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Contemporary Drama Toolkit

Less Theory — More Feeling

Contemporary Drama Toolkit is a broadcast-ready sound set, expertly curated and produced by award-winning composer Samuel Sim and our team of composers, to help you score to picture without the theory — without compromising on emotion. Across 72 individual instrument patches and 44 combinations, expression is baked into each sound, leaving you to focus on your music instead of software menus.

Much like the massively successful British Drama Toolkit, CDT’s sound palette is thoughtfully curated. Originating in a masterful blending of its source material — mellow, chorus tones of a Juno 6, iconic MS–20 textures, vocalisations, and inspiring lead lines performed on guitar, electric cello, and electric violin — all processed via an enviable collection of analog effects, vintage pedals, and Eurorack modules. Everything from whispered textures and bold melodies blossom from the simplest variance in playing, unlocking a world of sound in every patch.

Trailer Music - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:03)

Bay For Blood - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:14)

Rise Pt 1 - Paul Saunderson (0:00 / 3:04)

Trouble At The Ice Saloon - Snorri Hallgrímsson (0:00 / 3:06)

Rise Pt 2 - Paul Saunderson (0:00 / 2:34)

Hidden Planet - Louis Rugg (0:00 / 2:32)

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Product Info

  • ~7196 Samples
  • 28.0 GB Uncompressed .WAV
  • 28.00 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 or later, Intel i5

A World In Every Patch


Building on the success of British Drama Toolkit, Contemporary Drama Toolkit is a sequel of sounds created utilising the same intuitive user interface. This curated palette effortlessly unfolds across the keyboard — seamlessly blending supporting textures with lead lines — while still leaving space for you to develop a personal connection to your composition.


For anyone looking to embrace an alternative approach to scoring, this NKS-ready toolkit gives you full creative freedom without the barrier of technology — allowing you to simply respond to the scene in front of you. Whether set in a bygone era or dizzying future, uncover a world in every patch and unlock the potential of every story.





Less Theory — More Feeling


Contemporary Drama Toolkit provides the most instinctive, immediate connection to the heart of your composition, giving you the freedom to create a score in an instant. Similar to British Drama Toolkit’s unique scoring approach, CDT’s techniques make use of the entire keyboard and rely on velocity to unlock each patch’s huge range of expression, empowering you to forget about the computer and respond instinctively to the drama at hand. This is a collection of thoughtfully curated sounds, ready for wherever your imagination may take you.


"We wanted to create sounds where you could really connect to the performance of playing and truly engage with it as an instrument."



— Samuel Sim (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Home Fires)







GUIs

Velocity Layer View

This view shows the velocity layers of each note played in a patch. Some patches include Texture, Soft and Loud layers, while others create a rich sound from one or two layers. Unlock the potential of each patch by adjusting your playing dynamics.

The Overview Panel

This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

General Controls Panel

This view allows further in-depth control of the instrument, showing all available signals and feature controllers, as well as the ability to purge techniques from memory to reduce system usage.

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What's included

Instruments

  • Combi Textural
  • Combi Pads
  • Combi Leads
  • Synths Textural
  • Synths Pads
  • Synths Bass
  • Guitars
  • Electric Cello
  • Electric Violin
  • Vocals

Instrument Patches

Combi Textural
  • Combi Textural - Fireflies
  • Combi Textural - Frozen Textures
  • Combi Textural - Haywire
  • Combi Textural - Highlands
  • Combi Textural - Life Support
  • Combi Textural - Maiden
  • Combi Textural - OneManBand
  • Combi Textural - Plucked Textures
  • Combi Textural - Rapture
  • Combi Textural - Rasping Bows Distorted
  • Combi Textural - Scratchy Pad
  • Combi Textural - Shatter
  • Combi Textural - Snapped Strings
  • Combi Textural - Transmission
  • Combi Textural - Windtunnel

Combi Pads
  • Combi Pads - Crispy Strings
  • Combi Pads - Dream Recorder
  • Combi Pads - Glass Cathedral
  • Combi Pads - Glimmer Pad
  • Combi Pads - Guitar Shimmers
  • Combi Pads - Haunting
  • Combi Pads - Neptune
  • Combi Pads - Piano Cloud
  • Combi Pads - Silver Lining
  • Combi Pads - Sinking Feeling
  • Combi Pads - Spirit Piano
  • Combi Pads - Steam Pad
  • Combi Pads - Waves

