Hollow Sun has launched vKS20, a virtual Roland MKS20 digital piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
We’ve added our own sounds (the ‘EXTRAS’) and added split and layer modes and extra effects in the form of delay and convolution reverb, a stereo enhancer and have brought the 3-band EQ to the front panel rather than hidden away in a bunch of arcane menus as it was on the original. And of course, polyphony is not an issue.
We’ve kept the essential ‘form factor’ and for normal use – you simply click on the buttons to select a sound – couldn’t be simpler. But we also added layering and keysplits.
We also couldn’t resist playing with the LCD. Whereas the original had a contrast control, you can change the colour on the vKS20… Not just that but we’ve added synth functions in the form of ADSR envelopes for amplitude and the filter not possible on the original…
- Full length samples.
- Layering and Split modes.
- Extra sounds.
- Tremolo/autopan, chorus/phaser/flanger, echo.
- Convolution reverbs.
The library is available to purchase for £20 GBP.
More information: Hollow Sun / vKS20 Digital Piano
Hollow Sun has released Hexxon, a new Alien Devices series virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
It uses hex-cells for controls which are colour coded and the brighter they are, the higher the parameter value.
At the core of the instrument are 64 waveforms that are derived from a variety of sources. Some are basic sawooths, squares, sines, PWMs, etc., from the Dotcom; others are long and textural and come from a variety of sources but fed through the Dotcom’s ladder (Moog) filter, multimode (state variable) filter, Suit&Tie guy’s ‘Sea Devil’ VCS3 filter clone and Dotcom’s clipper, rectifier and fixed frequency filter…
These feed the multi-effects featuring flanger, phasing, echo and convolution reverb with a large chunk of custom impulses.
It comes within 64 presets to get you started.
The Hexxon library costs £20 GBP. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4+ full version.
More information: Hollow Sun / Hexxon
Hideaway Studio has launched Constellation: Apollo 203A, a virtual synthesizer library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Constellation: Apollo 203A features the sounds of a a 1976 Polymoog model 203A.
In a similar manner to Monopolyphonix I really didn’t want to sample the poor beast to death simply to produce another virtual offering so instead I captured over 500 samples directly from No.3211s mix output, often a sample per key, and set about trying to make something a little different. To add to the mixing pot I sampled a number of patches I’d recently created on my SE Omega 8 which I thought was kind of fitting in a way as it almost felt like a celebration of the last 30+ years of polyphonic synthesis. In order to make the two sing a little more sweetly together I decided to wash the Omega through an old analog stereo chorus unit and a tube equaliser.
Stephen Howell (Hollow Sun) and Mario Kruselj really outdid themselves this time with a superb GUI based on the 4-voice layering engine but now complete with independent velocity sensitivity controls on each channel…
Constellation Apollo 203A features
- 660MB library for Kontakt 4.2.4 and above (full version).
- 551 samples in 24-bits.
- 24 multi-sampled voices available in 4-Voice layering engine with ability to save patches.
- 32 demo patches, 16 demo Multis, demo & user manual with more on project background.
The Apollo 203A virtual instrument library for Kontakt costs £10 GBP.
More information: Hideaway Studio / Constellation: Apollo 203A
Hollow Sun has announced Cronk-O-Tron, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Cronk-O-tron is part of a new series of ‘MLM Lite’ products I’ll be banging out from time to time for ‘cup of coffee’ prices.
Cronk-O-Tron (as the name suggests) is a cheap and cheerful thing with a dark and crusty old tone. It’s made up of layers of stuff carefully blended to create a vintage/retro kind of strings/voice pad sound – lo-fi and wobbly.
It’s extensively multi-sampled in stereo and each sample was recorded for a minute before having long and luxurious loops applied that allow the sound to ‘breathe’.
- Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine.
- Mysterious lo-fi string/vox samples.
- All-pass filter for tonal modification.
- LFO sweep of filter for phase shifting.
- ‘Crud’ switch creates edgier lo-fi elements.
- Simple envelope shaper.
- Stereo spread control.
- Chorus and stereo/mono echo section.
- Convolved reverb with custom impulses.
