Fill a gap found in popular commercial sound libraries.
Impact: Steel was intended to fill a gap found in popular commercial sound libraries. While several other products have metal hits and “found” percussion, none are extensively sampled and usable as individual, expressive instruments. The goal of this project was therefore to create a unique, detailed, and playable library with the same amount of multisampled detail one would expect from a high end percussion bank.
Impact Steel for Directwave consists of one master patch containing all the multisampled hits, scrapes, rolls, and designed textures.
The instruments were recorded in a medium-sized recording booth, insulated yet retaining some ambience and "air" in the samples; this facilitates mixing for small ensembles and rooms as well as large orchestral forces.
Impact: Steel was designed to be as playable as possible, on both drum controllers as well as MIDI keyboards, where hits are mapped to black keys, while scrapes, rolls, and tremolos are mapped to white keys. This increases ease of playing for composers without dedicated drum controllers.