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Vintage Keys: Bontabulous Fabtraption

Bontabulous Fabtraption captures the vintage analog sound of the unique Bontempi HP 554-20. This Italian synthesizer was introduced to the market in the late 1970s. It features a 49-key and drum/rhythm machine, as well as a variety of knobs and faders to control layer volume, instrument type, envelope, modulation, and filter.

  • 3 main powerful open-format Kontakt .nki instruments
  • 20 Ambience patches created from the source content
  • Synth Sustains, Staccatos, Magic Chords, Drum Loops in two microphone positions
  • 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
  • 6.5 GB Installed
  • 6,720 Stereo Samples
  • 24 bit / 48kHz Stereo uncompressed PCM wav audio
  • Unlocked wav samples can be directly imported into almost any wav-compatible plugin or DAW.

This library includes synth sustains, staccatos, piano, violin, “Magic Chords”, and 34 tempo-syncable drum machine loops dialed in from the organ. We recorded the instrument articulations in Wide Stereo and a direct line in for tonal options. Bontabulous Fabtraption offers a time-traveling aural preview of the historic Bontempi line of products, complete with rich tonal colors ready to enhance any genre of composition. It’s built for the full retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later.​

Soundiron packed the GUI with lots of great sound-shaping controls that give you the flexibility to warp the sound in many ways. You have control over Volume, Attack, Release, Transient Offset, Vibrato, and Octave layering. The “Glide” control slider allows you to play legato and portamento leads. You’ll also find an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing, and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 13 lowpasses, high-pass, and FX filters, with assignable modulation control options, including velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position, and step-sequencer table control. You can also use Soundiron’s customizable arpeggiator, with a built-in velocity sequencer table and control over arp direction, note timing, swing, randomization, and duration.

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About JOHN VALASIS

Bontabulous was recorded by John Valasis. John is a Greek-born composer, producer, and sound designer. From his Athens based studio, he delivers scoring, foley and sound design services for many local and international clients. John’s clientele includes prestigious brands like Native Instruments, Ableton, Soundiron, Virgin, Amazon Prime Video, Vice Magazine, and BBC. John is also a roster of Ninja Tune’s imprint Just Isn’t Music, alongside artists like Amon Tobin, Bonobo, Flying Lotus, and The Cinematic Orchestra.

John’s professional experience began in the 90s as a composer and producer for popular music and gradually expanded his skill-set across a large variety of genres. With the abilities he acquired through his 20-year professional career, as well as his genuine love for soulful music, he has crafted a strong, personal, and diverse musical identity. When not working on tight deadlines, John uses Poordream as a vehicle to freely express his emotions and influences, to explore sound and composition beyond the boundaries of conventional electronic music.

Pricing and Availability

Bontabulous Fabtraption is available and on sale now for only $19 (MSRP $29), Sale Ends on August 10th,2021!

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