Orchestral Tools releases Drones by Alexander Hacke


In collaboration with Alexander Hacke, Orchestral Tools has released Drones, a collection of atmospheric sonic textures. You can save 31% and purchase Drones for the introductory price of €129 (regular price €189) until November 24th, 2022.  It works with the latest version of the SINE Player.  More details from Orchestral Tools below. 

Like a ray of dark light, a drone is a primal statement of intent—shifting and beating on an endless path all its own. Created with experimental musician Alexander Hacke, this collection offers a phantasmagoria of complex, playable drones. Largely chromatic, intuitively playable, and very very long, these drones are carefully designed by Sascha Knorr and Timo Loosli—a perfect foundation for scores, atmospheres, meditation, and rituals.

Recorded at the Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin as well as at Silent Green, a former mausoleum chosen for its dark and mysterious acoustic qualities, the library consists of a series of expressive drones assembled from a carefully selected array of instruments: Acoustic and electric 6-string and bass guitars, celli and basses, trombones, choir recordings, tanpura, hurdy gurdy, didgeridoo, and synthesizers. All sounds have been captured chromatically for maximum authenticity as well as the ability to stack for chords and cluster effects, and the raw component tones are also available to create custom drones to suit the user’s imagination.

“We’ve been a fan of Alexander’s work for years, so when he approached us to create this collection we were beyond thrilled to bring his ideas to life,” said Orchestral Tools CEO Hendrik Schwarzer. “There’s a primal power to musical drones that transcends individual musical cultures. And given Berlin’s unique relationship with the history of industrial music—including Alexander’s—we thought there was an opportunity here to create a collection that would push the sonic boundaries and playability of drones utilizing the power and flexibility we’ve built into SINEplayer.”

In addition to offering some of the longest notes available in a sample library—often a minute or longer—the drones have been recorded in multiple dynamic layers and their intensity is fully controllable by the mod wheel (or dynamics) for maximum intuitive and expressive playability. The sonic signatures of the drones traverse the entire frequency range, from rumbling sub-aural lows to shimmering highs, providing the perfect foundation for atmospheric scoring, meditative composition, or spooky textural experimentation.

For more information about Drones, please visit Orchestral Tools.