Sample Logic Debuts Motion Keys

Sample Logic has introduced Motion Keys, its newest Kontakt virtual instrument. Created from multi-sampled keyboard instruments, Motion Keys features 483 instruments and presets.

Developed in the Kontakt engine, the mammoth 12 GB Motion Keys virtual instrument contains 480 multi-sampled instruments and presets, over 10,400 samples, all programmed to provide material and musical ideas.

Motion Keys At A Glance:

  • 483 Instruments & Presets
  • 12 GB Sample Content
  • Made entirely from multi-sampled keyboard instruments
  • Sample Logic’s proprietary quad-core Step Animator with XY motion engines
  • Dynamic meta-tag browsing system
  • Randomize almost everything for instant and infinite inspiration
  • Drag & Drop MIDI patterns from MOTION KEYS into a DAW
  • Hot-swappable effects chain technology

Keyboards sampled: Sample Logic has deeply sampled a wide variety of grand pianos, upright pianos,  toy pianos, harpsichords, accordions, organs, digital classics, synthetic keys, vintage keyboards, and wavetable synthesizers. From there, the user can choose any combination of instruments to create organic, synthetic, and hybrid music productions.

Every preset in the Motion Keys instrument has been “infused with an array of sonic movement.”  Sample Logic used complex programming techniques coupled with user interface animation effects to stretch the creative boundaries of each keyboard instrument.

The dynamic performance animations of the user interface introduce creative and flexible automation, through oscillators and arpeggiators ,to keep the timbres in motion. Users who want to “dive deep” into the instrument can experiment with the customization options.

Audio Demos:

All of this flexibility begins with a preset browsing system and an interface compartmentalized into four main sections: CORE, STEP, FX & MASTER.

The CORE section is used for loading individual sound sources (samples) and core presets (instruments) into any of the four cores. At the center of the CORE section is a XY controller used for blending and automating all cores simultaneously. Here the user will also find powerful mixing tools for each core, including independent LFO controls to maximize motion, adding wobble and gated effects.

The STEP section is the user can apply animation to all four cores. Add movement, driven by the Step Animator arpeggiation engine. The Step Animator gives each core a unique arpeggiator sequence, of dynamic arpeggiated performance parameters. The STEP section offers over 320 unique animation presets. With 4 randomizable step animators, one for each core, the user can explore “limitless” combinations of sounds and animations.

The FX section contains multiple effects which combine to create the perfect tone, with up to 6 insert effects slots for each of core. There are over 25 different effects to choose from, with the added power of animation via the multiple FX animators. The Step Animator and Dynamic FX Animators are on separate internal clocks, allowing the user more freedom to create syncopated and polyrhythms between each core.

The MASTER section sums up the final mix, with six dynamic effect inserts in one serial effects chain, for polishing the entire multicore instrument to create a seamless whole.

Motion Keys also has a “Randomize Mode” with a dozen parameters for randomization within the instrument interface, enabling the user to tap into lot of combinations with deep and dynamic creative effects.

Technical Specifications—Motion Keys includes 483 sampled instruments and presets, including a 12 GB sample library (over 10,400audio samples) using Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression. All samples are delivered at 44.1kHz/24-bit.

System Requirements

  • Full paid version of Kontakt, version 5.8.1 or higher. (Will not work in the free Kontakt Player!)
  • Mac OS X 10.11, i5, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • Windows 7, 8, 10, Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)
  • 12 GB free disk space for MOTION KEYS sample content

Pricing and Availability

Sample Logic’s Motion Keys is available now, via the Sample Logic website. Normally $299.99 US, Motion Keys is available for the next two weeks at an introductory price of $199.99. An additional $50 crossgrade discount is offered to owners of Sample Logic’s Cinematic Keys.

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