Tronsonic has released The Azimuth Generator, a "soundtrack multi-synth", for Kontakt.
The concept behind the Azimuth Generator is to be a source of inspiration, and hopefully take you to undiscovered places on your musical journey. It's split into 3 main parts - bass, mid-section and upper high-section, with white/pink noise samples on the F#1 note.
You can create customised multi-synths from over 150 included patch presets, giving control over several different synth sources and sequences at the same time. There are over 25 multi patches in the download, but inspiration can also be found by building your own custom multi-synths.
Most of the sampled sounds were recorded to tape on vintage valve equipment; the word 'azimuth' refers to the angle of the tapeheads, which in many cases was adjusted to achieve an extra rasping sound (for a more extreme upper-mid frequency range and bite when filtering).
The 138MB pack comprises of 7 sets of samples from different analogue synths, including 2 varieties of 'buzz' sawtooth waves, 2 regular saws, a set from the Logandy string synth collection, a white/pink noise hybrid and a very powerful modified square wave bass section from a 1950s valve signal generator.
The bass section in particular is totally unique. The generator's square wave has been modified with valve harmonics and tape saturation, then blended with the original, resulting in a huge analogue sound.
The price is £9.99 (£4.99 for those that are already signed up to tronsonic.com).
This featured as an exclusive to FutureMusic readers at the beginning of the year in their sampling special issue, and is now made available to everyone.
Full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or later required.