It’s been almost four months since I last released a soundset. Too long huh? I’ve been busy on various music and non-music projects, which has included preparing a number of releases for the 2017 schedule.
And I thought I’d kick things off with some Omnisphere.
This new soundset, Pangaea, moves away from my darker, more cinematic sound and ushers in a more playful and spiritual, ambient ethnic vibe. It’s full of instruments, synths and textures that have a joyful, world music feel. It blends the ethnic instrument and phrase soundsources in Omnisphere 2 with various psychoacoustic, organic and synthetic samples, to produce a sound that is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.
So, whilst the timbres and tones will seem like old friends, there’s an added mystical, ethereal quality brought in via these other sources that gives them a unique, otherworldly quality.
A particular type of sound that was on my mind during this project was that of the classic digital synths of the late 80s and early 90s; especially the Roland sound. Which, of course, should come as no surprise given that the sound design skills of Eric Persing are all over the presets on those machines. If you’re a fan of the Roland D50, there should be a few sounds in Pangaea (especially pads and synths) that appeal to you.
I’ve been calling this soundset my National Geographic/Discovery Channel collection as I’ve been working on it and I think it’s a pretty accurate summary. Although, whilst it is certainly a great new source of sounds for documentary scoring, there’s plenty in there for film, games and drama scores that need a hint of the ethnic about them.
Anyway, I hope you like this lighter soundset. I certainly do, enough to already be thinking about the possibility of a Pangaea II!