FXPansion Geist is a popular drum machine and software sound design tool with a brand new expansion pack of samples. Watch the video to hear 2 demo songs showcasing what Geist and the Dark Matter pack can do.
You’d think that Eric Persing and Spectrasonics would know better than most music and software companies who always seem to release new products only to find their server can’t handle the traffic. Sites are down on the launch day. That’s disgusting.
Omnisphere 2 is the much anticipated update to Omnisphere and it launched today April 30, 2015.
Unfortunately their site has been mostly down all day and I have tried to buy the upgrade several times only to get thwarted somewhere in the process.
I really want this Omnisphere 2 upgrade and have been waiting but this is ridiculous. After hours trying on and off I go back later in the day and sure enough the tech shop is closed has a message saying the site is down for maintenance.
Nice. They had more than enough time to get ready for this and surely the company makes enough money to afford better servers, but instead they go down in flames on the launch day.
Oh well. Frustrating. It’s their own fault. Maybe some day people in the music software biz will figure out their websites are important and can help them make more money by offering satisfying experiences for customers and prospects.
Oh and the phone number listed on the tech shop is “out of service”. Another nice touch. (see screenshot image)
I am a huge fan of the software of Native Instruments. It has captivated me since I first got Reaktor back a few years. They have a huge variety of killer VST Instruments and Effects!
KOMPLETE 10 is the industry-leading instruments and effects collection for production, performance, and sound design. With 39 definitive instruments and effects spanning all genres and production tasks, this is limitless sonic inspiration.
39 products, over 12,000 sounds, over 130 GB of instruments and effects
Over 12,000 sounds covering a full range of styles from electronic to cinematic to sound design
Includes the expressive new ROUNDS synth and the hybrid drum sampler DRUMLAB
Wide range of KOMPLETE Instruments, featuring KONTOUR and SESSION HORNS
Outstanding collection of KOMPLETE Effects, including SUPERCHARGER and DRIVER
Reviewed By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 28, 2015
Style Name: Komplete 10
I first became interested in buying Komplete for one reason: importing my Ensoniq and Akai samples to a modern platform. I started looking at Battery 4 as a great way to organize and import my huge drum library. Then I noticed Kontakt can import all the other samples too. Since Battery lists for $199 and Kontakt 5 lists for $399 it was actually cheaper to just get Komplete. Boy did that open up a whole different world. Komplete is a premier instrument and effects suite that gives you so much bang for your buck it’s insane. Two ROMplers (samplers) with 14 additional plugins, four software synths with seven additional plugins for one of them, plus an already packed effects suite with an additional 11 effects plugs.
The amount of content you get is dizzying. You get 13 DVD’s all set as a single install (sorry you can’t just pop one DVD in and install what’s in the one disc) with about 100GB of data. Installation takes a long time. Not only do you have to install all 13 DVDs in sequence there is also about another DVD’s worth of online updates. Two plug ins are not included in the package so you have to download those as well (Native Instruments should really consider updating their disc release to reduce all this updating). Once everything is installed you are ready to party.
When I say there is a lot of stuff I mean it. Get ready for the tour, because there is a lot to cover:
The beginning of my journey. The whole reason I started looking at Native Instruments to begin with. Think of it as an all in one drum workstation. Each kit contains 48 cells, which you can assign any drum or instrument sample you wish on each cell. Battery already comes with a massive amount of drum samples set to more than 200 kits.
Garritan Personal Orchestra is state-of-the-art software that reproduces sounds of the musical instruments in a symphony orchestra directly from your computer. The award-winning Personal Orchestra has set the standard for orchestral sample libraries.
More than 150 orchestral instruments-lush strings, intimate woodwinds, joyous brass, powerful percussion, a Steinway virtual concert piano, Stradivari violin, a glorious concert organ, heavenly harps, select Program SAM brass, and more. The entire orchestral collection is integrated with the ARIA Instrument Player and works as a virtual instrument.
No need to purchase a separate sampler. Garritan Personal Orchestra provides multiple individual instruments from which you can build your own ensembles and orchestras. Construct solos, duos, trios, quartets, chamber groups, sections, or a full symphony orchestra-the way you want. Garritan Personal Orchestra allows you to express your musical ideas quickly and easily. Just load your instruments and play.
