Named after the Greek god of dreams, the Morpheus is an aluminum percussion instrument made by the US company Freenotes. The instrument is modular; the keys can be rearranged in any order you like, as each metal bar is attached to its own tuned resonator.
The instrument is available in several different sizes - the version we sampled is two and a half octaves, with the optional 'bass Wing' extension which offers six notes ranging another octave below that of the main unit. The keys are struck with custom mallets, also built by Freenotes, and ring freely afterwards. There is no damping mechanism.
The main instrument & custom mallets ( bass wing below) ; recording the Morpheus
The Morpheus is one of the cleanest, purest sounds you will hear - add tremolo and it sounds very much like a vibraphone, but with an extra 'glass-like' quality. Used with subtle delay and phase effects it takes on a hypnotic quality, showing why it is often used for mediative healing. Roll-off the attack transient and you're left with an almost perfect sine-wave, but not quite ; the gloss and shimmer of the metal still remain, making serene yet characterful sustained tones.
The striking clarity of tone enables the morpheus to cut any melody though any mix; but never in a brash way - making it an essential addition your sonic paint box.
When creating the sampled version of the Morpheus, it seemed to lend itself so well to generative ambient sequences and pad-like textures that we created extra versions of the instrument - Morpheus Generator and Morpheus Pad.
The Generator is a generative music device that creates repetitions (loops) that vary in length while a note is held down. You can have one or two loops active, and a loop will be created for every note you hold down.
Playing simple sequences creates constantly moving, shifting patterns & soundscapes.
The Morpheus Pad uses a different set of samples, fully looped instead of the natural decay. This enables infinitely sustaining glassy pads and textures.
These can be further enhanced using phase offset, detune and doubling controls in the Ensemble effect section.
Compatible with Kontakt 3 , 4 and 5 - Full version of Kontakt required. ( NOT compatible with Free Kontakt Player )
or Apple Logic Studio 8 or Above
Live Intro or Live Version 8.2.2 or higher