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.
Terracotta pots: a tonal-percussion instrument
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.
Playable across the whole keyboard
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.
Control the sound
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.
See and hear Terracotta: Mirage in action
A free VST/AU control-hub for FrozenPlain sounds
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
Designed for sound layering
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.
Designed to be played
Mirage enables you to turn samples into fully playable patches. The volume at both the layer level and the master level can be controlled with MIDI velocity. Sustain pedal (MIDI CC 64) is also fully supported, enabling you to hold notes using a foot pedal.
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 also be automated by your DAW.
Minimum friction from your mind to your DAW
Mirage is designed to not get in your way. It is fast to load up and is CPU efficient. 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 of what each control does can be viewed by hovering the mouse over it for a moment. Mirage also comes with a PDF user manual with all of the nitty-gritty details covered.
For spontaneous inspiration, Mirage features controls for useful randomisation. The first randomisation feature is a multi-mode button that loads a random preset. It can be set to work in one of three ways. Firstly, it can load any random preset at all – even of different libraries. Secondly, it can load a random preset that is of the same library that you currently have loaded. Or thirdly, it can load a random preset in the current preset folder (the folder might contain all bass presets for example).
The next randomisation feature is two buttons that load a random instrument for one or all of the 3 layers. This is excellent for quickly trialling a new sound source but keeping Mirage’s other parameters unchanged.
Use presets or create your own sounds
Mirage helps you with finding the right sound quickly. In a recent free update, Mirage received a built-in preset browser. This is a panel that can be opened up via a button at the top of the interface. All the presets are arranged in a clear list which can be navigated with the arrows keys on your keyboard as well as your mouse.
A rack of built-in Effects
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.
Access to free updates
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.
Already own Terracotta for Kontakt?
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.
What is different about the Mirage version?
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.
Why might you want to purchase the new version?
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:
- Windows: a computer running Windows 7 or higher. Mirage is available as a 32-bit and a 64-bit plugin. However, the installer needs a 64-bit machine. Virtually all Windows machines are 64-bit.
- Mac: macOS 10.12 or higher. Both Intel chips and M1 chips are supported (universal binary).
- A host that can play either a VST2 plugin or an AudioUnit v2 (AU) plugin. Examples of such hosts are Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper, Reason, FL Studio, Logic X, Garage Band, and many more. Logic 9 or older does not support AudioUnit v2 and so this product will not work in it.
- 40 presets, saved as separate mirage-terracotta files
- Mirage sample-based synthesis engine included
- Terracotta Mirage library (closed format mdata file) which features six instruments
- ~85MB file download
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