Hideaway Studio Presents – Orbitone Collection II

Orbitone II GUIOrbitone Collection II was conceived very much as an extension to the original release of complex warm electronic textures made with unusual combinations of vintage technologies…

Featuring The Worlds Oldest String Synth That Never Was!…

The 1972 Eminent 310 Unique was a very unusual mix of combo organ and string synthesizer in its own right but what was particularly special about it was the triple parallel analog chorus processor with 6 free running clock modulating LFOs better known as the Orbitone. It is this complex multi-path analog effect that makes the famous strings on the 310U so very special and slightly simplified technology was later used to good effect in the Solina and ARP Omni string synthesizers. It was originally developed to effectively make one rank of sawtooths become three with a high degree of movement without resorting to the very significant expense and complexity of three full divide down chains with independent master oscillators.

Being a self confessed boffin it suddenly occurred to me one day that I had a fantastically rare opportunity on my hands to attempt to feed 1938 Novachord 346  through the Orbitone stages on the Eminent. After consulting the 310U’s sea of schematics for some time I determined a potentially suitable point to inject an external audio signal. To my delight this resulted in quite simply some of the most organic synth strings I’ve ever heard..

All those lumps bumps and imperfections are thrown into a rich soup of analog processing and the result is truly delicious!

Now armed with this monstrous analog effects processor I got curious and fed a number of other sources through it including one instrument that is known to be a little weedy in isolation namely the little CS-01 monosynth. As well as the Novachord I sampled offerings from new patches I dialled up via the 310U Orbitone stages from the Juno-106, CS-01, Crumar Bit One and Omega 8. In addition to this some new sampled material was taken from the instruments via an analog chorus unit including a series of brass and guitar timbres.   Some of the guitar sounds were also created by passing Minimoog 7751 and the Bit One through a 1960’s Echo-Reverb featuring a tube buffered electrostatic Tel-ray “Oil Can” delay unit. A further resonator choir was made by feeding the Juno-106 through the rehoused Polymoog Formant Resonator. In addition, a combination of organ stops were sampled directly from the Eminent and a further harpsichord patch was dialled into Polymoog 203A 3211 courtesy of Will Gregory of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp.

NC346 into OrbitoneOrbitone Collection II utilises the same proven 4-voice layering engine as the original release but operating on a brand new sample set constructed using a different combination of source instruments and techniques.

Combined Libraries…

As well as the new library featuring 40 example patches and 40 layered multis, a further 40 combined layers have been created that combine patches from both libraries together to form new layered instruments and textures. The new sounds have been presented as a merged installation thus permitting the user to access and walk through patches from both libraries as one.

*Equipment Used:  1972 Eminent 310U, 1976 Minimoog, 1938 Novachord, rehoused 1978 Polymoog Formant Resonator Section, 1960’s Echo-Reverb tube “Oil Can” Delay, Polymoog 3211, Juno-106, Crumar Bit One, Studio Electronics Omega 8, CE-300 chorus, CS-01.

Installing Orbitone II (Merged Upgrade)

Orbitone II is distributed as a merged upgrade to the original library and cannot run in isolation. New customers must install the original Orbitone library prior to upgrading it to Orbitone II. In this case the download link will contain both the original archive file ”Hideaway Studio The Orbitone Collection K4 Library (V1.01).zip” and the upgrade to Orbitone II “HideawayStudio-HS-4KL-A010-OrbitoneCollection_II (V1.02).zip”

The install process merges the new library with the existing. This permits the combined patches to correctly call up patches from both libraries without suffering file pathing issues.

PLEASE CONSULT THE ORBITONE II USER MANUAL IN THE DOCUMENTATION FOLDER FOR THE INSTALLATION AND UPGRADE INSTRUCTIONS.

NB: Please note that existing Orbitone customers may want to make a backup of their original download and any user patches prior to upgrading the library.

Both Orbitone Collections require Kontakt version 4.2.2 or higher.

For existing Orbitone Collection customers, Orbitone II is available as an upgrade:    £8 (583MB d/l)
For customers who don’t have Orbitone, both collections are available as a bundle:  £18 (430MB and 583MB d/l)

“GREAT JOB!!   I love these new old sounds. Wobbly, retro, noisy as hell in some  
cases, worn, distressed, evocative of a bakelite world…

Death to the Giant Silver Workstation…

Just great programming from an enviable source library. Unique. Saliva- 
prompting. Above all a profoundly musical collection of refreshingly  
flawed tones.”

Harvey Jones, Synth player with Sex and Sorrow, Nadia Ackerman, and Blow Up Hollywood.

For demos and background on the original Orbitone Collection please see the original blog entry:  http://hideawaystudio.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/hideaway-studio-introduces-the-orbitone-collection-for-kontakt/

Download Contents: (Orbitone II Upgrade)

  • The Orbitone Collection II consisting of 381 generously long 24-bit samples
  • 20 multi-sampled instruments acting as voices/partials in the layering engine
  • 40 editable example instrument patches (in .nki format)
  • 40 editable example layered multis (20 combining Orbitone II and 20 combining both libraries)
  • User Manual

Download Contents: (Orginal Orbitone Collection)

  • The Orbitone Collection consisting of 226 generously long 24-bit samples
  • 28 multi-sampled instruments acting as voices/partials in the layering engine
  • 4-Voice Layering Engine with ability to save user patches
  • 40 editable example instrument patches (in .nki format)
  • User Manual

System Requirements

  • Both Orbitone Collections require Kontakt version 4.2.4 or higher
  • The Original Orbitone Collection (Orbitone II is an upgrade path only)
  • Around 1GB Free Hard Disk Space for the combined library

Orbitone I-II Patch List

Credits

Dan Wilson (Hideaway Studio) – Equipment modification, Sound Design, Sample Set, Example Instruments & Demos

Stephen Howell (Hollow Sun) - Layering Engine Concept, GUI Design & Graphics

Mario KrušeljLayering Engine Script

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