Inside Arca

85 Presets
35 Individual Instruments
Up to 29 Round Robins

Arca

Interdimensional Strings Suite

Dark and ancient string textures captured at our legendary Montreal RCA Victor studio. Creatively processed and warped to offer a wide range of expressive otherworldly sounds; from dystopian clusters to dark & ethereal textures.

Includes 85 presets sculpted by our award-winning sound designers, 35 instrument sample maps, and intuitive animated 3-axis controls. Powered by our MNDALA 2 engine.

$39.00

Proprietary Engine

VST/AU Plugin included. No additional software required.

3-Axis Universal Controls

Simply map your favourite controller once for all plugin instances.

Intuitive Performance GUI

Custom animation driven performance interface & mouse hover interactions.

Industry Leading Audio Quality

384khz/32-bit extended ultrasonic range sample sources

Arca

$39.00

Production Demo: Inside a track with Arca
Production Demo: Inside a track with Arca
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BTS: Arca&#039s Kemenche
BTS: Arca's Kemenche
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BTS: Arca&#039s Nyckelharpa
BTS: Arca's Nyckelharpa
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Arca Trailer
Arca Trailer
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Preset Demo: Arca
Preset Demo: Arca
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The Story of Arca

Arca is an exploration into the dark side of string textures. Inspired by our love for sci-fi, we set out to create a playground of multidimensional sound possibilities. Using a selection of ancient bowed world instruments as sources that were then deeply processed to extend their timbres to beyond the realms of imagination, we have created a curated collection of dark, cinematic soundscapes. Taking full advantage of our MNDALA 2 Sound Design Engine, these unusual sources have been artfully sculpted to offer a wide variety of uniquely expressive sounds.

Arca is built around our powerful 3-axis control system represented by a custom Perform view animation created for seamless intuitive live expression. Each preset is a unique performable instrument unto itself to be learned and explored.

We simplified the manipulation of these sound-shaping parameters by creating global controls that are assignable to any MIDI sliders, knobs, or controllers. Map the controls once and you are ready to go without having to re-map them for each new MNDALA 2 instance.

In addition to the curated sound worlds we created within Arca’s many presets, you can easily sculpt your own sonic landscapes using MNDALA 2‘s powerful non-linear Sound Design environment.

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What's Inside?

Acoustic Strings Sample Maps

  • String Trio Long MF
  • String Trio Long F
  • String Trio Short
  • String Trio Glissandi Trill
  • String Trio Up-Down Glissandi
  • String Trio Scratch
  • Cello Long Harmonics
  • Cello Short Harmonics
  • Kemenche Long Gut
  • Kemenche Long Metal
  • Kemenche Long Harmonics
  • Kemenche Short Harmonics
  • Morin Khuur Long Harmonics 1
  • Morin Khuur Long Harmonics 2
  • Morin Khuur Short Harmonics 1
  • Morin Khuur Short Harmonics 2
  • Nyckelharpa Long
  • Nyckelharpa Short

Creatively Processed Sample Maps

  • Space Debris Long
  • Tesla Coil Long
  • Cosmic Critters Long
  • Cyber Synth Long
  • Hive Synth Long
  • String Warp Long
  • Solar Flare Long
  • String Zap Short
  • Cyber Crush Short
  • Cyber Stab Short
  • Wasp Strings Glissandi Trill
  • Astral Wail Glissandi Trill
  • Space Drive Up Down Glissandi
  • Android Harmonizer Up Down Glissandi
  • Grain Madness Up Down Glissandi
  • Sonic Flange Up Down Glissandi
  • Digital Scramble Scratch

Animistic Performance Interface

Control a deep network of parameters with 3 real-time rendered animations

Technical Specifications

Samples

→ Recorded at extreme definition 32-bit 384kHz ultrasonic resolution
→ CPU-efficient in-engine playback at industry-leading 24-bit 96kHz resolution

Engine

→ VST3 / AU plugin for Windows & Mac OS (10.11+) Including M1 Chip
→ No fuss copy protection, simply install and the instrument is uniquely encrypted to be used within your system
→ Seamless downloads, updates, and installation within MNDALA with a registered Mntra account

File Size

→ 35 sampled Instruments
→ 10.33 GB installed, 15 GB recommended for setup

System Requirements

→ Minimum 8GB of RAM and an i5 or better CPU required
→ Supported by all 64-bit VST3/AU compatible DAW’s

First time user of Mntra Instruments?

Make sure to download our free MNDALA 2 Engine VST/AU plugin.

Simply install once and you will be able to run all of our instruments.

Our approach to creating revolutionary instruments

Continuous play and the pushing of creative boundaries are foundational to our instrument creation process. Rather than trying to recreate true-to-life instruments, we choose to experiment and go off the beaten track, in search of a new kind of virtual instrument.

Inspired by the natural world and ancient knowledge from around the world, we embrace expressive (im)perfections. Performing and recording instruments using experimental methods to create sounds like you’ve never heard before.

From our bespoke extreme-quality recording method using ultrasonics, to our constant experimentation with unique workflows and sound sources, each Instrument we release is a playable manifestation of our exploratory journey.

During our sampling process, the subtleties and imperfections of live human performance are embraced and encouraged. Depending on the final intent, we will creatively post-process as little or as much as needed (sometimes beyond recognition), always making sure that the soul and character of the performance is intact once it’s been implemented as one of our expressive playable instruments.

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