Checking Out: Playbox by Native Instruments

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Playbox is quite simply the coolest and most innovative instrument I’ve experienced in quite some time. If you produce music in any form, this instrument will instantly inspire you not only to write tracks but to complete an entire album.

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Checking Out: Playbox by Native Instruments

True innovation is a rare thing in the world of virtual instruments, but that’s exactly what Playbox has in spades – innovation! Playbox is the most creative Kontakt instrument I’ve seen in a long time. If you write pop music, this rare instrument will jump-start your inspiration.

Playbox normally sells for $199.00 from Native Instruments

Thoughts

It’s rare to find a truly innovative instrument that can change the way you make music, but Playbox is exactly that – innovative and inspirational. At its heart, Playbox is all about finding fresh, new sounds, and never has that process been easier.

With tons of presets (1301!) and over 200 chord sets, Playbox is a deep instrument out of the box. However, the real fun lies in the deep programming and plentiful randomization options on every page. With the ability to randomize individual samples, chords, entire chord sets, and effects, Playbox can instantly generate fresh new sounds with a few clicks. However, with full control both over the randomization process and over the individual samples, chords, and effects themselves, Playbox can just as easily become a pop sound designer’s best friend.

The innovation within Playbox starts with the ability to stretch each note of a chord across multiple unique samples. Instead of a chord that is played within the context of a single sound, this means Playbox takes the chords you play and instantly turns them into a deep and multi-layered sound that is unique and fresh sounding, with each note triggering a completely different sample.

Not only can you do this within the 905 samples included within Playbox, but you can also import your own samples into Playbox to be included in this process. This can breathe new life into a hard drive filled with samples that aren’t being used to create never-before-heard sounds. In addition to the innovative nature of the way in which Playbox creates the sounds themselves, the fantastic FX engine is also impressive.

Once again, randomization options allow you to create effects chains that are completely unique, but a good number of effects presets also can allow you to quickly grab something that will just fit the sound you’re creating. I could go on and on about how innovative and fantastic this instrument is but suffice it to say that this is the most innovative and creative instrument I’ve seen in a long time.

Facts

Playbox is compatible with the free Kontakt Player or Kontakt 6.7 or higher. It includes 1301 presets, 905 samples, and downloads as 1.2GB.

Playbox normally sells for $199.00 from Native Instruments

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Playbox by Native Instruments
“Playbox is quite simply the coolest and most innovative instrument I’ve experienced in quite some time. If you produce music in any form, this instrument will instantly inspire you not only to write tracks but to complete an entire album.”