Impact Soundworks have stepped in a new direction with their latest library called Juggernaut. Most of their previous sample libraries have been “acoustic instrument” based, but this is the first electronic/hybrid library they’ve created (apart from their Cinematic Synthetic Drums freebie).
From their website, Juggernaut is “a massive electronic sound design tool for drums, impacts, basses, FX and more, all created with modern hybrid scoring in mind“. It comes with over 500 unique sounds, and just two patches - Bass and Drum & FX.
Lets start with the installation. This is a normal Kontakt library, so you download the software, drop it into wherever your samples are stored on your hard drive, and off you go. The download process was painless – 4.5GB in size but the download speed was very fast.
As mentioned earlier there are only 2 patches for Juggernaut:
- Drum & FX
The Bass patch contains over 50 bass sources which are sorted into Solid, Mover, Disto, Fuzz and 1 Shot. The sounds range from chubby bass to screeching stabs and dark arps. Each patch then has a arp sequencer with more than 10 presets an and effects area with 10 additional presets too. This gives you an incredibly flexible range of sounds from just 50 bass synths using just the presets. When you start to delve into it further and fiddle around with the sequencer, effects, lfo and ADSR settings, you start to get a feel for just how many sounds you have at your fingertips.
The Drum & FX patch contains 30 drum kit presets and a wide range of reverses, impacts, rises, drops, textures and sweeps. Drums are divided into kicks, snares, thips, crashes, splashes, slams, perc, and tonals along with the 30 preset kits too (all drums have 10 round robins). There are plenty of kits to choose from and a nice selection of gritty sounds.
In order to use the FX patches, you simply click the little slider button (seen to the left) and you get the access to the FX options. In the Drums & FX patch, there is a 32 channel mixer, and a whole host of additional effects to alter the sound including: limiter, exciter, phaser, filter, reverb, delay, ADSR etc. I was a little confused at first trying to figure out why the Drums & FX were both put into one patch, but it makes more sense as you start to play with it – plus I love instruments that have a small amount of patches as everything is already loaded up for you so no waiting to load later on.
So…how does it sound? If you’re looking for dark, gritty, growling, nasty sounds then this is for you! I already own 8Dio Hybrid Tools 1 + 2, Rhythmic Aura 1 + 2, and Universal Sampling’s Euphoria, all of which are in a similar genre – ie. hybrid/electronic scoring tools. However, Juggernaut is a different beast altogether – its far more gritty, crunchy and dark in comparison.
I wrote a quick cue (below) to demonstrate the type of sounds you can achieve with Juggernaut – this cue was written using ONLY Juggernaut (ie. naked).
As you can hear from the demo, Juggernaut is pretty flexible at creating a range of different and is at home in dubstep, drumstep, EDM or hybrid trailer genres. It blends perfectly with orchestral elements when I added them and I love some of the risers and impacts included in it. After a couple of minutes of tweaking and playing with it, it became clear to me just how flexible it really is though. Along with the patches, they’ve also included the single .wav files for all of the Drum & FX sounds, so you can either load it up in Kontakt, or just drag it into your DAW and line it up perfectly within your cue – something missing from 8Dio’s Hybrid tools.
Another contender in the “Hybrid” scoring tools category which brings a uniquely dark, gritty, growling and ominous sound to the field. An incredible value library considering it only retails at $139 compared to a number of its competitors. I really think Juggernaut is a great tool, and for this price, should be in every composers’ arsenal no matter what type of music they write. If you’re in any doubt at all about purchasing this library, I’d suggest you pick up their Cinematic Synthetic Drums freebie as it contains a couple of similar sounds and gives you a good idea of what you’re getting with Juggernaut.