Straylight by Native Instruments Review
Straylight published by Native Instruments (NI) which is under review today is a very unprecedented library for a composer that need to reach out for cinematic granular tones and rumbling sounds. This library and the possibility to combine selected and matched sounds results in an instrument on its own right with a lot of individual character and sound.
Frank Elting who is the genius behind the product concept, design, recording, programming, and production did send a review copy with no strings attached.
It is an easy installation process, you register the serial and in Native Access and the tool download the library to your hard disk.
Straylight is a granular library on steroids. One of the distinct features of the Kontakt library is the individual sound content which fits the granular synth and was recorded and processed with a lot of care, attention, and dedication.
Content and Presets
The producing team spent an excess of time creating, recording, processing, mixing, tweaking every single sound. This effort was put in to allow you to have access to a treasury of sounds full of great origins. What makes this library so special is that the vibe, tone, and characters are playing exceptional and are very easy to use and most important fit into a mix. The result of this process is above 360 different balanced sound sources for the granular and sample modules. Easy to access by over 300 included presets. The presets have been designed and curated by Arovane, Andreas Koslik, Andre Ettema, Joerg Huettner, Jeremiah Savage, Ksenija Ladic, Noah Pred, Tommaso De Donatis, Kabuki, Stewart Walker, John Valasis, Angelos Liaros, Alexander Hacke, Jonathan Kranz, and Frank Elting.
Snapshots comes in different types
- Atmospheres: Best played using a single note or just a few notes. Try octaves in the lower register and one or two additional notes in the higher range. Atmospheres are atonal or noisy soundscapes and are frequently more complex than pads.
- Pads: Sounds playable much like a typical polyphonic synthesizer. More suitable in typical arrangements with other instruments.
- Lead: Sounds which can function as lead sounds in a higher octave range.
- Transition / Risers: Holds a spectral transition or movement.
- Keys: The sound is based on keyboard instruments like pianos and organs.
- Effects: All kinds of real-time controlled cinematic sound effects. These sounds are mostly atonal.
- Sub: Sounds with remarkable subharmonic content. Best played monophonic or in octaves.
- Pulses: Contain a rhythmic, arpeggiated or gated element. Sometimes the rhythm is bound to the host clock in other cases it is more fluid.
- Showcase: Indicates a representative selection of STRAYLIGHT sounds. Listen to these to get a first impression of the library.
The granular engine allows you to perform the selected source into a compelling and specific vibe. The engine assures that your results sound excellent with lush, pure timbres with the fundamental character of the source sounds which sonically evolve over time. The vibe changes in time and pitch and still maintain the quality of the sounds used. With this engine, you can vastly magnify in intensity and extent without reducing their sound character or shape.
The granular engine supports extremely detail control regarding grain applied through the grain cursor. You can choose the cursor movement within the waveform. By defining the direction of the cursor when you release the note and that it is synced to the host clock you can perfectly manage the transition or effects to the sounds as needed for your scene. Besides, the technology implemented the uniqueness comes from the results which are all based on the content that was recorded and processed.
There are many effects available for you to use, including especially taken reverb impulse responses created particularly for STRAYLIGHT.