Those who know Soundiron know that we always like to pull out all the stops when we record any instrument to properly capture it in its full glory. And being the strange fellows that we are, we always experiment a little along the way to see if we can uncover any hidden magic. So we decided to go on a little side-quest while producing our Alpha Organ library featuring the two distinct century-old full-sized pipe organs built into Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in San Francisco. Given this rare opportunity, we wanted to try pulling something a little more unusual from the old mic locker to capture something new in our favorite hall: a stereo pair of high-grade hydrophones. We’re calling our strange result the Aquae Organ.
We recorded three different organ stop combinations with the Alpha and Omega organs in unison, each intended to highlight a different aspect and distinct tonal quality of the phenomenon. From those source recordings, we then used all of our various sound-design tricks and secrets to develop, bend and warp the sounds from our journey into a variety of pads, atmospheres, synth-like leads and ambient dreamscapes, ranging from lush and harmonic to brittle and discordant, in order to expand this virtual instrument’s creative potential further. We’ve also included 12 wavetables, as well as basic synthesizer sustains and staccatos in a number of distinct waveform shapes to transform the sounds and open up new realms of musical possibility.
The Kontakt interface includes a suite of automation-ready sound-shaping controls to give you total creative flexibility. You have control over swell, attack, release, offset, vibrato, filter, pitch (coarse & fine), articulation switching, cross-fading and layering, and so much more.
This library comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. We’ve included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.
The interface is rounded-out by our modular FX rack panel, with 27 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 8 available slots, in any order that you wish. You’ll find classic phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more. The Reverb effect includes our favorite convolution reverb impulse responses, including 99 different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, plus another 40 custom FX impulses to radically transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility. We’ve added a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started!
This library has been licensed for use in the free Kontakt Player virtual instrument engine. It can be used in Kontakt Player or the full retail version of Kontakt (version 7.1.8 or later) for VST, AU or AAX instrument plugin formats. You can add this product to the Kontakt “Libraries” browser. It requires online serial number registration through the Native Instruments Native Access app. This library is also fully compatible with Komplete Kontrol and all S-Series Keyboard Controllers by Native Instruments. Purchasing this library qualifies you for a great cross-grade discount toward the full unlocked version of Kontakt through Native Instruments!
- 1 master NKI instrument bank in Kontakt 7 Player format
- 3 gigantic church pipe organ stops, recorded with hydrophones
- 12 Ambience patches created from the source content, 12 Wavetables
- 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
- 624 stereo samples
- 1.25 GB Installed
- Made for the free Kontakt Player (version 7.1.8+), Komplete Kontrol, all S-Series Keyboards and NKS software and hardware by Native Instruments
- Works with the Kontakt "Libraries" browser and Native Access.
This Powered-By-Kontakt Player Edition is supported by the latest version of the free Kontakt Player (VST, AU, AAX) and the special “Libraries” rack. Windows 7 or higher required for PC. OSX 10.12 or higher required for Mac. Dual Core CPU, 3+ GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library. This software is delivered as a digital download, so a broadband connection is required. All sales are final. Please see our Help Page for download and installation instructions, tutorials and the End User Licensing Agreement before ordering.
Walkthrough: Aquae Organ
Composing With Aquae Organ