ModeAudio is a sound design company delivering range of high quality sample packs and synth patches for music producers. As a drum sample fan, I was keen to check one of their sample packs titled "Klang - Found Percussion Hits " and here's my review of it.
What Klang is?
Klang is a collection of 150 one shot percussion WAV samples. The sample pack consists entirely of recordings of found sounds and objects you can mostly find in your home, workplace or garage such as bike helmet, shoe sole, doorstopper, drinks can, paper bag, etc. The samples were recorded in ModeAudio's own studio and they have used some of their very own handmade contact microphones to capture the sound.
Klang also contains a ready-to-use kit patches for your favourite samplers as well as channel strip presets and project files so that you can preview the sounds quickly and start making beats instantly.
What you can use Klang for?
You can use Klang for your drum tracks. You can use them as percussive sounds to spice up your main drum sections or you can build your entire drum track using these samples as they cover all the fundamentals in the frequency spectrum. You'll find hits in low-, mid- and high frequency range so the spectrum is diverse enough.
How the sample content is organized?
The WAV samples are divided into three folders: low, mid and high so you can quickly locate the type of sample you are looking for.
Depending on the pack you selected (there's actually 6 types to choose from, five of them customized for your favourite DAW), there's folders for sampler patches, channel strips and project files so you can easily drag-and-drop them into your DAW and start working. The FL Studio version contains 8 DirectWave patches, 4 Mixer setting patches (for drum processing) and 4 FL Studio project files (.FLP).
What's my opinion of the Klang?
Well, to put it shortly, Klang is a nice collection of percussion hits! The quality of the samples is top-notch clean and crisp. And they'll fit into any genre that has a rhythm going on and that require clean percussion style sounds. Personally, I'm fascinated by the idea of using everyday objects in music and Klang gives a great set of sounds for that. The samples are different enough, but not too weird to accompany all kinds of drum tracks.
Extra points to ModeAudio for creating a DAW tailored versions of Klang pack! And I was especially happy to see that there's FL Studio version as well! The four different Mixer settings gives you a nice set of effect chains to tweak things a bit further and the ready made DirectWave patches gets you started making your beats really quick.
Like I mentioned earlier, I'm a big fan of drum samples and I'm definitely going to be using Klang in my own beats.