AirTones for Kontakt 5.6 Released

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Whilst working on AirWaves which is more atmospheric than musical, it occurred that a traditionally musical synthesizer using the sine wave de-modulator signals would be interesting, and so AirTones was born.

The sounds use various tones and signals found on the radio to create the oscillators. They are lofi and come with whatever sound and noise is present to add a unique character to the tones.

It come with 100 samples which can be selected by either of the synthesizers two oscillators. The Synth is a dual synthesizer with 2 Filters, 3 LFOs, 3 Envelopes as well as a comprehensive FX Section. Also included is an Advanced Arpeggiator/Sequencer with 12 sequencers for various parameters, as well as many modes including standard Arps, chords and modulation only modes. There is also a Scale Remapper which can transform the pitch sequencer in real-time to any of the large types of Scales included.

This is a great companion Instrument for AirWaves which creates complex Atmospherics, but isn’t a particularly tuneful instrument and so AirTones provides exactly that purpose. Here is a video demonstrating some of the presets in action:

AirTones costs $39.99 but is available for the introductory price of just $19.99 until August.

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A review of AirWaves and AirTones on buenasideas.de
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AirWaves for Kontakt 5.6 Released

About AirWaves

AirWaves-MainAirWaves is a unique Synthesizer which uses 24 XY Motion Sequencers to build collages using Shortwave Radio signals as its Sound Source. Shortwave Radio is an Alien World that has fascinated me since childhood and I’ve been wanting to explore making an instrument such as this for a long time. The Motion Sequencers ensure that you will always get something new using the many Randomizers, and presets can have an organically complex lifespan. Each Sequencer can be recorded manually by pressing Record, playing a note and moving the corresponding XY controller. Once the sequence is recorded it will be played back immediately. Alternatively there is a large database of prerecorded Sequences included which are used by the Randomizers.

The intention for the Scripted Instrument was to take some of the ideas used in Motion, adding 4 more Motion Sequencers and attempt to create a Synth that is visually less complex. As a result all of the sound generation is available on a single Panel, and there is only one other Panel which is dedicated to the FX and Preset Browser. The only XY controllers which cannot be recorded are those assigned to the Envelope Attack/Release which is a bit pointless as they cannot be manipulated in real-time by Kontakt.

The samples themselves are taken from many hours of recorded material, attempting to bring out the most interesting loops and to hopefully create a diverse collection of Sounds. The Radios are essentially used as synthesizers to create unique designed loops which are only possible using a radio. There are quite a few number stations captured too, although for the most part these days they tend to be either Morse or Electronic broadcasts as opposed to actual numbers although a few of these were captured. The samples are provided as WAVs as opposed to .ncw so that they can easily be used outside of Kontakt for those that wish to do so.

Features

  • 508 Wavs recorded using shortwave radio and carefully looped
  • The Wavs are provided in their native format so they can be used easily outside of Kontakt
  • 4 Synthesizers with an XY Pad to mix between them
  • Each Synth has a Filter, AR Envelope, LFO and plays a single Waveform
  • 28 XY Motion Sequencers which can be manually recorded or use Sequences from the built in database.
  • Comprehensive FX Section with Reverb, Delay, EQ and Phaser/Chorus/Flanger.
  • In built Preset System for Browsing/Saving and Loading Presets
  • 200 Presets Included.
  • Microtuner with a huge selection of Scales
  • 7 Global Randomizers with different Algorithms and many local Randomizers.

 

This video shows some of the Presets:

AirWaves costs $59.99 but is available for the introductory price of just $24.99

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Motion Updated to v1.1

Motion for Kontakt has been updated to v1.1 with the following changes:Motion-ENV1

  • Pitch Bend Extended to 48 Semitones Max
  • Pitch Bend now ignores Preset change
  • Pitch Bend Glissando Mode Added (on the FX Panel)
  • Bank of 43 great presets kindly created by aMUSEd called Tangent!

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Motion Group Buy Begins

Motion-ENV1Motion is an advanced Vector Synthesizer designed to create Evolving landscapes and Atmospheres with little effort due to a series of 8 tuned Global randomizers which generate unique and playable sounds most of the time. It is most useful for signature Ambience in a track and most definitely has a distinctive sound of it’s own. It uses short and single cycle waveforms to create sound and in this sense is a true synthesizer, like any other Subtractive synth sounds are generated by the User interface rather than relying on sampled presets. There are 504 Waveforms/Sounds over 4 Banks which use just 55mb of RAM. Some are drum/percussive one-shots which are very interesting in the Arpeggiator when Wave sequencing.

The Group buy aims to add content to the Motion Package through extra scripted instruments and waveforms as more people take part. It costs just $24.99 with instant access to Motion. Motion is normally priced at $59.99.

