Playable natural landscapes
Instantly evoke vivid scenes from the natural world through distinctive blends of electronic and acoustic sounds. Created with electronic music producer and conservationist Dominik Eulberg, Habitat mixes analog synth textures and orchestral samples, to provide new inspiration for creating living, breathing soundscapes. Perfect for underscoring, sound design, electronic production, and foley, Habitat gives you new ways to conjure the natural world in sound.
Two interacting soundworlds
Habitat offers distinctive blends of analog synth patches and orchestral samples to give you multiple ways to create rich atmospheric soundscapes. Use the modwheel to morph between synth and orchestral layers within the blended sounds. The recordings for Habitat capture a range of playing styles—including sustains, swells, accents, and rhythmic techniques—which add key textural elements to the collection’s sounds.
Created with Dominik’s personal collection of boutique analog synthesizers, the complex, evolving synth textures and lead sounds are inspired by the sights and sounds of nature.
Curated by Orchestral Tools, the acoustic orchestral samples complement and augment the synth sounds. Recordings of small string and woodwind ensembles, plus horn, guitar, and piano, include a variety of playing styles that shape the character of layered sounds.
Inspired by nature
How would you describe a forest in music? To create the playable soundscapes for Habitat, Orchestral Tools crafted sounds that summon distinct natural environments—mountains, forest, pond, lake, stream, meadow, wetland, heathland, coast, and ocean. For each natural setting, Habitat offers variations that represent all four seasons in the night and the day. Sounds range from lush, shifting pads and airy sustains to bubbling runs and assertive leads. Additional field recordings enable you to further enliven your compositions, coloring tracks with the sounds of nature.
About Dominik Eulberg
Electronic music producer, performer, trained biologist, conservationist, artist, author, and professor—Dominik Eulberg has a diverse set of skills and passions that fit together in a truly unique way. Whether he is writing a book on the bursts of joy that the natural world can produce or using recorded birdsong as the starting point for a new melody, he is continuously drawing inspiration from nature, which he calls “the greatest artist of all.”
Nature is not just his muse. In his work as a conservationist and as a guest scientist at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Dominik helps to keep the public focused on the protection of the natural world. In these roles, he frequently infuses his conservation projects with his artistic sensibilities. With Dominik, art and nature are always intertwined.
Learn more about Dominik and his work: https://dominik-eulberg.de
Building the soundscapes of Habitat
Habitat features the sounds of highly sought-after analog synths, including the Roland Jupiter-8, Moog One, MacBeth Elements, Oberheim OB-Xa, Sequential Prophet-5, Deckard’s Dream MK2, GRP A4, and Omega 8. All synths were programmed by Dominik and expertly recorded using analog outboard gear at his studio at the heart of Germany’s Westerwald mountain range. Though some synths are mono instruments, Habitat lets you play them in full polyphony.
Orchestral samples include midsized string and woodwind sections plus horn, guitar, and piano. All were recorded by the Orchestral Tools team on the famed Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin. By using the same studio as other Orchestral Tools collections, Habitat enables you to easily integrate sounds from other libraries and create custom virtual orchestras.
Analog synth patches, orchestral samples, and FX are blended together seamlessly, creating engaging, production-ready sounds. You can adjust the blends of electronic and orchestral textures in real time with the modwheel, and mix FX up or down easily within the SINEplayer.
For additional inspiration, Habitat includes a collection of atmospheres—meticulous field recordings of the same 10 natural environments and seasons represented in Habitat’s other sounds. The atmospheres were recorded in the highest possible sonic quality by Jan Haft, an acclaimed filmmaker and founder of nautilusfilm. These recordings blend perfectly with the other sounds in Habitat, enabling you to integrate authentic natural elements into film scores, games, sound design, or any kind of music production.