Monday, June 17, 2019

REVIEW: MOSAIC KEYS & MOSAIC VOICES by HEAVYOCITY






Heavyocity Media's Mosaic Keys and Mosaic Voices are the first two releases in Heavyocity’s new Mosaic Series line of virtual instruments.



Overview 

This is Main Interface for MOSAIC KEYS
  (Access to 6 main pages of controls for the MOSAIC instrument located at the top of page)
In the Center you will find the Macro Knob for quick sound modulation

This is the Performance Options Page
(3rd Page found in both Mosaic Instruments)
 This is where  you  can  select which sample set is to  be  used  by each channel,  as  well  as setting certain performance options.


 This is Main GUI (Interface) for MOSAIC VOICES
  (Access to 6 main pages of controls for the MOSAIC instrument located at the top of page)
In the Center you will find the Macro Knob for quick sound modulation




This is the ARP (Arpeggiator) page found in both Mosaic Instruments
The ability to create complex rhythms and patterns
 


 The last 2 pages are the Macro Sequencer and the Master FX


Mosaic Keys is comprised of over 7.1GB of uncompressed sample content (3.4GB on Disk with lossless compression) 4060 Samples 180 Snapshots

Mosaic Voices is comprised of over 7.8 GB of uncompressed sample content (5.7GB on Disk with lossless compression)
2511 Samples
130 Snapshots


REVIEW


In the beginning, I was wondering if I should review Heavyocity’s Mosaic Keys & Mosaic Voices separately or as a package. After playing with the instruments several days, I decided to review them together. I can see why Heavyocity released two instrument libraries at once. Mosaic Keys and Mosaic Voices are perfect partners in a new Mosaic series of that Heavyocity launched. I loaded both instruments simultaneously in Kontakt and was enthralled at how well these two libraries coincide with each other. For instance, when I loaded up a rhythmic Mosaic Keys preset with a playable Mosaic Voices preset, the results were instantly gratifying.

Let me first comment on Mosaic Keys. 

Even though Heavyocity released both instruments at once, this is considered the first one designed for the series. Mosaic Keys is a modern synth keys instrument. There are 180 snapshots included in the library, and I was hard pressed to find any preset that didn’t stimulate my creativity. There are two main folders named Mellow and Gritty. These contain three sub-folders. Within the Mellow folder, there is Playables, Rhythms, and Arps, which make up the sub-folders. Mellow is more of a clean ambient keys sound, while gritty contains a harsher tone. Mosaic Keys is full of dynamic expression compounded with elevated exhilaration. Once I started experimenting with the three channels in the performance options page, I created some compelling works of art. I felt like Vincent Van Gogh, but instead of a paintbrush, I was composing some stunning melodic arrangements. One of my favorite parts of both Mosaic libraries is how rhythmic these instruments can get with the complexity of the three channel arpeggiator.

Now let's look at Mosaic Voices.

This is not a typical vocal phrase library. Mosaic Voices is a vocal instrument combined with gorgeous synthetic textures and ambient sounds that offer layers of emotion to your music.

There are 130 snapshots within the library. There are two main folders named Hybrid and Organic. These contain three sub-folders. Within the Hybrid folder, there is Playables, Rhythms, and Arps, which make up the sub-folders. In the Organic folder, you have Playable vowels, Rhythms, and Ramps + Swells as the sub-folders. Hybrid is a mix of synthesized and organic vocal samples. The Organic folder contains a combo of male and female vocal phrasing like moving vowels and crescendos.

Both Libraries work in concert together and have a multitude of versatility. Whether you are a film composer or an electronic music artist, you will find that Mosaic Keys and Voices are extremely valuable. Also, they are compatible with the Free Kontakt 6 player. So, if you don’t own the full version of Kontakt yet, no worries, you’ll have full use of the libraries.

Heavyocity took a vision and spawned a new creation. The Mosaic Keys & Mosaic Voices virtual instrument libraries are a significant development in the art of modern sound design. I found that the Mosaic series adds a whole new layer of inspiration to musical creativity, and I believe you'll be inspired too. 

5 Out of 5 Stars !











Written by Steve Montgomery 
(Composer for Infinite Mindscape & Darkmood)

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