Tronsonic has announced The Expressive Tron, a free Mellotron library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Expressive Tron features 4 tape banks from an original (un-serviced) Mellotron M400 – Flute, Strings, Cello and Male Choir.
The Original samples were taken 8 years ago (the first instrument I sampled), then recently re-recorded to more worn tape, and supplied in microtape plus format, which features a 16 step tape echo style sequencer and fx section.
These are not pristine mellotron samples – Martin at Streetly Electronics gave them a listen and commented on how badly the instrument would have needed a service – so I’m aiming for the other end of the spectrum with these – for those that really like the character of degraded sound. The microtapes also allow you to degrade the signal further, to taste.
The library is a free download at Tronsonic. Requires Kontakt 5.2.1 or later, full version.
Synthmagic and Tronsonic have announced the release of J4, a virtual Roland Jupiter 4 instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Inspired by a legendary 4 voice Japanese analogue synthesizer from the late 1970s, ‘J4′ also includes an extremely comprehensive sequencer.
‘J4′ features 2 different sets of samples – one set recorded ‘DI’, with a NEVE style pre-amp/eq and boutique valve mixer at 48khz/24 bit. The second set uses the same method, but has also been recorded to brand new ‘old-stock’ tape at 15ips on a Studer A807 quarter inch reel-to-reel recorder.
Single Oscillator Analogue style synth with 6 Waveforms, a Sub Square Wave Oscillator and Noise Generator.
Over 320 presets.
2 different sample sets (one DI, one taped).
Syncable 16 step sequencer system with Filter, Resonance, Velocity and Chord sequencer.
Syncable main LFO and VCF S/H LFO.
Overdrive function via relationship between ‘Volume’ and ‘Level’ controls.
Dual Polarity Keytrack.
Unison, Portamento and Mono mode.
4 Voice or Full Polyphony.
Pitch Bend and Mod Wheel routing system.
Delay, high quality ‘Mixbus’ Compressor, ‘Tape Compressor’, Ensemble and choice of 3 Reverbs.
The library is available from Synth Magic and Tronsonic for the introductory price of £19.99 GBP until May 1st, 2014 (30% off regular).
A recreation of an imaginary EMINENT SOLINA STRING ENSEMBLE ‘PROTOTYPE’ – perhaps found in the basement of the old Eminent factory in Holland.
Sampled from the original MARK1 version (with ensemble effect always ON).
With customisable ‘EQ MODULATION’ EFFECT (see 2nd video down), plus 2 PHASERS – allowing a different variety of ensemble with a wide range of movement, for complex and evolving synthesized orchestral sounds.
The sound library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £14.99 GBP until November 1st, 2013 (25% off regular).
Tronsonic and Synthmagic have announced the release of System1000M, a modular style synthesizer for Native Instruments Kontakt.
This is based on a famous Japanese modular, with a few alternative features. Plenty of modulation possibilities, its great fun to use. Steve and I have streamlined the instrument to make it as cpu efficient as possible – it handles very well in fact.
There’s an arpeggiator, with 2 ‘interval’ sections, allowing some very interesting patterns to be made. Most of the tracks in the video were made with pressing one or two keys of a multi-mode preset.
There is a dual polarity Keytrack function assigned to the mod-wheel. This acts as a great alternative to filter cutoff, as it is pitch specific.
Over 275 presets.
From raucous laboratory experiments, acid house and techno to serene radiophonic bliss-scapes.
Optional new ‘add-on’ banks and presets (coming soon).
Sampled with vintage valve equipment to quarter inch tape for maximum analogue texture.
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £14.99 GBP until May 20th, 2013. Requires Kontakt 5.1.0 full version.
Tronsonic has announed the release of VCO, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
VCO features all of the waveforms from a 1972 minimoog with long natural cycles of up to 15 seconds before looping and also phase aligned at the start points of each sample. Like DCO, this was not sampled to tape. The aim was to achieve the closest possible replica of a classic hardware VCO synth within the DAW, so to keep the wave cycles in tact, only vintage tubes and a good convertor were used.
A custom made tape and tube impulse response (as used in Tronto and DCO) plus Kontakt 5′s tape saturation effect is used to bring in some richness and texture when needed.
VCO is designed as a free companion to Tronto and DCO, and uses the same interface (so sharing the same controls) – great for stacking in multis and controlling externally via midi cc.
VCO comes with over 100 presets, for the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.0.3 or later.