Product Showcase: Zero-1 for Kontakt

CS01_MKII

As summer finally comes to the UK and the awesome Glastonbury festival is over for another year just down the road from here I wanted to celebrate one of my most popular and affordable Kontakt instruments to date available for the tiny sum of £5!…

But don’t be fooled by the price or its seemingly simple functions – very early into this project my dear friend Steve Howell (RIP) and I quickly discovered we’d created a surprisingly characterful and capable little synth!

Well its been a few years now but every time I return to this little wonder it has surprised me what you can do with it and having such a small memory footprint means there is no problem running multiple instances – in fact some have told me they’ve run well in excess of 10 in one session…

Zero-1 is in essence a single oscillator virtual analog synthesizer (VA) loosely based on the CS01 monosynth which was released in 1982 as an affordable entry into the world of analog synthesis… but with a twist! Rather than simply sample the basic DCO oscillators from the original instrument I thought it might be more interesting to first pass them through a tube overdrive and Watkins Copicat tape delay.

Mangling the raw oscillators in this manner injected a significant amount of character and movement to the original waveforms – even the splice in the tape loop adds something! Five oscillators were multi-sampled in 24-bits in this manner: triangle, sawtooth, 50% square, 25% square and PWM.

Some of the example patches played together in a sequence:

* AVAILABLE VIA KONTAKT HUB *

1.5 GBP (67MB download via Kontakt Hub)

The reviews speak for themselves….

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
A LITTLE GEM
How did I miss this one? I own many Hideaway products, but somehow this one passed me by! This is a fantastic little synth – warm, rich, punchy sounds that have that certain magical ‘something’ that makes them very special!It’s based on the old Yamaha CS01, a synth that I owned and used a lot way back in the late 1980s! ZERO 1 goes way beyond the quality of sounds that the original could produce and this is all down to the post processing done by Dan at Hideaway…That touch of tube warmth and subtle tape delay movement have produced a very capable synth right across the board…use it for leads, bass, pads etc…sounds that gel very well together in the mix.A serious bargain!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
GREAT SOUNDS
THE SOUNDS REALLY WOKE UP SOME OF MY TRACKS.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
REALLY… ORGANIC.
These are the kind of samples that fool people into thinking you’re using hardware. They’re not pristine, but in all the right ways!A steal at the price!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
LIKE ALL HIDEAWAY STUDIO PRODUCTS..
…this is stellar. It is actually hard to overstate how excellent these sample libraries are. They are clearly a labor of love. They convey the “analog” spirit, while also adding originality, musicality and taste to the mix. All of the presets are done with care, but they can be tweaked considerably as well. In my opinion these are some of the very best sample libraries available anywhere and possibly the best value of any you will find.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
NICE SOUNDS
To be honest, I had to fiddle with some of the LFO knobs to see what they actually do. Should have been more clearly layed out in the UI or a more detailed help text could have been scripted. But anyways great sound, even started and saved some snapshots in the init patch. An absolute bargain.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review
NOT EXACTLY CUTTING-EDGE BUT….!
this is a very basic synth from a very un-basic software-company which has shown great care in what it puts out here. sounds sit nicely in a mix…what at first might sound somewhat dated and ordinary can quickly reveal a liveliness and richness underneath. this is not a pretty synth but it’s usefulness more than makes up for it….indeed a bargain.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
VERY HAPPY
A really good, versatile synth for a small price

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
WHAT A BARGAIN!
I will use this in dance tracks. I love the bass. I’m a fan f Hideaway Studio.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review
SMALL SYNTH WITH A NICE SOUND
This is a small but nice sounding Kontakt based synth. Can only recommend it!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
ANOTHER HIDEAWAY STUDIO TRIUMPH
This delivers just what it says on the box, a tape mangled CS-01. Listen to the demo for some beefy 80s sounds!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
INSPIRING
I love this synth. Inspiring, tweakable patches. Love the filters options. The price is cheap, but there’s nothing cheap about the sounds.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review
RECOMMENDED
A good set of characterful sounds, one of the better synth libraries for Kontakt.

There is more in the pipeline but for now… Wishing You All the Best!!…

Dan Wilson, Hideaway Studio, July 2019.

System Requirements:

Please Note all Hideaway Studio instrument libraries require a full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or above (they will only run for a few minutes in the free Kontakt Player before timing out).

For download links, demos & background on the libraries please visit…

Hideaway Studio on Kontakt Hub

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