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Astralp
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Postby Astralp; Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:49 pm 11 Products for $14.99 No Brainer

The Introductory Group Buy was very successful and reached 10 bonus products, thanks to everyone who took part and made it a success! Although the Group Buy has ended, the opportunity to get Cassetto plus 10 Free Products has been extended for a few weeks, it provides a great introduction to what HGS is all about.

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    * VST Instruments are now available as choices by request, but bear in mind they are 32-bit and for Windows only.

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About Cassetto

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The idea behind Cassetto was to create a synthesizer which has an old and slightly faulty sound as well as a fairly fixed yet interesting architecture. The end result is a synth with it's own character and capable of some very unique tones. Although Kontakt is often used for complex samples, Cassetto uses sampled oscillators so that it is a true synthesizer and all sounds are constructed in the same way as any other subtractive synth, it comes with 200 presets with more to come, however it is also a synth that invites you to make your own.

The Process

Firstly, I chose the Elektron Analogue Four for the Oscillators as it has a nice selection of strong analog waveforms. Each of the Raw Waveforms was then recorded note by note over 4 octaves onto a very old and well worn cassette. I have owned this cassette since at least 1987 as it had me playing guitar badly around that time, which was recorded over a Pet Shop Boys album funnily enough. It was the 3rd cassette I tried and had the most dropouts which is what I was looking for. This is the Cassette:

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I had been looking for a suitable cassette deck for this project for a long while, and a friend came up with this one (JVC CD-1635 MK II) which is actually a really nice machine after bit of de-oxit, I'd already tried a couple of others with auto gain inputs which was a bit too extreme, I was after subtlety. Here is what it looks like (you can see the cassetto! cassette if you look closely).

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These were then recorded into the computer through a focusrite OctoPre and each 4 second sample was looped manually at different lengths to provide the multi-sampled oscillators. I was actually surprised how lovely they sounded once tamed by Filters. This is what some of the raw unfiltered waveforms sound like with random start time (phase).

It also occurred to me that it might be interesting to use some single cycle loops from clean recordings of the A4, which would add a whole other dimension to the sound possibilities, so I did this for 5 of them, and they sounded good and added a nice contrast to the tape Oscillators. I then finished off the oscillators by creating some detuned and mixed groups of the single cycles. I also tried to be a bit imprecise with the looping of the single cycles to give them a slightly detuned broken oscillator sound, although it is subtle.

The Synth Engine

I created a soundset for Bassline-101, and whilst working on it, I really came to appreciate the simplicity of the SH-101 design and so in my head that was the starting point for Cassetto. As you can probably see it went way beyond that simplicity, but I tried hard to keep to the idea of making it hard to make bad sounds which is the strong point of the 101. I just can't seem to keep things that simple...

My second thought was that I wanted it to be an instrument that Boards of Canada could use, I think out of any band they always seem to get sounds out of synths which is hard to describe, but to me always sound like childhood/Nostalgia. So, I had the cassette sampled oscillator, the next thing on my list was a way to warble the sound, a wow and flutter dodgy cassette sort of thing. On the synth it's called Unstable (UNST) and it works very nicely to create that feel. Finally I wanted to get some subtle saturation and most importantly sample rate/bit rate reduction in there, which is not only great for emulating digital gear, but it can make sound take on characteristics of Mellotrons and acoustic instruments sometimes. After some experimentation I decided to place it in between the 2 filters which leaves the option of having either a Low Pass in slot 2 for grit, or a High Pass for Noise and it works really well.

Initially I started with hard wired Serial Filters, but after trying out splitting the filters one to each oscillator it opened a whole new world I couldn't ignore, I followed that up with giving the ability to use the Filter envelope to control the Volume of Oscillator 2 and/or Noise. This just makes so many new sounds possible for the sake of a couple of buttons.

With the Arpeggiator I began by using the one I'd built for Multiverse, however I really wanted a Chord Mode and I ended up rebuilding it and so it does function slightly differently. It is basically a standard Arpeggiator with Sequencers grafted on, this can lead to some very complex polyrhythms. The other addition over the Multiverse ARP is the 16 note Pitch Sequencer which if you play a single Note behaves like a classic Sequencer.

Highlights

    2 Oscillators with both multi-sampled cassette sampled sound and single cycle Waveforms
    Noise Oscillator sampled from Tape
    Unstable for warbling the oscillator pitch
    Dual Filters with a large choice of filter types
    Parallel Filters or One for each Oscillator
    2 LFOs with selectable Waveforms, LFO1 resets on note, LFO2 is free running
    Random LFO of the Filter
    Filter Envelope for the Cutoff, Pitch and Optional Volume of Oscillator 2
    VCA Envelope for Volume Control
    Reverb with 50 Impulse Responses
    Delay
    Modulator with a choice from Chorus, Flanger or Phaser
    Arpeggiator with Sequencers for various parameters
    Preset Browser with the ability to save presets
    Global Randomizer and Default, with the ability to save you own Default preset.
    Section Default and Randomizer buttons
    over 200 Presets (with more to come)

IMPORTANT: You must have the full version of Kontakt 5.6 to use Cassetto or the full version of Kontakt 5.5 to use Micro Cassetto, it will not load in earlier versions. It will also only work for 15 minutes in the player.

