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Latest expressive sound design library explores primal textures created with legendary experimental musician

 

Berlin, Germany, November 10, 2022 — Sample library developers Orchestral Tools have announced the release of their latest innovative sample collection — Drones by Alexander Hacke. Created alongside the renowned experimental musician [Einstürzende Neubauten, hackedepicciotto, Crime and the City Solution] and designed by Sascha Knorr and Timo Loosli, Drones explores the titular musical effect through a series of instruments chosen specifically for their atmospheric and evocative qualities, providing lengthy sonic textures ideal for sound design, avant-garde composition, and film and game scoring. Drones is available for SINEplayer now for an introductory price of €129, regular price is €189. For more information, please click here.

“We’ve been a fan of Alexander’s work for years, so when he approached us to create this collection we were beyond thrilled to bring his ideas to life,” said Orchestral Tools CEO Hendrik Schwarzer. “There’s a primal power to musical drones that transcends individual musical cultures. And given Berlin’s unique relationship with the history of industrial music—including Alexander’s—we thought there was an opportunity here to create a collection that would push the sonic boundaries and playability of drones utilizing the power and flexibility we’ve built into SINEplayer.”

Silent Green - Berlin, Germany
Silent Green - Berlin, Germany

Recorded at the Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin as well as at Silent Green, a former mausoleum chosen for its dark and mysterious acoustic qualities, the library consists of a series of expressive drones assembled from a carefully selected array of instruments: Acoustic and electric 6-string and bass guitars, celli and basses, trombones, choir recordings, tanpura, hurdy gurdy, didgeridoo, and synthesizers. All sounds have been captured chromatically for maximum authenticity as well as the ability to stack for chords and cluster effects, and the raw component tones are also available to create custom drones to suit the user’s imagination.

Orchestral Tools Drones UI

In addition to offering some of the longest notes available in a sample library—often a minute or longer—the drones have been recorded in multiple dynamic layers and their intensity is fully controllable by the mod wheel (or dynamics) for maximum intuitive and expressive playability. The sonic signatures of the drones traverse the entire frequency range, from rumbling sub-aural lows to shimmering highs, providing the perfect foundation for atmospheric scoring, meditative composition, or spooky textural experimentation.

Alexander Hacke at Teldex Scoring Stage, Berlin
Alexander Hacke at Teldex Scoring Stage, Berlin

“I’ve always been fascinated by drones as a musical device. A drone is like the bottom layer of a musical pyramid—and their inner movement corresponds to our physical condition as humans. I’ve carried this idea of a drones collection with me for a long time, and I’m pleased that I found a partner in Orchestral Tools—they immediately understood my ideas. I’m looking forward to hearing what people create with these wonderful drones,” says Alexander Hacke.

For more information, please visit: http://www.orchestraltools.com/

About Orchestral Tools

Orchestral Tools makes premium-quality sampled instruments for professional composers. Notable libraries include the Berlin Series, Metropolis Ark, Tallinn, Tom Holkenborg’s Brass and Percussion, created in collaboration with composer Tom Holkenborg, and Phoenix Orchestra, created in collaboration with composers Harry Gregson-Williams and Richard Harvey. Originally founded in 2005 by Hendrik Schwarzer, Orchestral Tools operates internationally from its base in Germany, with offices in Freiburg and Berlin.

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