Another great addition to Cinesamples’ Artist Series, Randy’s Prepared Piano is a collection of 3 pianos recorded at the MGM Scoring Stage and Hollywood Scoring Studios Stage in Los Angeles, California. It features various extended techniques used by Los Angeles studio musician, Randy Kerber.
Several years ago at a recording session at The Bridge, we were recording Nami’s Theme, a spacious piano duet between Randy Kerber (piano, Randy’s Celeste), and Amy Tatum (flute). During one of the breaks, Randy started playing with some museum putty inside the piano, giving the instrument a delicate, masked and suggestively underwater tone. It was such a clever and unusual sound that we decided to build an extended piano solo completely out of Randy’s prepared piano techniques in the middle of the duet.
We always spoke of recording a sample library of those sounds and more, and this year, we finally got around to it. Renowned for his sensitivity and tone, Randy is one of the greatest film musicians of all time. Though he mostly composes music now, we were able to get him down to the studio to lead this project. We recorded the following sounds:
– Rubber Mallets on the strings
– Finger Muted strings
– Dimes placed between the strings
– Museum putty to create harmonics
– Fingered harmonics
– Light chains on the strings
– A metal bar placed between the strings
– Ping pong balls on the strings
– Hitting the cross bars
– String zingers (scraping the strings)
– Many dual piano samples
A fast and flexible way to add dramatic epic and world percussion to your music. Over 400 deep percussion phrases/loops, each with up to 6 mixable stems organized by tonal color. 16GB and 19,000+ samples, plus an 8-slot FX rack.
Welcome to Cue Builders, a thematic collection of time saving compositional building blocks for instant inspiration. Cue Builders’ flexible multi-stem approach offers a level of depth that goes beyond that of other phrase-based libraries, allowing you to dissect and tweak individual elements to dial in just the right flavors.
Cue Builders Cinematic Rhythms contains over 400 tempo-synced percussion loops in 2 categories (Epic and World). Each category offers a wide selection of phrases in 6 time signatures with up to 6 layered (and fully accessible) stems per phrase, conveniently separated by tonal color (High, Mid and Low). A hand-picked team of 10 sound designers from around the world constructed these phrases using our vast boutique collection of meticulously deep-sampled percussion instruments, recorded on a scoring stage. This unique method allowed us to include several valuable features: (1) two microphone positions (close and hall), (2) perfectly synced and fully mixable stems that can be exported individually, (3) phrases exported at four BPM for exceptional quality regardless of your project’s tempo. For convenience, all phrases are also available as drag-and-drop .wav files.
Over 400 multi-stem epic and world percussion loops recorded on a scoring stage
Loops contains up to 6 mixable stems organized by tonal color
6 time signatures (3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, 7/8, 12/8)
Sampled at 4 speeds for realistic tempo-syncing
2 microphone positions (Close and Hall)
Modern, easy to use, feature-packed GUI
8-slot FX rack
Drag and drop .wav files included
16 GB of content / 19,120 watermarked samples (16 bit/44.1 kHz NCW)
NI Kontakt (full), version 5.8.1 or above
20 GB disk space
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
2008 or later processor. Your system must also meet the requirements for version 5.8.1 of Kontakt. If you cannot run that version, you will not be able to load this library.