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
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 for Native Instruments Kontakt.
- 44k.1Hz / 24-bit.
- Valve sine wave generator.
- Semi-additive synthesiser.
- Sub basses.
- 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 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.
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.
- 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 has announced Pulstar, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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…
- 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
Hollow Sound has announced the 8090 Special, a bundle of sound libraries for Native Instrument Kontakt.
With the evening of All Hallows… or Hallowe’en … just around the corner, it seems only appropriate to do a ‘special’, this time, a bundle of some 80s and 90s classics – the Korg M01 collection the Yamaha FS1R and Oberheim Matrix 1000, staple hardware synths from the 80s and 90s for some truly retro goodness. S+S, FM and true analogue in one affordable bundle with over 250 patches.
Furthermore, custom scripted panels allow extensive tweaking and modification of this wide range of patches with control over level, three filters, amp envelope and multi effects with phaser, chorus, delay and reverb…
8090 Special features
- Classic S+S, FM and rich analogue.
- Over 250 patches.
- Kontakt 3.5 (will work in K4 and K5).
- Custom scripted panel featuring fixed formant filters, ADSR amp envelope, phase shifter, chorus, delay and reverb multi-FX, variable velocity curves, pitch bend, etc.
The 8090 Special is available to purchase for £25 GBP.
More information: Hollow Sound / 8090 Special
Hollow Sun has announced the release of Altaerion, a new “Music Laboratory Machines” sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Once again, we have requisitioned an ageing relic which we have re-fashioned for our purposes. This time, from a 1950s of the future where science fiction and science fact were somewhat blurred … a portable communications device intended for an over-ambitious and abandoned manned mission to Mars…
With two oscillators offering a wide variety of true analogue, ring modulated waveforms which can be tuned and mixed, modulated further by a multi-wave LFO and envelope as well as FM and AM modulated, there’s a broad palette of sounds to play with and mix and match before these pass to an ADSR envelope and an array of speaker simulations and lo/hi cut filters to create a wider range of antiquated, retro sci-fi sounds that could have originated in an old black and white B-movie or the early experimental electronic music studios of Europe.
These then pass to a comprehensive chain of effects comprising distortion, chorus, phase shifting, echo and a convolution reverb featuring a wide range of impulses.
Furthermore, touch the ‘scope/sonar/radar in the centre of the panel and Altaerion will come up with a randomly generated sound for you. Not just that but touch it in the effects page and it will generate a new effects configuration at random. Between them, Altaerion will create good starting points for you to tweak and take you in creative directions you might not have thought of. All good fun!
Altaerion features a custom Kontakt interface resembling a portable communications device.
- Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine
- Two oscillators.
- True analogue ring modulated waveforms.
- Serendipity ‘scope for random patch creation.
- ADSR envelope.
- Multiwave LFO, envelope and FM/AM modulation.
- Distortion, chorus, phaser and echo multi-FX.
- Convolution reverb with a wide range of impulses.
- Speaker sim combinations for vintage lo-fi tones.
The sound library is available to purchase for £10 GBP.
More information: Hollow Sun / Altaerion