Saturday, November 17, 2018

LEGENDARY- Modern, Cinematic Kontakt Sound Design Toolkit

Legendary is a cinematic sound design tool, containing over 450 modern cinematic sounds including Hits, Reverses, Risers, Whooshes and more, that are ideal for adding unique, cutting edge sounds to your tracks.

Aimed mainly at cinematic music, this also ideal for sound designers looking to add new gritty and ultra modern sounds to their tool-kits.
If you purchase this product now and you will earn 7 Reward Points!


Modern, Cutting Edge, Cinematic Sound Design Toolkit Recorded in 96kHz

Legendary is a cinematic sound design and scoring tool for Kontakt, designed for creating cutting edge sounds for dramatic, high energy, cinematic music.

The library contains over 450 samples recorded in 96kHz/24bit split into the following categories:
  • Hits & Low End
  • Reverses
  • Passby
  • Reso
  • Riser
  • Robo Glitch
  • SFX
  • Stingers
  • Stutter
  • Tonal
  • Whoosh
  • Larsen feedback

This is a dark, gritty and dirty sample library and comes with the standalone .WAV samples also, if you’d rather drop them into your DAW to mangle them.

Simple Interface Offering Complete Control

Legendary features a simple but effective interface giving you access to all of your sounds in one place. Simply click the category name in the centre for access to a dropdown menu providing you with access to all sound categories. Each sample is mapped to a specific key on your keyboard and you can change the pitch easily to match your track.
The center of the interface shows  you the waveform of the sample you’re triggering along with the sample name, so you can easily locate the .WAV file and drag and drop that into your project for further mangling if you’d rather. Also included are a number of standard controls such as Attack, Release, Filters, Delay and “Morph” which is essentially a gate that when enabled, will turn any sound into a stutter effect.
The library also has 80 custom created, unique convolution reverbs to choose from including Arena, Cathedral, Chainsaw, Granular etc. allowing you to design some truly unique sounds.




  • 1.2GB of content
  • 1 Kontakt patch (load all categories and sounds within it)
  • 459 standalone .WAV files included
  • Powerful and sophisticated GUI with built in FX
  • 80 unique, custom convolution reverbs included
  • Perfect for creating trailer & cinematic music and sound design
  • Completely royalty free and can be used for anything, even in isolation (music, sound design etc.)
  • Recorded in crystal clear 96kHz/24bit

GET IT HERE


80% off “Aurora Choir” by Aria Sounds

The Aurora Choir is an elegant and powerful choir sample library for Kontakt, and represents somewhat of a milestone for Aria Sounds, being the culmination of many hours of work, study and tweaking.

The library contains both Sopranos and Altos (separate instruments for maximum control), and has an absolutely stunning legato tone. On top of this, it has short syllables, arranged into a very conveniently playable sequencer. Simple arrange your phrase in the sequence, and play away - the choir will automatically sing the syllables you enter.



Multiple Legato Modes at Multiple Dynamics

The choir contains four true legato modes (ah, eh, ih and oh) sampled at multiple dynamic layers, giving a total of EIGHT true sampled legato sets, for absolute realism and variation. On top of this, there are a total of twenty four different syllable shorts, sequence-able in the GUI, each sampled at three dynamic layers, giving a total of 72 variations per short note!

   

Four Mic Positions (48kHz / 24 Bit)

The choir was recorded in a mid sized hall, for a pristine and clear sound, with four mic positions used to ensure that no part of the vocalists' glorious sound was wasted. Choose from, or create your own personal blend from the four available positions. The positions are ordered from closest to furthest, and you even have the option between close condenser mics, and close ribbon mics (for a darker and warmer sound). If an even more reverberant sound is what you are after, there is a reverb slider on the interface, and you'll also be pleased to know that this library takes external reverb very well.

All audio is in 24 bit 48KHz .wav format files.
The sequencer (lower) part of the interface allows for the creation of extremely realistic and powerful spoken lines, with the 24 included syllables.

The default sequence spells out the "Dies Irae" text, but you can easily customise or completely change this. Simply click on any syllable, and select a different one from the 24 options on the drop down menu that opens... Each syllable was recorded at three dynamics, which respond to velocity.

The low G# (in yellow) can be used to reset the sequence to the beginning, in case you don't want to use all twenty four steps every time, allowing for even greater variation.


Normally €455 – get it at 80% off before it’s gone!

  • Absolute no-brainer at 80% off the normal price (normally €455)!
  • 11 GB of Content (22GB Required for installation process)
  • Recorded in a mid sized hall, for a pristine and clear sound
  • All audio is in 24bit/48KHz .wav format files
  • Four Mic Positions
  • Four True Legato Modes sampled at multiple dynamic layers.
  • 24 different syllables sampled at three dynamic layers + Sequencer
  • Mac – OS X 10.5 or above
  • PC – Windows XP or above
  • Note: Requires the Full Retail version of Kontakt 4 or higher (NOT compatible with the Free Kontakt Player)
  • Perfect for all types of TV, Film and Trailer Music as well as Classical Orchestral writing! 


