Steinberg releases Granular Guitars by Simon Stockhausen

Steinberg has announced the release of Granular Guitars, the second signature expansion pack exclusively for the Padshop and Padshop Pro granular synthesizers, created by composer and designer Simon Stockhausen.

Steinberg Granular Guitars

Granular Guitars is an expansion pack that holds 260 presets new to Padshop Pro and Padshop based on nearly three gigabytes of samples covering various acoustic and electric guitars as well as the more exotic instruments such as psaltery, celtic harp and oud. The presets offer an array of cinematic soundscapes, distorted guitars, inspiring textures and much more.

Star sound designer Simon Stockhausen commented: “My love for guitars and other plucked or bowed string instruments is manifested in the sound library of Granular Guitars. During the several months that I worked on this set, I thoroughly investigated this family of musical instruments. Using known playing techniques but also coming up with completely new ones, I created samples and presets to provide the granular guitarist with a wide range of playable, expressive and fascinating sounds.”

“I used to be a keyboardist and saxophonist who also wanted to play guitar, and with my work on Granular Guitars, this ambition has partially been fulfilled,” Stockhausen added.

Product marketing manager Matthias Quellmann said: “The wealth of textures that Granular Guitars provides is mind-blowing. It’s amazing how Simon creates a totally new perspective on guitar instruments with Padshop.”

The sound pack is available for purchase for 39.99 EUR incl. German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Granular Guitars

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Patchpool releases Spectral Rays for LinPlug Spectral

Patchpool has announced the release of Spectral Rays, a soundset for the Spectral synthesizer instrument by LinPlug.

Patchpool Spectral Rays

This second soundset by Simon Stockhausen for LinPlug’s Spectral, featuring 100 patches focusing on very musical and expressive lead sounds, rich, dreamy, glassy, cold and lush pads, groovy and futuristic sequences, complex and ethereal soundscapes, electronic textures inspired by the world of science fiction and some dark and deep drone sounds from the core of the underworld.

All waveforms and filter shapes in this soundset are programmed from scratch, exploring new and exciting sonic territories. The Modwheel is assigned for most of the patches, many presets also use Aftertouch.

Spectral Rays features

  • 16 Pads.
  • 18 Drones & Sweeps.
  • 17 Soundscapes.
  • 7 Leads.
  • 7 Stabs & Plucks.
  • 20 Arps & Sequencers.
  • 13 Alien & SciFi.
  • 2 Bass.

The soundset is available for purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Spectral Rays

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Patchpool introduces Scattered Entity Vol. 1 for MachFive 3

Patchpool Scattery Entity Vol 1

Simon Stockhausen of Patchpool has announced Scattered Entity Vol. 1, the first in a series of libraries for MOTU’s MachFive 3.

Over time a universe of sounds for this extremely versatile electronic instrument will be created, combining the beauty and natural expression of acoustic instruments with the miracles of electronic sound design.

Scattered Entity Vol. 1 features

  • ~3 GB of original samples (wav/stereo/48 Khz/24 Bit).
  • 100+ patches/instruments combining all synthesis methods available in MachFive
    • Multisampled instruments, pure and twisted.
    • Orchestral sounds derived from orchestral recordings of my own music.
    • Evolving pads.
    • Vocal texures.
    • Experimental textures.
    • Cinematic and ominous soundscapes.
    • Complex sequencers.
    • Processed field recordings.
    • Sampled Instruments:
      • Celtic harp with 27 strings – multisampled with several velocity layers and round robin, harp glissandi, prepared harp samples.
      • Bowed strings.
      • Woodwinds.
      • Chromatic and achromatic percussion (Thai gongs, Tamtam, bowed vibraphone, Djembe and more).
      • Timpani.
  • All patches will have the 8 Macros assigned in the info tab, quite a few patches will also have custom scripting for extended sound manipulation features and a nice front end.

The sound library is scheduled for release in early November, 2013. It is available to pre-order for 52 EUR (20% off regular 65 EUR).

More information: Patchpool / Scattered Entity Vol. 1

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Steinberg releases Granular Symphonies expansion pack for Padshop

Steinberg Granular Symphonies

Steinberg has announced the release of Granular Symphonies, a VST Sound Instrument Set that adds exclusive, premium-quality samples and presets to the libraries of the Padshop Pro and Padshop granular synthesizers.

Created by sound designer and composer Simon Stockhausen, Granular Symphonies comprises two gigabytes of samples and recordings, including strings, brass, vocals and various other instrumental content. The 260 presets employ the granular synthesis technology in Padshop Pro and Padshop to reveal unique sounds of profound detail. Granular Symphonies offers a wealth of sonic textures, pads and leads for invoking powerful emotions that stir and inspire.

“I am excited about the release of Granular Symphonies, one of the biggest sound design projects in my life and certainly one that kept me busy and sleepless for many months,” remarked Simon Stockhausen. “I hope that this library will inspire many composers around the world and expand their sonic palette to paint beautiful, haunting, wondrous and enchanting musical pictures using the versatility of granular synthesis in Padshop and Padshop Pro.”

Granular Symphonies features

  • 260 new presets with outstanding sounds designed by sound designer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Stockhausen.
  • 2 GB of exclusively recorded samples including strings, brass, mallets, vocals and experimental content.
  • Available as download only.
  • Windows and Mac installer included.

Granular Symphonies is available to purchae for 29.99 EUR incl. German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Granular Symphonies

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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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