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World Impact: Global Percussion

The perfect storm of ethnic, world, and cinematic percussion

Get ready for a perfect storm of ethnic, world, and cinematic percussion. Featuring a massive collection of varied percussion samples, World Impact spans the globe featuring percussion instruments from large to small, west to east, north to south, and traditional to rare.

"World Impact's sounds are expressive and full of detail...should easily cover most, if not all of your ethnic percussion needs." - EQ Magazine

"The most comprehensive percussion library I have ever seen. The amount of instruments is overwhelming at first...the sampled material is of outstanding quality." Rekkerd.org



  • Overview
  • Integrated Engines
  • Instruments
  • Features
  • Screenshots
  • Compatibility

World Impact CoverSampled in meticulous detail and programmed for maximum and instant musical usability, the collection includes hundreds of varied percussion instruments from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and more. A massive 4.2-gigabyte collection of Japanese Taiko drums recorded from multiple microphone positions forms a central part of the library. Each instrument has been recorded with numerous alternate takes and velocity layers, assuring realistic and dramatically expressive sonic results. World Impact is an essential tool in the toolbox of every film composer, movie trailer producer, and aficionado of world percussion instruments.

World Impact ScreenshotBeyond the instrument collection, World Impact is augmented by a powerful pattern engine, the same engine that lies beneath Vir2's Elite Orchestral Percussion, allowing instant access to varied articulations such as chokes, rolls, flams, and ruffs, as well as patterned loop programming for both traditional and synthetic creations.

World Impact is powered by the industry-leading Kontakt engine. It is compatible with VST, AudioUnit, and RTAS (Pro Tools 7 and 8) plug-in formats allowing it to work seamlessly within any major sequencer, in addition to standalone use.

World Impact boasts an impressive array of features built into its engine, designed to provide the best in realism, flexibility, and creative inspiration.

Humanize

World Impact ScreenshotAn integrated Humanize engine offers a breakthrough dimension in realism. The scripting engine underneath World Impact will intelligently vary the pitch, timing, and volume of each hit by minuscule amounts to increase the diversity of timbre produced. Each aspect of the Humanize engine, from extreme effects to complete bypassing, can be controlled by the user.

EZRoom

World Impact ScreenshotEZRoom is an integrated convolution reverb option, allowing the user to instantly place the percussion instruments in one of more than fifty different custom sonic spaces; everything from chapels and halls to caverns, small rooms, and unique esoteric spaces is included. When EZRoom is activated, new knobs for dry and wet levels appear, allowing full control over the level and balance of the convoluted sound.

Articulations and Triggers

World Impact ScreenshotWorld Impact also features an extensive custom articulation and trigger engine. Built-in custom articulations include choke, flam, 3-stroke roll (16th notes), 3-stroke roll (32nd notes), 3-stroke roll (64th notes), roll (32nd notes), and roll (64th notes). Each of these are tempo-synced as appropriate, and can be customized in detail.

Furthermore, World Impact allows for the creation of rhythmic patterns which are triggered by the engine. Up to 25 user patterns can be programmed in each instrument, and some prebuilt patterns are included in each instrument by default. The pattern engine is capable of everything from traditional patterns to wild and unusual synthetic effects, all of which lock instantly and perfectly to host tempo.

This is a full list of instruments that are included in World Impact.

