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Petroglyph is a stone hand percussion library recorded with a collection of authentic primitive stone artifacts from various North America tribes and cultures from the pre-Columbian era, with some pieces dating back many thousands of years. They include basic tools (mortars, pestles, grindstones, bowls, awls, hammers) and weapons (axe heads, spear tips and arrow heads) in all sorts of shapes, sizes and stone types. The objects are carved from obsidian, serpentine, slate, flint, granite, sandstone, volcanic basalt and animal bone.
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The sounds produced can range from heavy grinding scrapes and thuds to thin, glassy taps, clicks, clacks and clinks. We've recorded 100 sound sets, each with 8 to 10 round-robin variations for each velocity layer. They're useful as unique alternatives for traditional hand and drum percussion, electronic percussion, sound effects and game/software user interface sounds.
These artifacts of ancient everyday life were discovered all over the North American continent. Yet they each share common forms, shapes, designs and purposes that can be found among nearly all early human societies throughout the world. They can give insight into humanity's shared origins as creators and tool makers, farmers, warriors and hunters. They are not mere curiosities—they are symbols of our common legacy.
The custom scripted Kontakt user interface built into this library comes equipped with flexible control features, like attack, release, transient offset, dynamic swelling, filter type selection, resonant filter sweep and a robust Arpeggiator system that provides a full range of custom dynamic modes and step sequencer pattern creation options. There's also a complete DSP effects rack, including convolution reverb with dozens of unique spaces, such as cathedrals, churches, halls, bunkers, garages, tunnels, chambers, rooms and plenty of otherworldly FX impulses to fully explore and endless variety of strange and unexpected sonic manipulations.