Ginno’s Sound Investments

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Gino Legaspi looks at eleven libraries from Sony, Samplephonics, Bluezone, Big Fish Audio and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

 

by Ginno Legaspi, Mar. 2015

 

Sony Creative Software – Smoldering Scores: Cinematic Electronica

One of the benefits of being a modern musician nowadays is the plethora of composing tools at our disposal. Smoldering Scores is one of those cool tools for newbies and advanced composers/musicians alike. It is a library designed for making music for films, TV series, game soundtracks and electronica scores. This sample pack weighs in at 1.4 GB and is delivered in 44.1 kHz, 24-bit Acidized WAV format. There are 12 construction kits included, and each kit is comprised of several loop elements that you can use to construct a song or to augment them in you mixes. The possibilities here are endless…mix and match, of course, is a popular way of using these loops or simply using them as stems for the foundation of your songs. What’s great about the pack is the inclusion of the folder called “Emotional Piano Motif”. The rich sound of the piano loops is top-notch and the performance evokes emotions. I wish there was a full-mix file included in each kit to demonstrate what the files sound like when mixed together. But other than that, this is one slick, sophisticated library with plenty of inspiring sounds to play with.

WEB:

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/

FORMAT:

Acidized WAV

PRICE:

$69.95

 

Samplephonics – Javier Barrios: Latin String Loops

Latin String Loops by Javier Barrios is a stunning library from Samplephonics that features instruments such as nylon guitar, ukulele, whistles, shakers, drum hits, percussions and Latin vocal phrases that is sure to put some fuego (fire) into you compositions. The samples are delivered in 24-bit audio format, including Acidized WAV, Apple AIFF and REX2. The performance is absolutely stunning, and Javier has stamped his signature sound in each sample. There’s an array of ukulele solo chops that are awe-inspiring, but for me the beauty of this library lies in the bossa nova loops folder, in which I think are very useful. If you fancy learning a bit more into Spanish/Latin style of music, this sample pack you easily be your ticket to get you started. Two thumbs up.

WEB:

http://www.samplephonics.com/

FORMAT:

Acid/Wav/Rex2/Aiff Apple Loops

PRICE:

£34.70

 

Bluezone Corporation Neosphere: Dark Ambiences and Textured Sound Effects

Neosphere is an ambience, soundscape and texture library that fits the Bluezone mold. It combines synth-sourced SFX, out-of-this-world atmospheres and innovative drones useable for film scores, TV series, video game soundtracks and electronic music compositions. At 1.5 GB, its 168 total samples are split into two folders of textured sound effects and dark ambiences with long, sustaining one-shots. Soundwise, Neosphere has bold sounds and is consistent to the genre to which it caters that plenty of producers might find interesting. I happen to like many of the dark ambience samples as they employ big washes of reverb. For its price, adding this library to your sample vault is a good move.      

WEB:

www.bluezone-corporation.com

FORMAT:

WAV/Aiff

PRICE:

€16.95

 

Big Fish Audio – Impulse: Cinematic Guitar Series

Impulse Cinematic Guitar is a massive 5.5 GB sample library from Big Fish Audio created using real acoustic, electric and ethnic guitars. As the title suggests, it is geared for soundtracks, video games, film scores, TV series music, sound design and contemporary cinematic music. Impulse is comprised of 15 construction kit filled with intros, verses, bridge, chorus, outro and a full mix file for reference. Guitar loop styles include picking, tremolo, baritone, ambient, swells, slides, SFX and pulses. There are plenty of melodies, hooks and rhythms to play with but overall the loops (how they were performed) are still very ambient in nature. You know me; I love ambient music, so I’m particularly drawn to the ambient side of Impulse. The resonator ambient guitar loops are so awe-inspiring and when processed further, they can be good for drone music. If you like guitars with loads of delay, the chimes guitar loops will satisfy your need with its soothing emotional vibe. Overall, this is a useful library with endless possibilities.       

WEB:

www.bigfishaudio.com

FORMAT:

Apple Loops/REX/WAV/RMX/Kontakt

PRICE:

$99.95

 

Samplephonics – Soulful Brass

Funky, soulful and jazzy are some of the words that I can use to describe this library from Samplephonics (via Timespace.com) but man oh man, this library is incredible. Soulful Brass is a horn library filled with trumpet, flugelhorn, alto and tenor brass loops. These instruments were captured using the finest vintage analogue gear, resulting in a more raw sound with lots of warmth. This sample pack is split into three folders of Funk, Jazz and Soul. The three main folders are then broken into four sub-folders of different tempo (from 90-140 BPM). The samples are clearly labeled and have tempo and key information for easy use. I instantly fell in love with this library after I started auditioning the samples in Sony Acid Pro. It’s clean and beautifully recorded, not to mention the performances of by Simon Beddoe and Rob Mitchell rocks.

