If you ever owned Native Instruments Komplete, you’ll likely have heard of Damage. It’s one badass Kontakt library by developer Heavyocity that features massive, gloriously clang-y metal hits. Nearly a decade later, the bigger and badder sequel has arrived with the release of Damage 2. Safe to say, a lot has happened between then and now…
Heavyocity Damage 2
Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Damage 2 numbers at over 40,000 samples totalling almost 60GB of content. The focus, however, is on drum sounds and percussive elements. Not your regular studio drums, though. We are talking huge taikos, oversized bass drums, snare ensembles, ethnic percussion, and tons of struck found objects – including an actual dumpster. Almost 1600 sources have been sampled in five discrete mic channels (Close, Room, Hall, LFE, Crush). These are thrown at a new performance and effects engine and mixed with 864 loops, crescendos, swells and flourishes found in the MIDI performance tool.
With all that change and growth, the ol’ Damage looks fresh and menacing as ever. There are three PUNISH effects – Nightmare, Hurt Me Plenty, Gently Now. The former two are obvious nods to iD Software and Doom, the definitive FPS. Below the engine selector, we see an effects chain – Compressor, Saturator, Filter, EQ, Delay, and Reverb. The respective effects are controlled by Mix, Drive, Cutoff, Amount, Level, and Mix parameters. The reverb section features Plate, Room, and Hall reverbs with five controls.
Interestingly, there is now a kit arranger (the Kit Designer) that lets you position instruments onto a virtual canvas while blending the five mic sources. You can build custom kits of up to 16 instruments, with independent FX chains for each voice. The Loop Designer window has Vol, Pan, Tune, and Send (for Send FX) controls with optional Stutter and Transition effects that are MIDI-controlled. Modulation is included as well. The loop profiles are Organic, Hybrid, and Damaged in straight and triplet meters.
All in all, we are barely scratching the surface of what Damage 2 is about. It’s a massive sequel for sure and I can’t wait to test it out!
Price and availability
Damage 2 is on an introductory sale at USD 299, down from USD 399. Damage owners get an additional USD 100 off, so the upgrade costs USD 199. The library requires NI Kontakt 6.2.2, either the Player or Full version. It’s 60GB uncompressed, but takes up 24.58GB on disk with Native Instruments’ losless compression wizardry. The library is NKS-compatible, so it integrates seamlessly with Native Instruments controllers such as Machine and Komplete Kontrol.