Absynth Sounds Volume 1
What is more difficult than to write
about samples and trying to describe the "colors" and usability.
We'd rather listen to them: then you get exactly what you wanna know.
WYHIWYG (What You Hear Is What You Get). Agree? OK, then you will understand
this review will be a short one. We've built in a NI sample player to
give you an idea, and made a small production to show off some of the
quality of this sample CD. For the rest: buy the CD, try the 256 new
presets. And -of course- modify them as much as you like, using Absynth's
parameters functions. Endless possibilities and very good quality will
be the enrichment of your collection of VST instruments in your virtual
studio. On both Mac and Windows platform.
When Native Instruments sent us the Sounds Volume 1 CD, first thing
we did was install the stuff and listen to each and every individual
sample, unmodified. We got enthusiastic about the very clean and crystal
clear quality NI managed to fix into this CD. Very good. We already
knew that NI is able to qualify well here from the samples that came
with the mother product Absynth. This quality is continued on this first
enhancement CD for Absynth. Good work.
The usability of the sounds on this CD can be great for one user, but
maybe somewhat less for another. Broad layers, crystal clear chimes,
artificial strings, fat bass stuff: if you like that kind of samples,
this CD is a wanna have for you. If you are into as natural as possible
sounding samples, maybe this CD is of less value to you. I for example
get true goose pimples of as true as possible sounding strings, like
the Halion series. This is not on Volume 1, which most certainly does
not disqualify this product, let me be clear about that. It just points
the direction to what kind of very usable samples you will get when
you buy this CD.
As said: sounds say more than a thousand words. Let the product speak
sounds Volume 1 preview.
Just to give you
an idea of the possibilities of the samples on this CD, we made a
small sample production, containing only sounds from the CD. Except
for the drum track, which was generated with NI Battery. We did not
take care much about composition, but focused more on letting you
hear some of the characteristics of the sounds you will find on this
NI samples CD. Of course there is much more: it's up to you to discover
and modify. This is what Absynth -reviewed
earlier in this website- is good at.
We did a second sample production, using more of the wild stuff from
this CD. All sounds are from the CD, except for the rhythm track which
is produced with NI Battery.
Absynth Sounds Volume 1 is high standard quality, crystal clear sample
stuff, and very usable in many productions and musical styles, but
not all. Do not expect full natural sounding representations of real
life instruments, though some of them get pretty close I must say.
Reproduction of real life instruments was not the goal of this CD.
But do expect 256 very challenging samples, that can put some extra
quality and sparkling life into your music. This CD gets a 8.5
rating out of 10. Er are very curious what CD number 2 (at least we
hope this will come someday) will bring us.
More detailed product info
can be found at the website
of Native Instruments.
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