Native Instruments has introduced Ashlight, the third in their trilogy of Kontakt instruments exploring granular synthesis, along with Straylight and Pharlight.
While Straylight focused on ‘sci-fi-esque’ sound design and Pharlight explored vocal-based granular textures, Ashlight focuses on what they call the ‘the darker side of granular’:
“Ashlight concludes the granular trilogy with monochrome soundscapes, pulsing textures, intricate leads, and cold atmospheres. It combines a specially-recorded sample library with grain and sample playback modules in a powerful engine with intuitive modulation controls for scoring shifting intensities, from edge-of-your-seat sweeps, to introspective keys, and world-shaking walls of sound.”
- Real-time cinematic texture instrument designed for immersive atmospheres, pulsating bass textures and evocative keys
- Increase intensity and expression with specialized macro controls
- 320+ master Snapshots
- 263 grain source sets, 100 sample sets
- 4 GB uncompressed samples
Note: NI says that Ashlight needs a fast CPU to run and requires an Intel i5 processor or higher.
Pricing and Availability
Ashlight is available with an intro price of $149 USD (normally $199).