AudioThing has announced Environments – Temple of Mercury, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

AudioThing Environments Temple of Mercury

The Temple of Mercury is the first in a a series of sample libraries inspired by research in sound environments and the relationship of sound and space.

Environments “Temple of Mercury” features sound gestures from a corrugated plastic pipe and the impulse response of the Temple of Mercury, a wide caldera situated in the west of Naples (Italy). The Temple is also known as “The Echo Temple” for its several acoustic reflections caused by a dome vault and water on the floor. The temple is entirely made of tophus, and it has a diameter of 21.5 meters (71ft) and a circular opening in the vault reminiscent of the one in the Pantheon in Rome.

The sampled instrument produces flute, horn, efxs, impulsive sounds, and, with a little electroacoustic modification, feedback sounds; all sounds are playable with or without the convolution of the Temple. This library was inspired by a video by Salvatore Carannante, a musician who plays common or recycled everyday objects as a way of interacting with the acoustic space.

Environments – Temple of Mercury features

  • 24 Kontakt Instruments (.nki).
  • 5 Kontakt Multis (.nkm).
  • 3 Round Robin samples.
  • Up to 3 velocity layers.
  • 87 Samples (44.1kHz / 24Bit).
  • 1 Impulse Response.
  • Formats: Kontakt and WAV.
  • Sample sets including flute, horn, efxs, impulsive sounds, feedback sounds, sound designed instruments.

The sound library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $12 until November 24th, 2012 (regular $15 USD).

More information: AudioThing