Homegrown Sounds has announced version 2 of its Kosmos sound library engine for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Kosmos is a scripted Virtual Analog style Synth Script for Kontakt designed to be a front end for high quality sample libraries.
Kosmos has been re-written from the ground up for Kontakt 4 and 5. As well as looking much prettier than than Kontakt 3 version, it takes the Kosmos concept as far as it can go with over 2500 lines of code to create a true dual synth engine. It now includes 3 tempo synced LFOs to modulate individual Filter Cutoffs, Volumes and Pitch, as well as having separate controls for Waveform, Pan, Tune, Velocity, Env->Filter and Filter Type. Additionally the Sequencer has been rewritten and improved, it has 3 sequencers one for Play/Pitch, Velocity and Note Length all of which can have independent step lengths.
Infekted and Starburst have both been updated, as well as Infekted Lite (Note that after extracting Infekted Lite to your hard drive, you must run the installer for either Windows or MAC which is located in the extracted folder, this will install the images used by Kosmos into your Kontakt ‘pictures’ folder).
Kosmos Infekted is available to purchase for $50 USD until the end of June, 2013 (regular $125 USD). Updates for Infekted and Starburst are free to existing users.
Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of Infekted, a Kontakt sample library featuring a large collection of multi-sampled instruments designed using a Virus TI and a unique Kontakt script called Kosmos.
Kosmos aims to create a dual oscillator synthesizer which uses sampled instruments as the Oscillator waveforms. It goes far beyond standard presets and has a randomization system built in for creating diverse sounds quickly and easily. The idea behind this is that it provides a much more conducive work-flow than scrolling through presets. Each Kosmos synth generally has 40-50 waveforms and each is capable of producing a massive variety of instruments.
As well as the Kosmos based synths, there are also categorised presets for each of the sampled instruments which all use a single oscillator version of Kosmos for easily tweaking the sound on the fly or through automation.
The collection is composed of 4 releases which are loosely categorised – Bass, Leads, Synths and Pads (Starburst).
There is also a free Lite Version of Infekted which uses 20 Instruments from the collection and includes a Kosmos synth using them.
Infekted for Kontakt is available to purchase for $125 USD.
A Group Buy has been created along with it’s launch so that the entire collection can be had for as little as $50 when just 50 people sign up. Futhermore when the number reaches 40 Virus Kits for Battery/Kontakt will be added and at 50 people a Kosmos version of Vintage Synths will also be added using Kosmos. It costs $25 to join the group buy and you will get instant access to Starburst.
Homegrown Sounds has announced Starburst K, an updated version of the sample library which now featuring the new Kosmos synth engine for Kontakt.
The new Kosmos engine for Kontakt, now available with Starburst.
Kosmos is a scripted front end for Kontakt v3 and above designed to create an easy to use dual oscillator synthesizer.
Besides being a front end for the Homegrown Sample libraries, the main goal was to move away from the idea of fixed presets inside Kontakt and to provide a simple method of randomizing new instruments on the fly, whilst providing enough controls to tweak the sounds to taste. This leads to a much more unique preset than using pre-defined presets and is a creatively rewarding way to work as opposed to scrolling through presets.
In essence Kosmos is an attempt to import some of the best features of HGS synths into Kontakt. It also includes a Gate Sequencer.
Starburst has been updated to include the Kosmos Synth Front End. The update is available to download for registered users.
The Radiance collection ranges from angelic beautiful landscapes in the region of Eno, Budd through to darker harsher sounds, Trans Global Underground and Coil etc… The sounds can be used for any project requiring an interesting flavour, and will be a great addition to any studio.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $25 USD until the end of January, 2013 (regular $35 USD).
Homegrown Sounds has announced Starburst for Padshop Pro, a collection of over 1,400 presets for the Padshop Pro synthesizer plugin by Steinberg.
Starburst is brought into the world of Steinberg’s Padshop Pro a fantastic Granular Synthesizer.
This is a large collection of 1400+ Presets. At it’s heart are 110 WAVs from Starburst a hand crafted collection of Pads designed on a Virus TI. There are 13 Different Categories in the Padshop Edition which form different styles each of which has it’s own characteristics.
All patches use Aftertouch and the Mod Wheel for live manipulation of the sound.
