Gothic Instruments Dronar - Future Music - Sept 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Drone creation might seem as simple as finding a decent pad and holding one or more notes for a few minutes. This is a good starting point, but for rich, evolving drones, layering and real-time control is essential. This is possible to do yourself with multiple good-quality sound sources and lots of time, but Gothic Instruments aim to make the process a lot easier with Dronar Hybrid Module.
This 10GB Kontakt-based instrument creates detailed drones from a single key press by mapping notes to multiple octaves and layering up to eight different sound sources - all of which sound pretty good on their own. Six ´power´ dials on the main panel provide a surprising level o control, though you can also dig deeper via the four other edit windows. In fact, it is when you start to play with the controls that you realise the power of Dronar, particularly when you consider what can be done with automation, or even a simple tweak of the mod wheel.
The only caveats here are the massive voice count and hefty CPU load (particularly when running Kontakt as a plug-in) even when playing one note. Despite this Dronar is well worth exploring.