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pinki
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Postby pinki; Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:58 pm Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

Very lovely report of your process and great sound. Congrats!
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Astralp
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Postby Astralp; Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:13 pm Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

Thanks pinki! I should probably do that more, I enjoyed writing about it.

as for the GB it's off to a great start - currently at 24, so almost half way to the 1st Bonus. I've almost coded a live counter display with stats on the Group buy Page now.
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Postby extrajazz; Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:45 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

At the moment there are a lot of drawbacks with Kontakt version 5.6. Keyswitch colorisation gone (no go in my eyes), many reports about serious installation issues and so on. So I will avoid an update as long as possible. My question: would it not be possible to make also a version for Kontakt 5.5?
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Postby Astralp; Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:38 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

It would be a lot of work, I would have to rebuild from scratch as Kontakt doesn't let you load later version instruments into earlier versions. I could maybe export groups and rebuild it that way but to redesign it with panels is also a lot of work. The evrything on the screen is also an important part of the design philosophy which makes it engaging to use. I'll look into it, but I can't promise it will happen.

Stats: The Group Buy is now at 55 so the first free product has been achieved already!

I'm currently working on the bonus delivery system, hopefully in the next few days everyone will be able to choose the free products instead of waiting until the end.

It's a crazy deal and I doubt I'll there will be another this generous again.
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Postby Astralp; Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:48 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.5/5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

extrajazz wrote:At the moment there are a lot of drawbacks with Kontakt version 5.6. Keyswitch colorisation gone (no go in my eyes), many reports about serious installation issues and so on. So I will avoid an update as long as possible. My question: would it not be possible to make also a version for Kontakt 5.5?


I've managed to make a version with Panels compatible with Kontakt 5.5 which should be released in the next few days. I've also added a bunch of new single cycle waveforms of a digital nature to expand the sound palette further.

The Group Buy is now at 70 only another 30 to get to the second free product. You already get to select the 1st bonus product after paying.
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Postby extrajazz; Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:44 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

I've managed to make a version with Panels compatible with Kontakt 5.5 which should be released in the next few days.

WOW! Thank You for trying. I thought meanwhile, even if I only will be able in a distant future to play Cassetto with an updated Kontakt-version, the deal is irresistible and followed the group buy...
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Postby Astralp; Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:00 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

No problem :) NI don't make it easy to go backwards, even groups don't load in an earlier version. I had to build for an early version I had from before 5.6 was released. I also discovered that you can run both 5.5 and 5.6 at the same time, by renaming them. You can just extract the installer with winrar etc and fine the dll and exe, so at least that took some of the pain out of supporting both :)
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Postby bftucker; Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:20 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

Just got the "surprise" email about the Kontact 5.5 version and the 63 added waveforms. This is getting even better! Perhaps you should add microcassetto to the thread title so those yet uncommitted will know about this addition. Truly a no-brainer group buy.

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Postby DrGonzo; Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:47 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

Wow! Good job!! This is an extremely cool sounding synth :tu:

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Postby bftucker; Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:31 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

And the group buy is now up to 89. (I admit I have a vested interest in encouraging others to buy into this offer by one of my favorite sound designers! 11 more and I have a second free choice.)
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Postby Numanoid; Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:35 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

How big is the lib?

I am tempted to join in, but just can't handle another multi GB lib at this time, hope it is smaller than that ?
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Postby Astralp; Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:43 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

Thanks :) Not too far off the next freebie!

Numanoid, it's less than 500mb, apart from the tape samples the rest are single cycles, the design is more like an old school rompler with basic waveforms, the presets are created the same way as any subtractive synth using the GUI.

I'll update the main text now :)
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Postby Numanoid; Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:51 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

Astralp wrote:Numanoid, it's less than 500mb, apart from the tape samples the rest are single cycles, the design is more like an old school rompler with basic waveforms, the presets are created the same way as any subtractive synth using the GUI.

Excellent, I'll jump on the train now :)
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Postby Numanoid; Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:10 am Re: Cassetto for Kontakt 5.5/5.6 No Brainer Group Buy

So, buying experience very good, immediate delivery of product after payment.

Loading it up, and wow, this is the first time I have seen a Kontakt instrument with a really large interface, also in the horisontal direction :o :clap:

Browing through a couple of presets, I quickly start to alter them myself by changing waveforms, so really easy to build sounds on this.

No doubt, one of the no-brainers of the year, for those with Kontakt :)
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