Straylight Review – Granular Synth Kontakt Library Showcase


Hi everybody and welcome to another granular
synthesis video. Today we are going to look at a new plugin
called Straylight. So let’s take the grand tour! [Morningdew Media]
Ok, so Straylight is a cinematic granular library which resides within the Kontakt sampler. It’s a library for the Kontakt sampler. In this case I’m using the Kontakt Player 6
because I’m still at Kontakt 5. The Straylight plugin is developed by Frank
Elting which is a former Native Instruments employee. So he has been working on Massive, Maschine
and apparently the Kontakt sampler. So as we can see we have a very nice smooth
interface. And, yeah, let’s first play this first patch
which I have loaded up from the keys folder, a preset called Magnolian. So it’s a kind of keyboard sound. [Magical smooth bell melody.] So I can go on, eh, I can go on the whole
day and play just that one patch because I really like the sound of this one. In the middle of this screen we have a X-Y
pad and we can see here we have a parameter called Color, and Position. So if we move around in this little X-Y pad
we can see that these parameters (play position) moves around in the waveform. This is actually the position of the playhead
in this left oscillator. Or in the sample. And we have the position for this second sample
too. Ok, so we can see here that we have two kind
of oscillators. We have the left one which is the Grains. And the right one which is called Sample. And if we press either of these we can bring
up a browser menu to load different samples for the Grain, the grain source. And we have tons of different Origin categories. Then in the Samples we also have a selection
of different samples to choose from. So this Straylight engine is mixing a Grain
engine with a sample playback engine. We can go in here and look at the Grain playback
engine for this sound. So this is the position. The cursor position in the sample. Then we have the regular parameters which
are often seen in other granular plugins, and that’s the interval. Which determins the time between the generation
of the grains. So if we increase this is will take longer
time between each grain playback. If you want to learn more about granular synthesis
you can always check out my previous video – My top 4 granular plugins, where I explain
in more detail how granular synthesis actually works. So here we have the interval, and here we
have the Size. Which is the length of these grains. And here we have the amount, so let’s set
it to a faster interval. With more Size. And decrease the Fade-in so we have more snappy
grains. And furthermore release the fade-out. [Soft granular melodic bell patch.] You can see that in this part it’s more soft,
and when we go to this part of the sample it’s more crips. Yeah so that’s the Grain part of the engine. And then we have some additional tuning if
we want to detune that sample. We can also go to this Sample section. Which is for the Sample part. Then we can also mute some of these parts. And now we only listen to this Amby Bell Sample. So here we can load up another sample. Let’s take the Analogue Voice. Let’s take another sample, maybe the Antique
Toy Piano. Let’s see if we have a cello, pizzicato. Yeah that’s some really nice samples in here. The grand piano. Ok, so let’s listen to some more presets before
we continue and look at some of these other pages. We can go to Atmospheres category, and listen
to the first preset called – A Wall Of Glass. One thing to note about granular sounds is
that they often work best when played very sparingly and maybe only play in octaves. Or play, yeah, some simple melody. Often when you work with granular sounds it’s
enough to have maybe one granular sound or two granular sounds in one track. Because they can take up alot of sound spectrum
space. As we can see here down in the spectrogram. Let’s continue here and listen to the Blue
Vale…Whale! Oh, that’s a nice sound! That’s a quite spacey sound there. The Candence. Yeah that’s a very evocative sound there too. Also a very evocative piano sound there. Yeah, and aside from this X-Y Pad you also
have four macros. I’ve mapped them in Bitwig so I have them
as Bitwig macro knobs also. So we have a Lo-Pass filter. Some Color parameter. Seems to be dampening the sound so you can
adjust the high frequency rattle. And some Delay Feedback amount. And you have to note that these are only the
labels, so if you change these here it’s only changing the label. Say if I change this lo-pass cutoff to hi-pass
cutoff (label). It’s still a lo-pass filter. So if you want to change these macros, what
they actually do you have to go into the master section here and go to the modulation page. So if we go to the effects tab here we can
see that we have effects for the A part (Grains) and for the B part (Samples). Here we have a filter, delay, some kind of
compressor – Dynamics, then we have Utility. Let’s continue here and look at the master
section. Because we also have a master section of effects. Here we have two filters, a reverb and a dynamics
plugin. You can also change the order of effects here. So we have a lo-pass, hi-pass, the reverb. The plugin actually comes with a huge selection
of reverb impulses. We have… Gyroscope. Quite cool reverb. Let’s look at a more traditional reverb, Choir
Hall. Ok so let’s listen to some more sounds here. Let’s go to the Pads category. And listen to some of these Pads because you
often create pads / drones when you are working with granular synthesis. Ok, so let’s go and listen to Film Noir preset. Yeah so that’s some of the Pads, and let’s
go and listen to the Pulses. Angels Dentist. Ok so that’s a quick insight into the Straylight
granular plugin. If you have any questions on Straylight please
write them in the comments section below. If you are new, please subscribe, hit the
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below. Ok, so now you can continue and watch my other
video on granular synthesis. Thanks for watching today. My name is Mattias and see you in the next
video. Bye!

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3 thoughts on “Straylight Review – Granular Synth Kontakt Library Showcase”

  1. Tony Nekrews says:

    Excellent showcase Mattias, another one added to my must-get-at-some-stage list.

  2. Federico Ferrandina says:

    Hi Mattias, and thanx a lot for your extensive and inspiring videos. Actually I'm playing with the Straylight demo these days, and I'm pretty disappointed, I don't feel it sounds distinctive enough in terms of textures and tones, it really boxes you in sounds that in the end you can get using other cheaper plugins like Gravity, agree? basically I don't think it's worth the money, especially if you have Gravity, Form, Borderlands on iPad and Alchemy and use them properly

  3. Sarmistha Talukdar says:

    What is the midi controller that you are using?

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