You've just moved into an old house, you've settled in, got your stuff unpacked and you decide to have a rummage around the attic to clear out some of the junk left behind by the previous occupants. In the process of doing this, you stumble across a curious looking box of electronics. Intrigued, you dust it off, observe the slight stains of verdigree on the chipped hardboard fascia, you smile at the badly applied Dymo tape labelling and take it downstairs for closer examination. It all looks very promising - obviously very badly made by someone with few construction skills and who ran out of matching knob caps but it seems to be some kind of home-made synthesiser.
With eager anticipation, you fire it up only to be greeted by chaotic, squealing, stuttering noises of machinery in pain. It's broken and doesn't work properly ... it probably never did!
The filter seems to be fine as does everything else but the oscillator is (to use a technical term) totally f'cked... and it sounds totally fabulous!!
And so is Broken styled.
Courtesy of our interstellar friend, Atomic Shadow, it is based around samples of a very badly malfunctioning Hammond Solovox close to death. These are mapped out across the keyboard with a different sample for every key. But these weird, organic and engaging noises are just the start and they can be transformed using the low/high pass filter, envelope generator, multi-wave LFO, bit cruncher, distortion, phase shifter, echo unit and convolved spring and acoustic reverb to create uniquely tortured sounds and textures.
In keeping with the nature of the beast, there are no presets - this is a knob twiddling experimenter's dream.
Oh! And watch out for the knob caps - they have tendency to fall off and re-arrange themselves every time you use the thing!
Kontakt 4.2.2 full version
Windows® XP (SP2, 32bit) / Vista® (32/64 Bit), Windows 7® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM
|NOTE : It will work with the Kontakt Player but only in 'demo' mode and the session will be time limited.
Wow, It is great..!!!
It is going to be very useful... Thank You...
All the best
Jean Michel Jarre
stunning instruments ! addictive and emotive ! thank you ! Brilliant as usual!
states - KVR
Bloody brilliant !! Love it and just what I need right now. Thanks.
Simon - via email
I particularly like the spelling of 'Enevlope' in the Broken one - was that on purpose?
Tobias - via email
Great product, great sounds, great service, great documentation, great value. Perfect.
Nik - via email
Broken reminds me of my favorite old scool records from Popol Vuh, you know "Affenstunde" ?
Later they made recordings for all Werner Herzog Soundtracks like Aquirre, der Zorn Gottes etc.
Broken is brilliant, it inspired me at once, i ll send you later some recordings i did with
I want you to publish this on your website.
I have most of your library and I think they are the best. I bought Oscillosine and Organa as soon as they were released and I love them, particulaly Oscillosine. But when I ordered Broken, I had problems. I didn't get an email link which surpirsed me because buying your libraries has always been so easy. I wrote to you about this and I just want everyone to know what amazing service I got from you. You helped me every step of the way with lightning fast responses and explanations of how your reseller was having technical problems with their system but you kept me informed all the time and then you personally sent me the link to my purchase as soon as the problem was resolved.
I just want everyone to know that as well as making great products and sounds, the service I got from you was probably the best I have experienced from any company. Always fast and polite responses, even apologising when it wasn't your fault. Thank you very much indeed.
And Broken is fantastic fun. I can't wait to see what else you have planned.
Charles - via email
I've been hearing these sounds in my head for years - now there's a simple way to make them. You guys are my favorite sample makers.
Audiotrax2000 - via YouTube