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The Foundry

A revolutionary musical sound design tool
Foundry, The - A revolutionary musical sound design tool
Instrument Type:
Sound Design
Related Instrument Types:
Synth/Electronic , and Texture/Atmosphere
Kontakt, Plug-in, Kontakt Player
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Sound On Sound Magazine"4/5! This instrument is an almost endless source of unique sounds."
- Sound On Sound Magazine
Computer Music Magazine"9/10! It's a powerful tool to have at your disposal."
- Computer Music Magazine
Sample Library Review"4.5/5! An instrument that has come into its own and pushed the boundaries of how you interact with a hybrid instrument."
- Sample Library Review
Sounds And Gear "4/5! Bottom line, it’s very flexible and fun to work with!"
- Sounds And Gear
Sample Spotlight "This part alone [AARE] makes all of the other sound design tools I have at my disposal obsolete."
- Sample Spotlight

Sonicsmiths present a new tool for composers and sound designers. Based in the Native Instrument's Kontakt engine, The Foundry is a sound design creation tool, drawing from over 18,000 samples, 19+ GB of sample content (12+ GB compressed), and trillions of ways to manipulate and combine the sounds. Never settle for presets again; The Foundry creates original patches using the groundbreaking AARE algorithm.

AARE – Adjective Assignable Randomizer Engine

AARE Screenshot

Instead of having to search through thousands of presets for a specific sound, we have designed a randomizing engine that creates a new patch for you based on simple adjectives. For example, if you want a Dark, Pulsing, Mysterious sound, select these adjectives, press a randomizing button, and The Foundry will generate new patches based on the parameters you select.

3-Mode Step Sequencer

Step Seq Screenshot

Rhythmics and FX sound sets can create unique and quickly-designable rhythms, or, along with tonal beds/textures, can create amazing lead lines and creative chordal patterns.

4-Way Morphing Engine

Performance Screenshot

You can load up to four different “core” sounds into The Foundry. Each of these sounds has independent processing, manipulation, and can be morphed via the X-Y Pad Designer, key range, velocity, or CC.

Use the X-Y Pad Designer to create, save, and sync playback to your own modulatable pathways.

The Foundry has 4 different groups to select from: Beds and Pads (tonal sustained layers), Textures (atonal, moving material), FX (single one-shot hits, FX, and short articulated instruments), and Rhythmics (sonic “kits”). These groups range from Non-pitched to Pitched, and Simple to Complex.


• Template Mode: Make any sound Pulse, create Drops/Rises, or instantly put The Foundry into other modes such as Long Release, Hard Attack, etc.

• Body Designer: With over sixty different body types, you can manipulate each of the “core” sounds by sending them through different material types, such as tubes, bricks, glass, dog bodies, and more!

• 6 modulators assignable to Filters, Pitch, Amplitude, and Surround Panning allow for a wide range of stuttering, pulsing, frequency modulation, and many standard synthesis techniques.

• Graining Synthesis: You can take most of the patches in the library and add the granular synthesis effect, with stretching, panning, and many other ways of manipulating the sound.

• Surround Mode: Set all four sounds to go out different channels, as well as pan in surround.

• Unique reverb selections: including Swaps, Churches, Studios, etc.

• Fully adjustable Filters, Distortion, Compressors, Delays, Panning Rotators, Surround Routing Abilities, and many more creative tools.

Settings Screenshot

Instrument Screenshot

Step Mod Screenshot
The Foundry is a third-party library, based in Native Instruments' Kontakt Engine. In general, whatever is listed on NI's Kontakt website for the current version will be the machine requirements for The Foundry. We can give recommendations, but are ultimately bound by the system requirements of Kontakt Player Engine. We highly recommend running the Foundry on a computer with SSD drives for optimal performance.


13.2 GB free hard drive space, 7200-RPM
~1.5GB free RAM (4GB total) (average patch range is between 50-500 MB)
Kontakt Player (free) v5.4.1+ (v5.3.1 is available by request through Big Fish Audio)
Kontakt Compatible Digital Audio Workstation (DAW): Cubase, Protools, Logic, Digital Performer, (etc.)
In Stand-alone: External Audio Card such as RME/UAD/Focusrite (etc.)

OSX 10.8+ (Mountain Lion)
Mac Pro 2010 six-core or higher
iMac/Macbook i5 – 2013 or higher

Windows 7/8/10
3rd Generation Intel i5/7 processors (3xxx series) OR
AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core processor


13.2 GB free hard drive space, SSD
Mac Pro – 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor (ie Trash Can)
PC – 5th Generation Intel i7 (5xxx series) chipset OR AMD A10-Series

Download Sizes

Version Compressed Download Size
Kontakt Player/Kontakt/Plug-in Download includes
  Install Instructions:  
  The Foundry Part 1:  2 GB
  The Foundry Part 2:  2 GB
  The Foundry Part 3:  2 GB
  The Foundry Part 4:  2 GB
  The Foundry Part 5:  2 GB
  The Foundry Part 6:  2 GB
  The Foundry Part 7:  1.68 GB

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License Agreement

The Following End User License Agreement is included with Foundry, The. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of Foundry, The from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.

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Computer Music Magazine | 9/10

Excellent source material. Powerful...

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Sample Library Review | 4.5/5

With it's nearly unlimited amount of sound design possibilities and very well designed randomize engine The Foundry is an instrument that has come into its own and pushed the boundaries of how you interact with a hybrid...

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Sound On Sound | 4/5

Designed by Sonicsmiths and released through Big Fish Audio, The Foundry is a Kontakt 5 virtual instrument that is aimed most obviously at sound designers. And while The Foundry is most definitely built around a library of samples — it’s a 12GB download that...

Read Full Review | 4/5

It’s a new sound design tool for Kontakt with tons of content and zero presets. Yep, there are no presets, instead it uses a really cool randomization engine that you have control over based on various adjectives and sound...

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