Zero-G Dark Skies, Alien Skies and Deep Impact Review

Cinematic tension, epic orchestral cues, dramatic tension hybrid music… these are all words that are used quite a lot in our industry; it’s quite a popular genre these days. But what if you want a little more than just strings, brass and percussion? What if you have composed a masterpiece, but it just needs that little something extra to spice up the musical cake?

Available on TimeSpace.com, this bundle includes 3 separate products, Dark Skies, Alien Skies and Deep impact. You get three superb libraries with hundreds of patches, construction kits, wav files and much more.

Dark Skies is aimed at Cinematic ambiences, so plenty of soundscapes, drones, FX, e.t.c.

Alien Skies is the sequel to Dark Skies, and takes the library further with textures, hits, and much much more.

Deep Impact again has plenty of construction kits, soundscapes, textures and drones.

There were two reasons why I was initially drawn to this bundle. Firstly, I compose a lot of cinematic scary music, so to have new sounds always helps to give your composition something fresh.

Secondly, the value for money on this bundle is incredible. Three products full of hundreds of patches for £179.00!! You really do get so much for your money, and it will keep you inspired, developing your compositions and taking them further!

So let’s get stuck into the product. Firstly… what do you actually get?

Deep Impact includes 650 instruments in EXS24, Kontakt and NN-XT formats, all recorded in 24 bit. Once installed it takes up 8.6GB on your hard drive, which is not bad considering the amount of patches you get!

Dark Skies comes with over 1000 instruments, again in all the standard formats for working with Logic / Reason / Cubase e.t.c., and recorded in 24 bit. After installation it takes up 8.6 GB worth of space.

Lastly, Alien Skies has over 800 instruments in all of the formats above, again recorded in 24 bit taking up 8.1 GB worth of hard drive space.

So to sum up, with this bundle you have approximately 2400 instruments on 25GB of hard drive space for the sum of £179! You get a serious amount of sound design and cinematic patches for your money, so this bundle will keep your compositions fresh and interesting!

I choose to download my product (although you can have your product shipped on a DVD), saving everything onto my SSD drives for fast streaming. The install is pretty straightforward, simply unzip the files you get, open up an instance of Kontakt, find the library in the Kontakt browser and your away!

Opening up the patches, you can see that the creators have spent a lot of time sorting and organizing the huge amount of sounds. I never felt lost in this library, and the titles of the patches are described perfectly! The bundle includes soaring ambiences, electrifying drones, and ethereal soundscape textures to add a new dimension to your sound palette.

One thing I noticed about this bundle is that it blurs the line between sound design, and hybrid orchestral composition. ‘Hybrid’ is certainly a buzz word at the moment in music, and this bundle of products will certainly help you achieve that sound. If you are a traditional based composer that deals in strings, brass, woodwind and percussion, then this bundle will open you up to all sorts of ambient glitch drone mayhem! The sounds in this library are incredible, and they do have a ‘sound design’ feel to them. Sound designers and people that work in audio post production will also find a use for this library.

If you’re looking for musical or melodic based instruments or phrases then this library is probably not for you (there are many great libraries out there that deal with the classic strings, percussion, e.t.c.). These bundles really help you add that something extra to your compositions, and will help grab the attention of your listeners.

Working with these products, I found that I was only able to open up maybe three or four instances of each product within an individual project (not at all to do with CPU issues – this bundle is actually very light on the processing side of things). I certainly couldn’t create a whole track by just using these products alone, but used a loop, ambient texture or drone as the basis of a composition. They give you great inspiration and provide a brilliant starting point for a new composition.

Favourite Dark Skies, Alien Skies, Deep Impact Patches

Some excellent patches to try out and my personal favourites include the following:

Dark Skies

Deep Impact

Alien Skies

Ambiences / Aquasonic / All – ambient drones but all based on water and liquid! Very interesting concept

Beats / Beat 18 – A lovely industrial and dirty sounding drum loop

Loops – Beats / Glitch / Glitchy 008 – ‘Glitch’ and ‘stutter edit’ are again common words used these days, and this folder is full of superb glitch style beats.

Ambiences / Firedrone / All – lovely stereo width and panning on this one

Reverses – Reverse All – Some amazing backwards and reversed sounds to help you accent certain points in your composition and build tension leading up to a climax.

Ambience – Drones – Soundscapes / Scared – A really interesting folder containing samples that sound like you are present at a ritual killing or standing on top of an ancient religious monument, again a really interesting and unique concept.

Construction Kits / Escape / Bower Reserve – A very slow attack, but a beautiful way to set the scene and start a piece.

Atmospheres – Scene FX – An amazing folder of foley based sound effects that could be used in different ways. Personal favourites include Fireworks Far, and Light Shots far (which sounds like your sitting about 5 miles away from a battlefield)

Construction Kits – Matrix Theory All – I was drawn to this folder simply by the title, and if you need anything mechanical, industrial or futuristic then this is it!

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As you dig deeper and deeper into this library, you notice the amount of work that has gone into this product, and the amount of thought about a concept and theme. Some of these folders are extremely specialized, and have sounds that you might not find on any other product.

