Film/game audio composers & sound designers of the world, rejoice. There’s a new, inspiring toy available for you from today. Wide Blue Sound, the company led by composer-producer Nathan Rightnour and award-winning Hollywood composer Jeff Rona, just announced the release of its newest instrument ECLIPSE, available to order online beginning Monday February 29th from WideBlueSound.com.
At ANR we love new, quality companies focused on creating unique tools for the music makers (exactly, ‘the dreamers of dreams’). Last summer we fell in love with the company’s first instrument, ORBIT (see our ORBIT review).
ECLIPSE explores a new sonic territory, with a sound that is darker, heavier and more aggressive.
With an all-new collection of sound sources, features, and an effects path tailored especially for massive sound, Wide Blue Sound have developed a powerful instrument to create rhythmic intensity, dark cinematic atmospheres, and energetic drive.
Under the hood, the synthesis engine orbits between four sound channels to create new timbres that infinitely evolve over time, perfect for nearly every style of modern and cinematic music. The channels can be shaped with several filter types, followed by a custom global FX chain and four powerful sequencers that offer deep modulation over most every element of the instrument.
ECLIPSE comes with 250 custom-made presets tested by top sound designers before being approved. ECLIPSE’s time-saving interface gives users lots of powerful tools, including sound design shortcuts, an improved Convolution Engine and a freshly tuned “Intelligent Random” button.
More good news: if you have an iPad (or an Android Tablet), you’ll be happy to know that alongside the release of ECLIPSE, Wide Blue sound is offering the free SKYPAD software. LAUNCHPAD requires the Lemur app (sold separately, and definitely worth it if you are a music control freak!).
SKYPAD is a remote creative tool for ECLIPSE and ORBIT that adds a host of multi-touch performance possibilities.
ECLIPSE retails for $149. For a limited time, Wide Blue Sound is offering ECLIPSE to new customers at an introductory price of $119 and is extending a special price break to all existing customers at $99. Those wishing to purchase ORBIT and ECLIPSE together can do so for a special bundle price of $299.
Exciting times for those into cinematic sounds! Stay tuned for our in-depth review of ECLIPSE.
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