MARBLE is a creative music tool - it is an extremely versatile instrument, modern and inspiring. By coming up with two parallel sound slots equipped with an "open" sequencer, real-time sound shaping and loads of acoustic and synthetic sound sources MARBLE tries to find new approaches to music production.
MARBLE covers a wide range of musical components and offers an enormous number of possibilities and options. About 900 presets are surely demonstrating that. You have single sounds, tonal textures, rhythmical figures, drum beats, ambient patterns, moving spheres, percussion loops etc.
There are endless ways you can use MARBLE.
MARBLE is technically a two track 16 step sequencer with the ability to edit every single step in terms of volume, pan, flter, tune, drive, reverse etc.
To sum it up, you have eleven parameters to chose! In order to feed these two tracks MARBLE provides 63 different sound sources, some of them are providing up to six times round robin with several dynamic layers (see list below). Marble is fully chromatic.
It is not just a one key trigger machine. You can play the sounds in every key or as chords.
But if that was not enough, MARBLE gives you the opportunity to shape the entire sound in real-time. You have 13 effects at your fingertips which can be manually adjusted in 127 steps.
To recall these effect settings just use the Marble - or the Modwheel – which runs through all 127 steps. You can now shape your sound in real- time at your own requirements.
The base of MARBLE are two parallel sound slots or tracks, each equipped with an 'open' 16 step sequencer. 'Open' means that you can determine and define every possible sound parameter for every single of the 16 steps. In detail it is possible to separately change the values for 12 (!) functions for every step of both sequencers. You can change the velocity, the note length, pan, tuning, the playing-direction, the shape, filter, LFO stutter, reverb, delay and the time shifting in both directions.
MARBLE is fully chromatically playable. It is not just a one key trigger machine. You can play the sounds in every key or as chords, but it is also possible to „lock“ the tuning, which lets you easier play drum beats or rhythmical patterns.
CONTENTS AND SOURCES
In order to feed the 2 sound slots MARBLE provides a lot of exciting and organic sound sources.
Beside some highlights of our current Cinematique Instruments library we have specially recorded plenty of new sounds and instruments such as a complex Gretsch jazz drum kit, a bass, a marimba, the pizzicato notes of a cello trio, a flute - thanks to powerflute.ch, several modern and classical synths, a gran cassa, miscellaneous tiny skin percussions, shaker, lots of fx and glitch sounds and much more. (below you fnd the entire list).
Most of the sounds are existing in several round robin variations - up to 6 - and several dynamic layers - up to 8.
Each sound covers a key range of minimum four octaves from C1 to C5. There are over 2,500 single sample sounds.
REAL TIME SOUND SHAPING
MARBLE provides a new and absolute unique feature: Real-time Sound Shaping. After having created a sound in the sequencer area with all the extensive possibilities, the entire sound of MARBLE finally passes a complex effect matrix.
This effect matrix includes various effect such as low- and highpassfilter, distortion, compression, frequency rate, random generator and much more. By means of slightest changes of these effects MARBLE achieves amazing results and gives an exciting vitality and complexity to all the sounds or patterns.
And guess what? This works in real- time.
Imagine you like to play the guitar or piano while MARBLE is running, just enable "Freeze“ and MARBLE will play without holding a key in an endless mode.
This is an excellent feature for those who are going to use MARBLE in a live situation or as the starting point for a new music composition in order to add further instruments.
Tonal sounds/ natural and organic:
- E-Bass (Single Notes)
- Telecaster Single Notes
- E Guitar Harmonics
- Cello Trio Pizzicato
- Flute Staccato (coming from powerflute.ch)
- Marimba (recorded in a concert hall)
- Vibraphone/ Metallophone
- Alto Glockenspiel
- Glass Bowl
- E-Piano (coming from K101)
- Pure Sinus
- Pure Saw
- 80s Typical
- Korg MS20 Elektro Bass
- Modern Bass
- Analog Vibraphone
- Analog Flute Synth
- Gretsch Jazz Drum
- BeachTowel Drum
- Electro Drums
- 80s DrumBox
- Korg MS20
- 63 single instruments - drums, percussion, synths, textures, basses, pads, guitars, mallets Up to 6x round robin and 8x dynamic layering - approx. 2.500 Samples
- two track 16 step „open“ sequencer - each step is controllable by 12 paramters
- extreme versatility
- fully chromatic
- real-time sound shaping by 13 simultaneous efects
- 900 presets
- clear arranged Interface - intuitive programing possibilities - easy to use CPU friendly - no additional loading, low memory
- infnite play by freezing
- highly inspirational
- random engine
Marble is a fun VSTi
I bought this soon after it was released for a film I was working on. Very interesting bit of kit that I find myself getting lost in (in a good way). Recommended for something a little off the main path.