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Soniccouture Geosonics

$149.00

“For Geosonics, Soniccouture worked with field recordist Chris Watson (look him up) and they took some really awesome natural sounds, put them into Kontakt, and turned them into instruments.  However, you know Soniccouture doesn’t just do simple audio playback with their libraries, they made it very easy to tweak, sculpt, and manipulate the sounds into your own creations.

They took the raw data and made a bunch of new sounds, waves, and sound design elements, then gave you a way to layer them with the original samples.  If you’re an ambient pad lover like me, and really into organic soundscapes, this is something you want to look into.”

– saintjoe / SoundsAndGear.com

Sampling Planet Earth

Geosonics is a collaboration between legendary field recordist Chris Watson and Soniccouture. Hundreds of hours of recording time, in some of the worlds most extreme and inhospitable environments, combine to form a library of rare sonic artefacts that cannot be found anywhere else. Using this unique collection as a starting point, Soniccouture created a wealth of sound design material ; waves and sampled textures which, when layered and combined with Watson’s recordings create the most fluid, organic soundscapes ever.

Ice & Water Instruments Features:

  • 90 SOUND DESIGN PRESETS
  • 15 ORIGINAL WATSON RECORDINGS
  • FOCUS MODE
  • NATURAL MODE

Recorded during various trips to the North Pole, Iceland and other Arctic regions, this category features incredible recording feats such as hydrophone recordings from the inside of glaciers, micro-recordings of deep water shrimp fighting, and the calming blips of water freezing in realtime – known as ‘pancake ice’.

Wind Instruments Features:

  • 82 SOUND DESIGN PRESETS
  • 15 ORIGINAL WATSON RECORDINGS
  • FOCUS MODE
  • NATURAL MODE

Wind – silent in itself, it only reveals itself sonically once it hits something. Chris Watson buried hydrophones deep in sand dunes, repurposing the under-water recording devices to function in deep desert depths. A hollowed out Acacia tree was fitted with contact mics and the musical moaning sounds of the wind in its trunk were captured, and the railings on an abandoned air-base form the basis of a sinister sound-scape.

Wires Instruments Features:

  • 97 SOUND DESIGN PRESETS
  • 23 ORIGINAL WATSON RECORDINGS
  • FOCUS MODE
  • NATURAL MODE

Incredible drone-scapes created by vast runs of wire in natural environments – ‘Like giant guitar strings in the landscape’. Contact mics attached to wire fences, sculptural installations or even power lines record changes in weather as stunning soundscapes. Chris Watson made many of these recordings at the Wired Lab in NSW, Australia, an artist-led organisation founded by Sarah Last. Further recordings were made on overhead railway cables and simple farm fences in Cumbria, UK.  Wire recordings make fantastic material for sound design work – Their rich harmonic and noise content means that they sound great when filtered or shaped into percussion.

Swamp Instruments Features:

  • 67 SOUND DESIGN PRESETS
  • 12 ORIGINAL WATSON RECORDINGS
  • FOCUS MODE
  • NATURAL MODE

Recordings made in the swamps of Venuezela and Madagascar. Some of the most inhospitable recording environments of all due to the proliferation of tiny biting things. Chris Watson used huge 100 metre runs of microphone cable to allow him to situate himself well away from the swamp life during recording.
Highlights include the Madagascan Tree Frogs & Banjo Frogs.

Pitched Sample Layers

In addition to the 65 original Chris Watson field recordings (4.7GB), Geosonics contains 140 tuned samplesets, for layering and sound design directly in the Kontakt interface. This additional sample material is a combination of useful ‘building blocks’ such as sine waves, sawtooths and strings; as well as processed versions of the Watson recordings. These sample sets are essentially tuned versions of the original recordings – Soniccouture used various DSP processes (spectral morphing, convolution, granulation) to ‘forcibly extract’ pitched, harmonic material that could be played chromatically on a keyboard.

Sound Designers

To create a large preset library (400 presets) with real creative depth, Soniccouture decided to collaborate with some of our favourite sound designers. With such unique material to work with, they were curious to see what an ‘All-Star’ sound design team could do with it. The result does not disappoint, with many different takes on building atmospheric yet musical patches.

Ian Boddy | Biomechanoid | Martin Walker | Andy Wheddon

Specifications

  • 4.7GB, 400 sound design presets, 140 sound design sample presets

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 oder 10.11 (latest update)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

All systems

  • 1GB free disc space for player installation
  • additional hard disc space according to the library size
  • internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)

Supported formats

  • Stand-Alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • ASIO
  • CoreAudio
  • WASAPI
  • AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or later)

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