ENIGMA 2 - THE RAPTURE

Walls Of Distortion

Leo Abrahams follows up his Enigma hit of 2013 with an apocalyptic selection of distorted instruments and walls of sound. Layer into your mix for the ultimate in distortion & feedback. We decamped to Pool Studios, Bermondsey (London) for weeks of plundering Leo’s unique and rare collection of instruments, pedals and amplification. Where the original Enigma is a relatively small boutique selection of awesome sounds, "The Rapture" is a deep-sampled treatise on the art of distortion, feedback, filth and squalor.

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Overview

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A deep-sampled library of distorted beauty, that captures Leo's incredibly cool aesthetic, presented in different forms to give you a multitude of options. An enormous variety of articulations, via Leo's enviable guitar collection, his candy store pedal board and a host of different vintage amps and signal paths recorded at London's ultra cool Pool Studios.

Distortions - 18 Pedals with 167 different articulations each with six unique signal paths.
Augmentations - Along the lines of the original Enigma, 24 inspiring dedicated Mercury "synth" sample sets again each with 6 unique amps.
Evolutions - a 16 x 16 Evo Grid - With 4 different amps and signal paths to patch in and mix.

• If you're a producer looking to add that edge to your music then this is a must-have for your arsenal: anything it touches gains a white-hot zeitgeist edge.

• If you're a writer in need of that spark of inspiration both Enigmas are "inspiration machines" which can instantly feed your imagination.

• If you're a composer looking to employ distortions on your scores, whether it be for film, TV or games, you can now do this with confidence. No more lame distorted guitar sounds!

Background

Leo Abrahams is a trailblazing musician, composer, and producer who has recorded and toured with such successful artists as Imogen Heap, Ed Harcourt, Roxy Music, Grace Jones, and Pulp. Leo began to write and produce for a catalogue of aspiring singers and bands, which led him to creating his own records including The Unrest Cure, featuring the vocal stylings of Brian Eno, KT Tunstall, Ed Harcourt, Foy Vance, and Bingo Gazingo. Leo has produced for a number of artists including Regina Spektor, Paolo Nutini, Wild Beasts, Frightened Rabbit and Carl Barat of the Libertines. He has composed such incredible soundtracks as that of The Lovely Bones (with Eno) and Hunger (with David Holmes) and he is also credited as the guitarist in such fantastic film scores as that of '71, Oceans 12, Twilight and Green Zone. Leo’s talent has extended across multiple genres of music, and it is his devotion, along with his raw talent that has brought him the success he has today.

He had this to say about "The Rapture":

"When I'm writing, I often build a sound first and let the composition evolve from it. I hope that some of the guitar sounds on offer here will inspire other people to do the same. I also hope that some of the ambient sounds are helpful when what's needed is neither a synth pad nor an actual 'part', but just a bit of atmospheric ambiguity (or ambiguous atmosphere, depending on whether it's a sci-fi thing or a costume drama).

With this library, I hoped we could capture a sense of danger and abandon, which it is often the guitar's job to impart. There's also such a wide variety of emotions and textures available from different fuzz boxes and guitars - I find I hear far too many guitar tones in soundtracks that sound generic and cheesy. I wanted to put the product of my compulsive years of eBay scouring at people's fingertips.

When I was playing on David Holmes' soundtrack to Oceans 12, he sent me round every guitar store in LA buying vintage fuzzes until we found the right tone for a particular cue. It took 2 days, and one of the VI's is from that very stompbox.

So it's partly intended as a gap-filler in people's toolboxes, and partly as an inspiration machine. If you decide to investigate, thanks in advance."


Features

As Enigma 2 contains various different articulations and pickup choices, we have designed 5 new icons to easily distinguish between the main articulations found in the library.



Anytime you see these icons with A, B or C inside, these are different pickup or playing position options of that articulation, which will have a slightly different tone.

The library is split into 3 distinct sections: "Distortions", "Augmentations" and "Evolutions". The Distortions are the core of the library with a 167 articulations spread across 18 different guitar pedals. The sounds are divided by pedal and contain 6 different signal options giving a variety of mixing options.

The 6 different signal options available include a pure DI straight from the pedals, to 4 different amps and finally a stereo room pair that allow you to add the ambience of The Pool recording studios. The 4 different amps available have been hand-picked to give a variety of sonic options. The first amp (“Cl” on the GUI) is a Showman, with a clean feed of the guitar before any of the pedals to add the pure tone of the guitar. The next 3 are where you get to the core of the matter with 3 different options all straight from the distortions, with the first being a Klemt Echolette M40 into a Selmer cabinet, the second a Bassman, and the third a Swart Space Tone.

The Augmentations are 24 unique sounds crafted by Leo himself using his curated pedal board, ranging from deep bass tones to enveloping pads and textures. These all contain the same 6 signals as found in the Distortions but are all hosted in our Mercury engine where users can develop the sounds further with in-built effects.

Last but not least are the Evolutions, based on our Evo Grid range, containing 16 different sounds spread across the keyboard which can be randomised to build complex moving sounds. All built with distortion and feedback in mind, these sounds evolve from a soft distortion up to screaming feedback and down again. These all have 4 different signal options, which are the 3 ‘dirty’ amplifiers mentioned above as well as the room signal.

