Phytoplanktonic system music tinkles
A complex multi sequencer per note
5 FX sequencer lanes per note
Selectable sound per note (sine, EP, sponge piano, metal, glass, Hammond)
2 round robin modes to cycle between different sounds + dropout seeding
Scale and key quantizer with unique quantized pitch wheel
11 algorithmic playback engines on 72 keys
Hard to explain - intuitive to use
for FULL version of Kontakt 5.8 and above
NEKTON - from the Greek: νηκτόν, "to swim"
The name plankton is derived from the Greek adjective πλαγκτός (planktos), meaning errant, and by extension, wanderer or drifter
PLANKTON SONAR is also a friendly Kontakt device for building beautiful, organic system music and deep undersea pinging ripples.
Like a warm ocean of diaphanous Crustacea, looping, colliding and generating harmonized polyrhythms PLANKTON SONAR is easy to use (once you get your head around it) and a quick way of creating gorgeous and unexpected results. Multiple sound sources, amorphous sequencers, cunning algorithms and a unique pitch/scale quantizer.
Each note of the sequence section (coloured keys) has its own sound engine (with a choice of 6 sounds) and a note sequencer with variable length and playrate.
Each note (the coloured keys) also has its own suite of effects and 5 FX sequencing lanes for 16 different FX parameters.
A reverb unite per note with 122 Custom IMPULSE RESPONSES create natural and impossible spaces. Hybrid IR's can transform a piano into a cowbell, high hat or radio interference. DRONE IR's add layers of ghostly tuned reverb.
Unique scale & key quantizer, with 24 types, can be automated and retunes the whole instrument to a selected key and scale.
An even more unique pitch wheel function scans the sequences through notes of the selected key and scale in real time.
'Fantastically useful, beautiful and completely mad - already using it in the new SLOW HORSES soundtrack' - Pablo and James from TOYDRUM - makers the coolest soundtracks in the biz
The SOUNDS - clear and pure (ish)
EP - Hohner Pianet T + Wurlitzer electric piano with 3 variations
SPONGE PIANO - sponge muted Cramer upright piano - 3 subtle effect variations
GLASS - hybrid celeste based instrument with 3 variations
METAL - hybrid Dulcitone based instrument with 3 variations
HAMMOND B3 - staccato Hammond organ with Leslie variation
Sounds are stacked in octaves and variation per sequencer key : lower velocity = lower octave, higher velocity = higher octave
Select a different sound per sequencer key.
2 round-robin modes that cycle around the sounds per sequencer key.
Dropout mode that 'seeds' the playback probability of a sequencer.
What's Inside ?
PLANKTON SONAR - the small print
1.7 GB download
12 note sequencers
12 FX sequencers with 5 lanes
Scale and key quantizer includes Pitch Wheel
24 scale types
6 octaves of articulations
72 articulator engines with 11 algorithms
1 Kontakt instrument
Huge, non-fiddly GUi
Classic Sound Dust RTFM instruction manual built into interface
12 sequencers-keys c5 to b5
1 sequencer per note
6 sounds per note
Sequence lanes for sample select, quantized pitch, decay and velocity
5 FX lanes selectable from 16 FX destinations
Multiple play rates
1 to 64 steps
Swing, drag and humanize controls
2 round robin types and dropout control
SCALE & KEY QUANTIZE
36 scale types
Unique quantized pitch wheel scans through scale
ARTICULATORS- keys c-1 to b4
1 algorithmic articulator engine per note
Flam, Drag, Ruff, Roll, Buzz, 16ths, 8ths, ALGOs 1 to 4
Independent FX PER note
Soft ( attack time)
Transient Designer - attack & sustain
Filth - tube or transistor saturation
Bits - bit depth & sample rate
ALL OF THESE CAN BE CONTROLLED IN REAL TIME by FX LANE
CUSTOM IMPULSE RESPONSE
122 custom IRs per note
11 Categories - EPIC - POLITE-DEVICE-REVERSE-SPRING-FX-LOW DRONE-MID DRONE-HIGH DRONE-SUB DRONE
DRONE sections add tuned drone sounds
Controls for every articulation
Volume, Pan, IR mix and Snap
Master low and high pass filters
Master IR reverb unit