Garritan Personal Orchestra Demo
Watch the video to see Garritan Personal Orchestra in action
Garritan Personal Orchestra
Standardized controls allow you to become familiar with the library quickly and master all the instruments. Garritan Personal Orchestra supports all popular formats, Mac and PC, as a standalone program or as a plugin (VST, RTAS, and OS X Audio Units), works with supported notation programs, and works in 64-bit operating systems.
A complete orchestra at your fingertips
More than 150 orchestral instruments-lush strings, intimate woodwinds, joyous brass, powerful percussion, a Steinway virtual concert piano, Stradivari violin, a glorious concert organ, heavenly harps, select Program SAM brass, and more.
Miroslav Philharmonik is a intense integrated Orchestral Workstation combining the mythical Miroslav Vitous Orchestral and Choir sample collection masterpieces with a dedicated plug-in instrument specifically tailored toward classical sounds and arrangements.
For the first time this complete symphonic collection is available as a virtual instrument plug-in for a fraction of its original price. Now every musician can afford the compositional magic that has become a legend among composers and arrangers worldwide.
16-part multitimbral sample-based orchestral workstation20 Classic DSP effects4 insert effects per instrument4 Master effects with separate sendsHi-quality master reverb derived from CSRMultiple synth engines including STRETCH and Pitch-Shift/Time-StretchMix view allows full mix parameter controlClassical music-oriented parameter names make it easy to useZone feature for accurate single sample editingFull MIDI control of performance parametersPart preset and combi preset customization features25
VST instruments offer an unprecedented opportunity for the exploration of sound and musical creativity.
The world of hi-tech music and audio has never been so full of possibilities for experimentation and the creation of new sounds.
Sound synthesis instruments which were once prohibitively expensive are now available to everyone in the form of cost-effective software.
Sound Synthesis with VST Instruments helps you realise your own musical creativity by exploring the theory of sound synthesis and linking this to practical examples in the virtual world of VST instruments.
It explains how creating your own original synth patches can inspire a whole new musical composition, how building your own software synthesizer can be the beginning of a new adventure into the world of sound synthesis, and how manipulating and processing samples in revolutionary ways can be the birth of the next cutting-edge dance track.
With practical projects, helpful tips, step-by-step instructions on how to build your own software synthesizer and virtual electric guitar, and in-depth coverage of Reaktor, Tassman, HALion, FM7, B4, Pro-52, LM4-MkII, Attack and many others, Sound Synthesis with VST Instruments will be of interest to musicians, sound synthesists, sound designers, music producers and audio professionals.
Simon Millward is a music software specialist and sound designer. He has a Master of Science degree in Music Technology from the University of York, UK.
With its comprehensive design, Trilian brings many different types of Bass together into one extraordinary-sounding virtual instrument. It is designed from the ground up to be the most versatile bass virtual instrument available today with a new level of expressive, realtime performance for acoustic and electric basses plus cutting-edge synth bass tones with powerful editing and extraordinary sound quality. Trilian is the successor to Spectrasonics’ award-winning Trilogy bass instrument, offering deeper control of musical expression and much greater flexibility of sound shaping. Trilian’s 34GB library is 10 times the size of Trilogy and features all new acoustic, electric, and synth basses. Powered by next-generation STEAM Engine technology, Trilian is the first instrument to feature core library integration with Spectrasonics’ flagship Omnisphere synthallowing Trilian’s sounds to be used within the Omnisphere environment for further sound design and keyboard/bass splits. PerformanceThe new acoustic and electric basses in Trilian are sampled at an extremely high level of detail. The combination of the software’s intuitive, automatic selection
Intuitive, automatic selection of dynamic legato and release articulations allows for highly realistic hammer-ons
Your instant orchestra-just add imagination! Orchestration has never been so easy!
