Sunday, August 26, 2018

David Oliver's RHYTHMIC ODYSSEY by SOUNDIRON - REVIEW

Rhythmic Odyssey is a flexible and highly-customizable loop-based virtual percussion instrument for Kontakt Player and a huge open-format modular loop library for use with any software or hardware you wish. This deep and stylistically expansive collection focuses on dynamic live tuned and untuned percussion performances by British instrumentalist and media composer David Oliver.

David has unleashed his massive collection of drums, percussion ,and rare world instruments, with powerful, authentic and spirited performances that are carefully and perfectly hand-crafted for easy direct use in films, games and all other forms of multimedia. He captured an incredible variety of percussion instruments and objects, exploring more than 130 distinct instruments from drum kits to raw pine tree logs.

This library spans a huge range of styles and genres, with 100 percussion track sets ranging from traditional ethnic arrangements, combos, to raw hard-driving percussion beds and huge rock grooves. Each song set is a tonally rich and creatively inspired multi-track piece, with unique arrangements and exotic instrumental selections from all over the world. This enormous variety of sounds and rhythmic variations is powered by an innovative interface and powerful engine features to provide you with a massive toolbox and endless creative possibilities.

A full non-encrypted multi-track wav library is also included so you can use the loops in any DAW, sampler, plugin or hardware unit that supports 24bit/48kHz stereo wav files. In the wav library, each track’s loop collection is split into an average 8 discreet solo/sub-mix tracks, as well as wet and dry stereo master tracks. The wav library includes a grand total of 6648 loops! We’ve also included long human-readable sample names and a detailed loop database in the Documentation folder to make searching and custom arrangements as convenient as possible.

  • Product Version 1.0
  • 6 nki Kontakt instrument Banks
  • 6,648 Samples
  • 12.6 GB installed
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz Stereo Lossless NCW Format for Kontakt presets.
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz Stereo Wav Format for the unlocked Wav library to use in any DAW.
  • Made for the free Kontakt Player (version 5.7.3+), Komplete Kontrol, all S-Series Keyboards and NKS software and hardware by Native Instruments
  • Works with the Kontakt "Libraries" browser and Native Access.

MASTER STEREO MIX PRESET
The main user interface provides you with a complete set of clip and beat slice sound shaping controls.
These controls are the same for the 4 individual Track presets.



CLIP BROWSER:

Filter your search by style and instrument keywords, tempo and time signature and you can even star your favorite loops for instant recall. Once you load your loops into the slot grid, you can tweak each loop down to the individual transient slice, with playback direction, slice order, ADSR and custom step-automation sequencing for volume, pitch, pan, filter cutoff and resonance parameters that you can freely draw with your mouse.


MULTI-TRACK PRESET: 
 allows you to play back up to 4 separate clips at a time. Each track has the same independent feature set as the master stereo preset. Each track includes 12 clip slots that can each store their own parameters. Please beware that this preset has large ram and CPU requirements due to a large number of clips and the fundamental requirements of the tempo
syncing and time stretching engine.
There are special keyswitches that you can also use
with this preset to control individual Track clip selection and playback
.

CLIP FX CHAINS:
All presets include the Clip FX area that allows you to apply various effects to each individual clip slot. In the stereo Master and single
track presets, there is a single master FX chain that you can open by clicking
the FX button in the lower left area of the UI. In the Multitrack preset, each track has its own FX button
and its own independent modular FX chain. You can choose any order you like for the first 6 slots in each
FX chain. Simply click on the tabs below the effects to select the effect type you wish to plug into that
slot in the chain. To turn the effect one or off once it’s loaded, click the small radio button on the right
  
DSP EFFECTS RACK:
The FX Rack tab gives you direct access to 18 of Kontakt’s built
-
in special effects and dynamic processors. These effects
apply globally to the instrument, This panel is accessible in all presets by clicking on the FX Rack tab button at the bot-
tom of the instrument UI. Signal flows from left to right in each row and goes down from there. The last two sockets
are Post Send effects, mixed in at the final stage before signal output. To change the effect loaded into any specific rack module socket, click on the down arrow menu in its top left corner



 REVIEW


Rhythmic Odyssey is indeed an adventure in percussion paradise. I've always been impressed with Soundiron and their sample libraries have always been meticulously crafted. When I heard the great David Oliver (BBC/NatGeo percussionist) was featured in this library I got really excited. Being a drummer myself, I have heard David Oliver's intense percussive grooves in countless television programs. David also used more than 130 instruments in the creation of this library and includes a massive 6648 loops at 12.6 GB of sampled content. Soundiron has also made it conveniently available for the Kontakt player, making it available for non-owners of the full version of Kontakt. The GUI can be simple and complex at the same time. Depending on how deep you want to get, you can manipulate and slice the loops in many ways. The various sound sculpting tools make this library a composer's dream of rhythm possibilities.

