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Hollow Sun releases Techtron sample library for Kontakt

Hollow Sun Techtron

Hollow Sun has released Techtron, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Using battered casework and components we salvaged from old Soviet Union submarine radio equipment that was languishing and due for cruel and ruthless de-commisioning, Techtron brings thoroughly modern sounds in re-purposed retro style.

With two ‘super’ oscillators featuring thick, detuned sawtooths (which we call ‘iSaw’ here at HS Towers and come courtesy of HS chum, BeMuso) through a multimode, dual slope filter, two envelopes, two LFOs, a pitch EG, mono and poly playback modes with glide, etc., Techtron offers instant ‘techno’ sounds that are powerful, wide, bright, brash, fizzy and anthemic and yet also capable of chunky basses, spiky arpeggios, thick leadlines and lush, luxuriously smooth pads plus dark, broody and moody textures.

Techtron features

  • 48kHz/24-bit.
  • Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine.
  • Two ‘iSaw’ Oscillators.
  • Two LFOs.
  • Multi-mode 2-pole/4-pole filter.
  • Two envelope shapers.
  • Pitch envelope.
  • Poly and mono play modes.
  • EQ, distortion, chorus, phaser, rotary and echo multi-FX.
  • Convolved reverb featuring vintage spring reverbs.

Techtron is available to purchase for $10 USD.

More information: Hollow Sun / Techtron

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Jiggery-Pokery releases Additions: retro additive synthesizers for Reason

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Jiggery-Pokery has released Additions: retro additive synthesizers, an additive and FM synthesizer ReFill for Reason.

Jiggery-Pokery Additions ReFill

Additive synthesis: the unsung, unloved princess of synthesizer sound-making has been locked at the top of an overgrown tower for over a decade. Like a jester dressed as a Knight in slightly tarnished armour, JP rides to her rescue, kisses her back to life and lovingly crafts a massive set of sounds from two classic synthesizers, the FM/additive hybrid, the DK Synergy (1982), a long-time favourite of electronic artist Wendy Carlos, (patches from whom we are pleased to present here) and the true-additive beast that was the Kawai K5m (1987).

Additions features

  • DK Synergy: all three of the rare Wendy Carlos cartridges, plus the factory and FX sets, and cartridges #4 and #5, for a total of 165 tones, plus 35 multi-layered Combinators, all handcrafted into shape by JP, for Hollow Sun.
  • Kawai K5m: 253 patches from the Kawai K5m—one of only a handful of true additive synthesizers ever produced—and several of its memory cards, lovingly sampled and edited by JP. Several patches feature velocity or release layers, plus 100 multi-layered, additive industrial soundscapes, including many recreations of Kawai presets.
  • Most DKS and K5m patches feature up to four notes per octave to reduce note stretch artefacts, and samples up to 30 seconds long in some cases. Additions contains nearly 2.8GB of uncompressed samples..
  • 68 “Virtual Synergy” Combinators, using Thors’ FM Pair oscillators and inspired by the DK Synergy.
  • selig VocoSynth, combined with JPs virtual RMI Harmonic Synthesizer template.
  • PDF user guide.

The Additions ReFill is available to purchase for £29.95 GBP.

More information: Jiggery-Pokery / Additions

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Hollow Sun releases TriOsc for Kontakt

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Hollow Sun TriOsc

Hollow Sun has released TriOsc, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Styled on equipment retrieved from an ancient, disused rocket launch control centre, TriOsc features three oscillators with samples of valve sine and triangle waveforms taken from a rack of vintage test equipment to create dense clusters of retro sci-fi electronica.

TriOsc features

  • 48kHz/24-bit.
  • Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine.
  • Three Oscillators with valve sine / triangle waveforms.
  • Samples sourced from vintage test oscillators.
  • Multiwave LFO.
  • FM / AM modulation.
  • ‘Serendipity’ button for random patch creation.
  • Poly and mono play modes.
  • Portamento / glide.
  • Distortion, chorus, phaser, rotary and echo multi-FX.
  • Convolved reverb featuring vintage spring reverbs.

