SampleScience has announced the release of Pastoral Tones, a sample based instrument inspired by the sound aesthetic of Boards Of Canada.

The plugin includes 62 preset sound to choose from featuring analog synthesizers, flutes, brasses, strings, electric pianos, sound FX, basses and atmospheres. The acoustic instrument sounds have been sampled from public domain films produced between the 1950s and the 1970s. To thicken the tone, various sound modules have been added, including a sub oscillator, vinyl and film grain noise layers as well as field recordings sampled from public domain old films.

All the preset sounds are one sample stretched over 5 octaves of the keyboard. Multi-samples have been avoided to increase loading speed, keep the plugin light on RAM and to obtain that old sampler vibe. As a result, Pastoral Tones runs well on older computer.

Furthermore, recordings of public domain films were preferred over new recordings in order to get the most authentic retro sound possible, the kind of sounds you would hear on a Boards Of Canada album. Pastoral Tones is lo-fi bliss at its best!

Pastoral Tones for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for $19 USD.

More information: SampleScience