Bowed Cymbal 2 UCS

For Multi-User Licensing: Please contact David Fienup via the “Contact” link on this website.

Quick Look:

  • Files: 102
  • Size: ~1.02 GB unzipped
  • Format: WAV
  • Fidelity: 96k/24bit
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Metadata: SoundMiner

Bowed Cymbal 2 is a collection of 102 sounds, pristinely recorded, edited and mastered as 96k/24bit stereo wave files. This follow up to the ever popular, original Bowed Cymbal HD library, is even more insane. David took the old, slightly cracked crash cymbal, and literally cut into it with tin snips. He then took pliers, bent up some of the cut parts, and began experimenting with bowing little bent-up tabs as well as in between tabs. The tonalities produced are almost nauseating! Deep rumbling lows, shimmery atonal highs, gut-wrenching mids – it’s a sound designer’s dream!

Recording and Editing Fienup used a Rode NT-4, running through a Sound Devices 302, to make use of its great preamps and limiters, and then into his AVID HD Omni. Pro Tools Ultimate with HDX and Omni, as well as iZotope Rx 6 were used in the editing and mastering. Metadata was embedded using SoundMiner HD

Track Names Track names use the modifiers “Highs”, “Mids”, and “Lows”. While these are very technical terms for various frequencies across the spectrum, due to the broadband nature of some of these sounds, these terms are being used more to illustrate the general “feel” of the most prominent frequencies of the sample. So, these modifiers are not necessarily being used to indicate specific frequencies, but more a prominence of timbre. It’s somewhat technical-based, and somewhat perception-based. Have a listen. Check out the track list for more details. This collection provides some new and interesting sounds, as well as a ton of variations so your soundtrack never gets old! All Soundopolis tracks include metadata tags so they are easy to find using any search engine. Collections come in easily downloadable zip files.


UCS Update: New purchases of Bowed Cymbal 2 come fully equipped with UCS metadata and filenames. Previously purchased copies can also be updated.

Soundminer Users: To update your old version to the new UCS metadata, create a new database, scan in your copy of the collection, change the "Manufacturer" metadata column to say 'Soundopolis' (without the quotes, and capitalize the first 'S'), select the "Database" dropdown menu, and select "Lookup Metadata from Cloud".  Once the metadata is done updating, you can select all of the files, right click on them, and select "Embed Selected".  NOTE: THIS WILL CHANGE THE FILE NAMES!!!  If this action will impact older projects that use these sounds, it is your responsibility to save a copy with the original filenames somewhere so as not to impact those projects.

Other Update Options: Below are two zip files.  One is a text file with all of the metadata generated by Soundminer.  The second is that same information in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.  These should help if you use a program other than Soundminer.  For directions on how to update your particular program, please consult with the manufacturer's website.  Soundopolis only uses Soundminer, and is not familiar with the metadata updating procedures of all of the other programs available.