Beautifully flawed hardware synths in dire distress

Circuit Damage contains a beautifully flawed collection of carefully curated hardware synthesizers in dire need of repair and calibration. Delightfully unpredictable, Circuit Damage is the perfect collection for creating edgy, vibey synthesizer tracks where grit and chaos adds weight and drama.

Circuit Damage sounds

These are unique tones you won't find anywhere else. It started with a collection of hardware synths exhibiting happy accidents, sampling those at the most serendipitous moments.

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The Minimoog, Modular Moog, Prophet VS, Roland JX-10 and Yamaha TX816 are among the many instruments recorded. Then we further abused the samples using the SampleTank engine to add constantly moving, living and barely breathing presets that come alive like Frankenstein’s monster in the lab.

Circuit Damage GUI

The origin of Circuit Damage

You've all probably heard stories about famous artists and producers that have that one piece of gear that is malfunctioning in just the right way. It could be the perfect wobbly pitch, cool sounding noise, just the right kind of distortion, colorful sideband artefacts and other odd degradations that add personality and character.

Circuit Damage is a library of exactly that. No conservative pads or basses here. No generic leads or arpeggios. Every preset in Circuit Damage is delightfully distressed.

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This distressed and disfigured library is the counterbalance to the audiophile beauty of the Alien Harbours collection with delightfully malfunctioning leads, basses, pads, sweeps and bells. Using saturation, distortion, aliasing and bit-crushed noise accompanied by drifting tuning and phase unpredictability, Circuit Damage adds interest to any mix.

Make each project unique

If you need something a little odd and out of the ordinary with more character than a Quentin Tarantino movie, Circuit Damage is for you.


SampleTank 4

The new SampleTank 4 has been re-designed from the ground up to be every musician’s “go to” workstation for music creation, with a completely new rescalable interface, a massively expanded sample library and a new cutting-edge sound engine with efficient disk streaming, to deliver more powerful music creation tools than you ever imagined. What might usually take dozens of plug-ins can be accomplished right inside SampleTank 4, for lightning-fast workflow that keeps your inspiration going.

Circuit Damage works inside SampleTank 4 CS, offering you all the features of the new SampleTank 4* engine and over 4 GB of fresh sounds to get started.

*SampleTank 4.1.4 or later is required.



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About the creator

Erik Norlander is an American musician known for his work in the progressive rock genre with extensive touring and recording credits. He was the co-designer of the legendary Alesis Andromeda analog polysynth among many other hardware synths and drum machines. Erik is IK's resident synth guru and the driving force behind award-winning IK products such as Syntronik software and the UNO line of analog synthesizers.

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