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If you are looking for some odd instruments, plucked nightmares or psycho drones, or even gentle forgotten memories, then this library may be just what the doctor ordered.

by A. Arsov, July 2013

Weirdo Comes to Town …

The sound library Cinemtaique Instruments 2 is a very specific one. It contains instruments, sounds, or just a combination of both, that you will not find anywhere else. It wasn’t meant to be your main library for composing, but if you are looking for some odd instruments, plucked nightmares or psycho drones, or even gentle forgotten memories, then this library can easily serve that specific need. It would be a good starter for making a soundtrack for some French film-noir movie or any other non-Hollywood personal story. The instruments from the library mostly would not be placed in the most-adorable category. Some of them don’t sound too musical either. So if you need something ordinary or nice sounding, browse through the magnificent Bestservice stock and you will find plenty of appropriate alternatives. This one is simply that odd girl in black that definitively had something and you can’t stop looking at her in a bar. You will not find ultra-fat, punchy sounds there, just plenty of character. It is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Weirdo or not, we want to know how the whole library sounds compared to some sampling standards that have been established in a last ten years. Generally, the library is playable, sound quality is good enough that most of the instruments can be played solo without sounding inferior or artificial. It is not one of the best sounding or programmed libraries, but the general programing and sampling quality is pretty high, and therefore all sounds or instruments can be easily used by professionals or amateurs in any sort of production, even the high-end ones. Also, most of the instruments offer some variations that are accessible through the switch buttons in the main instrument window. Don’t except some in-depth programming, but those few additional options change sounds nicely adding a specific articulation or new color. The library is powered by the Engine 2 sampler, so adding a new instrument or browsing through the whole library is straightforward.  


The library will take up ar ound 2.6G of disk space, offering you a 16 different instrument with unique character. There are a few usual instruments, like a Banjo and harmonica, but they don’t sound ordinary anyway. Banjo has some sort of distant, fuzzy addition which is not caused by bad sampling technique, but is there on purpose. So, we get high tech sampled distant fuzzy Banjo which can easily find its place in soundtrack where “old times” should be recreated, or maybe we should say presented in the best possible audio or video quality. A similar case is a harmonica. If you need it just to recreate a real harmonica player, then you should search elsewhere. But if you are looking for a harmonica that sounds like it’s being played from the graveyard, then this could be your “what you are up to?” case.

The thing that I would like to point out here is that when you are browsing through the library for the first time, it could sound like disappointing compared to the libraries containing recreations of normal instruments, either electronic or real ones. But this is not the intention of this library. This library contains sounds and instruments that serve nicely to its alternative agenda: sounds that will help you to build a morbid foggy, absent atmosphere, sounds that are almost impossible to recreate with normal instruments or more normally oriented libraries. In the whole library only Glockenspiel sounds like glockenspiel (looks like developers thought it is odd enough by itself). All other instruments have some different sounds which are not recreated with additional programming but are mostly the result of using a bit different sampling approach, where instruments are sampled in unusual conditions. This is not the case with all instruments, but I think it is the general approach here.

We have cement, (yes, it is not a mistake 🙂 ) bowed guitar, bass guitar, excellent bass, electric and acoustic guitar harmonics along with upright piano, the latter with tons of additional piano effects, even in a bowed version. Additionally there are numerous other odd instruments and combinations (Geiger counter rhythms – please, don’t ask) along with some interesting rhythmical moments. Moreover there are all sort of effects or just effected instruments that will offer you a great opportunity to make a soundtrack for all manner of normal, indie, intimate or even scary sci-fi low budget movies. 99 % of all other cinematic libraries will offer you a material for those standard, bit-action orientated blockbusters in which things are constantly being blown up, people are chased and every second of the movie is fulfilled with high tension. That’s nice, I love such movies and libraries … even the next library I will write about is exactly one of those. But what happens if your movie is more intimate one, where people have some real feelings and real problems? You simply can’t use staccato violins or bubbling threats of the pulsating synths. That simply doesn’t fit in this context, and that’s exactly the field where this library finds its place. To get a better picture I simply recommend you to visit Bestservice site and listen appropriate audio clips.

Cinematique Instruments 2 will cost you 167 Euros, a fair price for a decent alternative. I know that the whole market goes in a different direction, but it doesn’t mean that this should be the only available direction. Are you aware how many independent movies are made every year? All those movies also need a soundtrack and this library is simply a missing link between real instruments and the highly processed artificial ones. It is up to you. It is a good library, but definitively not a typical one.

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