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
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 has announced it has updated its Freepacks sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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 has announced the release of Zero-1, a synthesizer sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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!
- 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