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Soundiron's Rust Vol. 1 is a hymn to all things metal. This eclectic and deep collection of metallic percussion focuses on a variety of everyday objects and found sounds, such as metal racks, paint cans, soda cans, magnetic balls, steel pipes, brass hardware, a musical saw and odd bits of furniture, along with large structures like mine shaft gates, steel tunnels, towering stairways and massive structural I-Beams. Some objects are roughly tuned to a musical pitch, while others are raw, jagged and purely percussive. While some instruments were recorded in halls and studios, many of these naturally captured sounds were recorded remotely in natural and industrial environments.
Originally released by Tonehammer in 2008, this newly updated and expanded 2.0 version includes refined key mapping and zone placement, velocity layering, randomization, tuning and more. There is now a full range of user controls to allow total sonic shaping and freshly refined and extended sample content, with a total of 19 instrument categories and over 100 unique articulations. Rust 1 is designed to be easy to use and inspiring to work with, with an incredible depth of sonic potential suitable for use in any musical and sound design genre.
The user interface provides real-time control over every detail of the sound. Note attack and start offset can be shaped to create ghostly pad-like sounds. The Release control tightens the sound into a sharp staccato click or ping. The Uberpeggiator system allows adaptive arpeggios. Most presets also feature tempo-syncing resonant filter and volume LFOs, parametric EQ and convolution reverb effects, with 50+ room and FX impulses to choose from.
The Mega Mixer graphic interface allows the user to select and dynamically load any of the 100+ percussive instruments into 10 independent modules, with custom key-range, tuning and mapping. This allows custom ensembles, drum kits and tuned percussion orchestras to be created on-the-fly.
The Tuned Selector presets provide instant access to each collection of solo elements, with easy browsing and automatable voice selection. The standard ensemble presets lay it all out in convenient ready-made drum-kits. The Rumbones sustain array provides a great selection of atmospheric sounds crafted from the raw Rust 1 source recordings. Two freely selective layers can be smoothly blended, with optional polyphonic legato.