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New From Orchestral Tools, Monolith by Richard Harvey



Monolith delves into Harvey’s vast musical instrument collection to create a powerful, contemporary ensemble of cinematic percussion—with a dynamic array of unique, rare, and antique drums. 


Monolith offers the contemporary composer a vast range of curated percussion options that have been carefully sculpted for maximum sonic range and playability. Pulled from Harvey’s enviable instrument collection that spans musical traditions from around the globe, these 53 rare and antique drums offer everything from thundering bass blasts to skittering polyrhythms, arranged as curated ensembles as well as selected single instruments. There are 68 patches in total which include both pure and processed sounds for a wide variety of dynamic percussion textures. The result is a powerful, modern percussion toolkit ideally suited for cinematic projects as well as contemporary composition, game scoring, and creative sound design.

The sounds for Monolith were captured at AIR Lyndhurst, one of the world’s foremost locations for recording international movie scores. Each drum was captured with single hits, flams, upbeats, rimshots, and clacks, and many drums offer a choice of beaters or hands for maximum versatility. The joint team of Orchestral Tools and AIR Studios recorded each ensemble and instrument in 10 mic positions. This offers a wide range of sonic options, from very close to the expansive sound of the full room. And it allows composers to perfectly mix the sounds into any production or composition. As AIR Lyndhurst is a perfect sonic match with the Teldex Scoring Stage, Monolith blends extremely well with other Orchestral Tools collections.

Collection highlights

  • 53 rare and unique drums, 68 patches
  • Ensembles and selected single instruments
  • All drums carefully tuned and voiced
  • Hits, flams, and upbeats
  • Multiple beater options
  • Dynamic keyboard mapping
  • Alternative mapping options and processed patches
  • 20 dynamic layers
  • 10 mic positions
  • Recorded at Lyndhurst Hall, AIR Studios

Monolith is available now for an intro offer price of €199 (€299 + VAT regularly) until Thursday, April 18, 2024. For more information and to purchase Monolith, please click here

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