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Kosmology Fusion Released for Kontakt 5.3

Kosmology-MainThe Fusion Sample Collection was designed using a Dave Smith Instruments Mopho, capturing it’s aggressive analog sound to the full. It’s a very interesting addition to the Kosmology Collection and has a very different feel to all of the other releases.

All 200 instruments are multi-sampled, using 3 samples per instrument at 24-bit. Whilst plenty of instruments are chromatically useful, there are also plenty of FX instruments throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Although Kosmology is not really about presets considering how easy and fun it is to make your own, there are Fifty Presets included and of course presets from other Kosmology Releases can also be opened.

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Kosmology Updated to v1.3

Kosmology-Synth1The Kosmology script for Kontakt 5 has been updated for all paid versions which includes Awakenings, Analog, Evolution, Dissonance, Space, Lumin and Elementary. V1.3 adds the following:

  • Sustain/Hold Mode Added via pedal or button (‘H’) – Mainly designed for use with a sustain pedal so that current notes will be held when released, it also has a button to be triggered from the GUI (‘H’ next to Live Mode). When on constantly it does work polyphonically although when no keys are held and new ones are triggered it really relies on a single note to release the old ones otherwise occasionally old notes will not be released. In practice if you want to use chords, playing them like a quick guitar strum works well.
  • Added Randomization options. Found under the new ‘Options’ Tab are a group of Buttons which will decide whether Wave A, Wave B. Wavemix/Start Position, FX, Filter and Envelopes should be included when using the Synth Randomize button. There are also individual randomizers for each of them.
  • 7 New Destinations added:
    • Cutoff Mirror
    • Resonance B Offset
    • Cutoff/Resonance 1 Combi
    • Cutoff/Resonance 2 Combi
    • Cutoff/Resonance/Filter Decay Combi
    • Wave Mirror
    • Mod Frequency
  • Fixed – Mirror Pan wasn’t working correctly

The update is available for free and can be downloaded from your personal download page when logged in.

Kosmology – Elementary Released for Kontakt 5

Kosmology-ElementaryWhilst the trend nowadays is towards Analog Emulation, Elementary takes the opposite route and brings 467  ‘cheap’ digital instruments into Kosmology. After initial tests it was found that these sounds bring a fantastic clarity, and for Wave Sequencing an excellent range of Timbres which work together extremely well! This is the largest Kosmology release yet with more than twice the instruments included in previous releases, and to get this number and keep the memory consumption down, they are limited to two multi-samples per instrument.

All 467 instruments are multi-sampled, using 2 samples per instrument at 24-bit. Whilst most sounds are chromatically useful, there are also some FX instruments throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Although Kosmology is not really about presets considering how easy and fun it is to make your own, there are Fifty Presets included and of course presets from other Kosmology Releases can also be opened.

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Kosmology Dissonance Released for Kontakt 5

Kosmology-MainKosmology Dissonance for Kontakt 5 takes the Kosmology Sequencing System into darker regions compared to previous releases. There are 200 wild, boisterous and clangy samples to discover crazy loops whilst Wave/Sample Start Sequencing. This collection is perfect for creating endless unique loops for use in all genres of Electronic Music.

If you are new to Kosmology you can get FreeFall for free from here to experience Sequencing Heaven.

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Kosmology Lumin Released for Kontakt 5

Kosmology-LuminLumin provides 200 multi-sampled Instruments designed and created with UHE Bazille and Waldorf Largo to provide a solid sounding instrument collection to feed the Kosmology script. Within Kosmology the sound of these two synths compliment each other very well when Wave Sequencing. They are also designed with the new Metropolis script in mind to create a Playground for making interesting Pads. If you are new to Kosmology you can get FreeFall for free from here to experience Sequencing Heaven.

All 200 instruments are multi-sampled, using 4 samples per instrument at 24-bit. Whilst most sounds are chromatically useful, there are also plenty of FX instruments throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Although Kosmology is not really about presets considering how easy and fun it is to make your own, there are Fifty Presets included and of course presets from other Kosmology Releases can also be opened.

