Our Snow Drums library is a unique collection of snow and ice impacts works well when used creatively in place of traditional kicks, snares and hi-hats or as pure sound design source material. The snow instruments were created by recording a variety of ice and snow foley, using prepared and natural snow piles, ice blocks and frozen ponds. The snow and ice sounds have been edited, programmed and arranged to create percussive playability and organized logically to allow easy use as sound effects source material.The Wintery pond instruments were created by recording a variety of stones, ice chunks and pebbles skittering over the surface of a large frozen pond in a narrow canyon, high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The results are quite surprising, as the sound waves travel over the ice and off of the canyon walls in very unusual ways.
As the stones bounce away from the listening position, across the ice to the far side of the pond, the impacts take on a spring-like Doppler effect. We were on a little day trip during the holidays when we stopped by the pond for a rest and discovered this cool natural sonic effect, just by chance.
While this library is best suited for use by sound designers and sfx artists, the instrument programming should nonetheless allow for very unique and responsive playability as percussion and musical elements. You may hear the sound of winter wind and other impurities in the background, due to the location of this frozen pond we found. This was unavoidable and we think the sounds are cool enough to ignore any minor flaws. All in all, this strange source material is quite interesting, creatively useful and rather musical. They also make very interesting impulse responses when used in convolution reverb plug-ins.