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Postby freewayland; Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:18 pm Ambius 1 Transmissions update released!

We've just released a total redesign of our classic Ambius 1: Transmissions atmospheric synth and soundscape library. It features a wide array of dark atmospheres, drones, pads and tonal sustains, all hand-crafted from various real-world field recordings and acoustic instruments. This new upgrade builds on adaptive groove-building and inspiring tone and texture shaping features we engineered for our recent Ambius 2 Systematik library. While Ambius 2 is more lead, groove and pad oriented with a old-school retro-future vibe, Ambius 1 is much more textural, brooding and often outright disturbing.

The library is divided into 3 main categories: Horror, Melodic and Tuned. Each category includes a number of different sub-collections that are easily accessible and ready to blend and shape in multi-layer instrument modules. The Horror category captures creature, hell-scapes and gore ambiences and twists them into hideously dark yet fully playable sound design monstrosities. There's even a playable organ created with actual dental root canal recordings. The Melodics section weaves complex musical elements into undulating multi-timbral dream-scapes. The Tuned category takes natural acoustic instruments and manipulates them into infinitely sustaining multi-layered tonal pads and organs that preserve threads of their original character and yet veer off into strange new creative territories.

Check out the demos here.

This broad collection of richly nuanced flavors is designed to quickly layer, warp and twist any way you like, with a broad range of tonal and textural elements programmed into uniquely responsive and adaptive instruments. The cutting-edge GUI combines nuanced performance and tone shaping controls with an incredible step sequencing engine that lets you build your own grooves and lock any parameter to any BPM. Each instrument is driven by our exclusive 32-step Dual-LFO groove system with selectable filter modes and the ability to synch nearly any parameter to your host tempo. And our custom convolution loading, mighty Uberpeggiator and full EQ controls give you full control over the sound.

You can check out plenty of screenshots here.

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The new programming is deeply flexible for those of us who like to customize and yet easy enough to dive into right away for those who just want it to sound good out of the box. Using only organic source recordings as our raw elements, we've created a deep pool of content to choose from and shape, with a wide palette of sonic flavors ranging from fat lo-fi leads to crisp, complex hi-fi sound-scapes.

Ambius 1 Transmissions includes 352 long, evolving sound-scapes, deep pads, hypnotic drones and atmospheres and clocks in at nearly 2.8GB, but its freely mixable instrument design and shaping controls give you nearly infinite sonic possibility with just the twist of a few knobs. It's priced at $89, but it's available now at a special intro price of only $69 through Feb. 12th, 2013. More info here.

The update is free to existing Ambius 1 Transmissions owners, including those that originally ordered through Tonehammer or one of our distribution partners like Big Fish, Best Service, Time & Space, etc. The update emails have already gone out, so let us know if you have Ambius 1 haven't received yours. Contact us here.

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