper, Abstrung and Aerkord) separately.
    Audiofier | Kontakt Instruments | Kontakt Hub

    Angel Cano libraries are reduced 60% until the end of the month.
    Angel Cano Kontakt Guitars

    Imagik Sounds came out Profundo (on sale for ~$12), with a stronger aleotoric effect than their very inexpensive Soave Sordino Strings (~$7). I didn't like the bizarre GUI at first but the two-page user manual makes it simple as smack-yourself-in-the-head pie. Definitely not in the meolodic category: you're never quite sure what note you'll get when you press a key---or hold it, for that matter---which is the hook of this dark sound generator. Holding down even a single note can generate seemingly endless, evolving soundscapes. The included patches all seemed way too quiet but the author alludes to this in the manual as a precaution for sub content. I started out not liking it but after I turned up the volume I found myself still playing with it an hour-and-a-half later.
    Imagik Sound - Kontakt Instruments

    SzcZ has released Sawmill, another maniacal instrument from someone who I thank God is not making WMDs. If you previously purchased Orchestrata Enigmata you can get a 30% discount with the code sawmill-30-enigma.
    https://www.kontakthub.com/product/s...-synth-kontakt

    If you are not familiar with the back end of Kontakt via the monkey wrench (spanner; sorry, mates!), you might be interested in Spooky Chorus (~$3) as a learning tool for Kontakt's arpeggiator, a feature which is available for all those libraries that you thought didn't have an arp---as long as the developer doesn't lock you out of the back end. Contrast the unusual front page of Spooky Chorus with its arp page, which looks and functions exactly like Kontakt's arp tab---which many don't know is there and wouldn't know where, or even to, look for it. Spooky Chorus keeps it standard and makes it very accessible. I didn't find anything overtly exceptional about the sounds but using the arp opens up new possibilities. Do try the Hold Modes if you go there.
    https://www.kontakthub.com/product/s...horus-kontakt/


    Zero-G has Ian Boddy's Odyssey on sale for $35 until 10/1. This is a collection of eight open-format Kontakt libraries with documentation, nearly 3000 standard/basic (Kontakt GUI only) nki patches for sounds, drums, percussion, effects, pads, kits, etc. Usually a category folder contains an "All" file, kind of a construction kit of every sound in the folder. A real bargain even if you have little or no experience with using Kontakt's back-end (monkey-wrench) to further tweak/modify the patches.
    https://zero-g.co.uk/products/odyssey


    If you're into the Trap/EDM/HipHop/Dance (probably all outdated, recategorized and subdivided terms by the time I post) side of things, you might want to sign up for MVP Loops newsletter for their sales on samples and construction kits for Kontakt (often referred to by them as Multi Format).
    https://www.mvploops.com/

    Channel Robot is offering a $9/month subscription service: all of their products and a new library/instrument each month (timeline already published). I come across more posts from those who use Channel Robot instruments as sequencers to drive their other libraries. I'm making some inquiries about possible discounts on their collaborations with LoopMasters, Zero-G, Divergent Audio Group, and Audio Reward. For more info:
    http://channelrobot.com/about-everything-4-ever/

    Thoughts, prayers and contributions for the victims of Hurricane Flo.

    Paj
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    8DIO Studio Percussion Auxiliary (previously known as Aura Studio Percussion) Flash Sale $48 Returns Back to $298 On September 28th 12 Noon PST. This one is clocks in at about 33GB.
    Aura Percussion VST-AU-AAX - Kontakt Instruments & Samples

    Speaking of drums/percussion, Muletone Audio products are reduced 40% for the next trhee days or so (until 10/1):
    Muletone Audio - Kontakt Hub

    Sampleism and Kontakt Hub are having Autumn sales. For whatever reasons, when on sale you can often save more buying the individual items than the bundle, so compare.
    https://www.kontakthub.com/current-deals
    Old Timer - Creative Kontakt Builds
    https://www.sampleism.com/format/kontakt

