Ginno’s Sound Investments

 

Gino Legaspi looks at seven sound libraries from Zero-G, Loopmasters, Niche Audio and more in an ongoing series of such reviews.

 

by Ginno Legaspi, March 2016

 

Loopmasters – Future House & Tech

Future House & Tech comprises 1.6 GB of synth, drum, piano, chord, percussion, EFX, vocal and MIDI loops. The library is grouped into five main folders of Bass, Construction Kits, Drums, Music and Percussion. The loops are recorded in tempos ranging from 125 to 127 BPM. This is all about futuristic sounds of house and Future House & Tech is right on the money genre-wise. The loops themselves capture the genre spot-on, with most of them having that incredible punch. The arpeggiated synths rips through any mixes and the basslines are fat with plenty of presence. As I was auditioning this sample pack, I found the six included construction kits very handy in producing full-blown tracks … helpful when you are in a tight deadline. All the elements are ready to drop into your DAW/sequencer so that all you need is your creativity and imagination. Overall, a great library (as I expected from Loopmasters) with plenty of top quality materials. Add this to you wish list.

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

FORMAT:

WAV, REX2, Apple loops

PRICE:

$42.44 USD

 

Zero-G – Zetamorph

“Extreme cinematics” is the name of the game of this modern cinematic/effects library from sample developers Zero-G. This library contains 515 files (in stunning 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution) of SFX fillers, tonals, blasters, futuristic noises, intense impacts, risers, cold textures and peculiar drum patterns. The target buyers of this particular sample pack are the producers of TV and film music, soundtrack creators, game composers and ambient artists. The quality of the samples is great, and they’re all drag-and-drop ready for any DAW/sequencer. As far as the sound design of the samples goes, they are very well recorded, designed and processed. The samples sound huge, especially the impacts and impacts design elements folder. When I auditioned Zetamorph in Acid Pro sequencer, I really enjoy it. I love many of the sounds included. Very unique and very useable. Bottom line: this is a superb collection that everyone should check out!

WEB:

www.timespace.com

FORMAT:

Acid WAV, REX2, Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, AIFF Apple Loops, Reason NN-XT

PRICE:

£55.95 GBP including VAT

 

Niche Audio – DnB vs Dubstep Collection

Electronic music producers who are into the heavy side of electronica are going to love this massive library from Niche Audio. They have created an all-in-one sample packed for dubstep and DnB producers alike, called DnB vs Dubstep Collection. This collection is comprised of carefully selected samples from previously released libraries called Dubstep Supercharged, Neuro DnB, DnB Skyline and Hyper Dubstep. It’s packaged into a single library for a great price. Niche Audio has gone into extremes of providing some cutting-edge loops that will provide you with fresh blend of two of electronica popular sub-genres around. DnB vs Dubstep is 1.8 GB in size that includes one-shots, loops and effects. There are some really good samples contained in this library and they would work well within a mix – just drop them where it fits and you’re set. Easy. The drums are programmed well – they are punchy, in-your-face and would give a good rhythmic foundation to any drum n’ bass and dubstep compositions. My fave sample folder, however, is the FX and Growls folders. Overall, a massive library that you won’t exhaust anytime soon.

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

FORMAT:

WAV, Live, Kontakt, Halion, EXS24, Apple loops and NN-XT

PRICE:

$36.22 USD

 

Bluezone Corporation Scary Ambiences and Sound Effects

Visualize this: Imagine yourself lost in the depths of woods desperate for help. You scream uncontrollably hoping that someone would hear you, but you only hear your own echoes. You’re scared as if the trees were alive and looking at you. This type of scene is often shown in the horror and thriller movies. As a viewer, it puts you in the edge of your seat, especially the spine-tingling soundtrack that goes with it. Bluezone’s Scary Ambiences and Sound Effects put you in the driver’s seat when creating soundtrack for TV, film and video game music. You’ll find plenty of dark drones, spooky ambiences, chaotic impacts, screaming sounds, dark soundscapes, etc. in this 1.20 GB library. There are 200+ WAV files that are actually pretty good and that will enable you to either create music from scratch or augment into your own mixes. Some sounds are just downright creepy and spooky. The complex sound design is mind-blowing and exciting that it will inspire you to work on your musical projects.  

WEB:

www.bluezone-corporation.com

FORMAT:

WAV

PRICE:

€18.95 EUR

 

Push Button Bang – Future Bass: Beats and Breaks

This goody bag of beats and breaks from Push Button Bang comprises 190 loops and 130 MIDI files that are perfect for the creation of future beats or any modern electronica – whether future bass, chill trap, wonky electronica or spikey IDM, this micro sample pack will help you build tracks with ease. These are strictly kick-free loops that will enable you to combine your own kicks for a more personalized drum pattern construction. The loops are recorded in tempos ranging from 94 – 160 BPM. I like how the beats were programmed as they sound very modern. They sound very bright with lots of sizzle on the top end. This is a very fine collection of processed drum loops. Thumbs up.

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

FORMAT:

WAV, Apple loops, MIDI, Ableton Live

PRICE:

$21.03 USD

 

Zero-G – Other Worlds

When it comes to cinematic sample libraries, Adam Pietruszko is a top notch sound designer that has a great imagination of translating vision into sound. For example, his acclaimed Haunted Grounds is a phenomenal sample pack chuck full of jaw-dropping sound design and content. Other Worlds is a sample pack that is focus tightly on bringing atmospheric, organic, soothing, melodic, evolving, morphing, dissonant, distorted, piercing, chilling, eerie, driving, dark, noisy, bright, floating, spacious and overwhelming [is that enough adjectives for you?  :mrgreen: ] tones to producers of ambient, atmospheric, sci-fi, electronica, soundtracks, TV and game music. In this sample library there are four main folders with 500 samples included; all of them are labeled with key and tempo information. These samples were all recorded in high-quality 48 kHz, 24-bit resolution. What I like about the samples is their duration, as most sounds are 30-40 seconds long. They are really great when using as a bed or background for ambient compositions. And just like his other library, Other Wolds is nothing short of impressive. The modern electronica style is well represented with lots of weird drones, odd pads and dissonant sounds that were applied with over-the-top processing. If you’re into cinematic soundtrack, ambient, drones and experimental music, this pack is highly recommended.

WEB:

www.timespace.com

FORMAT:

Acid WAV, Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, AIFF Apple Loops, Reason NN-XT

PRICE:

£55.95 GBP including VAT

 

Bluezone Corporation Cinematic Tension Sound Effects

Also in this issue is a 1.3 GB cinematic library from Bluezone that focuses on impactful sounds. Cinematic Tension Sound Effects caters to producers who are in need of useful samples for the creation of musical backdrops, soundtracks, game music and TV & film scores. The content of this library is similar to the dark style of Scary Ambiences and Sound Effects (reviewed above), but focuses more on sequences rather than dark and desolate textures. There are plenty of impacts, synth sequences and a wide range of textures to take your compositions to the next level. The sound design is exceptionally good and this pack is deep enough to help sustain producers who are struggling to kick start their own sci-fi, dark movies and scary video games compositions. With that being said, I’m pretty confident this sample pack will find its way to many modern producers and musicians. My favorite is the “ambiences” folders as there are plenty of gems tucked in there.     

WEB:

www.bluezone-corporation.com

FORMAT:

WAV

PRICE:

€19.95 EUR

 

 

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