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

GOTHIC INSTRUMENTS Virtual Instruments Sale ! Cinematic Sample Libraries

Gothic Instruments is the brain child of British producer and sound designer Dan Graham. Dan has produced sample libraries including Animato and Rise Designer (Zero G) and is also the founder of Gothic Storm Music. Alessandro Camnasio is the sound designer behind a lot of the sounds found in Gothic Instruments titles, and has worked on countless Hollywood films and movie trailers.
Gothic Instruments currently develop innovative, easy to use, software tools for two main product lines – DRONAR is a series of sound design libraries for Kontakt dedicated to creating rich, complex and expressive soundscapes, atmospheres and pads. Each module is based on a specific category/instruments with strings and guitars utilised so far and more instruments on the horizon.
SCULPTOR is a series of SFX creation tools, again for the full version of Kontakt. To date, these have been dedicated to impacts and whooshes, delivering monumental, energetic sounds to drive the emotions of your listeners - whether they be cinema audiences or dance music fans.


Available Here: TimeSpace 

Here are some videos of the 
Gothic Instruments Libraries


  







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Thursday, November 8, 2018

70% off “Apocalypse Bundle” by unEarthed Sampling for Kontakt


Apocalypse Bundle” is a uniquely inventive collection of 6 sample libraries from unEarthed Sampling covering a wide range of “found sounds” that have been creatively processed so that they are completely unrecognisable!

A unique combination of Shattering Impacts, Evolving Pads, Horrifying Scrapes and Eerie Sound FX make this collection perfect for Cinematic Underscore, Horror, Sci-fi & Action Cues!


6 Shattering, Eerie & Horrifying Libraries For Kontakt!

“Apocalypse Bundle” is a collection of 6 unique “found sound” libraries and includes the following instruments:

  

Normally €50 – get it at 70% off before it’s gone!

  • 70% off the normal price (normally €50)!
  • A unique collection of 6 “found sound” libraries cleverly processed to deliver a whole new world of never before heard sounds!
  • Derelict Kit – Cinematically Struck Mining Equipment!
  • 3 main patches each with a different convolution reverb style. HALL, ROOM, and LONG.
  • 4 designed FX patches
  • 7 Kontakt Instruments
  • The Oddity Bundle – Ethereal Electric Pads / Leads and Horrific Metal Scrapes!
  • 12 Kontakt instruments from two very different instrument sets..HUM and SCRAPE ORCHESTRA
  • HUM features recordings of electronic items (such as generators)
  • SCRAPE ORCHESTRA features recordings taken from various tools scraping a metal shed door.
  • Derelict Kit 2 – Epic Metal Cinematic Impacts!
  • 28 huge cinematic metal impacts taken from derelict ranch equipment in south texas, antique safes, and other large metal objects.
  • Modwheel controls the low pass filter
  • Sawmonium – Cinematic Bowed & Struck Handsaws!
  • 10 uniquely terrifying Kontakt instruments made from a basic woodsaw, a small mitre back saw, a basic hacksaw….
  • Tons of Bowed FX – Bowed Tonal Staccs, A Tuned / Looped Bowed Sustain patch, Growls
  • Struck with a concert Mallet, Rottan, and traditional Drum Sticks  – Anvil type hits. Various hits all over each saw, 4xRR for each hit in the HITS patch
  • Bowed Fences – Cinematically Bowed Barbed Wire Fences!
  • Cinematically bowed barbed wire fences… recorded in Texas… in the middle of nowhere
  • DRONE PATCH with 19 original drones
  • WHINES PATCH with 16 original whine like bowings
  • HITS PATCH with 6 unique hits each with 4 X RR
  • 1 tuned “string” patch which is very playable and melodic
  • 5 designed Percussive / Impact patches, these are wonderful for accent or trailer hits and sound HUGE
  • 14 designed looping PAD PATCHES with a Lo Pass filter mapped right to the mod wheel
  • Note: Libraries require the FULL retail version of Kontakt 5.3.1.37 or above (NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player)
  • Perfect for Cinematic Underscore, Horror, Sci-fi, Action Cues and much more! 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

XOSPHERE 2 by Sample Logic - REVIEW







 
Includes 1020 sound sources, 475 sound cores, 515 multi-core instruments, and a 13 GB compressed sample library using
Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression.
(All samples are delivered at 44.1kHz/24-bit)



SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Full retail version of Kontakt, version 5.8.1 or higher (Does not work in the free Kontakt Player!)
  • Mac OS X 10.11, i5, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • Windows 7, 8, 10, Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • 13 GB free disk space for XOSPHERE 2 sample content
COMPATIBILITY
Mac OS (64-bit only); Windows (32/64-bit)
Stand-alone
AU
VST / AU / AAX




REVIEW


Since owning the original Xosphere, I found it to be an indispensable tool in atmosphere creation. 
How can Xosphere 2 compare with the most powerful atmosphere creation tool ever? A collaboration of incredible talents brings together the vastest atmospheric sound design tool to date. 
Over 2,000 instruments from 1,020 sound sources
from Sample Logic and other top sound design companies like Soundiron, Loopmasters, Audiomodern, Sampletraxx & Black Octopus
With so much talent behind the creation of
 Xosphere 2 it must be good, right? 

