Soniccouture updates Ondes for Kontakt to v2

Soniccouture has announced version 2 of Ondes, a virtual Ondes Martenot instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniccouture Ondes v2
Sharper Look, Sharper Sound- Sometimes small improvements can make the biggest difference.

Ondes remains largely unchanged from the original version, one of our most enduringly popular instruments. But look closely and you’ll see that the GUI is much crisper, more solid and clearer on the screen. And most importantly of all, the sound is now much more authentic; the different oscillator samples are completely phase-locked.

What does that mean? Previously, each waveform sample was layered with the others so that you could blend the oscillator shapes as on the original unit; this worked pretty well, but resulted in a slightly wobbly, phasey sound – nice and fat, but not exactly like a real Ondes Martenot, which should sound like a single waveform. Phase-locking the samples together fixes this very nicely, taking the Ondes sound to a new level of realism.

Ondes v2 is available for purchase for 99 EUR. Until August 15th, 2014, a 30% discount is available with coupon code H3Y36TD at checkout. Ondes users can upgrade to version 2 at no charge.

More information: Soniccouture / Ondes


Boscomac releases Vertigo Wave for Reaktor

Boscomac has announced the release of Vertigo Wave, a free ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Boscomac Vertigo Wave
The Vertigo Wave ensemble produces sound similar to the Ondes Martenot.

It is an instrument that provides an approach of the Ondes Martenot (invented by Maurice Martenot). Four tones are proposed: Onde, Nasillard, Complexe, Octavian. To better reproduce the expressiveness of the original instrument, VERTIGO WAVE controls herself with one hand on the keyboard and one hand on the modulation wheel which manages the intensity of velocity and speed of the vibrato.

Hear the sirens singing, hear the ghosts wandering, hear UFOs flying, hear the cinematographic world of the Ondes Martenot …

The Vertigo Wave ensemble is a free download. Donations are appreciated.

More information: Boscomac


Soniccouture releases Novachord Ondes Martenot Modification

Soniccouture Novachord with Ondes speaker modification

Soniccouture has announced the release of an Ondes speaker modification for Novachord, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The dream combination? How many people have played a Novachord, one of the rarest synths of all time, through the 3 Ondes Martenot speakers? With this bonus update, you can be one of those people.

The Nova-Ondes (or Martechord, if you prefer) is a free download included with the Ondes product. If you also own Novachord, then you can install it right away and start using it. If you DON’T own both products, you won’t be able to use it. In much the same way that, in real life, you’d need to own both a Novachord AND an Ondes Martenot!

The Nova-Ondes appears as an extra instrument in the Novachord Library. The update includes 25 new presets made using the new combination.

The update is available as a free download for owens of both Novachord AND Ondes.

More information: Soniccouture


Soniccouture releases Ondes for Kontakt Player

Soniccouture Ondes

Soniccouture has announced the release of Ondes, a virtual Ondes Martenot for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Recorded with world-famous Ondist Thomas Bloch, the instrument features extensive sampling of the Ondes oscillators, convolution emulation of each of the 3 loudspeakers, and the ability to setup real-time control for all types of MIDI controller.

Also included is the PolyOndes, a polyphonic synth based on the Ondes oscillators and speakers.

Ondes features

  • 1.5 GB core sample library – one oscillator sample per note, 505 samples total.
  • Oscillator samples – 24 Bit 48 Khz mono .
  • 19 Speaker Impulse Responses – 24bit 48 Khz Stereo, 3 mic positions for each speaker.
  • Ondes Martentot + PolyOndes instrument.
  • Over 100 presets.
  • Full custom control interface.
  • Soniccouture KSP performance setup matrix.
  • Demo MIDI files included.
  • Kontakt Player Compatible ( V 4.2 required).

Ondes for Kontakt Player is available to purchase on DVD and as a download, priced 89 EUR / $129 USD.

Until Midnight G.M.T., 5th April 2011 customers can get 15% off the full price of Ondes – just enter the following code at the checkout; 0RAP1CJ30E

More information: Soniccouture / Ondes


Soniccouture Ondes, sneak preview of sampled ondes Martenot for Kontakt

Soniccouture has announced the Ondes, its next sample library featuring the sounds of the ondes Martenot, recorded with multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bloch.

The original instrument can be played in a number of ways, including au ruban, a technique where a metal ring worn on the right-hand index finger slides in front of the keyboard. This allows for Theremin-like sweeping glissandi.

Ondes Martenot
The ondes Martenot used for Soniccouture’s sample library

James at Soniccouture explains:

ondes Martenot with the keyboard opened

“For the Ondes instrument We’ve come up with various real-time control options that can be setup according to taste, playing ability and available equipment.

But, yes – of course we have to assume that most users will only have a keyboard available. Any sampled recreation of an Ondes Martenot will be a compromise, even if you do happen to have a ring controller or even a doepfer ribbon controller.

We have also tested it using an inexpensive Korg Nanopad which has an X-Y control pad on it – this gives good results. We’d recommend any kind of MIDI ribbon or pad controller for adding expression, but it’s certainly not essential.

Thomas Bloch

In fact, we were surprised to see Thomas Bloch playing a lot of passages on the Ondes Martenot without using the Ring control at all, just using the keyboard in a conventional way. I think many people don’t realise that the ring control is just one part of what is an incredibly versatile instrument ( I certainly didn’t). Another important part is the way vibrato is controlled from the keyboard – the entire keyboard is mounted on rails in such a way that you can ‘wobble’ it left and right to create vibrato with your finger as you play.

Recording the ondes Martenot speaker units

Another big part of the authentic O.M. sound comes from the 3 speaker units that come with the instrument. We have extensively sampled Impulse responses from these, so that the user can use one or all of the speakers separately or at once, from different mic distances etc. Personally i love this function, it makes it possible to add so much character just by mixing the outputs of different speakers.

Because of the character of the speakers and of the individual oscillators, we decided to take the kontakt instrument further, and we have built a separate, complimentary instrument called the ‘Poly-Ondes’. This is great for pad sounds, blending the 7 different osc sounds through the 3 speakers sounds really unique.”

Soniccouture Ondes for Kontakt
Soniccouture Ondes for Kontakt

You can listen a few sound clips from the Soniccouture Ondes below.

According to Soniccouture the Ondes should be available soon, so keep your eyes out for this unique library.

More information: Soniccouture


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