Is anybody else obsessed with buying little bespoke Kontakt instruments that sound like a broken organ crossed with a shortwave radio?

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Man, I am obsessed with collecting these things, there are a few really cool little companies that sample crazy old synths/organs/electro mechanical keyboards/gizmos/tesla coils etc: make freaking cool little Kontakt instruments out of them and sell them really cheaply through their own websites.

Some of my faves -

MaresNest, Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:04 (nine years ago) link


waterface, Thursday, 25 July 2013 17:08 (nine years ago) link

Not obsessed but I do like the idea of cheap sample packs with well thought out samples of obscure/unusual instruments and objects, instead of the usual run of the mill 500MB packs that contain little of use in relation to their size.

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Thursday, 25 July 2013 17:10 (nine years ago) link


― waterface, Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:08 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Gee, thanks for your input

MaresNest, Thursday, 25 July 2013 18:49 (nine years ago) link

"The source tones for Spark Gap come from a wonderful piece of scientific history: a vintage 1920s electrically-driven (or "maintained") tuning fork. This bit of lab kit comprises a hefty brass fork bolted to a resonant box and fitted with a moveable pair of damping clamps plus a moveable electromagnet, and was used nearly a century ago to demonstrate the principle of the electromagnetic feedback loop. But while it may have been designed for the edification of young scientists, it's first and foremost a sound-producing machine – which made it pretty much irresistible to us…"

How could anybody resist that?

MaresNest, Thursday, 25 July 2013 18:51 (nine years ago) link

hollowsun do good work. their nostalgia set is the only soft synth i would consider using in a finished track

take that, bitterman (electricsound), Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:41 (nine years ago) link

Hollow Sun is fantastic! I'm currently obsessed with their Sounds Of The Universe plugin.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:47 (nine years ago) link

You'll probably like these

They're cheap to begin with plus they're having a 50% off sale right now.

wk, Friday, 26 July 2013 21:00 (nine years ago) link

yes but i don't use kontakt. i should try it. i just use tuning forks or chimes or glockenspiels or whatever and, like, manually pitch shift everything or throw it into a free sampler plugin.

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Friday, 26 July 2013 21:04 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I've bought some of these things because they're cheap and seem cool but I've never used any of them. It's much more fun to do what you describe.

wk, Friday, 26 July 2013 21:19 (nine years ago) link

BTW, Kontakt is 50% off for another couple of days.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 27 July 2013 07:20 (nine years ago) link

Yes yes yes, to the point where I had to consciously stop myself from checking out new instruments because I was getting zero done.

Have you used many Soniccouture instruments? If not, you might a bunch of their stuff. Nothing all that wacky, but I loooove using their Novachord instrument. Another VI of theirs that I use constantly is Scriptorium-- the instruments included are all pretty fun, but there's a pack of ksp scripts that have come in handy. Assuming you go under the hood and use the Kontakt scripts section a lot, you might want to give that a try. Their Philcordia has a great sound, too.

I love a lot of those Hollow Sun VIs but I found that there maybe seemed to be a lot of retread in sounds after a certain point?

IM ME, I DO ME, AND I CHILL (CompuPost), Sunday, 4 August 2013 11:36 (nine years ago) link

But if we're just keeping it to weirdo cheap/free Kontakt VIs, Atom Hub has a ton of cool free percussive collections, esp. Candlestick and Cottage (Mr. Pot, Empty Playground and a few others have some usable stuff, too). I've found that I hate a lot of the reverbs they use on initial loading, but once I have those turned off, lots of great sounds.

IM ME, I DO ME, AND I CHILL (CompuPost), Sunday, 4 August 2013 12:23 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Oh, and another cool little bespoke Kontakt free instrument is Bolder Sounds' Ebow -- very lightweight, too.

ヽ(´ー`)┌ (CompuPost), Friday, 23 August 2013 13:13 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Now you can replicate Boredoms in Kontakt for a mere 50 clams.

many machines on ilx (MaresNest), Tuesday, 1 October 2013 09:20 (nine years ago) link

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958.
The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers.
You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker.

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 8 October 2013 03:01 (nine years ago) link

I can't even believe how good it sounds

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 8 October 2013 03:02 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

MaresNest, Friday, 15 November 2013 17:24 (nine years ago) link

i hope they're paying royalties to rotterdam termination source

kel's vintage port (electricsound), Friday, 15 November 2013 22:46 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

shameless advertisement for a friend who makes some of these. they're great and cheap (£10-£30). there's a free tom drum sample pack on there too.

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:46 (eight years ago) link

These are cool, right up my alley thanks

MaresNest, Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:35 (eight years ago) link

The Puremagnetik Toybox collection includes some fun stuff-- lapharp, toy synths and pianos, Stylophone, Melodica, few other things.

Call me Shitmael (CompuPost), Monday, 16 December 2013 19:29 (eight years ago) link

This new/old Soundiron thing looks kinda interesting and it's only 5 bucks.

