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The Cosmic Music Box

Version: Kontakt 4.2.4 / NCW / V1.01

Kontakt Music Box Mechanics


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Product Overview

The project started off by acoustically recording 21 tine actuations from a disassembled music box mechanism placed on a wooden sounding board using both conventional condenser and contact microphones.

The sound of the clockwork motor and air brake mechanisms was also captured. A synthesized halo effect was created to blend with the tines by capturing several beating sine waves from a 1960’s tube based dual tone generator which were fed through the filter stages of a Minimoog with the filter in near resonance.

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A second page was developed to permit the user to dial in various effects such as chorus, phaser, delay and reverb…

A user interface was devised to implement a randomised delay feature between two groups of acoustic tine instruments to create a plink effect and to blend the halo and motor effects together to form The Cosmic Music Box

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Download Contents:

  • 51 Samples
  • Cosmic Music Box GUI
  • 5 Example Instrument Patches
  • User Manual
  • Demo


  • Dan Wilson Sound, Patch Design & Demo
  • Stephen Howell GUI Design & Graphics
  • Mario Krušelj GUI Script


4.5 Stars (7)
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Cosmic Sounds!

Really great and ethereal sound. Truly deserves its name! Not that much of soundvariation, but who can complain at this price. Absolutely recommended.

Paul Lebküchner

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So cool and a bit creepy sounding.

I used this in a track right away. It's a classic music box sound but with tons of extra atmosphere and vibe. Love it.

Jacob Golden

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Perfect for dreams and nightmares

turn off the mechanical noise to add melodies to your dreamscapes or leave the gears whirring to add dream to your nightmares.

Colin Mansfield

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Enjoying this little gem!

Great little instrument with lots of creative adjustments that can be made.

Andy Mollard

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Gorgeous sound

For whenever you need to recreate Halloween.

C Watson

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Music Box with Magic

I have some music box libs.
This one is special:
An immediate magic comes in when I play with it.
It's not only this certain background noise of the clockwork and the airbrake (which can be adjusted).
It's not only the tasteful FX section with chorus, phaser, echo and reverb.
It's not only the halo effect, modulation and other treatments.
It's the quality of the samples in conjunction of all the well constructed features mentioned above which makes this library really magic!

Martin Juenke

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Very useful

useful and very cosmic :)

David Roberts

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