Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion
This exquisite symphonic collection for KONTAKT features a comprehensive collection of 50 traditional & extended percussive instruments recorded through three mic positions. With a clean, focused character that is not clinically dry OR overly 'epic', Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion is highly flexible for everything from small ensemble scoring and intimate cues to dramatic & bombastic. No other percussion library is as extensive AND affordable!
Rhapsody Orchestral Perc - Key FeaturesComprehensive suite of 50+ instrumentsEntire library loads in just 8 patchesThree mic positions: close, stage, hall16 & 24 bit samples providedEasy mic mixing and instrument tweaksDeep sampled 10x dynamics, 5x RRModwheel-controlled dynamic rolls and swellsFocused, uncolored hall with tight reverb tailElegant & intuitive one-page UI
The Essentials version of ROP, available for just $89 offers all core symphonic instruments with two mic positions (close & hall), 16-bit samples, and the same level of deep sampling as the full library. Please scroll down to the Instruments section to see the comparison of Full vs. Essentials instruments!
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Our goal with Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion was nothing less than creating the most versatile and affordable percussion library ever. With 50 instruments, 100+ articulations, and 21+ gigabytes of raw recordings, calling this collection ‘comprehensive’ is an understatement. Each instrument has been exhaustively sampled with up to 10x RR and 5x velocity layers, captured across three mic positions in a gorgeous orchestral hall.
Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion goes beyond the standard suite of drums (i.e. bass drum, snare, toms, cymbals) to include a wide variety of aux percussion (i.e. shaker, sleigh bells, castanets, chimes, metals, wood & temple blocks), hand drums (i.e. djembe, bongos, cajon, darbuka), and chromatic instruments (i.e. glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, crotales, tubular bells).
Besides its scope and affordability, what else sets this library apart? Most orchestral percussion libraries strive for the ideal of “epic” through big halls and lots of reverb: a huge sound for a huge price. Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion was instead recorded & designed to function in any musical context, from small, emotional pieces, to tense underscores, and even bombastic, loud, and - yes - epic tracks.back to top
Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion is exceptionally versatile with three user-blendable mic positions: close, stage (decca) and hall. The close mics offer a dry, present, and neutral sound with a hint of air - ideal for small ensembles and intimate scoring. Stage and hall mics provide natural, but not overwhelming, reverb and space from the lovely hall.
Each microphone position within Rhapsody can be thoroughly customized through volume, panning, stereo width, and offset controls - or disabled entirely to preserve memory. Whether your goal is a tight and focused percussion section, or something booming and epic, Rhapsody offers a natural and “honest” sound that works in any production.
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Our philosophy when building instruments is to design with composers in mind. To that end, we’ve created a intuitive interface for the library that provides customization and control without being overly complex.
Script Featuresback to top
- Volume, tuning, and envelope controls for each instrument
- Internal preset system for saving your settings & mixes
- Per-instrument 3-band "Solid-G" EQ
- Enable / disable instruments & mics to preserve RAM
- Multiple outputs - send instruments to different Kontakt outs
- Mic mixing - volume, pan, width, offset (via CC)
- Convolution reverb send with wet & size controls
Full Walkthrough - All Patches & Articulations
Library Overview & Interface Walkthrough
Please note that as Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion
is a KONTAKT library (full version - not player), your system must be able to run KONTAKT. Older operating systems may have issues installing the latest version of KONTAKT so please verify that your system supports it before purchasing this library.
When using this collection, your memory and CPU usage is entirely dependent on the density of your orchestration and mic positions used. For example, using only stage mics will cut RAM and CPU usage by about 66%. Using all mic positions and all instruments loaded at once will be more taxing on your system.
- 9gb disk space (24-bit, NCW compressed) or 4gb disk space (16-bit, NCW compressed)
- FULL VERSION of Kontakt 5.3 - NOT Kontakt Player
- 4gb RAM (8gb recommended)
- 2009 Intel processor or better