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Soniccouture releases Geosonics ft. Chris Watson

Soniccouture Geosonics

Soniccouture has announced the release of Geosonics, a virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt and Kontakt Player.

Imagine sitting down at your MIDI keyboard on a rainy tuesday and playing the sound of the North Pole. Or the Kalahari Desert. Or the atmospheric virations of the Australian Outback.

Now you can. We have collaborated with the acknowledged master of field and nature recording, Chris Watson. Chris allowed us access to sonic treasures which you simply cannot find anywhere else, from anyone else.

From these unique and rare recordings we have created the most inspirational, atmospheric virtual instrument : Geosonics.

Geosonics features

  • A Kontakt Player Instrument.
  • Over 400 pad & soundscape presets.
  • 4GB Original Watson recordings included.
  • Preset library by leading sound designers Ian Boddy, Biomechanoid, Martin Walker, Andy Wheddon.

Geosonics for Kontakt and Kontakt Player costs 129 EUR / $149 USD.

More information: Soniccouture / Geosonics

Applied Acoustics Systems releases KitNetix for Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems KitNetix

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the release of KitNetix, a macrophonic sound bank for Chromaphone and the AAS Player plug-in.

KitNetix is a macrophonic sound bank that zooms into an intricate new world.

The 128-preset collection crafted by renowned sound designer Martin Walker features drum kits made from exotic materials, percussion unleashed from reality, soundscapes from dark beginnings to glittering futures, hyper-detailed generative textures, and fantasy hybrid instruments that have never been heard before, including bells, chimes, keys, strings, and pads.

Moods cover a huge range, from epic soundtrack projects via weird electronica to gentle ambient minimalism.

The KitNetix soundset is available to purchase for $39 USD. Includes both a Chromaphone preset file and the free AAS Player plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS).

More information: Applied Acoustics Systems / KitNetix

Applied Acoustics Systems announces Sound Bank Series titles for Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the expansion of the Sound Bank Series with titles for Chromaphone, its latest creative percussion synthesizer.

Renowned sound designers Martin Walker, Simon Stockhausen, and Michel Drapeau have been commissioned to produce the first three collection of presets.

“These banks will cover a lot of sonic ground as each sound designer will bring his own influences and signature touch,” said Marc-Pierre Verge CEO of AAS, “Chromaphone is still very new so the sound design possibilities are wide open and we really liked what the sound designers have presented so far.”

The new sound banks will be available during the first quarter of 2012 for $39 USD each. The instant download delivery package will include both Chromaphone preset files as well as the free AAS Player plug-in for Windows and Mac (Standalone/VST/AU/RTAS).

More information: Applied Acoustics Systems

Camel Audio releases Guitar Mutations for Alchemy and Alchemy Player

Camel Audio Guitar Mutations

Camel Audio has announced the release of Guitar Mutations, a new sound library for Alchemy and Alchemy Player.

Guitar Mutations features a studio full of classic guitars warped into strange new forms. Explore guitars with four necks whose resonating bodies morph into keyboards, fractal arpeggiations, tortured string soundscapes, stressed whammy bars and fractured frets as well as creamy overdrive, shimmering chorus and chugging riffs.

Guitar Mutations takes full advantage of the Alchemy Player engine with 2GB of new samples. There’s haunting fingerpicking, quirky strumming and plaintive harmonics through to aggressive shredding and all manner of unconventional playing techniques. Guitar Mutations is perfect for creating ambient guitarscapes or adding an innovative edge to your rock and electronica productions.

Guitar Mutations features

  • 150 sounds (1200 variations) for Alchemy.
  • Includes 42 Guitars, 32 Soundscapes, 18 Arps, 16 Loops, 9 Bass, 8 Keys, 8 Synth, 7 Pads, 5 Leads, 5 Sound Effects.
  • Suitable for Rock, Pop, Electronica & Ambient genres.
  • Sound Designers Andre Ettema, Himalaya, Nick Moritz, Martin Walker, biomechanoid, Corin Neff, Chris Sciurba, Christian Kjeldsen, Stephan Romer, Ole Jeppesen, Arksun.

Guitar Mutations is available to purchase for $59 USD/€49 EUR/£39 GBP.

More information: Camel Audio / Guitar Mutations

Camel Audio releases Steamworx for Alchemy

Camel Audio Steamworx

Camel Audio has released Steamworx, a new sound library by Martin Walker for Alchemy and Alchemy Player.

Steamworx is a cinematic netherworld featuring keyboard instruments made from clocks, drum kits built with steam-powered machines, fog-shrouded soundscapes and gothic choirs. With intricate contraptions, grunge-laden grooves, multi-layered arpeggios and hand-crafted percussion that ooze character and round-robin realism, you will find moods suited to epic soundtrack, delicate ambient, sci-fi, industrial and the supernatural.

