Steelberry Clones got an exclusive talk with the critically acclaimed Reason Refill producer Harald Karla at Soundcells. Soundcells has been active for a long time in developing quality Refills for Propellerhead’s DAW Reason, many of which has been featured and reviewed on this blog. Soundcells’ Reason Refills covers most angles of electronic music – featuring everything from 8-bit / chip tune type sounds to high quality emulations of classic analog hardware synthesizers like Moog Source to the KORG MS-20, but also a vast amount of very complex ambient pads that would fit any sci-fi movie on the planet. We at Steelberry Clones are happy users ourselves of Soundcells ever growing library of Reason Refills and therefore we thought it about time to dive a little bit deeper into the minds of Soundcells by asking Harald Karla who founded the company in 2008 all those questions that make up the unique sounds of the Soundcells’ Refills. Harald Karla have worked as a successful freelance sound designer for quite some time but is now focusing on Soundcells full time.
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You have been active making Reason Refills for a long time – where do you find your inspiration
First and foremost, Soundcells ReFills are products that meet my personal taste. And that is an inspiration and first of all motivation – not just to create a product that the market demands immediately, but to follow your own preferences. Since I prefer to be within Reason, I’m trying to do everything possible there, of course. Also this is the reason for the content of the ReFills. The more I can put in a single environment – the more energy, concentration and creativity remains for the music …
When producing the Refills you often stay true to the original analog synths, for example the MS-20, how do you go about re-creating these sounds
Well – actually that is not my intention to emulate certain classics – it’s more the intention to preserve the typical sound characteristics. “Analog Signature” for example is a ReFill, essential to sample those classics – which thus serve as a sound basis and shaping the sound of the ReFills. In this ReFill the analog sound-feeling is in the foreground, and therefore the sampling here was comparatively expensive: In order to have vibrant aesthetics of sound each individual note is played three times and recorded. The capabilities of the NNXT sampler can be heard by repeating a note played on the same sample twice in a row …
The result is a vivid sound that raises a very analog feeling. One should not forget that real analog sounds are not only created by “fluctuating” oscillators, but also generated by other components such as filters, envelopes, modulations of various kinds. And here some analog synthesizer sounds incredibly strong, which can not be done simply by multi-sampling individual notes … At this point, it simply ends the emulation. If you wanted to create the typical sound with all its inaccuracies of the original, it would ultimately imply sampling note for note – very expensive and a different topic …
The Soundcells studio
We know of you as a high-end producer of Reason Refills and more, but can you tell us a little more about your musical background
A story of many – I had a very early interest in the creation of sounds, and in the beginning I did experiment with various instruments, but very early on I ended up focusing only on electronic instruments. From the time of the summer jobs I put all my money in (initially) keyboards, then synthesizers, drum machines, mixers, effects, etc.
I have never taken any lessons. The keyboard I’ve taught myself and I have always played by ear. Over the years I have dealt extensively with many types of music and electronic sounds, later on I started to create backing tracks to produce dance music with DJs, etc. … – And then finally spent all my time in music. Basically, the years were something of a “full study,” which continues to this day … : 0)
Loopmasters has released Dark Scapes, a collection of dark and menacing sounds for Propellerhead Reason.
Aimed at Producers who make Cinematic, Atmospheric styles of music for TV and Film (think Horror, Drama and Sci-Fi) plus cutting edge musicians looking to mix up dark influences and moody soundbytes within their musical scores.
Utilising the full collection of awesome sound sculpting instruments and effects within the Reason 6 environment, Dark Scapes is a unique library fusing organic sounds with cutting edge technology to provide the user with limitless combinations of sounds at your fingertips. Included with this Refill are no less than 312 Combinator Instruments which utilise instruments including Malstrom, Thor, Subtractor, Kong, NNXT, which are combined with the effects including Compressors, Reverbs, Gates, Delays, Flangers, Chorus and much more. Dark Scapes for Reason 5 or higher is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.
Patches In Detail:
- 63 Atmosphere and Drones
- 40 Pads
- 103 Fx
- 25 Leads
- 15 Real World Sounds
- 3 Kong Kits
- 62 Bonus Sounds
Nucleus SoundLab would like to introduce you to a brand-new ReFill exclusively built for Propellerhead Reason 6 – Celluloid Beats. Celluloid Beats features an amazingly unique set of cinematic percussion loops suitable for filmscoring, game sound design, IDM and other electronic genres. The loops inside have been specially processed using a proprietary additive vocoding techique to emphasize long, smooth decay stages. Beyond the high-quality loops themselves, Celluloid Beats is also the first ReFill in an innovative new series called Modular Grooves.
Modular Grooves ReFills are meant to provide musicians and producers with a infinitely configurable palette of loops. These loops sound great at virtually any tempo thanks to being sampled using Wide BPM technology – anywhere from 60bpm to 300bpm is fair game. There is no reason to be limited by the original tempo of a loop any more!
Each Combinator patch in a Celluloid Beats contains 8 loops – 1 original loop and 7 creative loop remixes. This is achieved by using the Slice Edit Mode on Dr. OctoRex to change filtering, decay, volume and more on a per-step basis for each loop. Going farther than that, unique FX are added to each patch which are used to effect specific loop slices – so each slice in a loop can have a different distortion, filtering or delay! The resulting loop remixes sound incredibly complex, but they certainly aren’t complicated to use. A single Combinator Rotary switches between all 8 loops; and you can also easily dive into Dr. OctoRex to tweak any loop remix to taste! To help users understand the Modular Grooves technology and get the very most out of it, PDF documentation is included.
