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Hollywood Fantasy Percussion

Percussion Plugin by EastWest
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Hollywood Fantasy Percussion
Hollywood Fantasy Percussion by EastWest is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Software Application and Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", Opus, which functions as an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
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HOLLYWOOD FANTASY PERCUSSION

Hollywood Fantasy Percussion provides a full suite of thunderous, mystical struck and shaken instruments to complement even the most epic soundtracks. While they're well-suited to most orchestral scores, they shine in combination with the rest of the Hollywood Fantasy palette. There's no shortage of bombastic drum libraries available, but there's never been a percussion library specifically designed for scoring epic fantasy soundtracks.

DRUMS IN THE DEEP

When scoring for fantasy, there are countless settings where conventional percussion simply doesn't cut it - fiery iron forges, royal celebrations, traditional folk festivals, and that's just scratching the surface. That's when you need percussion that doesn't just carry the drama of the scene but feels perfectly at home in the world you're composing for. Each instrument in this collection has been selected to span every setting imaginable, so that no matter the scoring task, you have the tools to not only underscore the drama on-screen, but to wrap up the audience in an entirely new, fantastical world they need to hear to believe.

3 BODHRANS

If you've ever listened to Celtic folk music, chances are you're familiar with the rich quality of the bodhran. This handheld drum is typically played with a two-sided mallet or by hand, offering a gentle but firm pulse to keep the music moving. Listen to how this delightful folk drum livens up the score to Braveheart and Titanic.

3 GRAN CASSAS

A bass drum has been added to this collection to help extend the low end of the orchestra, which is notably absent in many traditional ensembles. Rather than the rounded, mellow mallet hits in conventional orchestral playing, the Gran Cassa is struck in a much wider range of impacts.

3 LARGE TAIKOS

This drum likely needs no introduction due to its omnipresence in video game and film scores, but a tight-knit ensemble was recorded to provide the glorious bassy rumble these massive drums are famed for. Their ominous low end simply can't be beaten. Okami, The Last Samurai, and countless other soundtracks have used Taikos for their incredible tone and power.

600 LB NAGADO ENSEMBLE

Unlike other Taikos, the massive Nagado-daiko was designed for rituals and spiritual uses, and as such is a great way to underscore austere ceremonies with a single, haunting low impact. This drum ensemble especially shines in slow, quiet passages with little competition in the orchestra.

CENG CENG

These Balinese cymbals have a splashy, resonant character perfect for background ambience; they're much softer than their Western counterparts and work wonders for broadening your palette of metals without the normal harshness of cymbals.

CROTALES

Small chromatic cymbals that blend the quality of a glockenspiel and wind chimes — these are a great way to sustain a gradual, regal melody and offer a delightful contrast with wind and stringed instruments. James Horner used crotales to great effect in the 90s film Sneakers.

CYMBAL AND GONG ENSEMBLE

A collection of assorted struck, rolled, and tapped metals for whenever you need a dose of inspiration. Inside this diverse collection you'll find all manner of shapes and sizes (literally) you can use to brighten up your Fantasy Orchestra.

GOATNAIL SHAKER

This unique shaker is a collection of hoof trimmings gathered by indigenous peoples while milking their goats. The result is a dry, brittle rattle ideal for underscoring eerie, mystical rituals performed by ancient cultures.

GOATNAILS AND CENG CENGS

A mixture of alternate performances of other instruments above, focused on ease and playability to quickly introduce a variety of timbres into your score. This is a great starting point when you need a little inspiration to move your ideas along.

KRAKEB

North African castanets with a similar tone to the ceng ceng, but with a rounder timbre and lower in pitch. Their hollow quality sets them apart from other cymbals and adds a floating, soft feel to this percussion suite.

METAL SHAKER

This shaker provides a soft, dispersed sound ideal for gently driving the rhythm; its airiness creates the perfect high-end complement to a drum ensemble without the splashiness of cymbals to round out the arrangement with a nice accent layer.

NAGARA RUB FX

Imagine a deep, atonal bowed instrument howling in the night and you'll arrive at a similar sound to this rubbed Indian drum. This festival and temple staple is evocative and mysterious, and a great tool for letting your imagination run wild.

NAGARA AND ASHIKO

A combination of multiple folk drums evoking images of festivals, street performances, rituals, and any manner of other fantasy cultural settings. You'll find a collection of hits, rolls, rim taps, and more to build your own robust drum ensemble. The nagara is often used in the popular dance form Ghoomar, commonly attributed to the 2018 movie Padmaavat.

ORCHESTRAL BELL ENSEMBLE

We've also included chimes to help round out the collection and lock in with a more conventional orchestra, though they're equally suited to adding the sound of church bells in a castle town or scoring joyous ceremonies that demand regal treatment.

ORCHESTRAL METALLURGY

A collection of large metals being grazed, struck, and beaten for a suite of heavy industrial sounds; if you need the sound of a forge or assembly line from a distant realm, this is exactly how to do it.

SNARE ENSEMBLE

No Fantasy Percussion suite would be complete without the sound of a traditional drum corps — when great armies are marching into battle, this snare ensemble is an essential tool to convey the grandeur and scale necessary to get the job done.

TOMS

The deeper, rounder cousin to the snare ensemble, this creates a hefty lower-mid power layer for additional oomph in your drum core (or simply a nice thwack when needed).

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