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Bontastic!

Kontakt Instrument by Soundiron

Bontastic!

The Soundiron BONTASTIC! Vintage Organ instrument captures with perfect clarity the retro sound of the rare Bontempi B4 Electronic Table Organ. The instrument's vivid orange plastic exterior echoes the popular aesthetics of the 1970s and early 1980s during which time the organ was produced. The Bontempi organ that Bontastic! recreates is deceptively simple -- 25 keys and 8 chord buttons, no stops or options. But with Bontastic! we here at Soundiron have retrofitted a classic instrument and unlocked all the potential from a classic piece of music equipment.

The power of Bontastic! is really unlocked by the easy-to-use yet powerful 3D-modelled user interface. Basic sound shaping options are included: volume swell, note attack time, release time and sample start offset let users mould the sound anyway they want. Other main controls include vibrato and a special "Octave" knob, which really beefs up the instrument by doubling and tripling the notes being played at different octaves. This really unlocks the hidden character of the Bontempi organ.

The "Glide" option adds an adjustable-speed portamento pitch bend between notes. The advanced tempo-syncable LFO system features configurable LFO shape, modulation target, speed, intensity, and fade-in time. A versatile filter system allows you to select between 13 filter types, modulation options, and control the frequency and resonance. As always, we included our customisable arpeggiator, which lets users control pattern direction, rhythm, swing, randomisation and duration. The advanced GUI is rounded out by our modular FX rack, which lets users put any of 18 different effects (reverb, distortion, etc.) in up to 10 slots, in any chain order they desire. This also includes 119 of Soundiron's high quality impulse responses which can be loaded into the "Reverb" effect.

The library is programmed for the full version of Kontakt 5.5.2 and later (OSX 10.9 or later / Windows 7 or later required). It comes equipped with a custom user interface and dynamic sound shaping and mixing controls: volume, attack, release, offset, vibrato, octave, bank preset loading (with optional key-switching), adaptive arpeggiation, advanced LFO and filter systems and our full FX rack with convolution reverb with your choice of well over 100 different rooms, halls, spaces and special FX impulses.

The Artist

Bontastic! was recorded by John Valasis. John is a Greek-born composer, producer and sound designer. From his Athens based studio, he delivers scoring, foley and sound design services for a great number of local and international clients. John's clientele includes prestigious brands such as Native Instruments, Ableton, Soundiron, Virgin, Amazon Prime Video, Vice Magazine and the BBC. As of 2014, John belongs to the roster of Ninja Tune's publishing house Just Isn't Music, alongside artists like Amon Tobin, Bonobo, Flying Lotus and The Cinematic Orchestra.

John's professional experience began in the 90s, emerging in his late teens as a composer and producer for popular music and gradually expanding his skill-set across a large variety of genres. With the abilities he acquired through his 20-year professional career, as well as his genuine love for soulful music, he has managed to craft a strong, musical identity which sound both personal and diverse. When not working on tight deadlines, John uses Poordream as a vehicle to freely express his emotions and influences without defining limits and by exploring sound and composition beyond the boundaries of conventional electronic music.

Bontastic! was recorded using a stereo pair of low-noise Neumann TLM 103 microphones to capture the full acoustic range of the instrument. Sustaining notes for each key were recorded with two round robins, as well as four round robins for staccato notes. The same sustaining and staccato articulations were recorded for all eight of the chord buttons (A#, C, F, and G chords, both major and minor), as well as a variety of key and motor effects. The included octave, vibrato and FX rack give you an easy-to-use interface to completely customise and shape a classic retro sound.

The library comes equipped with flexible control features, like Swell, pitch Glide, Attack, Release, Vibrato, and Octave. There’s also a complete DSP effects rack, including convolution reverb with dozens of unique spaces, such as cathedrals, churches, halls, bunkers, garages, tunnels, chambers, rooms and plenty of otherworldly FX impulses to fully explore and endless variety of strange and unexpected sonic manipulations.

Features:

  • 2 Main Instrument Presets with advanced performance controls, vibrato, glide speed, LFO, Filter, Arp and full FX rack.
  • 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets.
  • Sustains, Staccatos, Chord Sustains, Chord Staccatos and Acoustic effects samples.
  • Glide control for legato speed.
  • Standard monophonic functionality or polyphonic when Glide is set to 0.
  • Octave feature which gradually adds a lower and higher octave.
  • Convolution Reverb with 119 different cathedrals, churches, chambers, rooms, halls and special effect impulses.
  • A full multi-effects rack, with EQ, filter, phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp & speaker simulation and more.

Product Specs:

  • 1.2 GB Installed
  • 358 Samples
  • 22 Kontakt 5.5.2 .nki preset banks
  • 24 bit / 48kHz Stereo uncompressed PCM wav audio
  • Unlocked wav samples can be directly imported into almost any wav-compatible plugin or DAW.

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or higher.
  • Mac OSX 10.8 or higher.
  • Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.

The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 5.5.2 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library.

The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. 

This software is delivered as a digital download, so a broadband connection is required.

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