Ambius 2: Systematik represents a huge new step forward in our quest to build a truly flexible and adaptive sample based atmospheric synth. Soundiron wanted a broad collection of richly nuanced flavors with the ability to freely layer, blend and reshape a wide mix of percussive, tonal and textural elements into custom multi-layered dynamic and evolving instruments.
Soundiron wanted a unified and powerful interface to combine detailed performance and tone shaping controls with a wide pallet of experimental and environmental convolution effects. We wanted a built-in tempo-locking step-sequenced filter and LFO engine that could be adapted to just about any other GUI control parameter on the fly without missing a beat. Ambius 2 is all of that and much more.
One of the driving forces behind the development of their second atmospheric synth collection was the desire for a fresh sound based on real organic recordings that was both super flexible for those of you who like to knob tweak and yet still easy to dive into for those who want it to sound great right out of the box with minimal fuss. It allows you to blur the line between lead and ambient textures and just as easily morph between tight, tuned percussive and smooth, dreamy pads. We’ve created a deep pool of elements to choose from and shape, with a wide palette of sonic flavors ranging from fat lo-fi leads to crisp, complex hi-fi soundscapes. All of the sounds we created for Ambius 2 were sourced from live acoustic instruments and hand-sculpted individually into unique and fully customizable playable concepts.
The foundation of Ambius 2 is in the layer building concept, which allows you to combine a range of tuned percussive attack samples with a broad variety of richly detailed sustaining pads and leads. Each layer is equipped with independent core parameter control and can be swapped out on the fly through the GUI or with CC/host automation so your instrument can evolve with the music. We then take it a step farther with the Instrument Designer concept, with 6 independent hand-picked layers that absolutely blow the creative possibility wide open. Each layer can be freely blended and warped with different tonal, shape and dynamic behaviors that allow your sound to radically transform itself based totally on the way you play.
In order to transform Ambius 2 into a rhythmic monster, we engineered an entirely new and proprietary way to provided tempo-locked filtering and LFO based parameter automation. A pair of 32-beat step-sequencer graphs let you freely draw resonance and cutoff values from one step to the next, with time divisions from whole notes to 128ths. Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass and Vowel filter types are included.
Parameter changes are smoothed to prevent ugly zippering, but with the ability to dial in ultra-tiny time-signature divisions and extreme filter settings, you can get as gnarly and screeching or warm and mellow as your heart desires. You can also assign just about any parameter to each step sequencer table with the simple right-click/cmd-click learn function whenever that table is running. You can even skip the filter stage and simply use it for tempo-synced CC parameter control by choosing the “Thru” filter type or bypass the whole system instantly with the LFO Pause and do your filter tweaking and sweeping by hand.
Also included are a free/syncable tremolo, full EQ tone controls, our custom convolution reverb loaded with dozens of spaces and special FX and of course, our ever advancing Uberpeggiator meta-arpeggiation system. The dual-layer sustaining ambient presets also feature simulated polyphonic legato with polyphony, bend, speed and range control. A full gamut of preset types are included: special cutting edge Kontakt 5 presets allow step sequencer and uberpeggiator table graph preset saving/loading and the latest filter options, classic Kontakt 4-friendly presets with classic filter types and resource efficient lite presets that save ram and CPU resources without the filter LFOs or a deep offset range.
• All sounds designed and created from real, acoustic instruments
• 52 Custom-Designed Transients (impacts) with deep velocity layering and 8x round-robin.
• 116 Hand-Crafted atmospheric loops (both smooth and rhythmic).
• Instrument Designers allow users to mix-and-match any transient with any sustain.
• Layer Builders allow unparalleled creativity for complex acoustic-synthetic hybrids.
• Additional Kontakt 5 presets with tempo-synced rhythmic atmospheres and grooves
• Four selectable filter types with automatable cutoff and resonance
• Our new Kronostepper – sequence filter cutoff and/or resonance in configurable tempo-synced steps
• Kronostepper passthru mode can drive any automatable knob or slider in Kontakt.
• Tempo or Hertz-based Tremolo with automatable intensity
• Integrated Uberpeggiator system allows for adaptive step-sequenced arpeggiation.
• Kontakt 5 users can import and export Uberpeggiator and Kronostepper sequences.
• Customized presets – see what we at Soundiron were able to come up with using these features.
NKI Program Presets
You’ll need the full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.4 (for K4 and Lite presets), Kontakt 5 (for K5 presets) or later to use the nki presets in this libary. Sorry, the free Kontakt Player does not support this library beyond a 15-minute demo period.