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.
We've programmed the library with obsessive attention to detail and unmatched playability. You'll find our usual front panel controls with full automation support on all critical parameters, plus multi-effects chain controls and our custom convolution reverb system. The tuned percussion presets include our powerful Uberpeggiator system and several of the ambience presets also include our dual-layer selection and real-time cross-fading system to allow an endless range of creative possibilities.
We've also included our Multi-Flo LFO control matrix, with independent pitch, volume and pan LFOs with rate and depth control for each, as well as 3 filter modes. All 6 modules can be run and tweaked simultaneously and independently. Try out our new Multi-Layer-Builder Utility, allowing you to import up to 3 different cymbal sets on the fly and assign them to independently movable and blend-able key-ranges, with real-time pitch and volume controls for each layer. You'll also find Time-Stretch and Lite versions of all core bowed and frozen cymbal presets.
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.
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.
We isolated the most musical elements in our source material and built a deep collection of tuned percussion presets with a 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.
With 4 distinct categories of ambiences and over 1 GB of content, the ambient section of this collection could stand as a library all it's 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
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 sampler platform. Learn more about Kontakt by Clicking Here
Check out screenshots of our custom graphical user interface for Kontakt in the image gallery above. They provide 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 doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library. However, the sample directories are fully accessible to allow user customization, import and mapping into 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, or import this library into the Kontakt database and Quickload tools for easy navigation, loading and organization.
- 5.77 GB installed (3.77 GB Download)
- 2,220 Samples (standard pcm wav)
- 285 Kontakt 3.5 .nki instrument presets (legacy)
- 289 Kontakt 4.2.4 .nki instrument presets
- 24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format
- Format(s): Kontakt 3.5/4.2.4 .nki and pcm .wav
For all Kontakt 3 presets, the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or later is required.to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. For all Kontakt 4 presets, the full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. Windows XP or higher. Mac OSX 10.6 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.