Designed by Dickie Chapin & Andrew Aversa Kontakt Programming by Iain Morland & Andrew Aversa Editing by Anthony Mena, Iain Morland, Andrew Aversa & Elan Hickler Created by Impact Soundworks - http://impactsoundworks.com/ INTRODUCTION Welcome to Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion. Our goal in creating this beautiful symphonic instrument was nothing less than creating the most versatile and affordable percussion library ever. With 50 instruments, 100+ articulations, and 21+ gigabytes of recordings, calling this collection ‘comprehensive’ is an understatement! Each instrument has been exhaustively sampled with up to 10x RR and 5x velocity layers, captured across three mic positions in a gorgeous orchestral hall. Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion goes beyond the standard suite of drums (i.e. bass drum, snare, toms, cymbals) to include a wide variety of aux percussion (i.e. shaker, sleigh bells, castanets, chimes, metals, wood & temple blocks), hand drums (i.e. djembe, bongos, cajon, darbuka), and chromatic instruments(i.e. glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, crotales, tubular bells). Besides its scope and affordability, what else sets this library apart? Most orchestral percussion libraries strive for the ideal of “epic” through big halls and lots of reverb: a huge sound for a huge price. Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion was instead recorded & designed to function in any musical context, from small, emotional pieces, to tense underscores, and even bombastic, loud, and – yes – epic tracks. As always, we hope this instrument will inspire and enhance your music. Enjoy! INSTALLATION Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion can be installed using 16bit or 24bit audio. Before downloading anything, we recommend deciding on which version of the library you want to install. The 24bit version takes up approximately 50% more memory and hard drive space, but offers more 'digital headroom' which may be useful if you are composing & mixing very dynamic pieces. For most users, we recommend the 16bit version. Step 1: Using the download link sent to you via email, download all of the relevant 16bit or 24bit Rhapsody RAR files. These are compressed archives that can be extracted using UnRarX on a Mac, or WinRAR on PC (both free). All files should be the same size (1000mb) except for the final RAR, which should be smaller. Step 2: Double-click on the Part1 RAR file to extract it. You only need to extract part 1! Step 3: Move the newly-created Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion folder to the desired location on your computer. This is where the library will reside. For best performance with Kontakt, we recommend an internal hard drive as opposed to an external (USB / Firewire / Thunderbolt). Step 4: Open Kontakt either in your DAW, or in standalone mode. Using the Browser on the left side, navigate to the Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion folder and go to the Instruments folder. From here, you can load any of the instrument patches (.NKI files). Step 5: You're ready to use the library! CONTENT OVERVIEW All instruments within Rhapsody are accessible through the following patches: ROP Aux Percussion ROP Cymbals & Gongs ROP Drums & Ensembles ROP Hand Drums ROP Marimba ROP Timpani ROP Tubular Bells & Crotales ROP Xylophone & Glock As the names of these patches might suggest, some contain single instruments while others contain multiple instruments. We have also provided a folder of "Single Instrument" .NKI patches which have the same mapping as the patches above, but load only one instrument at a time by default - thus improving loading times and saving memory usage. All instruments were recorded with three microphone positions - close, decca, and hall. These can be enabled, disabled, and mixed