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Sound Collective - FrozenPlain Obelisk

Normally retailing for $25, this powerful plug-in for Mac and PC is free for Sound Collective members from 11th June to 6th August, and also comes with a 30% discount on FrozenPlain’s Wraith soft synth.

Whether you’re an electronic producer with only rudimentary grounding in music theory, or an experienced composer looking for creative inspiration, you don’t want to miss our Sound Collective giveaway for June/July: FrozenPlain’s super intuitive MIDI harmonising and key/scale snapping tool, Obelisk. Normally retailing for $25, this powerful plug-in for Mac and PC is free for Sound Collective members from 11th June to 6th August, and also comes with a 30% discount on FrozenPlain’s Wraith soft synth.

Obelisk is a VST/AU plug-in that turns monophonic MIDI sequences into key/scale-constrained chord progressions, based on your specifications, for routing to synths and samplers in the host DAW, and MIDI-compatible hardware instruments outside it. Select the harmonic intervals you want to have automatically stacked above and/or below the incoming notes from an extensive menu – Minor 7th, Fourth, Tritone, Octave, etc, ranging up to two octaves either side of the triggering note – or load one of a variety of preset chords. Then set a key and scale from a similarly comprehensive roster – Major, Minor, Harmonic Minor, Blues, Arabic, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, etc – to constrain the chords to that tonal base. An intelligent algorithm guides the constraining, which is applied after the chord is generated, shifting the added notes to keep them in key. Your own custom chord shapes and scales can be saved and recalled, and for compositional flexibility, you can house up to four different setups in a single instance of Obelisk, enabling on-the-fly keyswitching between chords and scales as your track progresses.

The last played chord name is displayed at the top of the interface, too, giving the plug-in a secondary role as a handy analyser for manually played chords. All in all, Obelisk is an incredibly useful MIDI tool that will not only prove invaluable in bringing depth and musicality to your tracks, but is sure to improve your understanding of harmony in the process.

Sound Collective Product Manager Jonathan Campbell comments: “This month’s offer is from relatively small (but impressive) brand, FrozenPlain, who I discovered through recommendations from producer friends. We’ve teamed up to offer their harmony and chords MIDI plugin, Obelisk. “If, like me, you’re a little lazy/rusty on your music theory then this plug-in is perfect. From just a single note, you can generate interesting chord progressions and sequences from any of your favourite synths and instruments. It’s particularly handy when you’re lacking inspiration or stuck writing the same kinds of musical progressions – a real cheat code!”

And what better partner to Obelisk than FrozenPlain’s own Wraith synthesiser plug-in, which, as a Sound Collective member, you can buy for $39, representing 30% off the full $59 price? Built for darkly cinematic sound design, Wraith lets you create spectrally rich pads, drones and textures via three independent layers, each drawing on a library of 230 sonically diverse samples and featuring its own filtering, modulation, EQ and looping controls, and all feeding into a bank of global effects including Distortion, Chorus, Delay and Convolution reverb.

Sound Collective members can download Obelisk for free from their Novation account, and claim their 30% discount on Wraith, between 11th June and 6th August 2020.

Sound Collective is a community hub that brings you, Novation and the most innovative software brands together. If you want to find great virtual instruments and effects, keeping up to date with the constant stream of new releases is essential, and Sound Collective makes it easy, with regular free software downloads and generous discounts on high-end plug-ins. To join Sound Collective, simply register any Novation product, then look out for a new offer every couple of months. No one else works with software manufacturers like we do to bring you inspirational tools for your next production.