Flintpope has released Molekules, a free sample-based soundscape generator instrument in VST and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac.
Molekules is a soundscape generator with ten preset sounds which were created by running a piano sample into the MOLEKULAR modular multi-effects plug-in by Native Instruments. The resulting sounds were resampled, edited, and used as the sound source in this free virtual instrument. Molekules was put together using Maize Sampler, a piece of standalone software that enables easy creation of sample-based instrument plugins.
Quite experimental and unusual to begin with, the sounds in Molekules can be further shaped and adjusted with an ADSR envelope, Pan, and Gain controls; in addition to modulation via LFO with options for Rate, Depth, Waveform, and Destination. Finally, there are two built-in effects: Reverb and Pitch-shift. Whereas the controls are indeed somewhat limited, as is the case with all Maize Sampler creations due to the nature of the software, the modulation features and the built-in reverb do indeed allow for some versatility when editing the factory sounds.
While not for everyone’s tastes, Molekules is an open invitation to take the results of Flintpope’s audio experiments further using the interesting tool he provided. The provided sounds can be further manipulated and mangled with third-party effects, as well, so there’s plenty of sonic potential to be extracted from them. If you’re into composing experimental and abstract pieces of music, there’s no doubt that Molekules will be a worthy addition to your instrument arsenal.
Flintpope is a well-known maker of free instruments for Ableton, Reaktor, and Kontakt, so make sure to check out the rest of his portfolio for more sample-based virtual instruments of similar nature. Molekules is actually available in these formats as well, so keep that in mind if you prefer using, say, a Kontakt patch instead of a VST plugin in your DAW.
Molekules is available for free download via Flintpope (86.2 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin formats for Windows & macOS).