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Soundiron Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble V2 KONTAKT-PiRAT screenshot
Team PiRAT | Date: 07 December 2013 | 13.06 GB
Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble is Soundiron`s industry leading scoring percussion masterpiece, and now with the launch of the brand new v2.0, they are pushing it to a whole new level.

Now weighing in at nearly 25 GB with over 25,000 samples, APE delivers astounding depth, detail, fidelity, and user freedom. It features more than 40 different drums and close to 200 articulations. You’ll find thunderous ensemble sections and solo instruments of all shapes and sizes, including bass drums, a whole array of toms, dhols, riqs, frame drums, bongos, cajons, doumbeks, clicks, clacks, a massive snare ensemble and 6 solo snare drum types.

You’ll also find fully expressive pedal-articulated hi-hats, stick and mallet rides, crashes, splashes, hybrid and FX cymbals, a 38″ gong, heavy Tibetan ting shag finger cymbals, all deeply multisampled along with tons of rolls, crescendos and effects.

Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble is the culmination of years of experience, distilled into the most comprehensive and earth-shaking hall percussion package available anywhere on the market. Soundiron set out to build a monster that punched harder, rumbled deeper, cut through the mix cleaner and got the job done like no other could. They wanted a massive sound and responsive playability, without compromising user flexibility and choice. APE has a sound that just works right out of the box, with all of the beef and none of the noise. This beast gets it done.

Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble has just been updated to version 2.0, bringing along with it a wide variety of fixes, changes, additions and enhancements.

What’s New in v2.0

Added the Far mic position to over 60 articulations.
Added Gong articulations.
Added Hi-Hat articulations in a range of pedal positions, including MidiCC controlled Hi-Hat simulation.
Added suspended Ride Cymbal articulations
Added Ting Shag articulations in a range of open and mute positions (Tibetan Finger Cymbals)
Added Ensemble Snare flam articulations.
Fully re-mixed and re-mastered all Ensemble Snare articulations.
Added a variety of Midi drum loops.
Added flexible Midi Groove loading and playback system.
Added mic mixing options to all presets (output re-routing feature only in master presets).
Added sub-group release controls to main Ensemble All Preset.
Expanded the features of the Megamixer system, including full Kit saving/loading and intelligent sample memory management.
Expanded the features of the Uberpeggiator / ARP meta-arpeggiator system.
Added full Effects Rack panel
Added various custom keymapping features to all presets.
Redesigned all GUI artwork and instrument layout.
Optimized and streamlined preset types, folder structure, zone mapping, group structure, loading and overall performance.


Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble was recorded in the same acoustically-balanced hall as Soundiron´s famous Olympus Symphonic Choir (Mars & Venus), Mercury Symphonic Boychoir, Montclarion Hall Piano, Struck Grand Piano, Cymbology, Anklung and Tuned Artillery libraries, so it blends perfectly with a whole host of great libraries. It was captured over an exhaustive two week session, recording late into the night. Soundiron trucked in a mountain of drums and cymbals and pounded on them with every kind of stick, mallet and blunt instrument they could find.

Once the blood and wood chips had settled, an average of 12 round-robin per velocity layer with up to 14 velocities each was captured. Each instrument was then painstakingly programmed with a galaxy of comprehensive and exclusive control and playability features and a totally smooth workflow. We’ve expanded the library with a wide range of uniquely powerful tools that let you personalise the library to your own needs and push it far beyond any other percussion library in its class.

Each instrument features 3 independent microphone positions per articulation. The primary close mic position is captured within a foot of the drum heads to capture all of the deep tonality and resonance and every exquisite detail. The Mid position is set back 12 feet to get that all-around perfect live sound and the far position is 50 feet from the stage to deliver a rich, lush distant feel. Microphone channel mixing is easy with the pop-up Mixer panel. You can load just the positions you need to save ram and voices and independently adjust and automate each level. In the main Master presets, you can even assign each mic position to its own Kontakt audio output for surround sound routing, external effects processing and complete mixing freedom.

