Review: Sample Logic Bohemian

Unusual and cinematic instruments for Kontakt 5
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It’s a no-brainer that Sample Logic would follow its Arpology with new instruments driven by the same brilliant Step-Animator and Effects engines, while emphasizing unusual sound-design. Its latest effort, Bohemian, provides more than 9 GB of content based on exotic acoustic instruments, often with extensive synthesizer processing to create morphing sounds that have organic qualities. The library utilizes Native Instruments’ free Kontakt 5 Player or Kontakt 5.4.3 or higher.

The instruments were recorded at Skywalker Sound, and the studio’s sweet, natural ambience is particularly noticeable in the folder of beautifully recorded traditional instrument patches— arguably the primary focus of the library—most of which do not rely on reverb settings. These original sounds include hang drums, blossom bells, tongue drum, kalimba, didgeridoo, harmonic tubes, bowed cymbals, and other exotic instruments.

Patches are organized as Atmospheres, Instrumentals, and Percussives at the top layer, with subfolders based on more specific qualities below. For example, the Instrumentals folder holds Arpeggiated, Metallic, Synths, Traditional, and Winds subfolders. You’re likely to find arpeggiator-ready patches in other folders with a pattern already in place waiting to be switched on. Others are easily pressed into service as arpeggiated patches thanks to the accessibility of the Step Animator. A pop-up browser offers a wealth of pattern presets.

And Bohemian doesn’t skimp on multis, which are broken down by Construction Kit, Instrument Stacks, and One Note Glory categories. Many of these are huge, and designed to sit center-stage in your production. They range from full-spectrum, evolving pads to droning, rhythmic atmospheres.

Bohemian is another high-water mark in Sample Logic’s collection of sound libraries. With the Step Animator, the hefty effects section, and synthesis tools, it’s a versatile and customizable instrument that should find its way into film scores as well as imaginative electronic music productions in general.