Sample Logic has announced ASSAULT, a massive suite of over 850 bone-crushing instruments and multis that transform sound design into superior cinematic percussive instruments.
In creating ASSAULT, Sample Logic teamed up with veteran broadcast sound design and sound effect mastermind Rick Allen to record a monumental collection of real-world material ranging from rifles, flame throwers, hand guns, jets, dumpsters, and monstrous pipes to bells, chimes, glass, and an arsenal of traditional percussive instruments.
From this material, Sample Logic spent numerous hours carefully manipulating and morphing the sounds to forge a sample library that will no doubt be your secret weapon. ASSAULT is geared for film, TV, game composers and sound designers.
Over 850 Instruments and Multis recorded and processed at 48k/24-bit, delivered at 44.1k/24-bit.
Just under 1 GB sample library using Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression.
The Unfinished has announced the release of Omnisphere Horizon, a sound library for Omnisphere by Spectrasonics.
Aimed at hybrid cinematic underscore and deep, emotional electronica, it will fit right into your latest film/tv/game score or EDM album.
There are 128 patches, featuring deep, modulating basslines; evocative and dynamic synth sequences; dramatic and blissful soundscapes; hard-hitting, punchy synth basses; and many other expressive and essential sounds.
Omnisphere Horizon provides you with a deep and flexible, cinematic sound canvas. Whether you’re writing minimalist underscore in the shadow of Harry Gregson-Williams and Sean Callery, or intense electronica in the vein of BT and Jon Hopkins, you are bound to find a huge amount of inspiration in this soundset.
Omnisphere Horizon costs £19.99 GBP. A pack of free sounds is available to ‘try before you buy’.
The Unfinished has announced Massive Ammunition, a soundset for the Massive software synthesizer by Native Instruments.
Massive Ammunition is a new collection of 128 sounds for NI Massive aimed at deep and atmospheric dubstep, industrial electronica and hybrid electronic film scoring. In fact it’s perfect for any music that requires some ballsy bass sounds.
At the heart of the soundset are a number of gritty, growly and wobbly bass tones, designed to test the most robust speakers. Depth and punch is this collection’s primary purpose.
However, there’s more to the set than just meaty low frequencies. There’s also a number of beautiful, wide pads and noisy but delicate soundscapes. Add to this some distorted and kinetic plucks, keys, bells and leads, and you have enough sounds under your belt to make polished music straight away.
Dark, driving tech lines to underpin your next movie trailer, throbbing basslines to propel your next dancefloor smash, or just a collection of pristine noises to inspire your next project… You’ll find it in Massive Ammunition.
The soundset is available to purchase for £14.99 GPB. A free demo pack of 20 sounds can be downloaded. Ammunition requires Massive 1.3 and uses the .nmsv format.
Maximum Force has been created by the prodigious talent of a world-class soundtrack and FX producer this library was especially created for projects that require high-impact sound effects (radio station ID, TV promos, bumpers, trailers). All sounds are designed using manipulated field recordings and synthesized sources.
Full of awe-inspiring sounds of scope and breadth Maximum Force is the perfect tool for busy post-production facilities, video editors, sound designers, broadcast radio/TV stations and experimental composers. This library is not only for film and games soundtrack creators but is also a goldmine for cutting-edge dance producers who want to add something special to their tracks.
The library includes multi-layered imaging elements, impacts, long and short fx, noise, whooshes, lasers, bleeps, tonal sounds and creative soundscapes as well as various loops so you’ll find the sound you need without slowing down your workflow.
Maximum Force features
550 Acidized WAV files & 550 AIFF Apple Loops.
40 instruments for Kontakt, EXS24 & NN-XT.
All stereo 24-bit 48Khz sounds are Ebu128 loudness normalized and cut in single files to make them easier to use in your audio/video productions.
All of the samples have been pre-cleared and are 100% original & royalty-free for your musical use without any additional licensing fees.
The sample library is available to purchase for £60.95 GBP / $99.95 USD / 75 EUR.
Zero-G has also announced a Christmas Sale, offering a discount on its sample libraries through December 31st, 2012.
BIG festive savings in the Zero-G Download Shop! 30% off everything, and great bundle deals in our Christmas Sale.
The Unfinished has announced Absynth Heliopolis, a collection of 128 evocative sounds aimed at ambient music, but also perfect for modern film scoring and deep electronica.
“Matt is a master at creating brilliant new sounds. Heliopolis is no exception. It’s one of those banks I wish he wouldn’t sell to anybody else!” - Sascha Dikiciyan, aka Sonic Mayhem, Composer/Producer (Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2, Tron: Evolution, Quake Series)
The collection is full of dark and beautiful pads, soaring and twisting soundscapes, subtle and shifting leads and keys, plus gentle and disturbing synth sequences and basslines.
So, if you’re looking for huge but subtle ambiences, beautiful but disturbed synth noises, then Absynth Heliopolis is the soundset for you.
The soundset is avaialble to purchase for £14.99 GBP. A demo pack of 20 sounds can be downloaded at no cost. Heliopolis requires Absynth 5 (some sounds will not work in Absynth 4) and uses the .nabs format.
Les Productions Zvon has introduced Memory Collection Pack 03, a sample library featuring a collection of samples taken from public domain movies.
1,243 samples for a size of 855 MB. The samples in this collection are taken from seven Public Domain horror movies. Please note that the samples are not mapped in any way or in any specific sampler format. The MC 03 only contains wav files. The download is divided in 2 rar files (223 and 213 MB).
