Today we are going to review the lastest SoundMorph SFX library called Sinematic but, before we begin, I would like to explain on what I will focus on and how will this affect future reviews written by me.
Since most of the SFX libraries include only single sounds (designed or recorded) I will focus more on comparing the samples with different competitors, if of course I own a desired SFX library,as I think most of these samples are high quality. If the latter isn’t the case then I will mention what I feel is wrong with the quality. Let us begin.
First impression of Sinematic
In all honesty it was “not another bramsfx library again?” There are hundreds of those samples around the web and I doubt that one more would make any difference, though, this is the trend now and everyone seems to want that high energy, hard hitting organic and electronic sound. Sinematic doesn’t disappoint in that regard.
The samples are what you would expect in such a library. There are risers, horns, hits, impacts and everything else that will make your trailer sound modern.
Does it stand out from the rest of the libraries? Well, frankly not as much as I would have hoped. By no means am I implying that Sinematic is bad. Actually the SFX library is pretty damn good and fun to play with!
There are eight main categories of effects plus raw recordings and Battery 4 kits. Raw recordings are a great addition to the sample pack as it will enable you to load them in any sampler and mangle them further to your liking.
Battery kits patches – again cool to have but you might want to edit your own patches for future use.
How will Sinematic be used?
(Watermark was used to prevent people from illegally use samples.)
Above example shows some of the sounds I have used to create this short composition. These are the sorts of sounds you would be getting. Although I think these are somewhat trendy sounds I see the potential of use in other areas. Namely games (duh). Again the sounds are sort of genre specific (Sci-Fi, action etc).
The good and the bad.
One thing I have to mention is the well crafted sound design. The samples aren’t annoying in anyway and although they are sometimes loud and in your face, I believe that SoundMorph decided to go in that direction for the reasons mentioned above.
All the sounds come with well grounded metadata info which will be handy for people who use Soundminer and similar. Raw samples and patches are also a great addition to the pack.
There is also some stuff that sort of let my expectations down and that would be the variety of the samples. I really enjoyed the horns part – these samples sort of set the tone for me – but the variety of those is fairly low as they all sound similar. There are some variations but those are minimalistic compared to the other groups.
The price ($99) seems about right for the amount of the content you are getting comparing to the similar SFX developer though you have to understand that these sounds aren`t your typical trailer hits. If nothing else they are a nice addition to, let’s say, Cinematic Hits which was made by Boom library.
In short Sinematic is a niche sample pack aiming toward electronic or hybrid trailer like media.
Who is it for?
The answer to this question would be: Anyone who is interested in this type of sounds. Movie/trailer editors will benefit from great sound design elements while composers (trailer music mostly) will benefit from the modern and trendy sounds. Sound designers might find plenty of use in raw recordings but designed elements might limit them since it is a niche product.
Sinematic is a great library for a fairly standard price you would expect in a niche library. Meanwhile the sound of Sinematic may not be for everyone and it definitely doesn’t try to be that. For me the variety of samples in some groups is a minus but it may be enough for you. The modern and trendy sound design of hard hitting impacts will most likely find its place in many trailer pieces and most likely in some alien type games.
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Cinematic Hits (Boom library)
Cinematic Trailers (Boom library)
Alpha and Bravo by Hybrid Two (Kontakt instrument)
Assault by Sample logic (Kontakt instrument)
Value for money
Variety of samples
- Modern and trendy sound
- Great sound design
- Included raw samples
- Variety of some sample groups