MELODIC HUMAN TEXTURES
- Create uniquely-human textures, pads, leads, and effects through organic vocal timbres
- Harness intensity, timing, and evolution with in-depth control over effects and modulation
- Explore a one-of-a-kind library of samples designed and recorded specifically for PHARLIGHT’s engine
VIBRANT, EVOCATIVE, GRANULAR VOX
PHARLIGHT is a vocal-based granular instrument for artists, composers, musicians, and sound designers, developed by the team behind STRAYLIGHT. Its idiosyncratic sample library packs unconventional sounds designed and recorded specifically for two unique playback modules. From cinematic soundscapes and pulsating ambiences to haymaker hooks, PHARLIGHT is all about injecting incredible sound, imaginative modulation, and organic, melodic timbres into your music.
PHARLIGHT’s sample content was recorded by a team of over 15 sound designers and vocal artists to produce a tailor-made library that brings the best out of its engine.
We did extensive research into distinctly-vocal sounds that work wonders with the granular engine. Invented phrases created and recorded for their special spectral diversity, curated noise samples, beatboxers, and multi-sampled choral tones provide just some of the fuel for the engine’s unique character. The result is 319 sound sources, with over 350 expertly-designed snapshots that draw the very best out of Pharlight’s engine.
PHARLIGHT is based around a specialized, easy-to-use granular engine that uses its source samples to create tones, pads, pulses, and more that are independent of time and pitch. That means a whisper or a spoken vowel can be played like a pad or keys, layered, stretched, shifted, and tuned, and that the nuances of small, short sounds can be magnified and extended to epic proportions. Tempo-synced playback means transitions, sweeps, and drops can be dialed-in right on-cue.
Grains are layered with specially-recorded multi-samples or atmospheric one-shots from PHARLIGHT’s Sample module almost exclusively using vocals. From wavetable-style synth sounds, to clean vox and chopped, textured noise, they are used to generate multi-faceted tones with huge versatility. Think low-end complements to textured pads, snappy attacks for lead-leaning patches, and unique choral sounds.
PERFORM AND MODULATE
Modulation is integral to PHARLIGHT’s sound, with fast and creative ways to sculpt your sound. The X-Y pad means real-time control over the way sounds change – perfect for transitions, tension, and drops. Conjure shimmering pads and pulsating textures with the gater and delays, roughen things up with drivers, fine-tune with EQs, shape with a huge array of filters, and explore uncharted sonic territory with a chorus, flanger, and phaser taken from MOD PACK.
REAL-TIME SHAPING WITH KOMPLETE KONTROL
Load up PHARLIGHT within KOMPLETE KONTROL to really perform. Sculpt and modulate in real-time with pre-mapped macro controls that bring PHARLIGHT’s engine to life. Score straight to picture, perform onstage, or bring spontaneity to studio sessions.
Built in collaboration with Frank Elting and Overklang, PHARLIGHT is the product of an extensive exploration into capturing the human voice in new ways. The recording process involved a diverse range of over 15 vocal artists and sound designers with a shared affinity for unconventional sound. We spent a huge amount of time refining presets to bring the best out of each sample.