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Today we will be looking into the Cinematic hits bundle by Boom Library. Is this 17GB metal giant worthy of purchase, or is it a pass? Let`s have a look and see…
Cinematic hits bundle consists of three products. Cinematic Metal, Cinematic Hits and Cinematic Trailers, all of which come with pre-designed and construction kit samples. Since this is a bundle, both versions of Boom library products will come in handy in the future. Maybe you will have a tight deadline or perhaps you’re in need of a special impact sound. That will not be a problem with this bundle. I should mention that most of our readers are either sound designers, composers or other audio professionals and this review is aimed at them.
All of the three products have similar uses but the one that stands out the most and the one that everything probably derived from is Cinematic Metal. It is a great collection of various high quality metal banging with little sound design. This only will open a whole spectrum of possibilities for you.
Here is a brief list of samples that are included in the Cinematic hits bundle:
Cinematic Metal: 1.300+ files, 1.300+ sounds | 96kHz/24bit, WAV | 9.7GB
Cinematic Hits: 400+ files, 1.900+ sounds | 96kHz/24bit, WAV
Cinematic Trailers: 500+ files, 2.150+ sounds | 96kHz/24bit, WAV | 6.5GB
Cinematic hits and trailers include various sound design elements such as whooshes, drum hits, metals, cracks etc., the Cinematic metal will only include metal sounds and since all of the samples were primarily recorded at 192 KHz you will also have some nice pre-pitched metal sounds.
The content in all three products is neatly organized, tagged and optimized to use with Soundminer. Since I am not using Soundminer at this point I cannot tell you how meta data is displayed in it, but I imported the data into Basehead 3.x and all worked well. Names and descriptions were clear and search results gave me what I was looking for. Please note that I searched various terms such as hit, door, car, impact, metal, whoosh, fire, breathing, voice etc., just to see how Basehead indexed all of the files. Results were as I expected. Most common keywords gave me around 1000 results and the specific ones displayed from 1 – 500 results. If you don’t use Soundminer, Basehead or similar software, things can get a little confusing. While Cinematic hits and Cinematic trailers have a good file name structure (for example, “WHOOSH_name of the sound”, “RISER_ “, etc) and it is easy to find a wanted sound. On the other hand, Cinematic metal uses a sort of basic description which would require you (but not necessarily) to use a sound library (for example “impact_p0_barbell_bar_01”).
All in all I am very pleased with how Boom library named and organized their files.
There is little to say about sound quality of Cinematic bundle. In short I would say it is great. Samples are well recorded and designed elements are nicely put together. As I have mentioned before all of the sounds were recorded at 192 KHz and delivered at 92 KHz at 24 bit. Cinematic hits and trailers come with multiple recordings/takes in one file while the Cinematic metal comes as individual takes plus pitched down versions of all of the samples.
Value vs Price vs Purchasing options
There is no doubt that Cinematic hits bundle is a great buy but there are some things you should think about before purchasing this bundle.
Firstly, the whole bundle will cost you around 597 EUROS ( cca. $800 ) which is quite substantial. If you are a sound designer, perhaps pre-designed samples will not be your primary choice of purchase, especially if you really want to create something new and fresh. However, on the other hand, if you need something quick, then pre-designed samples is perhaps just what you are looking for.
Luckily for everyone you have the option to buy what you need and there is no need to purchase the full bundle if you don’t need it. All of the samples whether construction kit or pre-designed are available to purchase individually. The bundle comes in handy if you don’t have any sounds to create high-impact sound effects. In that case you will not regret the purchase as the sheer amount of samples and the quality combined will give you everything you need to create cinematic hits of your own.
This brings me to the point of value for money. What you hear is what you get. If you decide to purchase Cinematic Bundle there will be plenty of content to keep you busy for a long, long time, plus if you are not sure on how to use the product, Boom library will provide you with a video and written tutorial on how to use their samples.
Boom library provides great sounding samples to the world and as such it doesn’t disappoint with Cinematic Bundle. Bundle is packed with a lot of content and gives one a tremendous amount of possibilities to create state of the art impact sound design. It is a bit pricey but well worth it.