The Cronk-O-Tron library is available to purchase for £2.50 GBP.
More information: Hollow Sun / Cronk-O-Tron
Hollow Sun has released The Shell, a professionally scripted panel/GUI library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Shell is a unique Kontakt instrument designed for you to take YOUR samples to a new level of convenient tweakability.
The Shell is a unique thing in that it’s an empty Kontakt instrument which allows YOU to put YOUR samples into it and have a fully functional, professionally scripted and designed panel at your disposal for sonic tweakage. Ideal if you make your own samples/sounds but aren’t able to do scripting or find it difficult.
Scripting IS very complicated if you’re not that way inclined … like myself … which is why we have our own resident scriptmeister in the form of the enviably gifted Mario Krušelj here at HS Towers. Let’s face it, Kontakt scripting can be very complicated even if you ARE that way inclined!
So with The Shell, you can make your own samples, pop into Kontakt’s mapping editor to assign and map them out, leave Kontakt’s editor and then take advantage of a comprehensive user interface panel made by a professional Kontakt scripter where you can tweak your sounds without having to delve into Kontakt’s sometimes arcane edit pages.
The Shell for Kontakt is available to purchase for £8 GBP.
More information: Hollow Sun / The Shell
Hideaway Studio has announced The String Collection, a string synthesizer sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
It features 16 synthetic strings presented in the 4 voice layering engine made by carefully blending and tube processing several native analog sources including 1938 Novachord, 1972 Eminent 310U, 1978 ARP Omni, SE Omega 8 and Crumar Bit One as well as several experimental discrete analog/tube based exponential sawtooth, waveshaping, passive L/C and EQ circuits.
The String Collection features a number of tube processed layers and blends of string synthesizers, brought together to form the basic 16 instruments loaded into the layering engine in NI Kontakt.
The String Collection features
- 244 generously long 24-bit samples.
- 16 multi-sampled voices/partials.
- 4-Voice Layering Engine with ability to save.
- 12 editable example instrument patches.
- 2 example layered multi patches.
- User Manual.
The sample library is available to purchase for £10 GBP. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher, full version.
More information: Hideaway Studio / The String Collection
Hollow Sun has announced the release of Optomotron and Newtron Bomb III, two sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Hollow Sun’s Optomotron comes with all the standard Vako Orchestron sounds but, as always, with a bit of twist.
- Optomotron – The very rare sounds from the Vako Orchetron, a kind of optical disk Mellotron with technology derived from the Optigan.
Layering, comprehensive functionality, a good chain of multiFX including chorus, phaser, echo and convolution reverb with custom impulses. Optomotron brings the scratchy. lo-fi sounds from the Orchestron tnto the modern age.
- Newtron Bomb III – The gothic splendour of the legendary Tron which has now been updated dramatically.
SOUND ON SOUND found “the overall character of these samples to be superb” and “this set beat mine hands down for sheer presence and clarity within a mix.”
Now with layering, improved functionality and multi-FX.
The sample libraries are available to purchase for £20 GBP each, or in a bundle for £30 GBP. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4+ full version.
More information: Hollow Sun
Hollow Sun has released Tesla Coils, a Music Laboratory Machines series sample library for Native Instruments.
This Kontakt library features accurate recreations of Tesla Coils.
Giant, sparking and rasping generators of electricity up to 1,000,000 volts as they discharge to easy or a nearby conductor. You’ve probably seen the spectacular videos on YouTube.
Now, laying one’s hands on a Tesla Coil (and then recording it well) is tricky so we decided to recreate the sound on the studio’s modular synth… And then we wrapped all that up in a retro looking GUI in Kontakt.
The result is an electrical cacophony of sparking racket. It can be played chromatically like many of the musical Tesla Coil events you might have seen on YouTube. Not an obvious choice of instrument for mainstream music and don’t expect smooth pads, funky, hip-hop, trip-hop or dubstep basses, leadlines (well… maybe) but it’s damned good fun and ideal for more experimental stuff, IDM and all that.
The sample library costs £10 GBP. Requires Kontakt 4.2.2+ full version.
More information: Hollow Sun / Tesla Coils