Review: Elements Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G

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There is a little something for everyone here; from synths and keys to distorted guitars, beautiful pads, and ethereal vocals. With 500 snapshot presets across 22 different instrument types Elements Modern Scoring Synth might be more aptly named ‘Elements Modern Scoring Toolkit.

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Review: Elements Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G

Elements Modern Scoring Synth is the latest release from the creator of the fantastic Ethera series, Stefano Maccarelli. With over 8500 samples across a plethora of instruments, Elements Modern Scoring Synth follows in the footsteps of the Ethera series by once again delivering a complete composer’s toolkit within a single Kontakt instrument.

Elements Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G normally sells for $94.95 from Time+Space

Thoughts

Users of the award-winning Ethera series have grown to love the unique and excellent sound design of Stefano Maccarelli. While composers often come to this series because of the powerful vocals of Clara Sorace, many keep coming back because of the breadth and quality of the instruments within each toolkit as well.

In Elements Modern Scoring Synth, that diversity of instruments is back with 500 snapshot presets captured across 22 different instrument categories. Many of the instruments captured go beyond simple note-by-note sampling to capture the performance of the players being recorded.

So, instead of simply hearing cello samples, you’ll hear raw cello performances that have been synced to your DAW’s bpm; rather than playable note-by-note samples of an electric guitar, you’ll have a bpm-synced performance of distorted power-chords.

However, Elements Modern Scoring Synth has many playable instruments as well, with patches covering a wide range of instruments and genres: from a felt piano to mallets, classical guitars, and more. While filled with diverse patches, Elements Modern Scoring Synth also comes with a rather deep sound design engine as well. This allows you to go beyond the snapshots to create your own presets across 3 sound layers.

The controls can be a little overwhelming at first, but time spent with the manual can pay off here. I was a little disappointed that the fx engine can only be applied globally (I would like to have had independent fx control for each sound layer), but the sound design engine carries a lot of potential for sound shaping.

To this end, there is also an audio import engine that allows you to import your own audio. Between this and the ability to layer lots of different factory samples together, Elements Modern Scoring Synth allows you to combine diverse sounds to create new presets you might not have ever imagined before. Elements Modern Scoring Synth is a rather robust composer toolkit that can contribute to many tracks across many genres. I encourage you to check out the many walkthrough and demonstration videos from Zero-G (below) that exhibit the diversity of sounds available within Elements Modern Scoring Synth.

Facts

Elements Modern Scoring Synth weighs in at approximately 23GB across 8500 samples. Along with 500 snapshot presets, there are 3 multi-sampled Kontakt instruments: A full version, a Lite Version that uses less processing and memory, and an Audio Import version to allow you to import your own custom samples.

Elements Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G normally sells for $94.95 from Time+Space

 

Demos of Elements Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Elements Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G
“There is a little something for everyone here; from synths and keys to distorted guitars, beautiful pads, and ethereal vocals. With 500 snapshot presets across 22 different instrument types Elements Modern Scoring Synth might be more aptly named ‘Elements Modern Scoring Toolkit.”