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MNTRA has released Rasa; a free plugin that introduces you to its Sound Sculpture series.
MNTRA may not be a developer you're familiar with, we certainly weren't until now, but scratch at the surface and you'll find a series of free and paid instruments tailored towards expressive performance. Powered by their proprietary MNDALA Engine; which operates in much the same way as Kontakt, their library of instruments all feature stunning UIs; each boasting a unique sonic palette.
Rasa is, as MNTRA describe it, "a free gateway into our sound sculpture series". Bringing together four sample maps, Rasa includes the large Tibetan Horn (Orakle), the Morin khuur (Arca), Pitched Volcanic Rocks (Atma), and their "Viper" Death Whistle (UDW).
Sporting that same incredible aesthetic, Rasa is an easy beast to wrangle in spite of its deep customisation. Within the MNDALA Engine you'll find a series of tabs including perform, matrix, samplers, arpeggiator and master, each of which allow you to tweak each of the four instruments. Rasa comes with 14 presets to start off with, but once you get the feel of things you can start building your own custom sonic palettes.
Rather than trying to tell you in words how it sounds and looks, why not see it for yourself.
Rasa is available to download for Windows and macOS and can be downloaded for free from MNTRA's website. In order to use Rasa, you will also need to download the MNDALA Engine, which requires an account to download. Rasa and MNDALA is 2.25 GB when installed, with 5GB required for setup.
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