When you are previewing these patches, I would recommend not rushing. Some of these sounds take time to develop, so take your time! Play a sound and hold it to start to hear how it morphs and develops over time.

Along with this review, I have also composed a short piece that demonstrates the power of this bundle (titled Dark Alien Skies). I started a new project and played in a basic piano pattern (I used Native Instrument’s ‘the Giant’ for the piano sound – as well as adding some French horns and staccato strings).

The intro demonstrates some of the amazing ambience and drone sounds you can create, with the middle section highlighting the very useful loops that you use to spice up your projects. These loops have been carefully constructed, and really help to give your compositions that big budget sound that is often found on Hans Zimmer / Danny Elfman Marvel soundtracks. The last section of the piece stands to highlight some of the hits and explosion style sounds that you can find within this bundle.

One thing that I noticed is that I was extending the release times of the majority of ambient patches. It’s not a huge problem, but playing them as they are creates drops where the ambient sound just stops all together. I would recommend increasing the release times so that the ambient patches really take time to sink back to nothing rather than stop abruptly.

The more and more I used these products, I found myself layering ambient textures together to create a more diverse and multi layered sound. I created an ‘instrument’ of around five different patches, all assigned to the same midi instrument. I then adjusted the attack times to let each one come into the mix at different points to create space and variety, and spread them across the stereo field (one hard left, one hard right, one 50% left, one 50% right, one centre). This created a really interesting texture and enabled me to blend multiple patches to make one big epic ambient patch.

The amount of scope that this product gives you is immense. This library has been carefully created and developed to provide useful and interesting sounds that will enhance your music and add that extra layer.

Overall, this product is perfect for film composers, musicians, sound designers and anyone that works in audio post production. For my line of work, it is going to add that extra sparkle on top of the classic strings, brass, woodwind and percussion, and really open up my compositions to new opportunities and markets.

 

You can buy the bundle through TimeSpace.com at the following link:

http://www.timespace.com/product/SKYB-319/3/9999934/zerog_bundledark_skies_%2b_alien_skies_%2b_deep_impact.html

Cinematic tension, epic orchestral cues, dramatic tension hybrid music… these are all words that are used quite a lot in our industry; it’s quite a popular genre these days. But what if you want a little more than just strings, brass and percussion? What if you have composed a masterpiece, but it just needs that little something extra to spice up the musical cake? Available on TimeSpace.com, this bundle includes 3 separate products, Dark Skies, Alien Skies and Deep impact. You get three superb libraries with hundreds of patches, construction kits, wav files and much more. Dark Skies is aimed at Cinematic ambiences, so plenty of soundscapes, drones, FX, e.t.c. Alien Skies is the sequel to Dark Skies, and takes the library further with textures, hits, and much much more. Deep Impact again has plenty of construction kits, soundscapes, textures and drones. There were two reasons why I was initially drawn to this bundle. Firstly, I compose a lot of cinematic scary music, so to have new sounds always helps to give your composition something fresh. Secondly, the value for money on this bundle is incredible. Three products full of hundreds of patches for £179.00!! You really do get so much for your money, and it will keep you inspired, developing your compositions and taking them further! So let’s get stuck into the product. Firstly… what do you actually get? Deep Impact includes 650 instruments in EXS24, Kontakt and NN-XT formats, all recorded in 24 bit. Once installed it takes up 8.6GB on your hard drive, which is not bad considering the amount of patches you get! Dark Skies comes with over 1000 instruments, again in all the standard formats for working with Logic / Reason / Cubase e.t.c., and recorded in 24 bit. After installation it takes up 8.6 GB worth of space. Lastly, Alien Skies has over 800 instruments in all of the formats above, again recorded in 24 bit taking up 8.1 GB worth of hard drive space. So to sum up, with this bundle you have approximately 2400 instruments on 25GB of hard drive space for the sum of £179! You get a serious amount of sound design and cinematic patches for your money, so this bundle will keep your compositions fresh and interesting! I choose to download my product (although you can have your product shipped on a DVD), saving everything onto my SSD drives for fast streaming. The install is pretty straightforward, simply unzip the files you get, open up an instance of Kontakt, find the library in the Kontakt browser and your away! Opening up the patches, you can see that the creators have spent a lot of time sorting and organizing the huge amount of sounds. I never felt lost in this library, and the titles of the patches are described perfectly! The bundle includes soaring ambiences, electrifying drones, and ethereal soundscape textures to add a new dimension to your sound palette. One thing I noticed about this bundle is that it…

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7.8

Time & Space have created an excellent bundle which is brilliant value for money. If you looking for ambient textures and drones to add a layer of tension and mystery to your scores then look no further! It will make the perfect addition to pretty much and film / game composers sample library collection.

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Written by: Bobby Cole

Bobby Cole is a professional music composer from the UK. He blends orchestral and electronic elements creating evocative, epic and dramatic music. He composes for film & TV,and has composed music for MTV, DC Comics, Hell's Kitchen, History Network, National Geographic Channel, Cartoon Network and many more.

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