It’s not something new, but we think it’s a remarkable product and it deserves some recognition. We’re talking of KREATE, a Kontakt based sound library designed and produced by techno-minimal artist Speedy J aka Jochem Paap, and released by Fixed Noise. Once in a while the press release is spot on: “KREATE offers over 4 GB of sounds designed to inspire and awe those in the electronic music-world, whether it be the fellow DJ/producer, film composer or pop artist looking for a cutting-techno edge”. What you’ll find in the box? Well, there’s probably something for everyone: drum kits, individual hits/tones, loops, sequencer-based instruments, fx and konstrukt instruments (for a total of more than 500 instruments). A lot of work has gone into the making of this library, I’m sure. And it’s not just about quantity. There’s a lot of really usable stuff. The drum kits are excellent, the single tones instruments can get a lot of use, but the most creative part comes from the sequences. This section of “instruments” makes full use of some of the most advanced Kontakt scripting features, and even if you don’t know what this means, just trust us, it’s terribly fun and inspiring. Unlike the loop section, here you can have sequences (up to 16 steps) that follow your host’s tempo, and you can modify the notes, the lenghs and the velocities (there’s a useful randomizer too), so basically you can completely customize each pattern and save it as a user pattern. Wheter you’re a fan Speedy J or you’ve never heard of him, this library can be both a creative tool and a great time-saver. Just try not to use the loops so much (I usually skip them, like McDonald’s food), and focus on the other stuff. KREATE comes with a Kontakt 2 Player, so you don’t need to have/buy the full version of Kontakt, and that’s a plus. Of course the Kontakt 2 player works as VST, AU, RTAS plug-in too. The price is 199$, and you can buy it direct from Fixed Noise store. It seems there’s no download version available. We’ll discuss of KREATE and other hopefully interesting things with Fixed Noise’s founder Jo Ardalan soon.
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