This library contains lush and warm pads and textures. It is small in size but definitely big in sound. The update now includes a whole palette of new
sounds that range from cinematic piano sounds over beautiful harp sounds to rich atmospheres. Furthermore are you now able to further shape the raw sounds
by taking advantage of the improved modulation possibilities and the extended fx rack.
As with all kontakt libraries please make sure you have the correct version of kontakt. In this case you must have the full version of kontakt v5.5.2 or above.
Have fun with this update!
If you're unsure whether this is right for you, here's a short example of what's included in Mountains
The new interface gives you now full ADSR control and has a master section where you can set Stereo width, Filter (LP) cutoff, Output gain and Panorama position. Each of the three patches has also some individual controls like a con sordino button for the strings or tape saturation settings for the pads.
Really go crazy with the new modulation engine for mountains. Create smooth filter and pan sweeps or crazy rhythms using one of the five available sequencers along with the four LFOs. The Sequencers can modulate distortion, filter, volume, pan and mod fx. All of them are time independent, so you can set the tempo for each of the five individually. In addition to that do you get four LFOs, which can control volume, pan, pitch and stereo width. They can be synched to your host as well.
The snapshots include an INIT and and INIT (Smooth) snapshot. Use the INIT (Smooth) snapshot if you really want to draw smooth filter or volume curves. Otherwise just use the regular one.
The Fx rack includes Reverb, Phaser, Delay, LoFi, Convolution and Eq. It is divided into three tabs. Tab 1 contains Phaser and Reverb, Tab 2 contains Delay and LoFi and Tab 3 contains Eq and Convolution.
- 3 Kontakt patches (.nki)
- 122 snapshots (.nksm)
- 80 samples (Either 96 or 48khz/24bit)
- 12 custom IRs
- 200 mb (ncw compressed from 300 mb of raw data)
- Requires Kontakt 5.5.2 or higher
Great options for creating individual soundscapes
There is already a great review form Stan about resona but I would like to recommend this one as a perfect addition. The general concept is the same:
- special "soundenvironments" here presented as nki-presets combined with
- soundsets inside the nki soundenvironment too choose from
Evry "soundenvironment" has just a special combination from effects so that it is really easy too build your sounds.
My absolute favourites: the "evolve" options in the "airy pads" which are under something called "space". Dont really know what this is exactly about but it just sounds great and really brings totally different sounds in the same environment and with same soundsets.
And in combination from nki with included sounds you have more then 200 sounds at starting point.
Only two little wishes: sad that string patch has only one soundset would love some choices here (for example something deep like cello/low strings, smaller/bigger string ensembles....) and second: maybe possible to get some more concrete naming to the bonus patches (warm/cold etc. like the "regular" ones would be enough as just a hint).
as a starting point for further sound design or as a stand alone underscore instrument,mountains just delivers.
top notch sound quality and lots of possibilities to personalize the sound.
you really get a bang for your bug with this!
All you'd expect
Specialising in those slow attack, floating, majestic textures that are great for positive or pensive soundtracks. There's a lot of similar stuff around, but this is now one of my favorites. Great presets that you can even use alone to make a complete track.
This is very light weight library but very warm and lylical sound.
Also cost effective!
I like this.
It includes sounds that are hovering fantastically and can be used very well in my own music. FANTASTIC for this price
Amazing sounds, especially the strings!
I don't love the font. There I said it.
And that is LITERALLY the only complaint I have.
A huge collection of really cool sounds that transport you somewhere.
Instant soundtrack stuff.
Highly recommended if that's what you're looking for!
An enthralling collection of pads and ambient textures. And the price makes it a no brainer.
Brilliant, evocative, atmospheric sound .. Delivers much more than the asking price!
A truly beautiful sonic experience that will get you inspired to compose spacious resonant relevations that evoke mountains yet equally capable of capturing the delicacy of the thin air and mists of the high country, .. transports you. Highly recommended. And, at the asking price, is absolutely a win-win. Thank you Sound Aesthetics Sampling :)
For the price, you can not go wrong with this purchase. it has very pleasing ambient soundscapes.
love this atmosphere of this.
A NO BRAINER IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AMBIENT/CINEMATIC SOUNDS!
I 100% agree with all the positive reviews already given by everyone, so i can only say that "Mountains" is a no brainer if you like soft pads, plucks, textures and even strings for your ambient/cinematic tracks. And the price tag is extremely generous;it´s almost a gift to be honest.
There´s quite alot of patches and even tho some of them are a bit similar, that doesn´t hurt your creativity in any way; it actually it ends up helping because the subtle changes in those patches allow you to quickly add more variation to your tracks without changing much from the original idea, resulting in focused and not stagnant or boring tracks. Basically what i mean to say is that sometimes, less is more. Don´t let those words scary you tho, there are plenty of patches to choose from, it´s just that sometimes libraries are not focused like "Mountains". It serves his purpose without losing it´s identity and you can "see" that throughout the whole library.
With the version 3 of Mountains and version 2 of Resona(another library from the same developer) coming out soon, i cannot wait to try them and get inspired both from the new sounds that are being added and from the new UI who´s quality is way better than pretty much 95% of libraries out there.
