HYPERNOVA is our 'Top of the line' Kontakt synthesizer. Based on a well known polyphonic synthesizer from the late 90's that was capable of emulating Minimoog, Jupiter 8, Juno 106 and ARP 2600 sounds. The Hypernova Kontakt synth is no different. It can also emulate classic synthesizer sounds, making use of sampling technology instead of the virtual analog and subtractive technology the original synth used. Hypernova is a 3 oscillator synthesizer which uses 50 different sound sets per oscillator. The sounds were sampled without the filter, LFO and effects settings. All the sounds were recreated with the Kontakt's filters, LFO's and effects. Hypernova is therefore an ideal tool for sound designers and musicians who want to make their own sounds. THE CONTROLS PAGE contains the parameters to completely alter and edit the sound. The Hypernova synthesizer has a 3 oscillator architecture. All the parameters on the controls page are available for the 3 oscillators seperately. Four different waveforms can be selected for each oscillator: square, saw, noise and special. The special waveform is a choice between 50 different waveforms, selectable via a menu. Each oscillator has level, pan, tuning and modulation parameters. The global section contains the parameters that affects all three oscillators at once. On the the top left are the poly, solo, legato and offset settings with the possibility to change the note order in which the notes are played when set to solo, legato or offset: last, next, low and high. On the top right you can find the Portamento and Unisono parameters. The filter section contains 5 different filters of which 4 are ladder filters known for their Moog like character and the fifth filter is the well known Pro53 filter. Each filter has its own frequency and resonance setting, also accompanied with their modulation settings for velocity, modwheel, pressure and key track. The envelopes section contains three different envelopes for amp, filter and pitch each with their own presets. Last but not least there is a very extensive LFO section. Each oscillator has an LFO for pitch, filter, level and pan with a choice between four different waveforms: square, saw, tri (triangle) and s/h (sample and hold).
THE EFFECTS PAGE contains 7 different effects. A convolution reverb with a choice between 7 different spaces:chamber, room, hall, church, plate, spring and gate. Other effects are delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, distortion and a 3-band equalizer, each with their own effect presets.
THE ARP & MODS PAGE exists out of a 64 step arpeggiator with a random arp generator. Beneath the arpeggiator there's a small mod section where you can change the bend range, the pitch LFO and level LFO sensitivity for the modwheel and pressure for the three oscillators.
Hypernova only works in the full version of Kontakt 5.3 or higher.
When using the free Kontakt Player, this library will only work for 15 minutes in demo mode!
Hypernova is also part of the Kontakt Bundles 4, 5, 7 & 8.
Follow the installation instructions as stated in the Hypernova Operation Manual.pdf file or the Installation tab above.
For Kontakt 5.3 (Full version, not Kontakt Player)
970 Mb in size unpacked
24bit 44.100 Khz ncw samples
360 patches: 236 instruments and 124 multis
36 samples per instrument, 3 OSC, 12 per OSC
5 different filters: 4 ladder filters and Pro53 filter
Velocity and Aftertouch responsive
Host tempo sync
ARP & Mods page
Unpack the supplied zip archive file to a directory of choice.
Open the Kontakt browser by clicking on the Browse icon on top of the Kontakt window.
Open the Files tab in the Kontakt browser.
Navigate to the directory where you installed the library.
Open the CL-Projects - Hypernova folder.
Open the Instruments or Multis folder and their subdirectories until you can see the nki / nkm files.
Double click on a nki or nkm file or drag it in the Kontakt window to load the patch.
Sounds And Gear
"What is Hypernova? I’m back with another product from CL-Projects, this is the same developer that created the JD-850. This one is based on the Novation Supernova, which I’ve actually owned a couple of times, so I was really excited to check it out!
It’s got 3 oscillators, each with it’s own settings for filter, envelope, effects, etc. There’s also a built in arp and modulation section, along with plenty of presets to keep you busy. He definitely aimed to capture the vibe and character of this classic synthesizer.
How does it sound? He did a good job capturing the sound of this synthesizer, especially in the pads, which were some of my favorite sounds to pull out of this engine. Not just the pads though, leads, brass, strings, and even fx all have a great sound quality to them. Being able to quickly adjust your sounds within the interface really makes it feel like and instrument and not just a static library of samples. The arp allows you to spice up the sound while not being overly complex, which is always a good thing in my opinion. Overall I really dig the sound of this library, brings back a lot of memories for me!
So what’s the bottom line? If you’re looking for a great new source of usable synth sounds with a tweakable interface I don’t see how you could pass up on this library. The pads alone are worth the price, but the fact that you have access to 3 oscillators including the “special” oscillators made up of 50 different waveforms, makes for a very powerful synth. I give Hypernova 4 out of 5 subs, the sound is great and the interface is super easy to use making it a very capable instrument."
JK Swopes aka SaintJoe (Founder / former owner at SoundsAndGear.com)
SoundBytes Music Magazine
"It was just earlier this year that I discovered CL-Projects, a Belgian-based sound library developer run by a fellow named Frank Dierickx. I reviewed a trio of offerings called The Blue Orb trilogy in our May issue, which you can find here: http://soundbytesmag.net/blueorbtrilogy/
Well, as much as I liked Blue Orb, it’s all but forgotten to me now that I’ve experienced Hypernova. This may be [spoiler alert!] my favorite package of Kontakt electronica I’ve experienced yet. The sounds in this package were all captured from a Novation Supernova II Platinum X (the 48 voice version, not that that’s significant), pictured immediately above. The Supernova II has three oscillators. CL-Projects created custom sounds for the hardware synth, but mostly kept filters and modulations out of the picture, deferring those manipulations to filters and LFOs in Kontakt.
And what a diverse set of sounds they are. There are 157 of them in to be precise in the form of sample sets recorded with impeccable precision and detail. Like the original instrument, the Hypernova library presents an instrument with three oscillators. Each has a basic saw wave square wave and noise provided, but the three saw waves and three square waves are all unique, just as was the case on the original instrument. Then, each oscillator has 50 “special” sound selections. These are all custom-programmed original sounds. The list for each oscillator is different.
What results from all of this is a walk in the park for anyone who desires to do significant sound design but hasn’t developed the deep skills to make interesting sounds from the ground up. The story is actually pretty simple. Starting with one of the sample sets, pick a sound. Then use the oscillator’s associated filter, envelopes and LFOs to tailor the sound. One need possess only elementary sound design knowledge to come up with stunning results. And then there are FX to be added and an arpeggiator to bring into the picture, should that be part of the game plan. We’ll get back to these extras shortly. In the UI , you can see the main interface page. But think of it as three identical separate tabs