Native Instruments has released a new Sounds Originals sound pack from Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer, musician, and composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL. The pack, Desert Dystopian, captures the energy of Holkenborg‘s blockbuster film scores, incorporating strong rhythms, brutal basses, expansive brass and strings, plus compelling sound design. The pack is part of SOUNDS.COM‘s Sounds Originals digital residency, which presents exclusive content from musical trailblazers across multiple genres.
Tom Holkenborg has been an in-demand artist for more than 25 years. After creating some of the most memorable electronic music and remixes of the 1990s and 2000s, he has gone on to produce compelling soundtracks for video games and original scores for well-known Hollywood films, including Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Tomb Raider. His scores often blend traditional orchestral sounds, intense percussive passages, distorted electronic textures, and dramatic sound effects to create gripping soundtracks for extreme action sequences.
For his Sounds Originals digital residency, Holkenborg constructed a pack that draws from the excitement of his highly successful scores. The pack combines driving drum ensemble rhythms, gritty synth basses, guitar feedback loops, and metallic textures with orchestral soundscapes and explosive sound design, providing an array of new tools for building engaging tracks.
Whether you’re assembling a new dance track or scoring the next Hollywood blockbuster, you need inspiration, says Holkenborg. By sharing my sounds and techniques as part of the Sounds Originals series, my hope is that I can give music makers around the world a source of inspiration, and even a glance at my approach – which will hopefully help spark some truly creative results.
Musicians, producers, and fans can watch the newly released Behind the Sounds video from Holkenborg. In it, he describes his signature sound and explains how he put together his Sounds Originals packs.
The exclusive Desert Dystopian pack is available for free to SOUNDS.COM subscribers through the website. Users can draw from this extensive collection of loops and one-shots in crafting their own scores, soundtracks, and more.
SOUNDS.COM subscription options
SOUNDS.COM provides three subscription plan levels – Essential, Pro, and Ultimate – so users can select the right amount of downloadable content per month for their creative needs. Subscribers can easily track their usage and change plans as necessary.
SOUNDS.COM also offers a free trial, allowing musicians and producers to explore royalty-free loops and samples for two weeks with zero commitments.
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SOUNDS.COM is a subscription-based platform for loops and samples, created by Native Instruments. Launched in 2018, Sounds.com offers music creators of all genres access to over 700,000 of the best quality sounds from more than 250 partners.
Native Instruments is the industry leader in innovative, software, hardware and digital services for music creation, production, and DJing. Founded in 1996, the company pioneered the application of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers.
Today, NI caters to producers, performers, and DJs with a comprehensive ecosystem of connected hardware and software systems: KOMPLETE, the industry-leading collection of virtual instruments and effects, complemented by a range of keyboard controllers and audio interfaces; MASCHINE, a powerful range of beat-making instruments now at the heart of hip-hop and electronic music communities; and TRAKTOR, the first DJ software to conquer the club, and now a range of integrated controllers that power house parties, club booths, and the world’s biggest stages.
In 2018, Native Instruments launched Sounds.com, a market-leading online subscription platform for loops and samples that also creates new revenue and promotion opportunities for individuals, brands, and business across the music industry. Along with recent acquisitions of Metapop and The Loop Loft, these three online platforms further enhance NI’s ecosystem for music creation and community.
Based in the heart of the German capital’s creative hub, the company currently employs more than 500 people in its seven offices in Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Toronto, Paris, and Shenzhen, and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to ensure its future growth and success.