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Introducing: Sonespheres 01 - Distance

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Introducing: Sonespheres 01 - Distance


In 2016, Mike Peaslee (of Soundiron) and I discussed the possibility of working on a nuanced sound design library that would capture the sort of textural layering I record in my music.

From those discussions, the idea grew for this first volume in the Sonespheres series.

I'm proud to announce that, Distance, is available now from Soundiron.com.

Sonespheres 01 - Distance is a handcrafted collection of bespoke sound designed instruments derived from Soundiron's vast catalogue and my own sample recordings for this project. The material covered ranges from solo effected instruments to warm, beautiful pads and more.

All in, there is more than 1GB of content and some 305 long-looping 24/48 wav files, scripted for Kontakt (full version, 5.5.2+), but can also be dropped right into your DAW project since they are open format. 

DEMO MUSIC: "TRUTH"

My hope is that you as musicians will use these sounds as the hazy, ethereal, ambiguous base, on which to bring into sharp focus your own artistic visions - Be it in support or your stories, or those of the others with whom you work.

In Distance, I’ve tried to be thorough without being repetitive - to offer sounds that might work in a range of production styles and musical sensibilities. From longing solo instruments and heartbreaking pads to tense bowed textures and forward-leaning rhythms, I truly hope there’s something here for everyone.

DEMO VIDEOS:

Thank you to the Soundiron team for their technological wizardry, wonderful catalog and their ability to maintain humanity in what could easily become a robotic effort. The massive task they undertake with each release makes me feel incredibly lucky and appreciative to be living as a composer in this era. A special thank you to Mike Peaslee for reaching out to me after hearing my work and asking me to assist in the vision of this project. His guidance on library development and his shepherding me with patience, openness and an appreciation for the art of music is the only way any of this was possible.

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spitfire audio / touchosc | uacc v2 template

UACC

Spitfire Audio has created a new articulation switching method, known as the UACC (Universal Articulation Controller Channel), to be used as a standard across their libraries.

It's currently at v2 (as of May 2014).

For more information on the nuts and bolts of how it works, and the philosophy behind it, please see these links:

UACC - A New Proposed Standard

Tutorials - Spitfire Audio - Changing Articulations

Current UACC spec v2

TouchOSC

TouchOSC is an app for iOS and Android that relays OSC or MIDI values to a host DAW (via TouchOSC Bridge) over WiFi or USB.

Users may make various templates for their instruments/projects via a desktop program (TouchOSC Editor), and upload them to the mobile device that will be used as a controller.

For more information on how to setup TouchOSC, TouchOSC Editor and the TouchOSC Bridge applications, please see:

Hexler TouchOSC

Template v1.0

With that out of the way, here is a template I've created for the iPad using the latest UACC spec and TouchOSC version to control Spitfire libraries.

Here are a couple of images of the template with some explanatory notations...

template overview

template zoom

Please use the above links as reference to how to properly load/utilize TouchOSC templates.

I am providing a download of the template below for anyone who is interested in controlling their Spitfire templates/instruments this way.

Please be sure you select "Locked to UACC" preference in the Kontakt performance view window (as seen below).

Kontakt Performance View - Select "Locked to UACC" for proper functioning.

I hope you find this tool useful and helpful in efficiently managing your Spitfire Audio workflow!


 

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the gremlin - designed

SOUND DESIGN LIBRARY for KONTAKT 5

The Gremlin is a 3/4 sized acoustic guitar (classical style), with nylon and wound metal strings. 

She collected dust for years, thought of as nothing more than a novelty. But one fine day, in the mid '00s a certain young composer pulled The Gremlin from forgotten obscurity (and quite possibly saved her from that great guitar field in the sky), and the rest is history...

This is no toy. She has been lovingly added to every film score I've ever written, in some form or another.

Here, I've sampled some muted finger plucks, and then created 7 custom .nkis that are perfect for atmospheric sound design - from warm and beautiful to icy and fragile.