to your taste. All instruments are captured in great detail, with up to 10x RR variations and 5x dynamic layers, and all include a useful script for mixing - read on for more info. INSTRUMENT LIST Many of the instruments below contain multiple articulations and variations. For example, hand drums include various different strokes and playing techniques. Ride cymbals can be played with mallet or stick. Woodblocks, temple blocks and claves have two distinct pitches, etc. * = Instrument includes modwheel-controlled ROLL articulation Drums Bass Drum 1* Bass Drum 2* Gong 1* Gong 2 Snare 1* Snare 2* Snare 3* Snare 4* Snare Ensemble* Timpani* Tom 1 Tom 2 Tom 3 Tom Ensemble* Aux Percussion Castanets* Claves Chimes Cowbell Finger Cymbals Guiro Metals Shaker* Sleigh Bells* Tambourine* Temple Blocks Triangle* Vibraslap Woodblocks Cymbals & Gongs Cymbal Scraped Gong 1* Gong 2* Piatti Piatti Mute Ride Cymbal* Tam Tam* Viennese Cymbal* Hand Drums Bongo High* Bongo Low* Cajon 1* Cajon 2* Conga High* Conga Low* Conga Muted Darbuka 1* Darbuka 2* Djembe 1* Djembe 2* Chromatic Percussion Crotales Glockenspiel Marimba Tubular Bells Xylophone INSTRUMENT & ARTICULATION MAPPING All mapping described below uses Kontakt's internal reference for MIDI pitches / notes. You can click the wrench icon in the Kontakt interface and look at the "Mapping Editor" to see labeling for all the keys. All roll articulations have dynamics (volume) controlled by the modwheel. Choke keys are used to quickly mute the tail / decay of any instrument. ROP Auxilliary Percussion C0 = Shaker (L) C#0 = Shaker Roll D0 = Shaker (R) D#0 = Shaker Choke A2 = Cowbell A B2 = Cowbell B F#0 = Sleigh Bells Slow Roll G0 = Sleigh Bells (L) G#0 = Sleigh Bells Fast Roll A0 = Sleigh Bells (R) A#0 = Sleigh Bells Choke E3 = Woodblock A F3 = Woodblock B C1 = Tambourine (L) C#1 = Tambourine Roll D1 = Tambourine (R) D#1 = Tambourine Choke E1 = Finger Cymbals F1 = Finger Cymbals F#1 = Finger Cymbals Choke G1 = Triangle G#1 = Triangle Roll A1 = Triangle Mute A#1 = Triangle Choke C2 = Metal 1 D2 = Metal 2 E2 = Metal 3 F2 = Metal 4 G2 = Metal 5 C3 = Temple Block A D3 = Temple Block B F#3 = Castanets Roll p G3 = Castanets (L) G#3 = Castanets Roll f A3 = Castanets (R) B3 = Claves A C4 = Claves B D4 = Guiro Up E4 = Guiro Down F4 = Vibraslap Short G4 = Vibraslap Long A4 = Chimes 1 B4 = Chimes 2 C5 = Chimes 3 D5 = Chimes 4 E5 = Chimes 5 F5 = Chimes 6 G5 = Chimes 7 A5 = Chimes 8 ROP Cymbals & Gongs C0 = Ride Cymbal (L) C#0 = Ride Cymbal Roll D0 = Ride Cymbal (R) D#0 = Ride Cymbal Choke E0 = Ride Cymbal Stick F0 = Viennese Cymbal (L) F#0 = Viennese Cymbal Roll G0 = Viennese Cymbal (R) G#0 = Viennese Cymbal Choke A0 = Piatti (Crash) B0 = Piatti Mute 1 C1 = Piatti Mute 2 D1 = Tam Tam (L) D#1 = Tam Tam Roll E1 = Tam Tam (R) F1 = Gong Hit (L) F#1 = Gong Roll G1 = Gong Hit (R) G#1 = Gong Choke A1 = Gong Choked Hit B1 = Gong Hit 2 (L) C1 = Gong Hit 2 (R) D#1 = Tam Tam Choke D1 = Gong Scrape E1 = Cymbal Scrape 1 F1 = Cymbal Scrape 2 G1 = Cymbal Scrape 3 ROP Drums & Ensembles C0 = Bass Drum (L) C#0 = Bass Drum Roll D0 = Bass Drum (R) A1 = Snare 4 (L) A#1 = Snare 4 Roll B1 = Snare 4 (R) F0 = Gran Cassa (L) F#0 = Gran Cassa Roll G0 = Gran Cassa (R) C2 = Snare Ensemble (L) C#2 = Snare Ensemble Roll D2 = Snare Ensemble (R) A0 = Snare 1 (L) A#0 = Snare 1 Roll B0 = Snare 1 (R) E2 = Tom 1 (L) F2 = Tom 1 (R) G2 = Tom 2 (L) A2 = Tom 2 (R) B2 = Tom 3 (L) C3 = Tom 3 (R) C1 = Snare 2 (L) C#1 = Snare 2 Roll D1 = Snare 2 (R) F1 = Snare 3 (L) F#1 = Snare 3 Roll G1 = Snare 3 (R) D3 = Tom Ensemble (L) D#3 = Tom Ensemble Roll E3 = Tom Ensemble (R) ROP Hand Drums Note: A/B/C refer to different strokes/techniques C0 = Cajon 1 C#0 = Cajon 1 Roll D0 = Cajon 2A D#0 = Cajon 2 Roll E0 = Cajon 2B F0 = Cajon 2C G0 = Djembe 1 G#0 = Djembe 1 Roll A0 = Djembe 2A A#0 = Djembe 2 Roll B0 = Djembe 2B C1 = Djembe 2C D1 = Darbuka 