From the beginning, Ambition has been known as an instrument uniquely capable of capturing the true expression and emotion of the artist or composer. Ambition sets the stage to easily and intuitively express yourself whether you’re using the on-board factory sample banks or the growing collection of expansion sound packs. Either way, you get picture-perfect musical expression from the first note played.
With the introduction last year of the first two Ambition Expansion Sound Packs, Dawn and Dusk, we were able to two new sound palettes that expanded on Ambition’s unique personality. Now it’s time to introduce you to a new member to the Ambition Expansion family.
Chill, Calm, Reflectivity & Peace
After experiencing the turbulence and tensions of recent days, we felt that it was only fitting to create our next Ambition Expansion Sound Pack around a theme of reflectivity, calm and peace. Sound design for the Relic Expansion Pack was aimed at building upon the calm and textural aspects inherent with Ambition. Our efforts uncovered a collection of sounds and textures dedicated to inspiring feelings of rest and serenity. All created with an array of unconventional recording techniques and sound design processes.
The Sound Design of Relic
With our goal of capturing the essence of calm and peaceful moods in this expansion pack, our immediate thought was to go analog! We figured nothing soothes the soul quite like the warm sound of tape and the additional sound (im)perfections that only tape and analog gear can deliver. During the sound design process we combined elements like the hum, crackle, and warble of a reel to reel tape machine, the sounds of a poorly resin-ed bow scratching across strings, and lush sounds of analog synthesizers to usher Ambition into calming places. Many of these sounds were born through experimental and traditionally “wrong” methods of recording. Introducing noise to a signal chain, manipulating tape during recording, and experimenting with the phasing of certain sounds are a few examples of how we were able to give Relic its certain feeling of immersion and depth. Such techniques give Relic a uniquely fragile, warm, and human feel.
Introducing Relic – Ambition Expansion Sound Pack
A foundational collection of dramatic & expressive scoring presets derived from modern hybrid sample sources.
Relic includes a blend of evolving synths and tranquil pads ranging from calm & subtle to lush, grimy & dark. Relic evokes longing, searching for answers, curiosity, tension and resolution. Inside find – calming motion, ambient & mangled keys, ethereal soundscapes, gritty playable textures, mesmerizing hybrid strings, warm organics, lo-fi warmth, light glitchy adaptations, subtle tonal shifts, serene emotes, and all the cinematic flavor needed for professional music scoring.
- 60 sample sources
- 70 snapshots
- 600 high-quality chromatic samples
- 1.47 GB of samples
- 12 Evolving
- 13 Keys
- 29 pads
- 8 Pulses & Motion
- 8 Playable Textures
With the help of our immensely talented sound designers commanding a formidable arsenal of gear, we established the sound of Relic with refreshing and exciting textures. Below is a list of all the synths, instruments, hardware, that was used in the creation of the Relic source samples.
- Arturia MicroFreak
- ASM Hydrasynth
- Moog Subharmonicon
- Moog Mother 32
- Moog Matriarch
- Moog Sub 37
- Neutral Labs Elmyra
- Make Noise Mimeophon
- Make Noise Morphagene
- Mutable Instruments Clouds
- Mutable Instruments Plaits
- Qu-bit Electronix Bloom
- Qu-bit Electronix Data Bender
- 2HP Verb
- Fender Telecaster
- Akai GX-400D Reel to Reel Tape
- Audient iD44 Interface
- Elektron Analog Heat
- Empress Zoia
- Hologram Electronics Microcosm
- Earthquaker Devices
- Strymon Iridium
As you can tell from the extensive gear list, there is a huge variety of sample sources found in the Relic Ambition Expansion Sound Pack. An array of 60 unique source sample patches/groups with 70 meticulously-designed snapshots/presets provide you with a blend of textures, pads, keys, and evolving movements that showcase just some of the sonic capabilities that lie within.
Example Sources Used for Patches
|Source / Sample Group||Gear Used|
|Saws on Tape||Moog Matriarch through the Empress Zoia and Akai GX-4000D|
|Nylon Clouds||Qu-Bit Electronix Surface through Make Noise Mimeophon, Earthquaker Devices Avalanche Run, Empress Zoia, and Strymon Iridium|
|Bowed Vibes||Bowed Glockenspiel resampled using Arturia Pigments, into Akai GX-4000D and Valhalla DSP LLC Valhalla Room|
|Chakra||ASM Hydrasynth through Make Noise Mimeophon, Hologram Electronic Microcosm and Elektron Analog Heat|
The Relic Ambition Expansion Sound Pack is available now and we hope it inspires you as much as it inspired us to bring it to fruition. We are looking forward to hearing what you create. Now go discover your signature sound with Ambition!
Editor’s Note: Before using Relic, some users may need to update to Ambition version 1.1.1 – Update takes less than 5 minutes and you can get the update files and instructions here on the Sound Yeti Support Center.
How to Install the 1.1.1. Update – Video
How to Install Ambition Expansion Sound Packs – Video
Relic Expansion – Showcase of Sounds – Video
Dawn and Dusk Expansions – Showcase of Sounds – Video
Ambition Expansion Pack Demos and Sound Showcases – On SoundCloud
Ambition Product Info – Learn More
Sample Library Review – Review: Ambition by Sound Yeti – https://www.samplelibraryreview.com/the-reviews/review-ambition-by-sound-yeti/
List of Ambition Expansion Sound Packs – Learn More
Ambition – Product Intro Trailer – Video