As part of my experimental sampling journey, some weeks ago I recorded a storm for a few minutes with my smartphone.
The source audio (included) could be easily processed to get some pads and atmos, but I wanted to try something different, so I made a bass drum instrument from the first thunder, processing it to get 2 notes with a longer tail, 3 velocity layers, 3 RRs and 2 dynamic layers (3x3x2 = 18 layers per note).
Kontakt Full 5.8.1
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Interesting concept, confusing GUI
This sample pack has a really interesting concept behind it, and clearly, a lot of thought, time, and effort went into creating this GUI. It's far beyond most of what you see on PB. That having been said, I'm not sure that the thunder sounds are the best use for such a complex interface. It's not immediately apparent what any of the unlabeled controls do by looking at them, and experimenting with them doesn't make it a whole lot clearer. I started to read the manual, but a few minutes in while experimenting, you come to the inescapable conclusion that regardless of the settings you make, you're going to get the same basic kinds of sounds, so it's not really worth the effort of digging in. I think the concept has merit, however, and I'd love to see it applied to some samples where it really makes a difference in how playable and expressive the sounds are.
Interesting but doesn't work that well
It's thunderous, for sure, but it really doesn't work for me, I wish it would! It sounds way too heavy, but in a noisy way, especially in higher velocities. On top of that, the built-in reverb builds up very quickly and you have no control over it. The panning panel is a very welcome addition but sometimes it generates some cracks. The GUI is a little confusing at first. You will definitely need to read the tooltips to see what each setting does. I'd prefer a more clean look without the huge board. I get why it exists but it just feels excessively big in this case.
Thunderous Drum Sound
Heavy sound with a good amount of reverb. Nothing too complex in the sound. Great for sound design projects. Maybe add some EQ to add more weight to the sound. Enjoy!