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Patchpool introduces MetaVox for Alchemy

Patchpool MetaVox

Patchpool has announced MetaVox, a sample library for the Alchemy sample manipulation instrument by Camel Audio.

MetaVox for Alchemy focusses on the exceptional overtone singing of Gareth Lubbe, a true master of his craft who recently became the first professor for overtone singing in Germany. As Gareth is actually a professional orchestral viola player this library also contains several patches with viola sounds, the viola being a string instrument with a great resemblance to the human voice. During the recording session we also recorded duets of Gareth singing and playing the viola at the same time, these sample will make for some more beautiful and wondrous Alchemy sounds.

There will also be several patches with female vocals using samples which were recorded during a recent session with Frauke Albert, a renown german vocalist (soprano), working mainly in the field of contemprary music.

As an additional string instrument I will also use some recently recorded violin samples, another instrument which has a very voice-like character and blends beautifully with the vocals sounds in this library.

Besides using the original vocal and string samples (and resynthed derivatives thereof) for making the Alchemy patches, I am fascinated in the microcosmic interior of harmonics, so I am producing quite a few electronic derivatives of the samples, created by e.g. detaching the harmonics from the root note, then deleting the root note only leaving the harmonics which are then furtherly processed, timestretched, spectralized, tuned to a tempered scale and more.

The MetaVox library is scheduled for release on September 9th, 2013. It is available to pre-order for 28 EUR (20% off regular 35 EUR).

More information: Patchpool / MetaVox

Patchpool launches Summer Group Buy

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Patchpool has announced the launch of a Summer Group Buy for its sounds and presets.

In this group sale every participant pays the fixed sum of € 40 Euros and chooses from the products available for that group sale level. The more buyers join the group buy the more products can be obtained.

You can either wait until the sale is over to choose your products and SoundPacks, or you can immediately choose your products once you’ve joined this sale. Whenever the sale reaches the next level, I will send out group mails to notify you about the current level.

Choose from soundsets and preset expansions for Alchemy, Kontakt, Absynth, Reaktor, Zebra, MFM2, Filterscape, Iris, Stutter Edit, Diversion, Chromaphone, ElectraX, Padshop Pro and Tremor and from SoundPacks and LoopPacks for post production and sound design.

The Group Buy ends July 15th, 2013.

More information: Patchpool / Summer Group Buy

Patchpool releases Flagolet Guitar & Surreal Snippets for Kontakt

Patchpool has announced the release of Flagolet Guitar and Surreal Snippets, two Kontakt sample libraries created from excerpts from previously released soundsets for Camel Audio’s Alchemy.

Patchpool Flagolet Guitar
Flagolet Guitar for Kontakt is taken from the Warped Strings soundset.

This soundset contains 4 guitar flagolet patches played on an acoustic western guitar and sampled in L-C-R using 3 high quality Neumann microphones. These samples and their electronic derivatives were originally produced for my Alchemy Bank Warped Strings.

Flagolet Guitar features

  • Kontakt 4, 66.6 MB unzipped, 48Khz/24Bit/stereo.
  • Includes 4 nkis/Instruments.
  • 38 Samples compressed using Kontakt’s ncw format.
  • 2 Impulse Responses.

The Flagolet Guitar for Kontakt costs 7.50 EUR.

Patchpool Surreal Snippets
Surreal Snippets is the first excerpt from Alchemistry Beyond for Alchemy.

This patch uses 5 instrumental snippets recorded during an improvisation wih several musicians and originally belongs to my Alchemy Bank Alchemistry Beyond. These snippets were later processed with various tools and all are split across the keyboard.

Surreal Snippets features

  • Kontakt 4, 33.2 MB unzipped, 48Khz/24Bit/stereo.
  • 1 nki/Instrument.
  • 5 Samples compressed using Kontakt’s ncw format.

Surreal Snippets costs 4.50 EUR.

Customers who bought Warped Strings and/or Alchemistry Beyond can get the respective Kontakt packs at no cost.

More information: Patchpool

Review: Patchpool Diversity for Diversion

I am always excited to see what Simon Stockhausen of Patchpool can do when he gets his fingers on a new synthesizer plug-in. After hearing some of the teaser sound clips, I knew the Diversion soundset for the Diversion synthesizer plug-in by Dmitry Sches was going to be good.

Patchpool Diversity

Diversity includes a total of 101 patches and 6 variations. Simon aimed to create a wide range of diverse sounds…

… reaching from mellow and beautiful bells, pads, textural instruments and expressive lead sounds to edgy and soaring sequences and synths to dark and mysterious drones and soundscapes to otherworldly and abstract textures.

The patches use many custom waveforms made with Diversion and other sources. The sounds of this set were designed to be expressive, featuring complex modulations and x/y morph parameter assignments & aftertouch for more dynamic and expressive playing.

A breakdown of the patch categories:

  • 9 Bell & Plucks + 1 variation
  • 21 Keys & Synths
  • 19 Pads + 2 variations
  • 29 Scapes & Drones + 2 variations
  • 23 Sequencers + 1 variation

For each of the patches there is a description and/or insights into how the x/y, aftertouch, velocity etc. can be used to control the sounds.

Some of the patches use quite a lot of CPU. Simon recommends reducing polyphony or switching off the unison mode while tracking (and turn it back on for the render). Diversion does some high quality sounds, and I’m more than happy to work around some of the CPU issues until I get a better CPU.

While checking out the sounds I got inspired to do a little piece of music. The sound clip below is made with 5 instances of Diversion, only using patches from the Diversity soundset.