The soundset costs $35 USD. It is currently on sale for $25 USD.
Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of two soundsets for the Virus TI synthesizer from Access Music.
Astronomy for the Virus TI
This is a free collection of 64 Presets for the Virus TI (OS5). They are all ARP based patches covering a full range of styles from grinding Bass riffs to ethereal sequences using the full potential of the Virus TI. Each preset makes use of the 3 Assignable Knobs for transforming the patches in real-time as well as channel pressure(Aftertouch) and Mod Wheel. Knob 2 is always assigned to the Delay Amount.
Starburst for the Virus TI
Starbust TI is a new collection of hand crafted Pads/Textures for the Virus TI running OS5. If you think Eno, Budd, Japan, Sylvian, Boards of Canada that would plant you in the right musical hemisphere for where these sounds belong. They are full of motion and harmonic content. Whilst holding notes will deliver great pleasure from the landscape that unfolds, most are also designed to be used in a general musical context so that they are not limited to specialist genres.
Starburst costs $29.99 USD. It is currently available to purchase for $14.98 USD as part of the 50% off Holiday Sale. There is also a Lite Version available for free which includes 10 Presets from the collection.
Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of Virus Kits, a collection of 150 hand crafted 32-bit sounds created with a Virus TI.
The Virus TI has a unique and powerful synth engine with it’s own sound character and has been fully utilized to synthesize each sound from scratch, creating a unique collection of Bass Drums, Snares, Hi-hats, Toms, Percussion and lots of one shot FX such as growls, wooshes and blips. Additionally there is also 12 Drum Kits for Battery and Kontakt 4/5 using these samples as well as 56 Child kits utilizing the Battery/Kontakt engine for instant gratification.
The WAVs can also be used with any software/hardware which can read WAVs and for convenience there are 16-bit versions, as well as 16-bit mono versions for hardware which has limited polyphony such as MPCs.
The files are delivered as a RAR which can simply be extracted to your Battery library folder and is available permanently on your personal downloads page as soon as the Paypal payment has been received.
The sample pack costs $29.99 USD. It is currently available to purchase for $14.98 USD as part of the extended 50% off sale on all plugins and sample packs.
Homegrown Sounds has introduced Ballistic Drum Kits, a large collection of mostly Bread and Butter Drum Kits all of which can be easily interchanged for quickly transforming a playing drum pattern.
They are quite heavy kits which are especially well suited to Hip Hop, Trip Hop & R n B, all the collection is diverse enough to be useful to any Sampletank user. There aren’t that many Electronic Drum Kits available for Sampletank, and so this Tank attempts to bridge the gap, at least another 2 complimentary collections will be released which will provide more drum kits, instrument kits designed for layering, and percussion kits.
Each Kit is made up of 24 samples and as well as the standard tuning, has a -5 Semitone version and a +1 Octave version within the same instrument. The layout also follows the General MIDI Layout for the 1st Octave, although the second octave can vary with the intention of swapping kits and getting a few nice surprises such as a chord or a bass note, which can suddenly transform a standard drum loop into an interesting Hip Hop Beat.
Ballistic Drum Kits features
160+ Drum Kits for Sampletank.
Each Kit has 4 child presets: tight, Upfront, Delay and Verby.
Installed size: 350 MB.
Download Size(RAR): 180 MB.
The sound library is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.
Homegrown Sounds has also updated its Mesh monophonic synthesizer instrument for Windows to version 1.2.
Changes in Mesh v1.2
New – Added a randomize to the LFO top bar for randomizing just the 1st 2 LFOs.
New – Global Randomizer which randomizes Oscillators, Filter ENV, ENV3, Filter and LFOs 1 & 2.
New – Individual Oscillator pitches + quantized versions, Main Quantized Pitch and Feedback added to ENV3 Destinations.
New – Added a Randomize button to the Envelope Header which randomizes just the Filter Envelope and Envelope 3.
New – 32 new Presets in the Presets folder (Mesh-Various.fxb).
Changes – Default preset improved and init fxb bank updated.
Fix – LFO Pitch could cause a crash with extreme LFO activity especially when randomising.
Fix – Non Quantized Pitch LFO destination has half resolution.
Fix – Pop-up Menu for patches now updates the display correctly when a bank is loaded via the internal Patch info display.