The cosmic darkness!
It's getting dark on the horizon. With Best Service - Dark Horizon, by Sonuscore we send you into a dark future of sound, whose dystopian atmosphere is accompanied by massive basses, cosmic arps and driving pads. Using Dark Horizon's famous ensemble engine, simple chords become dark, unreal spacescapes.
Experience the variety of 80 immediately playable, bassy instruments.
Experience the infinite depth of over 1.2 GB of sample content.
Experience the flexibility of 180 complex animated and fully customizable themes.
Dark Horizon shakes subwoofers while providing clear and pristine sound. Conceived as a bassy synthesizer, its edgy sound structure is made up of synthesizers and a multitude of sounds that merge into fascinating soundscapes and strong low-ends.
An exceptionally dark bass sound
The dark and dirty bass sounds of Dark Horizon expand the Elysion series with new, previously unknown soundscapes. Sound design mastermind Tobias Menguser embarked on a mental journey to a dark part of the universe during the production of this very special sound library. From this inspiration came an instrument that provides dark and deep bass.
For modern producers and composers
Whether for ambient, modern electronic or experimental music - the sound library of Dark Horizon ensures powerful productions beyond the imaginable with its grinds and grooves. This library is also ideally suited for exciting musical accompaniment for films, series and games.
Dark Horizon - What's included?
Resynthesized orchestral sounds and sound effects combine with a variety of rare analog synthesizers and effects units to create mind-blowing sounds, poignant themes, rhythmic arps and swirling pads, and a wide range of effects beyond imagination.
Ambient - Resynthesized - Cinematic - Dark Horizon catapults sounds to unknown extremes through the interplay of analog rack effects with the dark forces of uncanny space deities. Dark Horizon is the perfect scoring tool for any project that calls for a good dose of deep bass and dark soundscapes. Create innovative melodies with an extraordinary sound power with this extraordinary synthesizer.
Layered - Dirty - Powerful - With four sound layers, an integrated compressor as well as delay and reverb, you teleport your listeners into unique worlds of sound. Each layer is connected to an independent arpeggiator and two pan engines, so you can easily create complex, unfolding pads.
Sampling redefined - full of expression and variety - We recorded, sampled and processed the integrated sounds as if they were "real" acoustic instruments. The result is an unimaginable dynamic and an unprecedented sound. In combination with the groundbreaking ensemble engine, Dark Horizon expands our unique composition series, which already consists of two of the most innovative instruments of recent years, Elysion 2 and The Orchestra.
Voice the darkness with a familiar interface
For Elysion and The Orchestra users, Dark Horizon's user interface is familiar territory, as all the important controls are found in the same places.
- The main page – Here you can select instruments and themes and control all layers. You can also play up to four instruments at the same time.
- Ensemble Engine - Modify and fine-tune your sounds with the critically acclaimed Ensemble Engine. Create exciting new worlds of sound by playing a few simple chords.
- Mix Page - Mix and pan layers. Give each individual pattern a lively and dynamic variation.
- Motion Engine - Customize the instruments fundamentally. For example, control attack or decay via MIDI CC.
- Preset Browser - Explore the huge selection of themes using intuitive filters and categories.
- Pan Engine - Create stunning motions and effects by controlling and automating the panning of sounds.
Powerful Features - Supernatural workflow
Dark Horizon features unique ensemble technology that allows you to create complex sounds by playing simple chords.
Modified Ensemble Engine - Dark Horizon uses a modified version of the Elysion ensemble engine. You can play up to four different instrument modules simultaneously, with each module allowing independent control of the arpeggiators. An amazing filter effect can be unlocked with the mod wheel, which offers a multitude of kinetic, digital possibilities.
Motion Engine - Dark Horizon has its own dynamic FX engine. This allows a basic adjustment of the instruments. For example, attack and decay can be controlled via MIDI CC. In addition to other effects, the motion engine also includes two pan steppers that breathe life into any pattern in no time at all.
Once you're inspired by a specific theme, you can easily drag and drop the arrangement of your performance into a DAW. You can now easily use other sample libraries to score the arrangement. Unleash the power of the Ensemble engine with your own templates, manipulate notes, combine different patterns and create something unique. Experience the perfect interaction of Dark Horizon, Elysion and The Orchestra in your DAW!
Increase your creativity
Dark Horizon contains 180 complex animated and fully customizable themes divided into five different categories. Each category has its own character and pursues its own benefit. It offers you either rhythmic elements, dark textures or sounds perfect for playing melodies.
Poly Animations - Complex rhythms for chords that enliven the soundscape with dynamics and vibration. The mod wheel changes the arps and filters, increasing the tension and adding horn sections, braahms and drones.
Rhythmic Pulses - Deep pulsing basses with complex arpeggios reveal a wide dynamic range, using the mod wheel to morph the rhythms and boost the filters.
Mono Arpeggios - Legato arpeggios arranged in danceable grooves, with the mod wheel compressing the frequencies and producing a much sharper sound.
Deep Textures - Dark, tension-filled drones complemented by screeching pulses, filter swipes, and stellar reverb effects at the mod wheel's spin.
Playable Sounds - Wide cosmic pads and smooth gliding legatos, this set contains most of the playable content. The mod wheel releases all the pent up anger and tension as the frequencies push forward.
Tobias Menguser has been working as a sound designer since the 1990s and has been involved in programming synthesizers for companies such as Waldorf, Ensoniq and Clavia. At that time he pioneered the production of sample CD-ROMs for the Ensoniq EPS16+ and ASR10. In the early 2000s, Tobias worked for Native Instruments for over 10 years, helping to make the KOMPLETE line what it is today and contributing sounds to over 450 US movie trailers in the last ten years.
Tobias' current projects mainly consist of software instrument development and other work for Sonuscore, Softube, Heavyocity, Steinberg, Presonus and Arturia. "Working in my studio and designing samples and instruments is not work for me ," says Tobias. "I really enjoy it - especially since these samples and instruments inspire musicians to create exciting tracks and scores!"
Trembling, bassy synthesizer for an extraordinary and dark bass sound
Developed by renowned sound designer Tobias Menguser
Based on the same engine as Elysion with a modified ensemble engine, the motion engine and the pan engine
Familiar and intuitive user interface known from Elysion and The Orchestra
180 complex animated and fully customizable themes with up to 4 fully controllable instruments
80 instantly playable, bassy instruments.
765 individual samples. All carefully recorded, sampled and manually processed.
MIDI export: Unleash the power of the Ensemble engine in your personal templates.
Dark Horizon was developed for Best Service by Sonuscore / Dynamedion , the creators of The Orchestra, ELYSION, Trinity Drums, Strings Of Winter, Horns of Winter, and NI Action Strings, Action Strikes, and Emotive Strings.
Works with Free Kontakt Player version 6.6.1 or higher.
The required contact version for this product can be found in the product description or on the manufacturer's website.
- macOS 10.14 or later
- 64 bit
- Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
- RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)
- Windows 10 or higher
- 64 bit
- Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
- RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)
- Mac (64-bit): Standalone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
- Windows (64-bit): Standalone, VST, VST3, AAX
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