Constellation: Apollo 203A was in many ways a celebration of yet another successful resurrection of an old classic saved from the grave… This time it was a 1976 Polymoog model 203A most definitely rescued from a fate worse than death!… she could have become a coffee table! Well ok, maybe not…
In a similar manner to Monopolyphonix I really didn’t want to sample the poor beast to death simply to produce another virtual offering so instead I captured over 500 samples directly frommix output, often a sample per key, and set about trying to make something a little different. To add to the mixing pot I sampled a number of patches I’d recently created on my SE Omega 8 which I thought was kind of fitting in a way as it almost felt like a celebration of the last 30+ years of polyphonic synthesis. In order to make the two sing a little more sweetly together I decided to wash the Omega through an old analog stereo chorus unit and a tube equaliser.
4 Voice Layering
Stephen Howell (Hollow Sun) and Mario Krušelj really outdid themselves this time with a superb GUI based on the 4-voice layering engine but now complete with independent velocity sensitivity controls on each channel…
- 660Mb library for Kontakt 4.2.4 and above (Not Kontakt Player)
- 551 Samples in 24-bits
- 24 multi-sampled voices available in 4-Voice layering engine with ability to save patches
- 32 Demo patches
- 16 Demo Multis
- Demo & User Manual with more on project background.
- Dan Wilson Sound, Patch Design & Demo
- Stephen Howell GUI Design & Graphics
- Mario Krušelj GUI Script
Another Hideaway bargain
Yes, I want them all. I like the single-tab, 4-voice layering interface which Hideaway Studio often uses because it quickly becomes familiar. It's straight-forward, easy to use, quick, and effective. The interfaces generally differ in graphics and vertical/horizontal layouts but the well-planned basic functionality, effects, and IRs are comfortably consistent between libraries, with minimal modifications between units (Constellation Apollo has Velocity Level and ADSR). Multis don't appear to pose any CPU surprises with Hideaway synths (I've had as many as seven running simultaneously without issues). No sequencers/ARPS, "morphing" is via old-school DAW automation/MIDI-learn, and the seemingly-simple LFO (actually bipolar) and Tone controls deserve attention when reading the manual. The manual is well written: The technical aspects are clear and consistent, and the background and historical insights are a delight. The well-done creation, quality and selection of samples/voices is the major difference between many Hideaway Studio libraries (Constellation Apollo has 24 different voices, for over 600000 voice combinations). The simplicity and streamlined features are double-edged swords, but I'm still giving this five stars because of the ease of use and quick, consistent, good results you get.
Polymoog is waiting for you...
Round and fat sounding, clear and cutting through a mix, something in a league of its own. Undeniably retro with a lot of character.
Dan Wilson managed to get a lot of diverse sounds out of this blast from the past. A lot inspiring instruments and multis to get you started with tweaking. Recommended!
Grandiose and inspiring. Beautiful collection of sounds, mind-boggling programming.
Nice retro sound
This is retro all the way, with a nice dose of sound FX, too. Nice interface allows you to mix up to 4 sounds together. Lots of room for tweaking. Nice!
Cool that it lets you layer multiple sounds with different settings for each layer.
This gives lush pad sounds and warm pianosounds, harpsicords, brass and other imitated synth-evocations plus great non-tonal fx. Great!