Tuesday, September 28, 2021

SHADOWS | Dark Ambient Horror Kontakt Library by VST BUZZ | PLAYTHROUGH

 Shadows is a powerful virtual instrument for Kontakt that is very affordable and is filled with dark ambient  horror inspiration for Kontakt.

Vst Buzz released this exclusive library with over 200 patches in a number of styles and with a range of layers to each, this sample library is perfect for underscore, tension, horror and more!

Deep, Dark and Brooding Pads, Drones and Soundscapes

SHADOWS allows you to combine and crossfade between up to 4 different soundsources to create dark, sinister and foreboding pads, drones and soundscapes.

2.2GB of content from synthesisers was recorded, then mangled and transformed into both simple and complex sounds to be used within the engine. These can then be combined in the 4 part engine, and using the XY pad to cross fade between each of the sounds, you can create organic, deep and menacing sounds.

The library was inspired by composers like Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Hildur Guðnadóttir, John Carpenter and many more.

Choose from 232 individual sound sources from a variety of different sound categories, each varying in attack and timbre. There are 229 patches available in 3 different categories:
Raw Instruments (84) -individual sound sources
Duo Instruments (75) – two sound sources combined
Instruments (70) – four sound sources combined

This library is ideal for anyone looking for dark, gritty, sinister, evolving pads, soundscapes, drones and more.

Blend 4 Distinct Soundsources At Once

SHADOWS has 3 distinct sections:

1. The 4 sound source modules
2. The XY pad
3. The master FX section

The sound source of each individual module can be changed by using the left / right buttons on the soundsource name, or clicking on the sound source name, then selecting a new one from the drop-down list. 

There are 232 different sound sources to choose from (meaning hundreds of thousands of combinations) with each sound varying in terms of timbre and attack.

Stuck for inspiration? Simply load up any patch and click on the “Randomize” button to load any 4 random sounds to get a new unique combination of elements to work with.

The “Random” button will randomize the settings (soundsources, convolution IR options etc.) to give you completely new sounds. “Reset” will bring XY pad back to the previous state.

Create Movement with the XY Pad & Transform Sounds with FX

The XY pad is mapped to MIDI CC 74 and MIDI CC 75 allowing you to record your own movement within the XY pad as MIDI CC data.

It can control either volume cross-fading or filter manipulation of each individual sound source. Using the XY pad to control the volume of each of the sound sources gives you more control over how much is being added to the overall sound, whereas using the XY pad to control the filter, adjusts the cutoff level in the filter of each source, giving a more natural blending of sounds.

Each of the 4 individual source sources within SHADOWS has its own FX, allowing you to sculpt the sound of each sound source individually.

The FX options within each sound source are ADSR, LFO, Filter, ADSR Filter, LFO Filter, ADSR Pitch and LFO Pitch

Additionally, there is a master FX section at the bottom of the interface which allows you to add delay, reverb, chorus, convolution reverb, saturation, stereo, EQ or compression to the overall patch
Technical Requirements & Specifications
4 individual sound sources with 232 different sampled sounds to choose from
XY pad to cross fade between each of the sounds, creating movement and modulation
Individual controls for ADSR, LFO, Filter, ADSR Filter, LFO Filter, ADSR Pitch and LFO Pitch on each sound source
Master FX with delay, reverb, chorus, convolution reverb, saturation, stereo, EQ or compression
Randomise button to create completely new sounds at random for immediate inspiration
32 convolution reverb samples with pre-delay, IR size and amount options 
4.4GB of space required (2.2GB for download and 2.2GB for extraction)
Kontakt 5.7.1 or higher required – not compatible with the Kontakt Player
Only $32.89 or €29 and you can even reduce the price by using your VST Buzz reward points as low as $0 if you have enough points! 
However, the regular price for this library makes this a must have and worth every dollar. Once you hear it in the Playthrough you'll know the power of this instrument.








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