In keeping with our philosophy of creating innovative new sound design concepts we created Headphase. Headphase is packed with 1323 custom made samples inspired by our love of nostalgic sounds. Each sound can be controlled in many ways and blended to create sonically deep and lush textures. Each sound has been specifcally made for Headphase and we have drawn our inspiration heavily from the Boards of Canada pallette hence the name. On the surface you can start loading presets and playing Headphase instantly and you can get creative by turning a few controls to see what they do but Headphase goes much deeper than this. It uses a new concept ‘Audio Design partials’ to give you access to various parameters while just moving one of 4 knobs. These will open up a world of new sounds. Move a ‘Partial’ knob and listen as the sound morphs and changes in various unexpected ways. We wanted to make an instrument that could be used for rapid inspiration and for generating unique sounds very quickly.
VERSION 2 INCLUDED
Headphase is now at version 2 which has a few improvements over the original version. It also includes 100 new snapshots.
Version 2 includes: 1. Dual Gates (each voice has its own gate)
2. Gate syncopation – Adds in an envelope as part of each step so even if you set all the gate step values to the same you will still hear each gate step individually
3. Voice routing – each voice now has its own routing – which means its own Send Levels and its own FX generated by the smooth partials
4. Mod Wheel positioning – Move the mod wheel and you will begin to influence where in the wave file Headphase is sampling from
5. 100 new snapshots
The snapshots are incompatible between versions so we strongly advise you download both versions if you want to use the snapshots or you can just use version 2 if you want to design your own.
AUDIO DESIGN PARTIALS
Headphase uses a new and innovative approach to sound design called Audio Design Partials, or ‘Partials’ for short. Headphase uses an extensive and comprehensive set of audio design controls to offer you an enormous range of sound possibilities, for each voice these include : Fliters (three different types), LFO’s to manage the filter frequency, Vibrato, Tremelo, 4 different send effects, and send amounts (using 5 different effect options) and 4 different insert effects (using 20 different effect options) as well as over 80 different voices, that can have volume, pan and tuning set independently. Clearly this is a lot of control, and can be used to generate a really wide range of new and unique sounds, but the management of these can be just as comprehensive and complex. Headphase removes this complexity by using Partials Partials make it quick and easy to alter several core characteristics of the sound at the same time thus helping you to ‘explore’ sound and effortlessly find new combinations of settings. We give you all the control you need to allocate a number of different controls to each partial.
The Drift control emulates the tuning inconsistencies/niceties of old(er) hardware instruments. Drift will slowly move the tuning of each of the instrument voices over time – the further you turn the dial the more “out of tune” the instrument will drift. Once Drift has reached a target tuning it will identify a new tuning and slowly move to that – so it never stays static for long.
The Gate Sequencer can be used to add further movement to your sounds. It can be used to subtly modulate over time or to create choppy sequences and tempo-synced rhythms. The Gate Sequencer also has the ability to load and save presets directly from disk. You must own the FULL version of Kontakt and you must have version 5.7 to load Headphase