    FWIW: I always try to check out my Kontakt libraries on my old 32-bit 4GB and, while an occasional registered/factory library won't run or load, it's been uncommon for me to encounter open-source/third-party libraries/instruments that won't/wouldn't (I'm going to have to stop/quit doing that) run/load (LOLAM/SMH). A notable exception for me was Gothic Instrument's DRONAR series, so I'm happey to say that their latest omnibus Kontakt-Player version, DRONAR Master Edition, opened and ran just fine on the older system. It's not cheap but Gothic Instruments and Time+Space give generous loyalty discounts based on the number of DRONAR modules you previously purchased.
    https://www.timespace.com/products/g...master-edition

    Soundiron has an intro offer on Adey($59), the first volume in their "Voices Of Wind" modular female solo vocal series .
    https://soundiron.com/collections/ne...e-of-wind-adey

    Still: Thoughts, prayers and contributions to the Hurricane Flo victims.

    Paj
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    Rigid Audio continues to give away the store by offering the Ambiloop (I & II) Bundle for $4, Space Bundle for ~$4, Electronic Producer Bundle for $5, Synferno for $8, and Hypernode for $15---basically the whole sound store for $36 (it wouldn't surprise me that you'd get it all for less if you emailed them). As for the Ambiloops, these are the precursors to Synfero and Hypernode---like 4-channel construction kits: Bass, Pad, Ambient and Groove (The first three are pitch-keyed for an octive; the Groove is pitch-keyed for an octave and also keyed for an additional two octaves for sliced variations). While they lack the randomization, loading/swapping of individual layers, sequencing, and deep tweaking of Synferno and Hypernode they still offer a lot via old-school use of multis and MIDI-learn automation---and tweaking the phaser knob and the filter knob will quickly yield a ridiculous variety of timbral, rhythmic and sweeping variations for each individual layer in any given patch/nki (100 nki files come with each version). The Kontakt backend (with the notable exception of sequencer/arpeggiator) appears to be accessible. I've had them for years and I enjoy using Ambiloop libraries every time I open one up. I always have fun exploring the new stuff you can get out of them. If you're in the mood/market for something different but quickly applicable, the Rigid Audio items are bargains you shouldn't pass up. I would be remiss in not warning you that you may get a "Missing Samples" message/window from Kontakt and to remedy this I suggest: "Find Folder", then pointing to the RA_AMBILOOP_VOLx folder, then doing a Batch Resave to "permanently" solve the problem. The Electric Producers bundle contains four, common interface, triple-layer hybrid ROMplers which deserve exploring (I underestimated them the first few times I tried them out).
    Rigid Audio Berlin | KONTAKT INSTRUMENTS | PRODUCTS | AMBILOOP BUNDLE

    I wanted to mention that, after picking up Vir2 BASiS at Time+Space for a very low $40, I had problems authorizing it since it depends the no-longer implemented "Add Library" feature of pre-5.8 Kontakt, and Vir2 older authorization scheme poses authorization issue that Native Access (or even Service Center) can't completely get around to install it other than install it as a DEMO. Time+Space support came through in less than 24 hours and solved the problem with an apropriately-formatted serial number.

    I recently picked up Audio Reward's Quarantine on intro sale at Kontakt Hub. While I don't enjoy Dark-grey on black GUIs (hint: alt skin, please), it does combine neat features from its Channel Robot and Audio Reward predecesors (Formation, Recirculate, Seurat, Brood, Orchestrata, Phenomena) and, in a genre that's rapidly becoming very crowded (the "constantly-evolving" ambient/underscore/cinematic/efx dual-layered arp/seqencer hybrid ROMpler), manages to bring a sample set with some of its own character and tilt (love the Atom-Hub-like things running around in some of the sounds).
    Quarantine - Futuristic Alien Sound Design

    As do many of you, I await the Black Friday sales.

