A collaboration with Hainbach, AudioThing has released a new audio plugin that emulates an exciting experimental amplifier to bring the resonance of early electronic music.

Gong Amp uses a complex mixture of convolution processing, physical modeling, and feedback systems to create an instrument that is true to the responsiveness of the original, and even transcends it in terms of sound design possibilities.

In 1932, Maurice Martenot was looking for a way to make his groundbreaking proto-synthesizer “Ondes” audible beyond what could be archived with the horns and loudspeakers of the time. He developed a set of “diffuseurs”, of which the “Métallique” was one. Instead of a paper cone or horn, Martenot put a gong behind the amplifier circuitry. This seemingly simple idea resulted in resonances and brilliant overtones that excite audiences to this day.

In 2011, the French company Eowave took inspiration from Martenot’s invention and made their own version, the Resonator Metallik. When we heard what our friend, Berlin composer Hainbach, did with this rare and discontinued amplifier, we knew this sound needed to be available to more than a select few. So we made Gong Amp, our third collaboration with Hainbach since Motors and Wires.

Gong Amp features

  • Gong Amp Emulation.
  • Chains and Pillow Sets.
  • Dynamic, Pitch, Modulation, Howl.
  • Trip Modulation.
  • Resizable Window.
  • Preset system with randomize.

Gong Amp for Windows and Mac (VST/VTS3, AU and AAX) is on sale at AudioThing and from distributor Plugin Boutique for the intro price of 39 USD/EUR until January 10th, 2022 (regular 59 USD/EUR).