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AURAS - redefining the sonic landscape for modern film scoring

Discussion in 'Software' started by Slate + Ash, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Hey all,

    I wanted to share with you all a really exciting sample library we've been working on that is being released next week (gulp!).

    We're really excited with it and hope you guys will be too. Any questions let me know!


    is a new sample library for Kontakt by Slate + Ash, musical sound designers who have created bespoke sounds for some of the most interesting film scores of the past few years including Johann Johannson’s work for Arrival and Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury’s score on Annihilation.

    It is the first Kontakt library designed for compatibility with ROLI MPE technology (it is also works with traditional MIDI keyboards) and features a collection of multi layered instruments using sample recordings from strings, winds, modular synth, voice, guitar and all sorts of other random oddities.

    The library features two sections -

    AURAS - curated multi-layered instruments, creatively programmed to inspire new ideas. Layers and effects are interacted with using the multi-dimensional gestural controls of the Seaboard, or can be mapped to the knobs and sliders of any MIDI CC controller. A minimal GUI allows multiple parameters of each layer to be tweaked in order to to adjust the sound to taste.

    COLOURS - gives you the opportunity to take the source material from AURAS and shape your own sounds. A modulation matrix allows various effects and parameters to be assigned to the Seaboard multi-touch controls, knobs and sliders on a MIDI controller, or any of two adjustable internal LFOs.
    The bold sound design is unlike anything else previously released for Kontakt, and performing the patches with ROLI's MPE interfaces allows you to play with the shapes and forms of each patch in a way that creates a completely unique sound.
    The library is currently available as a pre-order (release due 20th June) at an intro price of £149 (regular price £179) at www.slateandash.com/auras
  2. I recently picked up a second hand Seaboard Rise 25 from eBay, with the idea of utilising it for playing in more expressive lines - particularly strings.

    It's certainly an interesting device - though I must admit the though at the back of my mind was that I could move it on for what I paid for it if I didn't like it.

    As a pianist it really feels like an odd duck at first - but there is something quite engaging about it. I don't think I'll be selling it.

    I've just had to buy a new car (don't ask), but I do think I'll be buying this before the into offer ends. Whilst I'm not the world's biggest fan of 'soundscape' type music personally, it does look particularly intriguing...

    All the best with your new library.
  3. Yes, I think it can take a while for people to adjust to it as the layout makes it look like a keyboard which is not actually the best way to approach it. I like to think of it as an open surface with areas of control rather than defined keys so much, its much more than an expanded keyboard.

    This is what we wanted to explore with the library. Treat it more like a malleable surface to massage and slide - often at slower speeds - that unfolds different textures and layers subtly (or not so sometimes!).

    Thanks for the support and I'm sure you will find it an intriguing instrument to play with.
  4. Hi guys,

    Overview videos up for both the AURAS section of the library (multilayered, curated patches) and the COLOURS section (sample synth engine which uses the source material from AURAS).

    Introductory price ends this Friday!

  5. Looks really interesting! And no need to use it for purely soundscape music, it sounds like it would be great to augment existing instruments in a more hybrid score (i.e. many video games). I love what Amon Tobin does with stuff like this.

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