Kosmology attempts to be one of the most capable Modular sequencing Systems out there with 8 Independent Sequencers each with 5 assignable sequencers that can target any destination from a list of 46, and control over 48 Parameters. These 8 Sequencer Instances can be switched on the fly and manipulated in real-time using the performance triggers via the Midi Keyboard.

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Kosmology Space Released for Kontakt 5

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The 5th Kosmology Release has arrived, designed with both Kosmology and Metropolis in mind. In contrast to previous Kosmology Releases, Space is a more ambient soundset, the filter is less open and the instruments have been softened & effected. They are also designed with the new Metropolis script in mind to create a Playground for making interesting Pads. If you are new to Kosmology you can get FreeFall for free from here to experience Sequencing Heaven.

All 200 instruments are multi-sampled, using 4 samples per instrument at 24-bit. Whilst most sounds are chromatically useful, there are also plenty of FX instruments throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Although Kosmology is not really about presets considering how easy and fun it is to make your own, there are Fifty Presets included and of course presets from other Kosmology Releases can also be opened.

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Kosmology FreeFall Released and Kosmology updated to v1.2

FreeFallInstead of releasing a demo or lite/restricted version of Kosmology, FreeFall is a full product gathering Sampled Instruments from across all Kosmology and Kosmos releases and best of all it is totally Free! It’s hoped that it will expose more people to the immense power of Kosmology itself as a compositional & performance tool and bring in some revenue to fund further Script Development.

Kosmology is an advanced and unique Sequencing system which takes Kontakt Scripting to the edge. It involves 8 duplicated instances A-H which can be switched in real-time via a midi Keyboard and so can be jammed and recorded on a midi track. Each instance has 48 adjustable parameters, a pitch/velocity sequencer as well as 5 assignable sequencers which can be assigned to a large selection of destinations such as Waveforms, Sample start, Filter Cutoff, Resonance, Note Length etc… Each of the instances is a unique entity and so each can be anything from subtle to wildly different. The creative possibilities are almost endless!

The Synth is based on a dual Oscillator design each with it’s own selectable filter type, each ‘Waveform’ can also be Wave Sequenced individually or together by assigning to a Sequencer, which in itself offers a huge resource of possibilities before even considering sequencing pitch of start position.

Also included is a Kosmology Lite Script which uses just a single engine for a more delicate and sparser sound.

Visit the Kosmology FreeFall page for more information. The other Kosmology releases are Awakenings, Evolution and Analog.

Kosmology v1.2 Update

MetropolisMetropolis is a Script introduced with all v1.2 Kosmology Releases and basically removes the Sequencers from Kosmology leaving 8 Instances of playable instruments with total control over 47 parameters, so that each Instance can be switched in real-time. This opens up the Kosmology Samples to be used in a more traditionally playable instrument context. It is compatible with all Kosmology Presets and will just load the relevant data. It maintains the Globals for use in Automation as well as the programmable triggers. There are also some individual randomizers on the options page and the ability to restrict what will be randomized with the main Synth/LFO Randomize.

Although the Kosmology Samples were not designed to be used as traditional instruments, there are some real Gems to be had especially as 2 can be layered up for each instance.

The Kosmology script has also been updated with a ‘W’ Randomize button which will randomize just the Waveforms. Also an option has been added to the master menu to prevent the Synth Sections being randomized when using the Global Randomize button.

The Kosmology update is available to download now.

 

Kosmos Infekted gets a Great review on buenasideas.de

The Review is in German,

If you can’t read German then here is an English version in PDF format. Below is the Conclusion in English:

Conclusion

“I’m honestly surprised, how the Kontakt sampler has become a synthesizer here. Sure, the original Virus may certainly sound a bit punchier and has faster envelopes and of course not all the possibilities of the original can be given here. But hey, this is a soundlibrary! For Kontakt. And it sounds really good, behaves better and the sounds can be edited more extensively than in other VSTi synthesizers. And that with original samples of the Virus TI!

