Sam Spacey’s Epica has over 17,000 24-bit hand-edited, looped and multi-layered samples, and 99% of all samples based on the use of original Voltage Controlled Filters, Epica brings Voltage Controlled Circuitry into the Digital Era with pristine Realism like never before.
No virtual synths were used for the samples, everything comes from the big guns of the analog synthesizer hall of fame. The samples were themselves sourced from various analog synths. From Sam’s home built Modular system, Arp Odyssey Mk3, Sequential Pro-1, Yamaha CS-30, Matrix 6, Oberheim’s and Future Retro to digital synths like the Virus Ti, DX9, DX7, Akai S-950 and Roland D-50.
Real life recordings were also used, like the local pre school choir, giving Epica quite a mix of sources. All of this through various effects like an Eventide H8000FW, Lexicon PCM96, UBK FATSO, Neve 1073 preamp, and various analog guitar pedals. Instead of recording the presets with the reverb on them Sam sampled the reverb separately. This enables you to dial in how much reverb and also to synthesize it as you wish, you will be amazed at how real this sounds and how much it can increase sound design.
AstronomicA, for Sam Spacey’s Epica virtual synthesizer includes all new Resonant Filter types routed through Cascading Modulated Group Inserts with zero external FX used. All FX Internally Enhanced exclusively for this Sound Set, using Sam Spacey’s Sample base as the main Oscillated Sound Source.
With 18 Elements, and 9 Multi Patches using no less than 4 to 6 Oscillators per voice, (which in this case I have dubbed “Elements” instead of Oscillators), AstronomicA uses Epica in it’s most complex form. Containing a massive amount of virtual circuitry, Multiple Filter Chains, Morphs, FX, Advanced Modulation Routing’s, and Timed Sample Precise Triggers to name a few. Pushing Epica to the limits as an advanced ambient synthesizer. as follows:
Elements (Single Patches): 18 singles using Sam Spacey’s Sample base from Epica with advanced Modulation Routings, and Filter Settings.
- Addy Pad
- Deep Sub Pad
- Deep Sub String
- Gliss Rev
- Space ARP I
- Space ARP II
- Space ARP III
- Sparkle Rev
- Star Pad
- Sub String
Multi Patches: The 18 Elements above were used to create the following 9 complex multi patches. (Heavy use of Mod Wheel!):
- Crowned Fanfare (Brass Lead)
- Ethereal Morphing Crystal Tine (Bright Lead)
- Harmoniousphere (Atmos Pad)
- Near Death Experience (Drone Pad)
- Polyopus Solarina (String Pad)
- Skyworld (Atmos Pad)
- Star Traveller (ARP Pad)
- The Monarchy (ARP Lead)
- What Dreams May Come (Atmos Pad)
Installation Instructions: Locate the Epica folder on your hard drive. Place the included folder named “10 AmbieticA” in this expansion set, into the “Epica\Instruments” folder on your hard drive:
- 10 AmbieticA —> Epica\Instruments\ (18 Single “Elements” & 9 Multi instruments)
- Kontakt version 5.5 and above
- Sam Spacey’s Epica provided by Zero-G: https://zero-g.co.uk/products/epica-virtual-instrument-powered-by-kontakt-interface
Sound Demo of AstronomicA in action:
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