Dual Music Box
Version: Kontakt 5.1 / NCW / V1
Victorian Music Boxes
Download Method: Kontakt Hub
Dual Music box is a library of 2 music boxes and other sounds. These 3 layers can be mixed together to make a wide variety of music box timbres.
The 1st layer is the Victorian Music Box, the 2nd is a tiny, bright music box and the 3rd varies between patches, for example glockenspiel/ synth strings/ string pluck.
If you enjoyed the free Victorian Music box, but want more options for realism and sound design, then Dual Music box is perfect for you.
- 24 presets.
- 2 sampled music boxes.
- 7 alternate sounds to layer (glockenspiel, plucked string, sustained. etc.).
- Stereo recordings 44.1kHz/ 24bit.
- 4 round robin music boxes.
- 21 impulse responses.
- 4 effects: distortion, rotator, reverb and tempo synced delay with presets.
- Randomise start time of notes for realism.
- Attack/ release and low/ high EQ controls.
The product also comes with 24 presets, these utilise a variety of other sounds, for example: reversed samples, glockenspiels, plucked strings, etc. Mixing in these sounds make some great timbres. You can control the filter cutoff of these sounds with the mod wheel.
The demos are 100% DMB, you can get an idea of the timbre and variety of sounds that you can make.
As you’d expect, included are 21 impulses responses, and an effects pages, which has been broken into 2 sections for this product.
Dual music box is a continuation of Victorian Music box. These devices sound great, and after I sampled different one, I began to layer the 2 together which resulted in a great, realistic sounding instrument. So I went ahead and made this a full little library.
The sound of layer 2 is bright and plucky, when this is mixed with layer 1, you get a very pleasant, balanced sound. The tiny music box sampled was only a few centimetres across, and was rather quiet. You can sometimes hear the clicks and whirs of the cogs because of this. I feel this all adds to the realism of the instrument.
A simple instrument with lot of sonic possibilities
I had always been fond of music boxes. Although it may sound niche at times, once the basic sound is put through various processing, like in this Kontakt instrument, you can get quite a big palette of inspirational sounds. The music box sampled here has a very characteristic sound on its own, but it really shines thanks to the effects and ambiences included. This allow creating sounds with plucked, mallet and atmospheric overtones, which can be useful in a number of situations and genres, especially ambient, new age and cinematic. In my opinion, the only big downside is that the actual instrument has been sampled rather loudly, so you might need to lower its level to fit in the mix.
Atmospheric, haunting, playful
A gem from FrozenPlain: you play a couple of notes and the atmosphere of vintage rooms, wooden furniture and child‘s toys awake. Very colourful and beyond the normal. Recommended!