Luftrum offer some found sounds as a cure for lost inspiration.
Aimed primarily at media composers, there are now a good number of Kontakt‑based virtual instruments that are built upon the concept of blending multiple samples. Luftrum’s Lunaris (reviewed in SOS November 2017 issue) is one such example, allowing the user to blend up to four sample‑based sound sources to create some fabulous evolving pad‑style sounds. With composers always looking for fresh sonic inspiration, Luftrum’s latest offering in this field, Bioscape, may well appeal.
Bioscape combines a 4.5GB sample library and a Kontakt front end that allows you to blend up to four of the underlying sounds (the sound slots are labelled A to D and arranged as two pairs), while also applying powerful sound‑shaping and modulation options. Interestingly, Bioscape’s underlying sample base is built almost entirely from field recordings and ‘found sound’. So, if you like the idea of building musical sounds from cactus needles played with a bow, fluttering bird’s wings, radio static, ice melting in a bottle, waterfalls, cityscapes, steampunk equipment or wind vibrating anything from leaves to wind harps, then Bioscape might well appeal.