From a company calling itself 8Dio in daily life, a new instrument emerges. Not just another plugin but something bigger, bolder and brighter than anything before. Trademarked ‘Soundpaint‘, it promises to render instruments dynamically in real-time like no other, bearing unique functionality like ‘infinite velocity layers‘!
Best of all? The Soundpaint Engine is absolutely, utterly, comp-i-letely, and unmistakably ‘FREE‘! And while there is a fair price-tag tied to its platform-specific libraries, it comes with a free Vintage Steinberg Grand Piano library as well, to show off what Soundpaint can do.
Some say it is a true synthesizer, others claim it is not. Actually, it acts a bit like both. Soundpaint is what is called an ‘Ultra-Deep Sampled Instrument Platform‘ dynamically rendering ‘completely realistic‘ instruments in real-time, just like a real synthesizer would. Simply put, Soundpaint is an instrument-platform that uses ultra-deep sampled libraries but acts like a real synthesizer would. By means of sophisticated AI, it uses painstakingly sampled instruments without any fixed software sample modeling, rendering sound as realistically as possible with real-time processing.
Boasting to be ‘MIDI 2.0 ready‘, Soundpaint juggles with not just your usual and boring 128 velocity layers but the full 65,536 layers in a 16-bit depth spread, able to ‘morph’ any velocity level in between the 128 set layers. To be clear, this results in a velocity-palette that can be infinitely fractioned to render any possible value in between the 128 set velocities.
Sectioned in 4 parts, its engine can stack up to 4 instruments that can be combined and stacked with modulations. Add in a bunch of rather arousing analog modeled effects and the ability to morph and modify between any two of its four engine parts to build ‘programs’, and this platform can be easily called remarkable, its hidden potential vastly extensive while carried by a quality of sound and level of realism hard to come by anywhere else without lifting some serious dough.
As for its looks, opinions are divided so we leave it up to you whether she’s a babe or not. Past her looks though, and without sounding too subjective, the author is already hooked, finding the workflow intuitive and massively interesting.
They’ve currently sampled a Jupiter 8 synth, a TR-808 drum machine, a 1975 Gibson guitar, Brass sounds, a Palindrome, some sound Effects and Cinematic scapes, all separately for sale at a fair price but also bundled for very fair $300. But the Steinberg Grand Piano is FREE so get that and for the sweet love of music, try this awesome sound-mobile!
Soundpaint from the developers from 8Dio is forever FREE!