One of life's great joys, is to have the time and resources to screw around on large modular synthesizers and sample to your hearts content. Sadly, only a very small minority have that resource available to them. Fortunately for us, the results of one such session or sessions is available as the RAW VOLTAGE library for Native Instruments MASCHINE.
This Expansion includes a wealth of drum and percussion sounds which are characterized by their punchy nature – from the thud of the kicks to the crunch of the snares and claps. Also included are sampled analog basses, alien leads, crystalline pads and keys, plus atmospheric soundscapes and plenty of distinctive effects sounds.
All these exceptional sounds stem from unique custom modular system, owned and operated by synthesis expert Roger Grønberg (Frodebeats), from Norway.
The system includes modules from Modcan, MOTM, Oakley, CGS, STG, Encore, Buchla plus many unique custom and DIY modules, as well as analog synthesizers like Arp Odyssey/2600 and Korg MiniKorg 700s.
The only additions were some added multiple analog delay lines, plus occasional spring or digital reverb. As a result, most of the sounds are raw and ready for your own processing and effects ideas.
Sounds like a lot of fun if you have 450MB of disc space available, MASCHINE 1.7 and above, plus €49 Euros to hand, you can head over to the NI Store and score yourself some.
We also got a look at their prototype Eurorack formant filter