1 D#1 = Darbuka 1 Roll E1 = Djembe 2A F1 = Djembe 2B F#1 = Djembe 2 Roll G1 = Djembe 2C A1 = Lo Conga Open (L) A#1 = Lo Conga Roll B1 = Lo Conga Open (R) C2 = Hi Conga Open (L) C#2 = Hi Conga Roll D2 = Hi Conga Open (R) E2 = Hi Conga Mute A F2 = Hi Conga Mute B G2 = Low Bongo (L) G#2 = Low Bongo Roll A2 = Low Bongo (R) A#2 = Bongo Roll B2 = Bongo (L) C3 = Bongo (R) ROP Marimba A0 to B4: Chromatic Marimba played with felt mallets ROP Timpani C0 to A1: Chromatic Timpani played with mallets - left hand A#1: Timpani mute C2 to A3: Chromatic Timpani - right hand A#3: Timpani mute C4 to A5: Timpani roll ROP Tubular Bells & Crotales C0 to G1: Chromatic tubular bells C2 to C3: Chromatic crotales ROP Xylophone & Glock D#0 to D4: Chromatic xylophone F4 to C7: Chromatic glockenspiel SCRIPT & USER INTERFACE Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion features a streamlined, intuitive interface giving you access to important mixing tools without any extra fluff or bells & whistles. Starting from the top and moving from right to left: Instrument Dropdown Menu In the example above, we can see the "Bass Drum" instrument is selected. Using this menu, you can select which instrument you would like to edit. You can also use the arrows (left/right) to switch to different instruments quickly. Vol (Volume) Sets the volume of the selected instrument. Tune Sets the coarse tuning of the selected instrument in increments of 50 cents (half semitone). EQ High / Mid / Low Adjusts the gain of the pre-set EQ bands for the selected instrument. Info Display The box showing "Bass Drum L" in the screenshot above will display useful information at any time. For example, if you adjust a knob like Volume, you will see the current value of that knob in the Info Display. Playing any given articulation will display the current articulation in the box as well. Instrument Picture (Enable / Disable) The picture of the selected instrument on the interface is not just for show. You can click on it to disable the instrument, unloading all samples from memory. Volume Envelope (A/D/S/R) These familiar Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release controls can be used to adjust the volume envelope for the selected instrument. For example, if you think the attack of the instrument is too harsh, try slightly adjusting the A (attack) slider. If you want to reduce the tail / ring-out of the instrument when you let go of each key, try adjusting the R (release) slider. Set Global This button applies the current instrument settings to ALL instruments. Undo Button Pressing this will reset the current instrument settings to defaults. Output Menu Set to Master in the example, you can use this menu to assign the selected instrument to its own Kontakt output. For more information on using Kontakt outputs, please consult the Kontakt manual & Native Instruments website, as the method of using multiple outputs depends on your DAW. Patch Save Menu Showing "Patch" in the screenshot above, this menu selects what part of the current patch you would like to save or load. If "Patch" is selected, you will save/load all data from the current patch. If "Inst" is selected, you will only save/load settings for the instruments you have loaded - not the mic mix. "Mic Mix" saves/loads only the mic settings. Save (Disk Icon) / Load (Folder Icon) Saves or loads current patch data to an .NKA file on your hard drive. Note that the kind of data saved or loaded depends on what is selected in the Patch Save Menu above. Reverb On/Off, Wet, Size This control enables or disables added reverb to the entire patch. The wetness and size (length) can be adjusted. Note that this does use extra CPU. Mic Mixing (Close, Stage, Hall) The bottom of the interface features a handy mixer for the microphone positions. The Close, Stage, and Hall buttons will enable or disable those mic