  • Africa
    • Adewuro (Ghana)
    • African Agogo Bells x4
    • African Flat Shaker
    • African Seeds 1
    • African Seeds 2
    • African Seeds 3
    • African Shaker (N. Ghana)
    • Atsimevu
    • Atumpan-Hi (Ghana)
    • Atumpan-Low (Ghana)
    • Axatse
    • Basket Rattles
    • Basket Shaker Large
    • Basket Shaker Medium
    • Basket Shaker Small
    • Bata 1
    • Bata 2
    • Bata 3
    • Boba
    • Bottle Cap Shaker
    • Box Shaker
    • Calabash Shaker Long
    • Calabash Shaker Short
    • Cane Rattle
    • Chekere Hi
    • Chekere Low
    • Chekere Med
    • CoCo Shells Small
    • CoCo Shells
    • Djembe (Cowskin)
    • Djembe (Goatskin)
    • Djembe
    • Djun Djun Hi
    • Djun Djun Low
    • Djun Djun Mid
    • Dodompo Hi
    • Dodompo Lo
    • Drum Gong Large
    • Drum Gong Medium
    • Drum Gong Small
    • DunDun (Nigeria)
    • Gankogui-Hi
    • Gankogui-Lo
    • Gome (Ghana)
    • Gongon
    • GunGon (Northern Ghana)
    • Kaganu Drum (Ghana)
    • Kidi Drum (Ghana)
    • Kpanlogo Hi
    • Kpanlogo Lo
    • Kpegisu Drum (Ghana)
    • Lunga (Northern Ghana)
    • Mbira (No Buzz)
    • Mbira (Rattle)
    • Morrocan TamTams Chromatic
    • Morrocan TamTams Side Chromatic
    • Morrocan TamTams
    • Pod Rattles
    • Sabar (Senegelese)
    • Shakare
    • Sogo Drum
    • Story Telling Drum
    • Tama (Senegal)
    • Toke
    • Tube Drum 1
    • Tube Drum 2
    • Udu Large (African)
    • Udu Small (African)
  • Asia
    • 12in Wuhan China
    • 13in TamTam
    • 21in TamTam (China)
    • Ankle Bells 1 (India)
    • Ankle Bells 2 (India)
    • Atarigane Large
    • Atarigane Medium Large
    • Atarigane Medium Small
    • Atarigane Small
    • Balafon
    • Balinese Nipple Gong
    • Belafon (Drum Sticks)
    • Binsasara
    • China Cymbal-Small
    • Chinese Opera Gong
    • Clackers
    • Damaru Large (India)
    • Damaru Medium (India)
    • Damaru Small (India)
    • Devil Chasers (Philippines)
    • Dobachi Bowls x5 (Mallet)
    • Dobachi Bowls x5 (Stick)
    • Dobachi Bowls x5 Chromatic (Mallet)
    • Dobachi Bowls x5 Chromatic (Stick)
    • Elephant Bells (India)
    • Gendar Yang 1 (TradBeater)
    • Gendar Yang 1
    • Gendar Yang 2 (BalafonMlt)
    • Gendar Yang 2 (Mid8ve-Bal)
    • Gendar Yang 2 (Mid8ve-Tmp)
    • Gendar Yang 2 (Mid8ve-Vib)
    • Gendar Yang 2 (TimpMlt)
    • Gendar Yang 2 (VibeMlt)
    • Giant Oung Klung
    • Indian Bells x8
    • Indian Jingle Bells
    • Kanjira
    • Lop Drum Chromatic
    • Lop Drum
    • Mokugyo-Mallet (Japan)
    • Mokugyo-Stick (Japan)
    • Mokusho
    • Mrdangm
    • Naqqara Large (India)
    • Naqqara Medium (India)
    • Naqqara Small (India)
    • Ocean Drum Large
    • Ocean Drum
    • Ong Klong
    • Rain Stick Large
    • Rain Stick Small
    • Riveted Pang
    • Sumo Drum
    • Tabla High (Dayan)
    • Tabla Low (Bayan)
    • Talking Drum High
    • Talking Drum Low
    • Tibetan Bells x8 (Tibet)
    • Tibetan Bells x8 Chromatic (Tibet)
    • Uchiwa–daiko Large
    • Uchiwa–daiko Medium Large
    • Uchiwa–daiko Medium Small
    • Uchiwa–daiko Small
    • Wuhan Wind Gong (China)
  • Bonus Sound Design
    • Balinese Nipple Gong Resonance
    • Cathedral Drones
    • Confusion Reigns
    • Crash
    • Dobachi Bowls Textures
    • Eklectro Steel Drums
    • Elephant Bells Infinite
    • Eternal Bowed Vibes
    • Funny To Be
    • Gendar Yang Shimmer
    • Ghastly Image
    • Noah Bells Distant Jangles
    • Spacy Shards
    • Spinner Screamer
    • Swatch Eerie
    • Waterphone Angry Eternity
  • Europe
    • 16in. Paiste Crash
    • 17in. K Zildjian Dark Crash
    • 20in. Zildjian Pang
    • 21in. K Zildjian Custom Dry Ride
    • Cajon (Spain)
    • Cowbell Swiss Hi
    • Cricket
    • Framedrum
    • Glock Hard Mallet
    • Glock Medium Plastic Mallet
    • Hydraulic Triangle
    • Mahogany Woodblocks x2
    • Sleigh Bells
    • Steel Slip Drum
    • Vibes Bowed
  • Middle East
    • 10in. Istanbul Splash
    • Bandir
    • Bendir
    • Darbuka
    • Dumbek (Morocco)
    • Dumbek Whale Tones (Morocco)
    • Dumbek
    • Frame Drum Large
    • Hadjini Large
    • Hadjini Small
    • Hadjira
    • Kanjira
    • Karakab Large (Morocco)
    • Karakab Small (Morocco)
    • Riq 1 (Egypt)
    • Riq 2 (Egypt)
    • Turkish Frame Drum
    • Udu High
    • Udu Low
    • Udu Mid
    • Zil Table
  • North America
    • Cowbell With Rivets
    • Cowbell
    • Dominican Tambora
    • Donkey Jaw
    • Finger Snaps
    • Guiro (Cuba)
    • Guiro (Dominican)
    • Guiro (Puerto Rico)
    • Hand Claps
    • Mallet Drum Chromatic
    • Mallet Drum
    • Mambo Bell
    • Pools of Saturn
    • Steel Drum (Sticks)
    • Steel Drum
    • Thunder Maker
    • Timbales
    • Tube Drum 1
    • Tube Drum 2
    • Tuned Bells Chromatic
    • Tuned Bells Small Chromatic
    • Tuned Bells Small
    • Vibraphone Tremolo
    • Vibraphone
    • Vocal Percussion Menu
    • Waterphone
    • Wooden Bell
  • South America
    • Afuche
    • Agogo Bells x3
    • Andean Seeds Hi
    • Andean Seeds Lo
    • Berimbau Effects
    • Berimbau
    • Bolivian Bells
    • Bongo Bell 1
    • Bongo Bell 2
    • Bongos
    • Cabasa
    • Caja Chayera
    • Candombe-Chico
    • Candombe-Piano
    • Candombe-Repique
    • Caxixi
    • Ceramic Bells Hi
    • Ceramic Bells Low
    • Cha Cha Bell 1
    • Cha Cha Bell 2
    • Chaschas Hi
    • Chaschas Low
    • Chivato
    • Clave
    • Cluster
    • Clustered Shakers
    • Conga Hi
    • Conga Low
    • Conga Mid
    • Huancara Large
    • Huancara Small
    • Jam Block
    • Joropo Maraca
    • Kultrum Hi
    • Kultrum Low
    • Kultrum Mid
    • Leguero Hi
    • Leguero Low
    • Leguero Mid
    • Marimbula (Colombia)
    • Matraca Rolls
    • Noah Bells Chromatic (St. John)
    • Noah Bells x3 (St. John)
    • Pandiero 1
    • Pandiero 2
    • Peruvian Cajon Large
    • Peruvian Cajon Medium
    • Peruvian Cajon Small
    • Peruvian Piccolo Cajon 1
    • Peruvian Piccolo Cajon 2
    • Quijada
    • Reco Reco
    • Recoreco
    • Repinique
    • Ripanique
    • Seapods Large
    • Seapods Medium
    • Seapods Small
    • Spoons Metal
    • Spoons Wood
    • Surdo High
    • Surdo Low
    • Surdo
    • Talking Drum
    • Tambor Alegre
    • Tambora (Colombia)
    • Tamborin 1
    • Tamborin 2
    • Tambourine
    • Tan Tan
    • Teponatzel Hi
    • Teponatzel Low
    • Teponatzel Mid
    • Timbal Bell
    • Timbal
    • Timbales
    • Timbau
    • Triangle Hi
    • Triangle Lo
    • Triangle
    • Trompe 1
    • Trompe 2
  • Taiko
    • Hira Daiko-Takebachi
    • Hira Daiko
    • Lg Nagado Odaiko-TB
    • Lg Nagado Odaiko
    • Lg Okedo Daiko-TB
    • Lg Okedo Daiko
    • Med Nagado Odaiko-TB
    • Med Nagado Odaiko
    • Nagado Daiko-TB
    • Nagado Daiko
    • Shime Daiko-TB
    • Shime Daiko
    • Sm Okedo Daiko-TB
    • Sm Okedo Daiko
    • Sumo Drum

