Instrument Comparison Series: 8Dio Hybrid Tools

Instrument Comparison Series: 8Dio Hybrid Tools


Comparison Series

With our growing number of instruments we're giving even more choices and options to our customers. We are introducing the instrument comparison series to help you get the best out of our range of instruments and make sure you're choosing the right library for your compositional needs! Next up is our Hybrid scoring category. Its full of industry defining cinematic sound effects. This article will highlight the strength of each library.


Hybrid Tools

First  off we have our most popular hybrid tools series all with a bunch of core effects, presets and features. All three volumes come with our new Chaos 3.3 fx systems with the REVERSE, RANDOM, STACK and CHAOS features giving you the options to generate completely new sounds by making over 1.500 sample parameters randomise with one click. They have intuitive 3D interfaces giving you a load of options to customise your sounds including an easy to use arpeggiator as well as sequencing and gating options. All three volumes have completely different sample sets and are very different in style and tone. 

We used the same team on all the libraries, each roughly 16 months apart from on another in terms of release. So each subsequent release sounds more like the films which where released in that matching year...

Hybrid Tools Vol. 1

  • September 2011: "Hybrid Tools Vol. 1 is clean and very mechanical"

  • Boomers, Distortions, Downers, Impacts

  • Mega-Horns, Risers, Transforming Sounds, Whooshes

  • Hybrid Rhythms, 45 Hybrid Synths and 30 New Presets

Think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. Great to choose for its original sounds that started the great Hybrid Tools series, the Boomers, Impacts, Risers and whooshes that defined an era of cinematic scoring. Hybrid Tools 1 features 45 bonus hybrid synths for you to add tonal elements as well as sound designs to your scoring.

Hybrid Tools Vol. 2

  • August 2012: "Hybrid Tools Vol. 2 is gritty and edgy”

  • Mega-Horns and Massive Percussive Rolls

  • Psychological Signature Sounds

  • Dubstep Trailer FX, Whooshes, Risers

Think The Dark knight, Looper. The next expansion to the series, with all new sound designs like it’s Defcon hits, dubstep trailer fx and psychological signature sounds it’s perfect for adding darker elements to a track. It also expands on the elements from Volume 1 like the wooshes to give even more impact to your hybrid transitions.

Hybrid Tools Vol. 3

  • May 2014: "Hybrid Tools Vol. 3 is modern hybrid cinematic”

  • Booms, Drastic Lines, Drones, Epic Bends

  • Epic Boom Kit, Levitations, Lights

  • Hundreds of BPM Synced Groove Pulses

  • Markers, Risers, Psychological Sounds

  • Titanic Taikos, Tonals, Unisons and Wooshes

Think Transformers Age of Extinction, Edge of Tomorrow, Fury. Choose  Hybrid tools 3 if you want a more balanced set of sounds, it features a good range from Epic drones great for under-scoring all the way to massive hits with the Epic Boom Kit and features a good range of BPM -synced pulses. Its a great library to get started with hybrid scoring and contains some real hidden gems.

Hybrid Tools Neo

  • 550 Next-Gen Cinematic Effects

  • 200 Modern Drum Kits. 200 BPM Risers

  • 300 Score Elements and 200 Cinematic Beats

  • 7.000 Analog Synth Samples & 100 Vox FX

Our latest addition to the hybrid scoring series is  Hybrid tools NEO this library combines elements of the hybrid series with EDM cinematic beats, analogue synths and modern  drum kits. This library may be a great choice if you're already a hybrid tools user looking to add some modern and EDM elements to your tracks. Similarly if you're already an EDM pro and need more tools to expand your EDM palette!

Hybrid Tools Synphony

  • Hybrid effects

  • 10 New Cinematic Effects Categories

  • Entire Symphony Orchestra Recreated with Synths

  • 100s of new Hybrid Synths, Drum Kits and Presets

  • Cinematic basses, leads and Synths

Then we have our Hybrid Synphony and Opus 1 Expansion, these libraries use synths to emulate an orchestra, making them a great addition to any orchestral libraries you may have. If you’re looking for a more synth based library to score with rather than sound designs to augment your tracks this library may be the one for you!

It features hybrid versions of all the elements from a traditional orchestra from Brass, Strings and woodwinds as well as featuring more hybrid elements like Effects Mega horns and Sub-strikes.

Hybrid Tools Synphony: Opus 1 Expansion

  • Hybrid Effects

  • Cinematic Distorted Drum Kits 

  • Cinematic Bass Synths 

  • Cinematic Pianos 

  • Cinematic Spiccato Strings 

  • 10 Additional Bonus Presets

Finally the Opus 1 expansion takes the Synphony even further with more specific articulations like Cinematic , Pianos, Spiccato Strings and introducing even more hybrid elements with Effects, Megahorns, Risers and more! It's a great addition to the original Synphony but can still be used as a standalone library. If you are used to working with orchestral samples and want to delve into adding some synth elements to your tracks give Synphony a go! 

If you are have any further questions about the instruments, please do not hesitate to contact support –, where we will be able to assist with any issues that you may have.

We hope you have enjoyed the latest edition of our new 8Dio Comparison Series. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we hope we can keep pushing great content your way.

– Team 8Dio