This library incorporates over 240MB of new sample content, with specially created instruments, extensive field recordings that add a rich patina of detail, 8-bit SID Chip exotica, plus samplings from an extensive collection of bells, chimes, and gongs. Martin Walker is well known for his music and sound effects design on over a hundred game soundtracks, and for his columns and features on sound design in magazines such as Sound On Sound and Audio Technology.

Steamworx is available to purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Camel Audio / Steamworx

Little Endian releases SpectrumWorx 2.4 with Gamma Shift presets

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Little Endian SpectrumWorx

Little Endian has released version 2.4 of SpectrumWorx, a sound mangler effect for Windows and Mac.

This version adds LFO automation support, enhances the GUI with new parameter control: a symmetrical knob, and adds a 50-preset signature bank created by Martin Walker. Both OS versions have also been updated with stability and performance improvements.

“We are extremely pleased that Martin has applied his sound design skills to our latest release,” commented Little Endian CEO Danijel Domazet. “We hope he will be inspired to create even more presets for us in the future.” Says Martin Walker: “SpectrumWorx has been my favourite secret weapon for some time now – I love its extreme sonic transformations. If you’re searching for new sounds, it doesn’t come much better than this!”

SpectrumWorx is available to purchase for Windows and Mac for $119 USD.

More information: Little Endian

Review: Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio has recently released Alchemy Player, a virtual instrument for playing and tweaking ready-to-play sounds from Camel Audio’s soundbank collection. Alchemy Player features the same advanced sample manipulation engine as its bigger brother, but you only get access to a limited amount of parameters for modifying sounds.

Since every Alchemy soundbank now comes with a copy of Alchemy Player you don’t actually need the full product anymore to enjoy these sounds.

I had a go with Cinematic, one of Camel Audio’s latest Alchemy soundbanks.

Cinematic will provide loads of inspiration for film, TV and ambient composers. With dramatic soundscapes, mysterious textures and evocative atmospheres, it covers a lot of emotional ground, with moods ranging from gentle and thoughtful, romantic and moving, through upbeat all the way to bleak and disturbing.

Ideal for many genres such as action and adventure, suspense, sci-fi and horror, and packed with slowly evolving details and innovative instrumental layers, Cinematic also includes over 100 MB of new samples ranging from a collection of thunderous hits and stabs to tinkling chimes, suspense-filled drones, bowed horror ambiences, treated guitar washes, and a selection of analogue and digital synths and keyboard sounds.

The Cinematic soundbank includes 150 presets, with 8 variations each for a total of 1,200 sounds that can be dialed in from the remix pad. Here’s the breakdown in types of sound: 53 soundscapes, 27 pads, 19 sound effects, 13 loops, 11 vocals, 5 arps, 5 mallets, 4 basses, 4 strings, 4 synths, 3 organs, 2 keys.

The sounds were programmed by a host of sound designers: Martin Walker, Artvera, Luftrum, Denis Goekdag, Junkie XL, Christian Kjeldsen, Niklas Silen, Cyforce, Ugo, Antonio Blanca, and Himalaya.

The Alchemy Player itself has a straightforward interface with a preset browser section and a bunch of performance controls.

Camel Audio Alchemy Player
Camel Audio Alchemy Player

For manipulation of the sounds every preset has specific parameters linked to the performance controls. The full Alchemy sound engine is available in the player version but you will only be able to manipulate those parameters that the sound designer chose for each particular preset.

Note: You can actually turn the player into a time-limited full version of Alchemy (3 week demo) but let me warn you that this is a cunning plan devised to get you addicted to Alchemy. There is a considerable chance you’ll end up wanting to upgrade… yes, it’s that great!

Not all of the programmed sound variations sound terribly different from one another but you certainly get a lot more than the 150 initial sounds, and you can morph the remix pad variations and use the performance knobs to create new variations of your own.

You can listen to a few preset by preset demonstrations below. The remix pad is used to morph between variations.

So what do I think?

Product: Cinematic (for Alchemy) by Camel Audio
Format: Alchemy soundbank, includes Alchemy Player (VST/AU)
Price: $59 USD/£39 GBP/49 EUR

I found Cinematic to be a well balanced collection of sounds with plenty of variation within the various categories. The overall quality of presets is outstanding; I especially enjoyed the soundscapes section.

Each of the sound designers brings his/her own personal flavor yet the whole thing still feels like a pretty coherent set of sounds. Highlights for me are Luftrum’s stunning pads and pretty much everything by Martin Walker, who consistently delivers amazing, highly cinematic sounds.

Much like Native Instruments with its Kore and Kore Player platform, Camel Audio is now offering its soundbanks to a new audience with Alchemy Player. For those who are looking to just get some great sounds without investing in an expensive and possibly superfluous instrument, this player format is perfect.

Still, I would recommend activating the 3 week Alchemy demo just to experience the full potential of this fantastic instrument.

More information: Camel Audio / Cinematic