THIS THING RULES: Galaxynth

Welcome to another edition of This Thing Rules! This is a really interesting one, as it’s a unique rompler from a small, new company called Heart of Noise, that is quite frankly, unlike anything else I’ve ever played with. GalaXynth is the name of it, and it’s a little hard to review, but very cool and worth checking out.

Before we dig into what makes Galaxynth so unique, check out the demo, “Machine Eyes” which was made all in GalaXynth except for the main drum beat.

Picking out presets is kind of pointless with a product like this, since the goal of GalaXynth really is to experiment. There are presets that I used, and it does come with lots of samples to play with… But its the way in which you mess with and most importantly, combine those samples that creates the sounds that you work with.

Heart of Noise says that GalaXynth is a highly advanced “auditory synthesis” modeled after the human ear. That may sound like a lot to take in but what it comes down to is mixing and morphing any of the 100+ instruments included in very natural and smooth ways. In the simplest of terms, there’s a box that you drag instruments into and depending on where they are on the X/Y axis as well as how close they are to one another changes the sound of the overall instrument you’ve created. It’s as simple as dragging instruments on and seeing how they mesh.

Of course like any good synth, there are further tools at your disposal to further tweak the sound including 7 high quality effects and intuitive performance knobs. The whole thing has very low CPU usage and practically zero load times. I did run into a few crashes though with certain combinations of sounds which was a little disappointing. After mentioning it to the company they pushed out a patch which actually seemed to fix it, so hopefully those crashes don’t raise their heads again, because it’s a fun, unique tool to experiment with.

One other thing about GalaXynth that’s perhaps a little disappointing is that you can’t use your own samples. I suppose the complex nature of making all these sounds mesh together would make that quite hard to plan for, so it’s somewhat understandable. And thankfully, GalaXynth is expandable with Soundbanks that Heart of Noise continues to make available including the Pop Stars Vol. 1, Future House, Classic.FM and Neon Dreams packs. Hopefully they’ll continue to add more. Don’t be scared off though, the initial purchase has enough instrument combinations to really provide a seemingly endless array of possibilities.

GalaXynth is available to buy from Heart of Noise for $99 (there is a free demo available). It’s definitely a product in its own category, but I think it’s different enough to be worth a look.

Head Like Fire – My Mom’s Review

My new album, Head Like Fire is coming out on December 6th, and like I did last time around, I’ve got the exclusive first review… From my mom.

Before getting into the review, make sure to check out the Pre-Order blog post so you can get your pre-order in (go ahead… I’ll wait). Pre-ordered the limited edition CD copy sponsored by Wax Trax Records? Good. Alright, on with the review.

  1. Impossible – WELCOME BACK YANNI!
  2. Angel – HADDA WAIT A LONG TIME FOR HOOK TO COME BACK – BUT WORTH IT!!
  3. Made of Stone – KINDA MELLOW – FOR A FILM CREDITS ROLLING NOW (David’s note: what? haha)
  4. Under The Dust – NICE – KINDA LONG (David’s note: Great review mom haha)
  5. Trying Again – SLOW START – THEN BECOMES UPLIFTING
  6. Devil – THE MOST DRAMATIC – SO FAR
  7. Constellations – KINDA INSTROSPECTIVE + DEEP
  8. Artificial – NOT MEMORABLE BUT A NICE ENDING (David’s note: Thanks mom haha)
  9. Head On Fire – SHADES OF YANNI! (David’s note: Hahahahahaha)
  10. Butterfly – NICE – KINDA LIKE A NOT TOO VIOLENT CHASE SCENE (David’s note: At this point, why not? haha)
  11. Burnout – SHADES OF METALLICA!
  12. Out Of Everything – UPTEMPO COUNTRY-ISH THEN CHANGES TO ? (David’s note: I don’t even know what to make of this comment hahaha)
  13. Negative – NICE, FUN + LIGHT
  14. Free Fall – BIG!! GOOD FOR OPENING CREDITS
  15. Only In Dreams – OK, BUT AFTER #14 NOT TOO EXCITING (David’s note: That’s what we in the business call dynamics, mom… hahaha)
  16. Back Into The Dark – HEAVY + SCARY – GREAT GUITAR – IS THAT A GUITAR I’M HEARING (David’s note: It’s a mix of real guitar and synths that sound like guitars)

So what did I learn this time around? Well for one, my mom has no idea what it is that I do (and by the way, in proof-reading this blog post I went back to the “An Unseen Sky – My Mom’s Review” blog post and noticed I said the exact same thing) haha. Number two, she’s out of her mind. But I love her, and I’m glad she’s one of the first people to give the album a listen. I can’t wait for you all to hear it soon!

 

– David

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

This Thing Rules: Revisiting Hive

So here’s something new that I’ve never done. A follow-up This Thing Rules about something I’ve already discussed before. It’s time to revisit u-He’s excellent synth Hive.

