Slate + Ash Cycles v1.3 KONTAKT

Slate + Ash Cycles v1.3 KONTAKT

CYCLES is an innovative and powerful loop manipulation and granular synthesis environment. Through a variety of idiosyncratic and interactive processes pull apart and reconstruct audio instantly into an endless myriad of collaged loops, performable textures, modulating rhythms, generative sequences and playable pads.


The LOOPS engine is an audio looper, splicer and synthesiser. Audio is manipulated using an interactive visual timeline that slices the loops into rhythmic segments and re-collages them to create new and irregular formations. Playback parameters facilitate detailed loop manipulation whilst parameter modulation and slice randomisation can create further rhythmic evolution.

The GRAINS engine operates at the micro level, deconstructing the loops into tiny fragments and then rebuilding them into diffuse and amorphous clouds of texture. Grains of variable size, shape, pitch, volume, pan and direction interact to create a multitude of generative soundscapes and gestural movements, with physically simulated modulation introducing natural repetition by animating parameters in cyclical patterns.


CYCLES includes over 450 loop sources divided into six distinct packs, each designed to inspire new and idiosyncratic directions in music creation. Loops can be used straight out of the box in order to generate and develop existing ideas, or alternatively taken purely as source material to be manipulated within the engine into entirely new worlds of sound.


CYCLES includes 100 preset engine states to help find inspiration and aid exploration. Each of these transforms the engine into a different set of parameters, settings, and modulation, creating an entirely new world of sound in which a loop or sample is then performable. This produces a huge palette of tens of thousands of unique processed loops and textures, existing anywhere from energetic pulses and plucks to rich cinematic ambiences.

As well as the source loops, over 150 bespoke pads, textures and sequences are included, each created by taking a single source loop and transfiguring it within the CYCLES engine. The result is a vast library of unique timbres and rhythms full of granularised swarms, lush organic textures and precise cyclical pulses. Patches can be performed interactively, with mod wheel movement creating dynamic rises and evolving cinematic transitions.


  • 189 presets patches
  • 100 preset engine states
  • 494 sound designed loop sources
  • Approx 2.8GB samples compressed
  • Up to date and powerful CPU recommended
  • Runs in the free Kontakt 6.3.2 Player or full Kontakt 6.3.2 or higher

Changelog v1.3.0 – FIXED Issues:

  • Fixed amp envelope attack on loop array mode
  • Fixed sequencer freezing when exiting sidebar


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