Succession Pro Released

Succession Pro mainSuccession Pro is an Advanced Sequencer/Drum Machine which uses 4 Sequencers and 4 Synths. Any sequencer can target any or all of the synths making it a very flexible system. It uses 12 Patterns which hold all Sequencing data which are switched either by using the GUI buttons, or a dedicated Octave on your Keyboard (shown in red on the Kontakt Midi Keyboard Display). The idea is that you perform these patterns using this switching to create unique and complex Sequences easily. The Scale Remapper, automatically re-pitches so that Sequences always align with the Scale and can be used Globally or use a different Scale for each pattern.

Each of the 4 Sequencers use a Trigger sequencer which determines when notes are played, anything above zero will trigger and additionally the value used can sequence Velocity, Sample Start or Waveform IDs or any combination. There is also a Pitch sequencer which has it’s own step length and frequency for creating syncopation. It has it’s own internal preset system like all other HGS Kontakt Instruments as well as a sophisticated Randomization system for easily generating Presets even at the global level. Finally there is an FX section which has a Modulator (Chorus, Flanger or Phaser), a Tempo delay and a Reverb with 50 Impulse Responses.

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Dark Matter for Kontakt Released

Dark Matter MainDark Matter is an Advanced Loop Re-Sequencer which works with tempo synced Loops in a variety of ways. It has 13 Sequencer Rows and uses 889 loops across 7 Banks at it’s core which includes Synth Sequences, Morphing Sounds, Radio Sounds, Drum Hits and Loops. Sections of any of these can be selected on each step using the Slice Sequencer which allows and of 16 start points to be chosen. There are also 22 modes for each bank that include things such as LFO Chops and reverse modes.

The Main Sequencer can have different step lengths per Row which allows building complex polyrhythmic sequences easily and quickly. It can run freestyle or be forced to reset every X steps. A major focus of the sequencer is that every knob can be recorded as DAW automation so it is possible to evolve a sequence throughout a mix.

There is also a snapshot feature which features 12 virtual Sequences which can be copied from the main Sequencer. They are either triggered via a dedicated octave of Midi Triggers, or the buttons can be automated. The send to snapshot buttons can also be automated and so there is the creative freedom to make snapshots as part of the performance.

The snapshots are rolled out to 16 steps from the polyrhythmic sequence, which means they are always in sync. Also Because shifting a polyrhythmic sequence left/right is impossible should you want to change the start step, it can be copied to a snapshot, shifted and sent back which works most of the time. There are two playback modes defined by the Edit switch. With the edit switch off, the knobs of the main Sequence are hidden but the snapshot will play back meaning that Automation will not overwrite the snapshot. When not automating edit mode provides full editing so it can be used more like a traditional pattern Sequencer.

There are Randomizers for every row and column and lots of Randomize custom options. It also has a feature for adding random values to a row and a probability to determine how often it happens. There is also a Probability Row which determines how often selected steps will trigger.

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Circular Group Buy Announced (14 Products)

Circular MainThis years Group Buy has the potential to achieve a total of 15 Products for just $19.99. There are six Kontakt Instruments which will be developed throughout the Group Buy which include Synths, Loop Manglers, a Midi ARP, and a Drum Machine. Circular, a synth which is based around cycling different Waveforms per note is immediately available to kick things off. As well as the Kontakt Instruments, 5 Levels will unlock Bonus Product credits  which can be used choose from a range of 56 products from the back catalogue. The products range from Kontakt Instruments to Synth Presets, Sampled content to VST Instruments. Even if you don’t use Kontakt it can be worthwhile to join to get a potential 5 products you may be interested in.

These Group Buys are now becoming an annual event beginning with Cassetto and last years Augment. Because the instruments are developed as the Group Buy progresses, it is estimated that it will run for 3 months to give enough time to complete all of the development. Last year ran at a steady pace so that products were always available as the level was reached, each product is developed in series and will hopefully be ready for each level. Last year saw some great ideas come up through the discussion thread which helped to shape the final instruments, which makes it an interactive experience for those interested.

All Kontakt Instruments require the full version of Kontakt 5 or later and will not run in the player.

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Allure for Serum Released

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A collection of 80+ presets for the Virtual Synthesizer Serum created by Xfer Records. The collection mainly consists of Pads and Atmospheric Sounds with plenty of movement. All Presets make good use of the Modulation Wheel and Aftertouch for added expression capabilities.

Allure costs $19.99 but is available for an introductory price of just $14.99 for the next few weeks.

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Blue Yonder for Diva Released

Blue Yonder CoverA collection of 85 Presets for U-HE Diva. The sounds are mostly Pads with a few keys and Arps. They are full of motion and every preset makes use of the Modulation Wheel and Aftertouch for added expression.

Blue Yonder costs $19.99 but is available for an introductory price of just $14.99.

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Gravity Wave for Kontakt 5 Released

Garvity-Waves-MainGravity Wave adapts the synth engine from Fragments with the goal of building a unique sounding atmospheric synth. Gravity Wave uses very long waveforms which increases the complexity of the end result forming unique landscapes sometimes reminiscent of the Korg Wavestation. The samples used come from the previous releases of Fragments, Air Waves and Air Tones although they have been reprocessed into very long complex waveforms from which the sounds are pulled. Having the combination of the Radio Waves and Musical Sounds, it can make for some very interesting and unique Pads when mixed together.

Gravity Wave has 2 Synthesizers each using 8 sequencers to Sequence the Volume, Filter Cutoff, Loop Length, Loop start, Pan, Drive Amount, Delay Send and Reverb Send. This is a huge amount of Motion available to shape the character. In terms of sample playback, the loop start and length allows moving around the underlying samples, and because they are large results in unique and surprising sequences.

Gravity waves costs $39.99 but is available for an introductory price of just $19.99 throughout August.

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Contours for Repro-5 Released

Contours is a collection of 80 Presets for Repro-5 by U-HE. It consists of mainly Pads with a few FX, Keys and leads also included to provide an atmospheric collection. Good use is made of Aftertouch and the Modulation Wheel to add to the expressive qualities of each preset. Repro-5 is an superb emulation of the legendary Prophet 5 Synthesizer available with the Repro Collection.

Contours is available for the intro price of just $14.99 for the next few weeks.

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Chordian a Free Midi sequencer for kontakt Released

Chordian-MainChordian is a Midi Sequencer designed to work with the Kontakt 5 Midi output. It is a variation on Procession but with more of an emphasis on stacking pitches and lacks the CC implementation.

Chordian dispenses with 3 of Processions Trigger Sequencers but keeps the pitch Sequencers so that all 4 Sequences are played via a global trigger sequencer. The idea is that in Simple Mode you can easily line up all sequencers to see what is playing across the steps and it is therefore much easier to build Chord type sequences. Polyrhythmic operation is still possible however when Simple mode is switched off, except that it is just the pitches that are Polyrhythmic.

It still keeps most of the features from Procession such as the Scale Remapper, individual Length%, Velocity%, tuning capabilities, the file Browser and the Randomizers. It can even load Procession presets using the ‘A’ sequence for triggering, and on the other side Chordian presets can also be loaded into Procession.

Chordian requires the full version of Kontakt 5 and is free to anyone with an Homegrown Sounds account.

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