Review Eclipse from Wide Blue Sound

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“With the second launch from Wide Blue Sound, Eclipse is a stockpile of dark, brooding and tense sample sets. The plethora of parameters of the Orbit Synthesis Engine are a joy to work with and give users the ability to produce unique evolving soundscapes.”

 

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Review Eclipse from Wide Blue Sound

Eclipse sells for $149.00 from from Wide Blue Sound

Thoughts

With the second launch from Wide Blue Sound, Eclipse is a stockpile of dark, brooding and tense sample sets with a plethora of parameters to manipulate and produce literally millions (if not trillions) of unique evolving soundscapes.

I was excited to check out Eclipse and within 5 minutes I saw the staggering potential to create unique atmospheres ranging from gloomy and somber to out right suspenseful or distressed.

Eclipse follows in the moon steps of Wide Blue Sound’s flagship instrument Orbit. Utilizing what I believe is the identical “Orbit Synthesis” engine, Eclipse will be very familiar to users of Orbit. In my experience (new to the Orbit Synthesis Engine)  I found Eclipse very easy to navigate and extremely intuitive. I only had to reach for the manual once to clairify a parameter control while testing it out.

Eclipse also comes with more sound sources than the flagship Orbit. According to the WBS website Eclipse is shipping with over 210 Minutes of soundsources whereas Orbit shipped with 93.

I never had a chance to test out Orbit first hand but I can see why Wide Blue Sound has won over so many film, game and tv composers. Testing out Eclipse I instantly saw how useful the instrument can be when needing to approach score for picture in fresh way. And it is with good reason that the instrument is designed in this way seeing how Wide Blue Sound product designer Nathan Rightnour’s partner Jeff Rona has extensive credits scoring to picture.

Eclipse is worth a serious look for those composing to picture or for music makers looking for a hybrid instrument with a fresh dark and tense focus. So let’s check out the details!

Facts

Eclipse is a hybrid virtual instrument for use with both the full and free version of Native Instrument’s Kontakt. The insturmnet is a Kontatk Player instrument meaning it loads directly into your Kontakt Libraries tab.
Eclipse weighs in at 542MB once downloaded and contains 250 Kontakt “snapshot” presets

Eclipse sells for $149.00 from from Wide Blue Sound

Kontakt instrument

Eclipse Kontakt player instrument

Eclipse’s Sound Engine

Eclipse utilizes the Orbital Synthesis allowing the user to load up to 4 different sound sources in the “moon” modules. The engine then “orbits” through the 4 sound channels (or moon modules as I began calling them) to create new timbres that continue to grow and evolve.

Eclipse • Loading in a sound into the first sound channel

Eclipse • Loading in a sound into the first sound channel

Once you have a sound loaded into the channel you can sculpt it with several different filters, add effects globally and then modulate almost every parameter of the instrument by programming the four sequencers .

Eclipse Sequencer allows for modulation over most every element of the instrument.

Eclipse Sequencer allows for modulation over most every element of the instrument.

ECLIPSE’s orbit synthesis is controlled selecting one of three engine designs: Pulse Mode creates modern tonal pulses, Chop Mode an electronic/stuttered style, and Flow Mode for stunning pads and textures. By manipulating all the parameters, FX and sequencing modulation controls you can create all kinds of unique synth sounds, arpeggios, pads, and bass instrument and so much more.

The Effects page of Eclipse give use the ability to add FX’s to the output of the Eclipse Engine including: Scream (amp simulation), Distortion, Chorus/Flange/Phaser, Convolve, Delay and Warmth. Eclipse’s Convolve has some very nice impulses specifically curated for cinematic sound while the Distortin features 4 main types of Distortion  – Drive, Damp, Crush and Reduce.

Eclipse-Effects-Page

Eclipse’s Effect Page

All effects parameters can be controlled via MIDI CC by ctrl-click (mac) / right click (PC) on the desired control and then sending a midi cc to the instrument.

Eclipse’s Snapshot Presets

As with all reviews I first head in to check out the presets (or kontatk snapshots in the case as they load inside the Eclipse instrument).
I was not disappointed! The textures and ambiences in the presets really show the scope of the instrument and are divided into 4 categories: Chop, Pulse, Flow and FX offering 250 different presets.

Eclipse_Mainscreeen

These will be great tools for quick use or starting off points for crafting original sounds. The only thing I heard in the presets that didn’t thrill me way that they seemed to gravitate towards looping in 4 beats thus getting repetitive – especially when you consider that you have up to 64 steps in your sequencer modulation to modulate the sound over time.

That said some of the presets sounds are fantastic and will come in very handy for those scoring to picture.

 

Eclipse’s Additional Controls

Digging into some of the additional controls of Eclipse there are keyswitches that will toggle the 4 sequencers off/on, as well as toggle the channels off/on. In addition there is a “momentary gate” key switch that allows for users to mute the instrument and is convenient for creating a stutter effect.

Eclipse's Keyswitches to control sequence on/off, channel on/off as well as a muting.

Eclipse’s Keyswitches to control sequence on/off, channel on/off as well as a muting.

With the release of ECLIPSE, Wide Blue sound is offering free LAUNCHPAD software for iPad and Android Tablets running Lemur (sold separately) as an added benefit for customers. LAUNCHPAD promises to be a “creative tool that makes working with ECLIPSE and ORBIT more fun and engaging.” LAUNCHPAD is said to add several multi-touchcontrol options for both perfoming with Eclipse live ot for tracking midi cc’s into your DAW.

Lauchpad

 

 

 

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Official Eclipse Videos