We’ve got three cool sampled instruments for you this week: a spaced-out piano, a funky bass and a collection of dreamy pads. Here’s Infinite Space Piano, FunkBass and Abstract Crystal Pads.
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ZAK Sound Infinite Space Piano
ZAK Sound has sampled an acoustic piano and mixed it with three different textures to create this unique sampled instrument. There are three sections for tweaking: Cube (room reverb), Contrast (environmental textures) and Infinity (“an endless bright tone”). Each section provides its own ADSR envelope. To the left, there’s a master section with a low cut filter, stereo width control, panning, gain and an additional envelope for the piano sound. Interesting stuff!
Infinite Space Piano is available for macOS 10.11 or higher and Windows 7-10 (64 bit) in VST3 and AU formats.
This sampled bass instrument by Audiolatry features eight different bass sounds with various playing techniques and effects: finger, slap, pick, chorus, fretless, fuzz, low, and sub. For tweaking, there’s an AR envelope, a low cut / high cut filter, and an LFO with speed and depth controls. Audiolatry says that FunkBass is meant to be a quick and easy, but good-sounding tool for creating bass lines in styles like Pop, EDM, Funk Soul, RnB, and more.
FunkBass is available for macOS 10.11-10.14 (unfortunately, it’s not compatible with Catalina and up) and Windows in VST, VST3 and AU formats.
SampleScience Abstract Crystal Pads
Abstract Crystal Pads is a collection of 30 atmospheric pad sounds for film and game scoring, ambient music, new age and more. You can adjust the sounds to your liking using an LFO (what can be assigned to various targets), a room reverb, a lowpass/highpass filter, and an envelope. There’s also a preamp and a glide feature. The plug-in supports three voice modes: polyphonic, monophonic, and legato. Sample Science says that it uses very little CPU.
Abstract Crystal Pads is available as a plug-in, as a sound library for Decent Sampler and Kontakt 5/6 and as a Reason Refill for Reason 12 and up. The plug-in runs on Windows 8.1/10 and macOS 10.11 through 10.14. Via Decent Sampler (free!), Kontakt or Reason, it’s possible to use the library on a wide variety of platforms, including Linux and iOS.