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Ginno looks at six sound libraries from Loopmasters, Black Octopus, Mode Audio and more.

 

by Ginno Legaspi, Sept. 2017

 

Loopmasters – Dark Atmospherics Vol. 2

The name Loopmasters is synonymous with high quality electronica samples. By now many desktop musicians and producers should know Loopmasters with their constant sample library releases. Dark Atmospherics 2 is a new collection of off-kilter sounds, sonic mutations, cuts, textures and odd drum loops. Dark Atmospherics 2 pretty much picks up where volume 1 left off and is a “genuine-to-the-genre” release that is simply great. This 44.1kHz/24-bit, 1.5 GB library can be utilized for minimal, techno, electronica, soundscapes, ambient and avant garde and etc. Dark Atmospherics 2 covers a wide variety of sounds including over 500 expertly programmed elements such as basses, modulated FX3, synths, atmospheres by Colin C. This pack also offers a killer collection of 200 drum loops (with tempos ranging from 85 to 174 BPM) that are suitable for glitch and IDM music. Sound-wise, the samples have a very high-tech and  futuristic vibe – thanks to the hardware synths (Virus TI, Dave Smith Prophet 12, Waldorf Blofeld) and hardware processors (Eventide H910, Vertigo VSM) used as sound sources. They sound very clean and punchy, and are comparable to the latest electronic sample libraries out there. Bottom line: there are plenty of useable samples here that will work in any electronic music production, but the main selling point of Dark Atmospherics 2 are the excellent drum loops. Get this if you have the first volume.

WEB:

http://www.loopmasters.com/

FORMAT:

WAV, Apple Loops, REX2, EXS24, NN-XT, Halion, Kontakt

PRICE:

$38.38 USD

 

 

Black Octopus – Soundscapes Presented by AK

This new sample pack from Black Octopus focuses on the dark soundscape side of electronica. Soundscapes is a 2.2 GB, 44.1kHz/24-bit library that is nothing but great stems that are geared for the composing game, TV and film soundtracks, media sound design and evolving ambient tracks. Its main goal is to provide composers, producers and desktop musicians a flexible yet useable set of 147 samples for inspiration, track building and filler to existing mixes. This is sort of a “mini complete package” with sounds to get you going fast. There are 20 Silver Mellow Atmospheres, 20 Millenial Atmospheres, 15 Ethereal Atmospheres, 40 Vinyl Cracklings, 15 Chord Structures, 14 Forest Sounds, 17 Street Noises and 6 Natures sounds. This pack will enable you to create some sonic moods, soundscapes, spooky & dark and new age tracks in no time. I love the modulated atmosphere samples as they evolve and change timbres over time offering flexibility in editing. They can also be layered with other samples to create a new rich, thick sound. We all know that Black Octopus has a good catalog of electronic (especially techno) sample libraries, but this one has got to be one of my favorites. It’s lush, dramatic, and just floats in between the left and right speakers. A nice sample pack to be had if you’re a soundscape composer.

WEB:

http://www.resonance-sound.com/

FORMAT:

WAV

PRICE:

€18.50 EUR

 

 

Mode Audio – Afterglow

Afterglow is a collection of smashing programmed loops for use in genres such as future R&B, house, pop and downtempo. The loops and all the included materials were recorded and sampled to sound absolutely great. This library captures the essence of that California vibe and offers plenty of banging, up-to-date grooves that can be used for any electronic music or can be injected into a house track or remixes. This 24-bit library is delivered in ACID WAV loops, plus patches for popular softwares for audio production work are supported, such as Propellerhead Reason and Ableton Live, for playability and flexibility. Afterglow has basslines, drums, keys, percussion and synths & chords, with a total of 433 files, including 124 MIDI loops. The percussion loops include instruments such as tuned percussion, toms, shaker, cymbals and claps; plus a multitude of kicks, top loop and snare fills. Off the bat, I like this sample pack from Mode Audio already. This great pack just expands their already massive catalog even more. Bottom line, this is one of those inspiring libraries that will take your production adventure to monstrous state. Great stuff! 

