Violence is a multidimensional and innovative virtual instrument that harnesses extremely unusual textures, manglings, distortions, and perspectives on the solo violin.
Created for both musical use and sound design, Violence features an unprecedented deconstruction of a solo violin recorded from numerous angles: bowed, scraped, hit and plucked; played with mallets, chopsticks, guitar picks, and wet fingers. Then the sound design was re-pitched, layered, and post-processed through an array of unusual tools to produce sounds unlike any found in other virtual instruments. More than eighty unique patches were designed, each with a custom set of scripted knobs and controls all conveniently organized into four categories of sounds: Drum Kits, Melodic, Pads and Sound Effects, and Tempo-Synced.
The inspiration for Violence came from the influential American composer John Cage, whose extensive experiments with prepared piano yielded new timbres and effects. What Cage did on the piano, Violence brings to the violin: a new and unorthodox approach to a traditional instrument, yielding amazing and fresh new instruments, textures, and sound design elements. Violence combines physical alterations with digital manipulations for a sound that straddles acoustic and electronic realms.
Violence is powered by the industry-leading Kontakt engine. It is compatible with VST, AudioUnit, and RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8) plug-in formats allowing it to work seamlessly within any major sequencer, in addition to standalone use.
Violence features a variety of controls which are custom-designed for each of its 82 instruments. The instruments are subdivided into four major category folders:
Pads and SFX
Depending on the instrument loaded, appropriate knobs for tweaking the instrument appear in the interface, such as:
Envelope controls (attack and release)
Lopass and hipass filters
Layer blend controls
Effects (reverb, delay, drive, flanger, vibrato, rotator, wobble, and others)
These features can be seen in the screenshots of various Violence instruments below.
Compressed Download Size
Kontakt Player 4/Kontakt 4/Plug-in Download includes
Violence Mac Installer: 828 MB
Violence PC Installer: 798 MB
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The Following End User License Agreement is included with Violence. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of Violence from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.
"The samples contained herein are licensed, not sold to you, the individual end user, by Vir2 Instruments. This non-exclusive, non-transferable license is granted only to the individual end user who has purchased an unopened, new, and lawfully made copy of this product from a dealer or distributor authorized by Vir2 Instruments. All samples remain the property of Vir2 Instruments and are licensed only for use in the creation of a live or recorded performance that includes the licensed samples as part of a derivative musical work created by the licensed end user. This license expressly forbids resale, rental, loan, gift, or transfer of these samples in any format or via any medium, except as part of a derivative musical work. The samples may not be included, whether unmodified or as part of a derivative work, in any sample library product. Any unlicensed usage will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law."
Electronic Musician | 5/5 Overall EM Rating
Vir2 Instruments' marketing suggests harsh, grating, mangled sounds, but even a cursory audition of the Violence sampler library reveals much of the delicate beauty. It harvests sounds froma single violin that are simultaneously etheral and otherworldy, yet earthy and...
MusicTech Magazine | Innovation Award - 9/10 Stars
Back in the 40s and 50s, American composer John Cage pioneeered many techniques that would go on to influence much of the sound design and sample-based instruments we use today. One of Cage's famous creations was the prepared piano, which had various objects placed on...
Vir2's Violence is touted as "a multidimensional and innovative virtual instrument that harnesses extremely unusual textures, manglings, distortions, and perspectives on the solo violin". As a violin player, I expected some really interesting things, and Vir2...
So what is Violence? It is a library of 80 something patches that cover everything from drum kits, to melodic instruments, pads and fx, and even some tempo synched goodies. Oh yeah...everything was created from using the sounds of a violin. Not just traditional playing...