Review: Puro by Man Makes Noise

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Puro from Man Makes Noise seems to have begun with an interesting mission: to find beauty in ugly places. They have absolutely succeeded! Puro is a collection of 200 new patches for Omnisphere 2 derived from sources one might traditionally think of as not having a pleasant sound. They have been manipulated to the point where the end result is a collection of ethereally beautiful industrial pads and textures sure to add spice and interest into your next cinematic piece of music.

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Review: Puro by Man Makes Noise

Omnisphere 2 is the de facto soft synth when it comes to cinematic scoring. Out of the box it’s packed full of hundreds of amazing and varied sound sources perfect for scoring applications. Because it has been the go to swiss army knife synth for so long however, many of the sounds have become all too familiar and have begun to take on a somewhat generic feel due to our constant exposure to them. The solution here is not to throw out the baby with the bathwater! Instead, companies like Man Makes Noises have been working to revitalize the powerful synth by creating hundreds of new sound sources and presets for it. They have done that once again with their release of Puro, a preset and sound pack for Omnisphere 2.

Puro sells for €49 from Man Makes Noise

Thoughts

Anyone who purchased an Omnisphere expansion will tell you that installation is a breeze. Puro from Man Makes Noise is no exception and assuming you’re running Omnisphere 2.6 or above, you will be up and running in no time. The library’s goal seems to have been to find beauty in unexpected places. When you read the list of sound sources they have used for the instrument you might not be expecting some of the sounds you are about to hear. Holding down a key on almost any patch is a welcome surprise however, as each of them involves a flowing release of interesting and developing beauty. The sounds were constructed from many sound sources you would expect such as pianos, guitars, gongs, etc but the truly surprising sounds come from sources like a dog’s water bowl! Over 40 found sound sources were recorded for the instrument including things like a vacuum cleaner, a rusty bbq, a punching bag, and broken glass. 3 custom built instruments were also used including a custom wire instrument called a Bassboard, a PVC Bansuri built from cold water pipes, and a single string instrument called The Jumalauta. Two hardware synths, the Arturia MicroFreak and MatrixBrute, were also recorded.

The patches are divided across four sections. 22 Noisescapes, 108 Pads+Strings, 41 Playable Textures, and 29 Soundscapes. Playing through these, I might have chosen to divide them instead into two categories, tonal vs non-tonal. All patches seem to fall into one of these two categories. The noisescapes and soundscapes are both a collection of interesting noise patches with a deeply cinematic and tension filled feel.These are perfect for your next horror or tension project!

The reason I say all patches could be grouped into one of two sections is that if you play a patch from Soundscapes and then play a patch from Noisescapes, I don’t think anyone not looking at which section the patch was taken from would notice a mood or style change so I’m not sure exactly why they have been separated. Something consistent across all patches is how surprisingly beautiful and developing they are.

Even the more horror geared sounds have a certain quality to them that makes them somewhat ethereal. The more tonal patches are, as you might guess, tonal and able to be played more like a traditional instrument. These sounds vary from smooth pad like sounds, to more percussive mallet like instruments. A consistent characteristic I found across all of them is that though they’re beautiful and tonal, perhaps because of their odd origins, they each have a sort of complex ugliness to them which makes them really perfect for film scoring. Even playing a simple melody on one of these patches evokes so much more than those notes normally would have making all these instruments really special. All patches have been pre-mapped with CC controls and aftertouch making them instantly evolvable. The mapping is thoughtful and useful. It’s really cool to be holding down a note and as your hand naturally presses the key more intensely as you might organically do if you were thinking you wanted the note to be more intense, it suddenly wobbles tensely with the introduction of an LFO. This is all to say, the instruments play really intuitively!

It’s very clear each sound and patch was crafted with care by musicians for musicians. Every sound in the pack is usable which is often something that can’t be said for many of these packs where the goal seems more to be to create as many misc patches as possible without any thought to their usefulness. Man Makes Noise truly did a great job with this library and at 49 euros, it would be a welcome addition to the hard drive of any composer.

Facts

Puro by Man Makes Noise is a preset collection add-on for Omnisphere 2. It requires version 2.6+ to work. It is a collection of cinematic textures and pads perfect for scoring. The pack contains 200 patches across four categories: Noisescapes, pads+stings, playable textures, and texture soundscapes. The pack was created with 494 new sound sources created from 14 different instruments, 3 custom built instruments, 2 hardware synths, and over 40 found sound sources including things like glass bottles and trash cans.

Puro sells for €49 from Man Makes Noise

 

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Contributor Shaun Chasin reviews Puro by Man Makes Noise
“Puro from Man Makes Noise seems to have begun with an interesting mission: to find beauty in ugly places. They have absolutely succeeded! Puro is a collection of 200 new patches for Omnisphere 2 derived from sources one might traditionally think of as not having a pleasant sound. They have been manipulated to the point where the end result is a collection of ethereally beautiful industrial pads and textures sure to add spice and interest into your next cinematic piece of music.”