After my initial review of Hive (which is a much more in-depth review and I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already), it became something I’d go to every so often for really nice, juicy synth sounds. But not something I used on a really regular basis. As I started adding more synth-heavy sounds to my new album, Head Like Fire, however, it quickly became my go-to for all things synth. Check out my newest music video, “Butterfly” (created by Tobias Steiner).

“Butterfly” is a song that really came to life thanks to the sounds and features of Hive. It should be pretty obvious to anyone who has used this synth before that that huge arp that takes over the song half way through is from Hive. There are also multiple other instances of Hive, some subtle, and some bigger that come in throughout the track. I’m also using automation on the filters to make the sounds grow and change as the song builds, and the smoothness of this software really lets you do just about anything you can imagine (and all with very low CPU usage).

Hive has a ton of well laid out knobs for adjusting and effecting the sounds you’re using to get things tweaked exactly how you like it. We all have tons of synth VSTs, but I can’t think of one that’s this easy to get results with. And for inspiration, there is a community of people out there making incredible and varied presets that you can load in as simply as dragging files to the Hive folder on your hard-drive. I literally have installed 100s of presets… Maybe even 1000s, all for free. And there are amazing sound designers making paid content packs as well. Those preset starting points not only help you get where you need to be, but can be used like a roadmap to find out how a sound was dialed in so that maybe you’ll know what to mess with when you need to edit a sound. It’s all just incredibly powerful and easy to use.

All of this is to say, if you skipped Hive before, I think it’s definitely worth another look. My review was pretty glowing in the first place, but as I began the finishing stages of building up the songs that would become my new album, I found myself finally returning to Hive and really making use of it in a way I thought I would, but didn’t at first. I’m really glad to have pulled myself back in.

Hive is available from u-He directly for $149.

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

THIS THING RULES: The Riser

Welcome to a new edition of This Thing Rules! This week I’ll be checking out Air Music Technology’s The Riser, which I’ve been using quite a bit on my new album.

Speaking of the new album, I’ve recently gotten really busy what with finishing it up, as well as working on music for a couple of films, so these reviews are going to be coming a little less frequently than I had hoped. But rest assured I’ve got plenty This Thing Rules reviews on the way… As a matter of fact, I’ve got 8 in the works currently!

THIS THING RULES: Ample Guitar TC II

Welcome to another edition of This Thing Rules! This is going to be a slightly different one as I’ll sort of be talking about TWO products this time instead of the usual one. The main review is about Ample Sound’s excellent Ample Guitar TC II, but I’ll also be talking about Jamstik+, a really cool guitar instructional tool that doubles as a MIDI guitar. While I’ll eventually be doing a full review of the Jamstik+, I had just gotten it when I received this new Ample Guitar software, and since their products are setup to quickly and easily use with a MIDI guitar, I figured it would be a great match.

Before diving any further into the review, take a listen to the demo I made called “Stand Up.”

THIS THING RULES: Interstellar for Omnisphere

Welcome to another This Thing Rules! This time we’ll be taking a look at Interstellar for Omnisphere by Subsonic Artz. You may remember my review of Gaia from Subsonic Artz, another Omnisphere expansion pack that I checked out last year. Well they’re back with another collection of beautiful sounds for Omnisphere, and the theme this time is something I think a lot of you will recognize.

Before digging into the review, check out my demo “Another World” which I created entirely with sounds from Interstellar.

THIS THING RULES: Lethal

The This Thing Rules blogs are going to be coming one after another over the next couple months, and today I’m excited to be checking out Lethal, a brand new rompler from Lethal Audio.

Before we jump into the review, make sure to listen to the demo, “The Monster,” which I made entirely in Lethal.

THIS THING RULES: Chromaphone 2

Welcome to another edition of THIS THING RULES! It’s been a little while as I’ve been going back and forth between being sick and busy, sick and busy, sick and busy… But I’ve got 7 of these reviews lined up right now, with 3 that are close enough to finished that I should be able to push them out over the next three weeks… And first up, is this sequel to one of the first products I ever reviewed on THIS THING RULES, Applied Acoustics Systems’ Chromaphone… This is Chromaphone 2!

THIS THING RULES: Ueberschall Guitar Feedback

Welcome to another installment of This Thing Rules! Today’s track is going to feature a lot of feedback and distortion, because I’m taking a look at Guitar Feedback, a new loop collection from Uebershall. This is my first time getting to check out one of their libraries, so it will also be my first time talking about their own sample player, Elastik. Lets dive in by listening to the demo, “Falling.”

THIS THING RULES: Sonic Zest Ambient Cinematic Guitar 3

Welcome to another installment of This Thing Rules. Today I’m going to be checking back with Sonic Zest. You may remember I reviewed their entire collection of instruments (which I won in a contest) in a previous This Thing Rules. I’ve always really liked their sounds, especially Ambient Cinematic Guitar 1 &2, so when I saw that Volume 3 was coming out, I had to get in touch. Before I dive into the review, take a minute to listen to my demo, “Sacrifice” which was made roughly 80% with just Ambient Cinematic Guitar 3.

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