Aria Sounds recently released Catalyst, their “high end cinematic percussion” sample library. The library features drums and percussion instruments with four blend-able microphone positions (close, overhead, mid, far) for greater control over the sound, as well as up to five round robins per note, and multi dynamic layers.
Each drum in the Catalyst sample library was recorded with different types and sizes of sticks/mallets; and when combined with the multiple microphone positions, there are a wide variety of different sounds that can be gotten from each instrument.
August 15 Sample Logic releases IMPAKT, a new suite of over 850 “morphed” concert percussion instruments and multis. This collection of instruments ranges from “dramatically twisted” marimbas and xylophones, peaceful chimes and bells to “massively transfigured” tympani, gongs, bass drums, cymbals, and a range of world percussion instruments.
IMPAKT’s suite includes: Continue reading
SONiVOX has released the updated version of their percussion instrument, Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0, their ‘flagship drum instrument’.
New features in Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 include an integrated patch browser, new content, 64-bit VST and AU support, 15 GB of drum sounds; 16 kits and over 400 patches. Continue reading
BeepStreet, maker of the iOS synth Sunrizer, has announced Impakton – a new app designed to turn any surface into a playable percussive instrument.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
You just slap your desk like a real drum, the transient acoustic signal is fed into the physical modeling engine and turned into the desired sound. That makes Impakton an extremely expressive instrument. Drop a coin on the desk, select any of the membramophones presets and you will hear the sound of the coin dancing on a membrane.
Here are audio previews for Impaktion:
This video offers a preview of a new instrument from Slaperoo, the ‘Lap Slap‘.
The Lap Slap is a smaller version of the original Slaperoo, which is designed to be held like a stand-up bass. The Lap Slap is 26″ long and designed to be played in your lap.
Both instruments are based around a tensioned steel strap on a rigid aluminum tube.
YouTube user HALmotohashi has created a series of video demos showcasing the capabilities of the Korg Wavedrum percussion synthesizer as not just a percussion instrument, but as a drum-controlled synthesizer.
The Korg Wavedrum puts some impressive synthesis capabilities into a sensitive controller.
The Wavedrum contains 36 DSP algorithms, allowing for a variety of of synthesis methods; analog, additive, non-linear, physical modeling, etc. The PCM sound engine – the other important part of Wavedrum’s sound creation system – contains 200 sampled sounds; 100 for the head, and 100 for the rim, with velocity-switching capabilities.
These videos highlight the variety of sound, and the sensitive control over sound, that the Wavedrum allows.
Reader Ville Väisänen sent word of a free sample library, made with the Korg Monotribe:
I made this free drum/percussion sample pack with my monotribe. I found it is great box for such sounds; with pitch and filter envelopes and great sounding resonant filter I recorded some pretty powerful analog bass drums, effect sounds and other percussion.
There are 90 files available for download as 24bit wav files, above or via SoundCloud. They are CC licensed.
Here’s another freebie for Ableton Live users – Unusual Percussion For Ableton Live, by AfroDJMac:
This week is the 47th installment of my free Ableton Live Pack series and it is the beginning of a exploratory journey into using nontraditional sounds as drums and percussion. I’ve sampled a bunch of everyday-type sounds (computer keyboards, plastic cups, static) and programmed a couple of patches in Ableton’s Operator to create 126 percussive sounds. From there, I used some of the built in effects (transposition, filter, arpeggiator, and Corpus) to allow you mangle each sound in infinite ways.
If you are feeling a little bored with traditional drum sounds and samples, I hoping this will motivate and inspire.
You can get the full details and the download at the AfroDJMac site.