Sun.io releases VI-Celestia for Kontakt

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Sun.io has released VI-Celestia, a free virtual synthesizer library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

VI-Celestia
VI-Celestia is a synth for Kontakt that uses tonemachine formants to manipulate different kinds of pure wave shapes, instrument sounds and sound fx to create new sounds. The sounds that can be produced are basically endless.

VI-Celestia has 3 banks (tabs), in each bank one can select either a shape, instrument or sound-fx to work with. So in total 3 sound sources can be mixed together. Each bank stands on it’s own, therefore each sound can be manipulated. The last tab is the mixer where one can do additional processing of the 3 sound sources. With the red display one can select a sound to work on. To enable a sound, click either P1, P2 or P3. This corresponds to either: SHAPES, INSTRUMENTS or SOUND FX. With the arrow keys it is possible to browse through the sound sources. Usually, one can produce a lot of different sounds with P1, the SHAPES alone. There are a lot of knobs that can be tweaked. The Formant, Speed, Smoothing, Cutoff are necessary to tweak to produce a sound, as they control the sound source and the respective low-pass filter. Of course, tweaking the ADSR is usually needed to create a certain sound. Each bank has it’s own 3 band EQ, Shape modulators, Effects and a Arpeggiator. The modulators can be activated by clicking the shape images on the right side. So to enable the Sine modulator, click the sine wave image. Not very intuitive, so I guess it was worth mentioning.

VI-Celestia does not produce instant sounds, it is a synthesizer that needs tweaking. If you are looking for instant sounds, then this is not for you. However, VI-Celestia can load and save settings. It is possible to save your configuration by pressing the “SAVE” button. You can also load a preset, by clicking on “LOAD”. These presets are stored as a NKA file. Which basically is a text file which contains all parameters for easy sharing. Note: each bank must be saved independently, and the mixer tab settings will not be stored. The “Data” folder has therefore 3 folders: Bank 1, Bank 2, Bank 3. This way you can store a preset and later retrieve it in the bank it belongs to. It’s not possible to load a preset for Bank 1 into Bank 2.

It is also possible to assign 9 CC controls to various knobs. 3 per bank. Click the MIDI CC MAPPING to select a knob to assign it to. The CC number can be selected by dragging with the mouse over the black CC box. So you could assign the Cutoff to CC1 and thereby control it with the modwheel. Etc.

More information: VI-Celestia (Mediafire download)

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sun.io releases Dark Drones free sample pack

sun.io has introduced “Dark Drones”, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

sun.io Dark Drones

Dark Drones, great for a very dark cinematic effect. Heavy, gritty, dark. Well, just download and listen for yourself!

The instrument has 42 handcrafted drones. They are all around 1 minute in length and in Stereo. Hope you enjoy it, I love creating these patches.

The library is a free download (~190MB compressed). All samples were saved in the ‘NCW’ Lossless Sample Compression format to reduce file size.

More information: Dark Drones (download)

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Sun.io releases Lighter Glitch – Free Kontakt sample pack

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Sun.io has announced “Lighter Glitch”, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sun.io Lighter Glitch
Sampled sounds of lighters and matches for Native Instruments Kontakt.

So I was a little bored today. Instead of being a couch potato, I decided to sample a bunch of lighters and matches and make them a bit glitchy.

The result was pretty interesting, it makes a somewhat creepy atmospheric sound. A basic Arp is included.

The Lighter Glitch sample library for Kontakt 5+ (full version required) is a free download.

More information: Lighter Glitch (direct download, ~8.5 MB)

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Sun.io releases free Pink Tambourine for Kontakt

Sun.io has announced Pink Tambourine, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Sun.io Pink Tambourine
Free tambourine sample library for Kontakt.

This patch contains a sampled tambourine. It has 5 round robin layers, each containing 8 individual hits. This tambourine patch only works in the latest version of Kontakt.

Pink Tambourine features

  • Sampled Toca TCT10-PK 10 inch Colorsound Tambourine.
  • Recorded with Shure SM57 in Reaper at 16 bit 44.1Khz, through a LINE 6 UX2.

The sound library is a free download at Sun.io

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sun.io releases free Jackson Pro Series guitar sample pack for Kontakt

sun.io has released a free sample pack featuring the sounds of a Jackson Pro Series RR24 Rhoads electric guitar.

sun.io Jackson EMG
Jackson guitar instrument for NI Kontakt by sun.io.

This patch contains powerchords and palm-mutes sampled from a Jackson Pro Series guitar.

There are 9 round robin layers for each chord. All samples were recorded clean, This means
that you can add any effect -like distortion- yourself through the use of a plugin.

The patch works in Kontakt version 5.0.3 and upwards.

sun.io is currently working on sampling the whole instrument.

The sample pack is available to download at no cost (100 MB download).

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