- unique transient and melodic percussion
- extensive samples and sounds, especially for the price
- can't really think of any!
One of the things I love about Soundiron is their unconventional approach to instrument design. These guys can make playable instruments out of anything. I love that conceptual kind of thing.
This library is a set of tuned and untuned instruments made entirely from pieces of artillery and helmets. There are 4 different spent artillery shells a couple of hand grenades and a combat helmet all deep sampled with up to 10 velocity layers and up to 12x round robin. They are struck with all sorts of stuff to brings out different resonant tones with mallets, hammers, sticks brushes and hands.
The interface features EQ and filters, custom convolution reverbs both with spaces and effects impulses, LFO controls for volume, pan and pitch as well as their Uberpeggiator for creating arpeggiated sequences or rolls.
The grenade samples are really nice textural percussion that can sound like shakers.
As well, Soundiron as per usual, have added a whole bunch of FX patches in 4 different categories. These are all derived from the source material from the library, but mangled and warped into lovely contorted sound design. I particularly like the set ‘Mephizmospheres’, a wonderful set of ambient type drones and textures.
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The library comes with dry and multi-mic hall patches and also Soundiron’s Mega-Mixer for creating your own custom kit by filling up to 12 slots with the particular sounds and articulations that you want and mapping them across the keyboard.
The sound of this library ranges from beautiful resonant tones to sharp or soft percussive material with hints of overtones to shaker type sounds.
Another fantastic conceptual offering from Soundiron.
This unique tuned and untuned metallic percussion library is based on dry and hall recordings of spent brass field artillery shell casings from the WWI and WWII eras, plus a few odd extra elements in the same vein – an Eastern Bloc infantry combat helmet and a couple of decommissioned modern hand grenades. Weapons of destruction made beautiful!
Artillery shells and military helmets actually have a long history in modern classical music in the hands of pioneers like Harry Partch throughout the mid and late 20th century. They’re not at all uncommon to find in avant-garde classical and experimental music today, used both as untuned anvil-like striking instruments and pitched over a tuned key range. In both cases, the high-quality precision cast and machined brass shell casings produce deeply resonant and harmonically rich qualities, when struck on the sides, edges and base with mallets, hammers, sticks, brushes or bare hands.
This library features well over 3GB of content, including 3026 samples and 110 Kontakt presets, each with a powerful and artfully designed custom user interface. You’ll find both tuned and untuned metal percussion elements, with a variety of useful articulations featuring up to 10 velocity layers and 12 round-robins per layer for each one. We’ve also included a deep bonus collection of hand-crafted ambiences and tonal pads that we created by manipulating the original source material. These soundscapes, drones and textures provide a perfect and quite organic accompaniment to the more traditional multi-sampled library material they were directly derived from. We’ve also included a range of automatable LFO, EQ, filter, custom convolution, reverb and arpeggiation systems to expand on the creative possibilities that this library offers.