Tuned Artillery Shells. is a unique tuned and untuned metallic percussion library based on dry and hall recordings of spent brass field artillery shell casings from the WWI and WWII eras, plus a few odd extra elements in the same vein – an Eastern Bloc infantry combat helmet and a couple of decommissioned modern hand grenades.
Artillery shells and military helmets actually have a long history in modern classical music in the hands of pioneers like Harry Partch throughout the mid and late 20th century. They're not at all uncommon to find in avant-garde classical and experimental music today, used both as untuned anvil-like striking instruments and pitched over a tuned key range. In both cases, the high-quality precision cast and machined brass shell casings produce deeply resonant and harmonically rich qualities, when struck on the sides, edges and base with mallets, hammers, sticks, brushes or bare hands.
Under the cover of night we infiltrated our favorite recording hall to experiment with some army party favors: a collection of spent artillery shells and head wear. We used out state-of-the-art gear to capture multiple velocity layers in multiple articulations for each piece of Army equipment. Not content with just including 3 mic positions (close, wide and far) we went back and recorded each shell and helmet dry in a booth to really give users the ability to sculpt the sound they want.
- 4 different Artillery Shells.
- 1 Protective Helmet (safety first!).
- 12x Round Robin.
- Multiple Velocity Layers.
- End and Side Articulations (Shells).
- Top and Edge Articulations (Helmet).
- 3 Mic positions (Close, Wide & Far).
- Dry Articulations for all 5 objects.
Controls and FX
- Custom front panel controls, including all critical performance shaping parameters
- New Multi-Layer Builder Utility allows custom key-range assignments and sample set loading on the fly
- Our groundbreaking "Uberpeggiator" system
- 3 Fully Independent Microphone Positions for all instruments, with an added dry position.
- Selectable and fully automatable Kontakt multi-effects including EQ and filters.
- 40 custom convolution IR samples, with fully automatable parameter control
This library is designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 4.2 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 a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode. Learn more about Kontakt by Clicking Here.
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.
- 3.14 GB installed
- 3,026 Samples
- 112 .nki instrument presets
- 24 bit / 48kHz uncompressed PCM wav audio
- Unlocked Kontakt presets and wav samples to allow user customization
The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 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. This software is delivered as a digital download, so a broadband connection is required. All sales are final. Please see our Help Page for download and installation instructions, tutorials and the End User Licensing Agreement before ordering.
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Reviews & Endorsements
“Soundiron’s Tuned Artillery library was a great accompaniment to the score for Unbroken Path To Redemption. It had enough mic positions, beaters, and tweakability to blend perfectly with the live shells that were used. I highly recommend it for a creative addition to the mallet percussion world.”