Galbanum's Synth Expansion Line products are downloadable collections of professionally designed presets and resources for industry-leading virtual synths. Galbanum's Piscis Rapture Expansion is the first of this series and focuses on lush ambient pads, evolving atmospheres, and novel textures developed for Cakewalk's award winning Rapture synthesizer.
Stylistically and thematically Piscis content takes cues from diverse influences. It paints spectral portraits of the unknowable reaches of heaven, meanders into the unresolved tensions of purgatory, and even occasionally descends with trepidation into Dante's ninth circle. It emulates the still and small resonances of Earth's great open expanses, and explores sonic eclecticism inspired by its extreme biological diversity. It invokes through astral projection and remote viewing, visions of the surface of the sun, Saturn's moons, and unknown places even more distant. Galbanum's Piscis Rapture Expansion is a creative tool which communicates big ideas, elicits emotion, and is well suited to be used in epic scoring projects. It empowers sonic symbolism and above all - to paraphrase Zen philosopher Ernest Hemingway - is just that which you want it to be.
Piscis makes extensive use of Rapture's award winning Expression Engine and offers the following features:
• All 250 Piscis presets are based exclusively on 1GB of new custom resources designed to compliment Rapture's Expression Engine
• Piscis includes 61 special "Spectrum Sample" SFZ instruments which stretch across eight octaves and consist of perfectly diffuse band-limited spectrums made up of over 2,000 voices each
• Piscis includes 50 velocity cross-faded multi-waveform SFZ instruments which allow velocity dependent shifting and morphing of timbre without even using filters
• Piscis includes 80 custom 65,536 point LFO waveforms which allow complex fractal-like LFO shapes that cause modulations to morph between slow shifting and fast FM-like behavior
• Piscis was developed for Rapture version 1.1 or later and makes extensive use of the its new features including new filter modes, new DSP transforms, new signal routing, tempo-synched envelopes, 64bit waveforms, and more
• Piscis makes extensive use of the modulation matrix, continuous controller assignments, velocity sensitivity, dynamic envelopes, SFZ definitions, and other techniques to produce incredibly expressive and dynamic presets which encourage performance, inspire creativity, and enhance usability
Proud Cakewalk progenitors in pursuit of permanently proliferating Rapture's prodigious pad pallet, please prepare to be positively perplexed by powerful potential and perpetual possibility. Plug-and-play purveyors, pick-a-preset princes, and paladin purists, pick up the pace and promptly proceed to purchase Piscis!!
Piscis Rapture Expansion content is suitable for: Film, TV, and Game Scoring • Ambient, Chill Out, and Space Music • Electronica, IDM, and Left Field • Trip Hop and Glitch Hop • Progressive, House, Trance, Minimal, and Techno • DnB and Breaks • Modern Pop and Rock Ballads • and any other music style that makes use of chords, pads, and textures.
Galbanum's Synth Expansion Line leverages the power of its own Architecture line of sound-design resources to contribute a level of detail and precision to the final product that was previously impossible. Architecture resources are created with proprietary DSP processes, unreleased low level mathematical tools, esoteric computer music scripting languages, and similar things. Galbanum is continuously updating and expanding these resources through ongoing private R&D efforts, and Synth Expansion Line products include whichever Architecture resources were used to make the included presets.
Piscis tightly integrates these Architecture resources into the Rapture Expression Engine and all presets are meticulously designed to synergistically exploit the advantages of both. The result is plug-and-play bliss for the casual user who now has instant access to the bleeding edge without the blood, sweat, and tears normally associated with it. Additionally, adventurous users and more advanced sound-designers have full access to fresh sample content, unreleased waveforms, new SFZ definitions, and custom LFO shapes that can used to develop their own custom presets. Thus both the plug-and-play crowd and more advanced user will find extreme value in Synth Expansion Line products like Piscis.
“Amazing! The best sounds I've ever heard in Rapture!”
“The best pads I've heard from any synth...”
“The single best purchase, download, extension to my VST set up this year! My other purchases include: Puremagnetic packs for Ableton Live 7, Wusikstation soundsets, BioLabs 1, Various Loop Packs, and others. I'm pretty sure all the forums will be talking about you, for your obvious talents in patch making... You must surely be a Jedi..?”
“I think these sounds are fabulous. Before this, I had not been using Rapture very much but, for me, these change it from a ho-hum also, into a go-to necessity for pads. These pads have that indefinable something that makes your ears perk up and focus and I was amazed at the sound detail and evolution in many of the patches. The range of timbres in this set is broad and deep so there is little repetition in the patches.”
“Just want to add my praise to the heap. This is an amazing and evocative soundset that proves to offer many hours of enjoyment. Great for a late-night trip to some beautifully strange and foreboding place - all from the comfort of your personal studio. Great job. Highly recommended. Rapture just gets better and better. (Brandon Ryan, Cakewalk)”
“First, I am always happy to see new Galbanum projects. The purchasing went fine, and the download, while large, transferred at about my maximum connection speed, so that worked well. I like the sounds a lot. In this case, it's almost like Rapture can be used instead of Absynth! Very nice, detailed work. Very reasonable pricing.”
“I think your whole approach to sound design is totally cool. Nobody else does it, and even the docs for your waveform packages are inspiring! Keep it up. Piscis was a complete surprise, and although I have had no time to even play a C scale, I had to have it immediately.”
“I really like what I've heard so far. When I first read the product description, I thought it was pretentious, but if you're into spacey pads, you begin to understand how this product deserves that description. Yes, these pads describe heavenly visions as well as torment.”
“Piscis is a gift in my toolbox that makes my track shine! Rich spectrums ranging in full frequency... Fine and clean definition. ”