Over a year in the making, Abstract is a steel percussion library like no other. Recorded in exceptional detail and performed with a range of sticks, mallets, bows, this wonderful library features a range of abstract effects and articulations.
The second release in our brand new Experiments range, this library was performed by virtuoso percussionist Joby Burgess, who is known for his virtuosic performances across blockbusters such as Black Panther, Mission Impossible, Alien and many more. The library was recorded by Emmy nominated engineer Nick Wollage, who has recorded iconic soundtracks such as Solo: A Star Wars Story, Wonder Woman, How to Train Your Dragon and countless others.
We spent countless hours with percussionist Joby Burgess testing out different mallets, sticks, brushes and bows to curate a highly versatile and varied collection of hits and abstract textures. The aim was to capture Joby's performance and expression in intimate detail, whilst maintaining the authentic quality of the instruments unique sonic identity. This was the first time Joby has played the 'Marvin' percussion instrument, created by the company Morfbeats, which gave him the freedom to be totally free and experimental in his playing and brought an exciting energy to the sound.
To capture Joby’s performance on these magnificent instruments we chose the world famous British Grove Studios, built by legendary Dire Straits front-man Mark Knopfler, located in the heart of West London. We chose it for its lush sounding large live room (Studio 1), cave of both vintage and modern microphones and a fantastic Neve 88R desk running through world’s best Prism Sound analogue to digital converters. Studio 1 has been used to record such scores as Gravity, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Macbeth, Stardust, and frequently visited by the bands like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Adele, The Who. Our microphone set up consisted of Barcus Berry 4000, AKG 451, Coles 4038, Neumann U67, AEA R88, Schoeps MK22, AKG C24 and a fantastic Neumann M50 Tube.
The library is housed within our custom Kontakt interface which was designed for our 'Experiments' series . It features our GLOBAL tab which provides instant access to all of the main tone shaping controls such as microphone proximity, expression, tuning, velocity and the blur and gloss features which can be used to add high end bite or low end punch to the sound. There is a MIX tab which allowed complete control over the individual microphone levels, and also features a slider with Nick Wollage's personal mix. Click the SEQUENCER tab for access to our custom rhythm generator, which is a quick an inspiring way to create and manipulate rhythms. The sequencer features several useful controls such as step length, step strength, reverse, randomise, sequence shift and 2 custom draw modes. Presets can be accessed via the built in menu, and you can save your own custom rhythms by simply drawing it in and clicking save. Via the ENVELOPE tab you can control the ADSR of the amp, filter and pitch, and by clicking the FX tab you can access a range of onboard effects such as reverb, delay, chorus, distortion, tape saturation and filters.