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Crystal Bowls - The 13 Cosmic Rays is the worlds first digital Collection of Crystal Sound Bowls for the NI Kontakt Player and the full version of Kontakt. This unique sample based Synthesizer has powerful Sound design features to create vivid and surprising soundscapes as well as warm and organic tones for your compositions. Complex arpeggiator and random functions will help you to be creative.
Crystal Bowls costs €89. As it is powered by Kontakt Player it is available for 32- and 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X in standalone and VST, AU and RTAS instrument plug-in formats.
A great overall sound quality. Many patches, very well designed. Sound design possibilities in the innovative scripted GUI, are virtually unlimited (works in the free Kontakt 5 player). The "random" and the special "anarchy" functions add pure fun to the efx panel, giving you even more sound design chances, as they deeply transform the original patches (you can choose which efx to route into "anarchy", of course). Although it is a very efx busy library, it is still quite CPU friendly (I'm on 32 bit system, 2,8 Ghz 2 cores, 4 Gb RAM).
If you love adventurous and futuristic sound design, but you need "to play musically" (not a strange need, isn't it?) the patches created, then you'll love Crystal Bowls. The overall mood of the library is not that "epic" to me (but there is so much stuff on that side on the market today), I see it more on the ambient, minimal, techno, acoustic side (the "original" patches features beautiful acoustic bowls sounds), but it can fit to many other genres indeed.
I think its value is mainly on the sound design options it offers, very well represented and explained by the many beautiful factory patches, that point at the future of sound design and do not try to merely replicate (one more time?) existing instruments and sounds. The price is fair and all worth the great quality you get.