Time+Space has announced the release of DRONAR Free Edition, a free cinematic sound library based on the popular DRONAR ($79) virtual instrument by Gothic Instruments.
DRONAR Free Edition includes 20 instrument patches from the full version of DRONAR, organized into four categories: Hybrid, Guitar, Live Strings, Dark Synthesis. Apart from the reduced number of available patches, the free edition of the instrument isn’t limited in any other way. It does require the full version of NI Kontakt 5.5+ in order to work without a 15-minute time limit, though.
The included patches, especially the ones in the Hybrid folder, could easily find their way into a modern blockbuster movie soundtrack. The sound designers who worked on DRONAR have done some stellar work with this library and downloading some of the sounds for free is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. The majority of the included patches are complex multi-layered sounds which are truly brought to life through mod wheel automation. A great example of this is the Alien Swooping Death Beasts patch which will make you look around in terror while the beastly sound effects evolve and grow stronger as you slowly push the mod wheel value to 100%. The library also contains a variety of more musical sounding patches, including several high-quality cinematic strings and sequenced guitars.
The main user interface is well designed and somewhat simplistic, although the additional panels do provide in-depth control over various modulation and FX parameters. The user can manually adjust the modulation rate and shape, play around with the built-in arpeggiator, adjust FX sends, and control the Distortion, EQ, Compressor, Delay, Reverb, and Gater effects.
Please note that you’ll need to register for a Time+Space user account and complete the checkout process in order to download your copy of DRONAR Free Edition. You will also need to install the Connect download manager by Continuata to download the library. Upon completing the checkout process, you will receive your personal download key which should be opened in Connect.
DRONAR Free Edition is available for free download via Time+Space (3.3 GB download size, RAR archive, contains 20 instrument patches in NKI format for NI Kontakt 5.5+).