“Standard” presets are included to provide instant access to the full library in a classic percussion array layout. The primary “Ensemble All” preset lets you customize the note mapping for each articulation or load one of several common drum library mapping standards. This comes in handy with the new MIDI loop playback feature, which allows users to load and playback loops from a wide range of popular drum libraries. The improved Megamixer system allows for up to 8 slots, each with independent tuning, velocity attenuation, pitch, panning, key mapping, room release and more, and complete Kit preset saving/loading. “Mixer” presets group a set of articulations into 4 different fully customizable categories. For example, “Cymbals Mixer” splits cymbals into categories of ride, crash, hihat and gong/ting shag; each category has independent volume, pan, room release, velocity and pitch controls. Finally, the Tuned Dual-Layer presets allow you to create multi-layered tuned articulations from any ofthe articulations for each sub-section. These are ideal for sound design, special effects, or simply turning any of the sounds into a unique tuned percussion instrument.

NKI Program Presets

This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 5.1. There are 60 Kontakt 5.1 presets, all with a powerful custom user interface. Includes standard and low-memory “Lite” versions of each preset, for maximum flexibility and efficiency.


Ensemble Drums

Snares (Remastered)
Bass Drums
Frame Drums

Solo Drums

6 Snares
2 Bass Drums
Ride (Stick and Mallet) – NEW
Gong – NEW
Hi-Hat – NEW
Ting Shag – NEW
2 Dhol Drums
4 Frame Drums
2 Floor Toms
2 Low Toms
2 High Toms
4 Rototoms
Rolls and Crescendos for 3 snares
Tom Rolls
Rolls and Crescendos for Gong, Ride, and Ting Shag

Controls and FX

Powerful Custom User Interface with fully automatable access to critical performance controls.
3 Fully Independent Microphone Positions for all instruments.
Integrated Microphone Mixer with Sample Loading/Unloading
Improved Uberpeggiator/Meta-ARP system with Preset Saving/Loading
Improved Megamixer system with Kit Saving/Loading, Intelligent Sample Loading, and Per-Slot Room Release Controls
Drum Category-based (Bass, Snare, Cymbals and Aux) Room Release Controls in many Presets
Midi Loop Playback and Custom Mapping
Our Custom FX Rack with powerful and configurable controls for every effect.
70 integrated custom convolution IR samples


25,171 Samples (standard pcm wav)
60 .nki files (unlocked Kontakt 5.1 format)
400 Midi Loops
24.8 GB installed
24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format: Kontakt 5.1+ .nki and pcm .wav

400 Custom Midi Grooves by

Blake Ewing
Dirk Ehlert
Ian Dorsch
Johnny Knittle
Marie-Anne Fischer
Sascha Knorr
Si Begg
Simon Russell
Tino Danielzik
Xiaotian Shi
Team Soundiron


The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1 or later is required to use all Kontakt instrument program presets in this library. These presets must be loaded into Kontakt, which can be run as stand-alone engine or as a VST, AU, RTAS or AAX virtual instrument plug-in. The free Kontakt “Player” and Libraries rack do not support this product.

Please note: you will need Kontakt 5.1 or later to use this library. It will not work with the free Kontakt Player.

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  Resident 4.06.2012 343
Cool :) I guess this replaces the previous version right?
  Resident 30.06.2013 194
nice.. thank you
  Resident 8.04.2013 1 147
Thank you very much PiRAT ! wink
  Resident 28.10.2013 168
Thanks.......finally I meet mr big kontakt again
Keep Peace On Earth
  Resident 19.04.2012 181
how many of this we have around ?? :)

  Resident 30.12.2012 1 241
Thanks for the upload!
  Resident 20.02.2011 1030
Remember to pay the developer if you use this library!

I know Im a pain, but Im pretty sure no one in here want great developer like SoundIron deside to close down!

Support developers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wink

You can't have everything; where would you put it?
  Member 28.02.2013 98
  Member 1.03.2013 103
So unlike the previous version you can't add this one as a library?
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6986
You guys are freakin unbelievable. Stop requesting software, torrent uploads and other nonsense like you are the center of the universe! This isn't Burger King where you can have it your way. We have our own rules and if ANY of you read them you would already know.

I talked to you about this just yesterday. The next time we're going to be having a different kind of conversation.

I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 23.10.2013 41
thanks Mr. Moderator! :) I must laugh! Burger KIng! You're far more better!
...but, I think we are here because we don't follow the rules ( nor even read about it btw.)
I just I guess downloaded previous Apocalypse... ah, again or not
  Resident 23.08.2013 438
Cataly5t @

I guees when people are not following the rules..! Just ban them just like that..! headbang
Now days a lot of people they don't appreciate the kindness..! When They ignore you and want you to bother to match.. You just ban them like that..!!!! dance

Next time when they sign up from new,then they are gonna think before posting something or commenting bulshit and asking for something..!

