by Native Instruments

Sound designers The Solos shed some light on ASHLIGHT’s dark, granular textures

We take a trip to Amsterdam to see how these soundtrack-ready soundscapes were created.

ASHLIGHT is the final instalment in our granular KONTAKT trilogy, following the ambient pads of STRAYLIGHT and the eery vocal textures of PHARLIGHT. It’s also by far the darkest, featuring rumbling textures, gritty lead sounds, and ice-cold pads. We’ve already looked at the engine that made these instruments possible (and it’s worth noting that ASHLIGHT’s iteration also includes MPE support), but the video above delves into the other side of the equation – the sounds that give ASHLIGHT it’s unique character within the series.

Watch as sound design collective The Solos – renowned for their high-impact trailer soundtracks for blockbusters like Ad Astra, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Captain Marvel – invite us into their Amsterdam studio to demonstrate the innovative approaches they took to generating and sculpting sounds for the instrument.

And, if that leaves you feeling inspired to create, head over to metapop and join our ASHLIGHT competition to be in with a chance of winning great prizes from NI and Steinberg, as well as virtual studio time with The Solos themselves. If you don’t already have ASHLIGHT, you’ll find a link to the free demo right on the competition page.

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