Soundiron even included the non-encrypted 24bit/48kHz stereo wav files so you can drop them into your DAW, plugin, or even a synth that accepts wav files for even more sound design options. There is no end to the creativity in this library and for the price, it's a real bargain with everything you get. Rhythmic Odyssey will have a very long lifespan. There are so many genres of percussive loops and a million ways to change them. If you want to save time you can pull up the MACRO menu and randomize all slots or each individually. The individual slots you can randomize are slice volume, slice pitch, slice pan, slice cutoff, and slice resonance. I created some unique presets using this easy function. 


In the loop browser, I really liked how I could filter my search by style, tempo, time signature, instrument keywords. When I found a loop I liked, I just clicked the star next to it to highlight it as a favorite for a rapid recall. Once the loops are loaded in the slot grid, I could modify the loop with transient slice, ADSR, and other functions. The percussion loops contained a huge variety of styles and variations. So, with Rhythmic Odyssey, no matter what style of music you do, you can find an exceptional usability of this library.



David Oliver has created an epic collection of percussion, drums and unusual world instruments not found in any other sample library. The performance loops are outstanding, and the sound quality is phenomenal.  This library can be used in a film, video games, and many styles of electronic music. There is so much to like in this library and nothing I dislike. David Oliver's Rhythmic Odyssey by Soundiron is no less than an outstanding artistry of percussion. 


5 Out Of 5 Stars





               
                   

Saturday, August 25, 2018

8DIO New Rhythmic Aura 2 for Kontakt- Anniversary Sale! (Ends August 27th)

 


Overview

  • Anniversary Sale: $28 (goes $248 on August 27th 12pm PST)
  • Hybrid Scoring Tool focused on organic arpeggiations
  • Over 450 analog Tonal arpeggiations with highly intuitive and flexible controls
  • True analog signal path
  • Custom designed auras by Troels Folmann
  • Fully tempo sync’d to host D.A.W
  • Advanced customization UI features
  • All auras made from synthetic sources
  • Low-range (bass) Synth Auras
  • Mid-range Synth Auras
  • High-range Synth Auras
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later required

New Rhythmic Aura 2 for Kontakt VST-AU-AAX Samples overview



The New Rhythmic Aura 2 – Synth Edition was produced by Academy Award, TEC and G.A.N.G Award Winning Composer and Producer, Troels Folmann.
The 8Dio Aura Series is a highly intuitive, yet advanced scoring tool designed to create new compositions or augment your existing compositions. The concept revolves around evolving cinematic pulses that will immediately create a textural aura around your composition.

The New Rhythmic Aura 2 was created with a wealth of vintage synths that were processed and mangled to perfection through a variety of tools. You will find hundreds and hundreds of custom pulses that can be combined in an infinite amount of ways. Whether it is using pulsing between groups. Whether its creating new rhythms through our custom effects. Whether its additional our new textural convolution delays on top of the pulses. Everything comes ready for quick and fast manipulation – allowing you to make your own auras in a matter of seconds.

The New Rhythmic Aura 2 comes with a deep set of controls. The internal browser offers you immediate access to all pulses and ability to stack and crossfade between as many pulses you want. 
In addition you get instant access to a large assortment of filters, custom rhythmic gate, 
 compression, delays and our new textural convolution delay (aka Form).
The library also contains our Chaos Effects 3.4 Engine, which offers you access to a variety of effects and hundreds of convolution custom impulses.



                 


Friday, August 24, 2018

79% OFF The Sound Solutions Bundle by Composers Tools




For just $89.99, get this epic deal featuring 3 libraries from Composers Tools at an amazing 79% off ($335 savings)! 1st is the ABC ENGINE BUNDLE, a collection of 3 products using the same interface, allowing you to share snapshots or settings between patches. 
2nd is Eris, a must have for those who expect deep tones and huge evolving spaces in their productions. And 3rd is Eris Stringis which will quickly become an essential addition to your main strings library. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal ending soon, hurry and save!

  • 23,3 GB of samples
  • Works with the full version of kontakt (5.6 minimum required)
  • Snapshot compatibility between Voce, Under Vibe and Thing Thong.
  • Free updates for newer versions of all patches
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Video Demo

Sunday, August 19, 2018

FREE 50 Cinematic FX Royalty Free Samples



Our "Cinematic Sound FX" soundbank, that was released a few weeks ago, was a huge success, so we decided to give you some additional free cinematic samples!


