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Best perc library for trailer music?

NYC Composer

Senior Member
fwiw I'm not a huge fan of Damage. I think its sound is dated and that there are more flexible choices out there
There are a LOT of more flexible choices out there. My interest, having recently written some dystopian trailer style music, was in something that really hits hard, and I couldn’t find anything more “in your face” than the Damage hits.

What’s dated in Damage is the industrial
loops, but if you use snippets of them, they’re still pretty effective, imo.
 

Mike Fox

Senior Member
There are a LOT of more flexible choices out there. My interest, having recently written some dystopian trailer style music, was in something that really hits hard, and I couldn’t find anything more “in your face” than the Damage hits.

What’s dated in Damage is the industrial
loops, but if you use snippets of them, they’re still pretty effective, imo.
Exactly. I don't think Damage is dated, perhaps overused, but not dated. I've still yet to find anything as aggressive as Damage. There's a reason it's still heard all over the place.
 

Daniel James

Senior Member
Exactly. I don't think Damage is dated, perhaps overused, but not dated. I've still yet to find anything as aggressive as Damage. There's a reason it's still heard all over the place.
Thats more accurate I would say, its got a familiar sound these days but its still kicking ass in the punch and tone department. The good thing with damage is you can make it even cleaner and mess with the mix of them to get a more unique tone. Also if you are write something that sounds awesome, people wont care if its DAMAGE or not xD

Layering in different ways will keep things sounding fresh, and keep in mind 99.9% of people dont care what samples you used :)

-DJ
 

Mike Fox

Senior Member
Thats more accurate I would say, its got a familiar sound these days but its still kicking ass in the punch and tone department. The good thing with damage is you can make it even cleaner and mess with the mix of them to get a more unique tone. Also if you are write something that sounds awesome, people wont care if its DAMAGE or not xD

Layering in different ways will keep things sounding fresh, and keep in mind 99.9% of people dont care what samples you used :)

-DJ
This nails it.
 

gsilbers

Part of Pulsesetter-Sounds.com
what i hear a lot is normal epic percussion being doubled with impacts on the accents.
 
Thats more accurate I would say, its got a familiar sound these days but its still kicking ass in the punch and tone department. The good thing with damage is you can make it even cleaner and mess with the mix of them to get a more unique tone. Also if you are write something that sounds awesome, people wont care if its DAMAGE or not xD

Layering in different ways will keep things sounding fresh, and keep in mind 99.9% of people dont care what samples you used :)

-DJ
I have the same opinion. The important thing is not what sample you use but what you can achieve with it and with the tools the library provide you. I don't think all the ways we can make a drum sound with damage was achieved even if the library is overused.
At the same time if Damage is used in all epic stuff it because it's a fantastic library which cover a large range. :)
 

ScoreFace

Active Member
Action Strikes
Metropolis Arc 3 Percussion Ens
8 Dio Dhols
Damage
NI Symphony Percussion Big Hits

I think, too, that you have to combine different libs and sounds - Damage must be handled carefully as it can sound a little ‘cheap’ or TV-like if used wrong. It is best for layering with the natural sounding libs:).
 

HiEnergy

Just a human being
I usually go with what I already have.
That's Albion 1, Albion ONE, ISW Orchestral Percussion and some other bits.
Synths like Zebra, Dark Zebra and RP Blue II are also great for sequenced percussion lines.
Layer those with some big hits from the aforementioned sample libraries and you're good to go.
 

Desire Inspires

To the stars through desire....
Frankly, there's so many new threads in Sample Talk about things that are discussed in so many threads already.

Admins should start to merge them or something.
Every time I bump an old thread, people seem to get angry. But doesn’t it make sense to go to the old thread with the info instead make new threads that talk about the same thing over and over?
 

Sopranos

Senior Member
I usually go with what I already have.
That's Albion 1, Albion ONE, ISW Orchestral Percussion and some other bits.
Synths like Zebra, Dark Zebra and RP Blue II are also great for sequenced percussion lines.
Layer those with some big hits from the aforementioned sample libraries and you're good to go.
Wait is there a difference between Albion 1 and Albion One? It's not the same library?
 

HiEnergy

Just a human being
Wait is there a difference between Albion 1 and Albion One? It's not the same library?
Albion 1 was discontinued and replaced by Albion ONE some time ago.
They basically cover similar terrain but use different samples and Albion ONE has an improved engine and UI.
 
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