Apart from over 800 sound effects, Hybrid Cyberpunk Toolkit comes with a large collection of ready-made trailer music cues that are all subdivided into their constituent audio elements so you can easily create your own full-length tracks out of them.
We were given a pre-release version of the library and had a good look and listen to what
WHAT IS CYBERPUNK?
Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of science-fiction that is around since the 1970s. With literature like William Gibson’s Neuromancer series, FASA’s Shadowrun franchise or Ridley Scott’s award-winning cult movie Blade Runner, the sub-genre Cyberpunk got into the mainstream since the 1980s. Just recently the world of Cyberpunk is gaining popularity again since highly acclaimed development studio CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt) announced their upcoming blockbuster game Cyberpunk: 2077.
In the vein of Cyberpunk’s world of technically enhanced humans,
Hybrid Cyberpunk Toolkit is a roughly 8.3 GB large sample library for Native Instruments’ full version of the KONTAKT sampler. The toolkit contains over 2000 one-shot sounds and audio loops organized into various different tonal categories. You’ll find hits, booms, downers & alarms as well as various sound layers (high, mid, low), pulses and rhythms which you can combine to create a full-range sound.
The Toolkit comes with 11 preset categories featuring a whopping 819 presets in total. These include various trailer hit collections, pulses, reversed FX, distorted sounds and “
Similar to the company’s Viking Hybrid Punk Folk library, the Hybrid Cyberpunk Toolkit features sound design elements that are created by merging synthesized sounds with real-life recordings and squeezing them through an unforgiving chain of analog and digital processors. This “hybrid” sound is highly sought-after in today’s trailer music as it combines the solidity and power of synthesized sources with the organic feel of field recordings.
Hybrid Cyberpunk Toolkit’s AizerX interface works just the same as its predecessors Trailer SFX Toolkit or the Modern Designer Toolkit. Since all of the company’s more recent libraries use their custom-made AizerX GUI, you can easily operate one edition if you know another. Apart from a multitude of modulation and processing options, the real USP of AizerX is its power of layering and automating up to 6 sounds so you can merge them into something entirely unique.
Since we’ve discussed the AizerX interface thoroughly in previous reviews, we will focus more on what new things the Hybrid Cyberpunk Toolkit brings to the table.
CONSTRUCTION KITS, STEMS & LOOPS
What sets the new library apart from the others in the AizerX range is its focus on moving sounds and rhythms. The library features a wide collection of construction kits consisting of ready-made stems and loops. These are mostly created from the one-shot samples that represent the base material of the Toolkit.
In the corresponding Stems folder, you’ll find four categories of loops: Cyberpunk, Hybrid Action, Hybrid Pulses
ARTIST STEMS & WAVE FILES
In addition to the default construction kits,
Accessible through the WAV Samples folder of the library, you can find even more loops, including a broad collection of punchy hybrid pulses and massive trailer drum loops. Same as with the other more recent libraries of
AizerX Hybrid Cyberpunk Toolkit is available for an introductory price of $199 (regular price: $299) as a download from the Keepforest online store.
INTERVIEW WITH KEEPFOREST CO-FOUNDER & SOUND DESIGNER EVGENY EMELYANOV
In 2017, we sat down for a chat with Keepforest’s co-founder and sound designer Evgeny Emelyanov. We talked about the company, trailer music, sound design and friendship. Read the interview here.