positions and load/unload them from memory. The Mix knob controls the volume for each position. The Pan knob controls panning (left/right). The Wide knob controls stereo width - useful to expand the stereo field of the mic, or collapse it down to mono. Mic Offset Controls (via MIDI CC) This feature is not actually part of the interface, but can be accessed using MIDI CCs sent from your DAW or MIDI controller. By using MIDI CCs 85, 86, and 87, you can control the sample offset times for the close, stage, and hall mics, respectively. Increasing the offset will reduce the lead-in time for each sample, which can yield a better touch and reduce the perceived distance from the listener to the mic. USAGE & MIXING TIPS * As with any orchestral library, the music you write is the most important thing to achieving a realistic sound. Even with lots of round robin (RR) variations, rigid percussion with no velocity or timing variation may sound somewhat mechanical. Try playing in percussion parts with your keyboard, and don't quantize 100%. * For best results blending with other libraries, consider primarily using the close mic position with external reverb, and applying that same external reverb to the other libraries. If the sound is still too dry, slowly add stage and/or hall mics to taste. * Remember that you can adjust the sample offset of each mic using MIDI CCs 85, 86, and 87. Higher offset values will reduce the lead-in time for each sample, making them 'respond' faster to keyboard playing and sequencing. Be aware that too much offset on the close mic may start eating into the transients of the hits. We recommend using an offset of no more than 10-12ms on the close mic however, offsets for the other mics can be higher as there is more distance between each mic and the sound source. * For a nice full orchestral sound, the default mic mix is a great place to start. Most of the mix should come through the close mics, with stage / hall providing extra reverberance and tail decay. You may consider widening the hall mic as well. * Having trouble with high CPU and memory usage? Try disabling instruments you're not using (click the instrument picture within the active patch), or disable mic positions. You might also use the 16-bit samples instead of 24-bit. If you're using internal reverb, try turning that off as well. You may also be interested in our three part blog series on optimizing Kontakt - click here to read! CREDITS Library Concept & Art: Dickie Chapin Design: Dickie Chapin & Andrew Aversa Kontakt Programming: Iain Morland & Andrew Aversa Scripting: Iain Morland & Andrew Aversa Editing: Anthony Mena, Iain Morland, Elan Hickler, and Andrew Aversa Recording & Engineering: Strezov Music Productions Beta Testing: Henning Nugel, Jason Cullimore, Brad Jerkins, Blake Ewing, Abel Vegas, Daniel Szwedek, Will Bedford, and Dmitry Selipanov. A special thanks to Blake Robinson, Mario Kruselj, and the VI-Control community for assistance with KSP! TROUBLESHOOTING & FEEDBACK Have you used Rhapsody: Orchestral Percussion in a project recently? Got an awesome track you'd like to share? Drop us a line (email@example.com) and we might post it on our website! Or, tell the world at our Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/ImpactSoundworks We encourage all our users to share and promote their work. Word of mouth is the #1 way people find our samples, so it also helps us to produce more great libraries for you! For any technical support issues regarding the library, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. COPYRIGHT & LICENSE AGREEMENT All sound recordings, performances, scripting and/or code contained in this product is the property of Impact Soundworks unless otherwise noted, and remain the property of Impact Soundworks after the product is purchased. 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