Native Instruments Ashlight

Together with Frank Elting and sound design agency The Solos I created Ashlight, a granular synthesizer for Native Instruments.

For this instrument we recorded hundreds of acoustic instruments, foley sound sources, synthesizers and atmospheric sounds and mangled them with the Ashlight granular engine. Besides delivering sound sources, I created a lot of presets and a demo song for this revolutionary synthesizer.

“It has the ability to slot into
many music genres from pop and dance to chill‑out and ambient. I’m sure I’ll be discovering new facets of Electronic Edge for weeks to come.”

Sound on Sound, April 2021

“Unique sound set. Very well produced. Highly flexible customisation of kits.

Cons: None, really.”

Ask Audio, March 2021

“Electronic Edge brings exactly the variety into the
world of drum samplers 
that was previously mostly only found in obscure sample packs.”

Bonedo, February 2021

“The sounds are of a very high level of quality and it is delightful to find [..] sounds with a new, fresh approach. [..] This pack is quite versatile and thanks to the clever design of the drum kits, Electronic Edge knows how to give new impulses to your workflow.”

Interface, April 2021

Ashlight concludes the granular trilogy with monochrome soundscapes, pulsing textures, intricate leads, and cold atmospheres. It combines a specially-recorded sample library with grain and sample playback modules in a powerful engine with intuitive modulation controls for scoring shifting intensities, from edge-of-your-seat sweeps, to introspective keys, and world-shaking walls of sound.

Ashlight is the third release in a trilogy of granular instruments from Frank Elting. Following on from the bright, sci-fi-eque Straylight and vocal-based Pharlight, it sees Elting work with Amsterdam sound designers The Solos towards darker and colder textures through bowing and rubbing everything from carbon to cardboard in search for submersive textures and moodier timbres. The Solos are known for lending their signature sound to the trailers for blockbuster film scores such as Godzilla, Black Panther, and Justice League, as well as series like Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead.