Review: Zithergeist Full Version by Silence+Other Sounds

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Zithergeist will send chills down your spine. This is not your typical zither library and even the melodic instruments sound unusual. With over 120 convolutions and several gigabytes of immaculately performed sound effects, this library is a nightmare waiting to happen.

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Review: Zithergeist Full Version by Silence+Other Sounds

Silence+Other Sounds brought us Freaktion horror cinematic sound effects and they are back with some of the scariest effects I’ve heard in a long time.

The standout feature? The terrifying beauty of the sound effects samples themselves. They curdle the blood, raise the hairs on the back of your neck and transport the listener to a world of dusty cob-webbed attics and poltergeist mansions.

Zithergeist Full Version normally sells $99, and the SFX version normally sells for $59 from Silence+Other Sounds

Thoughts

That said, I could not restrain myself from trying out as many of the convolution impulse responses as I could. Seriously, the intro price could justify some of us buying the library for these unique and varied rhythmic and textural convolutions alone.

Try as I might, it was often difficult to make “traditional” music with the melodic samples and snapshots (Kontakt presets); they have an unpredictable quality that would likely frustrate a few musicians. But they definitely lend themselves to carefully crafted macabre performances. Perhaps a long-deceased crypt dweller could be invited over to play something awfully scary for me, to make the most out of these idiosyncratic instruments!

Facts

Zithergeist downloads as 6.9 GB. The library contains 8 SFX Kontakt instruments (96kHz 24bit) with 2 Acoustic Miniharp / Mandolin Kontakt instruments (multi-sampled pluck, hammer or mute) and 3 Synthetic Kontakt instruments (multi-sampled pluck or hammer) as well as  120+ Convolution Reverb IRs

The library comes with 600+ WAV files and does NOT require Kontakt. The Kontakt instruments require the Full Version, v 5.8.1 or later) and includes Arpeggiator, String unison and transient controls.

Zithergeist Full Version normally sells $99, and the SFX version normally sells for $59 from Silence+Other Sounds

 

Demos of Zithergeist Full Version by Silence+Other Sounds

Videos of Zithergeist Full Version by Silence+Other Sounds

 

Contributor Nathan David Carlton reviews Zithergeist Full Version by Silence+Other Sounds
“Zithergeist will send chills down your spine. This is not your typical zither library and even the melodic instruments sound unusual. With over 120 convolutions and several gigabytes of immaculately performed sound effects, this library is a nightmare waiting to happen.”