Hey what’s good fam!
If you’re in the US I hope you had a good holiday weekend.
If not, I hope you had a good weekend anyway!
Today I’m back with a review from Soundiron, one of my favorite companies…such cool and crazy dudes.
Anyway, I wanted to highlight their Iron Pack series, so let’s jump right in!
What is Iron Pack o1 Antiquity?
The Iron Pack series is a collection of small creative libraries and instruments mean to give you a taste of what Soundiron is cooking over there.
It can be something pulled from one of their larger libraries and repurposed, or something based off of totally new recordings and ideas.
Either way, it’s a cool collection of creative instruments, they are now up to Iron Pack 10.
Iron Pack 01 is called Antiquity, and it appears to be based upon recordings from their Emotional Piano library.
As usual, they take it and torment it to no end, to squeeze out all the music juices you may never have imagined would come from the source instrument.
They also give you quick controls on the interface to manipulate it how you see fit.
- content: 10 fx presets, 2 grand piano presets, 10 convolution settings
- format: Kontakt 4.2 or higher, Kontakt 5, SFZ 2.0, sforzando
- price: $4.99
- product page: http://soundiron.com/products/ironpack
How does it sound?
Of course you know Soundiron always mutates the source material into something that’s just totally different.
In addition to a few “regular” piano patches, there’s a bunch of ambient pad like instruments and some plucky soundscape patches as well.
Everything has a very organic sound an it’s so quick to tweak with the included controls directly in interface.
Changing between the different convolution settings can quickly change your sound as well.
But something as simple as turn up the “edge” control (different than attack) can really change the character and tone of the instrument.
I always enjoy their libraries, especially when it comes to the soundscape stuff because it’s usually based off some sort of organic sound, acoustic instrument, or other random recording, which gives the libraries a very unique sound.
I love the tone and quality of the source material, which translates to nice sounding instruments as well.
So what’s the bottom line?
Sometimes getting access to really great quality sound design instruments can be a budget decision, luckily Soundiron is looking to bring their brand and taste in instruments to the masses.
Don’t let the price fool you, there are some really great sounds in here and I’m sure the same can be said for the rest of the Iron Pack series.
I give Iron Pack 01 Antiquity 4 out of 5 subs, it’s a very creative sound design tool with a nice organic sound and simple to use interface for customizing to your tastes.
I also love the fact that they put them in SFZ format, so those without a full verison of Kontakt can still partake of the goodness.
Go on over and check them out, pick up a few while you’re at it: http://soundiron.com/products/ironpack
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the product as well as the series itself.
I think it’s a great idea personally, and the instruments are definitely useable.