Wednesday, October 31, 2018

6 HORROR KONTAKT SAMPLE LIBRARIES FOR HALLOWEEN

REAL-TIME CINEMATIC TENSION INSTRUMENT

  • Score in real-time with smart X-Y tension control
  • 1,038 production-ready orchestral and hybrid sound sources
  • Design clusters with unparalleled depth
  • 1,038 ORIGINAL SOURCES 
 An indispensable scoring tool for big-screen soundtracks, game scores, sound installations, or live theater productions, THRILL’s all-original content features orchestral recordings and hybrid sound-design based on ambiences, custom-built instruments, voices, pitched metal, synthesized drones, and more. Two main sound types – atmospheres and tone clusters – are morphed and modulated with hands-on control, creating rich intricate layers that evolve and increase in intensity.



Available at: Native Instruments



With 8,753 unique sounds, Sick 7: Voices of the Dead is a true beast! This final volume in our Sick horror and suspense series ties it all together with a brand new tool chest of creature and human combat voices, eerie industrial percussion and a fresh supply of atmospheric horror and suspense sound design elements.

This huge collection features 6 unique creatures and 5 classic human NPC (“Non-Player Character”) voice over sound-banks, organized into 38 important gameplay event categories, each including a wide variety of alternate round-robin takes and style variations to choose from. It’s got everything you need, including screams, chokes, falls, get-hits, growls, breaths, jumps, laughs and much more. Whether you’ve got a litch king miniboss that needs to fearsome hiss or a few red-shirts ready to report for interstellar cannon-fodder duty, we’ve got you covered. They’re perfect for instant plug-and-play use in horror and action video games, films, ads and animation, and as high-fidelity source wavs, as source material for your own sound-designed creations.


Check out our full Sick Bundle, with volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 all together at a great discount!

Available at: SOUNDIRON


Imagine having the power to terrify, thrill or uplift your listeners in just a few seconds…

DRONAR Master Edition is the flagship virtual instrument of Gothic Instruments’ hugely popular and award winning DRONAR series of atmospheric sound creation tools.

Developed for Native Instruments' free Kontakt Player, the 30GB (50GB uncompressed) Master Edition combines all the raw audio and 2,000+ presets from the first eight critically-acclaimed DRONAR modules into one huge beast of an instrument plug-in.

Ideal for creating dark and chilling soundscapes as well as uplifting ethereal and ambient music, the DRONAR Master Edition makes it easy to create and play highly expressive pads, patterns, textures and atmospheres for any genre.



Available at: TIMESPACE 

Haunted Ground is an avant-garde sound library inspired by the unique character of abandoned places. The structures that man left to crumble as time ticks away, now brought to life in this collection of samples. Created by sound designer Adam Pietruszko specializing in visual and aural documentation of forsaken buildings, to provide you with the atmosphere and spirit of these forbidden locations. This library took a year to plan, prepare and record. Carefully choosing locations as recording sites and inspiration was taken from countless photographs, schematics and abandoned structure history resources. 

Available at: ZERO-G 


 
DARK MATTER 2 is the ultimate tool to create outstanding textures, atmospheres, drones, soundscapes and pulses.
  • 35+GB of original sample material (21GB using Kontakt's lossless sample storage compression).
  • Almost all sample content of Dark Matter 1 (owners of Dark Matter 1 don't need to re-download it) plus 15+GB of brand new sample content  (11GB using Kontakt's lossless sample storage compression).
  • 5000+ high-quality samples.
  • 6 layers.
  • 340+ pre-programmed Snapshots. 
  • Main Engine: Individual layer controls for pitch, volume, pan, solo, mute, effects bypass, layer lock, adsr, layer boost and cut, pan and amp LFO send.
  • Powerful randomize function.
  • Dedicated Motion Engine: Arpeggiator, Pan and Amp LFO.
  • Dedicated Color Engine: six separate convolvers, 120+ convolution Impulse Responses, Randomize function.
  • Dedicated Effect Engine: skreamer, lo-fi, chorus, tape saturation, delay, chorus and distortion (controlled by the modulation wheel, Randomize function.
  • Dedicated Reamp Engine: add punch and saturation to each layer and boost low, mid and hi frequencies.
AVAILABLE AT: STRING AUDIO
Welcome to TRAILER XPRESSIONS II: The BOOM Experience, pushing scoring and sound design to powerful new places. Sample Logic is proud to present the follow up to their wildly successful TRAILER XPRESSIONS library with this collection that takes things in a whole new direction. Sample Logic has teamed up with the world leading SFX designer BOOM Library to fuel TXII. This award-winning sound design development team has created samples for thousands of hard-hitting trailers, bone-crunching blockbusters and scintillating scores over many years and now they are lending their talents and remarkable collection of sounds to the Sample Logic team for an exclusive collaboration
 
