It’s safe to say the release of Gothic Instruments DRONAR: Hybrid Module caused a stir, not only for it’s incredible and revolutionary sounds, but also for its unique and astonishingly easy ability to create rich, dramatic, complex and evolving atmospheres using a simple set of controls.
DRONAR: Hybrid Module is one of our biggest selling titles of the year so far and when we read the opinions of composers, music producers and the press it’s easy to understand why.
We can’t wait for the arrival of the second module in the Autumn but in the meantime, here’s a quick roundup of some of our favourite reviews from the last few months…
“The intensity and movement controls can make the sounds move and shift in a way that up until now would have taken hours to create.
And for me THAT is the wonderful thing about Dronar… To create these kinds of granular, shifting, layered sounds would take an enormous amount of time, effort and sophisticated programming… and even THEN I doubt you could get this kind of quality simply because the source material is THAT good and some of it unique.” – UK Composer Ty Unwin reviews DRONAR for the T+S blog
“DRONAR comes with a lot of great drone inspired sounds in different genres and categories. One of my favorite things about DRONAR is the amount of organic movement that can be added to the sounds via the movement dial. You can also arpeggiate each of DRONAR´s 3 layers individually, even the fx channel, which makes for some pretty crazy sounds” – BAFTA award-winning composer Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed II, Warhammer: End Times, Borderlands)
“The Hybrid Module is a great opening chapter in the DRONAR series. Beautifully put together and flexes within it´s own constraints well, with very easy controls and more available if you want them.” – Music Tech
“DRONAR can also automatically produce chords from single or multiple held notes, but the real draw here is the easy layering and manipulating of samples from the soundbank, and the instant assignment of edits to keyswitches.” Computer Music
“While this collection is polished and contemporary, it can sometimes be a challenge to differentiate one vast, brooding backdrop from the next. However, that’s my only complaint as the quality is consistently high. If I had to pick an instant favourite, it would be the strings, which are superb. Top marks should go to the sound designers who have made each creation a near-perfect thing already, just awaiting chordal input. […] DRONAR is difficult to ignore, offering as it does a significant chunk of finally-produced, often luxurious material at a very reasonable price. Whether you’re into dark drones or questing for the ultimate pad, ambience or tripped-out cinematic moodgasm, it comes highly recommended.” Sound on Sound
“Dronar is simple to use, sounds excellent and does a pretty good job of providing ways to widen its sonic appeal to a broader range of potential users. That said, it will most readily attract the interest of sound designers and music-for-media composers who will love the sonic complexity and variation afforded by so immediate an interface. For producers making dance and pop music who are looking for deep, rich, evolving sounds, it´s also well worth a look.” – Resident Advisor
“DRONAR is excellent for creating a near-infinite range of textured effects that work really well for soundtrack and experimental projects. The main screen is good for instant gratification, offering you the ability to make easy modifications and thicken up the sound. Dive into the other edit pages and you can make more precise edits.” – AskAudio