The most detailed Stage 73 instrument available. In addition to traditional line-out samples, the hammers were recorded with a microphone, and can be blended with the main output. This is a traditional electric piano recording technique that adds some extra attack and presence to the sound. A contact mic channel was also recorded, this adds a different attack transient and texture to the overall sound. Control over key-off noise, pedal noise and sympathetic cabinet resonance using Kontakt's convolution processor add to the very physical, 3-D realism of this instrument's sound.
Bowing an electric piano is a little bit more difficult than bowing a real piano since the tines are so short and stiff.
It’s difficult to get enough friction to keep them resonating, so we had to make longer and thicker bows than we used on the grand piano (see Soniccouture Xtended Piano).
Once we got this working, however, it gave us a really nice, slightly spooky, sustained sample.
The bow noise element is provided on a seperate channel to the tine note for extra control. The alternate round-robin layers can be stacked and detuned using the edit controls under the main channel level knob. A KSP Glissando script creates constantly rising or falling pitch envelopes.
As with other 'extended' instrument techniques, plucking the tines with a nylon guitar pick was the next obvious technique, and this gave a really nice gentle sound, a bit like a metal harpsichord. Soniccouture's KSP Strummer module is included and can be used to created huge harp-like glissando washes across the key range. The round-robin layers can also be layered together and detuned, as with the Bowed instrument.
This instrument was made using a tiny steel jeweller's hammer. We hit three different places on the harp tuning fork to get an interesting range of metallic, ringing sounds : the tine itself, the tonebar, and the assembly (the base of the assembly bracket). These sounds work very well as an 'alternative' EP sound by themselves - they are also excellent when layer with bowed or keyboard sounds as an extra bell-like layer.
The SFX instrument is a bit different from the other instruments in this collection. It consists of 127 different special effects, a different one on each MIDI key, made by hitting, rubbing, and just generally abusing the instrument in some way or another. The instrument features Soniccouture's FOCUS mode : a unique KSP module that allows the user to map any single sound across the entire keyboard with one click.
This is a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it. It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS compatible host program or DAW eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools etc.
No extra purchase necessary.
System Requirements: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or later