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SPECTRASONICS Keyscape

With 36 rare instruments to play with, could Spectrasonics’ new virtual instrument, Keyscape, be the ultimate software keyboardists’ dream? Mark Cousins investigates…

■ Details

Manufacturer

Spectrasonics

Price £285

Contact www.spectrasonics.net

■ Key Features

500+ ‘best-inclass’ sounds

36 instrument models and hybrid ‘Duo’ patches

32-way velocity switching

Round robins

Authentic circuit-modelled amplifiers and effects

Full Omnisphere 2 integration

Having waited almost four years to move from Omnisphere 1.5 to version 2, it would be fair to say that Spectrasonics doesn’t exactly like to rush its creative process. However, the task of crafting a world-class virtual instrument with thousands of presets isn’t something you can roll off the production line every few months.

In truth, instruments like Omnisphere, Trillian and Stylus RMX are all products of years of investment. From the task of sampling a range of acoustic and electronic sound sources, through to creating a creatively rewarding virtual instrument – not to mention all the presets required to show all of this off – Spectrasonics has demonstrated perfection is time-intensive task. Given this attention to detail, the fact that Keyscape has been almost 10 years in the making shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

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