Haunted Spaces v1.2.0 KONTAKT
The idea that certain places take on the weight of past events is familiar to all of us.
Renowned field recordist Chris Watson has spent years collecting audio recordings from such places in one of his most personal projects.
Ancient Temples, Ice Lagoons, Cold War Bases, Abandoned Silver Mines, Power Stations, Cathedrals, Canyons, Underwater Tunnels, Deserted Art Galleries and Maori Burial Caves all feature in this unique collection of recordings.
THE KONTAKT INSTRUMENT
XY CONTROL CUBE
4 WAVEFORM ELEMENTS
PITCH, ENVELOPE, FILTER, LFO CONTROLS
The heart of Haunted Spaces is the Cube control – a 4-point vector controller that allows you to create complex movements between 4 different waveforms of your choosing. The cube can be fully animated and the movements tempo-synced to your DAW. Each of the 4 waveforms can have independent filter, envelope, pitch and LFO settings.
PRESET LIBRARY TOUR
Haunted Spaces features a huge library of over 400 presets, created by a team of incredible sound designers.
The core sample library contains 128 original Chris Watson field recordings, combined with hundreds of custom synth, acoustic and percussion waveforms to blend with the ambiences. Notable sample sets include special versions of Soniccouture’s Novachord, Array Mbira, Bowed Piano, ebow Guitar and many more.
This video showcases a small selection of the preset sounds.
Chris Watson has collected Haunted Spaces recordings from all over the world. Many locations are visually as well as sonically spectacular, as seen in this collection of photographs.
THE CONTROL CUBE
VECTOR / XY CONTROLLER
Haunted Spaces is based around a 4 point vector, or ‘XY’ controller.
This allows you to fade between 4 different waveforms, each with their own synthesis setup.
The Cube can be fully automated, all movements are recordable and sync to the DAW tempo.
Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recordists of wildlife and natural phenomena.
Born in 1953, in Sheffield, Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. His sound recording career began in 1981 when he joined Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance composer and recordist for Film, TV & Radio, Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with sound design in post production.
His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996. More recently Watson was the location sound recordist with David Attenborough on the BBC’s series ‘Frozen Planet’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012).
128 original Chris Watson recordings
189 original sample sets, including Ondioline, Novachord, Bowed Piano and many custom sounds
440 preset snapshots. Sound Designers: Ian Boddy, Andy Wheddon, Soren Lemmike, EXM, Tobias Menguser, James Thompson, Dan Powell
- Cube Control: Vector synthesis interfaceJammer – Generative Arpeggiator
- Modular Insert FX chain
- Space: custom convolution effect library
NI Kontakt Player (5.6.8 or higher) / NI Kontrol / NI Maschine
Haunted Spaces now offers drag and drop support:
- 4 User wave Slots – accessible via the browser window.
- Multi-sample support: pitch detect + auto-map.
- Presets can be saved and recalled.