Soniccouture Box Of Tricks


“This library is the result of a collaboration between Imogen Heap and Soniccouture.  It is a selection of her instruments, sampled in detail, and given custom scripting to achieve the exact workflow she desired.

You not only get access to the instruments, but custom fx, sequencing, and generative beat features that work the way she designed.  The product itself was even beta tested within her own live shows and studio sessions to ensure the proper experience.  Oh yeah, they even record some IR samples of various spaces in her home to give you the full experience of the natural sound in her setup.

Though I love a good synth, I’m much more partial to acoustic sounds and actual instruments, so anytime that foundation is used as the basis for sound design I get excited.  I was certainly not disappointed here, there’s such an organic an experimental vibe to the sounds, even a bit ambient and ethereal in some cases.  If you love organic acoustic sound design, or just high quality recordings of instruments you may not usually reach for, I definitely suggest checking this out.”

– saintjoe /


Created For Imogen by Imogen

Every aspect of Box Of Tricks has been shaped by Imogen Heap.  An exclusive selection of her instruments, sampled in detail and with custom scripts, effects, and tools; all designed the way she wanted to use them.  Box Of Tricks has already been beta-tested in Imogens live performances and studio projects: a process that helped generate ideas and refine the instruments.  From an initial idea about a free Heap instrument, to the final result, 3 years later; Box Of Tricks is a truly extraordinary collaboration.

Euclidean Beats

Included with Cocktail Kit and Vocal + Body Percussion Kit.  An exciting way to generate complex beats, based on Euclidean mathematics.  No matter how many steps or hits in each individual pattern, they will always be evenly spaced across the bar.  Assign some controllers and jam: you can’t put a beat wrong.

Jammer 2.0

The latest evolution of our generative arpeggiator, with new ideas from Imogen.  Hold a chord, and let it evolve – or loop a section and jam between 12 sequences.  Record your patterns with the MIDI recorder, and drag and drop into your DAW.

Heap Spaces + Effects

Box of Tricks features convolution reverbs sampled from Imogen’s house.  From the dry Hideaway Studio, to the spooky Runaround Tunnel.  Add as effects or place a whole ensemble in these characterful acoustic spaces.

Synthesis Tricks

Choose from 14 different filter types, with Envelope and Velocity modulation.  Take the lumps out with Imogen’s custom SLIM knob; a fundamental frequency EQ.  Add creative Heap-style stereo FX with the Auto-Pan module.

The Instruments:

Array Mbira

Imogen’s most famous instrument, her 5-octave Array Mbira. Imogen wanted to be able to play this as you would in real life, with 2 sets of notes mirrored for right and left hand. We also developed for her a strum device that strums as many notes as you choose, over any chosen key velocity.

  • 9 Velocity layers, 5 octaves, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Performance: Split Key mode, Strum Module, Jammer, Harmoniser

Boom Whackers

A set of tuned plastic percussion tubes. Imogen plays them with either wooden or carpet covered paddles, so both are sampled here.

  • 32 velocity layers, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Peformance: Carpet & Wooden beaters, Jammer, Harmoniser


Not your usual Cello samples – Imogen’s favourite cello techniques, performed by her for specially the recording. The bowing is very soft and quiet, almost breaking up, while the Slide articulation is a kaleidoscope of harmonics. Pizzicato plucks (+ reverse option) complete the set. At Imogens request, the level can be continuously modulated with its own fader for realistic expression.

  • 16 velocity layers (Pizzi), 3 round robin layers. 24/96 stereo sampling.
  • Performance: pizzicato, harmonic slides, soft bowing, reverse pizz. Volume modulation fader, Jammer, Harmoniser

Cocktail Kit With Nibbles

A tight jazz kit and selected percussion. Detailed velocity layers (up to 64) make this kit very expressive and dynamic.

  • Up to 64 velocity layers, direct + room mics, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Performance: sticks, brushes, mallets. FOCUS mode, Euclidean Beats drum sequencer.


Used by Imogen across all her work, the glockenspiel is sampled in detail here, allowing you to get “lost in twinkly sounds”

  • 11 velocity layers, 3 round robin layers, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Performance: Jammer, Harmoniser


A treasured Marxophone, a kind of fretless zither with which you can either hammer or strum a set of chord strings. Both techniques are replicated in the Box Of Tricks instrument

  • 9 velocity layers, bounced + single notes with key-off samples
  • Performance: Strum, Chord and Keysplit mode, Jammer, Harmoniser

Shruti Box

A gift from Imogens mother. A charming instrument, full of expression. In the Box Of Tricks collection it is modelled spectrally, enabling the user to control the amount and drift of the pressure applied to the instrument. It also functions as a neat synth, making cool sawtooth pads and basses.

  • Spectral modelling overtone crossfading, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Performance: Pressure & drift, Jammer, Harmoniser

Tongue Drum

An atmospheric steel percussion instrument which is the perfect partner for the Heap Jammer and the custom reverb IRs.

  • 10 Velocity layers, 3 round robin layers, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Performance: Jammer, Harmoniser


Another unconventional take on a well-known instrument: Vibraphone delicately played with fingernails rather than mallets, and also bowed for haunting pad-like sounds.

  • 9 velocity layers, fingernails, bowed (looped), bowed (decay), 24/96 stereo sampling.
  • Performance: Fan modelling, Jammer, Harmoniser

Vocal Pad

A full range of vocal notes performed by Imogen. A spectrally processed channel – GHOST – can be blended with the dry vocal, as can a reversed sample set. ‘PAD-MODE’ switches between the natural, breathy attack or a tighter trimmed start for synth-like choirs.

  • Dry, Ghost, Reverse articulations, 24/96 mono sampling
  • Performance: Jammer, Harmoniser

Vocal & Body Percussion

The result of a unique recording session with Soniccouture in which Imogen created percussive sounds from her voice and body – slaps, clicks, hums, kisses – and also from favourite objects in her studio, such as a large lamp and an ocarina. An incredibly creative set of sounds that can be played as a drum kit, or set into focus mode to create completely tuned patches to play.

  • 61 unique Imogen sounds, 24/48 stereo sampling
  • Performance: Euclidean Beats drum sequencer, FOCUS mode


A big Heap favourite, this instrument is based around an incredible studio waterphone performance by Imogen – bowing, striking, coaxing a dazzling array of sounds in one long take. Using Soniccouture’s FOCUS mode, hundreds of waterphone patches are instantly available to the user at the click of a button.

  • 128 waterphone sounds performed by Imogen, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Performance: FOCUS MODE, Jammer

Whirly Tubes

One of Imogen’s first ideas for the Box Of Tricks project was to sample her set of tuned ‘Whirly’ tubes – plastic piping that are swung around the head, producing a note and extra harmonics if swung faster. A real challenge to record, this instrument is possibly the most unusual and haunting in the whole collection.

  • Full chromatic range of Whirly tube samples, performed by Imogen, 24/96 stereo sampling
  • Performance: Harmonic mode, Jammer, Harmoniser


  • 30GB (13GB compressed), 13 instruments, 170 snapshots


  • Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)


  • Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 oder 10.11 (latest update)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

All systems

  • 1GB free disc space for player installation
  • additional hard disc space according to the library size
  • internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)

Supported formats

  • Stand-Alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • ASIO
  • CoreAudio
  • AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or later)

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