KAWAII DREAMS FROM MARS

15 Dreamy Patches from Our Favorite Kawaii Keyboards

After a recent deep dive into early rave records, I went down a rabbit hole to find out what synths were responsible for the sounds that made the music so special. So we grabbed a handful of vintage Kawaii synths and fell in love with the K3 (1986), K1 (1988), and GB-2 A.K.A. Session Trainer (1991).

These wavetable synths have an inherent harmonic distortion from the era's conversion technology that give them a ton of character not possible from analog oscillators (and not captured on the recent plugins that have surfaced). So we sampled a mix of era-defining preset patches and custom patches. These sounds are cinematic, nostalgic, and orchestral... but above all, dreamy! 

The Competition

Last year we ran a competition to see who could produce the best track with our MPC Snacks From Mars drum pack. We were not only blown away by the quality of the submissions but by the sense of community the contest instilled. So, a year later, it's time for another contest - but this time with a free synth pack!

How to Enter:

  • Compose an original track using the Kawaii Dreams From Mars for all your non-drum sounds.
  • Upload your submission to Soundcloud using the hashtag #kawaiidreamsfrommars (That's 2 i's in Kawaii 😏) and #samplesfrommars 
  • We'll choose 3 winners, who'll receive $500, $250, and $100 giftcards to Reverb.com  🎉 💸 🎹

More details are below (hover your mouse over an image to pause the slider): 

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But even if you don't enter the competition, you can vote on tracks by creating a free Soundcloud account and liking tracks from this playlist (which we'll be updating daily). The likes won't determine the winner on their own - it's just a way to help us see what everybody is digging.  


What You Get

...Of course, you don't need to compete to enjoy the glory of the Kawaii  - we're giving this pack away for free until Friday, July 2nd at 12 pm ET.

On top of 15 extensively multi-sampled, iconic patches, you'll get thoughtfully designed presets for Ableton, Kontakt, Logic EXS24, Reason, FL Studio, & SFZ to help you dream the sweetest of Kawaii Dreams ✨.



Contents:
  • 15 multi-sampled patches organized into 4 categories
  • Samples from the Kawaii K1, K3 and GB-2 Session Trainer
  • Iconic Kawaii sounds like Return Home and Hello !!
  • Voices, Keys, Pads and Organs
  • Custom programmed K3 patches with Analog Filter modulations
  • Slow sweeps, warm strings, random LFOs, punchy plucks, and 2 custom programmed organ patches
  • 928 24 bit WAV samples
  • WAVs are trimmed, looped, named by note, and mapped to various samplers
  • WAVs feature mapping and looping metadata, for easy drag n drop into unsupported samplers
  • Recorded cleanly through an API 1608 console to Apogee Symphony Conversion
  • Modwheel parameters and FX routing on all software instruments
  • 1.73 GB Unzipped
  • About
Ready For:
  • Any 24 bit WAV Compatible DAW or Sampler
  • Ableton Live 9.7+ (Not Intro)
  • Kontakt 5.6.5+ (Not Kontakt Player)
  • Logic 9+
  • Reason 8+
  • FL Studio 20.8+
  • SFZ Player (Free, cross-platform solution for any DAW)
  • 1.73 GB Free Space



Contents:
  • 15 multi-sampled patches organized into 4 categories
  • Samples from the Kawaii K1, K3 and GB-2 Session Trainer
  • Iconic Kawaii sounds like Return Home and Hello !!
  • Voices, Keys, Pads and Organs
  • Custom programmed K3 patches with Analog Filter modulations
  • Slow sweeps, warm strings, random LFOs, punchy plucks, and 2 custom programmed organ patches
  • 928 24 bit WAV samples
  • WAVs are trimmed, looped, named by note, and mapped to various samplers
  • WAVs feature mapping and looping metadata, for easy drag n drop into unsupported samplers
  • Recorded cleanly through an API 1608 console to Apogee Symphony Conversion
  • Modwheel parameters and FX routing on all software instruments
  • 1.73 GB Unzipped
  • About
Ready For:
  • Any 24 bit WAV Compatible DAW or Sampler
  • Ableton Live 9.7+ (Not Intro)
  • Kontakt 5.6.5+ (Not Kontakt Player)
  • Logic 9+
  • Reason 8+
  • FL Studio 20.8+
  • SFZ Player (Free, cross-platform solution for any DAW)
  • 1.73 GB Free Space

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