Heart Of Asia
Sample CD-ROM library for Roland S-series and compatibles
"Heart Of Asia" is a monumental, 2-CD-ROM sample set for the
Roland S-700 series and compatibles.
This set is truly a dream for composers of ethnic, new age, and most of all soundtrack music. The two CDs contain a myriad of Asian samples: some are full-blown musical phrases that you can re-arrange and include in your music, and some are multi-sampled instruments that you can play via a keyboard.
Heart Of Asia includes brass, beats, cymbals, ethnic, flutes, fretted instruments, FX, mallets, orchestral, pluck, percussion, singing, string, talking, and wind instruments and setups.
The Roland sampler programming
is very good, with the usual controls (aftertouch,
velocity/switch, modulation wheel) assigned to the performances.
This Roland CD-ROM set as described by the company:
"Phrases, instruments & utterances from the Far East for Roland 700 series samplers & sample players - Volume One & Two"
In order to use these CD-ROMs you will need a SCSI CD-ROM drive connected to your S-series sampler or XV-5080. Keep in mind that certain sound data will need 32MB of memory, supported only by the S-760. The S-770 and 750 have less.
All examples below have been run through a Lexicon MPX-1 for reverb ambience.
audio examples below
|Performance name with audio demo||My comments|
|DEMO - Instant Asia||A fascinating trip along the keyboard|
|BRASS - Tibet Brass||Elephants!|
|BTS - Gamelan Orchestra Phrases 1||Beautiful, hypnotic gamelan orchestra|
|BTS - Indian Drum Song||Great tablas and Indian vocals|
|BTS - Indian Percussion Ensemble 1||Superb tablas and other Indian percussion|
|BTS - Indian Veena Guitar 1||Incredible veena samples.|
|BTS - Malaysian Drums grooves 1||Solid drums|
|BTS - Malaysian Orchestra Phrases 1||Nice samples|
|BTS - Thai Orchestra Phrases||The Far East!|
|BTS - Wild Tibet Loops||Fantastic atmospheres!|
|CYMBALS - Chinese Cymbal Phrases 1 (Large)||Typical Chinese cymbals|
|ETHNIC - ANGKLUNGS||Ok|
|FLUTES - BAN-DI -Chinese Flute (v-s, f and p patches)||Mega-expressive flute - nice velocity-switch patch.|
|FLUTES - Malaysian Seruling Flute Phrases||Same as above|
|FRETTED INSTRUMENTS - JAKAY - Thai Zither (v-s, mf and mp patches)||Cool|
|FRETTED INSTRUMENTS - PIPA - Chinese Mandolin (v-s, f and p patches)||Wonderful pipa sound, very expressive and easy to play on the keyboard.|
|FX - Asia Atmospheres||Like being there.|
|MALLETS - BONANG 1||Cool ethnic bowls|
|MALLETS - GONG BESAR||Excellent gong|
|MALLETS - KULINGTANG||Nice mallet sounds|
|ORCH - GAMELAN ORCHESTRA HITS||More gamelan beauty|
|PERCUSSION - CHINESE PERCUSSION||Great Chinese percussion|
|PERCUSSION - INDIAN PERCUSSION||Check out the fast phrases ;-)|
|PLUCK - GUZHEN -Chinese Koto||Love this sound.|
|SINGING - Chinese Opera Diva Phrases 1||Yep|
|SINGING - Indian Male - Alaap Phrases||Hypnotic|
|SINGING - Thai Opera Diva||Sweet|
|SINGING - Tibetan Man||:-)|
|STRING - CHINESE ER-HU -violin (v-s and f patches w vibrato)||One of China's most famous instruments - superb playability on the keyboard!|
|TALKING - Dao Poet||Yes|
|TALKING - Malaysian Female||:-)|
|WIND - BESUA REED||Cool, expressive patch|
|WIND - KULUI FLUTE||Another quintessential Asian sound|
|Year of release:||1994|
|Sound generation method:|
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I compiled two pdfs of the manuals:
Heart Of Asia CD listing.pdf
Heart Of Asia manual.pdf
|SITE||Type of resource||DESCRIPTION|
Spectrasonics Heart Of Asia review with audio demo