* 44.1 kHz/24-bit samples
* Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine
* Mysterious lo-fi string/vox samples
* All-pass filter for tonal modification
* LFO sweep of filter for phase shifting
* 'Crud' switch creates edgier lo-fi elements
* Simple envelope shaper
* Stereo spread control
* Chorus and stereo/mono echo section
* Convolution reverb with custom impulses

PRICE - £2.50 + VAT
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Cronk-O-tron is part of a new series of ‘MLM Lite’ products I’ll be banging out from time to time for ‘cup of coffee’ prices.

Cronk-O-Tron (as the name suggests) is a cheap and cheerful thing with a dark and crusty old tone. It’s made up of layers of stuff carefully blended to create a vintage/retro kind of strings/voice pad sound – lo-fi and wobbly.

It’s extensively multi-sampled in stereo and each sample was recorded for a minute before having long and luxurious loops applied that allow the sound to ‘breathe’.

But there’s another twist…

Some time ago, I found one of these at a rubbish tip …

A Sony TC377. A bit ironic actually as it was the first tape recorder I ever owned back in the 70s - they were a good domestic tape machine. This one at the tip was in perfect cosmetic condition so I, errrmmm, shall we say, 'borrowed' it.

Back at HS Towers, with eager anticipation, I fired it up. Looked promising - all the lights and meters came on so I lashed up some old tape and gave it a whirl...

But it was buggered - the motors were faulty. So up to the attic it went.

Anyway, I dug it out the other week and had a poke around and kind of got it working – sort of … ish. For a laugh, I recorded these samples to it. God, they were awful … and so marvelously wonderful – old tape, wow and flutter, bias on the heads all over the shop, phasing and wobbling … and I thought “This would make a fun little library”.

So, after an extensive sampling session (while the tape machine lasted) and some judicious post-processing, I came up with this.

And so it is that we present ‘Cronk-0-Tron’.

Deep and moody and Gothic sounding – ideal for atmospheric pads and drones and unusual black and white movie style strings with hints of the Mellotron and Novachord but kind of more 'cronky'.

And BTW, for non-native English speakers, a ‘cronk’ is a word for something that doesn’t work correctly. Most notably applied to unreliable old cars and the like. Also applied to old TVs that don’t have a good picture or an old computer that can barely boot up, etc.. Or a tape machine that doesn’t quite work.

Hence the name, Cronk-0-Tron… kind of warped and wonky/cronky and disabled but delightfully charming and dark and sometimes maneacing and suitable for many genres of music.

And we’ve gone with a ‘steampunk’ GUI that should be entertaining as well as practical. This carries through to the effects section...

It comprises chorus > echo > convolution reverb with custom spring, plate and hall impulses and there's a stereo enhancer in there as well to create a broad and expansive sound.

It also comes with a handful of presets to get you started and tweak.

Samples : Hollow Sun
Sample Editing : Hollow Sun
Scriptmeister : Mario Krušelj
Programming : Hollow Sun and Mario Krušelj
GUI design : Hollow Sun
Graphics : Hollow Sun
Audio Demos : Hollow Sun

Kontakt 4.2.2 full version
Windows® XP (SP2, 32bit) / Vista® (32/64 Bit), Windows 7® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM
NOTE : It will work with the Kontakt Player but only in 'demo' mode and the session will be time limited.The full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 (or higher) is required for uncompromised performance.

What can I say? Amazing as always.


Amazing graphics. Looks fantastic.


Nice job with "Cronk"

Harvey Jones

Love those dials. Sounds great too.


Hollow Sun's libraries are always such great fun :-)

Thank you for making it so affordable


Loving it, loving it, loving it. Thanks for your work.


I wish you made hardware versions of your products. That would be so cool. I understand though. They are so inspiring.



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