The Wintery pond instruments were created by recording a variety of stones, ice chunks and pebbles skittering over the surface of a large frozen pond in a narrow canyon, high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The results are quite surprising, as the sound waves travel over the ice and off of the canyon walls in very unusual ways. As the stones bounce away from the listening position, across the ice to the far side of the pond, the impacts take on a spring-like Doppler effect. We were on a little day trip during the holidays when we stopped by the pond for a rest and discovered this cool natural sonic effect, just by chance.
While this library is best suited for use by sound designers and sfx artists, the instrument programming should nonetheless allow for very unique and responsive playability as percussion and musical elements. You may hear the sound of winter wind and other impurities in the background, due to the location of this frozen pond we found. This was unavoidable and we think the sounds are cool enough to ignore any minor flaws. All in all, this strange source material is quite interesting, creatively useful and rather musical. They also make very interesting impulse responses when used in convolution reverb plug-ins.
This library was originally published by Tonehammer as part of the Microhammer series in 2009.
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or later.
161 MB installed
511 Samples (standard pcm wav)
16 .nki instrument pressets
24 bit / 44.1kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
Unlocked Kontakt presets and wav samples to allow user customization
Includes a bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambient and special FX presets.