Native Instruments MALLET FLUX or Vir2 Instruments Mallets?

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by Netrex, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Netrex

    Netrex New Member

    May 26, 2018
    They both cost the same. Vir2 does include a couple more instruments.

    What do you think about this new Native Instruments MALLET FLUX?
  2. TigerTheFrog

    TigerTheFrog Senior Member

    Nov 18, 2016
    Brooklyn, NY
    Mallet Flux seems like a library that is not so much about the instruments separately or grouped together like Vir2, but about blending them into arps and creating complex pulsing soundscapes for underscore or ambient music.

    As such, I think it has more in common with Sonuscore's Origins Series, where they combine arps of Steel Tongue/Sansula, Music Box/Plucked Piano, 12-String/Balalaika, and Oud/Qanun.

    That said, I have no idea how the mallet instruments from Mallet Flux and Vir2 compare as far as sound goes.

    But I wouldn't go to something like the Origins Series if you are looking for a full-fledged Oud or 12-String library. That's not what they're about. It's textures.

    Maybe this is different, though.
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  3. Wally Garten

    Wally Garten Active Member

    Apr 23, 2018
    I think Tiger's right -- Flux seems to be all about the arps and pulses.

    If you're just looking for mallets, I have Vir2 and like it a lot. It's probably my first go-to for mallets -- very convenient, because all the instruments are in one interface, so you can quickly try out, say, the glock versus the song bells and see what's working for you. There are more beautifully recorded mallet samples out there (Soniccouture, e.g.), and there are also cheaper ones (Sonokinetic has a nice little library of different mallet types for about 50 euros, and Waverunner just dropped a Vibraphone), but Vir2 is a great, easy-to-use tool that I keep going back to.

    EDIT: Also, Vir2 is sold through Big Fish, which has lots of sales. So you can probably nab it for a little cheaper than retail. But NI has a lot of sales, too, so....

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