More Information

 

Cassetto and Kosmology updated

Cassetto-BootlegCassetto has been updated to v1.66

  • The Sustain Pedal now triggers the HOLD
  • HOLD now works with the Mod Sequencer Modes
  • Envelope Amount now automates correctly

All Kosmology/Multiverse releases are updated to v1.45

  • Custom Filter Types – the Options Panel now has a section for choosing which Filters are loaded into each of the 6 Filter Slots. Be warned that changing Filters can take quite a few seconds as Kontakt replaces the Filter in all groups. This causes a potential delay to loading presets with non standard filter types, so it is best to start browsing/loading patches from the default filter assignments. You can achieve this by using the Global Default or the section’s default button. Unless you have changed any of the Filter types, it will already be the standard configuration.
  • Added Prev/Next Preset Buttons to the browser Page (A preset needs to be loaded through the browser before these will work)
  • Fixed an issue in Cubase where the first note could be missed occasionally in cycle mode. May have occured in other hosts too.
  • When a preset is loaded, playing sequences/notes will be cancelled and must be re-triggered.
  • Fixed a Crash that happens using Kontakt 5.6 when loading presets in Cubase and possibly other hosts.
  • Kosmology now requires Kontakt v5.5
  • All Releases have been re-structured to make it much easier to combine them to a single Folder, just choose the same directory to extract them and select yes to all replace messages. Unfortunately this does mean downloading them again but it will make life easier in the longrun.

 

Cassetto for Kontakt updated to v1.4

Cassetto-v1.4.AdvancedThis updated sees the introduction of a Microtonal System, Scales can be loaded via the inbuilt preset browser. There is also an online facility for converting Scala (*.scl) files to the Cassetto format. Over 300 scales are included covering a lot of territory.

The introductory group buy for Cassetto has been extended until December 1st, and currently you will get 6 bonus products as well as Cassetto for just $14.99.

Cassetto v1.4

  • Added Randomize Waves on Load Preset – An interesting alternative when scrolling through the Presets.
  • Replaced the loaded Wave displays with menus so that they can be selected via the menu as well as the slider and -+ buttons.
  • Added a Microtonal Engine that loads Microtonal presets through the existing browser.
  • Ability to intelligently map scales of less than 2 octaves to 12 note mappings so that they make more sense on a standard Keyboard.
  • Support for scales up to 88 notes in size.
  • Support for Scales that span multiple octaves in total range as well as the more common 1 octave interval scales.
  • Added an online facility to convert most Scala (.scl) Files to Cassetto format.
  • 300+ Scales included

 

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Cassetto for Kontakt updated to v1.3

Cassetto-1.3-arpCassetto sees another major update mainly focused on the arpeggiator with the introduction of 6 Modulation sequencers and a Scale Re-Mapper. The introductory No Brainer Group buy which costs  just $14.99 is entering it’s final week and so far has achieved 4 bonus products.

  • Improved the Visibility of the Information Panel
  • Length Mode for the ARP Chord Modes that only triggers new notes if they are not already playing, using the length slider can create some interesting rhythmic results, and can be automated.
  • 3 Root Modes for the ARP where the Root note decides the Key and Scale that all other Notes pass through.
  • “High & CHORD ARP” Mode Added – Lowest Note plays the Pitch Sequence, other notes play without Pitch sequencer
  • “Low & CHORD ARP” Mode Added – Lowest Note plays the Pitch Sequence, other notes play without Pitch sequencer
  • Scale Re-mapper added to to the ARP Pitch output
  • Each Sequencer now has a Repeat Button which will cause each step to repeat x times before moving on. The Repeat Time is set by the Repeat Slider which previously only affected Pitch.
  • Added Modulation Sequencers to the ARP for Filter 1 & 2, Resonance 1 & 2, Filter Decay and Volume Release.
  • Percentage Knob for controlling the overall level of the Modulation Sequencers.
  • Sustain Pedal Now works as expected when the ARP is disabled
  • Added 22 Custom LFO Shapes
  • 12 Multi Waveforms using multiple single cycles added to the Waveform Selections
  • Panel Selection is now sticky and can be saved by Saving the Cassetto .nki
  • Fixed a bug where negative Keyboard → Filter didn’t invert
  • Fixed a bug where the display flickered occasionally
  • Fixed a bug where the ARP length when extreme could cause polyphony runaway

 

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Cassetto for Kontakt Updated to v1.2

Cassetto-AdvancedCassetto has been reviewed on Producer Spot. and gets a major update adding a 3rd Envelope and LFO with some interesting destinations. The introductory group buy is now halfway and currently has achieved 3 bonus products with the new option to buy multiple credits for further bonus products.

Cassetto v1.2:

  • Added Filter Swap Button which exchanges the settings of the filters
  • Added Buttons to assign LFO→Volume amounts to pitch instead
  • Sequencer Lights now switch off when no notes are playing
  • Added LFO Sync Mode
  • Added Advanced Panel with extra controls for FX
  • Added LFO3 with destinations for Resonance 1 & 2, Filter 1 & 2 and LFO1 Frequency
  • Added ENV3 with destinations for Resonance 1 & 2, Filter 1 & 2, LFO1 Frequency and LFO3 Level.
  • No Purge Option added (‘P’ next to ‘D’ in the master section
  • Oscillator Waves now have a randomizer each
  • Improved delay contamination when changing presets
  • Some sliders can now have negative values so that 0 is the centre, a black mark at the centre of the scale shows this.

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