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Soundiron has announced the release of Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble v2.0 for Kontakt. This major upgrade completely overhauls APE to make it more playable and versatile than ever before as well as adding almost 10 GB of additional content, including brand new articulations and remixed and remastered old ones.

APE 2.0 is on sale now for $229 through October 31 (MSRP $249). Owners of the original version of APE can upgrade for $39 through October 31. After that the upgrade price goes to $49.

Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble is a massive collection of aggressive scoring and concert percussion that features over 40 different drums and nearly 200 articulations and now weighs in at nearly 25 GB and over 25,000 individual samples. A few drums which APE features are: ensemble and solo bass drums, ensemble and solo toms of varying sizes, an 8-member snare ensemble, 6 different solo snares, clicks, clacks, hi-hats, stick and mallet rides, splashes, crashes, gongs and more.

What's New in v2.0:

  • Added the Far mic position to over 60 articulations.
  • Added Gong articulations.
  • Added Hi-Hat articulations.
  • Added suspended Ride Cymbal articulations.
  • Added Ting Shag articulations in a range of open and mute positions (Tibetan Finger Cymbals).
  • Added Ensemble Snare flam articulations.
  • Fully re-mixed and re-mastered all Ensemble Snare articulations.
  • Added a variety of MIDI drum loops.
  • Added Flexible MIDI Groove loading and playback system.
  • Added mic mixing options to all presets (output re-routing feature only in master presets).
  • Added sub-group release controls to main Ensemble All Preset.
  • Expanded the features of the Megamixer system, including full Kit saving/loading and intelligent sample memory management.
  • Expanded the features of the Uberpeggiator / ARP meta-arpeggiator system.
  • Added full Effects Rack panel.
  • Added various custom keymapping features to all presets.
  • Redesigned all GUI artwork and instrument layout.
  • Optimized and streamlined preset types, folder structure, zone mapping, group structure, loading and overall performance.

Each instrument features three independent microphone positions which can be easily mixed and enabled/disabled completely using the pop-up mixer panel. In the main Master presets, each microphone position can also be routed to different Kontakt outputs for external effects processing and complete mixing freedom. The new version of APE features a range of different presets to give users a variety of options depending on their workflow. "Standard" presets allow access to the full library in a classic percussion array layout while "Mixers" sub-group the articulation for even more sound-shaping control. The Tuned Dual-Layer presets are great for sound design as they provide users with the articulations in tuned, configurable layers. Finally, the improved Megamixer system is now a full-featured kit-builder that allows any articulation to be loaded into one of 8-slots, each with fully independent controls, saving on both RAM and CPU while providing flexibility. All presets feature a wide variety of control via a new custom user interface, ranging from swell, attack, offset, velocity attenuation, stereo panorama, pitch, humanization and even independent room release time control.

New to this version are the Ensemble All preset type (both standard and lite) which features all of the main articulations (including microphone positions) accessible through a single nki. Every articulation available can be custom mapped to different keys allowing for complete functionality. APE v2 ships with a number of mapping layouts designed for use with many popular virtual drum programs. Users can change these presets as they like and save off custom mappings for future use. This mapping system was designed to be used with the new MIDI playback system which can load and playback MIDI grooves. This MIDI playback system, in conjunction with the custom mapping system, allows for use of existing MIDI loops from other virtual drum libraries to be played back in APE v2. The product includes 400 hand-crafted MIDI grooves by a variety of talented composers and producers to get users started. MIDI grooves can be customized during playback by switching to half-time or double-time, add swing and tighten or loosen quantization based on a configurable grid. Additionally, a custom FX Rack Panel is included that exposes Kontakt's built-in effects via an automatable user interface and and also integrates 70 custom convolution reverb impulses.

  • 25,171 samples.
  • 24.8 GB Installed.
  • 60 Kontakt 5.1+ Instrument Presets.
  • 24-bit / 48kHz PCM wav format.
  • Open format to allow user customization.
  • Format(s): Kontakt 5.1+ and PCM .wav.
  • PDF Manual

Price: $249.

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