Winner of EM's 2008 Editors Choice Award for Best Sounds, FlyingHand Percussion stands out as this years most innovative percussion library. "The product aims to make the experience of playing sampled percussion instruments as realistic as possible, and it succeeds." - EM January 2008
You can think of percussion as the spice and flavor you sprinkle over the top of your music to give it its unique taste and feel - unless of course you're kickin some serious Latin grooves in which case your percussion tracks need to seriously rock. No matter, SONiVOX has gone to the ends of the earth to unearth one of the tastiest percussion libraries you've ever heard -- Flying Hand Percussion. Produced by veteran sound designer and composer Eitan Teomi, this exquisite selection of hand-held and exotic electronic percussion instruments provides a quality and playability we guarantee you haven't experienced before. And that's great news for your music.
This exquisite library is recorded in high fidelity with multiple mic positions, 24 bit samples, an extensive selection of articulations (styles of playing), up to 20 dynamic samples (soft to loud) per instrument, and up to 4 alternate takes per articulation. All in all, over 40,000 samples packed into 4 DVDs of pure creativity.
But FlyingHand Percussion goes one big step further, something that no other percussion library does. It intelligently helps you play those tracks, makes your music sound so real you can practically taste it.
How does it get that good? Read on, and don't forget to check out the demos and free instruments!
The Performance Tools:
"Legato Drumming" - FlyingHand Percussion includes a proprietary and unique technique that intelligently responds to musical phrases, inserting musical nuances and tonal variances that provide an added level of authenticity. The result sounds very much like a real percussionist when they hit the drum in a slightly different place each time or moves a hand across the drum head creating a small scraping sound, etc.
Playable Keymaps - you need to be able to play a percussion library with your own hands and have it sound real. So, all FlyingHand instruments are keymapped for playability and remain consistent throughout all instruments, which not only results in real sounding tracks, but allows for fast production. Includes custom keymappings for the Zendrum MIDI Controller.
Virtual Room Impulses - FlyingHand Percussion through the entire recording process from initial input to final mix. Included are custom made stereo and surround room and hall impulses. These are delivered in a special edition of the PsP Audioware Nitro Filterbank plugin, which is a long name for a really cool effects plugin that puts your percussion tracks exactly where you want to hear them in your mix.
The Acoustic Instruments:
4 Anklungs - Asian bamboo rattlers
Handmade Naal -similar in sound to Tabla Drum
14" Maple Ashiko
16" and 22" Frame Drums
5 Gallon Jug
Suspended Bass Drum
Clay Drum - resembles an Udu
Traditional Indian Kanjira Drum
Assorted Shakers -plastic, wood, and bamboo variations
Assorted Bells - including belltree and bell stick
Morphosis - electronic hybrids synthesized from real organic resonances
14" and 16" Timbales
Mountain Rhythm Bongo Cajon - features mahogany heads
Mutants - Cinematic sounds featuring re-pitched instruments and virtual ensembles
Triangles - A Brass Orchestral Triangle and a one of a kind Trine Instrument
The Electronic Instruments:
The 'Morphosis' section features unique sounds of resonances extracted from real objects combined with a straightforward construction kit style mapping. Check out the demos, there's some very cool stuff here.
The 'Mutants' section include re-pitched and treated versions of the acoustic instruments and are perfect for cinematic sound effects and 'bigger than life' virtual ensembles.
The Instrument Specs:
Over 40,000 individual samples
Ultra wide dynamic range and up to 20 velocity switches per instrument
4 Alternate hits for each articulation on each velocity switch
A meticulous collection of articulations and detailed extended playing techniques
Complete left and right hand samples on each articulation
Multiple playing zones for each drum
Resonance control for dynamic mutes or pitch alteration
Legato Drumming - dynamic replication of live playing and instrument control in real-time which intelligently responds to loudness and speed of play
The Recording Specs:
24 bit, 44.1 KHz audio fidelity
Recorded with Neumann, Earthworks, Shure, and AKG microphones and high-end preamps including the very sweet Demeter VTMP-2C. (the only standalone preamp ever nominated for a TEC award)
FlyingHand Percussion recording spaces were specially modified for perfect blending of the existing acoustics with the raw sound of the instrument. Each instrument was captured from multiple microphones and mixed into a perfect blend of natural ambience and high-end detail. Up to 3 microphone configurations per instrument are included for your choosing.
The Spec Specs:
PC/Mac Sample Library for Kontakt2 Software sampler