Thunder X3M
release date: 30.03.2016

Thunder X3M

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The Epic Conclusion of the Thunder Series

THUNDER X3M takes all three previous editions of the Thunder Series and breathes new live to the sample material by implementing a powerful engine that allows the user to manipulate and map the samples. This, along with a massive amount of brandnew recorded samples, opens vast musical possibilities for every composer out there! The complete Thunder Series has been recorded with multiple Dynamic layers (up to 10) and Round Robins (up to 27 per sound).
The Thunder Engine

The concept behind the new Thunder engine is fairly simple – the keyboard range is divided into 12 zones that you are able to assign different sounds to. After making the template of your choosing just plug in and play – nothing else needed!

Thunder X3M GUI

In addition to that the engine also allows you to tweak individual zones, as well as the whole mapped ensemble patch with various effects, mic positions and two custom vintage analog hardware chains. Combining these with the natural and organic recordings you have maximum flexibility when it comes to sound.

Once you load up the Thunder X3M Ensemble Builder you automatically load all samples inside the “Samples” directory. However, the instrument is built in such a way that it actually keeps all samples purged, unless you load them up into a zone. This means that not only you have a single patch with all types of percussion you might need, but it is also optimized and doesn't hurt your RAM ressources in any way!

Th Thunder X3M Engine features:

  • 12 percussion zones - you can load up instruments from different categories into 12 separate zones (Low ensembles, High Ensembles, Ethnic Percussion, Epic metals, Sound Design Percussion, Distorted Percussion) and thus create your own percussive template! 

  • Pitch knob – allows you to adjust the pitch of the samples. Really useful to load a single instrument two times and then change the pitch of one of the zones. For instance – load up a solo Taiko low on zones 1 and 2, then decrease the pitch of zone 2 all the way to the left. And now your have even thicker sound of a taiko – be sure to turn on your sub speaker for even more awesomeness!

  • Transient controls – transient attack and sustain work like a compressor; the attack amps up the beginning of the wave file, while the sustain can increase or decrease the sample tail. These are just PERFECT for getting even punchier sound!

  • Separate volume and EQ controls for each zone!

  • SAVE AND LOAD functions that allow you to easily exchange templates between projects!

  • Integrated HELP file

  • Three microphone positions - Close, Decca, Hall

  • Two custom vintage analog hardware chains, (NYC Compression and Sub-Bass Enhancement), you can seamlessly blend in to enhance the sounds

For a detailed List of Instruments please go to more Infos!

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"Mit Thunder X3M ist Strezov Sampling eine umfangreiche Percussion-Bibliothek gelungen, die mit einem kraftvollen, realistischen Sound begeistert. Nicht zuletzt durch die Möglichkeit, drei Mikrofonpositionen sowie den Klang von zwei verschiedenen Hardware-Effektketten zu mischen, ist die Library musikalisch sehr flexibel. Ein dickes Lob verdienen zudem der erfreulich geringe Ressourcenhunger der Kollektion sowie die komfortable Bedienoberfläche."

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Flag EN spaceSample Library Review 05/2016



"If you’re looking to up your game with a phenomenal sounding collection of EPIC percussion, I highly recommend Thunder X3M."

full X3M review at SLR

Flag EN spacesoundbytes magazine 05/2016

Soundbytes Magazine


While there are many percussion ensemble libraries on the market, Thunder X3M offers a natural immediacy that’s very organic. Thunder X3M goes much farther than its predecessor in terms of size and usability. There’s not only a wealth of content, but also some very deeply sampled articulations combining both an array of round-robins and several dynamic layers. This is a library that you can quickly get a lot of impact with, but it also offers a lot of room to grow. If you want a more reverberant sound of the box, there are several options. Those wanting a mixture of ensemble and solo percussion that’s more flexible to mix need look no further.


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Thunder Extreme gehört zu den flexibelsten Percussion-Libraries, die ich besitze. Die Devise lautet hier: Benötigte Instrumente selbst zusammenstellen, ganz im Sinne des routinierten Library-Komponisten. Die technische Umsetzung ist vorbildlich und die Bedienung überaus intuitiv. Die große Auswahl an guten und durchsetzungsfähigen Sounds und die Möglichkeit, diese Sounds beliebig von natürlich bis stark bearbeitet einstellen zu können, macht diese Library zu einem ernstzunehmenden und innovativen Mitbewerber im Percussion-Library-Segment.

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Made for Kontakt Player

This product works with the free Native Instruments Kontakt Player, the latest version can be downloaded through Native Access, Native Instrument’s download manager!

The minimum required Kontakt version for this product is stated in the product description or can be found on the manufacturers wesite.

System Requirements:


  • macOS 10.14 or higher 
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)


  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)

Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AAX

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