Fracture Sounds - Tom Factory


The second in our series of Epic Ensembles, Tom Factory delivers an expertly curated set of high-octane drum ensembles. Perfect for composers scoring action-packed trailers, blockbusters, and more.

The tools provided in this library offer an elegant solution to adding a cinematic edge to your percussion writing.

  • Over 35 drums, with 82 articulations in total.
  • Recorded in a beautiful acoustic space, with 3 mixable microphone positions.
  • Housed in our Factory engine with intuitive sound shaping controls and articulation customisation
  • 6 bespoke mixes ranging from natural to punchy and aggressive.
  • 72 NKI patches, and the ability to build your own.
  • Innovative rhythm animator with velocity and filter sequencers.
  • Full NKS support – works with Komplete Kontrol hardware.
  • 15GB download size (NCW compressed from a 43GB sample pool).
  • Download through Native Access.
  • Runs in the free Kontakt Player (v6.7 or later). No additional sampler software needed.

ผู้พัฒนา: Fracture Sounds

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หมวดหมู่:Drum, Percussion

Fracture Sounds - Tom Factory



We assembled 5 performers and over 35 drums including Roto Toms, Octobans, Concert Toms, Kick Drums, and spent 3 days capturing over 80 articulations, from solo drums to a range of hard-hitting ensemble configurations.

Tom Factory is designed to be an all-in-one cinematic tom library, featuring an incredibly diverse range of sounds, recorded in a stunning acoustic space, expertly processed into 6 diverse mixes, and presented in an easy-to-use Kontakt interface.



The concert toms are the centrepiece of Tom Factory. They differ from regular drum kit toms as they don’t have a bottom (resonant) skin, providing a more accurate and punchy tone. Traditionally used in Concert Band setups, concert toms are increasingly making their way into hard-hitting blockbuster scores.
We captured a selection of concert toms of different sizes and tunings (10-18 inches) in solo and ensemble configurations.



One of the most recent additions to the percussion family is Octobans. First coming to prominence in the popular music world during the late 1970s, they have more recently found a place in cinematic scores.
The Octobans each have the same six-inch head, with the variance in their pitches coming from the size of the body.



Roto toms feature a tight head with no shell, which results in a sharp and resonant tone, with a signature ‘pitch bend’ effect on the loudest dynamics. Their tone contrasts beautifully with the more full-bodied concert toms and means they can be used very effectively in combination with the other drums in the library.

7 different pitches of roto toms are included in Tom Factory, ranging from 6-14 inches in size.



Despite being primarily a tom library, we couldn’t resist also including kick drums, for adding a solid and punchy low-end to the sound palette.

The kick drums in Tom Factory are performed in the typical way using pedals, and also with soft beaters in the ‘deep ensemble’ articulation.



The most noteworthy material in Tom Factory has to be the ensemble articulations. Utilising the wealth of experience amongst our team of composers, percussionists and engineers, we meticulously curated 40 ensemble articulations, tailored for modern cinematic music.

This includes a thunderous ‘deep ensemble’ of floor toms and kick drums, a hard-hitting concert tom ensemble utilising multiple performance techniques, a unique ‘wide tom ensemble’ which features two players spaced far apart, and numerous ensemble configurations of roto toms and octobans.



To create a varied range of timbres in this library, we utilised different sticks and playing techniques. Alongside the standard drumsticks are nylon brushes and hot rods, which provide a crisp tactile timbre, whilst soft mallets (typically used on timpani and cymbals) give a more muffled and resonant tone.

We also used extended techniques such as palm muting and placing paper on the skins for sharper and less resonant sounds, perfect for fast rhythmic playing.



Originally a 19th-century church, The Nave Studios (Leeds, UK) provides the acoustic backdrop for Tom Factory. Surrounded by hard brick and wooden flooring, Studio One is perfect for recording drums. The room provides a lively and dispersed acoustic, with a dense yet controlled reverb tail that isn’t too wet or too dry.

In addition to spot and overhead mics placed close to each drum, we used 8 room mics to capture the acoustic space from different perspectives: in the middle of the room for a “conductor’s perspective” and high up on a mezzanine at the back of the room to capture the beautiful reverb of the church.

These signals can be blended with ease using the ‘perspective’ slider, or controlled with greater precision using the separate microphone faders (CloseMid and Far), letting you dial in the perfect amount of ambience, whether you want a dry ‘studio’ sound or a spacious sound which sits at the back of a mix.



