Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion by Impact Soundworks

Rhapsody Orchestral Perc Overview
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 Features
  • Comprehensive suite of 50+ instruments
  • Entire library loads in just 8 patches
  • Three mic positions: close, stage, hall
  • 16 & 24 bit samples provided
  • Easy mic mixing and instrument tweaks
  • Deep sampled 10x dynamics, 5x RR
  • Modwheel-controlled dynamic rolls and swells
  • Focused, uncolored hall with tight reverb tail
  • Elegant & 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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    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion - Concept

    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.

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    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion - Sound

    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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    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion - Interface

    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.

    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion UI

    Script Features:

    • 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

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    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion - Videos

    Full Walkthrough - All Patches & Articulations

    Library Overview & Interface Walkthrough

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    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion Testimonials

    ... The sheer amount of instruments included is impressive and with no corners cut. The price point for the full library is an absolute steal and makes this an attractive option for both newcomers and more tenured users that may have already invested in another option(s). This library can no doubt add to what you may already have in your arsenal. (96%)Ryan Scully, SCORECast Online

    The rolls sound so alive and real... The vast variety of instruments and the mod wheel controllable rolls make this library a real competitor in the world of orchestral percussion. ... If you are looking for a versatile percussion library you should definitely give it a try. Value for money... A fantastic compilation of orchestral percussion. (92%)Oliver Amberg, FilmAndGameComposers

    ... I can honestly say that these are some of the best orchestral drum samples that I've ever worked with. Even when using the default settings or presets, the samples have a crisp and clear sound... If you are someone who writes music in multiple genres and need a good all-purpose percussion library to build your compositions, Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion is a library I would highly recommend checking out.Michael Hoffmann, Original Sound Version

    If you're looking for a comprehensive and universal orchestral percussion library at an attractive price, you'll find it in Rhapsody. Its clear, neutral sonic character proves in practice to be extremely versatile and is therefore ideal for intimate compositions and also for epic scores. In addition, kudos are deserved for the wide range of nuanced, playable instruments and straightforward, intuitive operation. (Editor's Choice, 6/6)Mario Schumacher, BEAT Magazine

    Impact Soundworks Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion is the sort of mature, stable product that I would expect from a developer with many orchestral releases under its belt and has been a complete pleasure to use. If you are looking for a bread and butter orchestral library, and especially if you also have use for the Latin and African additions, I would strongly recommend checking out this product. It’s competitively priced, fun, easy to use, flexible in a mix, and has an effortlessness to the recordings that communicates well to the listener.Per Lichtman, SoundBytes Magazine

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    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion - Instruments

    Many of the instruments below contain multiple articulations and variations. For example, hand drums include various different strokes and playing techniques. Ride cymbals can be played with mallet or stick. Woodblocks, temple blocks and claves have two distinct pitches, etc.

    * = Instrument includes modwheel-controlled ROLL articulation
    Bold instruments available in the ESSENTIALS library

    Bass Drum*
    Gran Cassa*
    Snare 1*
    Snare 2*
    Snare 3*
    Snare 4*
    Snare Ensemble*
    Tom 1
    Tom 2
    Tom 3
    Tom Ensemble*

    Cymbals & Gongs
    Cymbal Scraped
    Gong 1*
    Gong 2*
    Piatti Mute
    Ride Cymbal*
    Ride Cymbal Stick
    Tam Tam*
    Viennese Cymbal*

    Chromatic Percussion
    Tubular Bells

    Aux Percussion
    Finger Cymbals
    Sleigh Bells*
    Temple Blocks

    Hand Drums
    Bongo High*
    Bongo Low*
    Cajon 1*
    Cajon 2*
    Conga High*
    Conga Low*
    Conga Muted
    Darbuka 1*
    Darbuka 2*
    Djembe 1*
    Djembe 2*

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    Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion - Requirements

    Download the PDF Manual (Full Instrument List, Articulations, and UI Features)

    Download the ESSENTIALS PDF Manual

    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

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