Sonokinetic Releases Indie

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  1. styledelk

    styledelk Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    We're in now, now.
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  2. Kurosawa

    Kurosawa Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    They wrote that they will release it at 16h CET today. So just 1 hour and 20 minutes now until release! :2thumbs:
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  3. OP
    Sonokinetic BV

    Sonokinetic BV Boutique Sampling

    Jul 29, 2013

    Many people assume that Sonokinetic’s signature sound is grand and statuesque, as we fill our recording space with many talented players and layer phrases together in our bespoke Kontakt engines. However, sometimes it’s great to dial things down for a more personal feel, and that’s just what we’ve done with Indie. The style of these intimate ensemble phrases take their lead from modern TV drama, boutique film and independent video games with a naked and personal sound.

    Recording smaller versions of our string, woodwind and brass ensembles just wasn’t enough this time around, so we’ve also supplemented them with a huge selection of melodic percussion phrases. For the first time ever, string quartet phrases have been included, perfect for layering with the other ensembles to bring the focus back to your compositions. The overall emphasis here is on the lightest of touches, from delicate violin duos and solo clarinet to harp glissandi and gently played mallets.

    In fact, the melodic percussion deserves a special mention as we made sure to catch all the subtlety and wonder of these instruments, including the seldom-sampled concert cimbalom, a dulcimer-like instrument with a unique sound. The dreamy melodic textures we composed for Indie were delicately played by our performers in the same space as the other ensembles. Marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, crotales, upright piano, celesta and concert harp bring an intense personal feel to the whole collection.

    We felt that the Indie recordings were well suited to the playback engine which we originally debuted with ‘Noir’, our jazz-drenched section library. That means that the 12 preset keys each hold a single performance. Mapping phrases like this makes it easy to combine melodies and harmonies and hear real-time performances intertwine with one another.

    The randomize feature also makes a welcome return, which conjures twelve complimentary phrases with every press. There’s also the option to randomize per orchestral section, either string quartet, string ensemble, woodwinds, brass quintet or melodic percussion.

    Producing Indie was an experience like no other and we hope that when you hear it, you’ll feel the same way too.

    Indie is compatible with the free Kontakt Player version 5.8.1 or later and is also NKS ready for use with Komplete Kontrol.

    Indie is available at the introductory price of €199,90 for the next 10 days, after which the price will rise to €249,90

    More details can be found at

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2019
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  4. styledelk

    styledelk Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    Great. Now I try and figure out if I buy this now before I leave the country and can't compose for weeks. :P

    Sounds beautiful. I can already hear things to do.
  5. StillLife

    StillLife Senior Member

    Mar 18, 2017
    I am intrigued, sounds lovely. Have to figure it out if this will fit into indie pop/rock/singer-songwriter stuff also.
  6. Circe

    Circe Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    Indie..! Why..?

    I would prefer to name It Simply "NOIR 2"..

    Anyway... Tomorrow morning to purchase It.
  7. dzilizzi

    dzilizzi I know nothing

    Feb 27, 2017
    Somewhere near Los Angeles
  8. fiestared

    fiestared Vintage -but- not obsolete

    Aug 18, 2013
    Is this price with or without V.A.T ? Thanks
  9. Kurosawa

    Kurosawa Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    Without. Look on the website.
  10. GtrString

    GtrString Active Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    Indie sounds great, like many other Sonokinetic products. But is there any way to play your own chords or melodies with the instruments, or is it phrases only? I cant seem to figure that out fom the demos-
  11. The Darris

    The Darris Senior Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    I just finished all of the video content and the only thing I can really complain about is the visual design. It's objectively bad from an accessibility point of view. Even with those videos full screened on my large display, I'm still having a hard time reading the controls. The coloring is very dim which makes it hard to distinguish the letters and words, especially the preset keys. Dark Brown on a slightly lighter dark brown isn't a good choice here. The "accessible" view really needs to be tweaked to give some better contrast to the letters and words as well. That view helps me a bit but it's still frustrating to look at to figure out what is going on there. I'm sure others with worse vision than me would agree but also have a bit more concerns to raise about this.

    I get the artistic side of this and in many ways, it's beautiful. However, it's just not practical. Squinting is my biggest concern when it comes to the libraries I use and I tend to avoid those that require it, especially if I'm going to sit for hours staring at this trying to choose the right combination of sounds I would need for a project. (note: I do use many libraries that are hard to see and read but they require little time spent in the GUI unlike your phrase libraries. But, to be fair, I still criticize those other products as well.)

    I'm not blind. I know many composers who are though. I've spent a lot of time in the last couple of years learning more about visual accessibility in software when I was still reviewing libraries. Sample developers, by and large, don't put enough effort into the design of their products for those who are visually impaired. There isn't a one-size-fits-all design but there are standards and practices published out there for developers to follow that can certainly make it better for those who have impairments. Food for thought.

    As far as the sound of this library. It's great to hear you guys push your products into a new direction. The quality of the phrases sound great, especially when comparing the microphone positions. There's lots of flexibility there given the size of these ensembles. I also like the slightly retro sound this library has. I could hear these phrases used in a lot of period pieces set in the mid-century while still having a modern sound. I hope you guys continue to do these more nuanced phrase libraries with very detailed focus on certain colors. Well done!


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  12. The Darris

    The Darris Senior Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    This library is phrases only. Many phrases have subtle melodies that can be transformed via the harmonic shift feature. It takes some practice and careful thought but the results can be very compelling.
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  13. sostenuto

    sostenuto Big NKS Fan !

    Mar 10, 2017
    St George, UT USA
    Nicely stated. Many struggle with broad range of visual challenges; exacerbated by today's many digital devices.
    Indie will now receive more detailed review given this helpful, early review. THX !
  14. styledelk

    styledelk Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    I'm stoked to give this a try tonight. I wish I could remotely trigger a download.
  15. playz123

    playz123 Senior Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Nanaimo, BC
    Maybe I missed this during a quick look at the videos, but does the library default to A440 tuning (Stuttgart pitch) this time, or is it at a different tuning like the previous libraries? Sonokinetic, at one point, mentioned they planned to address this and make the default tuning more obvious.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2019
  16. Chris Hurst

    Chris Hurst

    Oct 1, 2014
    Wales, UK
    Sounds great, as usual. I really do like the Sonokinetic sound.
  17. stfciu

    stfciu Active Member

    Aug 13, 2017
    I had secretly hoped that the melodic percussion instruments would be included additionaly at least as single hits :) Nothing fancy but to widen the possibilities.

    Nevertheless this sounds really great!
  18. AR

    AR Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    I'm curious as well. Couldn't find any knobs on the instrument.
  19. OP
    Sonokinetic BV

    Sonokinetic BV Boutique Sampling

    Jul 29, 2013
    The library was recorded in 442. Its very easy to change this tuning by setting the instrument tuning to + or - 0.03 increments away from 442 according to your requirements. The value required can be typed straight in to the tuning field. So 441 would be:


    You can then save the instrument with this setting and never think about it again :)
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  20. Pietro

    Pietro Senior Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    So 440 would be - 0.06.

    - Piotr
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2019
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