Sonoki­netic Noir €363

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Sonoki­netic’s lat­est col­lec­tion once again takes the phrase-based ap­proach of their larger or­ches­tral li­braries. This time the fo­cus is swung to­wards jazz-in­flu­enced film scores. In their pre­vi­ous or­ches­tral li­braries each of the trig­ger keys played lay­ered phrases as­signed to dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the fre­quency spec­trum, but Noir takes a some­what dif­fer­ent ap­proach by in­creas­ing the num­ber of ‘pre­set’ keys, though each now only trig­gers a sin­gle se­lectable phrase. More than one can be played at a time though, mak­ing for some com­plex over­laid play­ing.

There are in fact two Kon­takt In­stru­ments pro­vided with Noir. Noir Sec­tions al­lows you to dial-up lush multi-in­stru­ment back­ing tracks, while Noir Solo is a col­lec­tion of solo per­for­mances de­signed to fit with them. There are a few other sub­tle func­tional dif­fer­ences be­tween the two in­stru­ments too.

As with pre­vi­ous Sonoki­netic of­fer­ings, phrases have been recorded in a few dif­fer­ent ways, al­low­ing key presses to switch the play­back be­tween ma­jor, mi­nor and dom­i­nant sev­enth chords (or all solo el­e­ments that fit with them). It’s a shame that those played in a ma­jor key are shared with their rel­a­tive mi­nor coun­ter­parts, as this does lead to some less than favourable trans­po­si­tions at times, though this may not be an is­sue for ev­ery­one. In sonic terms the phrases are well or­ches­trated and very au­then­tic. The record­ings them­selves are ex­cel­lent too. What’s more, the abil­ity to change the mic con­fig­u­ra­tion, or even com­bine them, is a nice ad­di­tion.

Although Noir sim­pli­fies the cre­ation of this kind of mu­sic in many ways, this doesn’t mean that cre­at­ing an au­then­ti­cally flow­ing fin­ished piece is es­pe­cially quick or easy. Use­fully, for those who wish to fit the in­cluded phrases around other in­stru­ments or sound sources, there is a MIDI drag-and-drop fea­ture in the Score view - which could also find some use as an ed­u­ca­tional tool.

Although it is rel­a­tively nar­row in its pro­posed fo­cus, this is an­other strong re­lease from Sonoki­netic.

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