Demos made with Pigments 2 Magma Presets (samples and wavetables)
All effects are from Pigments 2 effect section / No Eq (raw synth sounds)
Demos made with Xfer Serum Magma Presets (wavetables only)
All effects are from Serum effect section / No Eq (raw synth sounds)
This sample pack give you “Oscillators”, not presets sampled from Magma preset list, but actual oscillators, unfiltered and unmodulated, that bring Magma into your favorite sample player. If you do not know Magma, it is a DSP/CV synth for the Scope/Xite DSP hardware that works with CV equipment, and you can find more info at the bottom of this page.
Content of the Full Pack
999 samples including 270 long samples (4 measures at 80 bpm) and 729 wavetables (details in §2 below).
- 44 oscillators per octave covering a wide array of Magma’s own sound, sampled from c0 to c5, for a total of 270 long samples.
- 1 silent sample (it allows to create split keyboards and silences inside round robin sequences in Pigments).
- 302 Wavetables with root key c0
- 325 wavetables with root key c1
- 102 wavetables with root key c4
- 51 presets for Xfer Serum
- 86 presets for Arturia Pigments 2 (with loop start/end point pre-edited).
- In the downloadable zip file you will find:
- Folders with every sample, wavetable and presets, for manual install in any synth/sampler (for Mac, PC, hardware samplers).
- *.exe installer for Pigments (installs presets and samples where they should be) (Windows only)
1. The Long Samples
a. Sample Length
Magma’s oscillators have been sampled on a duration of 4 measures at 80 bpm (12 seconds).
This unusual length serves 2 purposes:
- Capture tiny variations of the oscillators over long periods of time, for more realism and warmth.
- Avoid to create loop start/end point on most presets.
b. Manual Selection
We kept only the best oscillators, those with contrast between them, and which reflect the type of sounds achievable with Magma Oscillators. Selection was done by ear and by checking that all wavetables are different. We played the sounds, made presets, and re-did a lot of oscillators when they could be improved.
c. Easy Looping and multisampled instruments
Samples Start and End point have been edited for zero crossing, making it easier to loop and crossfade without any unatural effect.
Using a single sample for the whole keyboard is the main usage of this soundbank. We have sampled each octaves to allow user to choose which root key is the best for the particular preset they are creating. A large majority of the included presets are not multisamples.
Using multisamples allows to get closer to the sound of SpaceF Magma, to get crispier high notes and to avoid aliasing (aliasing from transposed samples can sometimes be surprisingly emotional and captivating …but not always). In Pigments, you are not obliged to fill all 6 slots. You could use only 2 or 3 samples on the lower octaves for bass sounds, or only a few higher octaves for leads or strings. This flexibility helps save memory ressources (and probably a bit of cpu too).
d. Optimized for Arturia's Pigments 2 ?
You can use Magma’s Oscillators in any software or hardware sampler that can load samples of 1.5 Mb (1539 ko).
That said, Arturia’s Pigments 2 is very easy to use and the diversity of sounds obtainable with SpaceF Magma translate pretty well. The architecture of Pigments is very close to SpaceF “BlackBox 2” synths such as “Biosc” or “Multisynth”, which all have 2 oscillators and 2 filters that you can use in chain or in parallel (Magma has 2 oscillators and 3 parallel filters).
The C0 to C5 root keys will fill all 6 sample slots of each of Pigments Engines. It allows to create multisampled instruments of course, but also splitted keyboards, round robin sequences, and more.
Compare these two presets made in Pigments 2:
Piano 01 (single sample) :
Piano 01 MultiSample (6 slots to cover 6 octaves – higher frequencies are crispier and there is barely any aliasing)
Which one is better ?
- We like “Piano 01 (Single sample)” a lot because it sounds a bit dirty and aliasing brings resonances reminiscent of the resonances happening inside a real piano (with some imagination 🙂 ). It is also nice to think that the sound is the result of the mariage between the sampler and Magma, and this is particular to each vsti (the result would not be the same in Serum or Kontakt).
- ‘Piano 01 MultiSample” is much cleaner on the high notes and is closer to the sound of Magma when played in the Scope environment, because the sampler engine does not need to transpose the sound over several octaves.
The picture on the left shows how to use the “Silent Sample” to create splitted keyboards in Arturia’s Pigments 2.
The first engine has samples on octaves C0 to C2, and the silent sample on the 3 upper octaves.
The second engine has the silent sample on octave C0 to C2, and samples on octaves C3 to C5.
If we did not use the silent sample, then the samples in slot C and D would be transposed through the whole keyboard and the 2 engines would play as “layered” instruments, ie, you would always hear both sounds at the same time.
By using the silent sample, we stop the transposition. The silent sample is actually played by Pigments, but as there is nothing in it, you will only hear the other sound. Then, each engine is sent to its own filter, to have independant filters, volume and pan on each sound.
