In order to obtain more depth and versatility to the sound, 3 sound sources have been recorded and processed to add beautiful background layers.
01. TAPE PAD
Its pad type created by denaturing the piano recording through a Tascam portastudio 414 mkII and a 70s mixer, Boss KM60.
02. TAPE PAD SUB
The same sound as Tape Pad but one octave lower for more flexibility when added to the piano sound.
03. LITTLE ORGAN
Recording of an electric Lorenzo Chord organ using a pair of Neumann KM184.
Independent controls for piano sound volume and Texture layer.
Volume control of the note release pedal sound.
Lowpass filter for the Texture layer.
Attack and release parameters for the Texture layer.
Control of low and high frequencies to change the timbre easily or simply to better integrate the instrument into your mix.
Delay and Reverb sends with their timing parameter
Bionic is a “transient splicing engine”, i.e. it is designed to give detailed control over a range of parameters needed to mix and match a number of different initial transients to another set of tails/longer sounds.
SOUND DESIGN POSSIBILITIES
The result are
Hybrid recreations of classic sounds with mostly organic attacks (taps, mallets, plucks, brush) and a mix of organic and synth/pure sine tails.
Creative, inventive sounds that push the combinations of previously unrelated sounds into new territory
Some of the “bionic” sounds included in this initial version of the product (Lite):
Replicas of classic house organ sounds
Celesta, Music Box, Xylophone
A range of bass sounds including a “reconstructed” pizzicato upright bass
There are four layers, accessible on page 1: two transient layers, and two tail layers. Levels can be adjusted as balance between each of the tail/transient layers respectively, and globally between transients and tails. Each layer contains sample offset and tuning controls as well as a “humanize” function which introduces subtle to not-so-subtle random pitch variations (especially helpful for making non-tonal transients more realistic).
The effects page includes filters, EQ, saturation and delay + reverb controls.
4 layers of sound: 2 transient layers and 2 tail layers
Extensive sound sculpting controls, including crossover fade (between transient and tail samples), crossover point, tail envelope, transient attack curve (shape)
Vibrato, Velocity Sensitivity (Volume, Low Pass and High Pass) and Humanize Controls for in-depth realism
20 Presets: Tap Celesta, Tap Bell, Mr Android Pluck, Plastic Pizzicato Bass, Breathy Stab, Expansive Xylophone, Rhodesian Scholar, House Organ, Vibey House Organ, Steel Drum Baby, Music Box, Starlight Swoosh, A Gong or Two, Plucky Squelchy Bass, White Noise Organ Stab, Pillow Harp, Gamelan, Hammond Bass, Electric Bass, Heavy Tines.
Replika Analog Style delay
Based on Riot Audio’s proprietary BIONIC TRANSIENT SPLICING ENGINE
Total size of sampled content: 0.36 GB
Requires Native Instruments Kontakt 6.4.2 (Full Version)
Introducing Harmonal Binaurics, Faded Instruments’ fleshy new mind control drone synth! It combines Binaural Beats with Isochronic Tones to hijack your brainwaves and bend your unconscious mind. Its a psychoacoustic powerhouse – and just generally an intuitive and playful musical instrument.
Hide your parents, because binaural beats can make you trip….
Harmonal Binaurics is centered around Binaural Beats. Technically binaural beats require headphones to work their magic, though they sound great no matter how you listen to them***. Binaural Beats work by sending subtly different frequencies to each ear. Rather than hearing two frequencies, you mostly just hear one frequency, but a third rhythmic frequency – THE BINAURAL WOBBLE – is created by your brain. The speed of this wobble is the difference between the two pitches (for example, 420hz in your left ear and 426hz in your right ear creates a 6hz wobble in your brain). We dont know why the brain creates this, but what this hypothetically does is something called Brainwave Entrainment – it synchronizes your brainwaves to the wobble and induces altered states of consciousness. This may sound crazy – but who cares – it sounds great.
*** On speakers you still hear the rhythmic wobble – and the sound appears to move around the room – but its the product of air vibrations interfering with each other – not brain illusions – so it doesn’t do Brainwave Entrainment.
Examples of Binaural Beat frequencies and their effects:
Binaural Beats are amazing, but Harmonal Binaurics doesn’t just do binaural beats – it also does Isochronic Tones. This is just like binaural beats, but doesn’t require headphones – instead it uses a repeating tone that can induce similar results. With Harmonal Binaurics, you can use both of these techniques at the same time for some really weird spatial and consciousness bending experiences.
But wait, thats not all. Harmonal Binaurics doesnt just do one Binaural Beat and one Isochronic Tone, IT DOES SEVEN. These seven beating tones are tuned to a user scaleable harmonic series.
Harmonal Binaurics is built up from seven identical binaural/isochronic beat generators. Each generator can fade between Sine and a user defined waveform (Triangle, Saw or Square). You can control the binaural beating speed, isochronic tone speed, isochronic amount, the shape of the isochronic tone (Sine, Triangle, Saw, Ramp and Square), and a stereo field swap (LR or RL). Theres a master speed control for both binaural beat and isochronic tone speeds, meaning you can globally slow down or speed up the whole instrument. Oddly enough, Harmonal Binaurics doesn’t take MIDI input – this is not an oversight, but an intentional way of forcing a different approach to playing it. The seven oscillators are tuned to the harmonic series (fundamental, +octave, +fifth, +fourth, +major third, +minor third), but you can shrink or expand the harmonic series via the Harmonic knob to create dense cluster chords or wide spectral chords. You can sync all the oscillators/beats with the SYNC button, and of course – theres SLEW.
One Slew To Slew Them All
Faded Instruments loves the SLEW. Slew comes from modular synths and basically what it does is slow down knob movements. Turn a knob and wait as it slowly gets to where its going – which frees you up to twiddle other knobs while it does its thing. Slew features prominently in our Spectral Disturbtion plugin and turns it into a really expressive and unique performance distortion. Well, the slew is back with a vengeance: every parameter on Harmonal Binaurics is controlled by the SLEW knob – allowing you to create long grand gestures – great for drone or slow oriented music (but can be useful for any!).
Scandiclavia is a tiny size virtual analog Nordish organ module, that works in an open mixer format and enhanced with some new exciting features. First, an improved 2 32bit top quality waveform engine with incredibly high dynamic range oscillators to generate 2 organ modules emulation, each with it’s own size and color: precision organ and hammond style electric organ. Scandiclavia is inspired by the great Nord hardware organs sound, although using slightly different synthesis approach
The 2 oscillators can be mixed together into a punchy, clicky and aggressive organ sound, allowing the player creating very useful and musical organ combinations, articulations and textures. Scandiclavia oscillators has full synthesis section, 2 different midi velocity options, stereo enhancer engine, new gleam effect, a user friendly global hipass-lopass filters per oscillator.
Scandiclavia also offers a full section of built in effects (stereo widener, chorus, phaser, wha-wha, reverb and delay), advanced midi mode and dedicated organs alike draw-bars system. ScandiClavia is free. Enjoy!
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