WEB:

https://modeaudio.com/

FORMAT:

WAV, Ableton Live Pack, Reason ReFill, MIDI Loops, Acid WAV

PRICE:

$23.26 USD

 

 

Audio Boutique – Atmos Textures & Noise Elements

If you’re an atmospheric and soundscape samples aficionado, Atmos Textures & Noise Elements is a sample pack by Audio Boutique that you might like. It features an all-new and shiny collection of technoid atmospheres, never-heard-of-before ambiences, deep soundscapes, spooky vocals, vinyl dirt, tape noises and so much more. This royalty-free pack comprises eleven folders of Drones, High Frequency Atmos, Human & Nature Atmos, Moving Textures, Noise & Hum, Bonus Drum Loops, Rhythmic Atmos, Static Atmos Atonal, Static Atmos Tonal, Vinyl Crackles & Scratches and Vocal Samples. The idea behind this library is to give producers loops and one-shots that can be used to augment a near-to-finish arrangement or to give a new tune shine. It has a pretty good selection of samples you need to compose electronic music, but is mainly geared for ambient, soundscape and score music. Weighing in at a whopping 2.17 GB, this pack has over 460 samples that were recorded in 44.1kHz/24 bit WAV and Apple loops format. Of all the materials available, my favorites are the 50 Drones and 50 Moving Textures because of the samples’ usability. The 35 Vinyl Crackles, Scratches and FXs are also great for EDM, as well as the ultra-flexible 30 Vocal FX loops. Overall, this is a good sample resource for quick augmentation into your own atmospheric mixes. 

WEB:

http://www.resonance-sound.com/

FORMAT:

WAV/Apple loops

PRICE:

€29.95 EUR

 

 

Cinetools – Titanomachy

Cinetools is fast becoming one of my favorite modern cinematic sample library developers. From the recently reviewed Otherworld and Disturbia, I can say with confidence that they now have a good history of releasing cutting-edge cinematic libraries. Titanomachy is part of their latest offering, and it is a collection of 800-plus cutting-edge sounds full of tension-building whooshes, hits, powerful impacts, soaring horns, war drones and majestic battlefield atmospheres for use with movie trailers, cut scenes, games, TV and film music. Weighing in at 5.5 GB, there are several sound categories included in the digital download. Unsurprisingly, the 117 soundscapes and atmospheres are good for scoring fantasy and adventure films. Titanomachy has a very distinct sound and approach – it’s epic and cinematic, yet majestic and mythological at the same time. Its style reminds me of sounds used in movies such as 300, Warcraft and Troy. My favorite samples of the bunch are the Drum & Percussion Beds and the Raw Sources & Field Recordings as these include materials that are sure to fire up your creative senses. Overall, this is a good pack that can be used as a reference point for your next TV or film project. And with the files delivered in 24-bit/96kHz, this is worth getting as part of your arsenal of samples.  

WEB:

http://www.loopmasters.com/

FORMAT:

WAV

PRICE:

$83.25 USD

 

 

Mode Audio – Soul Trap

This is a 400 MB sample pack for producers of soul, chill, neo trap and R&B. Soul Trap is a smooth, uber-cool, laid-back collection with plenty of swag. It includes loops, samples and MIDI that are ready for audio production. The 121 MIDI loops (key and tempo labeled) are easy to tweak and reconstruct. The music loops are the stars of the show here since they can be used to start off a track or give you melodic ideas. The Synths and Pads folder, especially, has some really inspiring loops, as does the Pianos & Keys folder. Although there are only 24 808 bassline loops, they have some analog goodness in them and pack some punch. I would say that the 808 loops were recorded well. So what do I think? Mode Audio has delivered a fine sample library yet again that is useful, inspiring and pleasurable to use with. Highly recommended.  

WEB:

https://modeaudio.com/

FORMAT:

WAV, REX2, Reason ReFill, Ableton Live Pack, MIDI Files, Acid WAV

PRICE:

$23.26 USD

 

 

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