KLANG / The Free Series

THANK YOU

On September 1st we have celebrated our 10th anniversary! Yeah, it was an exciting journey so far - a journey that has taught us a lot and has given us many new inspirations, ideas and musical approaches that constantly flow into our work. In order to thank you and to give all these experiences and ideas to you, we have decided to create a free instrument series, which reflects our previous work and our way of thinking.

The instruments will cover a wide range of approaches including unpublished instruments, sound experiments, theoretical musical thought concepts or random products. Each of our team mates has thought about what they have always been interested in or what they have always wanted to try out. KLANG will show how we see music, what we love and how important we find the sound in music. And there is no better name for it than: KLANG (which is German and means 'sound')

Every month we will release a new edition as 'KLANG OF THE MONTH' and since we are now 10 years old, we start directly with a bunch six instruments to get started.

Here are some demos written with KLANG exclusively:

'EV4' - a piece of score music © by Ege Oran >'KLINGT DOCH' - a pop track © by Nik Falcke

The concept of KLANG is simple - we wanted to keep KLANG as clear and uniform as possible despite all the differences in the instruments. That's why KLANG actually only consists of 3 large controls as well as reverb, delay and 2 master FX switches. That's it. There's nothing more.... but depending on the instrument, this is surprisingly redefined. Try it out!

All KLANG instruments require the FULL VERSION of KONTAKT 5.6.8 or higher.

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THE KLANG INSTRUMENTS

'Debussy Freeze' - The october Klang. What does it sound like when you are sitting in a concert hall listening to an orchestra while time freezes? So Jumpel just took one of his orchestral recordings of Claude Debussy and stretched it a few hours. The result is 2 different sounds with which you can play beautiful trance patterns among others.
Inside: The Debussy Freeze contains 2 orchestra atmos freezes which can be morphed controlled by the modwheel. In addition, the instrument has 9 different reverb types, a length control, a tone control and a chorus and a distortion fx

Audio demo for Debuss Freeze by Jumpel
The 'Krautrock Machine' - Cologne and Düsseldorf - can be regarded as the centre of German Krautrock music. So Jumpel thought that as a Cologne software company you should create an instrument to honour this great musical heritage of the city of Cologne. So we start our KLANG Instrument series with a Krautrock instrument - a small drum computer that tries to capture this old and inspiring spirit of Kraftwerk, Can or NEU!
Inside: The Krautrock machine contains various bass drums, snares, hi-hats and cymbals as well as a kind of musical accompaniment various synth sounds. All these sounds can be played manually or via a 5-track sequencer. It also offers reverb with 9 different types of reverb, delay, lofi and chorus FX. The ModWheel controls the length (decay) of all sounds.

Audio demo for Krautrock Maschine by Niklas
Neon Tube Buzz - It's always amazing how musically ordinary electronic household objects sound. But it depends on the context. For example, the sonorous buzz of a neon lamp can give you a relaxed feeling. So Jumpel recorded the hum and buzz of a neon lamp in his tool basement, put a filter on it, edited it and combined it with some other sounds. And that's the Deep Pad.
Inside - The Neon Tube Buzz mainly contains the buzz of a neon lamp. In addition, there are 2 different pad sounds that can be mixed by moving the ModWheel. In addition, the instrument has 9 different reverb types, a length control, a tone control and a chorus and a distortion fx.

Audio demo for Neon Tube Buzz by Ege
Hammered Violin - In our recording room we have a lot of xylophone mallets and old broken piano hammers lying around. Ege wanted to create a different type of violin sound, so he asked himself what it would sound like if he played his violin with a piano hammer or a xylophone mallet instead of the typical bow. So we ended up with a unique violin sound. Additionally we programmed a sequencer so that you can easily play rhythmic patterns in any way you like.
Inside - The Hammered Violin provides 16 round robins for both articulations in order to give you the necessary realism while playing such patterns we recorded. Besides that you can change the tone of the violin, add Delay, Reverb and 2 additional Master effects, LoFi and Distortion.

Audio demo for Hammered Violin by Ege
Cloud Harmonics - The idea behind this instrument is the attempt to achieve a kind of freezing of the notes you played - this is possible by a chain of delays that can all be put on an endless feedback. By using an additional low pass filter and a volume control, this created loop can then be edited to float as a kind of cloud which is perfect to be accompanied by the given gutar harmonics sounds (incl. reverse sound).
Inside: The Cloud Harmonics consists of a guitar harmonics sound, which is also available as a reverse sound. You can freeze a loop with the freeze functions and edit it with the use of a lowpass filter. There is also a reverb with 9 different reverb types, delay, rotary and distortion. The ModWheel controls the low pass filter.

Audio demo for Cloud Harmonics by Ege
Echolette Choir - One can elicit sounds from an old Tube Tape Delay, which urgently needs to be sent to the service, that were actually not intended. So Jonas sent various sound sources through his old tape delay, turned the feedback knob to insane and let the machine sing in the self oscillation and captured some moments. You can now hear the old tubes distortion which is wonderful warm and organic.
Inside: The Echolette Choir contains four different captures of the Echolette as well as reverb with 9 different reverb types, delay, a tone control, 2 alternative attack times, distortion. The Modwheel morphes through all 4 sounds.

Audio demo for Echolette Choir by Ege
Unstable Guitar - It's amazing to see what possibilities are offered by today's guitar pedal FX. You switch several exciting fx pedals in a row, play a few notes and you're already directly in another world. So René took his Jazzmaster, connected different pedals, played along and recorded three wonderful guitar pads. Each of the pads has a separate volume control to mix the sounds together. Optional distortion and a so-called "run" button are available, which automatically varies the volume values of all three parameters. All this results in a great instrument with organic textures.
Inside: The Unstable Guitar contains three different guitar-pedal driven pads as well as reverb with 9 different reverb types, delay, a 'run' option for automatic volume moves, 2 alternative attack times, distortion and a lowpass filter assigned to the ModWheel.

Audio demo for Unstable Guitar by Ege