Impact Steel: Cinematic Metallic Percussion
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!
- Clairvoyant Steven Burns 1:09
- Demo 1 Wilbert Roget, II 0:55
- Demo 1 (Dry) Wilbert Roget, II 0:55
- Clang Ensemble Wilbert Roget, II 0:32
- FX Demo Wilbert Roget, II 0:47
- Cinematic Action Cue Wilbert Roget, II 0:34
- Epic Action Cue Wilbert Roget, II 0:37
6 main instrument patches
8 special patches
16 special FX patches
Large and small metal objects
Rolls, hits, scrapes, tremolo
24-bit stereo recordings
Up to 7 dynamics, 3 RR
Left/Right hand mappings
Individual + master patches
One-click easy FX
Tweakable ensemble (unison) maker
3-band EQ for tone shaping
Adjustable space, reverb + width
300MB of disk space
7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.
Kontakt 4+ Full Version
This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player.
Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX
Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)
Kontakt Requirements - Windows
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.
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.
Impact Steel was designed to be as playable as possible, on both drum controllers as well as MIDI keyboards. As such, all main patches are keymapped without overlap, and can be loaded on a single channel for instant playability of all instruments. On a MIDI keyboard, hits are mapped to black keys, while scrapes, rolls, and tremolos are mapped to white keys. This increases ease of playing for composers without dedicated drum controllers.
An additional set of “L/R” patches is included as well, with left/right hand hits separated onto adjacent notes to facilitate playing fast passages.
Impact: Steel – The Audio Spotlight
“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.” Geary Yelton and Len Sasso (The Audio Spotlight)