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Hollow Sun releases Tesla Coils for Kontakt

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Hollow Sun has released Tesla Coils, a Music Laboratory Machines series sample library for Native Instruments.

Hollow Sun Tesla Coils
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


Hollow Sun releases St David’s Harp for Kontakt

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Hollow Sun St David's Harp

Hollow Sun has released St David’s Harp, a Celtic harp instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

This is not a big orchestral harp but a smaller thing with a more subtle tone. I used to know a chap who made them – hand built them from scratch, a real artisan and they really were quite beautiful to behold and listen to (and horribly expensive to buy). Lovely bloke – lived across the road to me in a former residence … and he let me sample one of his beautiful creations.

It’s quite extensively multi-sampled but no multiple velocity layers or ’round robins’ but that doesn’t detract from the sound which is eminently usable in any number of situations … and it’s £4!

The sound library costs £4 GBP. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.

More information: Hollow Sun / St David’s Harp


Hollow Sun updates Freepacks for Kontakt

Hollow Sun has announced it has updated its Freepacks sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Hollow Sun SQ Strings
Freepacks includes the SQ Strings lush analogue string sound from the Ensoniq SQ80.

Amongst them, you’ll find THE PolyMoog Keyboard 280e ‘Vox Humana’ (THE sound used on Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’), Polymoog Strings I and II, various pads, Ensoniq SQ80 strings, Buddhist instruments, Novachord, Speak & Spell and Novation BassStation…

These raise the ante as to what expect of a freebie with sumptuous GUIs and flexibility one doesn’t even get from some ‘payware’ Kontakt products – an LFO, multimode/dual slope filter, dual envelopes for a great deal of synthesis flexibility plus chorus > flange/phase shifter > stereo/mono echo into convolution reverb with custom impulses multiFX all in an an easy to use and compact panel. They come with documentation and many with preset variations. There are some simpler Kontakt 3.5 freebies too. And they are all free for you to enjoy.

These are not compromised or crippled in any way – all perfectly looped and totally and professionally usable. My thanks (as always) to Mario/Evil Dragon of this parish for his masterful scripting.

Why? Well, we believe in bringing quality sounds at affordable prices and you don’t get cheaper than free. Also, it gives a taster of what’s on offer and what we get up to here at HS Towers. We do ok out of this business so it’s nice to give a bit back. And yes, if these entice some to put their hands in their pockets and buy some stuff, so much the better.

The Freepacks libraries are available to download at no cost. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher, full version.

More information: Hollow Sun / Freepacks


Hideaway Studio releases Zero-1 Synthesizer for Kontakt

Hideaway Studio has announced the release of Zero-1, a synthesizer sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Hideaway Studio Zero-1 Synthesizer
The Zero-1 is based on the Yamaha CS01 synthesizer.

Zero-1 is in essence a single oscillator virtual analog synthesizer (VA) loosely based on the CS01 monosynth which was released in 1982 as an affordable entry into the world of analog synthesis… but with a twist! Rather than simply sample the basic DCO oscillators from the original instrument I thought it might be more interesting to first pass them through a tube overdrive and Watkins Copicat tape delay. Mangling the raw oscillators in this manner injected a significant amount of character and movement to the original waveforms – even the splice in the tape loop adds something! Five oscillators were multi-sampled in 24-bits in this manner: triangle, sawtooth, 50% square, 25% square and PWM.

One unique feature of the Zero-1 is the ability to switch between a Mk I and Mk II CS01 filter emulation. This selects either a 12dB/oct or 24dB/oct filter and changes the livery of the control panel to match the original variants – a flash of genius by Stephen Howell at Hollow Sun!

Zero-1 features

  • The Zero-1 Synth for Kontakt.
  • 50 24-bit tube & tape waveshaped oscillator samples.
  • 40 editable example instrument patches with ability to save.
  • 10 example layered multi patches.
  • User Guide.

Zero-1 for Kontakt is available to purchase for £5 GBP.

More information: Hideaway Studio / Zero-1 Synthesizer


Hollow Sun Hogmanay Special: SineSynth for Kontakt

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Hollow Sun SineSynth

Hollow Sun has announced the release of SineSynth, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

It uses samples from a valve sinewave generator to create a variety of sounds from organs, sub-basses, leadlines and pads and more and the DETUNER control makes the sound thicker from mild detune to out-and-out discordant ring modulator sounds. There’s also an ADSR envelope to shape the sound.

