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Review: Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio Cinematic

Camel Audio has recently released Alchemy Player, a virtual instrument for playing and tweaking ready-to-play sounds from Camel Audio’s soundbank collection. Alchemy Player features the same advanced sample manipulation engine as its bigger brother, but you only get access to a limited amount of parameters for modifying sounds.

Since every Alchemy soundbank now comes with a copy of Alchemy Player you don’t actually need the full product anymore to enjoy these sounds.

I had a go with Cinematic, one of Camel Audio’s latest Alchemy soundbanks.

Cinematic will provide loads of inspiration for film, TV and ambient composers. With dramatic soundscapes, mysterious textures and evocative atmospheres, it covers a lot of emotional ground, with moods ranging from gentle and thoughtful, romantic and moving, through upbeat all the way to bleak and disturbing.

Ideal for many genres such as action and adventure, suspense, sci-fi and horror, and packed with slowly evolving details and innovative instrumental layers, Cinematic also includes over 100 MB of new samples ranging from a collection of thunderous hits and stabs to tinkling chimes, suspense-filled drones, bowed horror ambiences, treated guitar washes, and a selection of analogue and digital synths and keyboard sounds.

The Cinematic soundbank includes 150 presets, with 8 variations each for a total of 1,200 sounds that can be dialed in from the remix pad. Here’s the breakdown in types of sound: 53 soundscapes, 27 pads, 19 sound effects, 13 loops, 11 vocals, 5 arps, 5 mallets, 4 basses, 4 strings, 4 synths, 3 organs, 2 keys.

The sounds were programmed by a host of sound designers: Martin Walker, Artvera, Luftrum, Denis Goekdag, Junkie XL, Christian Kjeldsen, Niklas Silen, Cyforce, Ugo, Antonio Blanca, and Himalaya.

The Alchemy Player itself has a straightforward interface with a preset browser section and a bunch of performance controls.

Camel Audio Alchemy Player
Camel Audio Alchemy Player

For manipulation of the sounds every preset has specific parameters linked to the performance controls. The full Alchemy sound engine is available in the player version but you will only be able to manipulate those parameters that the sound designer chose for each particular preset.

Note: You can actually turn the player into a time-limited full version of Alchemy (3 week demo) but let me warn you that this is a cunning plan devised to get you addicted to Alchemy. There is a considerable chance you’ll end up wanting to upgrade… yes, it’s that great!

Not all of the programmed sound variations sound terribly different from one another but you certainly get a lot more than the 150 initial sounds, and you can morph the remix pad variations and use the performance knobs to create new variations of your own.

You can listen to a few preset by preset demonstrations below. The remix pad is used to morph between variations.

So what do I think?

Product: Cinematic (for Alchemy) by Camel Audio
Format: Alchemy soundbank, includes Alchemy Player (VST/AU)
Price: $59 USD/£39 GBP/49 EUR

I found Cinematic to be a well balanced collection of sounds with plenty of variation within the various categories. The overall quality of presets is outstanding; I especially enjoyed the soundscapes section.

Each of the sound designers brings his/her own personal flavor yet the whole thing still feels like a pretty coherent set of sounds. Highlights for me are Luftrum’s stunning pads and pretty much everything by Martin Walker, who consistently delivers amazing, highly cinematic sounds.

Much like Native Instruments with its Kore and Kore Player platform, Camel Audio is now offering its soundbanks to a new audience with Alchemy Player. For those who are looking to just get some great sounds without investing in an expensive and possibly superfluous instrument, this player format is perfect.

Still, I would recommend activating the 3 week Alchemy demo just to experience the full potential of this fantastic instrument.

More information: Camel Audio / Cinematic

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Native Instruments releases Evolve Mutations Bundle

Native Instruments Evolve Mutations Bundle

Native Instruments has released the Evolve Mutations Bundle, a bundle of both Evolve Mutations products for Kontakt.

This bundle contains both versions of the Heavyocity-designed EVOLVE MUTATIONS Kontakt instruments.

Together, this bundle delivers 4 GB of original cinematic material perfect for film & TV scores, game designers and electronic music producers.

Evolve Mutations Bundle includes

  • EVOLVE MUTATIONS — This is the first product of the cooperation between Heavyocity and Native Instruments. Powered by the latest KONTAKT 4 PLAYER, this 2-gigabyte collection of rhythm and tonality provides a “music-meets-sound-design”-approach for the modern composer. Created by working pros in the film, tv and game industries, EVOLVE MUTATIONS is a go-to resource for hybrid, electronic, pop and dance music productions, either on its own or as an addition to Heavyocity’s flagship Virtual Instrument Evolve. Find your sonic signature with EVOLVE MUTATIONS.
  • EVOLVE MUTATIONS 2 — EVOLVE MUTATIONS 2 takes audio-visual sound design to the next level, bringing 2 GB of new and original sounds for composers of film and TV scores, game sound designers and music producers seeking unique effects and textures. Split into four useful categories, EVOLVE MUTATIONS 2 delivers powerful and dramatic content in a highly convenient package. Created by working pros in the film TV and games industry, EVOLVE MUTATIONS 2 also contains the debut of the incredible new Trigger FX feature for effortless and inspiring transformations.

Evolve Mutations Bundle is available to purchase for $169 USD/149 EUR, a bundle savings of $69 USD/49 EUR. Requires KONTAKT 4 PLAYER or KONTAKT 4 (version 4.0.5 or higher).