Available at: SAMPLE LOGIC 

74% off “United Strings Of Europe” by Auddict - Limited Time!

The “United Strings of Europe” is a dazzling string ensemble library with an amazing seven mic positions for ultimate sonic flexibility. It also comes with a wealth of articulations and multiple true legato sets to cover every performance eventuality!
Auddict’s libraries have already been used on high profile scores for motion picture and video games, with users including Yasunori Mitsuda, Klayton (Celldweller) and Ronald Bell (Kool & the Gang).
This is the ultimate ensemble string sample library and is perfect for Cinematic Underscore, Epic Trailer Tracks, Video Game Music and much more!

 

50GB+ of Stunning Ensemble Strings in Kontakt Format!

The “United Strings Of Europe” was recorded in the format of a real scoring session with the best gear, in a world famous concert hall by world class musicians, allowing you to mold and sculpt your sound like never before.
With Over 50GB of content and 7 Mic Positions, this collection aims to give you the same controllable sonic environment / soundscape you would have in a real film scoring session!
THE UNITED STRINGS OF EUROPE – BACKGROUND
The United Strings of Europe is a London-based ensemble made up of young professionals from across the European Union and Switzerland with the goal of promoting musical and cultural cooperation at the highest level.
The ensemble is gaining recognition for its exciting performances in Switzerland, France, Lebanon and the UK. With several world premieres of works by Hristic, Marinkovic and Winkler, the ensemble has collaborated with a number of distinguished artists including Hildegarde Fesneau, Marc Benzekri, Mateja Marinkovic, Jack Liebeck, Walter Delahunt and Ljubisa Jovanovic.
This bundle is divided into 5 instrument patches:
  • First Violins
  • Second Violins
  • Violas
  • Cellos
  • Basses
With massive flexibility, multiple articulations and incredibly realistic performances, this is the perfect library for your scores, look no further!


Normally €563 – get it at 74% off before it’s gone!

  • 74% off the normal price (normally €563)!
  • Over 50GB of content
  • 80,000+ samples!
  • Five separate patches – First Violins, Second Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double Basses
  • SEVEN microphone positions replicating a film scoring setup including Close pairs, Stage, Room, Close SDC’s, Close LDCs and Spot Ribbons.
  • SOUND Like a Film Score – Recorded in the format of a real scoring session with the best gear, in a world famous concert hall, by world class musicians
  • Multiple TRUE LEGATO sets
  • 7RR Staccato, Pizzicato and Sautille/Spiccato
  • Other articulations include Portamento, Harmonics, Tremolos & Trills
  • These libraries have been used on high profile scores for motion picture and video games
  • Existing Auddict Users Include… Stephen Barton (Call of Duty 4, Titanfall 1&2), Jacob Shea, Mike Kennerty (All American Rejects), Klayton (Celldweller), Yasunori Mitsuda, and many more…
  • NOTE: Requires the FULL RETAIL VERSION of Kontakt 4, or above (it will also run in Kontakt 5 perfectly). Does not work with the free Kontakt Player
  • Perfect for Cinematic Underscore, Epic Trailer Music, Video Games and much, much more!


