Luftrum Bioscape by CoolGuitarGear
There is a lot to say about the Bioscape wave sampler, designed by Luftrum Sound Design (and a team that gathered a host of field recordings). The sounds are organic, natural, original and stand clear in the mix with pristine quality. The genres vary, but the super atmospheric Bioscape sits well with game and film-score composers, and also fully applicable with ambient-type music. And, considering you can import your own sounds, add sequencing, effects and ‘morph’ any sound, it wouldn’t take much to transport Bioscape into more vigorous music genres. Consequently, with the 320 presets (in areas of pulses, pads, textures, ASMR, drones, effects and playables) that can be manipulated in seemingly countless ways, you already have thousands of potential new sounds without loading any new ones. In that regard, the accompanying demo uses only some of the premade sounds, without any editing or changes. Factor in how much you can alter any of those sounds and you would have enough video/audio to fill a YouTube channel with hundreds of hours of recordings. And this may be one of the downfalls of Bioscape, although in a good way, in that you easily can become enamored and addicted to this software package.
Here are a few examples of what I mean about editing flexibility. First, you can work with one or two layers, each with its own controls and editing features, as mentioned. Either layer can include a full or reduced range of a wave file (if you happen to like a particular section and don’t want to loop the entire recording), with a forward or reverse loop, forward/reverse stop and ping-pong looping. Each layer has its own envelopes and filters, besides a host of effects, including modulation, delays, reverbs and a step-sequencer. As good as all this is, the two editing features that transport Bioscape into a different realm include the Mutate DNA function and the Motion Recording.
Mutate DNA involves sound characteristics that can be applied to a wave, with the upper and lower parts (the two layers) involving different themes. You can apply qualities like bow, eternal, harmonic, plucked, biomass, carbon, or machine – with 25 types dedicated for each layer. Not all mutations work with all waves, but most offer some fantastically unique results. The Motion Recording allows you to manipulate a wave in real time, thereby producing a dynamic movement to the volume, pitch, cutoff, panning and effects while morphing between the layers. This feature is part of some of the sound samples, and so you can see the motion of the XY Pad in real time.
There is a reason why the Bioscape package received the KVR Audio Readers Choice Award 2020. It is utterly unique, highly usable and flexible, and the sounds are incredible. At $159 USD you get more than just a lot of nice sounding wave samples, but a highly usable editing program that works with Kontakt Player (no need for the full version) or Komplete – both by Native Instruments. From a guitar player who only dabbles in the soft-synth world, I am highly impressed!