Mosaic Pads By Heavyocity

Mosaic Pads By Heavyocity

 

 

KK-Access Review

 

 

The ever expanding Mosaic series from Heavyocity continues to grow with Pads, the seventh and very latest addition to the line up.

It’s safe to say that all composers are going to use Pads at some point in their compositional life, but rather than just being another rather bland collection of polysynth chords, Heavyocity have instead created a fine and textural blend, which injects their hallmark hybrid cinematic magic into the recipe.

 

For film, media & game scoring, pads need to offer so much more than just the traditional pieces of bread on either side of the more interesting filling, and this is precisely what Mosaic Pads has set out to achieve.

 

The presets included can take the listener on a journey across wondrous fantasy lands, travelling through soundscapes with a palette of colours that evolve between light & airy, to dark & malevolent at the press of a button, and will as ever with Heavyocity products are happy to play nicely with anything else from their impressive portfolio of libraries with little extra processing necessary.

 

Tech Specs

 

Mosaic Pads runs in the full version of Kontakt 6.7.1 or the equivalent free Kontakt Player, with NKS support via Komplete Kontrol.

 

The 5.1GB library features a single master NKI preset file, with a further 101 NKSN Kontakt snapshots providing the selection of presets that we find within Komplete Kontrol.

 

Download & Installation

 

Download is courtesy of the Heavyocity Portal, and the same authorisation code used for the download here, is also the same one necessary for authorisation within Native Access.

 

Komplete Kontrol Plug-in Edit NKS Parameter Mapping

 

Page One – Macro Control & Modulation

 

Knob 1 – Macro Knob 2 to 4 – Unallocated
Knob 5 – Modulation On/Off
Knob 6 – Amount
Knob 7 & 8 – Unallocated

 

Page Two – Channel 1, 2 & 3 Volume & Pan

 

Knob 1 – CH1 Volume
Knob 2 – CH1 Pan
Knob 3 – CH2 Volume
Knob 4 – CH2 Pan
Knob 5 – CH3 Volume
Knob 6 – CH3 Pan
Knob 7 & 8 – Unallocated

 

Page Three – Punish & Aging

 

Knob 1 – Punish On/Off
Knob 2 – Punish Amount
Knob 3 & 4 – Unallocated
Knob 5 – Aging On/Off
Knob 6 – Wear
Knob 7 – Warble
Knob 8 – Mono

 

Page Four – Delay & Reverb

 

Knob 1 – Delay On/Off
Knob 2 – Feedback
Knob 3 – Damp
Knob 4 – Amount
Knob 5 – Reverb On/Off
Knob 6 – Pre Delay
Knob 7 – Size
Knob 8 – Mix

 

Page Five – E Q

 

Knob 1 – E Q On/Off
Knob 2 – Low
Knob 3 – Low/Mid
Knob 4 – Low/Mid Freq
Knob 5 – High/Mid Gain
Knob 6 – High/Mid Freq
Knob 7 – High
Knob 8 – Unallocated

 

Accessibility

 

The user interface and subsequent NKS mappings for Mosaic Pads remain the same as the previous titles in the series. Fundamentally this equates to a fairly sparse but not wholly un useful set of parameters that can be access directly from the Komplete Kontrol keyboard.

 

Advanced features like the motion modulation sequencers remain elusive, but I still do yearn for things like ADSR, Tuning and the ability to access the sample browser.

 

Pad Power

 

The available pad types are divided into three core elements, Tonal, Atonal & Chordal, and each of these feature the usual polished & well crafted preset examples that the Heavyocity sound design team are so adept at creating.

 

Tonal

 

The Tonal bank actually has two sub divisions, Gritty and Mellow which
contain 28 & 32 presets respectively.

 

The Gritty category include a good cross section of moody and dark patches, which clearly draw upon some classic sounds from the enviously large collection of Heavyocity synths.

 

Presets such as Biodome evolve over a period of time, and the samples from each of the included sound channels weave between one another.

 

Cosmic Commander sees the atmosphere turn a little darker with a Blade runner style synth, which has the filter cut-off routed to the modwheel, something you will see throughout various stages of your Mosaic Pads preset excursion.

 

Other patches use the gate as a routing source, where a sound can be smooth and stable the modwheel introduces some tempo synced choppiness.

