Taikos not included.
A percussion instrument made from the sounds of tapping, knocking, hitting and scraping a violin, viola, cello and bass. Recorded during the Solo Strings Untamed sessions, we captured 40 unique sounds. With a really human feeling behind each one, some of the sounds are more traditional, whilst others are much more experimental.
Included are over 200 drag-and-drop MIDI loops written and performed by percussionists. A brilliant starting point if you need a hit of instant inspiration. Equally helpful if you’re on a tight deadline and just need something that works.
Either way this is a percussion sample library that’s just a bit different. It’s right at home in rhythmical string quartet arrangements as well as full-on action cues when you need something that doesn’t sound like every other composer’s taiko drums.
40 unique sounds
Over 200 loops
Kontakt FULL 5.6.8 or above
Will NOT work in the free Player
Everything to hand
As with all our custom designed interfaces, we want you to have a logical and clear layout with everything to hand.
To help you easily understand the instrument, you can hover over any control and instructions appear in the info panel of the Kontakt window.
Played by humans, not programmed by robots.
If you just need an instant hit of inspiration, there are 220 beat-syncable and instantly playable 4-bar loops. You can trigger them with a single key or drag the raw MIDI data into you DAW for further editing and manipulation.
These loops haven’t been programmed by robots, but been played by humans. Written and performed by talented percussionists, drummers and composers, who live and breathe rhythm. Please resist the urge to quantise.
With a range of film-influenced styles and 5 different time signatures, you’ll be sure to find something to either drop into an existing composition, or use one to kick-start a blank page.
MINIMAL TO COMPLEX
Grouped into 60 different sets of ideas, each with 4 loops of varying intensities; Minimal, Simple, Standard, Complex.
You can easily get something that matches both the feeling and the energy of your composition.
GET RID OF THE GRID
If you want a looser feeling to the loops, you can further humanise them using the built-in timing and velocity controls.
These controls relax the natural performance even further to get as far away from the grid as possible.
Listen to some examples
A full guide through the whole instrument. Listen to all the individual sounds, how to use the loops and how to get the best out of the controls.
“How hard can we
hit a 300 year-old cello?“
All the hits can be tuned and panned and gained independently of each other.
SOUNDS & LOOPS
40 unique sounds
Most sounds have 6 round robins and 3 velocity layers
220 drag-and-drop MIDI loops
5 time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, 7/8
This is how we recorded it
Recorded at The Nave, one of the North of England’s finest recording studios; a converted church with the most beautiful sounding live room.
A mixture of a Neumann U47, U87 and a Brauner VMA valve mic is at the heart of the mix depending on which instrument was recorded, all providing a really warm, full and very detailed sound. A stereo pair of Neumann KM184s captured a more roomy and lively stereo perspective.
Everything was recorded through through Neve and API preamps, an AMEK Rembrandt desk and captured at 96kHz using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors.
Shape your sound
A wide 3-band equaliser. Very quickly scoop or boost the frequencies you need to without having to reach for another plugin. A little goes a long way.
A great sounding tape saturation plugin, ideal for thickening up the sound and adding some depth and subtle crunchiness. With gain and warmth controls.
A really nice and simple to use one control parallel compressor. We know you don’t always want to deal with ratios and thresholds. Turn it up to add more compression, turn it down to take it away.
A quick and easy delay to use. Control the time freely, or tempo-sync with your DAW.
6 curated reverb impulses that match our other instruments. From intimate rooms, to big epic halls, you’ll easily be able to find something that fits the mood and blend well with most mixes.
Good to know
This instrument is only compatible with the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 and above.
It will not work with the free Kontakt Player.
W A T E R M A R K I N G
PERCUSSION UNTAMED is automatically watermarked for each customer with unique identifying information which we use to track piracy.
We think this percussion instrument is perfect for those looking for a more offbeat sound. It’s not traditional orchestral percussion, but it does blend perfectly with orchestras of all sizes. There’s some interesting sounds that fall into sound design too.
No. But with enough EQ, pitching and reverb you can make a mouse click sound all the epic you need.
You need the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above. It will NOT work in the free Player version of Kontakt. Please make sure you have the correct version before purchasing. If you need help, we have a fully-loaded guide to Kontakt which you can read here.
Yes! What you can’t do is repackage the individual samples or re-release them as another sample library, but you can absolutely use them to make the next score to a film about an ex-vet turned hired-gun with a hammer.