Soundiron are a breath of fresh air in the sample library world. They create interesting, unique and unusual instruments for composers who want that something ‘extra’. Their product range is very impressive and original, and they have some big composers that use their products.
I was drawn to Soundiron’s ‘Sick’ products – three sample library packs that focus specifically on dark horror sounds for film and TV composers as well as sound designers and anyone working in audio post production.
The library is competitively priced, and you can get all three products for under $100. A huge range of recordings from monster groans, through to dark and scary ambient textures. If you’re involved with composing scary music or work in audio post production for a murder / crime style program then this is right up your street!
I compose a lot of horror and thriller music in my line of work, and also run www.royaltyfreehorrormusic.com – so to have fresh new sounds that focus specifically on this area is very helpful for me. The sample library is a great concept, and really holds true to the horror genre. If you’re looking for classic epic cinematic dramatic style sounds then don’t get this. This package is really aimed at the Horror and Thriller genres. All three Sick libraries are really a cross between a traditional sample library and a sound effects collection, and even though they do have an element of sound design and sound effects to them, I felt that I could find a place for them in my compositions that didn’t detract from the music. You will actually find little melodic patches in this collection, but don’t let that put you off. I found some hidden gems in this package that can really add weight to your music.
The interface of Sick 1 and 2 is a little basic, with Sick 3 being a lot tighter and more developed. That being said, I very rarely used the interface.
Some of my favourite patches include the following –
Sick 1 – Instruments > Horror > Nightmare
Sick 2 – Instruments > Ambiences > Speak No
Sick 3 – Instruments > Creatures > Creature Hordes (play it for a few seconds!)
A lot of the patches do develop and change over time, so have patience when trying them out. Give them time to do their thing!
One other thing that I’ve noticed with this range of libraries, is that some of the samples have been pitch shifted so that there is something coming out of every single key. Some other sample library creators simply lay out their samples on the keyboard for you, and only allow you to play what they have recorded. Sound Iron have mapped out each sound across the full 88 keys of your keyboard. This can result in some very interesting and unique sounds, so don’t be afraid of going to the extreme top or bottom of your keyboard, as you might just find a hidden gem! Some of these sounds are quite short, so when they have been stretched and pitch shifted beyond recognition they can actually sound quite cool!
If you are involved in Audio Post Production, Foley work or sound design, then this collection is perfect. From a traditional composing point of view, you won’t find much melodic content here, but it’s closer to a sound effects library than it is a sample library. I am finding this library extremely useful for composing music for Horror films where a director wants some haunting ambience textures, but doesn’t want pads or low string rumbles.
To demonstrate some of the sounds available in this collection, I have created a track that uses some of the presets available in this bundle.
This library is just $89 and can be bought on the Sound Iron website http://www.soundiron.com/instruments/bundles/sick-collection/.