PRODUCT REVIEW: SampleTraxx - TORSION
Our Rating: 4.8/5
SampleTraxx is gaining a wonderful reputation in the Sound/Music community of late, with their collection of crossover products, which fuse epic (often aggressive) audio fragments with musical timbres. TORSION builds on this infamous style with it’s high tech, cinematic edge.
We created a demo track to show what TORSION can bring to your sound and music projects (all elements are TORSION except for some of the percussive sounds):
Tearing Open The Box
The files are placed neatly into 2 folders: one for Kontakt patches and one for WAV samples. The WAV folder contains 12 sections including vocals, braams, risers and more.
Over 300 samples are included, which is exceptionally valuable when paired with the included 86 Kontakt Instruments, extending it’s scope dramatically. 24 Bit 96 kHz sound effects allow for further processing with reduced artefacts.
As always, the presentation and branding from SampleTraxx is spectacular. The Forge engine is used to house the Kontakt Instruments, it looks and feels like a futuristic military control centre, very nice. This adds numerous functions for audio experimentation, including but not limited to: arpeggiator, polyphonic sequencer, rhythmic gater, unison, resonant delay and dual engine reverb. We used this extensively on our demo track.
Feeling The Torsion
The name is suitably fitting to the aesthetic of all included sound assets. Twisted and mangled, a Sound Designer can expect to tinker with these on supernatural and experimental projects. Composers can expect to add flavour to otherwise stale and mundane arrangements. When we compose music, we love to add some distorted/atonal elements, especially to orchestral pieces.
The balance of frequencies and dynamics with SampleTraxx products usually leans towards the ‘processed’ side, with well implemented EQ and compression. Some users may prefer dry sounds, but it’s highly unlikely you would want to use these without processing them first anyway.
Torsion has a tone of instant satisfaction. Images are transformed by it’s presence, especially when they themselves have ample movement and an erratic nature. Even when producing the most head splitting transformative sounds, SampleTraxx manage to keep them from hurting the listener.
Compared to some of the other products in the over-saturated 'Cinematic Elements' market, TORSION has finesse. SampleTraxx are not trend followers, they are trend setters - which is why their sounds have been used by Hollywood movies, all the way through to indie films.
Straight and Narrow
Not only does SampleTraxx deliver on content, they also deliver on price. We definitely advise the use of Kontakt to get the full experience with TORSION.
One way to improve the product is to add more content, but we're just being greedy. This could be in the form of an 'elements' folder which contains the building blocks for some of the audio assets.
The Bottom Line
Flip your audience on their heads with TORSION. Bring movement to exciting images and perk up some ears. Go buy it now at a reduced price, and be sure to listen to the free mini pack available below.