Ambient Mirage

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Ambient Mirage is a sampled instrument for Kontakt that focuses exclusively on the Curtis CEM-3328 24 dB Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter Chips that were at the Analog heart of every Ensoniq Mirage 8-bit sampler. Released in 1984, the CEM-3328 had an accurate exponential scale of over 14 octaves with voltage controlled resonance and the capability of self-oscillation. And it was the only VCF at the time that had switchable volume compensation for high resonance settings, thereby avoiding a signal level loss as resonance increased. Click here to view the CEM-3328 VCF Specification Details.  

The main concept behind Ambient Mirage was to use the¬†CEM-3328 VCF in the Mirage as¬†the main sampled sound source, and then combine this source with¬†vintage Mirage samples for a unique Ambient instrument like no other. The¬†CEM-3328 VCF samples that are included, maintain their genuine sweeping and highly resonant frequencies …All the way to a self-oscillating Sine wave!

Two visible CEM-3328 VCF Chips in the Mirage. There were a total of 8 on the Mirage mother board. One for each voice of polyphony. Photo, courtesy of ssmcurtis.com
Two visible CEM-3328 VCF Chips in the Ensoniq Mirage. There were a total of 8 on the Mirage mother board. One for each voice of polyphony. (Photo, courtesy of ssmcurtis.com).

The Ensoniq Mirage¬†is an 8-bit sampler¬†with a maximum sampling-rate of 32kHz¬†and a limited 128Kb of RAM. This gave the Mirage a “low-fi, gritty” type of sound that¬†is considered vintage compared to today’s sampling technology. All sound sources were sampled from an Ensoniq Mirage DSK 1, at¬†44100Hz 16-bit Stereo, to balance that¬†“low-fi, gritty” vintage authenticity,¬†with¬†modern day high quality sound.

To compliment the main Curtis CEM-3328 sound source, Ambient Mirage also includes vintage Voices, Choirs, Fantasy, Synthesizers, Strings, Winds and Percussive single Instrument elements, which are combined into¬†deeply programmed, modern sounding, and very playable Multi patches, for a truly Ambient sound experience. Also included are very rare samples from¬†Triton’s Sound Process.¬†Sound Process was an alternate¬†Operating System that transformed the Mirage¬†from a Sampler, into a full blown 4 oscillator Synthesizer.

The Ensoniq Mirage front panel. Only a 2 digit hexadecimal readout available for multiple in depth parameters. Not for the faint of heart (Photo, courtesy of ssmcurtis.com).
The Ensoniq Mirage front panel. Only a 2 digit hexadecimal readout available for multiple in depth parameters. Not for the faint of heart! (Photo, courtesy of ssmcurtis.com).

Ambient Mirage Patch List:

25: “8-bit Vintage” Single Instruments:Singles

Vintage Patch: 02 Curtis-3328 Resonant Sweep. 1 of 25 8-bit Vintage Single Instruments Included.
Vintage Patch: Curtis-3328 Resonant Sweep. 1 of 25 8-bit Vintage Single Instruments Included.

 

20: “Advanced Modern” Ambient Multi Instruments:
Multis

Rhythmic Patch: The Final Battle. 1 of 20 Advanced Ambient Multi Instruments Included.
Rhythmic Patch: The Final Battle. 1 of 20 Advanced Ambient Multi Instruments Included.

The below audio demo showcases all 20 individual Ambient Mirage Kontakt Multi Instruments that are included within the Ambient Mirage sound library, played in order from first to last. All of the Instruments were played and recorded with zero external signal processing involved. All audible Resonant Filter Sweeps within the demo were sampled from an Ensoniq Mirage using the Curtis CEM-3328 VCF on full Resonance, and not swept by Kontakt’s internal filters.

This is the full audio demo, which is roughly 17 minutes long. If you would like to play each Instrument demo individually,¬†with better audio quality, and read a full sound description of the Instruments programming features, please click here to visit the¬†Ambient Mirage Multi Instrument Demo’s page.


Purchase Instructions:

The Ambient Mirage Instrument is only $5.00, and Requires Kontakt Version 5.8.0 and above. At only a 100 MB download, it has a small digital footprint, but delivers a large ambient 8-bit lush retro sound that was unique to the Ensoniq Mirage alone.

To purchase, click on the “Buy Now” button below these instructions, which will re-direct you to PayPal for purchase options. After purchase, scroll down to the bottom of the purchase screen, and click the “Return to Merchant” button, that will re-direct you to download Ambient Mirage version 1.0, (See image below for details).

Click the "Return to Merchant button to enter the Ambient Mirage Download Page after purchase
Click the “Return to Merchant button to download Ambient Mirage after purchase

 

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