NI Sym­phony Se­ries Per­cus­sion £239

Future Music - - SOUNDS & SAMPLES -

Just like Heavy­oc­ity, Sonus­core (the part­ner com­pany be­hind this new Kon­takt-based per­cus­sion li­brary) has col­lab­o­rated on a num­ber of prod­ucts with Na­tive In­stru­ments. This time their skill is turned to­ward creat­ing a per­cus­sion li­brary geared with the or­ches­tral end of the spec­trum in mind – though there should be some­thing here for other gen­res as well.

The li­brary con­sists of 55 in­stru­ments recorded at Stu­dio 22 in Bu­dapest (and home of the well-re­garded Bu­dapest Film Orches­tra). Each in­stru­ment (and kit) makes use of the clear in­ter­face, mak­ing it easy to see sound and key-switch map­ping. The head­line in­no­va­tion in this col­lec­tion is Drum Head Res­o­nance Sim­u­la­tion (DHRS), which pur­ports to en­hance real­ism be­yond sim­ple round robin-trig­ger­ing. This was tested by load­ing the Tim­pani pre­set and pro­ceed­ing to play at vary­ing speeds and ve­loc­i­ties. The results were ex­cel­lent with a fan­tas­tic sense of real­ism. The added flex­i­bil­ity af­forded by the abil­ity to mix five dif­fer­ent mi­cro­phone con­fig­u­ra­tions also makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence as this fea­ture al­lows you to cre­ate both large and very in­ti­mate sound fields.

If the full prod­uct is out of your price bracket, or is too de­tailed for your needs, then the Es­sen­tials ver­sion (at £89) may be more ap­pro­pri­ate – the in­stru­ment count is re­duced to 18, and only stereo mic mix ver­sions are in­cluded. How­ever, the abil­ity to mix mics and po­si­tions is win­ner in my book, so it would per­haps be a shame to lose its flex­i­bil­ity. Bruce Aisher www.na­tive-in­stru­ments.com

VER­DICT 8.8

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