Tuned Artillery is a unique tuned & untuned metallic percussion library based on dry and hall recordings of spent brass field artillery shell casings from the WWI and WWII eras, plus a few odd extra elements in the same vein – an Eastern Bloc infantry combat helmet and a couple of decommissioned modern hand grenades.
Artillery shells and military helmets actually have a long history in modern classical music in the hands of pioneers like Harry Partch throughout the mid and late 20th century. They're not at all uncommon to find in avant-garde classical and experimental music today, used both as untuned anvil-like striking instruments and pitched over a tuned key range.
In both cases, the high-quality precision cast and machined brass shell casings produce deeply resonant and harmonically rich qualities when struck on the sides, edges and base with mallets, hammers, sticks, brushes or bare hands.
Under the cover of night, Soundiron infiltrated their favorite recording hall to experiment with some army party favors: a collection of spent artillery shells and headwear.
They used state-of-the-art gear to capture multiple velocity layers in multiple articulations for each piece of Army equipment. Unsatisfied with just 3 mic positions (close, wide, and far), they went back and recorded each shell and helmet dry in a booth to really give you the ability to sculpt the sound you want.
For Tuned Artillery 2.0, they remastered the samples and added them into their efficient four-layer modular template, then created brand new ambient pads and soundscapes from the raw source content. They also designed 20 new custom FX presets to give you instant inspiration for your next film/video game score, soundtrack or music composition.
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. Also included are 20 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. A customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. Included is 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 a 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. There is a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started!
- Three master NKI instrument banks in open Kontakt format
- Helmet and Grenade pings, dings, brushes, scrapes, bounces, clunks, shakes, SFX in 4 mic positions
- 64 Ambience patches created from the source content
- 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
- 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
- 3,060 stereo samples
- 3.37 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
"Soundiron's Tuned Artillery library was a great accompaniment to the score for Unbroken Path To Redemption. It had enough mic positions, beaters and tweakability to blend perfectly with the live shells that were used. I highly recommend it for a creative addition to the mallet percussion world" - Brandon Roberts | Film/TV Composer (Unbroken: Path to Redemption, AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies)
This products uses Kontakt Files. Please click on the link below to find out how to install Kontakt Files.