Review: Luft by Cinematique Instruments

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Luft, the “airy” sample library from Cinematique Instruments, perfect for pads, soundscapes and melodies entirely based on mixed aerophonic instruments.

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Review: Luft by Cinematique Instruments

Luft by Cinematique Instruments is a bite-size library that lets you mix and match air-based instruments to make your own pads, soundscapes and melodic lines. Very light on disk space, it offers a lot of character and personality with a unique, airy voice!

Luft sells for €110.00 from Cinematique Instruments

Thoughts

Cinematique Instruments is a boutique sample library developer specialised in smaller instruments that have a lot of character and Luft is no exception. This sample library has a lot of particular sounds to offer in just about 0.4 GB of disk space in fact, Luft has two main slots where you can load your favourite sound sources from the 34 available to create original sounds by blending them together. The peculiarity of this instrument is that every one of the 34 sources is an instrument based on airflow. The main page of the GUI is vertically divided into two tabs that have the same controls to tweak the respective sound source. You can find the usual suspects like individual volume, pan as well as (graphical) envelope and EQ. The EQ, made of three “bells”, is already set to specific frequencies and resonances which may sound like an odd limitation but, in fact, they are set to their “low, mid and hi” sweetspots, giving the same qualities and a sense of cohesion to every sound you load. The additional, and very important, controls that you have access to are: drive, rotor, mod, speed and reverb.

These controls give life to Luft, adding even more movement to the sound. The drive fader is pretty self explanatory but I have to say that it always adds a nice and melodic twist to the sound and surely not a heavy metal type of distortion. The rotor fader is a rotor cabinet emulation which can be set to various speeds, just like the mod fader which controls the volume with a sine LFO. The speed lets you change the rate of the mod’s LFO, from half note to sixteen notes, synced to the DAW. Last but not least… the reverb! Cinematique Instruments provides a good and variegated selection of reverbs that can be selected at the bottom right corner of the GUI. Room, chamber, arena, church, infinite reverb. They can be independently adjusted for both of your sound sources and, even when maxing the send, the results are pleasant and not washed out by the amount of effect.

At the bottom, besides the reverb control, you can also choose one of the 50 provided presets, grouped by instrument type and roll the “dice” to get a random selection of sound sources and fader settings. I have to say that, sometimes, this may end up in fantastic ethereal sounds as well as some less pleasant results. The fact that the sound sources are not automatically mapped/re-pitched over the entire keyboard means that, in some cases, you will not hear any sound when playing a very high/low note or you may hear just one of the two sources, depending on their respective range which is clearly not the same for every instrument. This made me think that it would have been fantastic to have the option of dragging your own custom sound to create new combinations because Luft, just like other Cinematique Instruments’ libraries, feels more like an engine than just a sample library!

The last control on the main page of the GUI is the modwheel assignment at the bottom left corner. You can assign volume, LP filter, morph and tone to your mod wheel to manually animate your sounds. Bear in mind that these are not mere volume and filter controls but they are an important integrating part of the instrument and I highly suggest to tweak that mod wheel for optimal results.

The second page of the interface is where you select the sound sources. The minimal design of the GUI keeps everything pleasantly easy to understand at a first glance: on the top half you can select the instrument family and in the bottom half you have the instruments of that category. As stated above the selection is quite vast, ranging from church organs to flutes and human sounds.

Categories include: Electric fan keys, Church organs, Bowed keys, Flutes, Human Sounds & Miscellaneous

Overall, Luft is a very interesting instrument that can produce amazing sounds in very little time. It is easy to use and I highly suggest to visit Cinematique Instruments’ Luft page to have a clearer idea of its high potential!

Facts

Cinematique Instruments’ Luft installs at about 0.4 GB, requires the FULL version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.8 or higher, the Kontakt Player is NOT supported.

Luft is a very unique instrument based on airflow, vibration and intimacy. It is the perfect companion for the composer who needs a small and easy to use library to create pads, ambient cues and even some soloistic/melodic material completely based on “airflow instruments”.

The 34 sound sources can be distorted and mixed to your will and the provided controls make this instrument alive with a great sense of space thanks to its reverb parameter.

The sound is very rich and organic with the right amount of “digital grit”, a touch of intended glitchiness to digress from the canonic sample library. You won’t find the usual, ultra-realistic and multisampled flutes here!

Luft sells for €110.00 from Cinematique Instruments

 

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Contributor Andrea Federici reviews Luft by Cinematique Instruments
“Luft, the “airy” sample library from Cinematique Instruments, perfect for pads, soundscapes and melodies entirely based on mixed aerophonic instruments.”