This unique vocal instrument is based on a simple concept with a rather remarkable pedigree: chromatically sampled vocal sustains captured over 150 years ago. This original method of recording, called ‘Phonautography’ was invented in the early 1850s, by French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville. The sounds were captured by projecting the voice and other sounds into a cylindrical horn attached to a stylus, which in transfered the vibration into lines over the surface of oil lamp soot-blackened sheets of paper. These raw archival recordings were preserved by the French Academy of Sciences and finally decoded by First Sounds with the help of laser scanning equipment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

MaresNest, Saturday, 21 December 2013 10:26 (eight years ago) link

^^^^^^^^ max level bespokeness.

Call me Shitmael (CompuPost), Saturday, 21 December 2013 17:20 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

i bought kontakt

it begins..

niamh 1073 (electricsound), Friday, 4 July 2014 04:27 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Okay, so I bought this, it was super cheap though.

MaresNest, Monday, 8 December 2014 17:02 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Kontakt is half price atm and I am tempted.

Is it worth getting as a stand-alone if you already have sampling / sample pack access in Ableton?

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:53 (five years ago) link

It probably depends how you plan on using it. Why standalone? I like it mainly for the huge number of free and paid libraries and utilities rather than as a sampler. But then I'm a sampling imbecile.

Tib, Sunday, 19 November 2017 11:53 (five years ago) link

I was thinking stand-alone in the sense of not packaged with Komplete / Maschine - i am just not sure how great the sample library that comes with it is. That said, a lot of the free / paid libraries look very cool.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:27 (five years ago) link

Gotcha. I've got to admit I had forgotten about the factory library, which maybe says something about it? I just had a quick get reacquainted session and it's...ok. I don't think its highly regarded but it is NI so it's clearly not rubbish.

Each different instrument having its own GUI makes kontakt a different way of working than sampler/simpler .

Tib, Monday, 20 November 2017 07:19 (five years ago) link

I think there's a steep learning curve if you're thinking of using Kontakt as a classic sampler; nothing impossible, but I think it has a rep of being a little complicated for easy/quick sampling needs. However, using it for paid/free instruments and sample libraries (or, eventually, making your own instruments) is pretty easy, and it's not difficult to find instruments/libraries that sound great and are easily tweakable.

ヽ(´ー`)┌ (CompuPost), Monday, 20 November 2017 14:42 (five years ago) link

Excellent. Thanks both.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Monday, 20 November 2017 14:55 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

Kontakt 6 on the way:

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 21:14 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

A trend I've seen in the run up to Bandcamp Day tomorrow: "buy my album of modulated electronics on Bandcamp and you'll receive the AU/VST plug-in I authored to make it with"

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 30 April 2020 22:19 (two years ago) link

I've got a couple of Puremagnetik things like that and tbh they're pretty useless

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 1 May 2020 02:04 (two years ago) link is good for free community made sampler instruments

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 1 May 2020 02:05 (two years ago) link

Hollow Sun has a free library if you buy TAL Sampler (retro sampler) that has a lot of good stuff

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 1 May 2020 02:07 (two years ago) link

There a little bit of Hollow Sun's SOTU in my track on the latest ILX comp.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 1 May 2020 04:31 (two years ago) link

cheers for pianobook milo, just grabbed a bunch to play with.
any ones to particularly look out for?

Tib, Friday, 1 May 2020 08:14 (two years ago) link

I haven't gone back and downloaded many again since I switched computers but I was a fan of several of the guitar/bass ones that aren't just trying to be a straight sample library - thrumming guitar textures & bass harmonic chimes, ambient guitar tremors all quite good IIRC.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 1 May 2020 08:55 (two years ago) link

Pianobook looks insane, I don't use Kontakt though (although I think I do have Kontakt Player installed?). It seems like a huge wormhole to go down and is very appealing on one level, but also it feels weird to plug-and-play other people's homemade samples. Better to record my own to keep the personal touch and limit option paralysis.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 May 2020 19:35 (two years ago) link

Tried making a Kontakt instrument last night to see if round robins are a pain in the ass - apparently they are without scripting, and my guitar is noisy as hell

12th fret harmonics, six round robins per string

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 21:21 (two years ago) link

lol just realized that doing this at 3 in the morning I inverted the guitar strings vs keyboard so the high E is on the bass side and the low E on the treble side

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 21:24 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Not Kontakt, but does anyone mess with the Reaktor user library?

I finally got over my annoyance with the NI infrastructure to start learning Razor (which is amazing), and I think at this point I could delve into the infinite number of user-created synths if I wanted to (only have Reaktor Player, not the full version).

I guess I could delve into Kontakt too, but it still feels weirder to me to fully use someone else's samples rather than making my own, whereas I'm definitely not going to make a synth from scratch.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 11 April 2021 00:17 (one year ago) link

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