PLEASE NOTE : You will need the full version of Kontakt 5 or later to use this product. It will NOT work with the free Kontakt Player.
The concept behind the original Thunder Series was to capture unique instrument combinations playing live – on-set mixture between timpani and toms, between Bulgarian tupans, snare drums and many more. The series was held in high regard and after some further experiments with the second volume, the third installment even featured a 15 men percussion ensemble recorded in a big hall playing together!
THUNDER X3M takes all three previous editions of the Thunder Series and breathes new live to the sample material by implementing a powerful engine that allows the user to manipulate and map the samples. This, along with a massive amount of brandnew recorded samples, opens vast musical possibilities for every composer out there! The complete Thunder Series has been recorded with multiple Dynamic layers (up to 10) and Round Robins (up to 27 per sound).
SUMMARY OF FEATURES
16.000 samples of total percussion madness
Complete overhaul of previous volumes and a massive amount of fresh samples
Highly intuitive Percussion Engine.
Multiple Dynamic layers (up to 10)
Round Robins (up to 27 per sound)
The new Thunder Engine
The concept behind the new Thunder engine is fairly simple – the keyboard range is divided into 12 zones that you are able to assign different sounds to. After making the template of your choosing just plug in and play – nothing else needed! In addition to that the engine also allows you to tweak individual zones, as well as the whole mapped ensemble patch with various effects, mic positions and two custom vintage analog hardware chains. Combining these with the natural and organic recordings you have maximum flexibility when it comes to sound.
Once you load up the Thunder X3M Ensemble Builder you automatically load all samples inside the “Samples” directory. However, the instrument is built in such a way that it actually keeps all samples purged, unless you load them up into a zone. This means that not only you have a single patch with all types of percussion you might need, but it is also optimized and doesn´t hurt your RAM ressources in any way!
The new Thunder X3M Engine features:
12 percussion zones - you can load up instruments from different categories into 12 separate zones (Low ensembles, High Ensembles, Ethnic Percussion, Epic metals, Sound Design Percussion, Distorted Percussion) and thus create your own percussive template!
Pitch knob – allows you to adjust the pitch of the samples. Really useful to load a single instrument two times and then change the pitch of one of the zones. For instance – load up a solo Taiko low on zones 1 and 2, then decrease the pitch of zone 2 all the way to the left. And now your have even thicker sound of a taiko – be sure to turn on your sub speaker for even more awesomeness!
Transient controls – transient attack and sustain work like a compressor; the attack amps up the beginning of the wave file, while the sustain can increase or decrease the sample tail. These are just PERFECT for getting even punchier sound!
Separate volume and EQ controls for each zone!
SAVE AND LOAD functions that allow you to easily exchange templates between projects!
Integrated HELP file
Three microphone positions - Close, Decca, Hall
Two custom vintage analog hardware chains, (NYC Compression and Sub-Bass Enhancement), you can seamlessly blend in to enhance the sounds
The Brute – low taiko (mallets) and gran casa (hands);
Elder Titan ML - 7 timpani, 3 bass drums and 5 floor toms, recorded with mallets (ML)
Elder Titan ST - 7 timpani, 3 bass drums and 5 floor toms, recorded with sticks (ST)
Elder Titan BR - 7 timpani, 3 bass drums and 5 floor toms, recorded with brushes (BR)
King Kong Rise - 2 concert bass drums, 1 detuned kick drum, 3 detuned timpani and shouts; the shouts are a part of the recording, they were not added afterwards.
King Kong Shout - 2 concert bass drums, 1 detuned kick drum, 3 detuned timpani and shouts; the shouts are a part of the recording, they were not added afterwards.
The Kraken - 2 concert bass drums and 1 detuned kick drum (huge sticks), 3 detuned timpani (hard mallets);
The Mandarin - 2 concert bass drums (huge sticks) and 4 wooden clacks;
Emperor Kong 1 – processed off-beat hits of 2 concert bass drums, 1 detuned kick drum, 3 detuned timpani and shouts;
Emperor Kong 2 - processed hits of 2 concert bass drums, 1 detuned kick drum, 3 detuned timpani and shouts;
Mammuthus – processed low booms;
Steampunk – processed high clacks;
Thunderbolt Dist – processed metal hits;
Werewolf – processed toms;
"an impressive sound base, plenty of sound-shaping options, and a very user-friendly design for building your own patches, Thunder X3M will undoubtedly find a happy home with many working composers." - Sound on Sound Click here to read the review in full
"An extensive collection of inspiring, powerful and realistic sounding percussion instruments..." - Beat
"One of the most flexible percussion libraries out there." - Recording.de
"If you’re looking to up your game with a phenomenal sounding collection of EPIC percussion, I highly recommend Thunder X3M." - Sample Library Review
Kontakt 5+ FULL version - FREE Player NOT SUPPORTED
27.5 GB Hard drive space for the library (8.5 GB for the zip and 19.00 GB for the unzipped folder)