In this 4-volume series, sound designer Ron MacLeod expands upon his previous work by producing a continuing series of inspirational sonic collections, utilizing the innovative processing tools from Cycling '74.
Each Cycles download release has separate 44.1kHz / 48kHz folders. (If you'll be doing music production, select the 44.1kHz versions. The 48kHz are for compatibility with film, DV, and multimedia productions.) The files are stored in 24-bit FLAC format.
The limited-edition packaged versions contain two discs, a DVD-ROM with both 44.1kHz and 48kHz files in 24-bit WAV format, plus a standard audio CD for an easy auditioning alternative. Files are seamlessly looped end to end.
Cover photos by Marsha Vdovin.
Sustained Encounters is comprised of long evolving aural environments and unfolding atmospheres. Culled from MacLeod's private reserve, an accumulation of years of film sound design and sonic exploration, these textures were individually 'composed' utilizing bleeding edge psychoacoustic processing, designed specifically to be intricately interesting and immersive without being obtrusive to additional content.
Unnatural Rhythm features extended form (4 to 32+ bar) non-drum alternative groove loops of mechanical, electronic, found sound and algorithmic origins. The loops titles include sample accurate BPM notation with longer loops Bar Count noted as well. This volume also includes 24-bit REX formatted versions of all applicable files for use in Reason or any 24-bit REX compatible audio sequencer. Also included is a huge collection of hard-syncopated electronic source culled from a collection of 70s-era Buchla and Serge Modular systems.
Incidental Gesture gives you active sonic textures and melodic meanderings that provide movement, emotion and narrative expression to your compositions or media projects. Composed to integrate easily into existing pieces yet intricate enough to stand on their own as incidental beds. These long (30 sec. to 3 minute) files were designed around direct use in digital workstations yet are all seamlessly looped end to end for extended play as well.
Momentary Incursions are hits, events, effects and transitions... for use when a more finite punctuation is in order. Aggressively percussive to hypnotic and transient, this collection of 900+ non-looped samples range from a fraction of a second to over a minute in length.
When consulting with several professional sound designers and composers about what would make their job easier while using libraries in the middle of a hectic production schedule - one thing came up repeatedly: Simple equals Fast. To this end we worked on making the standards used by the Cycles series direct, easy, and to the point.
The files on Cycles releases can be used freely by the purchaser - other than inclusion in other sound libraries - without any additional royalties or usage fees.
Because of the nature of some of the longer files, they cannot be used as a stand-alone piece represented as the purchaser's original composition. It is expected that additional material will be added to the file to make it unique or that it will be significantly altered through unique processing. In the case of media work (film, video, DV), sound FX, dialog, ambience is considered sufficient additional material. Respect the source / respect the art form.