Cymbology Vol. 1 – Bowed
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This massive percussion effects library is built around classic bowed cymbals. We captured 20 unique cymbals, in all shapes, sizes, alloys and varieties, from crashes and splashes to gongs, bells, trashes and even a stack of spent WWII Howitzer artillery shells. We explore the classic bowed cymbal effect in exquisite detail, with dozens of variations for each cymbal, from short stabs to long tortured wails and everything in between. These often sought-after dramatic scoring and sound design fundamentals are perfect for setting dark moods, striking bold transitions, building stingers, weaving soundscapes and manipulating in any number of ways to evoke sonic images both dark and light.
Not content to leave it there, we experiment with dry ice on the cymbal surfaces. The results are just as wildly varied as the bowed articulations, but these squeals, hisses, screeches, drones, screams, rumbles and wails are an entirely different flavor. We recorded both sets of sustaining and short cymbal effects in two wide microphone positions, up close for full detail, presence and clarity without room coloration and out in a large hall, for a rich, lush and naturally spacious reverb ideal for epic and orchestral scoring.
Next, we created a collection of extraordinary melodic tuned percussion instruments from the most tonally pure and musical raw material within the library. Each tuned percussion preset has a unique and complex sound, with flowing overtones, broad warmth, clear highs and massive low end, with flavors ranging from darkly harmonic to pure and crystalline. Lastly, we designed over 1 GB of ambient instruments. You’ll find a spectacular array of pads, drones, synths, swirling dreamscapes, nightmarish hellscapes and complex evolving textures.
We’ve programmed the library with obsessive attention to detail and unmatched playability. You’ll find our usual front panel controls with full automation support on all critical parameters, plus multi-effects chain controls and our custom convolution reverb system. The tuned percussion presets include our powerful Uberpeggiator system and several of the ambience presets also include our dual-layer selection and real-time cross-fading system to allow an endless range of creative possibilities.
We’ve also included our Multi-Flo LFO control matrix, with independent pitch, volume and pan LFOs with rate and depth control for each, as well as 3 filter modes. All 6 modules can be run and tweaked simultaneously and independently. Try out our new Multi-Layer-Builder Utility, allowing you to import up to 3 different cymbal sets on the fly and assign them to independently movable and blend-able key-ranges, with real-time pitch and volume controls for each layer. You’ll also find Time-Stretch and Lite versions of all core bowed and frozen cymbal presets.
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or Kontakt 4 (Kontakt 5 is also supported). There are 289 Kontakt 4 presets, all with a powerful custom user interface. We’ve also included 285 legacy Kontakt 3.5 nki programs, featuring automatable attack, release, offset, swell, key-switching, EQ, convolution, and a full range of other effects controls.
We used a standard viola bow for short staccatos, long dynamic swells and full sustains. The results range from low eerie droning pads to monstrous roars, depending on the type of cymbal, the bowing pressure and where on the cymbal edges we bowed.
We used blocks of dry ice to resonant various parts of each cymbal. The results range from surreal off-kilter single-note rings to violent screeches, growls, hisses, squeals, whines and hums, depending on the type of cymbal, the pressure we used, the temperature of the bronze and other organic factors.
We isolated the most musical elements in our source material and built a deep collection of tuned percussion presets with a remarkable richness, warmth, detail and tonal complexity to them, the likes of which we’ve never heard before. These melodic instruments will open up whole worlds of inspired possibility.
With 4 distinct categories of ambiences and over 1 GB of content, the ambient section of this collection could stand as a library all it’s own. We’ve included a huge variety of tuned, pads, organic synths, drones, almost-orchestral textures and living-breathing soundscapes, all sculpted by hand from our raw cymbal recordings.
Controls and FX
- Custom front panel controls, including all critical performance shaping parameters
- 6 independent LFO types and Filter modules at your fingertips
- New Multi-Layer Builder Utility allows custom key-range assignments and sample set loading on the fly
- Our groundbreaking “Uberpeggiator” system
- Selectable and fully automatable Kontakt multi-effects including delay, filters, flanger, rotator and more
- 40 custom convolution IR samples, with fully automatable parameter control
2,220 Samples (standard pcm wav)
289 .nki files (unlocked Kontakt 4 format) / 285 .nki files (unlocked Kontakt 3.5 format)
5.77 GB installed (3.77 GB Download)
24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format(s): Kontakt 3.5/4.2.4 .nki and pcm .wav
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Important Note: Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5, 4 or 5 full retail version of Kontakt required to use the .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” does not support this library.
System Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7. Intelmac and Mac OS 10.5 or higher. Runs stand-alone or as plug-in via VST, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8). Dual Core PCU, 2 GB System Ram, 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer SATA II hard drive recommended.