Review: Project Chaos by Hybrid Two (Currently 68% off)

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Sometimes a little CHAOS is just what a mix needs. Project Chaos dials up limitless sequence potential with complete mix and shape control.

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Review: Project Chaos by Hybrid Two

Project Chaos has a lot of customizable parameters and a number of things going on under the hood, but let’s start with the sounds. Project Chaos has a deep catalog that ranges from percussive rhythm and bass to textured cinematic sound design.

The preset folders are labeled by genre, CyberPunk, Dark Textures, Drama, Action, Bass, Synth, Standard, and 3 user banks for your own samples. Each folder contains presets that correspond to that genre and can contain up to six octaves of keys containing individual samples per preset. (THAT’S A LOT!)

Project Chaos normally sells for $249 from Hybrid Two

 

 

ProjectChaos is on special promotion price at 68% OFF until March 1, 2022

 

Thoughts

Let’s get under the hood and talk about Project Chaos’s customization capability. Its biggest strength is its ability to blend up to four different layers at a time. You can wield control over everything from filters, pitch, step sequence to envelopes and sample start and end times. The major observations to take note of are the following.

The main focus of the GUI is the center screen. It houses your edit, step, modulation, mix, and presets. It’s very small and can be hard to navigate for those with vision impairments. Layers 1-4 contain up to 24 different instruments such as hits, subs, whooshes, rhythm, etc. Each layer can be changed at any time to create your own loop or textures.

Each layer also contains a mute, solo, pitch, and pan function for audition and sound control. Depending on your track you can sync your loops to your DAW or play in its native BPM. Turning the track feature on will allow chromatic playing. Having it off will play the samples at recorded pitch across the play range. (Best for percussion).

The GUI is small and the controls can seem tedious at times. It will require some time investment to get efficient at it, but once you know where everything is you’re good to go. I particularly loved having 20 high, low, and band pass filter presets ready to go on the main GUI. It’s a huge time saver for dialing in muddy frequencies. The modulation matrix is also a huge plus allowing for micro control over volume, pan, tune, resonance, and cutoff. You can actually shape new sounds and loops with the existing samples.

 

There’s is a lot to like about this library. It has tons of content and post-processing effects and demonstrates that EQ and sequencing were obviously at the forefront of the developer’s mind. Unfortunately, that tends to hold the library back a bit. Due to the GUI’s size, I found myself using the Modulation Matrix and the Master FX primarily to control the sound. This was merely a personal choice and does not reflect the ability of the onboard controls. I simply find that today’s composer gravitates to libraries that are large, concise, and time-efficient.

To sum up, Project Chaos is an outstanding sample library with a ton of sounds and features and has very few flaws. It’s perfect for any hybrid composers toolbox that’s scoring for TV, Film, and Games. It works right out of the box, but there will be a learning curve using the interface and playing the octaves where applicable. My suggestions would be to audition your sounds on the keyboard, but write using the midi piano roll in your DAW. Build and label your tracks in the DAW to correspond with the preset folders. This will help you stay on top of your banks as there are a lot of presets and sounds. It will also cut down on your clicking in the small GUI. Check out the Tutorials from Hybrid Two linked below for more information.

Facts

2.6GB Hard Drive Space
Over 2.3 GB of Sample Content
PC/Mac with at least 2.0Ghz Processor
Requires the Pulse Application for Download
Full Version of NI Kontakt 5.8.1 (Project Chaos will NOT work in the free Kontakt Player)

Project Chaos normally sells for $249 from Hybrid Two

 

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Contributor Nick Rivera reviews Project Chaos by Hybrid Two
“Sometimes a little CHAOS is just what a mix needs. Project Chaos dials up limitless sequence potential with complete mix and shape control.”