Neil and Ed founded Audiotent with a passion for synthesis at its foundation. Their company specializes in delivering modern sounds to electronic music producers, creating the most innovative sounds that explore and unleash the full potential of any given instrument.
With this in mind, owners of our legendary Knifonium synth plugin, an exacting emulation of the tube driven favorite of Hans Zimmers, will be delighted to know that Neil and Ed have spent the last three months designing a brand-new preset library for the Knifonium called NITRATE.
NITRATE features 107 presets that cover a wide range of timbres in bass, lead, key, pad and arpeggiator categories.
You can buy the preset library here, use the following code to get 20% OFF the Nitrate preset library: PA-NITRATE20
Find out more about the library in this video.
Five tips and tricks for creating unique sounds with the Knifonium
Neil and Ed from Audiotent were kind enough to give us these 5 top tips for any of you looking to create your own sounds with the 26-tube driven Knifonium.
Tip 1. Gain staging
Due to the tube-based nature of the Knifonium hardware, gain staging has a predominant role in sculpting the harmonics. Osc Mixer & Output master volume along with the amp mode can drastically alter the core sound.
Tip 2. Ring Mod
The Ring Mod has a number of useful input and carrier options. One of our favorites for more experimental sound design is to use the feedback path as the carrier. This can lead to very unique textures and is a standout feature of the Knifonium.
Tip 3. Amplitude Modulation
AM can quickly be applied by clicking the ‘LFO to VCA’ switch in the VCA MODE section. Try setting the LFO speed to FAST and moving the speed amount to get your desired result.
Tip 4. Spread
The Knifonium has an effective way of creating stereo width within your patches. However, proceed with caution and always check the phase correlation. One way to keep the mono compatibility is to have OSC 1 with 0% spread and OSC 2 somewhere between 10-50% spread.
Tip 5. Filter Feedback
Some really gritty tube distortion can be found when selecting the VCF as the destination for the feedback path. This can produce some magic when looking to create bass patches that have an edge to them. Select either Triode or Pentode output Amp mode and drive the master vol. Pull down the VCF Filter Frequency to tame the high frequencies. Next select the VCF f as the feedback destination and increase the feedback amount. Be careful of your overall output as things will get loud very fast! You can dial it back with the final Output at the top right of the plugin.
A special thanks to Neil and Ed for taking the time to give us these tips and creating this great new library of sounds for the Knifonium. Visit their site at www.audiotent.com.
More on the Knifonium
The Knifonium synth plugin is included in all MEGA bundles. It can also be bought here. Endorsed and approved by the creator of the original hardware, Jonte Knif. This plugin gives you studio-quality tube-driven synth straight out of your DAW or live Plugin host. With 300 studio-grade effects at your fingertips, create distinct captivating analogue synth sounds that are full of character and dripping with that unmistakable analog sound.