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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Patchpool releases Framedrum for Alchemy

Patchpool has announced the release of Framedrum, a sound library for Camel Audio Alchemy, containing multisampled framedrum instruments with up to 4 velocity layers and 8 variations per sample (Round Robin).

Patchpool Framedrum

Played with hands and fingers in the centre and on the rim of the drum, rubbing the skin, playing the drum with mallets and sticks and treating it with various objects and materials like rubber balls, tibetian soundbowl, chopsticks, rice and peanuts (in their shell).

This library also contains many patches made from processed Framedrum sounds, treated with granulators, stretching devices, saturators, distortion units, spectral tools, pitch shifters, convolution reverbs and more exotic FX Plug-Ins resulting in a large variety of beautiful and dramatic soundscapes and textures, dark and massive drones, percussive synths, mysterious noises, rich pads, edgy synth sounds and massive impacts.

As nothing beats a real drumming performance there is also a collection of loops in various time signatures, all synced to host tempo by using Alchemy’s granular mode and temposynced MSEGs and LFOs.

Framedrum features

  • 63 patches / 1 variation with 8 Snapshots each in the Remix Pad.
  • 1.61 GB of original samples, 35 MB of resynthed files are included.
  • 35 sfz-files are included so that you can use the samples and sfzs in other samplers as well.
  • All Framedrum samples were recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R in 48 Khz/24 Bit – U87 center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R.
  • 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.

Framedrum for Alchemy is available to purchase for 33 EUR. Requires the full version of Alchemy, it does not work with the Alchemy player version.

More information: Patchpool / Framedrum

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Patchpool introduces Framedrum for Alchemy + Save 20% in pre-order

Patchpool Framedrum

Patchpool has announced Framedrum, a sound library for the Alchemy sample manipulation synthesizer by Camel Audio.

Framedrum for Alchemy will contain multisampled framedrum instruments with up to 4 velocity layers and 8 variations per sample (Round Robin). Played with hands and fingers in the centre and on the rim of the drum, rubbing the skin, playing the drum with mallets and sticks.

As nothing beats a real drumming performance I will also play and sample a collection of loops in various time signatures, all synced to host tempo by using Alchemy’s granular mode and temposynced MSEGs and LFOs. Then there will be patches made from processed framedrum sounds, treated with granulators, saturators, distortion units, spectral tools, pitch shifters, convolution reverbs and more exotic FX Plug-Ins.

Framedrum features

  • ~2 GB of original samples.
  • All samples recorded with 3 Neumann microphones in L-C-R – 48 Khz/24 Bit.
  • U87 center mic – a stereo set of KM 184 for L-R.
  • ~50 patches with 8 variations each in Alchemy’s Remix Pad.
  • NOte: This sound bank requires the full version of Alchemy. It does not work with the Alchemy player version.

Framedrum is scheduled for release in mid December, 2012. The soundset is now available to pre-order for 24 EUR (20% off regular 30 EUR).

More information: Patchpool / Framedrum

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