Granular Expeditions, our debut soundest for Arturia's Pigments2 synth.
The inspiration for this pack came from a recording we made of an ancient Clavicord, a family heirloom. The idea was to make a pristine sounding Kontakt instrument from the samples. But we got side tracked with Covid and ended up processing and mangling it out of recognition in Pigments.
Other source material included environmental sounds from our travels to the outer reaches of the west coast of Scotland and beyond, all processed and mangled into musical form. The bank includes 60 presets of sequences, hits, pads and sFX, keys and bass.
Ground Swell is a new exploration in sound design and manipulation.
Utilising the new Harmonic Engine in Pigments 3 and extensive modulation of bespoke samples and their parameters, we crafted a unique sound palette, that goes far beyond the every day sounds you would expect from the plethora of synths and sound libraries that abound.
Gritty, distorted, and radioactive in nature, the sounds were inspired by the earth's core, pulsing back at us humans and our destructive ways.
With this Soundest we set out to create the varied sounds of metal objects. From a slinky to a large oil drum. A heavy metal pan to garden utensils, various music boxes and rusty keyed instruments. We hit everything then mangled it in Pigments!
As with all our pigments banks, we made extensive use of the 4 macros. So be sure to check them out.
There are 62 presets in total comprising of pads and soundscapes, sequences, mallets, plucked, bass and a few one shot SFX.