Garritan Instant Orchestra is a must-have library that offers an easy way to make super-quick orchestrations in minutes-from start to finish. Includes amazing orchestral instrument combinations and effects, bombastic brass, ultra-lush strings, low-octave rumblings, spooky wind textures, mega-hits, wild overlays, slivery choirs, light glissy harps, ethereal textures, chaotic whirls, rises, glissandi, chord clusters, and much more. The premise of Instant Orchestra is to make orchestrating easy. Instead of having to create scores on staff at a time, nearly any musician can complete full, rich orchestrations with just a few staves or tracks of music. You can go from small to massive orchestrations very easily, with little loading and instant results. Garritan Instant Orchestra carefully mixes orchestral instruments from various instrument families-playing in unison, in octaves, and tutti. These orchestral combinations range from light, delicate sounds to big, epic patches, all of which can fill out any orchestral gaps in your music. Immediacy drives the entire product. Also included are many special orchestral effects that you often hear in movies. These effects consist of glissandos, rips, clusters, harmonics, instruments playing in non-traditional ways, and a variety of techniques. These types of effects are vital to film and game composers. The entire Garritan Instant Orchestra library is integrated into the ARIA Player and there is no need to purchase a separate sample player. Garritan Instant Orchestra also features the Conexant® Endless Wave™ technology for hard disk streaming of multiple combinations for large orchestrations. Supports all popular formats, Mac and PC, as a standalone program or as a plugin (VST, RTAS, and OS X Audio Units), and works with supported notation programs such as Finale.
Your instant orchestra-just add imagination!
Includes bombastic brass, ultra-lush strings, low-octave rumblings, spooky wind textures, mega-hits, wild overlays, slivery choirs, light glissy harps, ethereal textures, chaotic whirls, rises, glissandi, chord clusters, and much more.
With thousands of quality sounds from some of Steinberg’s latest virtual instruments, the Absolute VST Instrument Collection offers a wide spectrum of cutting-edge instruments alongside advanced technology and state-of-the-art sound design for contemporary music production, composing and live performance. Leading the team is HALion Sonic, the VST workstation that cuts a fine figure in the studio as well as on stage, while Padshop Pro (incl. Zero Gravity) and Retrologue, bring serious synthesizer power to the table. Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet are the perfect supplementary expansions that turn HALion Sonic into various synth heavyweights, beautifully rounding out this finest selection of VST instruments.
Absolute VST Instrument Collection
6 high-quality VST instruments comprising thousands of presets
Halion Sonic, Padshop Pro, Zero Gravity, Retrologue, Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk, Dark Planet
VST 3, VST 2 and AU host compatibility.
Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.
After many years of development, Spectrasonics presents their flagship virtual instrument Omnisphere. This revolutionary Power Synth breaks sonic ground by combining a wide variety of hybrid real time synthesis techniques, a vast library of remarkable Psychoacoustic sounds, and many innovative features that have never been seen before in any hardware or software synthesizer. It is the first to be based on Spectrasonics STEAM Engine. Although extremely powerful, Omnisphere is designed with a unique user interface containing progressive layers of zooming to accommodate the complete range of users – from musicians who just want to be inspired by the sounds and customize them in an easy way, to expert synthesists and the most advanced sound designers. Users can go deeper and deeper into the music software and progress in their synthesis knowledge by simply exploring additional levels of sound manipulation options.Omnisphere offers a host of hybrid synthesis and control capabilities including Variable Waveshaping DSP synthesis, Granular synthesis, Timbre Shifting, FM, polyphonic Ring Modulation, high-resolution streaming Sample Playback, Harmonia Dual Multimode Filter structure, Chaos Envelopes an advanced Unison mode, and the innovative Flex-Mod modulation routing system – to name a few.Spectrasonics has pioneered several types of sampling for the core library of this virtual instrument, including unique Psychoacoustic sounds and sound sources created with a Composite Morphing Technique (CMT) – which morphs the harmonic characteristics of one instrument to another. As a bonus, a section of the core library is also devoted to representing the best of Spectrasonics award-winning sample libraries. When all of these organic core library soundsources are combined with the synthesis power of the STEAM engine, the sounds become alive in a truly dynamic and expressive way. Among the many unique features this multi-timbral synth offers are its flexible arpeggiators with the inno
Sophisticated Browser with searching, sound attributes, descriptions and images
Advanced users can “zoom” into deeper and deeper synthesis capabilities
Allows the Arpeggiators to match the feel of Stylus RMX and MIDI Files
Special performance-oriented Live Mode interface allows for seamless, interactive creative patch switching
Advanced MIDI Learn and Automation parameter handling
The library comes with 211 instruments (.nki files) and at 1.5 GB compressed delivers a nice set of 1,751 high quality samples.
It’s a really cool instrument in it’s own right with an innovative morphing system with which you can create all new sounds simply by moving a couple of sharp looking gears.
The 1st gear works on morphing the 4 preset combos of the 8 sample layers (the Forge) and the 2nd wheel on the 4 FX presets.
