Impact Steel: Cinematic Metallic Percussion by Impact Soundworks is a highly expressive percussion library containing metal hits and “found” percussive sounds, sampled and programmed with a level of detail normally reserved for acoustic drum kits. Rolls, taps, clicks, subs and textures… Now updated to version 2!
Impact Steel was intended to fill a gap found in popular commercial sound libraries. While several other products have metal hits and “found” percussion, none are extensively sampled and usable as individual, expressive instruments. The goal of this project was therefore to create a unique, detailed, and playable library with the same amount of multisampled detail one would expect from a high end percussion bank.
There are six main patches, eight special/alternately-mapped patches, and sixteen FX patches in all, totaling 73 articulations of extensively multisampled hits, scrapes, rolls, and designed textures. The instruments were recorded in a medium-sized recording booth, insulated yet retaining some ambience and “air” in the samples; this facilitates mixing for small ensembles and rooms as well as large orchestral forces.
Kontakt 4 (full version – NOT player) or above
“All the sounds in this collection could probably be classified as found sounds, but Impact’s imaginative sound designers got much more creative than simply hitting things and calling it a day. The FX Patches, in particular, supply a veritable gold mine of clangorous sonorities, with three complete junk-metal ensembles that would give an Indonesian gamelan nightmares.”