WEB:

http://www.timespace.com/

FORMAT:

Acid, Wav, Rex2, Aiff Apple Loops

PRICE:

£34.70 including vat

 

Sounds of Revolution – Transformation

SOR returns to the scene with an epic, massive library called Transformation that is based on complex mechanical sounds. This pack can simply be described as futuristic sound source for today’s modern producers. Most of the samples were captured using outdoor field recordings, heavy machinery and engine sounds. They were then meticulously processed using top-end software and hardware studio gear. The result is a 1.45GB (3.12GB in 96 kHz) sample library full of atmospheres, basses, robo voices, SFX, impacts, swooshes, subs, mech sounds and junkyard percussion elements ready to drop in various compositions. What I love about this pack is the superb programming. It is tight, as they say, and plenty of studio trickery was applied for the sounds to be created. Overall, this is a great pack that has plenty of uses in multimedia projects and in experimental electronica category. Also, the 140 previously-released bonus samples are a nice addition and showcases excellent other SOR offerings. Highly recommended. 

WEB:

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

FORMAT:

WAV/Live/Kontakt/HALion/EXS24/Reason ReFill/Rex2/Sfz

PRICE:

$31.89

  

Sony Creative Software – Complex Electro-Funk: Eight Kits

This pack is influenced by the sounds of 80’s electro funk with a modern twist for producers of current dance music. As the name suggests, Complex Electro-Funk is comprised of eight construction kits containing different elements for song construction. Loops have been properly labeled with tempo and key information – enabling the user to audition or preview samples is as easy as 1-2-3. You’ll find killer bass loops, analogue synth riffs, cool arpeggios, banging drum loops, SFX and other electro sounds that will have you creating music instantly and add unique flair to your productions. On top of the kits, a folder of “one-shots” is also included that has a variety of perc hits, drum hits, synths, basses and vocoder FX voices.

So what do I think of Complex Electro-Funk? Even though this is a construction kit-type library, I was surprised as how useable the sounds are. They are up-to-date that would fit in today’s modern productions. This is one nice package for anyone looking for authentic electro samples.

WEB:

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/

FORMAT:

Acid WAV

PRICE:

$69.95

 

Big Fish Audio – Ambient Pop: Pop, Ambient and Cinematic Rock

This pack comprises 8.1 GB of 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV samples divided into 20 massive construction kits. Sonically, it’s pure dream pop territory, with instruments including Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Ambient Guitars, Basses, Bells, Synths, Wurlitzers, Rhodes, Pianos, Pads, Drums (Stereo and 24-bit WAV Multi-Drums), and plenty more. You’ll find the drums useful, ambient guitars inspiring, piano passages emotional, soothing pads excellent, laidback acoustic guitars vibey and sunset synths impacting. Soundwise, the loops are well created and the recording is very crisp and clean. If the sound of Coldplay, Beck, One Republic, Cliff Martinez, Moby, Explosions in the Sky, Bon Iver, Thomas Newman, Fleet Foxes floats your boat, then this well designed library is aimed squarely at you.

WEB:

www.bigfishaudio.com

FORMAT:

Apple Loops/REX/WAV/RMX/Acid/Kontakt

PRICE:

$129.95

 

Samplephonics – Melodic Realm

Melodic Realm is a superb sample pack from Samplephonics that offers plenty of loops and phrases that would cover different genres and styles imaginable. This collection is mostly guitar-based and was created by George Baldrin – who also has other great Samplephonics titles. From inspiring melodic tapestries to jaw dropping guitar textures, you’ll find plenty of materials to play with inside your DAW. There are two folders available in this library: first are the construction kits and second, the loops folder. The construction kits are song kits consisting of different elements and a full mix file. On the other hand, the loops folder comprises miscellaneous samples thrown in for good measure. These would be good as starter loops if you’re brainstorming for some ideas. Expect top-notch here, and I expected that from Samplephonic who’ve always been in the forefront of bringing quality samples to the masses.        

WEB:

http://www.samplephonics.com/

FORMAT:

WAV

PRICE:

£34.70 including vat

 

Sounds of Revolution – Clicks & Glitches Vol. 3

As the name suggests, Clicks and Glitches 3 is a library suitable for making IDM, glitch and experimental music. Although it only weighs in at 190 MB, this micro pack includes some seriously good sounds to choose from. Loops are presented in 24-bit WAV and REX2 formats, and instrument patches for EXS24 and Kontakt samplers are thrown in as well. In all, you’ll get 100 loops of great esoteric drum sounds, which have been programmed well and meticulously crafted. All loops are recorded in 127 BPM, so it’s safe to say that Sounds of Revolution also geared this library for house and other dance sub-genre similar to its predecessors. I expect nothing less when it comes to SOR sample libraries and this one delivers. It’s great for layering with other drum loops.

WEB:

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

FORMAT:

WAV/Rex2

PRICE:

£14.95

 

Zero-G – Nu Disco

Dubbed “authentic vintage sounds for the modern dancefloor”, Nu Disco is a sample pack inspired by the sound of classic disco and club music of the 70’s and 80’s era. Mainly, this library is built around the 35 construction kits folders that are packed with pumping drum loops, bouncy bass loops, funky guitars, e-pianos, warm synths and many more. But there are also additional folders of drum loops, drum hits, bass slides and chord progression and guitar wahs thrown in for good measure. Each construction kit has a full mix file as well as the different loops elements. The individual instrument loop will allow you to construct a track from scratch or use them individually as a starter file or as an inspiration to you next composition. Fans of modern retro disco will love this library because the samples sound delicious and highly authentic. Thumbs up.

WEB:

http://www.timespace.com/

FORMAT:

Acid WAV, Kontakt, EXS24, Aiff Apple Loops, Reason NN-XT, Logic

PRICE:

£59.95 including VAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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