Review: dmoox By dboxSamples

Review: dmoox By dboxSamples

dboxSamples is an online supplier of distinctive sample collections for music enthusiasts. They specialise in the design, development, and production of innovative and high-end consumer audio for producers and musicians. Their product range consists of samples, instruments, effects, soundsets and midi chords/sequences.

Their latest product is dmoox, a software instrument for Native Instrument Kontakt (it works with the free Kontakt Player as well).

In a nutshell:

dmoox is an instrument based on samples. It uses pre-recorded audio clips from Studio Electronics Midimoog, one of electronic music’s forgotten legends. Every note of this analogue monster has been sampled individually for approximately 4 seconds using high end converters and 24-bit depth. dmoox also takes advantage of the extensive script programming of Kontakt.

dmoox has a 3D user interface which is pretty much modeled after the Midimoog.

But how does it sound?

First of all, I don’t own any real analogue synths so I can’t use my own experience to compare it to any hardware gear so I’ll just say this: to my ears, it sounds very good! I have played with such fantastic virtual analogue synths as U-he’s Diva & ACE, D16 Group’s LuSH-101, Native Instrument’s Monark and in soundwise dmoox seems to belong to the same category.

Now, as the dmoox is sample based instrument, some may wonder if it’s tweakable or ‘deep’ enough. Well, in three words: yes it is! There’s plenty of knobs and switches to tweak the sound into new depths and thanks to the professional, high quality sampling and scripting, it doesn’t matter whether you are tweaking a sample based material or synthesized sound. dmoox is very versatile and offers a wide range of controls to adjust the sound. Just to mention a few, the Main panel alone has:

  • Octave Range and Tuning knobs for controlling and fine tuning the pitch of the oscillators
  • Waveform Selector which lets you to switch between the different types of sampled oscillators (6 types)
  • Mono/Legato switch to set the instrument to monophonic mode
  • Glide Time to control the slide time between notes
  • Mixer to control the levels of the oscillators
  • Filter section for choosing different type of filters (low pass, hi pass, band bass and vowel.. and the filters sound good!), cutoff frequency -, resonant peak -and filter envelope modulation controllers and filter envelope (attack, decay, sustain) controllers
  • Volume envelope (attack, decay, sustain) controllers

The Effects panel contains:

  • Delay, Flanger, Reverb and Distortion units, Lo-Fi effect, Stereo tool to spread the sound all ower the stereo field, big Magic -knob to control the amount of combined compression and saturation (my favourite!)

The Arp/Options panel has:

  • Arpeggiator, Pitch envelope, Equalizer, Unison and LFO sections and various knobs to control their behaviour.

So as you can see, there’s TONS of options to twist the sound!

But what about the included soundbank?

There’s 128 patches in total – 17 arps, 32 basses, 7 drum sounds, 10 fx’s, 6 hoovers, 14 keyboard sounds, 23 leads, 12 pads, 6 plucks, 1 sequence and of course the init to reset the dmoox and design your own patches from scratch.

In my opinion – and sorry if I repeat myself – the patches sound fantastic. The basses are fat, pads are lush, hoovers are big, plucks are plucky and leads sharp & huge. The presets suits well for any electronic music genre.

I made a video showcasing some of the sounds. Check below:

These were just example sequences (using the default soundbank sounds) made by me. Check out the dmoox official product page for more audio demo's.

Verdict:

dmoox sounds great and I would recommend it to anyone looking for that analogue bite into their tracks (though it's not limited just to analogue type of stuff as it can do a lot more). Can it be compared to Studio Electronics Midimoog? Personally, I can't say because I don't have any first hand experience of it, but based on my experiments with the modern good quality virtual analogue VST instruments, dmoox rocks!

Price: $76.06 (or €59.07 / £49.90)
Requirements: Kontakt 4.2.4 or above (works with the free Kontakt Player as well)
Supplier: dboxSamples

About Petri Suhonen

Petri Suhonen is an electronic music hobbyist. He has been producing music with computers over a decade on such styles as trance, downtempo, ambient & experimental electronic using FL Studio.

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