Elixer - Prepared Tape
Version: Kontakt 5.8.1 / WAV / V1.1
Vintage 4 Voice Synthesizer
Download Method: Kontakt Hub
“Elixer Prepared Tape is the sequel to Elixer The Lost Tapes.
However, instead of using synthesizers, this time around only old audio recordings were used. The result is a diverse, unique, sometimes strange, sometimes quirky set of samples that are inspiring and nostalgic.
And though there has been no concerted effort to emulate the sound of the following artists, those who've been working on audio demos believed the sounds to be influenced by Boards of Canada, Amon Tobin and Olafur Arnalds. However, these artists do not endorse this library. You may hear a different artist when you hear the demos and sounds.
Changelog - V1.1 (20/02/2020):
- 318 files (WAV 96khz, 24bit), 369 MB (uncompressed).
- 95 New Sound sources added (breakdown below)
- Various new sound sources added to the original NKI instruments (65 total)
- New NKI patch called "Hybrid" (featuring 30, mostly multisamples sound sources).
These sounds feature samples which are often a cross between two or more instruments (Violin+Cello, or Trumpet+Oboe, and so on)
They aren't simply "layered" on top of one another, but are actually "fused" together at the sample level. Some of the multisamples sources have this characteristic up and down the keyboard, so that in the higher registers you may hear a cross between a piccolo, trumpet and oboe, but in the middle register, there is only and oboe and trumpet "fusion" - depending on the patch, this may be different. This is also not an exact science, so there is a great deal of variation in how this process is manifest.*
In addition, the decision was made to make an alternative "reversed" NKI for each and every NKI (including the new Hybrid one).
So 11 total NKIs have been added (including the reversed ones).
240 snapshots have been added in total (not including "default" snapshots).
This includes 63 new snapshots for the "All Instruments" NKI, 20 snapshots for the new "Hybrid" NKI, 10 snapshots for all of the Reversed NKIs, and 10 snapshots scattered around in various NKIs.
In addition to this, 47 snapshots in various categories have been added by Paul Lebkuchner of Sound Aesthetics Sampling! (they will be designated by a "P -" in the beginning of the snapshot title.)
There have also been 10 new beautiful and compelling Multis added (utilizing many of the new sounds).
Requires the Full Version of Kontakt 5.8.1
- 569 files
- Most 96khz, 24bit
419 Sound Sources to choose from, organized in 8 Distinct NKIs in the following categories:
- FX and MISC
- Strings and Orchestra
(also an NKI with ALL of the above instruments included)
From those distinct NKI patches, we’ve created 202 snapshots (not including 9 "Default" snaphsots to get settings back to their initial state).
IMPORTANT: Requires Full Kontakt V5.8.1 or above. Do not purchase this if you only have Kontakt Player
Excellent \'vintage\' sounds, fantastic instrument
The sounds in this instrument are super atmospheric and nostalgic, but the instrument itself is top-modern, clean and very easy to use. The XY pad makes movements between the four sources very intuitive. Also, the range of sound sources is excellent, with many of them hinting at the original instruments, but having enough dirt and low-fi quality to make them unique. The included reverse sounds make this even more versatile, and browsing with the snapshots and various NKIs is very user friendly. I got this during the sale, but even at full price, this would be a steal. Highly recommended!
BoC Fan here
I love this library. A must have for BoC's fans
Seriously Ridiculous Amount of Possibilities (In A Good Way).
Seriously Ridiculous Amount of Possibilities (In A Good Way).
Nicely laid out GUI and easy and quick to use---shows its developers' pedigrees. Already updated with additional content. Dozens of lifetimes worth of possible voice combinations (more than 61 billion, forward and reverse), even before tweaking. The voices do have a "cassette tape" character to them that seems to come through on every patch. Nicely curated into 10 normal and 10 complimentary reversed instruments, giving you the option to work with all 419 voices or categorical subsets (Bells, Brass, Voices, etc.). Considering the number of voices, snapshots, multis, randomizations and possibilities that this version of Elixer comes with, even with (or because of) its characteristic sound it's a no-brainer on sale. Offhand, I can't think of anything that offers this many possibilities in this price range. Five stars because of the value, ease of use, and impossibility of being able to audition all that it offers.
Since I wasn't able to locate a manual for either version of Elixer, some of my observations/notes: Randomization is by page (not global) and is quick and effective for each page (Main, Mod, and EFX). Even with the large number of snapshots provided, you can end up getting lost in time with the randomization results in a single snapshot. The Movement Page (XY-pad controls) does not randomize. The expected tweakability and then some, like sample start and 10 filter types, for the Main Page; a simpler set of controls on the effects. The expected modulation and modulation envelope controls are available; the mod/envelope targets are reduced to select sets of 6 or 7 common parameters. The mod type control no longer displays the active type (wave) when you move off of it, so you have to click on it to re-display your setting. All knobs (and the X-Y marginal sliders) do Ctrl-Click resets and Right-Click MIDI learn. The Pitch control is directly related to the sample sweep rate. If you're having issues setting up pulsing patches with the Mod Page, the Movement Page (XY-pad) does a great job of setting up dimensioned pulses, especially with the Circle controls (some snapshots are very instructive in this regard).
Get lost in the prepared tapes
Sometimes you need this special vibe in your music. Then it's time for jewels like this. When I listened to the demos I immediately fell in love with it and bought it instantly. Hours later, after playing around with this instrument, I opened a project I was working on and used it heavily there. The nostalgic vibe of The Prepared Tape is really very cool! The GUI looks good and you get into everything in a short time. The randomize functions often brings very good results. A big fun!
Excellent job, great pool of samples and FX! I highly recommend it (and bought The Lost Tapes from the same developer, which is the same league).