AfroDJMac has released Environment Synths, a free Ableton Live instrument pack based on a collection of nature recordings created by ModeAudio.
Environment Synths is a freely downloadable instrument pack for Live 9.7 Standard or higher, containing five different instrument racks. It uses the sounds from three different field recording packs by ModeAudio to create interesting, playable virtual instruments that can be used for layering on top of other sounds, or even as lead instruments. One particularly interesting way to use these instrument racks would be to layer, say, forest or rain sounds on top of a typical synth pad preset to add a more organic, natural sounding feel to it.
As expected from an AfroDJMac release, the provided instrument racks offer a selection of macro controls for manipulating the sounds in real-time. This makes using these instruments a lot more versatile than simply pasting a field recording on an audio track, and definitely easier to do than loading a sound into a sampler and tweaking individual parameters manually. The demo video embedded at the top of this page shows some of the things that can be achieved with Environment Synths.
On a related note, AfroDJMac has recently released his 150th free Ableton Live rack (thank you and congratulations, ADM!). It is thematically similar to Environment Synths as it uses field recordings of a waterfall to generate sounds. If you’re looking for something more electronic, then definitely check out the recently released Korg MS-20 Arps pack, again created and released as a free download by AfroDJMac.
Please note that a valid email address is required in order to receive the Environment Synths download link. You’ll also be asked to enter the preferred payment amount at checkout (entering $0 will result in a free download). You will also receive a 20% OFF coupon code viable for any future purchase in AfroDJMac’s online store.
Environment Synths is available for free download via AfroDJMac (57.9 MB download size, ZIP archive, contains 8 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format, 1 instrument pack in ALP format for Ableton Live 9.7+).