Sure you have to live with some limitations, for example, that you cannot fluently switch or fade between the waves or the slightly higher CPU load when starting to play with the by “Kosmos v2″ offered bag of tricks. But it is owed to the architecture of a sampler. Even if you get over the fact of working with a sampler sometimes, when playing around with “Infekted”.

Overall, I like the whole package really well. The sounds are certainly primarily usable for the colleagues of the electronic genre, but in my opinion that’s just what they are made for. From simple tight basses to complex ambient textures a lot can be found here, and most of all: can be created by yourself. Because the plenty of more than 500 sounds for “Kosmos v2″ only serves as basics. And not, as with many other libraries, as final product.

This all combined with the amazing abilities of the step sequencer named „Kosmos v2“. Superb.

Well, of course the price moves around the region of other complete sample libraries and may be higher than for some VSTi synth, but you get the almost identical sound of the original with extensive sound shaping possibilities. And you know the original cost you a lot more.

And to get the bow back to the introduction:
Yes, those who seek the sound of the virus will find it and will also be very well served here, with just a few drawbacks that arise from sampling, and of course the fact that not the pure waves and wavetables of the virus were sampled here.

And, yes again, I am „Infekted“ :)

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Kosmology Analog Released for Kontakt 5

kosmology-AnalogThe sound of the Elektron Analog Four has entered the world of Kosmology. Even though the instruments are more on the experimental side compared to the previous Kosmology Releases, the end result is a quite surprisingly mellow sample set, filled with lots of movement and discovery when sequencing. These Instruments were designed specifically for use with Kosmology to bring some of the warmth and characteristics from the excellent sounding Analog Synthesizer which has it’s own very distinct character.

All 200 instruments are multi-sampled, using 4 samples per instrument at 24-bit using pure synthesis with very few effects. Whilst many sounds are chromatically useful, there are also plenty of FX instruments throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Although Kosmology is not really about presets considering how easy and fun it is to make your own, there are Fifty Presets included and of course presets from other Kosmology Releases can also be opened.

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Kosmology Evolution Released and Kosmology Updated to v1.1

Kosmology-MainThe Second Kosmology Installment has arrived, created exclusively for Kosmology, the advanced Sequencing system for Kontakt 5. In comparison to Awakenings it has a slightly harder edge, and also includes a few more FX type sounds with lots of movement which are interesting when modulating the Sample Start Position. It was designed using a DSI Evolver and takes advantage of both the Analog and the Digital side of this amazing instrument. All sounds were created from scratch for this collection and definitely bring the Evolvers unique sound into Kosmology for Sequencing Fun.

All 200 instruments are multi-sampled, using 4 samples per instrument at 24-bit using pure synthesis with very few effects. For the most part they have the Filter Wide Open so they can be upfront and powerful, whilst they can be tamed easily using Kosmology itself. Whilst most sounds are chromatically useful, there are a few effect, detuned and drop instruments scattered throughout the collection to add some nice surprises and interests whilst Wave Sequencing. Fifty new Presets are added using Evolution which adds to the existing 70+ Kosmology presets (all Kosmology presets can be loaded into any Kosmology based Instrument)

Also included are Kosmology Instruments for both Kosmos Classics and Infekted if you own either of these collections!

Kosmology v1.1 Update

Kosmology has also been updated to v1.1 and can be downloaded by all Awakenings users from your downloads page. v1.1 has the following changes:

  • Fixed a bug when randomizing the Synth Sections where the playing sequence would not update the filter type correctly until a new Sequence was triggered.
  • Added ‘Kosmology Lite’ Instruments – These use just synth A for a more spacious sound and use less CPU than the full Kosmology (better for intensive Polyphonic Sequencing). They can load the standard Kosmology Presets but anything relating to Synth B is either disabled or remapped.
  • Impulse response Type is no longer randomized when using the Global Randomizer for a single Instance.
  • Added 50 new presets for ‘Evolution’ – All Kosmology Presets can be used in any Kosmology Instrument, even though the samples will be different.
  • Added Load and Save buttons to the Browser panel to make Saving Presets easier without having to go into the Master Menu.

Kosmology Evolution
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