The real magic of Tom Factory comes from its mixes. The goal of the library was for it to be immediately usable in a range of musical styles with minimal post-processing required. Tom Factory producer Will Bedford took the raw recordings and created 6 diverse production-ready mixes:

  • Hyped – This mix is the perfect place to start. The drums have been shaped and polished to create a modern ‘produced’ sound which isn’t over-processed and sounds great in a wide range of musical styles.
  • Aggressive – With a carefully selected processing chain, the Aggressive mix turns up the heat and adds some extra dirt and girth. The heavy compression and saturation in this mix bring out the ambience in the room mics, and this can be manipulated further with the ‘Punch’ and ‘Decay Trim’ controls to yield a wide range of results.
  • Snappy – In contrast to the Aggressive mix, the Snappy mix offers short and snappy hits with sharp transients and a less roomy sound. With an emphasis on dynamic range, the Snappy mix is super responsive under the fingers and feels great to play.
  • Punchy (full mix) – Similar to the Snappy mix, the Punchy mix has short and tight hits, but it has been processed through an analogue mastering chain for extra weight, depth, and harmonic saturation.
  • XXL (full mix) – Also processed through analogue equipment, the XXL mix takes the drums to another level with its deep and roomy sound, perfect for heavy trailer music. The drums in this mix have been processed to the extreme through tube compressors and EQ.
  • Raw – This mix is the closest sound to the original recordings. With just some gentle processing to enhance and polish the source material, the Raw mix is perfect for those situations where an organic, un-hyped sound is required, or as a starting point for processing the drums further.


When you first load the library, you’ll be presented with the Main Page, which houses all the essential controls for dialling in your sound.

  • Punch – This shapes the attack of each hit, emphasising the transient and creating a punchier sound.
  • Decay Trim – In some situations, the natural reverb tail from the samples may be less desirable. The Decay Trim control allows you to reduce the natural room decay, resulting in a tighter sound. This is especially useful if you want the large spacious sound of the Far mics, but without the long reverb tail getting in the way during fast playing.
  • Saturate – From subtle tape warmth to aggressive distortion, this control can drastically change the flavour of each hit. The saturation is applied to each voice separately (rather than to the whole output) resulting in a ‘cleaner’ tone-shaping effect which doesn’t break apart when multiple boxes are playing together.
  • Squash – This adds compression to the signal, to add glue and cohesion to the ensemble. The compressor’s settings have been carefully set up under the hood to match the source material perfectly, letting you easily dial in the desired amount of compression with a single knob. Unlike the Saturate control, the Squash control is applied to the whole signal.

These controls are very powerful when used in combination. For example, pushing the Squash and Saturation on their own will add grit and character to the hits, but could result in the room tails building up or the transients getting lost, so combining these with the punch and decay trim controls lets you tame the room and add the transients back. This gives you a lot more sound sculpting control than could be achieved with external effects alone.

The Ensemble Stack feature allows the ensemble size to be increased by layering RR samples together. The Looseness control adds random timing variation between each stacked sample. At the lowest setting, each sample is played at the same time; at the highest setting, the ensemble will play with looser timing. The spread control randomises the panning and pitch of each stacked sample, resulting in a larger and wider ensemble.



For many users, the Main Page will be all you need to jump in and start creating music with Tom Factory. For those users who want to take the library even further, we have provided an advanced Setup Page, which allows you to tweak each articulation in various ways, edit the instrument’s mapping, and even create your own custom patches that are tailored to your needs and workflow.

The controls on this page allow you to remove articulations, add new articulations (even multiple instances of the same articulation), and change the key mapping. Using the articulation settings panel, you can adjust the volume, pan, stereo width, low pass and high pass filters of each articulation instance. You can also save your articulation mapping and settings as presets which can be loaded into other patches.



The Rhythm page contains a step sequencer for easily creating tempo-synced rhythms. Velocity and lp/hp filter cutoff can be controlled per step by dragging across the interactive tables. When the Rhythm Engine is engaged, pressing a key will play the inputted rhythm using the articulation assigned to that key.



We are delighted to offer full NKS support for Tom Factory. Harnessing the power of Native Instruments’ Komplete Kontrol keyboards, you have full hands-on control of the instrument, using the built-in display and parameter controls on the keyboard. This also means that Tom Factory is accessible to blind and visually impared musicians. Furthermore, Tom Factory is compatible with the free Kontakt Player, with activation through Native Access, meaning you can use the library without purchasing any additional software. You can download Kontakt Player from the Native Instruments website.