Sunday, July 19, 2020

ICONIC INSTRUMENTS Syndrum & DS-4 - WALKTHROUGH





 Iconic Instruments is a 
a New York-based developer of sample libraries/virtual instruments for Kontakt. Their mission is to preserve the sounds of some of the most historically significant (and deteriorating) instruments of the 20th Century in the most detailed and dynamic ways possible.





Iconic Instruments has spun off 2 unique keyboard instruments based on the samples from the Syndrum and the DS-4.

Instead of the waveforms being tuned and triggered from the 4 channels, all the notes are laid across the keyboard chromatically to form a tonal keyboard instrument.

In addition to the same Waveforms, Velocity and Effects sections found in the drum modules, the Syndrum Synth and DS-4 Synth offer keyboard-specific features.

Please Note: The FULL version of Kontakt 5.6.6 or above is required. Please ensure you have the correct version of kontakt before ordering

Iconic Instruments DRUM SYNTH


Syndrum Synth


FEATURES:

Adjustable Velocity Sensitivity

Glide function

3 Voicings (Monophonic, Legato and Polyphonic)

3 Waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Square)

VCF (12 Filter Types)

VCA (Bipolar, ADSR > Env./Gate)

Arpeggiator (7 Patterns, 8 Sync Settings, -/+ 3 Octave Range)

Effects - Distortion (3 Types), Delay (20 Sync Settings), Reverb (4 Impulses)

Includes ready-to-use presets and custom-made Multi-instruments


DS 4 VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS

In 1978, Toyo Gakki Corp. produced 'Japan's answer' to the Syndrum with the Ult-Sound DS-4.

The DS-4 is similar to the Syndrum in its 4-channel layout and functionality, but is also soughtafter for its unique sonic footprint.

Iconic Instruments presents the DS-4 on its own or paired with the Syndrum in a discounted package.

DR-4

Features:

Adjustable Velocity Sensitivity (Amount, Curve/Mod)

4 Waveforms/Channel - Square, Triangle, Sine and Noise

Pitch-Specific Tuning (7-Octave Range)

Pitch Sweep Up/Down

3-Waveform, 3-Octave LFO

Volume Envelope Control

Velocity > Pitch Control

Curve/Mod Velocity Control

Effects - Distortion (4 Types), Delay (20 Sync Settings), Reverb (4 Impulses)

Includes ready-to-use presets and custom-made Multi-instruments





What do I think ?

I had a blast playing with these two Iconic Instruments- pun intended. Not knowing enough about these instruments in their hardware form, I didn't feel qualified to write a thorough review. However, I did do a walkthrough of these Kontakt libraries and made a short demo using both instruments. The Syndrum Synth and the DR-4 are fantastic, but check out the video below to hear it in action.















































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