Swords to Ploughshares
This experimental virtual instrument weaves real-world field recordings and expressive sound design together into a unified creative toolbox. The sounds in this library were recorded during the invasion of Ukraine by sound designer/video producer Histibe.
Swords to Ploughshares is an experimental virtual instrument that weaves real-world field recordings and expressive sound design together into a unified creative toolbox. The sounds in this library were recorded during the invasion of Ukraine, between February and May of 2022, by Ukrainian sound designer and video producer Histibe.
It includes field recordings made in and around his home in Kyiv and during a temporary evacuation in the Carpathian mountains during the heaviest period of shelling near his home. The subject matter includes the everyday sounds of his life and his city, quickly adapting to wartime and often punctuated by blasts and the wail of air raid sirens. It explores the gentle sounds of nature in the mountains made all the more surreal by eerily distorted late-night shortwave radio broadcasts filling the airwaves.
This is not a Hollywood-style war sfx collection, or a traditional instrument or sound library. These sounds were recorded in uncontrolled real-world city and forest environments, by an ordinary person, under less-than-ideal conditions, using basic hand-held recording equipment, under wartime conditions. Needless to say, some of the edges remain naturally rough. The field-recorded sound effects and live environmental soundscapes captured in this library allow a glimpse into our observer's unique frame of reference at a specific place and time in the world. The sound-designed content follows the artist's mental journey from that subjective experience as they mentally process and re-articulate it from raw kinetic energy into more musically constructive forms.
This library offers the artist's unique vantage point during a transformative place and time in their life and the world around them. His goal is to transmute an act of oppression into a tool for expression. It is not meant to be a definitive, unbiased, unvarnished or complete representation of the artist's entire experience or those around him. It is intended as a work of constructive and reusable sonic art. It is a dim and hazy window into another human's personal experience, crafted with the simple hope that it serves and inspires your own creative process.
Note: You can support Histibe directly by ordering through his website. The cart button above takes you to the checkout page at Histibe's web shop. Soundiron receives no money from the sale of this product. Maks is an outstanding multimedia artist, colleague and friend and we support his creative efforts.
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Maks Histibe is a Ukrainian composer, producer and sound designer. From his Kyiv-based studio, he delivers video production, music scoring, foley and sound design services for a great number of local and international clients. He's created several awesome trailers for us over the years with his distinct visual style.
Histibe has worked with artists such as Balkansky, Subsets, Turing, Lucas The Flow, Whensday, Commit, Piton, Mervin Mathew, and others. His tracks have been featured on UKF, AskAudio, Producer Hive, and Complex Magazine. He loves to experiment with sound design and combine it with modern electronic music, vocals, synthesizers, and various field recordings. His sounds and music have been used in commercial videos, films, animations, broadcast networks, fashion shows, mobile applications and other art projects.
The Kontakt interface includes a suite of automation-ready sound-shaping controls to give you total creative flexibility. You have control over swell, attack, release, offset, vibrato, filter, pitch (coarse & fine), articulation switching, cross-fading and layering, and so much more. We've also included 170 unique sound-designed custom FX presets to give you lots of creative options.
This library comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. We’ve included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.
The interface is rounded-out by our modular FX rack panel, with 18 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 10 available slots, in any order that you wish. You’ll find classic phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more. The Reverb effect includes our favorite convolution reverb impulse responses, including 99 different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, plus another 40 custom FX impulses to radically transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility. We’ve added a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started!
This library has been licensed for use in the free Kontakt Player virtual instrument engine. It can be used in Kontakt Player or the full retail version of Kontakt (version 6.2.2 or later) for VST, AU or AAX instrument plugin formats. You can add this product to the Kontakt “Libraries” browser. It requires online serial number registration through the Native Instruments Service Center app. This library is also fully compatible with Komplete Kontrol and all S-Series Keyboard Controllers by Native Instruments. Purchasing this library qualifies you for a great cross-grade discount toward the full unlocked version of Kontakt through Native Instruments!
- One master NKI instrument bank made for Kontakt Player 6.2.2+
- 170 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
- 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
- 1,274 stereo samples
- 5.44 GB Installed
- Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator
- Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments
- Made for the free Kontakt Player (version 6.2.2+), Komplete Kontrol, all S-Series Keyboards and NKS software and hardware by Native Instruments
- Works with the Kontakt "Libraries" browser and Native Access.
This Powered-By-Kontakt Player Edition is supported by version 6.2.2 or later of the free Kontakt Player (VST, AU, AAX) and the special “Libraries” rack. Windows 7 or higher required for PC. OSX 10.12 or higher required for Mac. Dual Core CPU, 3+ 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.
Walkthrough: Swords to Ploughshares
Composing With Swords to Ploughshares
Swords to Ploughshares Trailer