ChromaZone for Chromaphone 1/2
This soundset contains 100 original patches and 22 variations for Chromaphone by AAS. I focussed on emulations of known and unknown instruments like mallets, bells, chimes, plucked strings, keyboards, hybrid strangers and percussive sounds as well as experimental patches, lush pads, dark drones, beautiful textures, funky synths and funny noises.
As soon as AAS updates Chromaphone to add Pitchbend, Microtuning, Aftertouch and whatever else I will add these controls to the patches and all customers will receive a free update of ChromaZone.
Combining materials like metal, skin and wood with elements like air and articulations like beating, plucking and bowing can create physically modelled instruments that are hard to describe with words. Although they might sound familiar due to their "organic" nature, words sometimes fail to describe what they "really are" and how they actually sound. Quite a few of these hybrid strangers are included in ChromaZone.
Chromaphone is advertised as a percussion synthesizer which in my opinion only covers a smaller aspect of it's virtues. Physical modeling has been rivaling with conventional sampling for years in terms of emulating "realism". The creation of sonic "surrealism" based on organic sounding materials is a far more powerful aspect of this technology and Chromaphone in particular.
You can view/download the PDF for ChromaZone with more details, the licence agreement and the patch list including playing tips and descriptions for each patch here.
Reviewed By BBFG#
May 31, 2013
I've just loaded these sounds so I can't go into great detail about them, but my first impressions are this is a very usable and imaginative set as is its companion 'Modeled Reality'.
I had gone to AAS thinking of getting another sound set but felt like the Martin Walker set (as much as I love his sound design) might prove to be too redundant to his sounds I already have in Alchemy.
Something I love about the AAS Chromaphone and VS-1 is their ability to achieve a very ethnic soundscape rich in harmonic overtones and these soundsets seem to understand that in great strength.
I can tell already, these sets are a 'must have' for these instruments.