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Impact Soundworks Releases Sitar Nation: Classical Instruments of India

October 23, 2008

Contact: Andrew Aversa, zircon@ocremix.org

ARDMORE, PA -- Impact Soundworks, LLC released this past Monday a new ethnic sample library, "Sitar Nation: Classical Instruments of India". The release builds upon the success of "Impact: Steel", the popular metallic percussion library critically-acclaimed for its unique design and outstanding playability.

Impact Soundworks, a joint venture between sound designers Andrew Aversa (zircon) and Wilbert Roget, II (bustatunez), is dedicated to designing innovative and unique sample libraries for composers looking for fresh, highly expressive sounds outside the norm. Aversa recently completed soundtrack work with OverClocked ReMix for Capcom's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and is currently scoring Blue Door Productions' XBLA shoot 'em up Fittest. Roget scored Hellgate: London's E3 trailer and is a music editor for LucasArts, most recently wrapping up work on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

In development for more than a year, "Sitar Nation" is the first sample library exclusively focusing on the sound of the Indian sitar, tampura, tabla and baya with a level of depth and detail normally reserved for Western instruments like violins and pianos.

“We noticed that in film, TV, popular music, and video games, non-Western instruments had become very popular. But despite this, nobody was sampling these instruments deeper than a surface level,” said Andrew Aversa, co-developer of the product.

The library was designed, produced, recorded and edited by Aversa and Roget, designer of the acclaimed "Impact: Steel" collection, also available through Impact Soundworks. Professional musicians were hired to perform all the sounds in a high-end facility in Philadelphia, PA using Neumann and AKG microphones, an API preamp and Pro Tools HD.

Containing more than 2.7 gigabytes of unlocked 24-bit audio content and a host of carefully programmed patches in Kontakt (version 2+) format, "Sitar Nation" enables composers and producers to control and play instruments that have remained a foundation of Indian classical music for centuries easily while producing incredibly realistic results.

"With 'Sitar Nation', we really created not only very accurate virtual versions of the sitar, tampura, tabla and baya, but a set of virtual instruments that are expressive, nuanced, and fun to play," said Roget.

"Sitar Nation" contains 16 main patches covering a variety of important playing techniques for all four instruments, which can be loaded from up to three positions: close, room, and ambient. Kontakt scripting and effects are used for additional expressive control. A set of 17 "special FX" patches are also included which take the core audio content into new directions using both pre-rendered offline processing and programming within Kontakt. Composers on a deadline will appreciate the folders of tabla and baya MIDI grooves which can be used in any sequencer.

The product is available for immediate download via the Impact Soundworks website (www.impactsoundworks.com) for $119, worldwide. For every sale, $20 will be donated to OverClocked ReMix to help pay for bandwidth and hosting; to ensure this is tracked, leave a note in the PayPal checkout saying "OC ReMix."

For more information, please visit www.impactsoundworks.com.

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