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Review: Native Instruments Absynth Spectral Expansion

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Native Instruments’ latest KORE SoundPack is Absynth Spectral Expansion, a collection of 200 new sounds using the Absynth sound engine.

This KORE SOUNDPACK provides 200 newly designed ABSYNTH sounds with over 1,600 sound variations, covering a wide range of instruments, styles and moods.

ABSYNTH SPECTRAL EXPANSION fully exploits the organic character of this unique synthesizer, particularly through the powerful “Wave Morphing” feature of ABSYNTH 4, and remains profoundly musical in its nature. It perfectly compliments the existing libraries, and can also be used directly within ABSYNTH 4.

The following video highlights the relationship between sound morphing in KORE 2 / KORE PLAYER and the parameters controlled by ABSYNTH’s Macro Controls.

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Absynth Spectral Expansion is available as a download from the NI Online Shop for $59 USD / 49 EUR. (The sounds in this KORE SOUNDPACK are 100% compatible with the ABSYNTH 4 full version and are not contained in the ABSYNTH 4 factory library)

So what do I think?

Boy do I like these playable sounds as Native Instruments calls them. There are some excellent pads, bell sounds, great soft leads, plucked sounds, keys… Browsing the presets I was instantly inspired by many of them.
Absynth Twilights was great as well, but this new library will probably see more action in my music.

With 1,600 variations and macro controls that allow you to tweak the presets with ease, this new KORE SoundPack offers a wide range of sounds that are perhaps a little less abstract than you might expect from Absynth.

Some of the sounds reminded me of Boards of Canada and Radiohead. Just my cup of tea! Go check the audio demos at the Absynth Spectral Expansion product page and see how you like it.

More information: Native Instruments

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