Soundiron releases the new Breaker drum collection 16/03/12
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Soundiron tells us that Breaker is all about the breakbeat, DIY. They say that this hi-fi/lo-fi old/new school bastard was born to be broken, bruised, smashed, pumped, slammed, smeared, blown-out and beat to hell. Here's the details in their own words...
We set out to find the essence of classic versus iconoclastic. We set out to build a big, fat and extremely diverse drum palette that evoked an equal blend of warm, smooth 70's funk and cold, hard 80s electro and pop. Our aim was to make a drum library that is truly electro-organic: electronic in sound but organically playable.
The sound is ripe to be chopped, diced, sliced, flipped, trashed, drilled, derezzed, degraded and granulated. It's geared toward electro, soul, funk, pop, breakcore, drum n' bass, garage, dub, techno, glitch, 2-step, trip op, illbient, dub-step, house, and whatever the hell have you. We designed the sound to take digital, tape and tube distortion and FX of all kinds and soak it all right up.
st, we captured a huge collection of over 80 pristine multi-sampled drum kit and auxiliary percussion elements, all bone dry and up close, with 8 velocity layers per note. Then we multitracked and re-sampled them, stacked tightly and a dozen layers deep, to grab a ridiculously tight, rich, aggressive and punchy tone and an ultra-wide, vibrant stereo field. Then we piped them through old analog signal paths, to induce a little crud and mild generation loss, with a generous helping of extra gain, pushing the sound straight over the edge into a fat, saturated, tonal beast.
Breaking years of shop tradition, we deliberately aimed low on the number of round-robin variations, with a mere 2 per velocity layer. We wanted a hard, cruel, robotic sound, with all of the reliable logic of a classic drum machine... and yet somehow with just enough organic liveliness to let the drums breath and mesh easily into a wide range of mixes and styles. At the same time, we wanted to stack up 8 dynamic layers each, with over-saturation that only kicks in toward the upper end of the velocity range. This balance of dynamic/organic versus control and precision allows fully nuanced and articulate grooves and syncopated rapid-fire poly-rhythms.
We start you off with 50 unique presets, each with a different take to get you started. We've even warped a few into lead synths and pads, to give you an all-in-one sandbox to play in. But where the presets end, the possibilities open wide, with total user control over every aspect of the sound. We've plugged it all into a big chain of controls and FX to allow unholy sonic brutality. We included our beloved Uberpeggiator and our new love-child, the Mega Mixer, to allow custom kit creation and ease-of-use. Speaking of work flow, you'll notice the UI has been streamlined, with everything you need right at your fingertips. Our tempo-synced pitch, amplitude and filter LFOs are back and we added freely switchable envelope shapes to each one and our built-in convolution collection kicks it up another notch.
This "little" 350 MB library delivers big, with over 1,400 samples and 50 Kontakt 4 presets. With over 20 snares, 11 kicks, tons of toms in all sizes, bongos, crashes, rides, splashes, tambourines, hand claps, finger snaps, clicks, clacks, and more. Pricing and Availability:
This library is available by download or on DVD for an introductory price of $29.
Downloads of any other acoustic percussion libraries are available up to 25% OFF right now.
Drum sale and the special Breaker intro price both end at 12:01am PST on March 19, 2012. More information: