In the mid ’80s New England Digital added Polyphonic Sampling option to the Synclavier. This was a huge step forward in the development of samplers. Others like the Mellotron and EMS had been developing samplers, but the Synclavier was the first to provide the technology to create virtual instruments that could convincingly recreate real instruments. In 1986 we recorded the world’s first commercially available orchestral library, the Prosonus Orchestral Collection. At the same time a handful of composers contributed material to NED which was packed as a library from NED but this library was more of a mismatch of material which was primarily used to help sell the Synclavier. The Prosonus library was sold in two parts, strings in one volume and brass, woodwinds, percussion and misc in another volume. Each was packages on a 12″ Winchester platter and sold for a bundled price of $10,000.
In the ’90s we repackaged the library for the Akai platform and the product skyrocketed in popularity. The String portion of the library was bundled with the Roland S700 series samples and the library was featured on the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audio Card.
Later we recorded a critically acclaimed orchestral percussion library called London Orchestral Percussion followed up by London Solo Strings and First Call Horns. In 2006 we teamed up with producer Vir2 Instruments and began development on a new line of next generation instruments.
Bootsy loves XLN’s Addictive Drums, so when he stopped by our NAMM booth he wanted to give Funk ADpak a little love.
This promotion is a little self-indulgent. We enjoy collecting this kind of data internally and usually run some sort of pool, betting on the winner. The products were nominated by 15 people, mostly LA based producers. Anyone who votes gets a coupon code for $10 off coupon toward the purchase of any of the nominated products. (Vote on the Big Fish Audio homepage at the bottom of the page. Vote here) If you haven’t purchased any of these products yet listen to the demos to help you choose your favorite. But the best part is that we are entering everyone who uses the coupon into a sweepstakes to win the Grand Price, all 20 products! This is a $3089.00 value! The winner will be notified via the email in February.
We videoed David Das doing his Electri6ity Demo at NAMM. There was quite a buzz at the show over this cool VI. Look for Stanley Clarke in the crowd at the end.
Come see us at the 2010 NAMM show in Anaheim California. NAMM runs from January 14th through the 17th and you’ll find us at our booth number 6514 in hall A, right between MOTU and Digi. We are debuting a few amazing instruments this year. The first one is from Vir2 Instruments, Electri6ity. Electri6ity is a guitar VI that allows full amp modeling and processing. We are also showing the new Miroslav Vitous String Ensembles VI. On the Loop side of things we’ll be officially releasing Crank’d: Urban Rock, G-Suite, Score FX 2, Planet Trance and Sounds of Berlin. We’ll also be previewing Detroit Soul, Kings of the South: Dirty Crunk Kits, Elemental Studio Percussion and Soundscapes.
Hope to see you there. And don’t forget to pick up your show BFA discount coupon at the booth.