The CRUNCH buttons introduce all sorts of distortions and tonal modifications which can be used individually or in combination to add overtones and harmonics while the PLAYBACK controls allow you to play polyphonically or monophically and in the mono modes, glide can be added. And there’s a vibrato oscillator with variable RATE. The VIA switches give plenty of options.

There’s also an echo effect and a convolution reverb with spring, plate and acoustic hall impulses to round things off.

I’ll be honest and admit that this is not the most versatile synth ever made but for pure and simple lead lines, solid basses, organ sounds and mellow pads, its simplicity (and silly price) takes some beating and it’s a pokey little synth in its own unique way!

Hollow Sun SineSynth
Hollow Sun SineSynth for Native Instruments Kontakt.

SineSynth features

  • 44k.1Hz / 24-bit.
  • Valve sine wave generator.
  • Semi-additive synthesiser.
  • Sub basses.
  • Leadlines.
  • Delay and convolution reverb.

SineSynth for Kontakt is available to purchase for 1 Guinea (£1.05 GBP / 1.30 EUR /$1.60 USD) through January 2013.

More information: Hollow Sun / SineSynth


Hollow Sun releases You Know 6 for Kontakt

Hollow Sun You Know 6

Hollow Sun has announced the release of You Know 6, a sound library for Kontakt featuring the sounds of the Juno-6 by Roland.

This year’s seasonal offering is an homage to the fabulous 80s DCO polysynth – ‘you know’ the one I refer to and it’s fairly obvious from the GUI!!!

But it comes with a few twists!

Firstly, it has a DETUNE control so that the waveforms can be detuned for a thicker sound that can rival the more serious two oscillator polysynths. It also has a multiwave LFO (compared with the original’s triangle wave only), a 12/24dB/OCtave switch on the filter and perhaps, most importantly, has two ADSR envelopes, a vast improvement over the original’s one envelope.

Not just that but we’ve sampled two banks of waveforms – one with the original’s gorgeously crusty, analogue bucket brigade chorus in all its rich, stereo and swirly wondrousness but also the raw waveforms so that you have the best of both worlds. The chorused bank allows some truly massive sounds to be created, especially with the detune control.

It also comes with 40 presets to get you started which range from supremely lush strings and pads to chunky basses, organs and spikey arpeggios.

Hollow Sun You Know 6
The You Know 6 sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

You Know 6 features

  • 44k.1Hz / 24-bit.
  • An homage to the famous 80s polysynth.
  • Arpeggiator.
  • Waveform detune.
  • Two envelopes.
  • Multiwave LFO.

The You Know 6 is available to purchase for £2 GBP.

More information: Hollow Sun / You Know 6


Hollow Sun introduces Pulstar for Kontakt

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Hollow Sun has announced Pulstar, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Hollow Sun Pulstar
Pulstar is the first in the new ‘Alien Devices’ series of sample libraries.

Layer sounds together from 64 extensively multi-sampled waveforms taken from the best digital and analogue synthesisers, modulars as well as tape playback keyboards, valve test oscillators, a certain valve synth from 1939 and more. Use the large dials to affect tone and ‘size’. TONE offers a variation on Z-Plane filtering, sweeping through various filter responses in one rotation. These can be assigned to MIDI continuous controllers for real time control. ‘SIZE’ offers quick and easy superficial tweaking of envelope times.

The blend control allows you to morph between the two layers and the ‘Serendipity’ button will create new patches at random to inspire you into different directions you might not have considered. Oh… and there are 50 presets to get you started.

It’s a pad monster and a powerful synth in its own right. With two levels of interface… one giving simple and quick access to parameters with its large dials, there’s a deeper level if you want to roll your sleeves up and get your programming hands dirty…

Pulstar features

  • 1GB of multi-sampled waveforms.
  • Unique ‘TONE’ control for Z-Plane filtering.
  • Serendipity function for random patch creation.
  • Blend control for morphing between layers.
  • Full editing panel for in-depth programming.
  • MultiFX with chorus/phase/flanger and delay.
  • Convolution reverb with a wide range of impulses.

The sound library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £20 GBP through December, 2012.

More information: Hollow Sun / Pulstar