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9 Legacy Scoring Tools
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The Legacy Bundle contains 9 Kontakt instruments designed for tension, scoring and sound design cues.
Cinematic Tonal Violin
Cinematic Tonal Violin is perfect for adding a very subtle (but tense) human element to your scores and is perfect for horror, drama, thriller, and action score writing. The vibe of this library is similar to the fiddle / solo violin playing heard in The Dark Knight (during the opening heist) and Black Hawk Down.
There are 28 loops spread across 4 groups in the keys of A, C, E, G (laid out in that order on the keyboard). For ease, there is a reverb control right on the GUI and the starting note represents that groups key range. While these loops are tempo synced, their root tempo is 120 BPM... so tempos that are drastically different may cause slight audio artifacts.
Fistful of Tension
Fistful of Tension is NOT your average guitar library. Yes, it does contain multisampled acoustic and electric guitar samples... but think of it more like Ennio Morricone / Sergio Leone / Spaghetti Western in a box! This is definitely geared more towards cinematic writing.
I used some fairly unconventional recording techniques including placing the mic accross the room from the electric guitar cabinet then washing it in reverb. The end result (the patch is "Stranger Leaves") is fairly cool and oozes "Man With The Harmonica". The other patches include an array of multisampled acoustic guitar patches and a handful of interesting FX patches containing strange hits and slides. ALL of the 14 patches included stem from guitar recordings and are patches I have found most useful over the years on several projects... hopefully you will too!
Jungle Flute FX
If your next scoring assignment takes your music into a jungle to rescue POWs, slaughter aliens, make a difficult shot from a mile away, or track down terrorists... you also need JUNGLE FLUTE FX in your arsenal of samples.
For this sample set, I found a very nice custom Moseno Flute, which is a South American bamboo flute, sampled it, and (as usual) mangled some of the recordings. The end result is a collection of uniquely ethnic and immensely atmospheric FX, Phrases, and padlike instruments.
The Oddity Bundle consists of 12 Kontakt instruments from two very different instrument sets..HUM and SCRAPE ORCHESTRA. This instrument set would be perfect for your next game or film score and even suited for the ambient, electronic, and chillout genres. The GUI contains the option to easily edit the attack, decay, and reverb all in one place, while the mod wheel is mapped directly to the filter which can totally change the timbre of each patch.
HUM features recordings of electronic items (such as generators) which have been mutated, processed, and/or stretched to make for a very unique set of 6 instruments. These can sound like ethereal pads, synth leads, and even organs.
SCRAPE ORCHESTRA features recordings taken from various tools scraping a metal shed door. The results are horrifying and definitely geared towards the horror genre.A
Soft Tension Hits
Soft Tension Hits is something I have used for years on various game / film projects and only just recently revamped it for public release. After taking a cue from Hans Zimmer and how he records his custom percussion libs with lots of low nuances (and making the hall a character in each recording)... I decided to create this beast of a sample package for Kontakt.
Don't let the name fool you, this library is geared towards film and game composers in need of HUGE unique percussion hits that have been stylistically recorded and designed specifically for horror, sci fi, and action writing. Even the "small" patches sound huge (I'm looking at you "Table Flicks"). While there are a handful of multisampled and/or tuned patches, this is not meant to be played like a traiditional drum kit (as there are no round robins). STH is intended more for stabs, tension building, wipes, and scene transitions.
The Cello of Damascus
A multisampled bowed electric guitar, but recorded and mastered in a way that gives it a uniquely cinematic and ethnic timbre perfect for your next game or film project. This kontakt instrument consists of 10 instruments, and 5 multis and features a very nice GUI which makes tweaking the attack, added reverb, or EQ exceptionally easy.
The volume is mapped to the MOD wheel for added expression. In fact, these tweaks can totally change the vibe of some of these patches! The instruments range from multisampled sustains, multisampled tremolo dimenuendos, scrapes, FX, to synthy pads, all of which can sound heartfelt, ethnic, or even downright creepy.
This library consists of horrifying, terrifying, extremely creepy percussive and ambient elements sampled from.... a barn door? Sounds ridiculous I know, but once you listen to the patches via the youtube video to, you'll be a true believer in just how creepy a basic barn door can be.
This... is some extremely epic and cinematic stuff. Once again, prepare for some serious low end! If your next film or game project finds you scoring a war be it modern, fantasy, or midieval, this is the kontakt instrument you need to have in your arsenal. I recorded a solo burundi drum in a concert hall and thanks to the help of the sampleism team, have added some very handy controls to the GUI.
You can toggle the excess reverb, use the threshold control to pull back the natural hall reverb, and make the drums as punchy or boomy as you like via the EQ gain controls right on the GUI. Check out the HD video for a complete walkthrough and to hear just how epic this instrument is.