Let's dig in!

One thing I noticed in Xosphere 2 is that there is the same great meta tagging system found in Arpology 2 'Cinematic Dimensions'. The tagging system simplifies the preset sound search by letting you select from these categories:


 ACOUSTIC     FAST MOTION     PAD LIKE
AIRY     HARMONIC – CHORDAL     PANORAMIC MOTION
BOWED     HEAVY     PERCUSSIVE
BRIGHT     HIT ATTACK     PIERCING
BUILD UP     INSANITY     PULSE UP
DARK SCARY     INSTRUMENTAL     REVERSED
DEEP – LOW END     LIGHT     RHYTHMIC
DETUNED     LOFI     STATIC TONE
DISSONANT     METALLIC     SLOW MOTION
DISTORTED – EDGY     MIXED EMOTIONS     SPIRITUAL – ETHEREAL
ECHOING     MYSTERY – SUSPENSE     STUTTER – GLITCH
ETHNIC WORLD     NATURE     SWEEPING
EUPHORIC BLISS     NOISE     SYNTH – ELECTRONIC
EVOLVING     ORCHESTRAL     THICK
EXPERIMENTAL     ORGANIC     VOICES  



After finding a preset you like, select the heart icon next it to allow it to be stored in your favorites. This makes it an extreme time saver to be able to recall your favorites in the browser quickly. 

You can get infinite sound combinations by using the randomization engine. You can randomize virtually every parameter of all 4 cores including the multi-instruments and sound sources. The manipulation of the samples is truly endless, and I received fantastic results continuously using this feature. I highly recommend using the Randomization feature because it will give you a unique sound of your own with just a few selections and a click of a button.

Each sound core contains a handful of useful “Dynamic” FX, which are hot-swappable for total customization


XOSPHERE 2 comes equipped with a wide selection of studio-quality mastering effects that work across all sound cores located in the Master FX section.



A – Master FX Chain Presets – Select from fully configurable combinations of studio insert effects to master your sound.

B – Effect Rack Toggle – Click on the image to view an effect's parameter controls.

C – Hot Swapping Insert Effects – Click the name of the insert effect to select. Each of the six slots is independently

swappable, so use any or all to craft the perfect sound.

D – Insert Effect ON/OFF (Power Icon) – Activate or deactivate insert effects.

E – Insert Effect Preset – Choose effect presets from the dropdown menu (not available for every effect insert)

F – Effect Knobs – Each effect will have a set of parameter controls located in the rack view.

Master Insert Effects:

- DAFT LP – a resonant low-pass filter

- DAFT HP – a resonant hi-pass filter

- FORMANT – a resonant filter with adjustable harmonics used to adjust the formant of a sound

- VOWEL – another resonant filter with adjustable harmonics. Can be used to create talking effects

- EQ – a standard 3 band parametric equalizer

- COMPRESSOR – a studio-grade compressor to capture transients or add dynamic motion

- SATURATOR – a light distortion effect to add harmonic thickness to the sound

- TAPE SAT. – a more distorted saturator that models tape distortion and includes a low-pass filter

- SKREAMER – a versatile distortion effect

- LO-FI – a digital effect to reduce bitrate and sample rate, or add noise

- CABINET – an amp simulator with 11 cabinet models and full EQ control

- TWANG – an amp simulator

- ROTATOR – a rotating speaker simulator

- STE. MOD. – a psychoacoustic stereo field widener

- DELAY – a stereo digital delay effect

- CHORUS – a digital chorus effect

- FLANGER – a digital flanger effect
- PHASER – a digital phaser effect

- REVERB – a stereo reverb effect

- TRANSIENT – a dynamics processor affecting the attack and release for generating transient emphasis

- SIMP. L/H – low and high pass filters

- LIMITER – a standard digital limiter for attenuating output


Each core can also be modulated by an LFO for its volume, LO cut and HI cut parameters. 




One thing I need to note is that if you are an owner of the original Xosphere and you plan on getting Xosphere 2, just make sure you own the full version of Kontakt because it will not work in the Kontakt free player like the original Xosphere. 

I can also tell you that owning Xosphere 2 is not a replacement of the original Xosphere. 
So, if you don't yet own the original Xosphere, I would spend the extra money to grab the discounted bundle. Both libraries are independent of each other and the content you'll have is colossal.



After reading this review, I encourage you to watch the videos below to hear and watch the details of this instrument in action.  
The presets are vivid in Xosphere 2. Every imaginable atmospheric mood is available in this library. The soundscapes are dark, brooding, evolving, ethereal, and outright euphoric. The production of these instruments is of the highest caliber and the complexity of the atmospheres is staggering.
 As I auditioned the presets, I found myself losing minutes before moving on to the next one because I was so absorbed within the ambiences. 
Sample Logic released a victorious second chapter in the Xosphere universe and what I experienced was transcendence. 

Xosphere 2 undoubtedly and compellingly earns a  
 5 out of 5 stars !!

Available Here: Sample Logic


 



  



  





Written by Steve Montgomery