 

Other notables for me was Ghost Mallets, where although I did not care much for the Mallet sound, I found by reducing the volume on the channel 1 source (which was home to the Mallet sample), I now had a rather more appealing creepy vocal pad, which was more in keeping with the preset name.

 

Mellow

 

This section provides a moderately less ominous set of sounds, these are great for your underscore scoring demands.

Deep Space Debris as the title suggests screams to be used within a space documentary as you follow the progression of it’s envelope, the paring of visuals as always playing a significant role in the inspiration behind the library content.

 

Digital Droplets has a clever routing to the modwheel going on. Here the gating effect has it’s rate mapped so it can be changed in real time via the controller , so it is possible to achieve a kind of bouncing ball effect to the overall sound.

 

This effect is even more pronounced in the Fluttering Peace preset, where it is applied globally across each of the loaded sound samples, again reducing the volume of one or more channels can allow you to tailor your sound to taste.

 

‘Into Beyond’ lifts the lid on a beautifully evolving synth pad, that ebbs & flows within the stereo sound stage, this is something that Heavyocity have always mastered so well, the presets really are wide and demand audience attention, hence their solid reputation within the cinematic library market.

 

‘Smooth Reflections’ continues this theme, this time with gentle reversed crystalline glass sounds adding to the tranquility.

 

Atonal

 

The Atonal sounds contribute a further 20 presets to the library, and as you might well suspect, things rapidly turn somewhat more sinister in nature.

 

There are plenty of darker voicing’s for your next apocalyptic outing, offering instant storyline statements without any real need for melody.

‘Can Anyone Hear Me’, ‘Cursed & Haunted’, ‘Did You Hear That’ & ‘Strange Interference’ will leave you with few doubts as to their use case,

in fact throw a creepy music box into the proceedings, and it could well be pretty much job done for upcoming Halloween cues!

 

Chordal

 

Finally let’s take a look at the Chordal selection of presets, which provide us with a further 20 patches.

Here each of the three available sound channels have been loaded with a sample and tuned to form chords of various types, the clue is sometimes revealed in the name!

 

Excellent use is made of the ability to pan each source within the stereo field, as some of these presets appear to be incredibly wide, almost defying and seemingly sounding beyond the width of your monitors placement.

 

‘Colours of Zen’, ‘Fear of Tomorrow’, ‘Minor Moves’ & ‘Widening Chords’ are all standouts for this section.

 

Conclusion

 

The Mosaic series continues to be a popular and affordable way of introducing additional key elements of the Heavyocity signature sound into your sound canvas, and it’s a little surprising that it has taken until the 7th instalment to see Pads included.

 

This library is sure to appeal to film, documentary, media, game & ambient music producers, as the presets possess an ability to paint a tonal wash which can immediately helps set the mood for your composition.

 

As ever Heavyocity have produced a series of excellent videos to accompany the release, which aptly demonstrate the richness of the textures and sounds you discover right from the get go.

 

 

Mosaic Pads can be purchased directly from the Heavyocity Website, for a limited time, Heavyocity is offering Mosaic Pads for $99 (reg. $119). In addition, owners of other Mosaic Series instruments will receive an additional 20% off. Offers end September 30, 2022.

 

 

Mosaic Pads Product Page:
https://heavyocity.com/product/mosaic-pads/

 

 

Mosaic Pads Preset Playthrough:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGZhcklr8Tc

 

 

Mosaic Pads Content Overview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM2WzezpW0I

 

 

Mosaic Pads Demo Walkthrough:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM2WzezpW0I

 

 

Mosaic Pads User Manual:
https://heavyocity.com/Downloads/Mosaic_Pads_Manual.pdf

 

 

(c) Chris Ankin

 

KK-Access.com

 

20th September 2022

 

 

Disclaimer

The author can not accept any responsibility for subsequent purchase decisions made as a result of this review,or Any inaccuracies found therein. All opinions and product functions stated are based solely on information perceived as a blind user whilst using the product and/or gathered from official factual sources such as the developer, web or supplied product manual.

 

About the Author

 

Based in Buckinghamshire, England, Chris Ankin has worked previously as a freelance review author and contributor with articles published in Sound On Sound, Home & Studio Recording and ST Format Magazines.
He has also worked extensively in, and been associated with music, recording, film Soundtrack, Game & media, the creative arts, publishing and music related investments since 1982 under his own name and various other pseudonyms.

 

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