I received Sample Logic's The Elements this afternoon. Not bad considering I ordered on Friday. USA to UK in 2 working days. Nice!
Anyway, I've only been playing with it for an hour or so but early signs are that it's a little bit special.
I've been really missing Atmosphere on my Intel Mac but I supsect that The Elements is going to fill that gap. I already have Sample Logic's AIR and have used it sporadically but one of my gripes about it is that unlike Atmosphere it doesn't have much in the way of harmomonically uncomplicated evolving ambiences that can be so useful in a mix. Sample Logic seems to have addressed that with The Elements. There are some great patches in that vein here. Admittedly there are still a number of very fully chorded presets in the AIR ilk but there seems to be an equal spattering of one-note wonders, which I find more than inspiring.
Oh, and some of the programming in the rhythms section is just exquisite! BT eat your heart out!
Early days yet, but the ambiences and impacts sections are really tickling my fancy.
I'm not pining for Atmosphere quite so much now...