IK Multimedia announces two new sound libraries for SampleTank 3 for Mac and Windows: Alan Parsons Imperial Grand, featuring an audiophile-quality recording of a concert grand piano in a world-class studio, and Terry Bozzio Drums, a library of drum kit samples and loops from the master drummer who has worked with Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, UK, and Jeff Beck.
For the Alan Parsons Imperial Grand library, IK Multimedia U.S. founder and executive producer, Dave Kerzner, teamed up with legendary producer-engineer Alan Parsons to sample a Bösendorfer Model 290 grand piano at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios in London. Parsons used AKG C12 and Neumann U67 tube microphones running through a classic EMI console. Alan Parsons Imperial Grand provides more than a gigabyte of content with more than 650 stereo samples. All notes have been sampled at eight different velocities to achieve realism and playability; IK Multimedia reports that some notes have been omitted for uniform tonality. The piano samples were then voiced specifically for SampleTank 3 by IK’s international sound design team. SampleTank 3’s Acoustic Resonance convolution effect promises a realistic soundboard resonance.
Terry Bozzio Drums is a new high-definition drum and groove library for SampleTank 3. It includes a 1.7 GB library with more than 1,800 drum samples and 350 loops, all played by Bozzio and recorded by producer-engineer Ken Scott. The collection includes 10 playable drum kit instruments. The complete kit includes two kick drums, two snare drums, six Rototoms (each played with four articulations), hi-hats, ride cymbal, and several additional percussive elements. All of the kit’s drums have been recorded at eight different velocities, with as many as eight round-robin hits per velocity. All of these drums are mapped using an extended General MIDI mapping, which lets users mix-and-match elements from the Terry Bozzio kit with elements from other SampleTank 3 drum libraries. Terry Bozzio Drums also includes 350 audio loops played by Bozzio.