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

 

 

by Ginno Legaspi, Jan. 2016

 

 

Famous Audio – Electronic Rock and Industrial Guitars

Influenced by artists such as Modestep, Pendulum, Prodigy, Glitch Mob and Celldweller and many more, Electronic Rock and Industrial Guitars by Famous Audio puts you in the driver’s seat in picking various loops and samples to produce electronic rock materials.  The library weighs in at 520 MB in size and is delivered in 24-bit quality. All loops are recorded in tempos of 128, 150 and 174 BPM. What’s included live bass, synth bass, riffs and tremolos, and pounding drum loops. Stylistically, the samples have an undeniable heavy raw feel. The drums are punchy, the guitars have that lovely crunchy tone and the basses sound, well, distorted. If you’re looking for an inspiration or to get your creative juices flowing, this sample pack will surely help you initiate some ideas. This is one good sounding, dirty and filthy library.

 

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

 

FORMAT:

WAV, REX2, Kontakt, Halion, EXS24, Apple loops and NN-XT

 

PRICE:

$36.22 USD

 

 Zero-G – Legacy

Legacy offers 1.5 GB of samples in the vein of cinematic effects and soundtracks. The subtitle that reads “Sounds Inspired by Classic 80s Sci-Fi” is significantly accurate because the content is full of authentic sounds from that era. Legacy is broken into six sound folders of Atmospheres, Cinematic FX, Drones, Impacts, Rises and Suspense. This library is an “all electronic affair” and if you’re a producer looking for contemporary pop sounds, you won’t find it here. There are some really good, wildly, imaginative sounds included in this massive 1.5 GB library. I especially love the Atmospheres folder as it includes samples to inspire you to make music. Sound-wise, this library is clean and well recorded. Samples are mostly long one-shots. The processing of sounds is top-notch and the sound design techniques applied is most definitely very professional. Gareth Hester, the producer, did an exceptional job in creating this useable library that I’m sure will find a way in plenty of studios. Overall, Legacy is sort of homage to many of 80’s sci-fi films soundtrack. Very original and brilliant.

 

WEB:

www.timespace.com

 

FORMAT:

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

 

PRICE:

£55.95 BPS including VAT

 

 

Black Octopus – Echos by Holly Drummond

Echos is a vocal sample pack performed by the talented Scottish vocalist Holly Drummond. “Vocals” is the name of the game of this voice and FX library from sample developers Black Octopus. This library contains 540 royalty-free materials (44.1 kHz/24-bit, 1.4 GB) of vocal swells, vocal chops, tones, spoken, snippets, breaths, and atmospheres. The main selling point of Echos, though, is song construction kit folders. Each kit features sections such as verse, chorus, harmony and adlibs, which you can use in your own mixes. I love the samples with plenty of reverberation applied. Most of them sound huge, but that’s part of the clever sound design. The bone-chilling vocal atmospheres are my favorite in this collection as they sound lush and can be utilized in ambient compositions. As far as the sound design of the samples goes, they are very well made and the complex edits are top notch. This is a superb collection, and beautifully recorded!

 

WEB:

www.resonance-sound.com

 

FORMAT:

WAV

 

PRICE:

€44.95 EUR

 

 

Loopmasters – Organic Electronics

Electronic music producers who are into the natural, warm side of electronica are in for a treat. Loopmasters has cooked-up some melodic samples in the guise of Organic Electronics. Loopmasters has gone deep and tranquil into providing some modern, but contemporary loops that will put your listeners in a good mood. Organic Electronics is a 968 MB 44.1kHz/24-bit library comprising drums, perccussion, bass, FX, vox, pads and drum hits. It’s a unique sample collection and features some really good gems that would work well within a downtempo, chill-out, organic house or even in a new age mix. Instrument samples such as guitar, electronic piano, glockenspiel and clavs provide organic vibe to your mixes. The drum loops are brilliantly programmed. They are kind of soft but are bright sounding – not the in-your-face drum loops that you often hear in other electronica libraries. Still, the handful of drums will give a good rhythmic foundation to electronic compositions. My favorite sample folder, however, is the percussion folder. I just wish there were more FX samples included, though.

 

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

 

FORMAT:

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

 

PRICE:

$36.22 USD

 

 

Bluezone Corporation Deep and Tribal House

Deep and Tribal House comprises 108 cutting-edge drums, music and percussion loops for the production of house music. All loops are recorded in 128 BPM and delivered in 44.1 kHz/24-bit format. This library is all about drums and percussion needed for constructing strong dance music. The loops themselves capture the genre beautifully, with percussive elements injected for that undeniable tribal sound. The thing I noticed about this sample pack is that the drum and percussion loops are mainly dry – which is good because you want those to be punchy and up front. However, the 67 music loops are decent “starter” loops to get your creative juices flowing. Stuck in a rut? No problem … you can use these to get you going. It’s a nice little sample pack and I think this library will suit just about every producer’s needs for drum loops. 

 

WEB:

www.bluezone-corporation.com

 

FORMAT:

WAV/AIFF

 

PRICE:

€9.95 EUR

 

 

Push Button Bang – Total Blues

An inspiring sample pack from Push Button Bang featuring 1 GB of samples, Total Blues is a blues-filled library that is totally on the rhythm and blues side of things. It includes 330 loops and stems and 200 instrument single hits in pristine 24-bit format quality. This pack is broken down into eight folders of Bass, Brass, Combo, Drums & Fills, Guitars, Harmonica and Piano and Key loops, recorded in various tempos and keys. What’s really good about Total Blues is that PBB has put something together that is something worthwhile. If you have lost your adventurous inspiration for producing blues materials, the contained samples are very effective and helpful in giving you new ideas to produce. Sound-wise, the samples are very well recorded, and the loop editing is superb. Also, the samples sound very natural, punchy and clear. I really like what I’m hearing as I was auditioning in Acid Pro 6. My favorites are, of course, the guitar and harmonica loops as they are central foundation in any blues tracks. With these two sounds, I can easily create ideas or starter tracks – just mix and match and you’re set. The brass loops are also great and sound natural. I give this collection a thumbs-up.

 

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

 

FORMAT:

WAV, REX2, Kontakt, Halion, EXS24, Apple loops and NN-XT

 

PRICE:

$36.22 USD

 

 

Audio Boutique – Deep House Construction Kits

There have been plenty of deep house sample packs popping up lately, and this one from Audio Boutique focuses on construction kits. There are 15 construction kits included in this library – all with the elements to construct songs from scratch. Each folder is labeled properly with tempo and key information, and contains subfolders called MIDI, Samples, Stems and a demo mix file. Another folder called Bonus Files is filled with drum hits, guitar loops and vocal loops. Majority of the loops have that undeniable deep house flair and have been programmed very well. The drums patterns sound big, the guitar loops are useful and the vocals are seasoned with the right amount of ambience. The inclusion of MIDI files is quite nice – useful to say the least. Overall, a very fun sample pack from Audio Boutique that plenty of hungry EDM producers will find enjoyable.

 

WEB:

www.resonance-sound.com

 

FORMAT:

WAV

 

PRICE:

€24.95 EUR

 

 

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