Soundset ChromaZone for Chromaphone released on patchpool
I just released this soundset for Chromaphone:
This soundset contains 100 original patches and 22 variations for Chromaphone by AAS. I focussed on emulations of known and und unknown instruments like mallets, bells, chimes, plucked strings, keyboards, hybrid strangers and percussive sounds as well as experimental patches, lush pads, dark drones, beautiful textures, funky synths and funny noises.
As soon as AAS updates Chromaphone to add Pitchbend, Microtuning, Aftertouch and whatever else I will add these controls to the patches and all customers will receive a free update of ChromaZone.
Combining materials like metal, skin and wood with elements like air and articulations like beating, plucking and bowing can create physically modelled instruments that are hard to describe with words. Although they might sound familiar due totheir "organic" nature, words sometimes fail to describe what they "really are" and how they actually sound. Quite a few of these hybrid strangers are included in ChromaZone.
Chromaphone is advertised as a percussion synthesizer which in my opinion only covers a smaller aspect of it's virtues. Physical modeling has been rivaling with conventional sampling for years in terms of emulating "realism". The creation of sonic "surrealism" based on organic sounding materials is a far more powerful aspect of this technology and Chromaphone in particular.
You can view/download the PDF for ChromaZone with more details, the licence agreement and the patch list including playing tips and descriptions for each patch here.
I have recently found myself distracted in so many directions that a proper post/comment is to still be made...for now I can only say from the one bank I have dipped into that as usual with Simon's work, there is a new dimension to Chromaphone awaiting exploration with this set (and I got pretty deep into the factory sets so that is no 'light' remark).
Thanks for another great sound design extension/addition with your trademark quality and ear for coolness Simon. When I can stop myself from playing with all the cool new demos of 2012 (a few which I blame on you with all your nice demo experiments on Soundcloud) I hope to provide some better insights to my own experience with ChromaZone ;-)
Until then, I have to watch all my demo clocks and squeeze out some last sounds, I think several are nearing their expiration already!
Well Chromaphone is such a good sound creating tool that I thought... hmm who needs soundsets?
I usually make my own patches and have a bit of an ego regarding sound/preset banks.
But then I started to dwell more into Chromaphone and I realized that this tool in the hand of a more talented, determined and gifted sound designer will yield fantastic results.
After just some quick preset browsing through Simon's excellent ChromaZone while playing with the computer keyboard I just felt extremely inspired.
What you get here in this soundpack is a high quality personal approach to a extremely good sounding instrument.
Simon's ear for texture and tonal changes are easily shown in his use of the onboard FX. I know exactly what you are thinking.. onboard fx are usually crap. Surprinsingly Chromaphone has a great reverb and some nice other tricks up it's sleeve like saturation,eq, delay.
In Simon's bank the use of them are never over the top as he actually uses them with subtleness. Let me put it this way : he uses all the given tools to help a good sound rather than mask lifelessness like in the usual presets.
Chad aka SilverSonya said a great thing once that sometimes "you can't put a price on inspiration"
And this is what I felt from his sound demos and what eventually got me to buy for the first time a preset bank.
So far I'm really happy with what AAS has achieved with this creation as it's way better (more realism, more texture and more natural weirdness) than their earlier fantastic effort Tension from Ableton Suite, and extremely pleased with many of the sounds I found in Simon's bank.
Anyway what's nice about a synth like this is that you can tweak what Simon already envisioned in new sounds to suit the creation you envision.
My point is they are really good per se and they can also be easily molded into something new.
I'll chime in later on after I used the banks some more with more details.
Thank you DSK, just got up and your post makes my morning coffee taste even better
In Chromaphone a few tweaks can change a patch dramatically so using my stuff as a starting point for personal explorations is a very good tip! Always be careful with your ears and speakers though, the overloading effects in Chromaphone are not that much fun...although I wish I sometimes had recorded the noises that occur when a patch becomes instable and goes through the roof
Forget to check earlier but working fine right now here from Simon's link.
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