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VIR2 Cinematic Thunder

The demand for epic soundtracks has never been stronger. with that in mind, Matthew Mann turns his attention to Vir2’s huge-sounding Cinematic Thunder


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Cinematic Thunder isn’t really a new package; rather, it’s a 1.5 update to an existing one… but I’d actually call it a full overhaul, from what I’ve read. Vir2 took its older library and completely recut the samples, added a new GUI and some other goodies – effectively remaking version 1.5 into a new library altogether. So, what is it, you may ask? Well, Cinematic Thunder is a library of toms; but not just any toms. These are orchestral toms and they are huge – they’re meant to underpin thematic action scores and trailers, where you need to really feel the intensity and excitement.

The library is offered as a Kontakt library and, in fact, ships with Kontakt Player (in Library mode). Of course, you’ll ultimately get more out of this package if you have the full version of Kontakt, but you can certainly use it as it comes. The download comes in at just under 5GB. After installing it, you have four instrument choices: Sticks, Mallets, Group Hits, and Group Big Hits. Each was sampled with up to 14 velocity layers. The sticks and mallets both function the same – the only difference is in how the instruments sound. With the sticks, the sound is clear and punchy and loaded with detail. The mallets are softer, yet they become massive as the velocity increases. Groups Hits feature more hits plus double drum flams. The Group Big Hits are full-velocity flams and would make Thor shake in his boots. The instruments included are surdo, 18” tom, 16” tom, 14” tom, 12” tom, and 10” tom. Vir2 have included some performance strokes to help get your accents together. Aside from the leftand right-hand hits, there are flams, three-and five-stroke ruffs and rolls for each drum group.

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