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Sound Dust releases Modular Chaos Engine libraries Found & Evolved

Sound Dust has announced the release of Modular Chaos Engine #1 – Found and Modular Chaos Engine #2 – Evolved, two instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sound Dust Modular Chaos Engine #1 - Found

For the past 10 years or so I’ve always carried some kind of portable recording device and a pair of OKM in ear microphones around with me and kept a kind of aural diary of great sounding things and great sounding places. I’ve made literally gazillions of recordings in places all over this side of the world, and like most diaries these recordings have mainly been sitting in dark cupboards waiting for someone to rediscover them…

The Modular Chaos Engine is the perfect repository for 785 of them. I’ve selected the most usefully percussive, clangy, bangy, thumpy, boomy, itchy, scratchy, thwacky and whacky, added a really powerful sequencing engine and made a “found sound” drum machine.

Modular Chaos Engine #1 – Found features

  • 785 individual samples ( including up to 20 variations of each sound) mapped to 12 sample engines from C1 upwards.
  • 160mb download.
  • 12 complex 12 track sequencers triggered from keys C0 and above (adjustable).
  • The Chaos button for instant randomisation.
  • The Order button for an instant return to normality.
  • Comprehensive editing with quick edit system for control of all sounds together, or indivual editing of tune, time, low pass filter, high pass filter, attack, decay and volume.
  • Individual per engine articulation controls.
  • Separate sequence tracks for sound selection, accent, decay, pan and tuning per note.
  • Chaotic “looper” control with 32 looping algorithms.
  • All controls midi learnable.
  • Inbuilt instruction manual.

“Modular Chaos Engine #2 – Evolved” features a fully electronic instrument.

Sound Dust Modular Chaos Engine #2 - Evolved

Its probably no secret that this time i’ve exploited the strange and rather wonderful qualities of Dave Smiths’ criminally underated analog/digital masterpiece the Evolver. I LOVE this underdog synth because it has so much wonky personality and a wonderful architecture that can produce some really great sounds….usually of a slightly boisterous nature.

So, for this Chaos Engine there are up to 127 different sounds/articulations per key which are very loosely mapped across the keys from from low kick drum type sounds through snappy snare type sounds up to more clicky, rattly hats and then the mildly melodic sounds up near the top end of the key range.

Modular Chaos Engine #2 – Evolved features

  • 1106 individual samples ( including up to 20 variations of each sound) mapped to 12 sample engines from C1 upwards.
  • 283mb download.
  • 12 complex 12 track sequencers triggered from keys C0 and above (adjustable).
  • The Chaos button for instant randomisation.
  • The Order button for an instant return to normality.
  • Comprehensive editing with quick edit system for control of all sounds together, or indivual editing of tune, time, low pass filter, high pass filter, attack, decay and volume.
  • Individual per engine articulation controls.
  • Separate sequence tracks for sound selection, accent, decay, pan and tuning per note.
  • Chaotic “looper” control with 32 looping algorithms.
  • All controls midi learnable.
  • Inbuilt instruction manual.

The sample libraries are available for purchase for £20 GBP each, or bundled for £35 GBP.

More information: Sound Dust

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Sound Dust releases Hammr Growler for Kontakt

Sound Dust has released Hammr Growler, the third part of the Hammr Suite, a comprehensive tonewheel organ set of sampled instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sound Dust Hammr Growler

Hammr Growler is the filthy brother of the not particularly demure Hammr+ and was developed with Oasis/Sheryl Crow keyboard player Mikey Rowe.

The Growler captures from 4 mic positions the full tilt sound of Mikeys favourite 888000000 setting on his 1959 B3 through a cranked up Leslie cabinet.

Hammr Growler features

  • 5 x 15 second samples per note for a total of 3.2GB of samples compressed to a 2.7GB download.
  • 4 mic positions using classic Neuman mics and Grace preamps.
  • Individual control of volume, pan, ADSR and vibrato per mic.
  • Percussion 2nd and 3rds available at the same time, with control of octave and decay time.
  • Note off volume and decay control.
  • Velocity sensitivity control.
  • CC11 hard-wired to volume for expression pedal swells.
  • Leslie simulator with speed, treble/bass balance and distance controls.
  • 69 specially recorded reverb impulses from a variety of real spaces and classic gear.
  • Cabinet re-micing through a choice of 11 speaker cabinets.
  • Dirt, morphing EQ and master EQ effects.
  • Dirty contacts control adds small amounts of timing variation to note on /off to mimic the effects of ageing key contacts.
  • 24 presets.
  • Master/slave control system for quick adjustment of group controls.
  • Built in user manual.

The library is available for £30 GBP. A purchase includes a 10 EUR discount link for MeldaProduction’s MVintageRotary Leslie simulator plug-in, and a £10 discount code for Hammr+.

More information: Sound Dust / Hammr Growler

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Sound Dust releases Hammr+ organ for Kontakt

Sound Dust Hammr+

Sound Dust has announced the release of Hammr+, a virtual tonewheel organ instrument library for Native Instruments, developed in collaboration with Oasis/Sheryl Crow keyboard player Mikey Rowe and recorded by Andy Britton.

You’d be right in thinking that he last thing the world needs is another Hammond clone, and I would be the first to agree, but the Hammr+ is a little different.

Of course she oozes classic character and has all the capabilities you’d expect of a tonewheel organ, but in true Sound Dust style this thing takes a huge leap of the imagination and moves way past the limitations of the original. By taking advantage of sampling technology and bespoke Kontakt architecture and a little bit of imagination Hammr+ can do things that were inconceivable in the original 1959 instrument.

