PHONETIC is a syllable-based vocal morphing engine for Native Instrument’s Kontakt 6. It is loaded with 44 female and male vowel/consonant performances recorded across a broad range of pitches, arranged in three layers: Body, Loops and Air.
The over 3000 total possible sound combinations can be sculpted into evolving pads, pulses, pad/pulse combinations, and also keys and riser sounds with the Shape, Morphing and Movement controls in the user interface.
PHONETIC contains 125 presets, ranging from minimalism-inspired looping female single syllables, via gently evolving formant-filtered pad sounds, to gritty distorted riser sounds.
The Home Screen contains top-level controls for the layers, including:
- Source selection
- On/off switches for each layer
- Layer Volume
- Individual Level Meters for each layer
The Home Screen also contains the master controls, with selectors for dynamics:
- Edge CC1 (Modwheel) on/off
- Expression Velocity/CC1 (Modwheel) switch
- Volume Velocity/CC1 (Modwheel) switch
- Visual “tube” style CC1 (Modwheel) dynamics animation
As well as controls for:
- Master Volume
- Master and Individual Layer Panning
- Stereo Width
- Level Meter
Layer Screen – Sound Elements
This layer contains sustained open vowel sounds such as “Ah”, “Oh”, “Eh”, “Ooh”, “A-E-I-O-U” and hums. The unique layer controls adjust sample start.
This layer contains looped consonant/vowel combinations (syllables) sounds such as “Na”, “Bo”, “Mi”, “Lu” and “Mo”. The unique layer control adjusts tempo-synced looping speed.
This layer contains sustained sibilant consonant sounds such as “ff”, “sh”, “vv” and others. The unique layer controls allow for controlling weight (amount of low-end body).
Layer Screen – Morphing
Layer Screen – Movement
Movement & Morphing in practice
For more details on how to use the movement and morphing sections to create luscious soundscapes, please check out “How To Create Evolving Vocal Soundscapes with Phonetic in the Videos tab above.
The tape saturation effect allows for gentle warming up of the sound all the way to screaming distortion. The “warmth” slider adjusts the amount of high-frequency content in the saturation.
The Filter section offers a choice of Band Pass, High Pass and Low Pass filters.
The Delay section comes with controls for Amount, Feedback, Delay timing, as well as a switch between standard and diffusion-type delay settings. Diffusion delay is very useful for creating washes and big cinematic soundscapes.
The reverb section is simple and allows for control of room size and mix.
3-band EQ – low, mid and high frequencies, complete with Q control.
Phonetic comes with 125 ready-made snapshots/presets, including:
- 20 Evolving Pads Presets
- 20 Evolving Pulse Presets (tempo-synced)
- 20 Pad/Pulse Combinations (tempo-synced)
- 20 Keys Presets
- 10 Organ Presets
- 10 Natural Voices Presets
- 20 Riser Presets
- 5 Template Presets – Pads, Pulses, Natural, Organs, Keys