If you are someone like me, who thought Mountains looked a little bit outdated( i liked Resona´s UI but the new one is amazing) then you will be extremely happy to see that the v3 of mountains and v2 of Resona got a huge comestic improvement.
To finalize, not only Sounds Aesthetics Sampling libraries are awesome but they think as a costumer and not only as a developer which leaves me no doubt that in the long run, that, along with their professionalism and simpathy will obtain them alot of loyal costumers like me.
Hopefully we are able to change the rating of the reviews we give, because i might want to change this to 5 stars once i play with the V3 of Mountains.
*EDIT* After trying Mountains V3 i truly have to give it 5 stars due to the improvement overall and its price being so easy on your wallet.
The snapshots(120+) included in the new version are just pure joy to play with and provide instant inspiration, specially for the cinematic and ambient music lovers.
The engine is alot better as well, from the effects to all the other shaping tools at our disposal.
Plus, it looks great which doesn´t hurt. We all like eye candy!
Exquisite sounding and extremely useful.
I've been using Mountains since V.1, so I was expecting good things when I read V.3 had been released..and Sound Aesthetics Sampling certainly didn't disappoint with this version!
While I can appreciate the point mentioned already about the sample bank size, I've found the supplied sounds highly useful "as is", as well as being ideal for tweaking in a project to my own taste. In other words, they are great sounds right "out of the box"..but they also make fantastic jumping off points from which you can make them your own by adding 3rd party FX and filters.
That said, it also needs to be pointed out this version of Mountains comes with a really solid and well thought-out FX section, that equals many "high end" Kontakt instruments on the market..which makes Mountains all the more worth adding to your box of musical Kontakt tools.
In short, if you make any sort of Ambient or Down-Tempo music, then you really need to give this little gem a try..you WON'T be disappointed. Well worth the small fee involved.
very useful compact string sound . fine and well balanced.
Awesome sounds. Really really dig this one. As another reviewer stated, there are way more sounds than what's listed. A bargain for what you get. Beautiful!
Beautiful Pad Machine!
I was surprised by the quality of sounds in this library. My go-to pad machine at the moment, but also works with lead sounds. Big up from the new update that brought new stuff in it. For the price it's a bargain.
Very usable instrument
Mountains is another very good and highly usable tool for pads and adding ambient effects to tracks. Really like some of these pads.
Big ambients, you can see mountains
How can you call a library which let you see the rivers, the trees, which lets you imagine the wind and the icy touch of snow? Mountains, obviously.
Its a perfect name for that library.
It's simple, does exactly what you expect. Not so many sounds, but the ones you have can be used at 100% and fully satisfying.
Good taste soundscaper, great considering his price
Instant soundscaper generator loaded with lush strings, pads and ethereal drones. The third enriched with pianos and keys and better filters and steppers than the previous ones. And the best: very affordable.
Every pad sound you might need in a small affordable package
I remember when I've first encountered this library at Sampleism.com. It was described as a library made from a single synth string patch, but it sounded very good out-of-the-box and the sound could be easily manipulated with the built in sound shaping controls. This was further expanded in version 3.0 which brought a new samples but also a completely new FX rack. The spirit of the library is still the same though: it is your one stop shop for pad sounds derived from real and synth string samples. Although there are many larger Kontakt libraries dedicated to pad sounds, this can be a lifesaver when you're looking for a pad sound to fit into your track in a hurry, and you don't want to wade through a hundreds of presets in order to find the one that fits the best. Mountains does one thing, but does it extremely well.
Pair this up with Autumn Choirs to get some spine tingling lush sounds...
Airy, lush and bigger than you can expect from such a small instrument.
The title says it all. I was amazed at how easy it is to get great sounds from Mountains. The UI is not cluttered or unnecessarily complicated. The sound quality is great. Plus the snapshots provide a lot of variance for those who do not like to edit. This product is certainly worth more than the full price.
Do yourself a favor and get this amazing set of ambient pads (the bonus piano/percussion sounds are great as well)! A truly amazing value.
Great sound, lush pads, ispiring.
... what I am looking for. For a long time, I have been looking for instruments that have a life of their own in the pad, atmo and drone realm. I often buy instruments where the demo sounds nice but then the sounds do not work with what I have in mind...Not this one though.
I immediately fell in love with the guitar harp, the dreamy piano and declinations of those. Some of the pads are really nice as well and work well together with some of my favourite instruments... but some are really annoying and sound like someone was just giving up on trying to do better...I found a lot of inspiring sounds in "Mountains" and am looking forward to using them along my kind of instrumentation to put feelings into audible physics.
One of the best
One of the best VST ambience
SOUND QUALITY: 5; FEATURES: 4; PRESETS: 5; EASY OF USE: 5; INNOVATION: 4; VALUE FOR MONEY: 5; CONCLUSION: Very good sound, good interface with enough modulation options and a great collection of snapshots. Really outstanding.
Fabulous and dreamy ambient sounds & textures. These sounds are really nice and beautiful!
I recently picked up this and Talua in the sale and don't regret a thing.
It has some lovely deep sounds and every patch leads to inspiration.
I will be purchasing other products from this Dev for sure!
Very versatile string sounds
Mountains has a few great string patches for use with a range of musical styles as well as great evolving pads and some bonus piano and harp patches.Not a huge number of presets but good value for the price I paid.
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