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On September 1st we have celebrated our 10th anniversary! Yeah, it was an exciting journey so far - a journey that has taught us a lot and has given us many new inspirations, ideas and musical approaches that constantly flow into our work. In order to thank you and to give all these experiences and ideas to you, we have decided to create a free instrument series, which reflects our previous work and our way of thinking.
The instruments will cover a wide range of approaches including unpublished instruments, sound experiments, theoretical musical thought concepts or random products. Each of our team mates has thought about what they have always been interested in or what they have always wanted to try out. KLANG will show how we see music, what we love and how important we find the sound in music. And there is no better name for it than: KLANG (which is German and means 'sound')
Every month we will release a new edition as 'KLANG OF THE MONTH' and since we are now 10 years old, we start directly with a bunch six instruments to get started:
The 'Krautrock Machine' - Cologne and Düsseldorf - can be regarded as the centre of German Krautrock music. So Jumpel thought that as a Cologne software company you should create an instrument to honour this great musical heritage of the city of Cologne. So we start our KLANG Instrument series with a Krautrock instrument - a small drum computer that tries to capture this old and inspiring spirit of Kraftwerk, Can or NEU!
Neon Tube Buzz - It's always amazing how musically ordinary electronic household objects sound. But it depends on the context. For example, the sonorous buzz of a neon lamp can give you a relaxed feeling. So Jumpel recorded the hum and buzz of a neon lamp in his tool basement, put a filter on it, edited it and combined it with some other sounds. And that's the Deep Pad.
Hammered Violin - In our recording room we have a lot of xylophone mallets and old broken piano hammers lying around. Ege wanted to create a different type of violin sound, so he asked himself what it would sound like if he played his violin with a piano hammer or a xylophone mallet instead of the typical bow. So we ended up with a unique violin sound. Additionally we programmed a sequencer so that you can easily play rhythmic patterns in any way you like.
Cloud Harmonics - The idea behind this instrument is the attempt to achieve a kind of freezing of the notes you played - this is possible by a chain of delays that can all be put on an endless feedback. By using an additional low pass filter and a volume control, this created loop can then be edited to float as a kind of cloud which is perfect to be accompanied by the given gutar harmonics sounds (incl. reverse sound).
Echolette Choir - One can elicit sounds from an old Tube Tape Delay, which urgently needs to be sent to the service, that were actually not intended. So Jonas sent various sound sources through his old tape delay, turned the feedback knob to insane and let the machine sing in the self oscillation and captured some moments. You can now hear the old tubes distortion which is wonderful warm and organic.
Unstable Guitar - It's amazing to see what possibilities are offered by today's guitar pedal FX. You switch several exciting fx pedals in a row, play a few notes and you're already directly in another world. So René took his Jazzmaster, connected different pedals, played along and recorded three wonderful guitar pads. Each of the pads has a separate volume control to mix the sounds together. Optional distortion and a so-called "run" button are available, which automatically varies the volume values of all three parameters. All this results in a great instrument with organic textures.
All KLANG instruments require the FULL VERSION of KONTAKT 5.6.8 or higher.
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