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SonicCouture - Novachord With UPDATE
09.2010 | DYNAMiCS | 1 DVD | +
01.14.2012 | UPDATE | DYNAMiCS | 3.78 GB

It is a little known fact, but the worlds ?rst commercially available synthesizer was designed by the Hammond Organ Company in 1938 and put into full production from 1938 to 1942. The Novachord is a gargantuan, entirely tube based,72 note polyphonic synthesizer with oscillators, ?lters, VCAs, envelope generators and even frequency dividers. The ?rst instrument was delivered to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Jan. 30, 1940 as a birthday present, but despite this auspicious start, the 500 lb instrument struggled commercially.

The Ghostly Sound of Hollywood
Neither piano nor organ, it was misunderstood by many and was not the success it perhaps could have been. However, its eerie, ethereal sound did ?nd sympathetic ears, and became a mainstay of ?lm and television soundtrack production. Gone with the Wind, The Maltese Falcon, Rebecca, House of Frankenstein, The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone are just a few classics that feature Novachord as part of their soundtrack.

Production stopped because of a shortage of parts in 1942; poor sales kept it from being built after the war. It is estimated that less than 200 Novachords are still in existence and considerably less than this are in working order.

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When we ?rst read about the Novachord, we knew we had to sample it.

The thought of those 163 valves making each key in to a mini-synthesiser in its own right, the iconic, part horror-organ, part- analogue synth sound, the huge bakelite dials - everything about this instrument has a unique character that deserves to be captured and made available to a new generation of musicians.

Maybe the Novachord sound will ?nd its way back into some horror movies again now..

The Soniccouture Novachord
We sampled every one of the 72 notes on this beast - 50 times over. As well as full patches, we also separately sampled each Novachord 'tone' - the stops, or filter channels - so that we could model a 'Virtual Novachord' in Kontakt.

This comprehensive core sample library is used to maximum effect in creating two separate instrument concepts - The Dual layer NovaSynth and the 1939 / 2039 NovaSynth.

This is a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do not need to own the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt to use it. It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS compatible host program or DAW eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools etc. No extra purchase is necessary.

The system requirements to run the instrument are:
Windows® XP (SP2, 32bit) / Vista® (32/64 Bit), Windows 7® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM.


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  Member 3.10.2017 1
Hey, Kontakt can see the library but keeps telling me that I need to add library. The activate tab is visible on the library, but I cant activate. Any help would appreciated
  Member 19.01.2017 3
Anyone know how to get a serial for this? I don't see it included in the files. I'm sure it's just something i'm missing, if anyone could help. Thank you!
  Resident 12.11.2014 8 281
The Samples folder has couple of large nkx files and a Novachord_refmap.txt that gives a long list of files that are apparently samples compressed in nkx files, the library says it won't load because the library is not installed:

X:\_ENCODER\Novachord\SC Novachord\Samples\NonVibrato Sets\NV011230\NV011230-100.wav
X:\_ENCODER\Novachord\SC Novachord\Samples\<<<Novachord_001.nkx>>>\Samples\NonVibrato Sets\NV011230\NV011230-100.wav
X:\_ENCODER\Novachord\SC Novachord\Samples\NonVibrato Sets\NV011230\NV011230-29.wav
X:\_ENCODER\Novachord\SC Novachord\Samples\<<<Novachord_001.nkx>>>\Samples\NonVibrato Sets\NV011230\NV011230-29.wav

I downloaded UNNKS v0.2.5 and set it up in C:\unnks ran in cmd
c: [return]
cd c:\unnks [return]
unnks -xvf novachord_001.nkx [return]
This ran through the files, created directories for the samples but would not extract the files, it gave the errors "operation not permitted"
What am I missing?

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