I'm looking for a percussive sounds library and my choice would be between Stormdrum and Yellow Tools Culture. Which is better (not considering Stormdrum's loop section, only single instruments)? They are similar or the difference between them could justify buying both?
I have both. Very dissimilar IMO.
Culture focuses on ethnic and orchestral instruments with a vast array of different articulations / hits per instrument.
Stormdrum focuses on big & loud ethnic drums, regular drum kits and electronic percussion.
Thank you! It's the answer I feared
But if you should choose only one of them? I'm looking expecially for a complete set of ethnic instruments, with various articulations. I don't need orchestral percs (I already own EWQLSO Gold) or drum sets...
Thank you again.
I have Culture, and like it a lot. StormDrum is on my list, but I haven't succumbed yet. I picked Culture because I wanted many types of ethnic percussion for smaller-scale, authentic-sounding pieces (and the sound quality is quite wonderful). StormDrum seems great for huge-sounding soundscapes, larger-than-life cinematic work, etc.
Culture comes with a large library of MIDI grooves (African, Latin, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian). They're pretty good (at least to my ear), but unfortunately overly-quantized -- so they sound stiff. Several Culture owners are trying to get unquantized versions of the grooves, which would be nice.
The Culture dongle is a small USB gizmo; in practice it hasn't bothered me. Plus, I really like being able to run Culture on different machines as needed, moving the dongle (minor hassle) but not having to deal with managing per-machine authorizations (major hassle).