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Hi! I'm new to this forum so I'm not quite sure if I'm posting in the right section here. Forgive me if it's the wrong one.

I am trying to find out what kind percussion is being used in this clip @ 2:41

It's really a type of sound that is used in a lot of horror movies (and action/thrillers too). I heard it a lot of times. It is used in the movie "Valentine". You can hear it at 2:41 in this clip which is from the film itself.

Link to Valentine clip:

I'm not talking about the timpani heavy drum, but the intense short and loud metallic kind of sound on top of it with the reverb. It's a strong kind of sound and it reminds me of a metallic pipe being hit against a floor or something like that. Perfect for horror and thriller score.

Another example is from Aliens (1986) in the piece "Bishop's Countdown". In this example you can hear it already from the very start of the clip. It's less pronounced but this time it appears more often than in the first clip. You can hear it as a part of the general percussion.

Link to Aliens clip: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=f2XHvi4EzCw

The reason I'm looking for this is because I plan to use this sound in one of my own compositions/mix. Does anyone know what kind of percussion this is? And I would also be interested in finding a sample library that contains this sort of sound, if there is one.

I hope someone can help me on this!


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I don't much about Libraries but about percussion I tell you that's an Anvil or Brake drum (on Valentine 2:41).

I know of a library "Elite Orchestral Percussion" that is quite complete, I don't have it so I can't tell you but it surely has anvil or brake drum.

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If you want the basic brake drum sound try VSL or Virtual Drumline 2.5. However, you may want to check out some other metalic like sounds. Many times muted plates of metal will be used for this effect and between all the mixing and mastering (and using the reverb setting of cathedral) you get a really amazing sound like you want.

Here are a few companys that carry unique percusssion sounds that you may find useful:





Hope this helps,


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