Version: Kontakt 5.8.1 / NCW / V1
The next library in the Volt series
Download Method: Kontakt Hub
Volt II is the follow up to our last popular Kontakt library Volt I.
Volt II is packed with deeply sampled and highly playable sounds including hard hitting and gritty bass sounds, ethereal pads and strings, arpeggios, distorted other-world textures, alien atmospherics and dreamy uplifting chordal synths.
Volt II uses our Volt Meter controller which allows for multiple dial manipulations on the interface with just one dial movement. Essentially the Volt Meter is an advanced Macro. Assign your modwheel to the Volt Meter automate the parameters on the fly.
Volt II is perfect for all kinds of electronic music from ambient, abstract electronica to Techno and is also great for writing breakdowns for your next electronic masterpiece.
Comes with over 130 snapshots preset and we also included a collection of MULTI's.
Audio demos are made with just a few instances of Volt II using simple chords etc - Volt II does the rest with slow evolving textures and gritty bass and distorted arpeggios etc.
- 792 Samples
- For the Full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or above (Not for Kontakt Player)
- NCW format samples to save on disk space
- 2.33GB on disc
- 130 Snapshots
- 22 Multis
- 'Volt Control' Macro System
- Dual Layer Architecture for blending two sources together
- 40 different filter types to choose from
- 58 sound sources per layer
- Individual ADSR for Vol, Filter and Resonance
- Filter LFo Depth, Speed and Sync controls with 5 LFO Shapes
- Convolution Reverb with 10 unique Impulse Responses
- Effects Include: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Bit Crush, Delay and Distortion
- Arpeggiator with 16 pattern modes to select
- Randomisation. Click the VOLT logo to intelligently randomise all settings and generate new patches instantly.
Volt has a special Volt Meter dial that is the centre of the action. Most of the controls on the front panel can be controlled by the movement of the Volt Meter.
Simply select from the front panel which controls are to be controlled by Volt Meter and then select the depth/range of the control - Moving the voltmeter will then control those active dials. You can also assign the Volt Meter to your Modwheel or any other external controller dial and control many dials with the Volt Meter.
The two sliders under each dial are to set the min and max movement that the volt meter will have on the dial ie they set the range that the dial will move, if it did not have those range dials then all the dials would move the same range from 0 to full which would not be that exciting. Also it is worth noting that the left slider can also go higher then the right slider and this will create an inverse movement when the volt dial is used. ie if the left slider is taller than the right slider then when the volt meter is used the dial will move in the opposite direction - good for using on Cutoff and res with an inverse set of sliders.
Most of the included snapshots have already been setup to respond to the Volt Meter - Give it a whirl and experiment.
It is easy to create stunning patches with Volt, and by clicking the Volt symbol in the centre of the interface you can randomise patches and let the chaos of the universe play a hand in the sounds you make.
Castle Instruments Does It Again!
Castle Instruments is on to something really good! I am also the owner of Volt I, yet never left a review. I just couldn't pass up reviewing this time around, and this review covers both Volt I and II. Firstly, the interface is top of the line, as far as Kontakt instruments go. All parameters are easily accessible, and with the size of the GUI, very easy on the eyes. With 2 Oscillators per patch, Volt I originally came with 48 pristine sound sources. Volt II exceeds that with 58 brand new awesome sound sources to choose from! If you take the time to go through each and every sound source individually with both Volt I and II, you will hear just how usable, pristine, and very synthetic they are. And the Patches that come with both are very usable and impressive. The Volt Series also has a unique modulation architecture dubbed "Volt Meter". This feature allows anyone to route all of the important parameters, using both depth and range to an external controller, like your Mod Wheel, to change the characteristic of each patch. The Volt Meter makes this instrument stand out above a lot of other offerings. It creates the opportunity to have great expressive performance dynamics while playing live, as I have discovered. For me, the awesome GUI, Sound Sources, and Volt Modulation are the key reasons this instrument stands out above an overwhelming crowd of virtual synths available. I'm seriously hoping Castle Instruments continues this tradition, as I am looking forward to more! The last time I was this excited over a Synthetic based Kontakt Instrument was Luftrum's Lunaris, and if you knew me, that would be saying a lot ;)
What Michael Lyon said and what I said in my review of the original Volt (1). To reiterate: There are a lot of variants of this type of Kontakt synth but this one is a bargain standout for having a feature set that just works quickly and well to produce a wide variety of new sounds from a supply of good voices, snapshots and multis, either by design, randomization, or a combination of both. Be prepared to save a lot of snapshots.
Pretty Similar to Volt 1 . Simple review of this plugin being functional and well supported and quite useful. Some hip sounds in here easy
Just As Good As The First
Same warm and genuine sound but with a better selection of pre-made patches this time round.