Durk Kooistra has released
FreeBee, a free Kontakt instrument which
simulates a 3d flying insect.
Since I have been working on a set
of Kontakt instruments for Audiomotif I became more
and more interrested in Kontakt as a sound design
tool. While mainly engineered towards the chromatic
instrument simulations – Kontakts built in effects
and scripting language allows you to create very
effective sound design tools. Besides sound design
tools designed for post production there is also a
new line of synth’s and drum instruments coming out
next month. (Audiomotif – Electro Tech Vol 01).
What else but a bee would be our
simulation? A freebie bee – Right enough with the
wordplay. The instrument is using a HP filter to
mimic the size of the insect (more bass equals a bee
– medium a wasp and only high’s for a fly). There is
panning control and X-Y shifts; going from wide to
narrow relative of it’s center. There is an EQ
section you can use to enhence some frequencies when
using a more extreme pitched keys (C1>C2 – C5>C6).
The sample used is a synthesized sound and is being
FreeBee is available to download
from Durk Kooistra at no cost.