Expect some high-quality foley hits, abstract layered impacts, heavy bass sound fx and outstanding sequences.

No matter if you're looking for some nice cinematic sounds for your next movie, youtube or music production, this awesome free soundkit will enrich your current sample library.

All 24bit .wav files are royalty free as usual, ideal for your commercial and non-commercial productions in music, movies, media and games. The whole pack has an unpacked size of 70MB and includes a total of 50 sounds.

If you're looking for an even bigger soundbank for cinematic atmosphere, check our professional "Cinematic FX" sample pack.

You can also get 55% Off everything by using coupon code: 
GIFT55



Friday, August 17, 2018

70% off “The Works” by Kilohearts - 33 Audio Plugins Deal !

The Works” by Kilohearts is a collection of next generation audio plugins that focus on workflow. Kilohearts believe modern music making requires modern tools that are not constrained to replicating obsolete hardware.

This incredible collection of 33 acclaimed plugins is everything you’ll ever need for creatively shaping, tweaking and mangling your sounds beyond recognition!


33 Insanely Powerful Audio Shaping Plugins!


The Works” contains every piece of software Kilohearts has ever released. That means you get, not only the awesome value of the Kilohearts Toolbox with it’s myriad of effects, but also Kilohearts’ acclaimed effects Disperser and Faturator! Both of them also work as snapins in Kilohearts’ Snapin host plugins. Speaking of which: The most versatile band-splitter on the planet, Multipass is included to get you the most out of your Toolbox effects.

In short, you’re getting an incredible collection of highly versatile effects processors that cover a multitude of categories including the following:
EQs
Various Filters
Delay
Distortion, Chorus and Phaser

Compressor & Limiter
Reverb
Gate
Ring Modulator
Stereo Processors

… and much more, including a synthesizer! Read on to find out exactly what is included in this amazing bundle!




Normally €489 – get it at 70% off before it’s gone!

  • 70% off the normal price (normally €489)!
  • Slice EQ – an advanced parametric equalizer, with great modulation potential!
  • Carve EQ – a 31-band graphic equalizer, that runs laps around the competition!
  • 3 Band EQ – Low, Mid, High & Spectrum split lines
  • Gain – Gain display & VU Meter
  • Limiter – In gain, Out gain, Threshold, Release controls & VU Meter
  • Compressor – Attack, Release, Mode, Ratio, Threshold, Makeup, Mix controls & VU Meter
  • Transient Shaper – Attack, Pump, Sustain, Speed, Clip & Sidechain controls
  • Filter –  Type, Cutoff, Q & Gain controls
  • Comb Filter – Cutoff, Polarity, Stereo, Mix controls & Cutoff display
  • Formant Filter – Vowel Selector, Q, Lows & Highs controls
  • Ladder Filter – Cutoff, Resonance, Topology, Saturate,Drive & Bias controls
  • Disperser – an effect capable of shaping the sounds in ways you didn’t know you wanted to do!
  • Faturator – an amazingly simple way to add grit and width to almost any track!
  • Bitcrush – Bits, ADC Q, DAC Q, Dither, Mix controls & Rate display
  • Distortion – Drive, Bias, Spread, Type, Dynamics & Mix controls
  • Phaser – Order, Cutoff, Depth, Rate, Spread & Mix controls
  • Resonator – Decay, Intensity, Timbre, Mix controls & Pitch display
  • Chorus – Delay, Rate, Depth, Spread, Taps & Mix controls
  • Ring Mod – Bias, Rectify, Frequency, Spread, Modulator & Mix controls
  • Phase Distortion – Drive, Normalize, Tone, Bias, Spread & Mix controls
  • Tape Stop – Play, Stop Time, Start Time & Curve controls
  • Pitch Shifter – Jitter, Grain Size, Mix, Correlate controls & Pitch display
  • Delay – Delay display, Sync Mode, Feedback, Pan, Ping-Pong, Duck and Mix controls
  • Stereo – Width, Pan, Mid controls & Stereo Meter
  • Haas – Channel & Delay controls
  • Reverb – Decay, Dampen, Size, Width, Early & Mix controls
  • Trance Gate – Pattern Select, Pattern Editor, Length display, ADSR, Resolution, & Mix controls
  • Gate – Attack, Hold, Release, Threshold, Tolerance, Range, Look-ahead, Flip, Sidechain controls & VU Meter
  • Frequence Shifter – Shift display
  • Reverser – Delay time, Crossfade, Mix controls & Delay display
  • Snap Heap – the easiest, most creative, sound design workflow you have ever come across!
  • Multipass – takes multiband processing to new heights!
  • kHs one – a fat analog beast with a massive warm sound!
  • CPU – 2 GHz or faster
  • Memory – 1 GB or more
  • Operating System – Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)
  • Software – A DAW supporting VST 2, AAX, or Audio Unit plugin standards.
  • Perfect for creatively shaping, tweaking and mangling your sounds beyond recognition!
 These Plugins are excellent! I own most of these plugins myself and I highly recommend this Deal ! Sample Sound Review