Please do that sometime..! That will be good example for other members and guests..! yes
  Moderator 21.01.2012 1271 12083
Thank you Pirat
That is much better than posting mirrors... if you know what I mean.
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6986
You're right this is better than Burger King. yes
The way I look at it is we provide an amazing platform which is a catalog of every audio software you could want so the least people can do is follow the rules. The alternative is I have to bust balls and I prefer to be friendly with everyone.

I wouldn't ban for something like that unless it were done on purpose every day or something. Banning is reserved for serious transgressions and even then I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I can just stop posting ability if need be like I did with audiodessey for 3 days.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 20.02.2011 1030

I like your style wink mates yes dance
You can't have everything; where would you put it?
  Resident 23.08.2013 438
Cataly5t @

Got it sir..! yes
  Resident 23.01.2012 175
this is dope man!
thx Pirat! wink
Give me a break!
  Moderator 21.01.2012 1271 12083
@Cataly5t I simply adore you wink
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6986
Thanks guys I really appreciate all the love, it makes the intense challenges of the job much more bearable. mates
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Resident 31.01.2013 41
i would like it as well if the comment sections did not devolve into mac vs pc conversations and flame wars. This site used to be horrible for that. It HAS gotten better, thanks mods. Doesn't have to be as strict as MSJ, but they have their shit together over there, and it makes for a good end user experience.
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6986
Thanks a lot undeadpaterno. The best is yet to come when we relaunch because the last year has all been prep work for that moment, I just didn't know it at the time. Some interesting ideas and approaches have been put forth by staff for the new AudioZ and even the community oriented features will be better. All the pieces are coming together.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Member 4.07.2013 48
mates thank audioz
  Resident 10.09.2012 8 1319
  Resident 25.01.2012 2513
Cataly5t: Thanks. Even the nicest lawns have some weeds from time to time. Weeding can be good therapy. ;)
  Member 5.09.2013 1 144
This is great. Thank you!!! mates
Sed Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
  Member 10.11.2013 12
Hey Pirat, thanks for sharing this with us! I haven't had the chance to really explore this yet -- I was wondering, does this include everything for V 1 of Apocalypse plus added material, or is this totally new? I'm trying to figure if I can delete V 1 and make some space on a drive that's running out of room. Thanks!
  Resident 3.11.2011 693
Thanxx, after check this one seems to be bigger than v1, first compare then delete...
  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6986
Cataly5t: Thanks. Even the nicest lawns have some weeds from time to time. Weeding can be good therapy. ;)

No problem. mates
Exactly. I can't have a few people hijack the forums especially now when the next phase of our evolution is coming. People always look at things from their perspective but the fact that they have joined this site is an obligation from both sides not just ours. Members should learn that it's a lot easier to swim with the current than fight against it. yes
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.
  Member 17.11.2013 1 43
You know, I find something I really like while perusing the internets, get a bit jealous that I have no equivalent, and then someone on audioz hooks us up within no time with something like it. Does the new launch contain mind link capability? Because the people putting in the work here have read my mind. Thanks Pirat and everyone else who has and continues to read minds. Some of these members need to replace their greed and ignorance with patience and appreciation. Thanks Cataly5t for keeping things smooth and for dealing with assholes, so we don't have to. Great crew here. wink
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  Resident 25.04.2012 72 6986
Thanks so much Mister Molecular, that was really touching. You're good people. mates

It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it. wink Really though the job is extremely difficult, if I took you guys through my schedule you would lose your mind just reading it and my work here and on AudioSex extends far beyond moderation so I'm really stretched to the breaking point. However when I'm about to break I remember people like you and I am renewed with energy to take it to the next level because you guys truly deserve it.

Luckily I got not one but two gifts from a close sexy female friend of mine. The first was a vaporizer which I put to good use immediately and then a week or two later upon opening another mysterious package I see a new hard drive which I was desperately in need of. When we spoke she said: "you are the only person in the world that has never let me down and I just wanted to tell you how much you mean to me. I really hope this helps you in your musical journey." For me it's the thought that counts and I would have just been happy with a card but I was blown away. Not only do I have more space for downloads but I can now install some libraries I've been meaning to get into which is opening all these new possibilities. Moral of the story is that we never truly understand how much we affect each other in passing.
I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger.

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