Best Service Nitron
Five years in the making, Nitron is a 3.3GB Kontakt library of 1040 patches, built on samples of over 50 of "the best-known and most interesting hardware and software synthesisers".
Any annoyance over the vague description evaporates as soon as you start playing the thing. Sound designer Urban Riedo has created a truly inspirational synth toolbox, packed with sounds suitable for urban and electronic tracks of all kinds.
One hundred and fifty punchy, focused bass patches sit alongside a huge stack of fat 'n' fierce leads, one of the best collections of 'chord' sounds we've ever heard (junglists are going to think all their Christmases have come at once), a (disappointingly small) set of beautiful pads and much more.
Kontakt's KSP scripting has been used to build in a well-thought-out set of editable parameters, including unison, legato, an ADSR envelope, a very capable filter and a nifty pitch envelope. Around 300 of the patches are multis, comprising two or more composite sample layers for blending and mixing.
Sumptuous collection of useful synth patches.
Pads selection could be larger.
Synth-based sample packs are ten a penny, but Nitron stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of them.
Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64
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