Introducing:  The GREMLIN - Designed

Patch List:

  • Bowed Cold
  • Echelon
  • I'll Be Your Huckleberry
  • No Man is an Island
  • Sacred
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Rattler

Kontakt 5.1 (FULL version) required. Otherwise, these patches will only work in demo mode.

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Please consider donating below if you find these instruments useful.

All sounds and instruments ©2013 Blake Ewing Music. All Rights Reserved.

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bent grass | spitfire audio sable strings

"Bent Grass" is new piece I've just composed to test/demonstrate the new strings sample library from Spitfire Audio - Sable Strings.

The audio below was recording using just vol.1, but I will be replacing the appropriate lines with additional parts from vol.2 and vol.3 as they're released.

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spitfire audio | loegria (polyphonic legato vs sustains)

I thought I play around with the newly introduced poly-legato feature in Loegria 1.1
and see it compares to the regular sustain patches in this post.

To do this, I played in triadic chords with the sustain patches, added cc1 (mod wheel) data,
and then copied this to another track an octave lower for the low strings.

After that, I copied each of those to matching Legato tracks and adjusted each of the triad members' velocity data,
as that is how Loegria determines the polyphonic function.

Rinse and repeat for the half sections, and c'est voila!

poly-legato vs sustain

    • 0:00 - Full Sustain
    • 0:25 - Full Legato
    • 0:49 - 1/2 Section Sustain
    • 1:13 - 1/2 Section Legato

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 demos

To further show how I've personally used these two different libraries,
here are two demos that hopefully show off some strengths of each library.

Albion i

albion ii

Ultimately, I think combining the two libraries will give the most flexibility,
and offer the most variety in ensemble sizes and articulations.

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 (brass longs and legato)

Here is a comparison of the Albion 1 & 2 Brass Longs and Legato patches.

From Albion 1, I'm using the Horns/Bones, and from Albion 2,
I've used the Horns/Euphoniums and Sacbuts.

longs

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 Horns/Bones Longs
    • 0:16 - Albion 2 Horns/Euphoniums Longs
    • 0:32 - Albion 2 Sacbut Longs

legato

    • 0:51 - Albion 1 Horns/Bones Legato
    • 1:05 - Albion 2 Horns/Euphonium Legato
    • 1:19 - Albion 2 Sacbut Legato

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 (string shorts)

Here is a comparison of the Albion 1 & 2 String Shorts Patches.

shorts

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 Shorts
    • 0:20 - Albion 2 Shorts
    • 0:39 - Albion 1 Pizz
    • 0:59 - Albion 2 Pizz
    • 1:18 - Albion 2 Shorts (con sordino)
    • 1:37 - Albion 2 Col Legno
    • 1:57 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2 Ostinatum + Celli Ostinatum (Time Machine)

More comparisons to come, including horns.

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 (string legato)

Here is a comparison of the Albion 1 & 2 String Legato Patches.

I've divided this into high and low strings. Lines are played at the octave, depending on the patch used.

High Strings

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2/Viola (con sordino)
    • 0:11 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2/Viola
    • 0:20 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2 (octaves)
    • 0:29 - Albion 2 High Strings
    • 0:38 - Albion 2 High Strings 1/2 Section

Low Strings

    • 0:47 - Albion 1 Cello/Bass (octaves)
    • 0:56 - Albion 2 Low Strings
    • 1:05 - Albion 2 Low Strings 1/2 Section

More string comparisons to come, including shorts.

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Spitfire Audio | Albion 1 & 2 (String Longs)


Spitfire Audio has released the next iteration of their (mostly orchestral) Albion series, with Albion 2 'Loegria'.
If the focus of vol. 1 was on the epic cinematic style, vol. 2 is all about cinematic beauty and detail.

Here is a comparison of string longs from both libraries playing the same material.

Articulations in both Albion 1 & 2

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 String Longs (con sordino)
    • 0:25 - Albion 2 String Longs (con sordino)
    • 0:47 - Albion 1 String Longs
    • 1:10 - Albion 2 String Longs

Articulations in only Albion 2

    • 1:36 - Albion 2 Strings 1/2 Section
    • 1:58 - Albion 2 Strings Flautando

More string comparisons to come, including legato and shorts.

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