The Novachord character always shines through. From the moment you load the first of the 120 presets, it’s obvious that you’re playing a living, breathing instrument full of quirks, and it’s these imperfections that bring everything to life. This library exudes warmth, a little grain and wheeziness, plus a dash of authentic hum, low-end rumble and background noise. The subtle tuning differences between notes — as well as timbral and envelope variations — constantly remind you that it’s 100 percent analogue ... you can almost smell the warm Bakelite and glowing tubes.
Through painstaking sampling and editing, Hollow Sun have produced over 130 patches that capture the essence of the original. The sounds are at times reminiscent of string machines and sometimes of 60s organs like Farfisas but they're at their most distinctive when using the Novachord's own electromagnetic vibrato. Terrific stuff!
Without these samples AW's score would miss one very important layer, the touch of something that's been there for a long time, waiting for resurfacing. It's incredible what the patches can do, they fatten the sound up without taking space and cluttering the stereo image. I've recommended this library to practically everyone I've worked with.
Petri Alanko - composer, Alan Wake
I bought the Novachord set a while back and it's my favorite sample
set ever. That synth has so much character it's almost impossible to
believe how long ago it was made. It's like an artifact from an alien
Dan - via email
what a stunningly beautiful sample set!!!
Congratulations on the LONG-anticipated release. Saying it was worth the wait is the understatement of the year... and it's still January!!!
Len9 - KVR
I purchased it yesterday and spent the evening playing with all the presets. The samples are very organic sounding, but I can't seem to play anything that doesn't sound spooky!
taijiguy - KVR
I've been going through the patches and each one is so iconic I can imagine the movies or TV shows where I first heard these.
It's obvious the main vibrato patches are the original because the sound is so identifiable. Great job on the looping for these.
Jamie - V.I.Control
I got your samples today and I have to let you know that they are superb!!! Excellent job! Worth every cent!!!
Stefanos - Greece
i have to say this is just amazing, especially when you start to layer patches (which is not possible in the real thing). Last time i was so much excited when i first played a real Minimoog model D!!
ingonator - Germany
as i'm sure you've been told...the novachord library is freaking fantastic. totally settles my dark shadows fetish. i just went through every patch and my face is hurting from smiling so much!!!
Christopher - The Postmarks
I ended up buying the Kontakt instrument, and (even though I'm not really a keyboard player) it's one of those instruments you can just get lost in as the hours go by... They did a great job; it's got a character that's truly unique.
I love how some of the notes have things happening in the background. Like harmonics or something. It sounds very alive as you said. I am going to use the shit out of some of this stuff on my next collection of stuff.
Rod - USA (via email)
Novachord is a really unique library. The high end is particularly penetrating.
One pressed key goes a long way. You can accomplish a lot with just one finger!
I like the simplicity of the interface, with only a few knobs to play with.
Charles Parente - NY
I can't believe these amazing sounds are made in 1939. My parents weren't even born then. Incredible.
Stephan (via email)
It is very spiffing indeed. I'm going to have to have the carpets professionally cleaned.