  



Sunday, October 28, 2018

Synthetic Strings Novo Pack 03 by Heavyocity - REVIEW



System Requirements
Powered by the Kontakt 5 Engine
Kontakt 5 (Player) ver 5.8.1 or later
Komplete Kontrol integrated (NKS-ready)
Mac OS X
10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update)
Intel Core 2 Duo
4 GB RAM
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)





REVIEW
Heavyocity released Novo Modern Strings in 2017 and broke new ground in orchestral strings sampling. From that point on, they have released multiple Novo packs that do not require you to own Novo. Each pack works as a stand-alone instrument using the same powerful Novo engine. This is a great option to get your feet wet with this virtual instrument. The latest Novo pack is 'Synthetic Strings' and is 3rd in the series. This library is a combination of vintage analog and modern string-based synths. A total of 81 Sound Sources from 10 Synthesizers were used in the creation of this library. It contains 227 snapshot presets, 4513 samples, 6 NKIs, and is a whopping 13.6 GB uncompressed. Synthetic Strings contains 3 different instrument categories including: Traditional, Synth Designer, and Synth Loop Designer. There are 4 instruments included in the Traditional Instruments section: I Modern Synths, II Vintage Synths, III Rhythmic Synths (Straight), and IV Rhythmic Synths (Triplet). The first two instruments contain various string synths and the last two contain multi-sampled rhythmic content created with the modern and vintage synth sound sources.

The Source Browser can be accessed in the Synth Designer instrument section where you can select a sample set to be used by a channel.
The top section of the Source Browser is where you can browse, preview and load sample sets, and in the lower section you can define the key.




Synthetic Strings includes 120 Rhythmic Loops, Pedals, and tempo-synced Ambience. Within the Synth Loop Designer section, you can layer loops using the Designer Keys, as well as edit parameters for each loop in the
instrument. I did make a video demonstrating the loop designer in action at the bottom of this page and I also included Heavyocity's videos detailing this instrument.



Novo Synthetic Strings features many vintage synths that are being used in many of today's film scores. The 10 synthesizers sampled in this library are: Juneau 2, Boomsynth, Analog Brute, Sub 307, StringFett, Nova, Performer One, HY-101, HY-202, and String Ensemble. Heavyocity states it 'has taken the tools behind the lush expanses of synth
heavy scores from films like Dunkirk and The Social Network, and TV shows like Mr. Robot and The Knick and infused them with new life.'

 However, I would also include the hit show 'Stranger Things' as part of that description. This library fits into what many composers have most likely been searching for in a Kontakt instrument.

 The GUI is intuitive, easy to get around, and the presets are CPU friendly. It amazes me how well Heavyocity keeps their instruments processing so efficiently unlike other Kontakt libraries. As you look at the top left and right you will find the main navigation buttons and in between that you will find the main mixer. The Macro controls and navigation can be then found in the middle of the page.



The lower part of the interface is where the controls for the Macro sections and the Master FX are located. This is where you will find the iconic Punish and Twist FX knobs included in all Heavyocity instruments.




To be frank, Synthetic Strings is just plain Killer! The warm, rich, ethereal beauty of the evolving instruments in Synthetic Strings had me engrossed in a state of composing hypnosis. I heard sounds I've been waiting for and leave it to Heavyocity to deliver an astounding experience. This pack is worth every dollar and is certainly one of my favorite releases of the year next to Forzo. If you want to hear something truly momentous load Forzo and Synthetic Strings together in Kontakt. No matter what music you are scoring, you will find Synthetic Strings an essential part of your composing library tools. It's not only engaging but it fills the void missing in most string libraries I've heard. There is not one con I found in this library. The retail cost of this pack is $149 and, in my opinion, is a steal! There are so many capabilities with this instrument and the sound quality is produced with excellence. Synthetic Strings is another supreme release from Heavyocity and is beautifully crowned a

5 out of 5 Stars!

Available at : Heavyocity
& Plugin Boutique



  



  



 



  



   




    
Written by Steve Montgomery 
(Infinite Mindscape & Darkmood)