Plughugger has launched a new sound library for the Omnisphere 2 virtual instrument from Spectrasonics.

The EMP-3 Compression Synthesizer soundset is based on hard compressed MP3 synth waveforms with a digitally organic character.

Plughugger EMP 3

EMP-3 is basically a normal soundset – but with one major difference. Instead of basing it on traditional synth waveforms – we took all those analog waveforms and processed them hard with the lowest quality MP3 setting we could find. Then we recorded the result back into Omnisphere in 96kHz and started to build the sounds from there.

Although we made this soundset with modern digital lofi in mind – by some strange paradox the waveforms have a very interesting analog-like instability to them. Although it’s the worst of digital encoding artefacts – when turned into sounds the digital artefacts brings out a unique almost organic quality.

We also provided the basic waveforms AND the Omnisphere Patches in two different compression levels: 8 and 16 kilobits per second. 8 kbps is a more lofi and rough while 16 kbps is a bit less dirty – it sounds like it’s a step closer to the original sound without compression. On some sounds the difference is barely noticeable – and on some it’s quite radical. Please see the two collections of waveforms as a bonus and source material for your own sound design.

EMP-3 features

  • 22 Arpeggios and Sequences.
  • 21 Drum and percussion.
  • 26 Pad and Strings.
  • 19 Bass sounds.
  • 35 Synth sounds.
  • 26 Textures and Soundscapes.
  • 50 Multi sounds.
  • 176 INIT sounds based on each sampled sound source and compression rate.

The EMP-3 soundset is on sale for 9.90 EUR until April 8th, 2018 (regular 19.90 EUR). Use coupon MP3ORGANIC at checkout to get the discount.

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