Spitfire Audio releases Electronic Antique, the latest in the LABS series of FREE instrument libraries.
Electronic Antique is the latest release from Spitfire Audio’s LABS team. Wobbly, warbly, and coated in tape saturation – this instrument will help add a sense of 60s-sounding eccentricity to your track.
What is the Ondioline?
Electronic Antique samples one of the world’s earliest synthesizers – the Ondioline – invented by the French designer George Jenny in the 1940s. The instrument hit its peak in the 1960s as an off-kilter replacement for a string section. It was used in a variety of psychedelic-inspired instrumental hits of the 1960s, and was even used to create unique soundscapes in a number of spaghetti-western films.
The Ondioline’s modulating tone is reminiscent of both the mellotron and the ondes musicales – later made famous by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame.
Easy to use – functional and experimental
Like all of LABS releases, Electronic Antique has been designed with simplicity in mind. The instrument is compatible with all DAWs and does not need Kontakt to be installed. The only thing you need to start using a LABS release is the free LABS plugin, available to download from the Spitfire Audio site.
With just three controls – sliders for dynamics and expression and an effects wheel – Electronic Antique is simple, clear, and uncluttered. This means you won’t have to spend too much time figuring out how to use the instrument. You can get straight into creating.
Exploring Electronic Antique’s presets
There are many presets to play with here, ranging from string-like patches to brassy tones, atmospheric lead lines, and some more left-field experimental soundscapes. LABS has incorporated many alternate features into each, enabling you to drastically edit the sound, such as feeding patches through guitar amplifiers.
The wheel at the center of the controls can alter release, attack, delay, delay, vibrato, and tone. LABS has preloaded each patch with reverbs, chorus, distortion, and even a granular pitch delay. With these effects, you can transform each preset and continue your experimentation. Each patch is customizable, enabling you to create the sound you want.
Fun, unique, dynamic, and customizable – Electronic Antique is another success in the long line of free software instruments for LABS.
This instrument is equally at home making 60s-inspired psychedelic lead lines to strange otherworldly soundscapes. On top of that, it’s free!
Download: Electronic Antique