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Strange broken glitches, soft radio atmospheres, electric pads and more combined with an award-winning engine make Gothic Instruments DRONAR Glitchscapes one of the most strangely addictive, dramatic and powerful sounding DRONAR Kontakt modules to date.
Think David Lynch movies and award winning TV series Twin Peaks – that surreal dreamlike imagery heightened by slow building, ominous and lingering background noise. Uniquely discomfiting soundscapes brimming with strange industrial humming and hissing, interrupted by odd threatening noises that can’t fail to induce incessant tension and uneasiness.
Conjure an unsettling, unreality where ghostly moths flicker around haunted light bulbs and the ugly side of human nature bubbles beneath the collective subconscious like black, sticky tar.
But DRONAR Glitchscapes is not just for soundtrack projects… build evocative aural landscapes for your ambient music or use the strange broken glitches to create a unique edge to electronic dance tracks. Combine with DRONAR Metal & Glass to add a more ethereal and glacial ambient, or for more abstract imaginative noises and atonal sounds combine with DRONAR Cinematic Atmospheres.
New to the DRONAR series! Following user feedback, DRONAR Glitchscapes is the first DRONAR module to deliver the included presets as snapshots giving you much quicker load times so you can maintain your creative flow. Instructions for installing these are included with your download.
SUMMARY OF FEATURES
- Expressive atmospheric sound creator for Kontakt
- Includes 204 presets delivered as snapshots for fast loading times
- Over 2000 samples
- Total size: 3.86 GB
- Developed for the full (paid for) version of Kontakt 5.8 or higher
- Evolving, rich and complex soundscapes, pads and textures that would otherwise take hours to create
- Strange broken glitches, soft radio atmospheres, electric pads, and more
- Highly suitable for thriller, sci-fi and horror soundtracks as well as technology or mystery-themed documentaries
- Use to add interesting elements to electronic music and atmospheric beds to ambient tracks
- Expert and beginner friendly
- 6 pages of simple controls deliver massive control
- Dive deeper with DRONAR's unique independent arpeggiators
- Onboard FX provide further sound design options
THE CONTROLS - download the PDF manual for full details
Hear the immediate impact on the sound and get a good understanding of the way DRONAR works simply by tweaking the six dials on the main page…
INTENSITY DIAL (also controlled by the Mod Wheel) takes you from silent to powerful by fading up through different velocity layers.
MOVEMENT DIAL has a global effect on the intensity of the arpeggiators - set it high for strong effects and zero for a flat pad sound.
HI, MID and LO DIALS control the automatically generated high notes, mid-range notes and bass notes. Moving these dials has a huge expressive effect on the music. It's only like using a mixing desk and yet - having it so accessible in front of you encourages you to work with the balance as part of the original creative expression, instead of a mix decision later on.
FX DIAL controls the level of 20-second futuristic, unpitched sound effects loops in the mix and adds instant movement and complexity.
New! Sounds Page
Each of the 4 layers (FX, HI, MID and LO) consists of 2 different sounds. On the SOUNDS page you can choose the category of sound (the “Module”) then the two sounds themselves (“Sound”) for each layer.
Because DRONAR Glitchscapes is very heavy on interesting FX (unpitched) sounds, in the top FX layer you have 7 categories to choose from compared to the 2 categories in the HI, MID and LO layers.
The ‘common’ category contains sounds included with every Dronar module: a selection of useful synth, strings, guitar and other sounds to blend with the special Glitchscapes collection.
RANDOMIZE SAMPLES BUTTON
Hitting this button will keep all your settings but instantly swap all the samples in the 8 named sound slots (2 per layer). This is wonderful for quickly finding new sound variations and if you’re not happy with the result, just hot the button again!
The Expert Page
The Expert Page shows you all the settings for the current, last played Drone from the 12 Drone Keys. Each drone has four layers - FX, HI, MID, LO, and the Expert page presents a separate set of controls for each layer, like a rack of four synths, or four mixing desk channels. Each layer consists of two different sounds.
Need some inspiration? Hit the 'Randomize samples' button on the Expert Page and DRONAR will keep all your settings but instantly swap the samples in the 8-named sound slots (2 per layer). New sound variations will abound and if it's not quite the sound you're after, keep hitting the button for more. Want to thicken up your sound? Each layer has a THICK button which adds in extra notes. Hearing the sound you want? Easily save the settings with the 'Store Drone' button.
LFO & FX Page
Add movement to your sound, including panning, vibrato or siren effects with the LFO settings. Or tweak the Drone Effects to distort or dampen the sound, or add thickness, interest and colour. Reverb and Delay sends can also be controlled from this page.
Get sounds really moving or pulsing over time, synced to your DAW's host Tempo with DRONAR's multiple and truly unique independent arpeggiators including PITCH, INTENSITY and FILTER.
PITCH: Whereas other arpeggiators re-trigger the note at every step, DRONAR's pitch arpeggiator plays all the notes that you are holding down but cross-fades between them. This is like having the different notes of a chord all going through different channels on a mixing desk, then turning the faders in succession to create the impression of an arpeggio. The beauty of this approach is that you can choose how strong the arpeggiator is.
INTENSITY: Where other arpeggiators control the volume of a sound, the INTENSITY arpeggiator is more expressive by controlling the dynamic velocity layer of the sound. It is as if the values you set here are moving the Mod Wheel up and down in a pattern, fading up and down between soft and intense samples.
Master FX Page
DRONAR's Master FX page features standard effects including EQ, Compressor, Delay and Gate. DRONAR also includes a couple of digital (algorithmic) reverbs and a set of convolution impulses including some creative and unusual impulses for sound design - again, experimentation is the key!
To create the sounds of DRONAR Glitchscapes, Hollywood movie trailer sound designer Alessandro Camnasio recorded various kinds of electromagnetic sources with special pick-ups such as faulty hard-drives, broken electronic devices, power chargers, electrical junction boxes, phones, electric noises from welding machines, radio interferences and anything else that produces some kind of electric noise. These recordings were then processed and edited the raw sounds with convolution and FFT processing, enhancing, distortion and a ton of other effects, classic and esoteric.
Of the sounds, Alessandro says “The sounds of Glitchscapes are technology related and they recall a universe of movie scenes and tales that are part of our culture and imagination. Strange broken glitches, soft radio atmospheres, electric pads... All these remind me of high-end horror, sci-fi and art films that made the history of cinema.”
With names such as ‘Infected’, ‘The Old Flesh’, ‘Disposal Process’, ‘Decayed Future’, ‘Colourful Mushroom’, ‘Space Crickets’ and ‘Delrium Hive’, it’s not hard to imagine the types of sounds you can expect in this module.
- Kontakt files for fully purchased Kontakt 5.8 or higher
- Will not work in the free Kontakt Player
- Creaky Bones (Dressed) by Kyle Kniceley
- Creaky Bones (Naked) by Kyle Kniceley
- Awakening (Dressed) by Kyle Kniceley
- Awakening (Naked) by Kyle Kniceley
- Buzz Kill (Dressed) by Alessandro Camnasio
- Nexus Six (Dressed) by Jonathan Sharp
- Nexus Six (Naked) by Jonathan Sharp
Info & Quotes
"Glitchscapes is one of the best DRONARs yet, delivering a limitless array of highly customisable ambiences, textures, drones, beds and haunting melodics" - Computer Music
"A whisper of fresh feedback, delivering evolving and morphing atmospheres, unlike anything I have heard before." - SampleLibraryReview.com