    Paj
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    PulseSetter Sounds is offering a 2+ GB Kontakt Library for free with coupon code PSKV100. Jump on this one---it has a lot to offer. A lot of stuff pops up from patch to patch. More info at:
    KVR: Pulsesetter-Sounds releases Epic Babies – Unique Hybrid Scoring Sample Instruments for Kontakt - Free for a limited time

    Speaking of freebies: There are some nice Kontakt freebies (donations accepted) at 99Sounds, some from well-known commercial developers (e.g., Particular Sound, The Unfinished). All of the libraries, be they sample, Kontakt, etc., can be found here (and there are other things to check out on the website, including info on the libraries and the developers). :
    Free Sound Effects (24-bit WAV) | 99Sounds
    I went through the listing and found the ones with Kontakt patches, mappings, or GUIs. Some of the libraries are narrowly specialized but others (e.g., the "Project" and "Cinematic" ones) offer a usable, combined variety and I have seen some developers selling a lot less for more. They just might serve your needs:
    Project Exodus: GUI and nice sounds
    FREE Kontakt Library Project Exodus | 99Sounds
    Project Pegasus (simple GUI: ADSR, Filter Cutoff/Reso; nice sounds)
    Ambient Pads For Kontakt 5 (Free Download) | 99Sounds
    Simply Space (simple GUI: ADSR, Filter Cutoff/Reso; mapped samples)
    Free EDM Pad Samples By Nigel Good | 99Sounds
    Cinematic Loops (mapped loop GUI, 3 nkis and 99 multis)
    http://99sounds.org/cinematic-loops/
    Mangling Audio (simple GUI: ADSR, Filter Cutoff/Reso; drum & efx kits)
    http://99sounds.org/mangling-audio/
    Garage Foley (simple GUI: ADSR, Filter Cutoff/Reso)
    http://99sounds.org/garage-foley/
    Kick Drum (GUI: AD, pitch, HP/LP, resos; non-mod efx)
    http://99sounds.org/kick-drum/
    MGF Audio (basic patches, mapped and tonal)
    http://99sounds.org/mgf-audio/
    Samples Of Tenalach (simple GUI: ADSR, Filter Cutoff/Reso, verb. delay, dist; mapped samples)
    http://99sounds.org/samples-of-tenalach/
    Percussa Toolbox (basic patch, mapped)
    http://99sounds.org/percussion-samples/
    Magnetic Fields (simple GUI: ADSR, Filter Cutoff/Reso)
    http://99sounds.org/magnetic-fields/
    White Noise SFX (basic patch, mapped)
    http://99sounds.org/white-noise-sfx/
    Vinyl Noise SFX (basic patch, mapped)
    http://99sounds.org/vinyl-noise-sfx/
    Bass City (simple GUI: ADSR, Filter Cutoff/Reso)
    http://99sounds.org/bass-city/
    Cinematic Sound Effects (simple GUI: AR, Filter HP/LP Cutoffs)
    http://99sounds.org/cinematic-sound-effects/
    The Warehouse (basic patch, mapped foley/found sounds)
    http://99sounds.org/the-warehouse/

    Rigid Audio continues to give away the store---everything is still on sale. I recently revisited the libraries in the Producers Bundle (Atomicron, Tropical Breeze, Electro House, and Lightyears) and was impressed by some of the things I previously missed or glossed over: Three-layer common-GUI ROMplers with nice samples, a nice formant feature, and nice adjustments. The sequencer time bases are global and no user manuals---but they're mostly straight-forward (N.B.: 1st . . . 3rd are how you select your levels) and if you get one you got 'em all. The sale-price value makes it a shame not to have them in your arsenal. You'll probably get one of these free, along with a 20% discount on your first order, if you just sign up for the Rigid Audio mailing list.
    http://www.rigid-audio.com/index.html

    If you signed up for 8DIO's newsletter, you probable just received a coupon code for 50% off anything at the 8DIO website, ending 11-30.

    If you have previously purchased the Montclarion Hall Grand Piano from Soundiron, an upgrade is available for a ridiculously low amount if you contact Soundiron with a proof-of-purchase.

    If you previously purchased Soniccouture's Haunted Spaces, you should be receiving an email intro offer (also in your account under "Products") for November Sky, a nice snapshot expansion from The Unfinished.

    The intro sale (20) on Fracture Sounds' Frozen Percussion: Crotales ends 11-9.
    https://fracturesounds.com/product/frozen-crotales/

    Also: Puremagnetik has their Foundation X Bundle on sale for $10 (9 Kontakt libraries, 1 Ableton-only library).
    https://puremagnetik.com/products/foundation-x

    Paj
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