Solstice Green - What Is It Made Of AND How To Use It? August 16 2015
Some of you have been wondering just what is in Solstice Green and how do you use Solstice products?
First - What is Solstice made of?
Nature sounds? Synth sounds? Organic Sounds? Let me set the record straight. Solstice Green is the next in the series of the Solstice line of randomly generated, sound design based pads and textures. Let me elaborate:
All Solstice products start with tonal based core sounds (looped so they can go on forever) - Green's core sounds (24 in total) consist of female vocals, male vocals, cello performances, blown pipes, flutes, guitar fades and e-bowing, bowed bowls, glass and stringed instruments and a few others. These are the tonal anchors in each patch. Then, to make it interesting, we add a secondary (X) and tertiary (Y) set of sounds - 24 of each set - These too are looped so they can go on forever - they are also randomized where they come in to keep it interesting. The X and Y sounds in Green range from natural things like thunderstorms, waterfalls, jungle ambience, streams, wind, the ocean… to more musical things like random harps, guitar and cello harmonics, wind chimes, prepared piano, blown bottles and more. THE MAGIC here is when you combine all of these together randomly to create an amazing combination of the three sound sets and add effects, filters and modulation. The key here is that nearly all of these sounds are ORGANIC in nature - real instruments, voices, soundscapes, etc. What makes that unique from a synth pad generator, is that organic sounds add nuances that don't exist in synths. To clear up any confusion, Solstice Green is very much a compositional tool - don't get side tracked by nature sounds and they are only used to make it more interesting.
So, how do you use Solstice?
Well, although there are lots of ways to use Solstice, one way is to use it to set the tone in a composition. When I scored A&E's Extreme Builds, I used Solstice Blue nearly in every cue to create a tonal background (or sometimes melody) that evolved and created a beautiful base to lay the rest of the cue on. It really made the cues sound completely unique. Let me show it through some examples:
SOLSTICE In Drama Cues:
The first 3 cues showcase how Solstice is used to set the tone in more random, non-rhythmic cues. On 'In A Hole,' Solstice is the background and the backbone of the piece where strings and piano play in and out of the Solstice bed. 'Betrayal' uses a combo of ZapZorn Elements and Solstice in the first :30 then Solstice entirely takes over for the rest of the piece creating real tension. On 'Drowning,' multiple layers of Solstice are the backbone of the piece that the piano and strings wither in and out of.
The next 3 drama cues showcase Solstice providing highlights and glue in rhythmic drama cues. 'Danger' shows some of the more uncomfortable Solstice sounds creating spikes in the tension while also providing a unique bed. In 'Stunned,' Solstice gives the bed along with the rhythm top right from the get go - then at 1:00 on, it provides a nice bed to lay under the cue. 'Bells,' uses a healthy dose of ZapZorn Elements to create the rhythm, but then once again utilizes Solstice's powerful glue to hold it together and provide a great background uniqueness - ending with the Solstice pad in the fade.
SOLSTICE In Lighter Cues:
Again, Solstice can be used to create an atmosphere in a cue dramatic or light. These light cues show how to create a cohesiveness and beauty using Solstice. In 'Coming Together,' a very light touch of Solstice is used to hold together the cue with a light and low bed in the background - it becomes more pervasive from :52 on and at 1:18 creates a tone that helps the cue complete. 'Pride and Joy,' one of the producers favorite cues, is simply hand claps, real hand drums, 2 guitars and Solstice gluing it all together. In the cue 'Letting Go,' Solstice adds a fantasy layer of complete beauty that cue is built on for the first 1:20, then the cue opens up and falls to the beautiful sounds of Solstice at 1:36 on - at the tail you can faintly hear the Solstice X and Y samples lightly touching the peace creating a mystery. Finally, in 'The High Road,' the cue starts just as another, but at :35 Solstice lightly touches the background and builds throughout the end to create another dimension that just edges the piece to a uniqueness that glues it all together.
As stated earlier, Solstice can be used in many ways, but in trying to clear up any misconceptions - Solstice Green and Blue are very much a tonal tool in a composers arsenal that can bring a complete uniqueness to what you compose. Furthermore, utilizing the red randomize button, YOU can create whatever sound you stumble across to be completely yours - and if your really adventurous, you can put your OWN sounds in Solstice to completely use it's powerful interface to transform your sounds.
Happy New Year - More in 2015! January 02 2015
Happy New Year from ZapZorn Composer Tools!
We have been working on some new ideas coming in 2015 at ZapZorn - But first, we will be releasing Solstice : Green very soon. Solstice : Green is the more serene sister to Solstice : Blue. It will feature more nature landscapes and sounds for the X & Y sound set while the core sounds will have everything from female voices to bowed glass. Look also for Solstice : Red the angry sister of the bunch also coming soon.
ZapZorn will start turning our focus on efforts furthering the engine from Elements in some new products using the same engine structure. The sound sets will be different core samples. Wires in one of them - it will focus on samples that are based in strings. But don't look for a Strat, Violin or Piano sounds - we never have been really interested in doing 'regular' instruments - Look for Wires to have anything from rubber bands to hammered pianos and everything in between.
One last thing we'd like to deliver in 2015 is our first percussion based sound library. As a composer and drummer, one thing I have always been disappointed in is the 'hold down and play some big percussion loop thing' in sound libraries. You know who they are - they always seem to fall in to the 'stock ho-hum' categories after you use them a few times and leave it very hard for composers to build a cool innovative dynamic sequences that are their own. We have some new ideas to take that same cinematic sound to a way more innovative, user collaborative effort. We hope to lay the ground work for that this spring.
ZapZorn Composer Tools remains committed in 2015 and beyond to create user definable, innovative dynamic sounds that each composer can craft on their own. We thank all of our users for their enthusiasm and support and look forward to continuing to provide new solutions to you in the future.
All the best in 2015!
George - ZapZorn Composer Tools
ZapZorn at IMSTA FESTA in LA - June 14th June 13 2014
We will be displaying at IMSTA FESTA at the SAE Institute in Los Angeles tomorrow - June 14th. There will be free giveaways, product overviews, tutorials and more!! Come on down and see us!
Also, to celebrate ZapZorn's first attendance we will be having this insane 3 day sale starting NOW!
ZapZorn Elements - $99 / $40 Off!
Elements Solo - Just $5 each! / 75% Off!
Kitchen Suite - $39 / 50% Off!
ALL New Solstice:Blue - $69 / $10 Off!
Elements Master Bundle - Just $174 / 50% Off!
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Welcome to the new site! August 31 2013
We have so many things coming in the next few months that we outgrew out last site. We are happy to make this interface an easier one for you to preview and read about our products and what we are up to. So welcome to our new site. Check back often because in the coming days and weeks, we will be filling this site out with more composer / sound designer / musician testimonials, more video tutorials, more audio demos and of course, MORE PRODUCTS! You can also see what we are up to at ZapZorn studios by keeping on eye on this blog. Say tuned for more!! Enjoy!