Review: Hauntology by Zero-G

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Hauntology is a massive collection of electronic sounds, many curated from classic hardware. Created by composer/producer Si Begg, Hauntology utilizes vintage analog synths and includes crackling and noise generated by what he affectionately calls “idiosyncratic equipment.” The distinctive sounds are immediately reminiscent of work by BBC Radiophonic Workshop and other old sci-fi and horror soundtracks.

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Review: Hauntology by Zero G

Hauntology is a massive collection of electronic sounds, many curated from classic hardware. Created by composer/producer Si Begg, Hauntology utilizes vintage analog synths and includes crackling and noise generated by what he affectionately calls “idiosyncratic equipment.” The distinctive sounds are immediately reminiscent of work by BBC Radiophonic Workshop and other old sci-fi and horror soundtracks. It includes FX (hits, kit and sweeps), Textures, and tempo-synced loops (percussive, tonal and abstract).

Hauntology by Zero-G sells for £49.96 from Time & Space

Thoughts

I love when I get into a library where I immediately get ideas from the samples themselves, and this library is a wealth of quirky, interesting and inspiring sounds. Some of my favorites are the textures Dense Blur, Night Vision, Windswept, Test Tone Deep, Dirty Space, and Meditation. There are a lot of interesting sounds inside the various loops and FX folders, and I was pleased there is a pdf available which lists these for easily keeping track of your favorites.
https://product-materials.s3.amazonaws.com/zerog-shop/pdf/Hauntology_Contents-1519047878425.pdf

I find the sounds aren’t limited to old-sounding sci-fi, but are useful in numerous genres for ear candy or underlying textures and it’s wonderful to get the classic sounds without having access to the vintage hardware. The library includes so many elements it is entirely capable of producing an entire soundtrack on its own, and it also works very nicely alongside other sound palettes.

The single page UI includes a rack to control attack, release, cut-off, resonance, two reverbs, low-pass filter, drive, phaser and gain. I haven’t used the knobs much because so far I am enjoying the sounds in their original form. The download also comes with the .WAV files, so you can further experiment with customizing the samples.

One thing I found odd is that FX has multiple instruments that only span about an octave and I wondered why not make one instrument that spans a greater range? The only thing that even remotely disappointed me about this massive selection was that there was a limit on the tempo and tonal centers. This won’t hold you back if you’re comfortable getting under the hood in Kontakt (and remember, the download also includes .WAV files), but I really would have liked all the same loops at different speeds and different tonal centers for fastest variety of options.

Facts

The library is 3.76 GB and includes the following formats: Acid, Apple Loops, AIFF, EXS24, Halion, Kontakt, Reason, WAV and NNX.

Hauntology by Zero-G sells for £49.96 from Time & Space

 

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