These samples can be a lot of fun and very useful not only for Halloween but also all year round due to the wide variety of the sounds included.
Memory Collection Pack 03 is available for a minimum donation of $10 USD. A collection of all three Memory Collection Packs is available at a minimum donation of $30 USD. Free demo packs can be downloaded from the product page.
Users of Zebra have no shortage in sounds for this virtual modular synthesizer. Thousands of patches are available in both free and commercial soundsets. U-he’s latest offering – The Dark Zebra, is a little more than just a collection of patches.
A bank of over 400 presets, a collaboration between Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr. Practically all Zebra sounds in the The Dark Knight as well as The Dark Knight Rises soundtracks are included, plus several more that didn’t quite fit into the scores.
The pack also includes Hans’ custom built update from a licensed Zebra2.x to the version you can see in this video, ZebraHZ. Many of the more recent patches make use of the extra features available in ZebraHZ.
Demonstration of The Dark Zebra with its custom ZebraHZ synthesizer plugin.
So not only does this soundset for Zebra 2.5 include hundreds of sounds straight from the brilliant minds of Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr, it also comes with a custom Zebra version that was made specifically for Hans’ scoring of the Dark Knight movies.
Additional features of ZebraHZ include:
analog filter models such as the ones found in Diva,
2 additional modulation mappers,
and a Polymoog-like resonator effect module.
The new filters are available from the DIVA VCF tab in the bottom bar of the GUI.
You get 4 highpass filters and 4 lowpass/multimode filters. The HP filters include two models – Pre and Bite, and the 2 pairs of lowpass filters have Ladder, Cascade, Multimode and Bite models. Controls for cutoff, resonance and key follow are available, and three unlabelled knobs can be used to set modulation depths for assigned sources (two for cutoff, one for resonance) for each filter.
Since these filters can consume quite a bit of CPU, it’s good to have some quality parameters so you can work in draft mode and render with high audio quality. You can also get some random cutoff values on the filters with an additional “CutoffSlop” control.
ZebraHZ comes with an individual polyphonic compressor for each one of the 4 lanes. Polyphonic means that these will apply compression for each single note! You can imagine this takes some processing power so you can deactivate them to save some CPU.
The lane compressor modules are particularly useful for doing percussion/drum type sounds where transients matter.
With two additional modmappers in ZebraHZ (also included in the latest regular Zebra plugin) you now have a total of 4 flexible modulation map modules to add even more modulation to your sound.
The new Resonator module (Res1) is available from the effects grid on the Global/FX tab. This emulates the 3-band peaking filter found on Moog Music’s Polymoog analog synthesizer.
One of the very first polyphonic synthesizers ever included a 3-band peaking filter that could be used to dramatically shape the overall sound.
The resonator module in ZebraHZ.
ZebraHZ takes this concept and extends it with an extra full range band (60Hz-7.5kHz). The Resonator has various filter color modes, and the filter mode includes lowpass, bandpass, a bandpass variation with inverted second pole, and highpass.
Interestingly enough, many of the patches in The Dark Zebra don’t use any of these new features. Regardless, the additions are great to have.
As for the sounds, The Dark Zebra has a total of 400 patches which are categorized as follows:
Basses and Drones (33)
Bells and Metallurgy (26)
Drums and Clocks (64)
Effects and Chaos (38)
HighArps and Chords (72)
Lead and Horns (47)
LowArps and Stomps (50)
Pads and Keys (46)
As you would expect with sounds that were used in the soundtracks for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, many of them have a dark and cinematic feel to them.
Howard programmed most of the sounds to be performed with mod wheel, pitchbend, pressure and breath control, making them very dynamic. The patches come with information on the sound, how to use it and which controls are assigned to which parameters so you get an idea of how they were intended to be played.
Check Jarkko Hietanen’s amazing demo below to hear some of the sounds of The Dark Zebra in action. Only Zebra was used for this track!
So what do I think?
Product: The Dark Zebra by u-he Format: .h2p patches + ZebraHZ VST/AU plug-in Price: $99 USD incl. VAT (EU) Like: Brilliant sounds, excellent for studying Zebra sound design Don’t like: Costly for new Zebra users (since Zebra 2.x is required) Verdict: 9/10
It is a real testimony to u-he’s Zebra, that a famed composer like Hans Zimmer chooses to use this particular synthesizer for his soundtrack scoring. Browsing the sounds of The Dark Zebra it is clear that see why this flexible, high quality instrument was used. But a good synth only gets you so far.
I reckon a decent sound designer can make a bad synth look pretty good. How much more can a brilliant sound designer do with a fantastic synth? Howard Scarr is a true master of synthesizer programming, and in this collaboration with Hans Zimmer his skill, knowledge and dedication bears much fruit.
The sonic range of The Dark Zebra offers small and beautifully intricate to gripping, fast-paced and chaotic. Highly cinematic, but not limited to film scoring, this soundset is both an archive of hundreds of beautifully designed sounds ready for use in your own productions, as well as a peek into top notch sound design with Zebra. It is well worth studying the patches to learn how particular sounds were achieved.
Though the soundset didn’t actually end up using the new features in a whole lot of its patches, it’s still great to have the Diva filters, resonator, and lane compressors in ZebraHZ for your own sound design.
The only downside is perhaps the price tag. Even though ZebraHZ comes as its own plugin, you do need a license of Zebra 2.x to use ZebraHZ and the soundset. I personally think that The Dark Zebra is well worth the price, but new users will have to pay a considerable sum to get the whole package. That said, Zebra *is* a most excellent synthesizer, so it’s not a bad thing to pick it up anyway.