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Power and majesty

Monolith puts an otherwise unattainable collection of rare and antique drums at your fingertips—a choir of 53 big drums, carefully tuned and voiced, playable as ensembles and as single instruments. From thundering bass blasts to intricate polyrhythms, Monolith offers a vast range of sonic options. Captured in great detail at AIR Studios' Lyndhurst Hall, this is a new take on cinematic percussion—a powerful contemporary sound with a detailed and organic edge.

"Monolith towers over many existing drum sample libraries due to its impeccable production and the obvious care and attention that went to its construction. Richard Harvey and Orchestral Tools have delivered again—a must-have, instant classic!"

— Harry Gregson-Williams


53 rare and unique drums, 68 patches
Ensembles and selected single instruments
All drums carefully tuned and voiced
Hits, flams, and upbeats
Multiple beater options
Dynamic keyboard mapping
Alternative mapping options and processed patches
20 dynamic layers
10 mic positions
Recorded at Lyndhurst Hall, AIR Studios

Sculpted sonic thunder

Explore 53 drums from Richard Harvey's instrument collection. All but one of the drums have animal skin heads, and some are over 100 years old—these antiques not only sound amazing, they also emanate a majestic aura of musical history. The drums were curated to provide a carefully sculpted sound with maximum range—from the enormous bass of the Lanna drum to the perfectly tuned dun duns and the high accents of the West African log drums. The drums were then placed in the hall to capture the optimal soundfield, tuned to each other, and voiced to sync decay times.

We recorded specific ensembles for specific use-cases and recorded the standout instruments individually. And we recorded single hits, flams, upbeats, and rimshots and clacks—often with a choice of beaters or hands.

This gives you a wealth of inspiring tones to work with, and offers wonderful opportunities for layering with other percussion.

The most spectacular drum ensemble ever

Join Richard Harvey on a personal tour of this unique array of rare and specialized drums.

Maximum versatility

You get a choice of playing styles. Option one: Drums mapped dynamically across the keyboard from quiet to loud. This offers an expressive way to play and makes detailed pattern editing much easier. Option two: Monolith also offers alternative mappings for playing with multiple dynamic layers on one key.

You get a range of mic positions to work with—AIR has truly incredible mics. And to round things off, you also get a collection of processed instruments.

Monolith gives you more than just a powerful and detailed sound—it provides a diverse range of powerful and detailed sound options.

Recorded at AIR Lyndhurst

AIR Studios is perhaps the primary location for recording international movie scores. Its Lyndhurst Hall offers a magnificent acoustic character, which in turn brings out the absolute best in anyone performing there. And importantly, the character of the room matches beautifully with the sound of the Teldex Scoring Stage—Monolith will blend perfectly with your other OT collections.

About Air

Created with Richard Harvey

Through conducting, composing, orchestrating, and playing on numerous film and television soundtracks, Richard Harvey has made an indelible mark on the industry. Not only has he worked on or composed celebrated soundtracks such as The Little Prince, The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King, Interstellar, Luther, Disney's live action Mulan, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the business: Hans Zimmer, guitarist John Williams, and Paul McCartney to name a few.

In addition to his compositional and performing work, Richard is an avid collector of musical instruments, with over 700 from all around the world. He's made it his mission to share them with the composing community. Monolith offers the chance to experience these exquisite rare drums from Richard's collection.

Mic merging
Preserve your system resources: Fine-tune your mix using multiple mic positions, then merge into a single channel within the player.

Greater usability
SINE is designed to complement the compositional workflow. Create on the fly with auto keyswitch options, and easy remapping tools.

Download à la carte
Choose only the instruments and mic positions that you currently need—no need to download the entire collection at once.


London Series

Monolith by Richard Harvey

Cinematic traditional drums


AIR Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London

299,00 € +VAT

Not licensed
  • Future Gods by Emmanuel Jacob
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Monolithic Drive by Daniel James (full)
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Monolithic Drive by Daniel James (perc only)
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Tagging the Rex by Benjamin Botkin
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • A New Champion by Michael Oliva
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Galaxian by Alex Lamy
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Aztec Ritual by Luisa Kütson
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Spreading Fires by URTONMUSIC
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Monolith Theme by James Wilson
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Bellator Nobilis by Benny Oschmann
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Ship Goes Down by Philip Domenico Calisto
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Liminal Choreography by Frederik Theyssen
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Rolling Idols by Matt Williams
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Knock Knock by Doro Bohr
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • The Beholder by Chris Hardwick
    Monolith by Richard Harvey
  • Epic Dance by Hanna Sophie Lueke
    Monolith by Richard Harvey


  • Works with Orchestral Tools’ SINE Player—NOTE: Latest version required!
  • 101 GB of samples (27 GB SINEarc compressed)
  • 24 bit / 48 KHz patches
  • SINE system requirements:
  • Mac: macOS 10.13 or higher | Intel Core i5 or similar | Apple M1 chipset supported | At least 8 GB RAM (16 GB+ recommended)
  • Windows: Windows 10 | Intel Core i5 or similar | At least 8 GB RAM (16 GB+ recommended)
  • Formats supported: Standalone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX


If you want to buy the Kontakt version of this collection, please note:

  • This is not the latest version of this collection - the SINE version might offer additional features not available here
  • We don't maintain and update the older Kontakt versions of our collections
  • You can upgrade this Kontakt version to the SINE version later for an additional upgrade fee*

*= Upgrade fee is around 10% of the regular collection price. This is due to doubled costs for downloads and licensing.