GUIs

General Controls Panel

A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

Mercury Synth

The mercury synth is the front end for all of our steam punked, sound designed and warped section of any library. It is an ingenious user interface that allows you to have instant fun without having to roll up your sleeves and go under the Kontakt hood. All of the controls are assignable to your control surface giving you the immediate ability to make our sounds your own.

The Evo Grid

Based on the EMS VCS3 synth, this extraordinary and unique interface allows for instant gratification, customisation. With 1 or 2 clicks you will be armed with something totally unique and inspiring. Scroll the Evo Grid to discover and activate all 48 Evos. Pan and tweak each Evo for perfect blending punch in or out 3 useful modulators and effects, mix your mic positions all from the front panel.

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Augmentations:

  • Angelic
  • Bassline
  • Bouncing Bits
  • Clanker
  • Cloud Trem
  • Dark Echo
  • Devilish Chords
  • Devilish Shorts A
  • Devilish Shorts B
  • Epic Plonk
  • Filthy Behaviour
  • Fuzz Echo
  • Hard Sustain
  • Hello
  • Mellow Noise Fx
  • Pitch Shift
  • PlinkyRingmod
  • Ring Mod
  • Sound 1
  • Stereo FX
  • Subtle Shift
  • Watery Baubles
  • Watery Vib Hard
  • Watery Vib Soft

Distortions:

  • Box Of Rock
  • Buzztone
  • Danelectro Rock
  • Duo Distorter Green
  • Duo Distorter Red
  • FuzzTone
  • J Everman LoFi Filter
  • J Everman LoFi
  • Love Tone
  • MidFi Glitch
  • North Effects AD50
  • Rainger Freak
  • Sag Aloo
  • Sag Paneer
  • Skreddy Lunar Module
  • Tone Machine
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2
Individual brushes:
  • Box Of Rock - 2 Note Bends
  • Box Of Rock - Chords
  • Box Of Rock - Harmonics
  • Box Of Rock - Pluck
  • Box Of Rock - Plucks - Muted
  • Box Of Rock - Power Chords - Muted
  • Box Of Rock - Power Chords
  • Box Of Rock - Slides
  • Buzztone - Misc
  • Buzztone - Muted Pluck (Neck pickup)
  • Buzztone - Muted Power chords (Neck Pickup)
  • Buzztone - Peel Pluck (Neck Pickup)
  • Buzztone - Power Chords (Neck Pickup)
  • Danelectro Rock - 2 Note Bends
  • Danelectro Rock - Behind Nut Plucks
  • Danelectro Rock - Chords
  • Danelectro Rock - Harmonics
  • Danelectro Rock - Low Muted Plucks
  • Danelectro Rock - Misc Hits
  • Danelectro Rock - Misc
  • Danelectro Rock - Muted Pluck
  • Danelectro Rock - Muted Power Chords
  • Danelectro Rock - Pluck
  • Danelectro Rock - Power Chords
  • Danelectro Rock - Slides
  • Danelectro Rock - Tuning Bends
  • Duo Distorter Green - Harmonics
  • Duo Distorter Green - Misc & Misc Harmonics
  • Duo Distorter Green - Muted Plucks (Bridge Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Muted Plucks (Neck Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Muted Power Chords (Bridge Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Muted Power Chords (Neck Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Pluck (Bridge)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Pluck (Neck)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Power Chords (Bridge)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Power Chords (Neck)
  • Duo Distorter Green - Tuning Bends
  • Duo Distorter Red - Chaos Hits (Back Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Chaos Hits
  • Duo Distorter Red - Feedback (Back Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Feedback Chaos
  • Duo Distorter Red - Feedback Misc (Front Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Misc Trems
  • Duo Distorter Red - Misc
  • Duo Distorter Red - Pluck (Back Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Pluck (Front Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Power Chords (Back Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Power Chords (Front Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Slides (Back Pickup)
  • Duo Distorter Red - Slides (Front Pickup)
  • FuzzTone - Behind The Bridge
  • FuzzTone - Dead Mutes
  • FuzzTone - Muted Pluck (Neck)
  • FuzzTone - Muted Power Chords (Neck)
  • FuzzTone - Peel Pluck (Neck)
  • FuzzTone - Power Chords (Neck)
  • FuzzTone - Slides
  • J Everman LoFi - Dead Mutes
  • J Everman LoFi - Harmonics
  • J Everman LoFi - Muted Pluck
  • J Everman LoFi - Muted Power Chords
  • J Everman LoFi - Plucks
  • J Everman LoFi - Power Chords
  • J Everman LoFi - Slides
  • J Everman LoFi Filter - Dead Mutes
  • J Everman LoFi Filter - Harmonics
  • J Everman LoFi Filter - Muted pluck
  • J Everman LoFi Filter - Muted Powerchords
  • J Everman LoFi Filter - Peel Pluck
  • J Everman LoFi Filter - Power Chord
  • J Everman LoFi Filter - Slides
  • Love Tone - Dead Mutes (Bridge Pickup)
  • Love Tone - Dead Mutes (Neck Pickup)
  • Love Tone - Muted Pluck (Dark Setting)
  • Love Tone - Muted Pluck (Mid Setting)
  • Love Tone - Muted Pluck (Treble Setting)
  • Love Tone - Muted Power Chords (Dark Setting)
  • Love Tone - Muted Power Chords (Mid Setting)
  • Love Tone - Peel Pluck (Dark Setting)
  • Love Tone - Peel Pluck (Mid Setting)
  • Love Tone - Peel Pluck (Treble Setting)
  • Love Tone - Power Chords (Dark Setting)
  • Love Tone - Power Chords (Mid Setting)
  • Love Tone - Power Chords (Treble Setting)
  • Love Tone - Random
  • Love Tone - Slides
  • MidFi Glitch - FX and Misc
  • MidFi Glitch - FX Short
  • MidFi Glitch - Muted Pluck
  • MidFi Glitch - Pluck - Glitched
  • MidFi Glitch - Pluck
  • MidFi Glitch - Slides
  • North Effects AD50 - Dead Mutes
  • North Effects AD50 - Harmonics
  • North Effects AD50 - Misc & Slides
  • North Effects AD50 - Muted Pluck (Bridge)
  • North Effects AD50 - Muted Pluck (Middle)
  • North Effects AD50 - Muted Pluck (Neck)
  • North Effects AD50 - Muted Power Chords (Bridge)
  • North Effects AD50 - Muted Power Chords (Middle)
  • North Effects AD50 - Muted Power Chords (Neck)
  • North Effects AD50 - Peel Pluck (Neck)
  • North Effects AD50 - Power Chords (Neck)
  • North Effects AD50 - Slides
  • Rainger Freak - Atonal harmonics
  • Rainger Freak - Dead Mutes
  • Rainger Freak - Muted Pluck (Bridge)
  • Rainger Freak - Muted Pluck (Neck)
  • Rainger Freak - Peel Pluck (Bridge)
  • Rainger Freak - Peel Pluck (Middle)
  • Rainger Freak - Peel Pluck (Neck)
  • Rainger Freak - Power Chord (Bridge)
  • Rainger Freak - Power Chord (Middle)
  • Rainger Freak - Power Chord (Neck)
  • Sag Aloo - Dead Mutes
  • Sag Aloo - Muted Pluck
  • Sag Aloo - Pluck
  • Sag Aloo - Slides
  • Sag Paneer - Dead Mutes
  • Sag Paneer - Muted Pluck
  • Sag Paneer - Muted Power Chords
  • Sag Paneer - Peel Pluck
  • Sag Paneer - Power Chords
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Atonal harmonics
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Dead Mutes
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Muted Pluck (Bridge)
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Muted Pluck (Neck)
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Peel Pluck (Bridge)
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Peel Pluck (Middle)
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Peel Pluck (Neck)
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Power Chord (Bridge)
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Power Chord (Middle)
  • Skreddy Lunar Module - Power Chord (Neck)
  • Tone Machine - Dead Mutes
  • Tone Machine - Muted Pluck (8veOFF)
  • Tone Machine - Muted Pluck (8veON)
  • Tone Machine - Muted Power Chords(8veOFF)
  • Tone Machine - Muted Power Chords(8veON)
  • Tone Machine - Peel Pluck (8veOFF)
  • Tone Machine - Peel Pluck (8veON)
  • Tone Machine - Power Chords (8veOFF)
  • Tone Machine - Power Chords (8veON)
  • Tone Machine - Slides
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Atonal Harmonics
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Dead Mutes
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Harmonics
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - High Muted FX
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Muted Pluck
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Muted Power Chords
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Peel Pluck
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Pick Scrape
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Power Chords
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 - Slides
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - 2 Note Bends
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Chords (custom blue keys)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Generic pluck
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Harmonics (Bridge)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Harmonics (Neck)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Misc & Slides
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Pluck Dyns (Bridge)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Pluck Dyns (Neck)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Pluck
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Plucks Muted (Bridge)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Plucks Muted (Neck)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Power Chords - Muted (Neck)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Power Chords (Bridge)
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch2 - Power Chords (Neck)

Evolutions:

  • Leo Enigma 2 Evolutions
Individual Evolutions:
  • All in one
  • 01 Moving Ambience 1
  • 02 Distorted Evolution 1
  • 03 Distorted Evolution 2
  • 04 Distorted Evolution 3
  • 05 Distorted Evolution 4
  • 06 Distorted Evolution 5
  • 07 Lunarscape 1
  • 08 Lunarscape 2
  • 09 Duo Distorter
  • 10 Super Fuzz
  • 11 Hello
  • 12 Chaos into Ambience 1
  • 13 Chaos into Ambience 2
  • 14 Chaos into Ambience 3
  • 15 Chaos into Ambience 4
  • 16 Chaos into Ambience 5

Mics & Mixes

Mixes

  • DI - Direct straight from the pedals
  • Cl - Clean Showman with ribbon
  • A1 - Echolette / Selmer with ribbon
  • A2 - Bassman amplifier with dynamic
  • A3 - Swart with dynamic
  • R - Stereo room microphones