Yo what’s good, back with another library I picked up over the weekend.
This is one of my favorites so far.
It’s from PinkNoise Studio, off of their kontaktbanks.com website.
I went over there and downloaded some demos and ended up purchasing two libraries, today I’m reviewing one of them.
It’s called VIROLOGY and it’s a Kontakt library based off of the Access Virus Indigo2/VirusC synth.
Let’s peep it!
So what is VIROLOGY?
Basically, it’s a sample library based off of the sounds from the Access Virus Indigo2/VirusC synth. Of course we all know the Virus is a pretty popular synth, and I’ve come across many that have tried to capture the sound, some come close, others don’t.
This library runs in the full version of Kontakt, it’s not a “powered by Kontakt” library, so it doesn’t work in the Kontakt Player. Well, unless you want to use Kontakt in demo mode for 30 minutes or so.
This library takes advantage of the Kontakt scripting engine to give you an instrument, not just a collection of samples. Everything is tweakable from the fx and filters to the arpeggiator and unison settings.
They even have some parameters premapped to various midi cc values.
- content: 3.36gb
- format: Kontakt (also comes in Reason refill format)
- price: 36 Euro (about $51)
But how does it sound?
This thing sounds SICK…. in a good way! It is very well programmed so it feels like playing an actual instrument and not just static samples.
The way you can tweak the filter and other settings directly in the interface allows you to really capture the sound and vibe you’re after.
The leads are thick and loud, the pads are lush, and there are some deep basses as well.
One of the things I think adds to the feel and sound quality is their custom IR samples for the Kontakt convolution reverb. It really gives it a space and sound that just feels right.
The way you can quickly tweak the arps or fatten up the sound and adjust the detune from the interface just makes it fun to work with.
The sound itself is impeccable, very high quality samples, no hidden sloppy loop points so you can hold those lush chords as long as you wish!
What’s the bottom line?
Bottom line is I’m now a fan of PinkNoise Studio, after I tried their demo patches I immediately when to purchase two libraries. Their quality and attention to detail is very appreciated and I love the fact that they put these libraries within the reach of anyone’s budget.
It’s definitely one of my favorite synth libraries, and even though it is sample based it really feels like a synth, it’s been programmed so that patches aren’t huge in memory, letting them load almost instantly into Kontakt
I give this library 5 out of 5 subs, it’s just plain SICK! As I go through playing the sounds, they have that “inspiration” factor, meaning, when you come across a sound and it instantly sparks your ability to create something around it.
You get that here.
As you know, I’m also a stickler when it comes to the look and feel of an instrument, I think this interface is very clean, sleek, and intuitive to use.
Definitely go download the demo patches and check them out, I’m sure you’ll love them: http://www.kontaktbanks.com/kb_virology.html
Also, when you register you get the Reason format too, I haven’t tried those yet so I don’t know how they differ, but I would expect nothing less than an amazing library for Reason as well.
leave a comment below, let me know what you think!