Review: Transfer by Silence And Other Sounds

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Transfer from Silence And Other Sounds is the perfect tool kit for composers looking to add sci-fi musical sound design to their scores through the use of a huge collection of skillfully crafted hits, impacts, risers, whooshes, and many other gems.

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Review: Transfer by Silence And Other Sounds

The world of hybrid scoring can often be an elusive one to venture into. Though we may have spent years honing our craft when it comes to composition and orchestral mockups, what often sets the truly iconic modern film scores apart is the use of a sort of musical sound design which acts as the sugar laying on top of your score. These sounds can be hard to create and often creating them requires a totally different set of skills than we as composers have acquired. Transfer by Silence and Other Sounds attempts to help us enter this world by providing us with a massive collection of sci-fi oriented sounds including impacts and hits, whooshes and risers, and other gems.

Transfer sells for $49 from Silence And Other Sounds

Thoughts

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be a fly on the wall for one of the recording sessions for one of the Transformers movies. I was able to briefly speak with the composer Steve Jablonsky during one of the breaks and told him that his scores were what got me thinking more critically about musical sound design in film scores. He smiled and said “it’s the sugar”. Scores from composers like Jablonsky always tended to stand out to me, not just for the compositional aspects but for these odd little ear candy like sounds that were sprinkled throughout the music. These elusive sounds were not exactly music but were treated in a musical way and they served to make the music truly stand out as special and unique to the film. As many of us have spent our entire careers training as composers and possibly even producers, we may have neglected the synth and sound design skills required to manufacture these kinds of sounds. This is where Transfer comes in.

With Transfer, Silence and Other Sounds have created a truly massive collection of impacts, boomers, hits, whooshes, risers, tension builders, and atmospheres. Each one of these sounds was so obviously created with not only a high level of skill and understanding of this kind of musical sound design but with care and love. The huge booming impacts in particular put a smile on my face.

These sounds are delivered to the user as high quality 96 KHz, 24 bit wav files. Additionally, they have been mapped across 36 Kontakt instruments. The Kontakt instruments allow the user to do some manipulation of the sounds including changing the pitch, adding a drive distortion, and a low pass filter. The filter is a nice addition as many of the sounds are incredibly broadband and fill up a large portion of the spectrum. Though this is by no means a bad thing, it may make them easier to fit nicely into a mix if aspects of the sound are competing with other elements in your track. The filter helps to rein that in and allows the user to include only the part of the sound they wish. The user is also given an LFO to create pulsing versions of these sounds. A reverb and a delay are also included. What’s nice about the UI is that the keyboard is split into 3 sections and each one has independent control of these parameters. A user is now able, for example, to lower the pitch of some of the sounds mapped on the keyboard while simultaneous not affecting other sounds on the same patch.

A minor annoyance with the UI came in the form of knob inconsistency. In Kontakt, a knob is actually a slider in disguise. A slider may be either vertical or horizontal. All the knobs in the UI behave as horizontal sliders, meaning if you drag the knob from left to right it will move through values as you expect. The Pitch knob however is for some reason the only knob that’s a vertical slider. You must drag that knob up and down for it to behave as you expect. This is a minor nitpick and in no way affects the quality of the sound but I thought it would be worth mentioning. A second thing I found not ideal about the library is that 36 Kontakt instruments seems a cartoonishly large amount. Opening an instrument reveals that the sounds are only mapped across a small portion of the keyboard and so I would have prefered a smaller number of NKI, each with a larger number of sounds. This would have saved some time when auditioning sounds. Again a minor nitpick.

Transfer by Silence and Other Sounds is a spectacular library containing a huge number of gems and sounds that could find their home in not only sci-fi hybrid scoring but in more general action. It’s the perfect tool box for a composer looking to add some much needed sugar to their next action score.

Facts

Weighing in at 1.9 GB, Transfer by Silence and Other Sounds is a collection of impacts, risers, whooshes, stutters, and other sci-fi themed sounds. This library serves as a wonderful companion tool for hybrid scoring or sound designers. It is a collection of over 300 sounds delivered as 96KHz 24 bit wav files. They are also mapped across 36 Kontakt instruments. The instrument requires Kontakt 5.8.1+ and will not work with the free Kontakt player.

Transfer can be purchased for $49 from Silence and Other Sounds.

Transfer sells for $49 from Silence And Other Sounds

 

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Contributor Shaun Chasin reviews Transfer by Silence And Other Sounds
“Transfer from Silence And Other Sounds is the perfect tool kit for composers looking to add sci fi musical sound design to their scores through the use of a huge collection of skillfully crafted hits, impacts, risers, whooshes, and many other gems.”