Music Software Review: DRONAR By Gothic Instruments [VIDEO]

Here’s the TL;DR: DRONAR promises to change the ways you create atmospheric sounds. How do you do that in 2016, when these kinds of libraries are a dime a dozen? You combine superb sound design with innovative ways to manipulate them. DRONAR delivers on its promise in spades.

DRONAR is the brainchild of Dan Graham (founder of Gothic Storm Music), and Adam Hanley (founder of Icebreaker Audio), and together they form Gothic InstrumentsDan produced the library, Adam scripted it, collaborating with sound designer Alessandro Camnasio to fill it with all sorts of audio goodness and madness.

Meena Shamaly takes a look in this video review at what DRONAR can do, and the gamut of innovative methods the creators have implemented to set this hybrid module apart from the rest.

Below is a brief description of DRONAR from the Time+Space website, followed afterwards by the video review (including timestamps):

“DRONAR is a deep, expressive and innovative atmospheric sound creator. This first module in the series – The Hybrid Module – creates deep, grainy cutting-edge, evolving cinematic and sci-fi atmospheres with 300 inspiring presets. Future modules will explore different areas of sound and music, and owners of the Hybrid Module will be able to purchase them for less.

Uniquely, DRONAR creates complex atmospheres from a very small number of notes played (1 to 4 recommended). It spreads out the chord in the mid-range, adds a root bass note, a high note and then adds evolving sound effects. 8 simultaneous different sounds are then animated with LFOs and arpeggiators to bring them to life. The result is rich and dramatic.

Needing to only play a few notes and move a few dials to get such rich expression is obviously inviting for beginners, but an expert will get much further by knowing what notes to play and how to express emotions using the dials.


    • Create a massive universe of sound from a single chord
    • Incredibly simple, shimmering interface
    • Massive control from 6 powerful dials
    • Hold a few notes with one hand and turn the expressive dials with the other
    • Vast potential to create amazing, complex atmospheric sounds and expressively perform them
    • 300 powerful presets
    • 16GB of audio compressed down to 8GB
    • Audio by Hollywood trailer sound designer Alessandro Camnasio (Mad Max, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) 
    • Expressive live strings performed by players from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Below the surface, DRONAR is a vast modular multi-timbral synth/sampler with multiple independent arpeggiators.
    • Record all your dial movements as DAW automation
    • Works beautifully with external MIDI controllers”

DRONAR is designed for the full version of Kontakt 5.5 (or higher), and require 8.22 GB of free space. It is priced at 49.96 GBP, and it can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Time+Space website.

Watch Meena Shamaly’s review below, and use the timestamps underneath the video to skip around if you’d like:

0:10 Introduction to DRONAR
2:01 Check out how a patch sounds
3:09 The DRONAR engine and how it works
11:26 Menu/Single patches, keyswitches, intensity control
14:26 Customizing DRONAR
21:18 Movement control and LFOs
25:30 Arpeggiator
28:35 Quick look at Master FX
30:58 Pseudo-verdict

31:13 Patches: Alien Menu
35:16 Patches: Arp-o-rama Menu
37:38 Patches: Atmospherics Menu
39:05 Patches: Chaos Menu
40:55 Patches: Danger Menu
44:07 Patches: Dark Menu
45:53 Patches: Deep Space by Kyle Kniceley
46:30 Patches: Fear Menu
47:52 Patches: Forest by Marie-Anne Fischer
49:05 Patches: High Pitch Menu
49:28 Patches: Horror Menu
49:55 Patches: Intergalactic Organs Menu
52:01 Patches: Low End Menu
54:01 Patches: Pads Menu
54:55 Patches: Pulsing Menu
56:56 Patches: Rhythmical Menu
57:31 Patches: Sci-Fi Menu
57:51 Patches: Strange Menu
58:10 Patches: Strings Menu
1:01:31 Patches: Tension Menu
1:01:50 Patches: Trailer Klaxons by Sam Wale

1:03:01 Conclusions and Wrap-up

Written by: Meena Shamaly

Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry. He is part of international production house EON Sounds, working on various film, TV, video game, and production library projects.

  • Eugen Des

    Wonderful tut, nice and calm voice you’ve got man, cheers! :)

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