Virtual Instruments

Swords to Ploughshares

Swords to Ploughshares is experimental virtual instrument that weaves real-world field recordings and expressive sound design together into a unified creative toolbox. This library includes an advanced user interface with presets designed for Native Instruments’ Kontakt platform. It is compatible with the free Kontakt Player and the NKS standard.  In detail, expect to find 5.37 GB of original content which can be widely used for writing songs, electronic music, movie and game soundtracks. Unlocked WAV files are included for maximum customization. The sounds in this library were recorded during the invasion of Ukraine, between February and May of 2022, by sound designer and video director Histibe. It includes field recordings made in and around his home in Kyiv and during a temporary evacuation in the Carpathian mountains during the heaviest period of shelling near his home. The subject matter includes the everyday sounds of his life and his city, quickly adapting to war time and often punctuated by blasts and the wail of air raid sirens. It explores the gentle sounds of nature in the mountains made all the more surreal by eerily distorted late-night shortwave radio broadcasts filling the airwaves.

Soundiron & Native Instruments became the official sponsors of the project in terms of interface development, audio editing, and encoding.

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