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Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on the Omnisphere: Driving Force sound library for the Omnisphere virtual instrument by Spectrasonics. The pack includes 100 presets for Dark Ambient, Film, Soundtrack and Underscore Music. Driving Force is an Omnisphere soundbank focused on polyphonic driving pulses, hybrid drum patterns, textural arpeggios and energetic bass loops. We also […]
Luftrum has announced a sale on its Omnisphere sound libraries, offering a discount of up to 50% off regular for a limited time only. You asked for a Luftrum Omnisphere sale and here it is: Save 30% on each Omnisphere set. On top of that, the normal quantity based cart discount is applied automatically – […]
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Triple Spiral Audio has announced the release of its Nordic soundset featuring 128 presets and 25 multis for the Omnisphere 2 virtual instrument by Spectrasonics. Nordic offers an ambient character that is perfect for use in underscoring and use in film, game and library music productions. The soundset has found its inspiration in the beautiful […]
Sample Magic has announced the release of a sample pack by Genix, a collection of sounds by the UK DJ and producer Damion Houchen. Hailing from across the pond, UK producer and DJ, Damion Houchen, also known as Genix, makes his pack debut on Sample Magic. Known for his signature tech and progressive trance sounds, […]
Mobile synth, meet wall of synths with knobs bigger than your hand. I got to take our new MeeBlip geode for a friendly visit with the legendary Hainbach and his lair of huge vintage analog gear. Here’s what happened.
Hainbach is my kind of YouTuber – his channel is a nonstop flow of creative use and misuse of vintage gear, from cassettes to test equipment, paired with thoughtful ambient and experimental music. And it’s clear his passion for that equipment is driven by an obsession with producing his unique musical sound.
I asked Hainbach if maybe we could show our MeeBlip synth and have a jam, and he invited me round his house – and this is the result. (That’s how the Internet should always work, I think!)
There’s not a whole lot of MIDI in his studio, so we made use of the inexpensive KORG SQ-1 step sequencer, which is also pint-sized like our MeeBlip. Most of the MeeBlip sounds you hear are dry, but there’s also some reverb and delay from the cult favorite Alesis Wedge.
For his part, Hainbach starts out with the lovely Roland SH-09 monosynth for that lush opening tone, then adds a cassette loop. But much of the sound is from the “wall of sound” full of test equipment. This oversized, gorgeous gear was – well, until we all popularized it online – pretty cheap to come by until recently. It’s now antiquated and past retirement age in industries like telecommunications for which it was originally intended – but as a synth, it can last forever. Hainbach has explained what it’s all about, and I’ve also previously described an open laboratory in Rotterdam specializing in the setup.
The fun part is really getting to put the two together. Hainbach is a focused listener and improviser, so he’s terrific to play with – and this is really one take, since he had to run to pick up his kid right after the shoot.
“There’s so much to play in there… impressively playable.” Thanks, sir. So we actually can compete with enormous vintage test boxes, I guess.