Celluloid Beats also comes packed with all its loops in raw REX2 format outside the ReFill itself at no additional charge. So users can easily load these loops into other sampler, such as Kontakt, Ableton Live, Battery and more without any hassles.
- 40 24-bit 44khz REX2 loops form the base of Celluloid Beats
- 280 loop remixes using all 8 loop slots on Dr. OctoRex
- Each patch built exclusively for Reason 6
- All REX2 loops included outside the ReFill, for use in other samplers
- Detailed PDF documentation on the creation and operation of the ReFill
Soundcells’ Signature Sound:
Salad Bar’s patches will cover all kinds of music styles showing you the very best Soundcells has to offer. It’s a great ReFill to get to know Soundcells’ work, introducing you to their signature dimension in designing sound.
• The modules folder contains the basic synth and NNXT patches which were used for the combinator sounds.
• 8 tracks in RNS format – inspiring with highl ‘tutorialesque’ value.
You may have seen that we have had a new banner from SoundCells up for a while now >>>>>>>>>
Here are some more details on this really nice free Refill
Nordic Red is based on samples from the ever popular Nord Modular G2X synthesizer.
Besides unlimited possibilties of creating a wide range of individual sounds – from 80′s retro sounds to modern club patches, emulations of acoustic instruments to a world of sounds that never have delivered before – the main feature of this version of Nordic Red are the G2′s “self-playing” patches, called ‘Noodles’.
- 20 combinator patches.
- 35 NNXT patches containing the basic patches which were used to build the combinators.
- 24 recordings (up to 1.30 minutes per sample) from the Nord Modular G2X, 305 MB uncompressed.
- Great for all styles of music where deep atmosphere is desired.
- All samples are included into this download in Wave format – ready to use in any other DAW.
Rackflip has announced the released of several new ReFills and a Big Holiday Sale.
Rackflip, the Indie ReFill Gallery, is celebrating the holiday season with a boatload of new releases, a bunch of awesome new sound designers and a massive store-wide sale.
For a limited time, just enter the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout and take 30% off your entire order. That includes new releases, and even the already super-discounted ReFill Bundles. Lots of awesome savings to be had!
More information: Rackflip
Phutura is a virtual synthesizer inspired by 80′s hardware synth Alpha Juno, best known for the Hoover sound. Its edgy and futuristic feel makes it perfect choice for Lead and Chord Stab type of sounds, suitable for use in dark & energetic styles of music, i.e.: Techno, Rave, Drum&Bass, Electro, Hardstyle, Dubstep.
- Polyphony: 8 Voices (+ 8 release reserve).
- Oscillators: 3 Oscillators (Sawtooth, Pulse and Sub, with 4-6 subtypes each) and White Noise Waveform.
- Filters: Non-resonant High Pass Filter (4 modes) and Resonant Low Pass Filter.
- Modulators: LFO, ADSR Envelope, Pitch Bender, Mod Wheel and Key Tracking.
- Effects: Chorus.
- MIDI: Automation of all interface controls is possible.
- Patches: 128 Patches (80 presets in Hoover, Bass, Lead, Pad, Polyphonic, Synth & Sound FX categories; and 48 blank User Patches).
- System: Windows with 32-bit host.
By the way these guys also has a nice free Reason Refill that you can download:
“Thor based virtual analog emulation of Transistor Bass synth 303, Transistor Rhythm synths 808 & 909.”
Soundcells is announcing their Christmas offer of this year!
While the last days before Christmas are knocking at our door it´s time to offer something special. Along with regular Christmas sentiments Soundcells would like to present all Reason / Record users with an almost 25% discount on their products! This is the perfect opportunity to make a present to yourself…
Tom Pritchard Sound Design has introduced Vast for Reason versions 4 and above, a unique ReFill packed with 465 inspiring, innovative and incredibly useful Combinator patches.
These Combinators make the most of Thor’s modulation possibilities to create expressive, rich sounds that are full of movement and are incredibly playable. Every patch has been meticulously crafted to sound detailed and interesting whilst sitting comfortably in a useful frequency range, so you can easily drop any of these patches into a mix and get down to writing some great music without having to tweak them.
Vast contains 100 atmosphere & FX patches, 42 bass patches, 58 keys and polysynths, 100 leads and monosynths, 100 pads and 65 sequencer based synths. The sequencer can be switched off at the push of a button for each of the sequenced synths, giving you an extra 65 mono and polysynths if you’d like to use your own sequences. Using Vast is like having a new sound module inside Reason. Combinator control mappings are set to be useful – all patches give you control of the amplitude envelope so you can quickly sculpt these sounds to your needs, whilst the Mod Wheel allows you to get some juicy variety in tone, and the buttons allow you to alter the timbre of the patch and activate or deactivate the reverbs and delay designed for every Combinator, so you can quickly get these sounds working with your music. Click on the player below for demos of each category.
Vast is available to download now for £45.
- Total 666 sound patches for Reason 6 or above.
- 256 Thor patches in 4 categories – Pad, Bass, Synth, FX
- 256 Single sound Combinator patches with Pulveriser, The Echo, Aligator, KongFX, and Line6 amp effects.
- 94 “Tripulsethor” Triple sound combinator patches.
- 60 “Octapulsethor” combinator patches with eight thors, in double 4-way cross-fade and selective frequency filters system.
- 35 Combinator skins in ART and reason clip colors style.
- Reason Demo Songs
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