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lush Atmosphere by Genera Studios (Kontakt Library) - Review





Lush Atmosphere

Ambient Kontakt Library


Lush Atmosphere is an ambient Kontakt Library featuring 3 ambient instruments, and a master patch to mix and control them. Lush Atmosphere will be the secret sauce you throw in your mixes to add that lush ethereal sound.


Included in Lush Atmosphere:

270 Files - 650MB

3 Ambient Kontakt Instruments


Lush stRings

Lush Elements

Lush Pluck

19 Presets NKI's

Master Control Patch

Individual level, pan, filter, and ADSR settings 
10 snapshots

​More Info:
Recorded at 24 Bit and 44.1kHz

REVIEW 
  Lush Atmosphere is a really bargain priced sample library for Kontakt that actually packs a lot of lush atmospheric punch. I really had a lot of fun with this instrument and because the GUI was laid out so simple, you can alter your sound very quickly.From the default page you can control filter cutoff, filter resonance, volume envelope, level, pan, reverb and chorus.
If you are looking for a library that can used to score a great ambient underscore, then this would be great addition to your Kontakt palette. The amazing thing is, this library only retails for $15. I really couldn't believe the sound was such high quality. This is the first time exploring a Genera Studios library but it won't be the last. Genera Studios is founded by musician and sound designer Andrew Southworth and has created an array of other products.
 I did a demo of most of the presets below, if you would like to hear how rich this library really is. Lush Atmosphere is exactly what the name says. I have some expensive libraries that don't even sound this good out of the box. Believe it or not this library is a steal and is full of atmospheric euphoria that delivers on every level. For a Kontakt library that won't break the bank and quality that sounds this good, earns a 5 out of 5 Stars!

Update: This Library is Currently On Sale for $10 Through August

Learn More at Genera Studios

Thursday, August 9, 2018

60% off “Stormdrum 3” by EastWest Sounds





 takes “big ethnic drums” to another level. 
Featuring 87GB of content, this is one of the biggest collections of ethnic drums and percussion, both tuned and unpitched, from around the world.

From small woodblocks to a huge, 10-feet-wide rectangular Remo frame drum and a Japanese taiko weighing as much as a grand piano, Stormdrum 3 should be in every serious composer’s toolkit!

87GB of Ethnic Drums & Percussion from Small to HUGE

Stormdrum 3 is the follow up library to the hugely popular Stormdrum 2 from EastWest Sounds. Produced by Nicky Phoenix, “Two Steps From Hell” composer and creator of Stormdrum 1 and 2, Stormdrum 3 contains completely new content, featuring the best instruments from the private collection of Mickey Hart, plus additional instruments from the Remo private collection, hand picked by Remo himself.
Played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo, Stormdrum 3 was recorded in the world famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes. It includes tempo synced percussion performances directed and played by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix and 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument.
StormDrum 3 contains a wide range of percussion instruments in the following categories:
  • Big Drums
  • Gongs, Clocks & Waterphones
  • Ethnic Metals
  • Metals
  • Shakers
  • Small Drums
  • Taiko Family
  • Woods     

70% Off Ventus Ethnic Winds Bundle by Impact Soundworks







The 5-in-1 Ventus Ethnic Winds Bundle is a collection of beautiful, deep-sampled solo woodwinds from around the world including an Irish tin whistle, Japanese shakuhachi, Indian bansuri, two pan flutes, and three ocarinas. Built for the full retail version of Kontakt, all instruments use Impact Soundwork’s unified Ventus interface for easy play-ability and lots of included phrases!  

You do not want to miss out this Huge Limited Time 70% Bundle Deal!