More information: Native Instruments / Evolve Mutations Bundle

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Big Fish Audio releases Cinematic Sound Design

Big Fish Audio Cinematic Sound Design

Big Fish Audio has announced the release of Cinematic Sound Design, a sample library featuring over 1.2 GB of Hollywood-style sound design elements in 13 categories, created and compiled specifically for composers and producers of film and TV music.

Designed by Ric Viers (author of The Sound Effects Bible) and produced by Steve Sechi (Epic Drums), this collection includes such useful elements as drones, massive hits, whooshes, explosions, beds, risers, fireballs, and lots more.

A great tool for composers of trailers, promos, and ads, CINEMATIC SOUND DESIGN has been formatted for Kontakt 3, Battery 3, EXS24, and Reason’s NNXT. These patches can be used to load an arsenal of sound design elements into your DAW, providing a fast and convenient way to audition sounds without interrupting your workflow.

Cinematic Sound Design features

  • 1.2 GB of content.
  • 13 categories.
  • Patches for: Battery 3 EXS24, Kontakt 3 and reason’s NNXT.

Cinematic Sound Design is available to purchase for $49.95 USD.

More information: Big Fish Audio / Cinematic Sound Design

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Les Productions Zvon releases Memory Collection sample pack 01

Les Productions Zvon has released Memory Collection sample pack 01, the follow up of the previously released Halloween and Holidays packs 2009.

The samples in this collection are taken from Public Domain movies, TV shows and TV ads. I chose the name Memory Collection because by definition works in the Public Domain are from the past, a past often not very distant but sadly also often forgotten or ignored. This collection brings back some of the sounds from the past.

These movies are usually old and the sound quality is often not great and they’re noisy too. The samples include voice/spoken word/dialogs, sfx, music and other stuff. Many of them can be further divided so you can have some fun yourself ;-).

The Memory Collection sample pack includes 375 samples and consists of two parts:

  • Free Pack (88 samples, 27.3 MB) and Mini MC1, available to download at no cost.
  • MC Pack 01 (287 samples, 157 MB), available to purchase for a donation (minimum $3.33 USD).

More information: Les Productions Zvon / Memory Collection

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Music for Our Future: Free 13-track compilation inspired by SyFy’s Caprica

Music for Our Future

Music for Our Future is a special compilation inspired by the SyFy original series, Caprica.

Peter Kirn writes:

Working with music production today is a bit like science fiction. It’s fitting that visions of technology’s promise, menace, and humanity would inspire electronic music.

Create Digital Music, XLR8R, and Pitchfork got to join together with TV network SyFy to curate a free, 13-track compilation of “Music for Our Future.” Inspired by the world of SyFy’s new TV series Caprica, which is set just before the recently-concluded Battlestar Galactica, this is science fiction as the familiar. It’s the near future, not simply fantasy.

The full compilation is available to download for free, exclusively at: http://www.xlr8r.com/musicforourfuture

The compilation includes tracks by Lusine, Willits & Sakamoto, The Field, Richard Devine, and more. Also features some exclusive material by White Rainbows, Nice Nice, and CDM’s Peter Kirn, who also talks to some of the artists to find out what inspired them and which techniques were used for these tracks.

More information: Music for Our Future / Create Digital Music

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Zero-G releases Dark Skies – Cinematic Ambiences

Zero-G Dark Skies - Cinematic Ambiences

Zero-G has released Dark Skies – Cinematic Ambiences, a 2 DVD set packed full of ambiences, soundscapes, drones and FX and is the perfect accompaniment for any professional film, TV or video game producer and sound editor looking for something extra.

Including everything from huge, luscious, panoramic soundscapes to the mysterious, eerie and downright scary and everything in between this enormous library is made for people who are serious about their sound design.

It contains over 1000 instruments in EXS24, Kontakt and NN-XT format as well as standard Acidized Wav files and Apple Loops all recorded in stunning 24bit using top of the range equipment by one of the world’s leading sound fx producers. This is state of the art sound design.

In addition to hundreds of ambiences, soundscapes drones and fx which are themed into sections, there are over 50 construction kits which present sounds within the context of a short musical/sound design piece under the general headings Ambient Score, Dark Score, Science Core and Textural.

There is also a themed collection of individual samples, ranging from beautiful washes of ambient bliss, to harsh digital blasts and granular FX.

All of the samples have been pre-cleared and are 100% original & royalty-free for your musical use without any additional licensing fees!

Dark Skies – Cinematic Ambiences features

  • 940 Acidized WAV files.
  • 940 AIFF Apple Loops.
  • 1027 Kontakt Instruments.
  • 1027 EXS24 Instruments.
  • 1027 NN-XT Instruments.

Dark Skies – Cinematic Ambiences is available to purchase for £89.95 GBP / $149.95 USD / €99 EUR.

More information: Zero-G / Dark Skies – Cinematic Ambiences

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Loopmasters releases Movie Dialogue Vol 3

Loopmasters Movie Dialogue Vol 3

Loopmasters has released Movie Dialogue Vol 3, an inspirational set of samples taken from original early Film Dialogue.

If you need some inspiring vocal samples for your music, then Movie Dialogue includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic dialogue from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history. Suitable for Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Trip Hop, Drum and Bass, House and all forms of modern musical experimentation.

Movie Dialogue Vol 3 features

  • 824 Movie Dialogue Samples in 6 categories, 44.1Khz 16bit Wav format.
  • 11 patches in Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, NNXT and SFZ formats for easy auditioning.
  • All material contained within this release is royalty free to use in your music (Creative Commons License).

Movie Dialogue Vol 3 is available for purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Movie Dialogue Vol 3

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