Listen (split keyboard using the Silent Sample – nb: the sequence on the bass is produced by a Saw Down LFO modulating the cutoff of the filter on the bass sound):
Round Robin sequences is another fun trick. Just load different oscillators in each slot and activate “Round Robin” in the “Map” page. Each samples will be played after the other – either at each of your keystroke (note-on messages) or when using pigments arpegiator or step sequencer
In the example below, we used all 6 slots and samples from different octaves with the step sequencer. You could also load 4 oscillators only for more classic/binary rythms. Empty slots will simply be ignored by Pigments, so you could insert our Silent Blank Sample to create a silence inside a sequence.
You could also choose “Random” instead of “Round Robin” to play each slot in a completely random manner.
Listen (6 slots with different oscillators at various octaves, round robin setting):
2. The Wavetables
All wavetables are morphable, either automatically (Arturia Pigments “morph” button), or by choice of the user (Xfer Serum, select “morph Spectral” in the WT editor, or any other morph operation as you like).
The purpose of the wavetables is that we did a lot of work for you to allow fun tricks in wavetable players. One of these tricks is the ability to morph from an oscillator to another, including distorted sounds and other fun tricks. We took care making wavetables that are not “random” and that make sense regarding the Magma Synth.
The difference between the various root keys is the sound: C0 are regular wavetables while C1 include more cycles. The C4 wavetables are a bonus: they give a different result and are to be used for the higher notes of the keyboard. Not all WT exist in C4 root key because it did not always sounds good. We removed all that did not sound great from our bank.
Most wavetables exist in Single, Dual, Triade, PentaWT, Octave WT, as well as “z02” and “z11” wavetables. Explanations below.
z11 WT (22 528 samples length)
The “z11” wavetables are samples of 11*2048= 22528 samples from the same oscillator.
The z11 have different usage depending on the host:
- In Serum, the z11 can be used as a bank of “timbre” from the same oscillator. Serum can also re-organize the wavetables in various order based on frequency or levels.
- In Arturia’s Pigments, the wavetables are “aligned” and you will not hear a lot of difference between the 11 waves of the table when the yare played individually. However, the z11serie is great to use with Phase Distortion and Waveshaper modulations, and get phasing effects that cannot be obtained with shorter wavetables.
- The z11 series can also be used in a way that would be inspired from the early days of sampling (the 80’s and 90’s) when floppy disk were 720 or 1.44 Mb max and samples had to be sampled over a pretty short period of time. The z11 series would allow to replicate this kind of usage directed by limited disk space, with a bit effect after it (to lower the bit rate to values between 8 and 12 bits for example).
Presets for Serum
Made for all styles of electro, dubstep, trance, house, techno, and can also be used in classic genre.
Musicality and quality was the criteria used when cleaning the preset list to keep only the best of them.
If you do not own Serum, it does not matter, you can use the wavetables and keep the presets for the day you try Xfer Serum.
Compatible with Pigment file explorer
If you do not use our installer, you can import the WT and sample folders through Pigments file explorer, then copy the preset files in Pigments presets folder, and play. That’s all you have to do.
In other host, it is about copying the wavetables in a folder of your choice, or dragging a wavetable into an oscillator slot.
Changing an oscillator of any preset is as simple as selecting one of the Octave folder, loading any sample or wavetable, and then click on the arrows near the sample name, to try all other oscillators, one after the other.
The organization of “1 folder per octave” is the best under Pigments 2. Pigments 2 does not support sub-folders, but it allows to browse sample of the same octave without having to listen to the same sound of each 5 other octaves.
Tagged Presets for Pigments
You can select the “SpaceF Magma” Bank name to display all the SpaceF Magma presets.
We have added various tags such as “Magma”, Multisample”, “Sequenced” , and of course all the instrument types to help you find presets easily.
The presets browse a wide palette of instruments that can be used in any style and that can be edited easily.
The way that this bank is installed (per octave) allows to load a preset and then simply click the arrows near the samples to load each of our oscillators one after the other inside the preset. It becomes very fast to adapt a preset to your current song and to find the best oscillators for your project.
More hardware sampled
We brought Magma a little bit further by sending it to analog hardware distortion and amps pedals. The distortion wavetables and samples exist as single WT, dual WT (“Dry to Dist” and “Dist to Dist”) and Triades, to allow morphing from a distortion sound to another (or from Dry to Distortion and other combinations).
Magma has been especially edited for each of our guitar pedals, and it is not simply existing samples that have been used. For each pedal, we took the time to edit Magma for the best sonic response(s).
Thanks to those distortion samples and wavetable is like having a “drive” setting before your filter, except that this drive is generated by analog equipment, and comes from renowed gear such as RAT 2, Dod Preamp 250, Juicer, and more. It is great for all e-piano keys, lead solos and anything that needs a little boost.
A couple of videos (“live” projects)
Please note that the audio quality is not the best due to audio/video compression:
please refer to the soundcloud playlists at the top of this page for HD Audio (which are flac or wave or HQ mp3)