TriOsc is available to purchase for $8 USD.

More information: Hollow Sun / TriOsc

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Hollow Sun releases RMI Electrapiano for Kontakt

Hollow Sun has released RMI Electrapiano, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Hollow Sun RMI Electrapiano

The samples employed in Hollow Sun’s RMI Electrapiano come courtesy of one Justin Casey in the US who took them from his own RMI Electrapiano 368. He very sensibly sampled each ‘tab’ separately thereby providing access to the PIANO, PIANO PP, HARPSI, HARPSI PP, LUTE and ACCENTER thus providing an opportunity, using Kontakt’s scripting, to totally recreate the instrument as authentically as possible with each tab switchable individually to mix and match and combine the different sounds.

But of course, the sound of the actual Electrapiano itself was only half the picture – its famous users of yesteryear shoved their RMIs through all manner of effects pedals such as distortion, phase shifters, echo, etc., so, again, an opportunity to recreate that using Kontakt’s on-board multi-effects.

Hollow Sun’s Electrapiano also brings modern twists to the instrument such as presets and the ability for users to store their own presets.

RMI Electrapiano features

  • Authentic front panel; combine piano, harpsichord & lute.
  • ‘Accenter’ separately switchable.
  • 44kHz/24-bit samples for each note.
  • Presets plus user preset function.
  • Distortion, cab sim, chorus, phase shifter and echo multiFX.
  • Convolved reverb including springs, rooms, halls, etc.

The RMI Electrapiano for Kontakt is available to purchase for $25 USD.

More information: Hollow Sun / RMI Electrapiano

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Hollow Sun Oscillosine and Organa, Sonic Laboratory Instruments for Kontakt

Hollow Sun Oscillosine

Hollow Sun has released Oscillosine and Organa, two Sonic Laboratory Instruments for Kontakt.

Almost as though it was found in the back of a damp garage after decades of neglect, Hollow Sun has created Oscillosine. Reminiscent of an oddball inventor’s strange homebrew creation, Oscillosine is designed to conjour the sights, sounds and smells of a 1940s experimenter’s laboratory… glowing valves, otherworldly audio and maybe a hint of pipe tobacco.

The samples for Oscillosine are taken from a vintage tube Hewlett Packard sine wave test oscillator estimated to date back to the 50s or 60s, maybe earlier.

Oscillosine features

  • 44.1kHz/24-bit.
  • Valve generated waveforms.
  • Unique user interface featuring…
    • Envelope sweep of pitch
    • Multi-wave LFO with mixable control waveforms
    • Ring Mod and FM for dissonant textures
    • Polyphonic and monophonic play modes
    • 3-Band EQ
    • Phase shifter, chorus, rotary cabinet and echo
    • Convolved reverb featuring vintage spring reverbs

Organa is based on samples from an electric reed organ from the late 50′s.

Hollow Sun Organa

The samples for Organa are taken from a very early Hohner ‘Organa 30′ from the 50s or early 60s belonging to Hollow Sun Deutsche freund, Matthias Shuster.

Little is known about this other than it was an electric reed organ with a fan that blew air through reeds that were opened and closed with the keys. In many ways, it’s an electric harmonium where a motor rather than manually pumped pedals pushes the air around.

Organa features

  • 48kHz/24-bit.
  • From a very rare, early Hohner Organa 30.
  • Unique user interface featuring…
    • Drawbar mixing of reeds
    • Fan noise control
    • Tone control
    • Envelope shaper
    • Chorus, rotary cabinet and echo
    • Convolved reverb featuring vintage spring reverbs

Oscillosine and Organa for Kontakt are available to purchase for $8 USD and $4 USD respectively.

