Checking Out: Mosaic Neon by Heavyocity

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Heavyocity go back to the future with their new analogue synth library. Housed within the superb Mosaic engine, a range of classic synth sounds are transformed into a tool that is built for modern day productions. Mosaic Neon might have a retro heart, but also has a head that is firmly focussed on the current zeitgeist.

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Checking Out: Mosaic Neon by Heavyocity

The Mosaic series has been a real hit for Heavyocity, so much so, that Mosaic Neon marks the 8th library to use the engine. I think what appeals is how it can be simple to use with the all controlling macro knob, but also has a real depth of programming should you want to delve beyond the snapshots. Many core sound types have already being given the Mosaic treatment but Neon still gives us something different. Never a developer to do the standard thing, Heavyocity have sought to present the iconic sounds of vintage synths in a totally new light. By utilising the power of layers and the intense capabilities in modulation and sequencing available in Kontakt, classic synthesis types such as subtractive and FM are reimagined for the modern composer and producer.

Mosaic Neon by Heavyocity normally sells for $119 from Plugin Boutique

Thoughts

Mixer Page

Mosaic Neon sits in a very appealing space for when you want a retro edge, but with a modern aesthetic. The library achieves this by combining well curated samples and then working the huge array of modulation capabilities within the Mosaic engine. Although the actual sample pool is relatively small, there is a wide range of source audio resulting in the ability to create anything from lush pads to jittery digital loops.

Arp Page

With so much going on it can mean quite a lot of clicking between various pages and although the interface is very flexible, it does need learning well if you want to quickly create your own patches. For that process it was slightly frustrating that there is no init patch so you can easily start from a blank canvas. That said, there are over 100 great snapshots many of which employ the macro dial to tweak a number of parameters all at once.

Whilst the focus is on Mosaic Neon as a scoring tool, I think it has huge appeal to artists and producers also, especially for pop and electronic styles. If you are a sucker for the less than perfect analogue synth vibe, but are finding that your Minimoog clone is just too limiting, then check out Mosaic Neon as it breathes exciting new life into those classic synth sounds.

Macro Sequencer

Facts

Nearly 5GB of uncompressed samples (3.7GB lossless)

Works in Kontakt Player (6.7.1 or later required)

Available for VST, AU, AAX and stand-alone

NKS ready

1406 samples

84 unique sources across 5 sound categories

114 snapshot presets

Fully featured arp

Multi-parameter control using a single macro knob
Mosaic Neon by Heavyocity normally sells for $119 from Plugin Boutique

 

Demos of Mosaic Neon by Heavyocity

Videos of Mosaic Neon by Heavyocity


Contributor Sam Burt reviews Mosaic Neon by Heavyocity
Heavyocity go back to the future with their new analogue synth library. Housed within the superb Mosaic engine, a range of classic synth sounds are transformed into a tool that is built for modern day productions. Mosaic Neon might have a retro heart, but also has a head that is firmly focussed on the current zeitgeist.