Notion Music is now shipping Sessions: Rhythm Section as well as Expanded Mallets 1 Sound Expansion Kit. The company also announces Solo Strings 1, its newest sound kit library for Notion products.
Sessions: Rhythm Section supplements Notion's traditional orchestral library with the sounds of a contemporary rhythm section. The drum set includes various techniques for six-piece drum set and a variety of techniques and dynamics for electric bass and electric guitar. Upright bass, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and Hohner Clavinet are also included.
Expanded Mallets 1 adds marimba, vibraphone, crotales, and chimes to the Notion sound library. Techniques included are strikes and rolls from a five-octave marimba, strikes on chimes, and strikes on crotales. The vibraphone has strikes and rolls with motor-off, slow motor speed, fast motor speed, and pedal up.
Solo Strings 1, due in Spring 2007, will add solo violin, viola, cello, and bass to Notion's stock London Symphony Orchestra sounds. Each recorded performance will include legato, staccato, pizzicato, accent, half-step trill, and whole-step trill articulations, as well as multiple samples to interpret dynamics, slurs, and other articulations.
The violin played on Solo Strings 1 is a 1698 Antonius Stradivarius on loan from the Royal Academy of Music and played by Carmine Lauri, co-leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. The viola is a late 16th century Antonio Brenzi played by Edward Vanderspar, principal viola player of the London Symphony Orchestra. The cello is by Matteo Gofriller, made in Venice circa 1710, played by Moray Welsh, principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. The double bass is an 1840s Thomas Kennedy “flat back” from Oxford Street in London, played by Colin Paris, co-principal double bassist of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sound Kits for Notion are available for $29-$89 each at www.notionmusic.com.