Plugin Boutique are offering 50% off Wide Blue Sound cinematic Kontakt libraries for a limited time. The offers end December 3rd.
- Orbit – $93.37 (usually $186.79)
- Eclipse – $70.94 (usually $143.19)
- Elysium – $93.37 (usually $186.79)
Welcome to a new kind of musical instrument for Kontakt, Orbit, designed for easily creating stunning synths, pulses and atmospheric textures. With our critically-acclaimed intuitive interface, you can create rich, deep results in the blink of an eye. Power meets simplicity. The Orbital Synthesis engine morphs between four creative sound sources to create amazing tonal pulses, edgy hybrid rhythms, and dreamy atmospheric beds, all evolving infinitely over time.
Eclipse is a Kontakt instrument with a lot of similarities to Orbit, Wide Blue Sound’s previous opus. The installation process is an improvement on the early version I reviewed and now it resides snugly in Kontakt’s Libraries menu. It’s a little smaller too, taking less than 600MB of disk space.
Intended as a source of atmospherics in motion, each Eclipse patch is built from four well-crafted stereo samples that loop continuously; these are known as Orbits. The synthesis engine also includes filtering and transposition of each sample, and since the samples are rich and complex across the whole audio spectrum, filtering is a vital tool for homing in on sections of the samples ready to recombine with others. It means that, even though you’re given just 69 audio sources to play with, they can be blended to form a large number of genuinely different permutations. The factory presets (stored as snapshots) provide excellent examples.
The source waves are organised into three categories: Simple, Complex and Asylum. While there are some style overlaps, the Simple waves are primarily drones or Wavestation-like shifting textures. They include many brooding, reverberant pads, sometimes with an added resonant whistle or bloated sawtooth bed. The Complex category is notable for its increased movement, dynamics and processing. Here you’ll find disturbing wails and reverse effects, plus the sounds of desolation, sensory deprivation (think ‘Altered States’) and post-apocalyptic gloom. Finally, Asylum hits the extremes like a blood-splattered horror novel. This is the most diverse category and it includes computer-like bleeps, deranged guitar loops, mechanical effects and tormented choirs.
With an entirely new way to create striking pulses, beautiful organic arpeggios, evolving pads, and one-of-a-kind hybrid instruments, Elysium simply cannot be replicated by any other synth on the market.
Some of the biggest synths end up being preset synths, with features built for the patch designers instead of the users. Elysium is different. Enter a galaxy of macro knobs, generators and fun ways to create movement, where even your most basic patches sound more alive than they would in any other synth.
Elysium’s groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed UI was designed to give you the most power and flexibility possible with the least amount of resistance.
Wide Blue Sound Libraries requires a free or full version of Kontakt 5.6.6 or later.
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