DRONAR DARK SYNTHESIS
Gothic Instruments

DRONAR DARK SYNTHESIS

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Add tension, darkness and mystery to your music and evoke instant emotions in your audience with DRONAR: Dark Synthesis - the fourth module in Gothic Instruments' incredibly successful series of Kontakt sound design tools.

Twisted. Bold. Supernatural. Disturbing. Industrial...

Heavy synthetic tones that are reminiscent of some of today's most popular TV dramas and complex cinematic sound design layers combine with DRONAR's critically acclaimed audio sculpting tools to make it easy to shape your own take on this sought after Synthwave/Retro Electro sound.

Netflix's Stranger Things soundtrack, Cliff Martinez's synth-driven score for the 2011 movie Drive, the music of SynthWave artists such as Kavinsky and Perturbator - DRONAR Dark Synthesis delivers all these types of sounds that would normally take hours to produce from scratch.

SUMMARY OF FEATURES

  • Expressive and innovative atmospheric sound creator
  • Includes 127 .nki presets 
  • Total library size: 7.25GB 
  • Developed for the full (paid for) version of Kontakt 5.6 or higher 
  • Evolving, rich and complex sounds that would otherwise take hours to create 
  • From foreboding otherworldly and disturbing atmospheres to ethereal and mysterious soundscapes    
  • The perfect companion for movie, tv and video game soundtracks 
  • Great for intros, breakdowns and backing layers in electronic music
  • Expert and beginner friendly 
  • 6 pages of simple controls deliver massive control 
  • Create your own rhythm patterns in amongst the pad magic with the Rhythm Editor
  • Dive deeper with DRONAR's unique independent arpeggiator
  • Onboard FX provide further sound design options

FULL DETAILS

The Sounds

DRONAR Dark Synthesis is perfect for Retro/Synthwave musical styles, offering an abundance of luxurious complex cinematic sound design layers for you to sculpt and shape to the needs of your project.

These dark, eerie and mysterious synthetic textures have been created by combining strange synth waveforms with complex processed real world recordings crafted by sound designer and synthesis enthusiast Adam Pietruszko and Hollywood movie trailer Sound Designer Alessandro Camnasio.

The result is a palette of highly useable, professional-grade sounds unlike those found in any of the other DRONAR modules released to date.

Types of projects

Whilst hugely flexible and suited for a variety of audio projects, DRONAR Dark Synthesis excels at generating sounds that are perfect for cinematic soundtracks that require a dark, synthetic and twisted mood - from horror and sci-fi to action and drama.

In addition, the pads, textures and drones that can all be created with this tool are impeccable for intros, breakdowns and backing layers in various styles of electronic music.

THE CONTROLS

Main Page

Hear the immediate impact on the sound and get a good understanding of the way DRONAR works simply by tweaking the six dials on the main page…

INTENSITY DIAL (also controlled by the Mod Wheel) takes you from silent to powerful by fading up through different velocity layers.

MOVEMENT DIAL has a global effect on the intensity of the arpeggiators – set it high for strong effects and zero for a flat pad sound.

HI, MID and LO DIALS control the automatically generated high notes, mid-range notes and bass notes. Moving these dials has a huge expressive effect on the music. It’s only like using a mixing desk and yet – having it so accessible in front of you encourages you to work with the balance as part of the original creative expression, instead of a mix decision later on.

FX DIAL controls the level of 20-second futuristic, unpitched sound effects loops in the mix and adds instant movement and complexity.

The Expert Page

The Expert Page shows you all the settings for the current, last played Drone from the 12 Drone Keys. Each drone has four layers – FX, HI, MID, LO, and the Expert page presents a separate set of controls for each layer, like a rack of four synths, or four mixing desk channels. Each layer consists of two different sounds.

Need some inspiration? Hit the 'Randomize samples' button on the Expert Page and Dronar will keep all your settings but instantly swap the samples in the 8-named sound slots (2 per layer). New sound variations will abound and if it’s not quite the sound you’re after, keep hitting the button for more. Want to thicken up your sound? Each layer has a THICK button which adds in extra notes. Hearing the sound you want? Easily save the settings with the ‘Store Drone’ button.

Rhythm Editor Page

DRONAR Dark Synthesis' rhythm samples were performed live for a natural sound they were also recorded at three dynamics (soft, medium, loud) allowing you to accent your rhythms using the Mod Wheel to fade between dynamics. The Rhythm Editor allows you to change the patterns of the rhythm samples – experimentation is the key and it’s very hard to make a bad sound! What’s more, DRONAR's arpeggiator rhythmical tools can interact with the Editor to create unpredictable rhythms and undulations.

LFO & FX Page

Add movement to your sound, including panning, vibrato or siren effects with the LFO settings. Or tweak the Drone Effects to distort or dampen the sound, or add thickness, interest and colour. Reverb and Delay sends can also be controlled from this page.

Arpeggiator Page

Get sounds really moving or pulsing over time, synced to your DAW’s host Tempo with DRONAR’s multiple and truly unique independent arpeggiators including PITCH, INTENSITY and FILTER.

PITCH: Whereas other arpeggiators re-trigger the note at every step, DRONAR’s pitch arpeggiator plays all the notes that you are holding down but cross-fades between them. This is like having the different notes of a chord all going through different channels on a mixing desk, then turning the faders in succession to create the impression of an arpeggio. The beauty of this approach is that you can choose how strong the arpeggiator is.

INTENSITY: Where other arpeggiators control the volume of a sound, the INTENSITY arpeggiator is more expressive by controlling the dynamic velocity layer of the sound. It is as if the values you set here are moving the Mod Wheel up and down in a pattern, fading up and down between soft and intense samples.

Master FX Page

DRONAR’s Master FX page features standard effects including EQ, Compressor, Delay and Gate. DRONAR also includes a couple of digital (algorithmic) reverbs and a set of convolution impulses including some creative and unusual impulses for sound design - again, experimentation is the key!

System Requirements
  • Requires full version of Kontakt 5.6 or higher

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Mac OS X 10.10 and above
  • 2GB of RAM

WINDOWS SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Windows 7-10
  • 2GB of RAM

Download Size (RAR files):

  • Part 1 - 6:  953 MB each 
  • Part 7:  787 MB