Soundiron Cymbology
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Bowed Cymbal Virtual Instrument for Kontakt Full

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Cymbology is a massive percussion effects library built around bowed cymbals and gongs. 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.


Contents

Bowed

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.

Frozen

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.

Tuned

We isolated the most musical elements in our source material and built a deep collection of tuned percussion presets with 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.

Ambient

With 4 distinct categories of ambiences and over 1 GB of content, the ambient section of this collection could stand as a library all its 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

Kontakt Format

This library is designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5 or later. Kontakt is an industry-standard advanced virtual instrument software platform. You can view screenshots of this library's custom graphical user interface in the image gallery above. This library is packed with features to provide you with a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode.

This is a standard Kontakt open-format library, so the free Kontakt Player does not fully support it and can only run it in a limited "demo mode". However, the sample directories are unlocked so you can use them in other wav-compatible software, sampler and synth formats. The special Libraries tab doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library, but you can use the standard File browser tab and import this library into the Kontakt Quickload window for easy loading and navigation.


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