Friday, September 21, 2018

New work in progess website

My goodness I've been lazy recently. None the less I've started trying to make a more websitey site than a blog site. Take a look if you like. There are a few bits and pieces up and a couple more or less new instruments. Note I've had massive computer failure and death in the family, so things have been mostly stopped.

bigcat's Amazon ebook page

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Odd music by me

If you feel like listening to little bits and pieces of my mind or supporting the place...

Or want to look at some odd ebooks...
bigcat's Amazon ebook page


Monday, March 26, 2018

VCSL Instruments for Kontakt

Well here we go again. Sam Gossner, the man behind Versillian Studios and the VSCO2 Orchestra, has created the Versilian Community Sample Library. It is really just starting, but there are already lots of fun samples. These samples and my instruments are CC0 which means you can use them for anything you like.

As always I'm using the acronym VCSL so that folks will know where the samples came from, these instruments are my own fault and Sam did all the amazing sampling work. I'm not affiliated with Versillian. I just love the free samples!

I tend to normalize samples and do other things to them, so when the SFZ versions come out from Sam or other clever SFZ devs, they might well be more to your liking. I'll let you know when they are released and where to get them. These instruments require a fairly recent version of Kontakt.


Samples CC0: Sam Gossner and Versillian Studios
Instruments CC0: bigcat instruments 

Here is a bonus instrument. Mattias Westlund of SSO fame created this violin trio using the violin samples from VSCO2, MSLP, ldk1609 and MIS. The zip also contains the SFZ mappings by Mattias.

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0: Mattias Westlund
There is a second included nki that smooths the transition from p to f and adds vibrato thanks to StatKsn from VI-C.

As per usual by downloading these instruments you are agreeing to terms and conditions.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Nouveau Sound Tracker Samples

Relive the sounds of the 90s with Thrilling 16 bit Mono! CD after CD of Cutting Edge Samples for your Amiga or MS-Dos computer. Supports Kontakt with thrilling Reverberation, Equalization and Envelope Control technologies! Now in downloadable form to save the cost of postage or anything else! So hot you will need to wear your Asbestos Suit!
Legal notice NO CDs are included in this offer.

Download CD #1. The sound of 36 Flute Type Instruments. Over 4000 samples.
Listen to the World Class Demo from a Midi File found on the Internet Here!

Download CD #2. With 21 Acoustic Keyboards this CD this collection will amaze your friends who probably have no more 3 or 4 clavichords or pianos in their entire house. With 6500 samples only cutting edge zip compression technology allowed us to fit this on one internet!
Shhh. Don't tell anyone but we made a mistake and left out the samples for #11. Here is #11 and we'll get the original file fixed.
Listen to the Winter Games Demo from a midi file found on the interwebs here!

Download CD #3. The Beauty of the Human Voice shines through every bit of these 30 Choral Instruments. Over 1000 samples of singing goodness! Lots of happy vowels.
Listen to Why We Never Let bigcat Near A Keyboard!

Download CD #4.  Big, Bad, Bold Brass. 35 Brass instruments and well over 5000 samples. For those of you who love Heavy Metal we have a couple Tubas! Love that joke.

Download CD #5. Lots O Strings. 35 instruments and over 6000 samples.
Polyphonic NKIs. Use these to turn the strings from mono to polyphonic.

Magenta is a Google Brain project that has created something called NSynth, I can apparently use the NSynth Dataset to create instruments.

License: The dataset is made available by Google Inc. under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Paper: Jesse Engel, Cinjon Resnick, Adam Roberts, Sander Dieleman, Douglas Eck, Karen Simonyan, and Mohammad Norouzi. "Neural Audio Synthesis of Musical Notes with WaveNet Autoencoders." 2017.