“The Shell is a unique thing in that it’s an empty Kontakt instrument which allows YOU to put YOUR samples into it and have a fully functional, professionally scripted and designed panel at your disposal for sonic tweakage. Ideal if you make your own samples/sounds but aren’t able to do scripting or find it difficult.
Scripting IS very complicated if you’re not that way inclined … like myself … which is why we have our own resident scriptmeister in the form of the enviably gifted Mario Krušelj here at HS Towers. Let’s face it, Kontakt scripting can be very complicated even if you ARE that way inclined!
So with The Shell, you can make your own samples, pop into Kontakt’s mapping editor to assign and map them out, leave Kontakt’s editor and then take advantage of a comprehensive user interface panel made by a professional Kontakt scripter where you can tweak your sounds without having to delve into Kontakt’s sometimes arcane edit pages.
I have included a few basic samples to get started and something for you to play with. Nothing extravagant – just a simple sawtooth, square, a pulse width modulation (PWM), techno ‘iSaw’ and white noise. Surprising what you can do with just those and The Shell’s synth facilities.
The Shell also comes with groups so that you can layer sounds with either individual control of them or together. You can also create your own groups to really stack layers up.
I’ll be honest and tell you that The Shell was initially designed for novices but that pesky scriptmeister of mine kept suggesting (and adding) extra features that make it equally suitable for those who have a more advanced grasp of Kontakt. That adds a few complications but I’d like to think it’s all put together in a way that both novice and über users can be accommodated.
But if you’ve wanted to have a scripted panel for your own samples but don’t know where to start with scripting or find it difficult, The Shell is for you.
* Professionally scripted GUI for your own samples
* Multimode filters
* 3 ADSR envelopes and 3 LFOs
* Multiple groups for layering
* Extensive modulation possibilities
* Distortion, chorus, phaser, echo, reverb multi-FX
* Custom convolution reverb impulses”