Fracture Sounds Trails [KONTAKT]

Composer Toolkit for Kontakt
  • Publisher: Fracture Sounds
  • Product: Trails
  • Release: ViP Team
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Requirements: Kontakt v6.7+

Fracture Sounds’ Trails represents a significant advancement in textural sound design for modern composers and producers. This Kontakt-based virtual instrument, developed in collaboration with violinist and composer Alexander Parsons, offers a unique collection of evocative soundscapes and string textures. Trails combines traditional acoustic recordings with cutting-edge synthesis techniques, providing users with an extensive palette of sonic possibilities for creative exploration.

Key Features

Solo String Textures

Trails features a comprehensive set of solo violin and cello textures:

  • Eight carefully selected articulations recorded in a dry studio environment
  • Performed by Alexander Parsons (violin) and Joe Zeitlin (cello)
  • Articulations include Emergence, Flickers, Divergence, Ricochets, Short Swells, Stutters, Reflections, and Deviations

Advanced Granular Synthesis Engine

A standout feature of Trails is its newly designed granular synthesis engine:

  • Developed in collaboration with Alexander Parsons, inspired by his modular rig techniques
  • Offers extensive control over granular parameters
  • Includes 57 curated presets for quick inspiration
  • Lightweight versions of presets available for CPU-efficient operation

Layer Blends System

Building on Fracture Sounds’ previous libraries, Trails incorporates an enhanced Layer Blends engine:

  • 28 unique synth sounds derived from analog synthesizers and modular effects units
  • Up to three synth samples can be blended simultaneously
  • 546 possible blending combinations
  • Mod wheel control for real-time sound shaping

Faulkner Dulcichord

Trails includes samples of the rare Faulkner Dulcichord:

  • Single-stringed tabletop piano with a delicate, enchanting tone
  • Broken Tuning function for antique sound characteristics
  • Colour and Timbre Shift controls for tonal adjustments
  • Extended range option beyond the instrument’s natural limitations

Comprehensive Effects Suite

The library offers a range of built-in effects for sound shaping:

  • Lo-Fi and Delay effects (carried over from Hemisphere Ambient & Cinematic Guitars)
  • Reverb
  • 16 unique Atmosphere Layers
  • ADSR envelope
  • Filters

System Requirements and Compatibility

Software:

  • Native Instruments Kontakt Player 6.6.1 or later (full version of Kontakt not required)
  • Compatible with all major DAWs supporting VST, AU, and AAX plugin formats

Operating Systems:

  • macOS 10.13 or later
  • Windows 10 or later (64-bit only)

Hardware:

  • Minimum 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • SSD storage highly recommended for optimal performance

Disk Space:

  • 12 GB download size (NCW compressed)
  • 15 GB uncompressed sample pool

Additional Features:

  • Full NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) support for integration with Komplete Kontrol hardware

Technical Specifications

Sample Content:

  • 15 GB uncompressed sample pool
  • 24-bit / 48 kHz sample rate
  • NCW compression for efficient storage and streaming

Articulation Details:

Solo String Textures (8):

  • Emergence: Long, wispy sustain
  • Flickers: Long sustain with gentle tremolo texture
  • Divergence: Long sustains diverging from the central note
  • Ricochets: Short articulation for fast playing
  • Short Swells: Very short dynamic swells
  • Stutters: Repeated and random ricochets
  • Reflections: Long sustains with folk-inspired turns
  • Deviations: Whistling harmonic texture focusing on bow noise

Additional Content:

  • 28 Synth recordings and performances
  • 57 Granular Presets
  • 16 Atmosphere Layers

Microphone Setup:

  • Close and room microphone array
  • Single, broadcast-ready mix

User Interface:

  • Custom Kontakt script for advanced parameter control
  • Articulation switching interface
  • Individual articulation settings
  • Layer Blends engine with visual feedback
  • Granular synthesis engine controls

MIDI Implementation:

  • Extensive MIDI CC mapping for real-time control
  • NKS integration for enhanced parameter mapping and browsing

Trails demonstrates exceptional sound quality and programming depth. The combination of meticulously recorded acoustic instruments and advanced synthesis techniques provides users with a vast array of textural possibilities.

The granular synthesis engine is particularly noteworthy, offering a level of control and sonic exploration that sets this library apart from many competing products. The inclusion of 57 curated presets, along with lightweight versions, balances creative potential with practical usability across various system configurations.

The Layer Blends system, featuring 28 unique synth sounds, greatly expands the library’s sonic palette. With 546 possible blending combinations and real-time mod wheel control, this feature encourages intuitive sound design and performance.

The inclusion of the rare Faulkner Dulcichord adds a unique timbral element to the library. The additional sound-shaping options, such as the Broken Tuning function and extended range, further enhance its versatility.

CPU performance is generally efficient, with the provided lightweight versions of granular presets offering a solution for less powerful systems. The use of NCW compression helps optimize sample streaming, particularly beneficial for users without SSD storage.

Fracture Sounds’ Trails represents a significant advancement in textural sound design tools. Its combination of high-quality acoustic recordings, innovative synthesis techniques, and extensive sound-shaping capabilities positions it as a powerful instrument for composers and producers working across various genres, particularly those focused on atmospheric and cinematic music.

The library’s strength lies in its ability to blur the lines between acoustic and electronic performance, offering a vast range of evocative textures and soundscapes. The granular synthesis engine and Layer Blends system provide deep sound design potential, while the intuitive interface encourages rapid experimentation and creativity.

For composers and sound designers seeking to expand their palette of textural and atmospheric sounds, Trails offers a comprehensive solution that balances traditional sampling techniques with cutting-edge synthesis. Its unique feature set and focus on sonic exploration make it a valuable addition to any modern composer’s toolkit, capable of inspiring new compositional ideas and enhancing existing workflows.

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