I only spent about 15 minutes from start to render so I didn’t spend much time on the mix and just slapped on a gentle compression on the master. No other processing was done.

For more elaborate examples of the sounds of Diversity, make sure to check Simon’s demos.

So what do I think?

Product: Diversity by Patchpool
Format: patches for Dmitry Sches Diversion
Price: 25 EUR
Like: Well designed, cinematic sounds. Detailed patch info.
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

For a synthesizer as good as Diversion, it’s a bit of a shame there are only so few soundsets available for it. I guess there is a smaller market than for Massive, Sylenth1 and the likes, but luckily Patchpool supports the lesser known plug-in developers.

Diversity offers a most wonderful collection of sounds, beautifully designed by seasoned composer and sound designer Simon Stockhausen. With his signature cinematic style, Simon’s sounds are great for soundtracks and ambient music. They are ready to use out of the box, all you need to do is be inspired by them.

If you had a listen to the demos you undoubtedly heard that these sounds are designed in a way that when played alongside one or two other patches, or even individually, they are completely musical, expressive and generally totally mesmerizing. You just get completely immersed in the sounds, what inspiration!

More information: Patchpool / Diversity

Patchpool releases The Vase for Alchemy

Patchpool The Vase for Alchemy

Patchpool has announced the release of The Vase, a sound library for Camel Audio Alchemy, containing 15 patches made entirely from a multisampled vase using unprocessed samples for beautiful and delicate mallet-like instruments and processed, spectralized and metasynthed samples for pads, synths, soundscapes and otherworldly noises.

The vase was played with soft mallets, hitting it at the top, bottom and side, recording 10 variations for each hit (10x Round Robin). It was also played with the hand for claydrum-like sounds (9xRR), it was rubbed with a drumstick, it was filled with water for nice drips and drops and it was resynthed to create keyboard-like instruments.

All vase samples were recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R in 48 Khz/24 Bit, a U87 as the center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R.

As in all my soundsets for Alchemy I make extensive use of Alchemy’s complex modulation possibilities and filters, often intermodulating LFOs/MSEGs/Sequencers with each other and assigning numerous parameters to a single Controller. This enables the user to deeply interact with the sounds and shape it according to his needs and preferences. Also the patches can serve as a starting point for the user’s own creations when loading new samples into them and then using the pre-assigned Controllers and Snapshots in the Remix Pad.

The Vase for Alchemy is available to purchase for 11 EUR. Requires the full version of Alchemy.

More information: Patchpool / The Vase

Patchpool releases Diversity for Diversion

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Patchpool Diversity

Patchpool has launched Diversity, a soundset for the Diversion synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac.

This soundset contains 101 patches and 6 variations for the incredibly capable Diversion synth by Dmitry Sches. The goal was to create a wide range of diverse sounds reaching from mellow and beautiful bells, pads, textural instruments and expressive lead sounds to edgy and soaring sequences and synths to dark and mysterious drones and soundscapes to otherworldly and abstract texures.

A lot of new waveforms were created in- and outside of Diversion to expand the sonic palette of this synth, complex modulation routings were used to create animated and expressive sounds usable for a wide variety of musical styles.

All sounds have the x/y-Mastermorph pad assigned for deep interaction with the sounds, many also use Aftertouch for even more expressive playability.

Diversity features

  • Bell & Plucks (9 + 1 variation)
  • Keys & Synths (21)
  • Pads (19 + 2 variations)
  • Scapes & Drones (29 + 2 variation)
  • Sequencers (23 + 1 variation)

The soundset costs 25 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Diversity

Patchpool announces Diversity for Diversion

Patchpool Diversity

Patchpool has announced Diversity, a new soundset for the Diversion synthesizer plug-in.

This soundset will contain about 100 patches for the incredibly capable Diversion Synth by Dmitry Sches. The goal is to create a wide range of diverse sounds reaching from mellow and beautiful bells, pads and textural instruments to edgy and soaring sequences and synths to dark and mysterious drones and soundscapes to otherworldly and abstract texures.

All sounds will have the Mastermorph pad assigned for deep interaction with the sounds, many will also use Aftertouch for even more expressive playabilty.

The soundset is scheduled for release by the end of February. A pre-order is available for 20 EUR (20% off regular).

More information: Patchpool / Diversity

Patchpool releases Cosmic for Padshop Pro

Patchpool Cosmic for Padshop Pro

Patchpool has announced the release of Cosmic, a soundset for the Padshop Pro synthesizer instrument by Steinberg.

Cosmic for Padshop Pro focusses on rich cinematic pads, drones, soundscape, bells, synths and cosmic sound effects mainly derived from electronic sources like Hardware and Software synths and more experimental audio applications like Metasynth and Cosmosƒ, a fascinating program which I discovered recently. These sounds are very usable for genres like Ambient – New Age – Soundtrack and Electronica.

Cosmic contains 82 patches making use of 123 original samples produced in 48 Khz / 24 Bit, with a total sze of 1.59 Gigabyte. All patches have the Modwheel assigned, many use Aftertouch and Velocity to control numerous parameters for deep interaction with the sounds.

Cosmic for Padshop Pro features

  • 82 patches in 6 categories:
    • Cosmic Bells (8)
    • Cosmic Noises (12)
    • Cosmic Pads (17)
    • Cosmic Scapes (27)
    • Cosmic Sequences (9)
    • Cosmic Synths (9)
  • Sampled Hardware synths: Clavia Nordlead, Roland D 50, Korg Z1.

The soundset costs 28 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Cosmic