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Tom Gersic Prepared Piano. The piano, altered by the application of diverse objects to the strings, transforming the familiar into an undiscovered country of haunting and magical sonic landscapes. Available in multiple formats with discount bundling. Audio
About the Library:
 
These prepared piano samples were recorded late at night in May 2006 on a baby grand piano in a practice room at a nearby university. Unfortunately, I don't remember the make or model of the piano, but the university has a nationally-recognized music school, so the piano was well maintained, and in tune. Just in case anybody is concerned, I was extremely careful not to damage the piano, and no, I wasn't trespassing. All of the samples were recorded in one sitting, over the course of a few hours, at 24bit, 48kHz. The microphone used was a R0de NT1A "Anniversary Model". Some of you may be scratching your heads at this selection--generally when recording a piano, one would go with a stereo pair of small-diaphragm condensers, but in this case, I decided that recording in stereo made little sense because the sounds themselves would be better off being placed in the stereo field by the composer / sound designer, rather than forcing a stereo field that was in relation to the piano. Also, the lower noise floor and increased sensitivity of a large diaphragm microphone seemed to be beneficial to some of the quieter, more delicate tones, especially as they faded away. 
 
As to the need for prepared piano samples--prepared piano has become fairly commonplace in many compositions. John Cage, obviously, is composer often credited with popularizing the idea, but while there are still relatively few pieces performed just for prepared piano, I've heard various prepared piano sounds in much more common works, for instance, certain scores by Danny Elfman. There are a number of unusual sounds that can be made with a piano that are surprisingly effective when paired with all sorts of instrumentations. However, it's not always easy to get your hands on a piano who's owner doesn't mind you taking apart, jamming bolts into the strings and such. And even those of us who are lucky enough to have a piano at our disposal to do such a thing with will probably find it easier to use prerecorded samples, rather than toying with their own piano. That is the goal of this sample set--to bring the sounds of the prepared piano to any composer or sound designer who has a need for them. - Tom Gersic September, 2006
 
Kontakt, Sampletank 2.1, WusikSND, sf2, sfz Multiformat disc only $40

Fluxions by Mesozoic Sound This collection of unique sonic tapestries is as deep and mysterious as time itself. Mesozoic Sound is a team of veteran experimental musicians with over thirty years experience. Fluxions, their first sample library, is available in SFZ Universal format, with presets for Dimension, Kontakt and WusikEngine instruments version 5.6.2 or higher. Listen:
Fluxions SFZ Universal Sample Library $30

Daniel Kemp's Anomaly SFZ Universal Sample Library. A totally unique colection created by sound designer Daniel Kemp. Volume 1, Percussive Ambiances, features drummer Johann Rucker, transforming his drum performances into rhythmically pulsating and timbrally moving soundscapes. Volume 2, Drones, is the product of radically processing and resampling sounds from the Dangerous Bear sample pool. Volume 3 features pads, generated from the same processes as the Volume 2 Drones, but multisampled. Volume 4 continues the journey into new sonic worlds. Volume 5 adds the dimension of the human voice with a set of wav files and sf2 instruments of whispers and chants.
Read more about Anomaly here:
About the library: 
These sounds, though originating almost solely as percussion, have been mangled, morphed and altered to such a degree that they have taken on a life of their own. They evoke shades reminiscent of Chthonic atmospheres and soundscapes, FX and aural cues more than likely to be found in horror movie soundtracks.
This soundset is composed of many different elements. You can combine these creating unique, menacing atmospheres or use them alone...
- Daniel Kemp, March 2007
Anomaly SFZ  Universal  Sample Library includes samples in sfz+wav format with over 2000 presets for Absynth, Dimension, Kontakt, Rapture and Wusik $70 

Alexandre Borcic's Deep Spaces Impulse Response Library $50. Deep Spaces IRs go beyond the usual into new sonic expressions. 4.93 gigbytes of 24-bit/96khz IRs based on a wide diversity of scales, filters and other effects. Audio Examples
About the library:
By listening to some downloadable examples of exotic impulses response libraries from different developers I thought that, noticing that they actually are joined together mainly by literary or purely subjective criteria, it should be possible (and by the way, much more appropriate for composers) to create impulse responses that would be, unlike the ones that for now are offered by the market in this particular area ( no disrespect for their creators, they are often very highly interesting stuff!) more precisely related to harmonies and diatonic scales

Already being experienced in how to reproduce as closely as possible the behaviour of sympathetic resonances created by comb filters with IRs created from scratch, the way was marked out to extrapolate what was basically focused on a particular tone, to a particular scale

Let's say that I'm also a big fan of these moods induced by Indian music drones. (you can get some beautiful drone effects with a guitar by using comb filter, I hope you'll forgive me to recommend you for the PC user the dronebox created by Oli Larkin, I sincerely trust that it still is an underestimated and very creative effect, and Oli's one is one of the most elaborate) Consequently, these impulses are dead easy to recreate immediately a similar mood, especially on a solo instrument : Just pick one of them on a desired scale anywhere out of the scale-related folder, load it in a convolution reverb (like SIR) inserted on your track and just begin to play, On the 100% wet side of your balance, it'll give you some deep, sustained, drones and pads bounded to the choosen scale,( the latency induced by SIR shouldnt be to annoying for that purpose)...and now increase the dry signal to hear how it mix with the convoluted one and choose the right balance for your performance.

But my big pride here is that these exotic impulses seems to be the first and the ony ones, as far as I know, that can be successfully and usefully placed inside a send/return loop, mixed with combined dry signals, as (or instead of) a reverb unit.

Of course, you need to be aware of the composition's structure of the songs you're mixing. By experience, I can say it depends on how intensively a type of IR (they are 19 "scale-related" types of them) is bounded to its scale, many of them allow you to play many alterations and as far as I experienced,a single impulse can do the job for an entire composition in many cases.

This considering that most of the modern popular songs are directly inspired by traditionnal music, at least altered only by modal transpositions. Also many world musics in where the adaptation of traditional scales to chromatic steps are at least limited to a vey few similar scales that stays on agreeing modal transpositions.

A good criteria in my opinion would be the maintenance of a resonance that stays agreeing to ONE of the most important steps (1st, 5th, 4th) whatever are the scales varying throughout of your compostion,whatever you do, it will rehearse and keep an overall, pleasant consonance to it.

Some more tips, including a bunch of musical and didactic examples that you can find into the tutorial I've made for these IRs (...that should be included with your purchase or by default you can download it here) :

www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/-Tutorial-.rtf

Have fun, all of you...

Alexandre Borcic (Krakatau)
Deep Spaces Impulse Response Library $50
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