August 8, 2007

Content? Check!

by Chris Randall

Okay, thanks to all the suggestions in the previous thread. I scored all of the Methodikal loops (handy stuff, that!) and I purchased the Abstrakt Breaks 2 package. Quite frankly, I found the latter a little underwhelming. I like the sounds, but the breaks aren't too useful, I don't think. I made a track last night using their source material, and ended up separating out the REX files in to individual sounds and moving them about. So, yeah...

In any event, the kind folks at Native Instruments took pity on me and finally weaned me of my Halion habit by thrusting Kontakt 2 on me. I had tried the demo of Kontakt 1, and was underwhelmed. In retrospect, it's a much nicer program than it lets on. If I had spent some time with the manual, I would have known this. But since I now have Kontakt 2, I'm gonna maybe purchase the Konkrete 2 package, because that seems more my speed.

In all honesty, I could probably make all these sorts of kits myself, but I just don't have the time. I'm getting backed up now, between Dr. Device's release and the computer failure(s). Two albums are now behind schedule, never mind all the licensing, and I barely have time for my leisure activities. (It's worth noting that while it may seem I spend an inordinate amount of time snowboarding or windsurfing or going to wineries, this is what keeps me from turning in to a fat, bitter old man. So it's necessity, not desire.)

But that said, I'll probably spend some time making Kontakt kits of stuff I use a lot, and this ridiculous Crumar string synth is the first victim. We'll see how that goes. On the bright side, I don't need to figure out how to convert all my old Halion patches because, well, I don't have them any more.

Oh, And... You probably noticed the new look to the site, so I won't belabor the obvious. Elle decided it was Time for a Change.



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Aug.09.2007 @ 1:36 PM
scratch that! looks like i was caching part of the old site still... sorry to jump the gun.

Aug.09.2007 @ 1:58 PM
If you like the sounds in Abstrakt Breaks I'd recommend getting the Synthetic Battery kits library, it'll open in Kontakt and features some of the best drum/noise/weird sounds I've heard. There's a Chris Liebing kit I use on just about everything. Monster kick!

Aug.09.2007 @ 3:54 PM
nice design but imho the background shouldn't be dithered (tearing while scrolling), probably also flickery on an analog monitor

Aug.10.2007 @ 12:45 AM
in the last year, ive dropped about $500 on sound libraries, effects (from here actually) and sample sets. i prefer finding smaller boutique shoppes that create handcrafted libraries geared towards very specific sound design aesthetics. sonic couture and you all have been recent favorites.

anytime i can buy directly from the artist, whether they be a recording artist or sound designer, i jump at the opportunity.

i'd much rather give johanna kunin link []">link [] fifteen bucks for her glitchy tinged piano cd, "sigh lens", order sounds directly from the londoners at or effects from the fine folks at analog industries and receive something truly unique in return than buy something thats just watered down and homogeneous.


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