You may have never heard of this company before, but I can assure you that it stands for extraordinary quality. Founded in 2010, by the sound design division of Dynamedion, the biggest European Game-Audio studio in Mainz, they continuously develop new sounds.
Cinematic Hits is their youngest sound design package, and it is equipped with everything you need to add sound to e.g. trailers, games, or movies. First of all, we need to be mention that Cinematic Hits is not a VST plugin, but it is a sample library. The sounds will be supplied to you as a folder of 96kHz/24BIT High Definition Wave Files, either as a download or a boxed CD/DVD (the boxed version also contains the download).
The following editions are available for purchase:
- Designed (99€)
- Construction Kit (149€)
- A bundle containing both (199€)
The Designed edition and the Construction Kit differ from each other fundamentally:
Construction Kit: Here you are delivered the raw and unedited recordings. Imagine yourself recording a “huge metal gate” – this is exactly what your source file will be. But it will be in the highest quality and without any disturbing background noises.
How you make those raw recordings sound at the end lies solely in your hands. Here you have the freedom to edit the recorded sound exactly as you wish. Gates, EQ, distortion, Lo-Fi, reverb – down the road lay the drafts of your own, unique sound effects.
Designed: The source files here are also the recordings from the Construction Kit, but they are pre-produced and edited by BOOM Library sound designers. You can import the sound effects directly into your project, without having to work on them yourself. The effects are “ready to use” and show the range of possibilities the BOOM Library has to offer.
(Tip: The BOOM Library website offers plenty of tutorials to show you, how to create unique sounds based on these raw Wave Files. They are especially suited to study sound design from the beginning.)
A description and the metadata files are contained in the folder, and can be imported perfectly into an audio management program like Soundminer. Thus you can scan your project through the keyword search for a suitable sound. Personally, I have to say that in the beginning I was looking for the Kontakt file, maybe just by habit. But if you work with sound design frequently, you will soon understand the intention behind supplying raw audio files:
– No tedious exporting from the VST plugin
– Direct editing with audio effects is possible
– The use of resources is minimal
– No annoying installation – quick access to all the sounds
In my opinion, this is the best option, specifically tailored for sound designers.
Sampled is everything that one could call “Hits”: Drum kits (Crashes, HiHats, Rides, Toms , Snares), explosions, fire, glass, thunder, doors, tool boxes, sci-fi sound effects, funny details like a piano lid, and a lot more. I would like to highlight the sub effects , that I liked the most:
In other words: EVERYTHING THAT MAKES NOISE!
This is a demo of how the library sounds:
The Cinematic Hits “Designed Edition” includes a total of 420 distinctive samples. Every Wave file contains differently recorded versions of the sound (differences e.g. in length, gate, EQ, or distortion)
It can be said that with every new project, the Cinematic Hits have put a smile on my face. While listening to the sounds I often thought: “How crazy does that sound?”Are you looking for inspiration for a project, or do you not know what to do next in your cue ? My tip: Give a listen to your BOOM Library! Unfortunately, the price of Cinematic Hits is a bit high in comparison to similar products in the area of sound design. But certainly this can be justified by the ingenuity and quality of the sounds. You can purchase the Cinematic Hits “Designed Edition” for 99€ via the following link: http://boomlibrary.com/boomlibrary/products/cinematic-hits
Author: Michael Maas
Translation: Franziska Paul