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Cassette Keys 2

Version: Kontakt 5.6.6 / NCW / 2.1 GB / V1

Inspired by classic FM keys. Expanded with other synthesis techniques

£18.50 + VAT

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Product Overview

Cassette Keys.02, a successor of Cassette Keys.01, wasn't created to replace it, but rather to make things different, bigger, and to make use of the new .02 interface.

In fact, both of those instruments complement each other very well. Cassette Keys.02 contains two instruments, both inspired by classic FM keys from the 80s, but expanded with other synthesis techniques plus even a little sampling to achieve interesting transient sounds.

Each instrument contains 5 dynamic layers and was recorded with 3 different cassette decks.

Overall, there are 2193 samples - 365 samples per deck, plus 3 noise samples from each deck (5,73 GB of uncompressed 24-bit WAV files).

Please note - the full version of Kontakt 5.6.6 is required (NOT Kontakt player)

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If you're unsure whether this is right for you, here's a short example of what's included in Cassette Keys 2

THE SOUNDS

  • Sound 01 deck A MONO - sound: full, soft & warm - deck: almost neutral cassette sound
  • Sound 01 deck B MONO - sound: full, soft & warm - deck: lower quality, loose drive belt introduces a lot of pitch instability
  • Sound 01 deck C MONO - sound: full, soft & warm - deck: dark 'under the blanket' sound, medium pitch instability
  • Sound 02 deck A MONO - sound: sharp, glassy with a strong transient - deck: almost neutral cassette sound
  • Sound 02 deck B MONO - sound: sharp, glassy with a strong transient - deck: lower quality, loose drive belt introduces a lot of pitch instability
  • Sound 02 deck C MONO - sound: sharp, glassy with a strong transient - deck: dark 'under the blanket' sound, medium pitch instability

Every note has been carefully denoised with a high quality algorithm to avoid noise stacking when playing more than one note (there’s still some noise left in the samples to avoid denonising artifacts). Noise can still be added with the noise knob - it’s much more flexible this way and allows the ability to adjust the volume of the noise independently whilst also applying parameters such as filtering. It also creates a more realistic sound, so when playing a five voice chord, only one sample of noise instead of five stacked on top of each other will be heard.

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THE END RESULT

Custom impulse responses in Kontakt version

Kontakt version contains custom impulses (4 spring impulses, 4 hall impulses & 3 corridor impulses), along with a choice of whether you want it to be placed pre or post insert effects - same thing goes for the delay.

Useful and fun production tool

If you like vintage sounds and you're looking for something to enhance your production toolbox, then this product will be for you.

Simulated Round Robin

Makes faster note passages sound more realistic and adds to the overall nonlinearity of the instrument - available in Kontakt and SFZ versions only.

Variety of sounds

Aside from the sound of a cassette record with this instrument you can easily create some weird sounds and there are already quite a few presets included to get you started (Kontakt & Ableton Live versions only).

MAIN FEATURES

  • 5,73 GB of uncompressed 24-bit WAV samples (2193 samples in total)
  • Recorded on 3 different decks
  • Simulated round-robin
  • 2 instruments
  • 3 noise samples (each 2 minutes long)
  • 5 dynamic layers
  • Organic sound with lots of little imperfections
  • Full version of Kontakt 5.6.6 (or higher) required - not compatible with Kontakt Player
  • 41 presets
  • One-page interface for easy and fast sound design
  • Convolution Reverb with custom impulses (spring, hall, corridor)