Zero-G has released Extreme Environments, which combines a Kontakt user interface with loops and impulse responses to produce a flexible tool for creating rich, detailed and "hyper-real" sounds - from beds and drones to actual pads and instruments you can play.
Produced by Si Begg, who has also released Distorted Dancefloors and Electro Glitch Essentials with Zero-G, Extreme Environments features three channels where you can select any one of the 142 loops.
For each channel you can then control the pitch, time stretch, amplitude & filter envelopes, saturation and reverb send. All three channels are then mixed together and put through master high pass and low pass filters, then finally a limiter.
The other key part of the instrument is the convolution reverb, which any of the three channels can be sent to. You can choose any one of the 86 bespoke impulse responses, ranging from straightforward to extreme sound design. This adds great depth and atmospheric detail beyond the standard reverbs you might usually come across. The combination of all these features makes for an almost limitless palette of sound creation.
Extreme Environments is available to buy as a download or DVD and includes:
- Kontakt Instrument with custom GUI and over 150 presets (requires Kontakt version 5.3.0 or later).
- Audio loops - available as AIFF Apple Loops or Acidized wav files.
- Impulse responses for use with any convolution reverb.
- Logic EXS24 Instruments and Reason NN-XT Instruments.
- Space Designer Presets.
- Logic Channel Strip Settings.
RRP: £59.95 / €74.95 / $79.99.