Snow Drums is a unique collection of snow and ice impacts works well when used creatively in place of traditional kicks, snares and hi-hats or as pure sound design source material. The snow instruments were created by recording a variety of ice and snow foley, using prepared and natural snow piles, ice blocks and frozen ponds. The snow and ice sounds have been edited, programmed and arranged to create percussive playability and organized logically to allow easy use as sound effects source material.
The Wintery pond instruments were created by recording a variety of stones, ice chunks and pebbles skittering over the surface of a large frozen pond in a narrow canyon, high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The results are quite surprising, as the sound waves travel over the ice and off of the canyon walls in very unusual ways. As the stones bounce away from the listening position, across the ice to the far side of the pond, the impacts take on a spring-like Doppler effect. We were on a little day trip during the holidays when we stopped by the pond for a rest and discovered this cool natural sonic effect, just by chance. Note: The content in this library is also available within Antidrum Machine with free Kontakt Player and NKS support.
While this library is best suited for use by sound designers and sfx artists, the instrument programming should nonetheless allow for very unique and responsive playability as percussion and musical elements. You may hear the sound of winter wind and other impurities in the background, due to the location of this frozen pond we found. This was unavoidable and we think the sounds are cool enough to ignore any minor flaws. All in all, this strange source material is quite interesting, creatively useful and rather musical. They also make very interesting impulse responses when used in convolution reverb plug-ins.
- Cold Skitters
- Icy Splashes
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 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.
- 161 MB installed
- 511 Samples (standard pcm wav)
- 16 .nki instrument pressets
- 24 bit / 44.1kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
- Unlocked Kontakt presets and wav samples to allow user customization
- Includes a bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambient and special FX presets.
The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5 (or later) is required to use 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.
Reviews & Endorsements
“While scoring Whelm, I was in search of unique percussion and wanted something outside the norm that was still able to pack a punch when needed. I was turned onto Snow Drums and it fit the bill perfectly. Also couldn’t believe the price!”