Review: Cinematic Expansion Pack for Signal by Output

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Expanding upon the highly popular ‘Signal’ product, the Cinematic expansion pack offers 125 new presets that can be manipulated inside the powerful interface. If you’re a fan of Signal, this expansion pack is probably a sound investment – especially considering the price.

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Review: Cinematic Expansion Pack for Signal by Output

Based in Hollywood, Output first flew onto the scene with their fascinating and inspiring product, ‘Rev’ and subsequently released ‘Signal’ in 2015.

The developer has released several expansion packs for their instruments and with the latest Signal expansion,aim at those interested in creating “cinematic” music.

Cinematic Expansion Pack for Signal by Output sells for $42

 

Thoughts

Once you’ve installed the Cinematic Signal Expansion, the new presets are designed with a ‘CINE’ prefix for ease of reference. They also integrate and display within the main ‘tag’ feature of Signal. This allows users to search through the preset database by selecting predefined keywords.

Listening through the presets I instantly see how you might fire this pack up when working on a project. Some of the presets work fantastically for building tension and others would be a welcome addition to the arsenal for sound designers.

The Cinematic expansion pack could be very useful to those creating underscore, with many of the presets lending themselves perfectly to gently creating or enhancing moods.

You are able use Singal’s in-built effects and tools to mold any of these presets to your liking. The rhythmic nature of Signal works really well to inject energy that is often needed in composition for media.

You can spend a lot of time exploring the expansion presets before selecting a particular sound, as there always is that nagging thought that there may be something more suitable further along in the list.

Despite the fact that it is filed under the “cinematic”, the expansion goes beyond with many of the sounds easy transferable to other styles. For example. there are one or two that are a little reminiscent of the playful tones of  the American electronica outfit Owl City.

Although many of the presets act as one-note-wonders, some of these presets work really well whilst playing chords. Some of the more ‘pretty’ tones are especially good for this and can create really pleasing little melodies.

The rhythmic basis of Signal means that the sounds work fantastically for underscores and transitional scenes. I can see these being ideal for helping keep a scene moving and building into the next. The range of atmospheres that be created by this expansion pack is impressive. There should be something within it that will meet the needs of the semblance you are trying to create within your project.

The Signal interface is carefully designed with the end-user in mind and the sound manipulation possibilities are huge. Getting that sound that you are after can be quite a quick process. Many of the Cinematic Expansion’s 125 presets sound great without any tweaking or serve as an excellent starting point to tailor them to a desired timbre.

If you’re a fan of Signal, this expansion pack is probably a sound investment to make – especially considering the price.

 

Facts

125 presets for use in the Signal product.
Requires Output’s ‘Signal’ to use.
Compatible with both the full and free version of Native InstrumentsKontakt.
Will not work with the free version of Signal.
Cinematic Expansion Pack for Signal by Output sells for $42

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