Based in Edinburgh's bustling tech hub, Krotos creates unique audio technology solutions for film and TV post-production studios, video game developers, smart toys, and more. Krotos introduced the voice transforming magic of Dehumaniser Pro in November 2013 to rave reviews, and since then, Dehumaniser has wowed Hollywood and the video game industry by making it possible for actors to perform other-worldly creature growls in blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Jungle Book, Far Cry 4, Doom, and more. In 2017, Krotos secured an angel investment round of funding from award-winning video game pioneer, Leslie Benzies, and launched Reformer, the AI driven tool that makes it possible to design sound effects with your voice or any other live audio input:
"Dehumaniser is an incredible tool for creating unique and varied vocal sound design treatments. From animal to alien effects, it is simple to use and easily tailored. The batch function is a real timesaver for processing an entire performance efficiently. I couldn't have created the voice of Ultron without it!" Lora Hirschberg, Oscar-winning Re-Recording Mixer | Avengers:Age of Ultron, Inception, Lord of the Rings.
"Reformer is an entirely new way of approaching sound design - incredibly advanced technology that allows you to instantly focus on the sound you want to create, rather than spending most of your time worrying about the practicalities of sourcing and editing individual assets."
Matthew Smith, Former Audio Director of Rockstar North | GTA V, Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption.
Software itself might look somewhat impressive but it doesn't really bring much in production. It also has it's annoying limitations, like the amount of samples you can load to the player and playback-order options.
The pack might be worth the money for the variety of sounds, but the quality is really a lottery. Some of them are really noisy (high microphone noise), and some assets are just pitched/time-warped variations (but hey, it adds up in the numbers, looks good on paper). Some of them are really great though.
Definitely worth trying before buying, especially since it's quite difficult to have some solid read/look/listen on that (had a hard time looking for a place to write this short review).
It also applies to other Krotos stuff, since it looks much more useful in videos than it really is. Loading it straight to the DAW for further tweaking seems like a better solution.
This little devil is really cool. Virtually no learning curve. The concept of Simple Concept is quite brilliant IMHO. The TWEAK dice work just right... that is, they don't take you miles away from the current pre, yet serve up a totally relevant alternative. The algorithm seems to understand what I want. The factory presets are just right. Be careful though... you might spend a good deal of time having a blast with this synth before you realize how long you've been at it. A truly fascinating little hybrid virtual synth!!!!!