KIA released move.ment, a freeware virtual instrument for Windows and macOS (standalone application).
move.ment was developed in collaboration with DaHouse Audio and Arthur Joly, a well-known synthesizer builder from Brazil. You can check out some of Arthur’s fantastic synth projects here.
But let’s rewind a little bit. KIA released a virtual instrument? The car manufacturer? What?
Yes, as surprising as this may seem, KIA developed a software synthesizer and used it to create the in-car sounds for the new Kia EV6 electric vehicle.
The company also collaborated with four artists to create a music album that “increases activity in the parts of the brain connected to creativity.” I’m sure James Blunt wasn’t involved in the project if that’s the case.
Back to the instrument, move.ment is a simple monophonic sample-based virtual synthesizer. It features a single VCO, a resonant low-pass filter, two ADSR envelopes, and a built-in reverb effect.
move. ment’s standout feature is the Sampler section which offers eight nature recordings (Wind, Birds, Beach, Geiser, Forest, Water, Thunder, Night) that you can mix with the VCO signal.
This concept works surprisingly well. The simple electronic sounds generated by the VCO sound a lot more organic in combination with the included nature sounds and the built-in reverb.
The instrument comes with close to 100 presets and lets you save your own creations for later use.
“The sounds of movement in nature produce what’s known as pink noise. This increases the alpha waves in the brain, inducing the flow state of consciousness, the state in which the brain is at its most creative. These natural sounds were recorded all over the world and used to develop the one-of-a-kind instrument, that we call move.ment.”
So, now that KIA developed a virtual instrument, who do you think will be the first plugin developer to manufacture a car? I’d buy a car from Arturia, as long as it offers four-wheel drive and Eurorack compatibility.
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