1 review for Terracotta: Mirage
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$35.00 USD (including tax)
Organic, alive and earthy – Terracotta is an utterly unique melodic-percussion instrument made from terracotta pots. This instrument’s charming bell-like tones are ideal for adding a tangible vibrancy to percussion sections, arpeggios and melodic lines. It’s powered by our sampled-based-synthesis engine VST/AU, Mirage, which is included for free. This flexible engine has a 3-layer structure for blending sounds as well as all the features you’d expect from a modern synth, such as filters, envelopes and effects.
25 different pots were sampled to make this instrument featuring 4 round robin and 4 velocity layers. As well as this, Terracotta comes with a handful of ‘mixer’ instruments designed to be blended with the main sound. This product also comes with 40 presets for instant production-ready results.
|Content||Found Sounds, Textures, Tonal Percussion|
|Format||Mirage Library (VST/AU)|
A unique tonal rhythmic instrument
Terracotta can be used to bring a unique liveliness to melodic lines and rhythmic arpeggios. The 25 terracotta pots that make up this product’s core sound are diverse in size and structure; some are old handmade victorian pots while others are smooth and modern. The resonation tone of the pot is consistent but there are intricate differences between them that, when combined, creates an instrument that has a beautifully diverse sound.
Each recording was carefully edited, tuned and mapped to a region on the keyboard. These regions were then combined into a full instrument that’s playable all the way from the lowest note to the highest note. You can also blend in some of the included ‘mixer’ sounds to create new tones. These include sounds such as a resonating large ceramic bowl, a music box and a plucked steel string.
Mirage offers all the control you need for this sampled instrument. You can dial in the sound exactly as you need it in your track; change the ADSR envelope for the volume, add some reverb or add punch with the compressor.
Powered by Mirage
Mirage is a sample-based-synthesis VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac that comes free with any powered-by-Mirage product. It’s the control hub for FrozenPlain’s new sounds, offering a powerful set of parameters and effects for rapid, flexible sound design, no matter what the sound source is.
Once it’s opened up in your DAW, you’ll see all of your powered-by-Mirage products ready to click on and use instantly. There’s no subscription or log-in procedure, just instant access to the sounds and presets.
Three independent sound layers can be layered together
Mirage libraries are loaded from a side panel
9 effects can be used to shape the sound
Presets can be quickly loaded and saved
Mirage allows for up to three different sounds to be controlled separately and layered together. The layers in Mirage have the following controls unique to them: pitch, volume and pan, filter, volume envelope, LFO, EQ, sample loop settings and MIDI settings. These controls facilitate an incredible amount of manipulation over the original sound source.
Mirage is set up to make fully playable patches. Sounds will respond to both MIDI velocity and the sustain pedal (MIDI CC 64). On top of that, any parameter in Mirage can be controlled by knobs or sliders on your physical MIDI controller. This is done by simply right-clicking the parameter, selecting ‘MIDI learn’ and then moving your controller. And of course, Mirage can be automated with your DAW.
Mirage is designed to not get in your way. It is fast to load up and is efficient with CPU usage. It has a vector-based GUI that can be resized so that it will work on any size screen. The controls are laid out intuitively, and a full description each control can be viewed by hovering the mouse over it. In the rare case when you need some deeper info, a PDF manual with all of the nitty-gritty details covered is included.
For spontaneous inspiration, Mirage features controls for randomly loading presets and changing parameters. The random preset button has 4 modes for scoping the randomisation to your preferred level, whether that be a folder, a library or the given search text. Parameters can be randomised at various levels too: complete randomisation, just instruments or just the effects rack.
Mirage is simple on the surface, but has depth for complex sound design when you need it. Initially you might start with exploring the ready-to-use factory presets using the presets browser. But from there you can further layer, mangle and modulate the sound to be the perfect fit for your track; Mirage is a powerful tool for creating utterly unique organic instruments.
Built-in effects such as distortion, bit-crush, chorus and stereo widener can be used to enhance the sound with extra harmonics or extra simulated width. The compressor can be used to control dynamics or add punch, and the filter can be used to isolate just the frequencies you need.
Mirage also has reverb and delay effects for real space simulation. These are great for sound design too. One of the reverb effects is a convolution reverb; this is typically used to add a real-sounding reverberation to the signal by using a sample of a real space (AKA an impulse response). Mirage features both realistic impulse responses and abstract ones for creative sound design.
By purchasing this product, or any powered-by-Mirage product, you gain access to updates with new features and improvements. These will almost always be completely free. We will ensure these updates never break backwards compatibility. This means as the capability of Mirage expands, your old DAW projects or presets will still work just like they used to.
If you already have Mirage, you can visit this page to download the latest version. It’s worth noting that Mirage has no use unless you have a Mirage library; in the current version, these can only be made with our internal tools.
This product was initially created for Kontakt and has now been moved to Mirage. This new version of Terracotta is a reinterpretation of the old samples. We believe this new version is slightly better for rapid sound-design and for ease-of-use.
If you’ve already bought Terracotta for Kontakt on frozenplain.com, you can pick up Terracotta for Mirage for only $5. Log into your account on frozenplain.com and visit the Terracotta: Mirage page. You will see the price automatically discounted to $5.
The core sound is essentially the same except for some minor changes to tuning and some changes to the Celeste instrument. The Kontakt version and the Mirage version are powered by different engines with different architectures; however, the features of each are roughly comparable.
If you own the Kontakt version, you might consider purchasing this new version if you would like to access the Terracotta sounds in Mirage, a new engine that will continue to grow and improve. Mirage is excellent for rapid sound-design and ease-of-use. It is also a consistent interface that is used by other FrozenPlain products.
You might also consider the new version if you would like access to the 40 brand new presets. These presets are production-ready. They demonstrate the capabilities of Terracotta and are an accessible gateway to mastering your own sound-design using this tool.
Terracotta is distributed as a digital download only. It should only take a matter of minutes before you can start using it in your production. FrozenPlain has a streamlined checkout system, you only need to put in essential information. For the first product you buy here, you will be prompted to set a password in order to create an account. All products you buy on this site are added to your account and the latest versions can be re-downloaded at any time.
You can pay for Terracotta with a credit card, debit card, PayPal, or Apple Pay. The payment process is handled by our online reseller Paddle.com. Once payment has been completed successfully you will be able to download Terracotta instantly.
Terracotta is designed to be as accessible as possible to producers, composers, musicians, and sound designers. You probably already have what you need if you are producing audio on a reasonably modern computer. There is one exception – Terracotta is not available in the AAX plugin format yet, and so will not run in Pro Tools. Here are the specific requirements:
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An elegant percussion instrument.
Pad-like sounds are also included as presets. very good.