Key Features
  • An extensive list of performance techniques
  • Hundreds of recorded phrases for each instrument, also provided as WAV
  • Recorded through warm ribbon & room mics
  • Beautiful unified VENTUS interface
  • Dozens of under-the-hood tweaking controls
  • Ornament system for effortless authentic performances
  • Phrase playback editor
  • Easy FX rack with analog-modeled EQ, compressor, delay & reverb
  • TACT – Total Articulation Control Technology for easy customization of all playing techniques
 



Sunday, August 5, 2018

Arpology Cinematic Dimensions by Sample Logic - REVIEW

Let's Take a Deep Look at Arpology Cinematic Dimensions


 Core Section: A 4-core performance engine, individually animating 4 instruments to create one cohesive sound.

 The XY controller is used to visually blend the mix of the 4 cores. Record custom XY movements to play back each time a note is triggered right inside the interface or use the many XY preset automation patterns.

 Step Section: In this section, program animation to all 4 cores. Add movement in 2 ways: through the Step Animator and or via the Dynamic FX Animator, which allows for easy FX automation. The Step Animator gives each core a unique arp sequence. Set the length and attributes of each step independently with up to 128 steps. The Step section has over 300 unique animation presets that you can randomize to create new patterns in an instant. There are 6 effects slots with over 25 different effects to choose from and each can be animated. The Step Animator and Dynamic FX Animators are on separate internal clocks, allowing even more freedom to create syncopated and polyrhythms between each core.
 MIX Section: Similar in layout to the CORE window, the MIX window is tailored towards mixing each core. Adjust attack, release, EQ, energizer and more.
 MASTER Section: This is where everything gets summed into a stereo mix. The master section houses 8 dynamic effect inserts that allow for custom master effects chain, applying the parameters to all 4 cores. This is extremely handy for polishing the entire instrument as a seamless whole. From compression and saturation to delay and reverb, use the many and varied controls to instantly make presets production-ready.
 Entirely “randomizable” interface for instant and infinite inspiration.

 Dynamic meta-tag browsing system: makes it easier than ever before in finding that sound you want. When you find a favorite, just Click the heart to highlight your favorite preset.

  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
  • Full retail version of Kontakt, version 5.8 or higher (Will not work in the free Kontakt Player!)
  • Mac OS X 10.11, i5, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • Windows 7, 8, 10, Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • 24 GB free disk space for CINEMATIC DIMENSIONS sample content
  • COMPATIBILITY (Mac 64-bit only; Windows 32/64-bit)
  • Stand-alone
  • VST
  • AU
  • AAX

REVIEW 
 The original Arpology was released in 2014 and became a breakthrough arpeggiator Kontakt instrument library. Fast forward to August 2018 and Sample Logic releases ARPOLOGY Cinematic Dimensions. The original Arpology was about 5.3GB and this new library is a massive 23+GB of sample content. There are 1,200+presets and a whole new meta tagging system which makes it an incredible time saver. You can narrow down your preset search by clicking Chordal, Glitch, Cinematic, Orchestral, One Note Glory, Synth, Strings, and so much more

The layout is simple to get around and the ability to create complex sequences in a snap is invaluable. I found myself not wanting to leave my chair as I swapped out individual soundsources in each of the 4 cores. Creating your own presets is so painless and with the exceptionally easy randomization feature, the possibilities are endless. You can Randomize the XY pattern, Master FX, all 4 cores, random play, and step animator all on the Random page. If you want a lengthy demonstration of what the presets sound like, you can watch my 1 hour and 40 min preset walkthrough video below.You can also Drag & Drop MIDI patterns from ARPOLOGY right into your DAW which opens a whole new world of possibilities. 

I always considered Sample Logic one of the monarchs of virtual instruments and sample library companies that continues to release magnificent content. They have never released a sub-par library yet and I always find myself amazed at how they deliver such solid releases time after time. The fact that it took Sample Logic a year to produce this library is something I must recognize. The amount of hard work poured into this library is evident. So, having owned the first Arpology, I can honestly say this is a worthy upgrade. 

No matter what music you produce you will find Arpology Cinematic Dimensions a powerful resource of inspiration and creativeness for years to come. Sample Logic has released a mammoth release with a sound so deep with expression that you may lose days when playing it. Now go score that next big hit and create some out of this world arpeggiated cinematic grooves. Is Arpology Cinematic Dimensions the perfect sample library to add to your composing toolbox for Kontakt? 
Absolutely Yes!
 5 Out 5 Stars
Arpology requires the full version of Kontakt 5.8 or higher and is currently offered at an introductory retail price of $349 (reg. $399) and crossgrade price of $299 for previous Arpology owners. Discount prices end August 14th,2018

Available Here








Written by Steve D Montgomery (Composer & Recording Artist for DARKMOOD, SDM, & INFINITE MINDSCAPE)