Hammr+ features

  • Every note of every drawbar of an unmentionable tonewheel organ sampled for 7 secs through a 1959 Leslie cabinet for around 1GB of uncompressed samples.
  • Individual control of volume, pan, ADSR, vibrato, saturation (amount, bass and tone) and tremolo (speed, fade and depth ) for every drawbar.
  • Percussion 2nd and 3rds available at the same time, with control of octave and decay time.
  • Note off volume and decay control.
  • Velocity sensitivity control.
  • CC11 hardwired to volume for expression pedal swells.
  • Leslie simulator with speed, treble/bass balance and distance controls.
  • 69 specially recorded reverb impulses from a variety of real spaces and classic gear.
  • Cabinet re-micing through a choice of 11 speaker cabinets.
  • Dirt, morphing EQ and master EQ effects.
  • Dirty contacts control adds small amounts of timing variation to note on /off to mimic the effects of aging key contacts.
  • 70 presets including 30 classic sounds.
  • Chaos and reset controls for painless sound design.
  • Master/slave control system for quick adjustment of group controls.
  • Built in user manual.
  • It sounds great!

Hammr+ is available for purchase for £30 GBP. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or above. A 10 EUR discount link for the MVintageRotary Leslie simulator by Melda Production is included.

More information: Sound Dust / Hammr+

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Sound Dust releases HamMR Bass & Chords for Kontakt

Sound Dust HamMR Bass & Chords

Sound Dust has announced the release of HamMR Bass & Chords, a free tonewheel organ instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Developed as part of the HamMR suite with organ supremo Mikey Rowe, Bass & Chords is the 400MB cut down “home keyboard” version of the HamMR+ and the HamMR Growler.

HamMR Bass & Chords features

  • The bottom octave of a 1958 Hammond B3 played at full tilt through an overloaded, full speed Leslie cabinet.
  • 5 x 15 second round robin samples per note from two mic positions.
  • One octave of major chords mapped per note.
  • One octave of minor chords mapped per note.
  • Adjustable volume, ADSR, pan and vibrato controls per articulation.
  • Overall EQ.
  • Leslie simulator and reverb for chord articulations.
  • A hidden extra… watch the video for details.

The HamMR Bass & Chords library is a free download. Requires the full version of Kontakt 4 or 5.

More information: Sound Dust / HamMR Bass & Chords

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Sound Dust releases Tiny Chaos Engine for Kontakt

Sound Dust has launched Tiny Chaos Engine, a free “found sound” drum-machine for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sound Dust Tiny Chaos Engine

Tiny Chaos Engine a sophisticated groove box made with a collection of unlikely sound sources that include a lawn mower, kite flying, celery, static electricity, trickling water and a broken piano as well as some more obvious percussive sources.

It’s great for adding rythmic and tonal interest to more straightforward beats or for creating whole landscapes of clickity clack, wub wub.

Tiny Chaos Engine features

  • Chaos button for instant randomisation.
  • Order button for an instant return to normality.
  • Comprehensive editing with quick edit system for instant results.
  • 12 sample engines with individual articulation control.
  • 12 sequence engines with algorithmic looping controller.
  • Lots of great binaurally recorded sounds.
  • Built in manual.

Tiny Chaos Engine is a free download at Sound Dust. Requires Kontakt 4/5, full version.

More information: Sound Dust / Tiny Chaos Engine

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The Unfinished launches Omnisphere Lost & Found

Omnisphere Lost & Found

The Unfinished has announced the release of Omnisphere Lost & Found, a sound library for the Spectrasonics Omnisphere virtual instrument, in collaboration with Pendle Poucher of Sound Dust.

There are various themes for this collection, but all of them are seeded in a world of broken beauty. Lost & Found is aimed at the strange and wonderful atmospherics of neo-classical; the raw and dirty sonics of dark electronica; and the celestial and heart-thumping cinematics of modern scores. One minute it is a lo-fi, grainy and grungey slap around the face, the next it is a chaotic, soaring, widescreen embrace.

Whilst designing these patches Radio Lost & Found was playing the likes of Olafur Arnalds, Ben Frost, Rhian Sheehan, Nils Frahm, Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross, Steven Price, John Murphy, plus many others.

In this soundset you will find fragile pads, damaged pianos, dusty music boxes, grubby basses, electro-acoustic rhythms and dystopian soundscapes from the ether.

The soundset is available for purchase for £24.99 GBP.

More information: The Unfinished / Omnisphere Lost & Found

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Sound Dust releases GrandThrift autoHarp² for Kontakt

Sound Dust has announced GrandThrift autoHarp², a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sound Dust GrandThrift AutoHarp2

GrandThrift autoHarp² is what happens when you mate a tiny autoharp with a full sized grand piano. She’s an impossible hybrid instrument with four different string layers that create unique pianoish, plucky, autoharpy sounds.

This strangely beautiful offspring weighs in at a fairly hefty but graceful 380mb and contains 4 separate and individually adjustable layers of multi-velocity samples from every note of both instruments.

GrandThrift autoHarp² features

  • 4 different sound articulations: picked autoharp, palm muted autoharp, binaural autoharp, binaural plucked grand piano.
  • Multisampled with up to 4 velocity levels.
  • Advanced architecture with automatable control of volume, octave tuning, pan, volume envelope, tremolo and delay per voice.
  • 69 specially created convolution reverb impulses recorded from real spaces, expensive hardware, and some less obvious sources including a Roland Space Echo, Lexicon reverb and the stage of Glyndebourne opera house.
  • Leslie effect, cabinet modelling and morphing EQ.
  • Selectable and adjustable release group.
  • Round robin sample swapping for extra realism.
  • MIDI timing jitter for even more realism.
  • 19 “starter” presets in Kontakt 4 and 5 format.
  • A handwritten manual.

GrandThrift autoHarp² is available to purchase for £20 GBP. The update is free for previous users. Full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 required.

More information: Sound Dust / GrandThrift autoHarp²

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