2020 has been an adventurous year, to say the least! Given all the extra free time, I decided to create a new solo cello Kontakt library! So here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes.
Over the year and a half, I’ve received feedback from users about the free Real Cello Mayhem sample library. After some thought, I put together a small team to help expand these ideas into a bigger and better sample library.
The outcome of this effort is Polaris Audio, a new boutique sample library company. More about this later…
This post is just an overview to whet your appetite.
However, over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you more info about our company and our first product.
So, stay tuned!
Introducing Magnetar Series: Cello
Magnetar Cello is a New Solo Cello Kontakt Library that includes Magentar Cello.nki, Magnetar Cello Loops.nki, and Magentar Cello SFX.nki.
Magnetar Cello is a solo cello library for composers, producers, and sound designers who want to utilize hybrid (acoustic/electronic) sounds in their production.
Each Kontakt instrument in this library uses Native Instruments’ effects (Choral, Phasis, Flair, and Replika).
Furthermore, the library comes with 150 presets. Sounds range from ethereal strings to progressive analog synths.
[Audio samples coming soon!!!]
New Solo Cello Kontakt Library: Magnetar Cello.nki
The “bread and butter” of our new solo cello Kontakt library is “Magnetar Cello”.
The articulations for this cello library are detaché, spiccato, martelé, col legno, staccato, and pizzicato.
In addition to 100 presets in this .nki file, there is a “Randomize” button.
This feature randomizes the Choral, Phasis, Reverb, and Replika effects, and more.
From our script programmer:
Randomizer sends random values to Choral, Flair, Phasis, Replika, Distortion, Tape, Reverb presets, Reverb size, Reverb pre-delay, Reverb output.
Additionally, the randomizer sends random values to a lot of under-the-hood parameters of the Choral/Phasis/Flair: feedback, rate, voices, tune, tone, chords, width, type, amount, delay, detune and mix.
Replika: Randomized parameters include feedback, time, rate, saturation, depth, ping-pong
Furthermore, the randomizer activates and deactivates the effects randomly. Some parameters have a special min/max range to avoid volume peaks and extremely heavy effects.
Magnetar Cello: Control panel
The Main Control Panel has controls for attack, release, stereo spread, tape saturation.
Both Magnetar Cello and Magnetar Cello SFX have the control panel. This panel includes 4 sections: Main, Enhance, Reverb, and Replika Delay.
Magnetar Cello: Enhance panel
The Enhance Panel is where a lot of the magic begins. Here we have Choral, Flair, Phasis, and Distortion.
Magnetar Cello: Reverb panel
In the Reverb Panel users can set the pre-delay, reverb size, and control the overall wetness with the dry/wet knob. There is an overall output knob as well.
When the dropdown arrow is clicked, a popup screen is displayed with 20 reverbs.
Each of these reverbs have been carefully chosen to compliment the Magnetar Cello samples. Reverbs include a combination of convolution and algorithmic reverbs.
Magnetar Cello: Replika panel
In my opinion, Native Instruments’ Replika is one of the best sounding effects they have to offer.
For this reason, we gave it it’s own dedicated panel.
In this panel, users can control the feedback, depth, rate, delay time (sync or free), and overall output.
This panel can be bypassed by clicking the power button in the top right corner of the panel.
Magnetar Cello: EQ Panel
The 4-band EQ helps to shape the sound and give this library loads of flexibility.
With the turn of a knob, easily set low pass filters and dial in the sound you need.