Combi Leads
  • Combi Leads - Dizzy Brass
  • Combi Leads - Dreamy Guitar
  • Combi Leads - Growl & Fizz
  • Combi Leads - Hissing
  • Combi Leads - Kotello
  • Combi Leads - Pan Guitar
  • Combi Leads - Paradise Plucks
  • Combi Leads - Piano Collapse
  • Combi Leads - Rasping Bows Full
  • Combi Leads - Rasping Bows Octave Distorted
  • Combi Leads - Rasping Bows Octave
  • Combi Leads - Rasping Bows
  • Combi Leads - Trembling Strings
  • Combi Leads - Warm Plucks
  • Combi Leads - Wobbly Rebow
  • Combi Leads - Wormhole Harmonics

Synths Textural
  • Synths Textural - Forest Textures
  • Synths Textural - Granular Air
  • Synths Textural - Granular Strings
  • Synths Textural - Peaceful Air
  • Synths Textural - Procedural Pad
  • Synths Textural - Procedural Textures
  • Synths Textural - Rain
  • Synths Textural - Soft Air
  • Synths Textural - Textural Air (Closed)
  • Synths Textural - Textural Air (Filter)
  • Synths Textural - Textural Air (High)
  • Synths Textural - Textural Air (Mid)

Synths Pads
  • Synths Pads - Electric Piano Granular
  • Synths Pads - Electric Piano
  • Synths Pads - Granular Synth
  • Synths Pads - Lush Pad
  • Synths Pads - Muted Piano Plucks
  • Synths Pads - Piano Black Hole
  • Synths Pads - Sawtooth Pad

Synths Bass
  • Synths Bass - Electric Piano Bass
  • Synths Bass - Saw Bass 2 Pulses
  • Synths Bass - Saw Bass 2
  • Synths Bass - Saw Bass 3 Pulses
  • Synths Bass - Saw Bass 3
  • Synths Bass - Saw Bass Pulses
  • Synths Bass - Saw Bass
  • Synths Bass - Short Saw Bass
  • Synths Bass - Short Sine Bass
  • Synths Bass - Sine Bass 2
  • Synths Bass - Sine Bass Pulses
  • Synths Bass - Sine Bass

Guitars
  • Guitars - Long Acoustic Harmonics
  • Guitars - Long Acoustic
  • Guitars - Long Freeze Textures
  • Guitars - Long Frozen Harmonics
  • Guitars - Long Replucked Slide
  • Guitars - Picked
  • Guitars - Plucked
  • Guitars - Short Acoustic Harmonics
  • Guitars - Short Acoustic
  • Guitars - Short Freeze Textures
  • Guitars - Swells

Electric Cello
  • Electric Cello - Drops Distorted Loud
  • Electric Cello - Drops Distorted
  • Electric Cello - Drops Loud
  • Electric Cello - Drops Octave Loud
  • Electric Cello - Drops Octave
  • Electric Cello - Drops
  • Electric Cello - Long Distorted Loud
  • Electric Cello - Long Distorted Soft
  • Electric Cello - Long Distorted
  • Electric Cello - Long Loud
  • Electric Cello - Long Octave Loud
  • Electric Cello - Long Octave Soft
  • Electric Cello - Long Octave
  • Electric Cello - Long Soft
  • Electric Cello - Long Warp
  • Electric Cello - Long

Electric Violin
  • Electric Violin - Drops Distorted
  • Electric Violin - Drops Octave
  • Electric Violin - Drops
  • Electric Violin - Long Distorted Soft
  • Electric Violin - Long Distorted
  • Electric Violin - Long Octave Soft
  • Electric Violin - Long Octave
  • Electric Violin - Long Soft
  • Electric Violin - Long Warp
  • Electric Violin - Long

Vocals
  • Vocals - Long Aah
  • Vocals - Long Hmm
  • Vocals - Long Nana
  • Vocals - Long Ooh

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