More information: Hollow Sun / Sonic Laboratory Instruments

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Hollow Sun announces Sonic Laboratory Instruments for Kontakt

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Hollow Sun Sonic Laboratory Instruments

Hollow Sun has introduced the Sonic Laboratory Instruments series for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Hollow Sun’s ‘Sonic Laboratory Instruments’ series brings a range of unique sound generating equipment, discrete Kontakt 4 ‘modules’ that evoke the sounds of a past future, sounds of mystery created in dark and musty laboratories by eccentric boffins in an exciting era of technological optimism, when primitive electronics were thrilling, new and indistinguishable from wizardy and music made with electricity was at the forefront of new musical thinking.

Sonic Laboratory Instruments

  • Oscillosine is the first in the series of Sonic Laboratory Instruments offering sine waves taken from a vintage valve Hewlett Packard test oscillator. Multi-wave LFO and switchable HF frequency and amplitude modulation can be applied to create a massive range of tones and textures.
  • Organa takes samples from a very early Hohner ‘Organa 30′ electric reed organ from the 50s or early 60s belonging to Hollow Sun Deutsche freund, Mathias Shuster.

The Sonic Laboratory Instruments for Kontakt 4.2.2 or higher are scheduled for release mid-March.

More information: Hollow Sun / Sonic Laboratory Instruments

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Hollow Sun announces $1 giveaway for Polivoks sample library for Kontakt

Hollow Sun Polivoks

Hollow Sun has announced “A wee $1 Hogmanay giveaway”, offering its Polivoks sample library for Kontakt for just $1 through January.

It’s 1982 in the Soviet Union. Obedient comrades in the state-run factories are churning out electronic goods for the proletariat at the diktat of the communist regime. These include tape recorders, TVs and radios, etc.. The Formanta factory in Kachkanar in the Ural mountains, however, is making electronic musical instruments – organs, amplifiers, speakers, etc. – and a decision is taken there to make a synthesiser, a proper synthesiser… the kind of thing we capitalist westerners have been enjoying for the best part of 12 years or more.

So an engineer called Vladimir Kuzmin is assigned the job (with his wife) of designing such a synth. Vladimir has had some experience in this area improving the FAEMI-M, an electronic organ with basic synth facilities so it makes sense for him to lead the project.

The result is the ‘Polivoks’.

Hollow Sun Polivoks features

  • Real analogue sounds.
  • Unique sounds from this rare Russian synth.
  • Basses, pads and leadlines.
  • Kontakt 3.5.
  • Custom scripted panel featuring…
    • Dynamic lowpass filter with simple envelope
    • ADR amp envelope
    • Phase shifter, chorus, delay and reverb multi-FX
    • Variable velocity curves, pitch bend, etc..

More information: Hollow Sun / Polivoks

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Hollow Sun discontinues Definitive PPG, get sample library at $1 USD

Hollow Sun Definitive PPG

Hollow Sun has announced a $1 Yuletide Giveaway, a limited time offer for its Definitive PPG sample library.

Now that Waldorf have released the magnificent PPG Wave 3.00, it has been decided to discontinue the Hollow Sun ‘Definitive PPG’ library as it makes no sense to be in competition with ‘the real thing’, so to speak.

But before that happens, here’s an opportunity to grab it for a measly $1! That’s about 64p in real money or roughly €0.75!!

And in fairness, HS’s PPG lib is quite old now as well but it IS a ‘real’ PPG Wave 2.2 with all its quirks and sonic foibles and covers most of the characteristic sounds from this classic digital/analogue synth hybrid from sweeping wavetables to glassy and mellow pads, from delicate chimes to razor sharp textures that can slice through butter plus chunky and solid basses, digital vocal pads, analogue leadlines and much more in 50 Kontakt 3.5 programs containing around almost 300MB of multi-sampled data, much of it stereo directly from the PPG’s outputs.

This offer is valid until January 5, 2011, at which point the Definitive PPG library will be discontinued.

More information: Hollow Sun

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