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8Dio Terminus

Sample Library
By John Walden

Is Terminus the final destination in your search for hits, slams, risers and falls?

Musical punctuation in the form of hits, risers and falls has become a essential part of modern music production and film/TV composition — staple sound design elements to add emphasis to musical transitions, endings or hitpoints. Terminus, from 8Dio, is a Kontakt-based sample library that comes with more hits (and risers, falls and other forms of ear candy) than a room full of Ed Sheerans. So, if you need to up your musical impact, is Terminus the place to stop looking?

Hit Factory

Terminus is jam-packed with excellent sounds but the UI offers plenty of options that make this much more than a  catalogue of impact and transition sounds.Terminus is jam-packed with excellent sounds but the UI offers plenty of options that make this much more than a catalogue of impact and transition sounds.Terminus is built upon a 4.5GB sample library of hits, slams, sub-hits, falls and risers. The original sounds are derived from orchestral, drum and synth sources, with a 'hybrid' group that I assume involve some sound design work combining these other sources. All the sounds are then accessed via a rather smart Kontakt front-end and, while you are not short of some excellent presets to explore, once you dig in a little, the Terminus UI has plenty of sound design options for those that wish to take the presets and make them their own.

The core of the presets are presented in four separate .nki files, one each for the orchestral, drum, synth and hybrid sound categories. In fact, two versions of each .nki are included with the 'TM Pro' versions, which also offer some interesting sample stretching possibilities (albeit, I suspect, with a somewhat higher CPU load). There is also a set of Bonus Presets where 8Dio's sound designers have gone to town a little...

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Published November 2019