Moving the wheels, uh gears morphs from one preset to the next.
You can also create your own presets very easily so the morphing can be very unique.
Both morph wheels can be linked together via a button press and seamlessly morph both layer presets and FX presets to come up with all new sound variations.
If that’s not cool enough, you also have a Motion control which will magically move the gears and make the morphs get in motion. You can come up with some really nice sounds this way.
One thing to note is that Kinetic Metal is very unique sounding and is not a bread and butter sample library that will work for all composers and all styles. It does have some incredible sounds, but some players who may typcially be more comfortable jumping through presets of nice rhodes pianos or wobbly bass sounds may feel the Kinetic Metal library is a little hard to work into songs.
As long as you know what it sounds like before you get it – you should be safe. Make sure to watch my Kinetic Metal video quick take as it shows how the morphing gears work and gives a tour of a handful of the sounds.
If you’re like me watching some of the videos and hearing the sounds that you’ll get with Kinetic Metal will hook you into buying it. As I have said to friends – at 99 bucks it is a no brainer. In fact – I’ll pretty much snag anything that looks good and comes in at under a hundred bucks.
I got it and love it. It’s not perfect for everything – but it is a load of fun to play with and does come up with some awesome new sounds! Right now it has a very unique flavor and those of us who know about it can spot the use of Kinetic Metal in songs a mile away. But only those of us who know what it is and fortunately it is a well keot secret right now.
Also – because of the morphing it is very easy to customize the sounds so that they are truly ours. That alone makes it a great sample library to have.
So how does Native Instruments describe Kinetic Metal?
“KINETIC METAL is a powerful yet intuitive instrument that will provide you with an endless stream of fresh and inspiring metallic atmospheres, percussive lines and complex, liquid metal textures.
With KINETIC METAL you get a large set of instruments based on recordings of diverse metal objects that have been carefully transformed into playable sounds. Those are accompanied by a host of textural sounds that are either synthetic in nature or also have been derived from sampled metal objects by various means.
The underlying sounds of a KINETIC METAL instrument are organized in eight layers that can be mixed individually into four freely programmable presets. Each layer is derived from different sampled or synthetic sources – the METALS and the WAVES.
The resulting sound is piped through a series of powerful effects, each of them specially tailored to fit the respective instruments. Use the effects to affect your sounds in the domains of their frequency spectrum, harmonic content, sonic movement and spatial characteristics.
The FX section also offers four programmable presets similar to the Forge presets.
Where KINETIC METAL really shines is its dynamic interface. Putting the aforementioned sound engine under intuitive control, it offers quick and easy ways to morph the instruments two-dimensionally. Use the Forge and FX morph knobs to morph seamlessly through four presets for the sound and FX, respectively. The variations on the Forge side control the eight sonic aspects of the METALS and WAVES sections of the instrument. For the FX they control eight parameters for the aspects COLOR, DISTORTION, MOVEMENT and SPACE. Combine these features to open up endless sound possibilities using only two simple morph knobs.
On top of this you have the Motion features. Located in their own panel they provide the means for setting the Forge and FX knobs in automatic motion via various LFO shapes or by recording your own knob twisting. Thus KINETIC METAL never sounds static or repetitious. It offers ever moving metallic, textural or percussive tones always under your sonic direction.
The KINETIC METAL library is divided into two parts. The base-list of instruments contains the core instruments. They have the Motion features switched off and are for you to explore the vast array of possible sounds by manually playing the Forge and FX morph knobs.”
“Sound design mastermind Jeremiah Savage spent over a year recording a huge inventory of unconventional samples. He then handpicked the best sounds to create KINETIC METAL.”
Here are some Kinetic Metal insights from the creator Jeremiah Savage:
“Tops, spinning bowls and coins, and especially the euler’s disc, which is a fun toy that can spin for long periods of time and create very interesting sounds as it winds down. Combined with nice tones that subtly evolve over time with the spinning samples, it almost creates a dizzying effect as you circle through the morphs.”
“Kettles make good metal resonators. They have beautifully rich metallic harmonics and tones. The kettles I’ve recorded are a variety of different shapes and sizes. They have different harmonics, unexpected tones, and a variety of dynamics. There are limits with kettles – they don’t change pitch easily, they definitely don’t morph. But with careful structuring into KINETIC METAL’s unique interface, we can elevate their usefulness and flexibility.”
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