 

Library Statistics
  • More than 300 patches of world percussion instruments categorized by geographical region and instrument type
  • 4.2GB collection of Japanese Taiko drums, recorded from three mic positions (close, stage, and room)
  • 13 gigabytes of 24-bit samples
  • Sonics
  • EZRoom control in all patches, allowing the ability to instantly place the percussion in any one of over 50 different sonic spaces
  • Onscreen EQ controls allowing independent control of three bands (frequency, gain, and bandwidth)
  • Velocity curve settings that allow easy adjustment for normal, louder, and softer playing
  • Advanced Humanize engine, offering quick control over pitch, tuning, and volume randomizations for realistic percussion renderings
  • Engine
  • Multitimbral operation, supporting up to 64 simultaneous instruments loaded (subject to RAM availability), receiving up to 64 MIDI channels (16 in plug-in mode)
  • Kontakt Player engine, supporting standalone operation as well as plug-in operation in all major hosts that support AudioUnit, VST, RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8) plug-ins
  • Special upgrade pricing to the full version of Kontakt, which allows for fuller editing of the instruments
  • World Impact's main screen gives easy access to EQ, velocity curve adjustment, and EZRoom, as well as providing an onscreen display of the currently selected articulation:

    World Impact Screenshot

    The Humanize page offers detailed control over how the engine seamlessly adds additional randomizations to the performance, enhancing the realism of the playing:

    World Impact Screenshot

    The articulation and pattern editor allows you to preprogram patterns by altering velocity, smoothness, and pitch, for both subtle and drastically unusual results:

    World Impact Screenshot

    World Impact is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms and includes the standalone Kontakt Player application as well as AudioUnit, VST, and RTAS plug-ins. All of these versions ship in the same box.

    Mac OS IconThe Macintosh version requires an Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz or faster, 2GB of RAM, a DVD drive, and OS 10.5.x or higher. For optimum performance, Vir2 Instruments recommends a 2.0GHz processor or faster. The library requires 13GB of free hard drive space.

    Windows IconThe Windows version requires a processor speed of 1.4gHz or higher (Pentium or Athlon XP), 2GB of RAM, a DVD drive, and Windows XP SP2 (32-bit) or Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit). For optimum performance, Vir2 Instruments recommends a 2.0GHz processor or faster. The library requires 13GB of free hard drive space.

    World Impact will run in standalone mode and is also compatible with every major sequencing package in the world, including but not limited to: Apple Logic and GarageBand, MOTU Digital Performer, Digidesign Pro Tools 7 & 8 (TDM, LE, and M-Powered), Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, Ableton Live, and more.