Gypsy Jazzy by UVI
Electro-swing is still here, so it’s not too late to jump on that wagon. All you need is a smile on your face and Gypsy Jazzy library from the UVI.
by Alex Arsov, July 2014
Summer is here, Electro Swing and Jazzy House are still here and will be here for a few upcoming years, so I ordered the Gypsy Jazzy sound library from UVI. It is proving to be a perfect match for that purpose: A bunch of loops, instruments and construction kits offering a wide array of Gypsy band elements in a jazzy swing style – dancing double bass, wild jazz solo guitar in the style of Django Reinhardt, fast-bouncing guitar chord progressions, vivid violin phrases and hot vocal parts.
All the included phrases, samples, loops or instruments sound very authentic, having those low-fi feeling from old records, but still sounding at the same time very professional, being recorded in the best studio conditions as happens with all UVI libraries. Gypsy Jazzy library is a very handy one as all you need to do is to import any one of the elements into your sequencer – or even more of them – add your standard four-on-the-floor kick and clap, and you are halfway there.
As you already know (at least I presume) UVI Workstation, the host for that library, automatically stretches all loops and phrases to the host tempo. So the whole operation, from browsing through the library up to the final click, or just drag-and-drop exporting to your DAW, is a no-brainer operation and offers a really fast and effective workflow.
The whole library is divided into three separate parts: Construction kits, UVIrtual Bands, and instruments. In the Construction kits you can find fifteen different Construction kits along with a directory containing elements sorted by instrument, and a bonus directory with effects and radio voices. In this latter one, you can find various English phrases with French charm and plenty of radio hum and crackle noises. All in all, funny and useful. Every construction kit brings a wide array of variations for any of the elements that are in the kit. Most of the construction kits contain various accordion riffs and effects appropriate for the accordion instrument, allowing you to add your own lines to the prerecorded phrases. Drum parts of the construction kits are filled with loops, divided by elements, along with a full loop. As a bonus you also get separate samples.
In the guitar directory we can find various looped phrases, a few variations for every phrase, and a few cool, jazzy, solo-looped phrases. All loops and phrases inside the construction kit have a root key description; actually those guitar parts are the strongest point of the whole library, even for me, as I’m a guitarist and most of the time I am recording my own guitars, rarely using prerecorded ones.
Most construction kits have also a Violin section, with various violin licks, which sound very hot and are virtuoso-played. A Vocal section with various vocal phrases is mostly useful for Electro swing arrangements, but actually they are so vivid that they can be used also as an addition for various dance EDM songs.
Some construction kits contain a Clarinet section, some Double Bass, Scratch Effects, and even Flute or Mallet licks and phrases.
The next part is the so-called “UVIrtual Bands,” a funny and original sort of instrument allowing you to play in tune the prerecorded guitar rhythms that are used in a library. Don’t ask me how it is achieved, but the end result is that inside two octaves you can play prerecorded accordion and guitar rhythmical phrases that follow your chord selection. I even don’t want to know how this works. The fact is that it is working and seems very useful for building your chord progressions with those authentic-sounding guitar rhythms.
Instruments. After you have finished adding loops to your arrangement, it is time to add some variations, banging on your keyboard to play some lines using any of the implemented instruments. The first one is Accordion, where you have a solo instrument patch along with some Chordomatic patches. For the latter, there is a part of the keyboard where you should play chords, not melodies, and the patch will find the most natural sound for those chords, according to the the song tempo. I’m not sure if I got the point across, but more or less the instrument patch sounds good, no matter whether I tried it inside a fast or a slow arrangement.
There is also a Clarinet section containing two staccato patches and a Drums section – or maybe we should name it more properly a Drum Kits section – plus a section with a Double Bass instrument, along with two additional loop sections containing various loops ranged over two octaves near the main instrument which is ranged over the lower part of the keyboard. There is also a section with Violins where we can find staccato and pizzicato patches, and as the last one, a section containing Guitar loops where we can find various loops ranged over the keyboard and ranked by various character – nylon or steel string, cheap and so on – without offering guitar instrument patches.
Maybe the instrument part is not so lush, but it does seem to serve its purpose, offering some additional variations. The construction kits and UVIrtual Bands offer so many useful elements that I put this library at the top of the chart when Electro Swing or Jazzy House is an option. I also find enough useful elements for my EDM production, so more or less, if you are working in any of those genres, you can’t go wrong with this library. All elements are top-notch, the number of included variations is more than satisfactory, and what is more important, the loops and phrases sound really inspirational. I always do my homework before I order anything, so yes, all my expectation were fulfilled. The library costs $199 USD or €145,32 EUR, not so cheap maybe, but you will be fully rewarded for that money. A ton of guitar, violin and double-bass licks and phrases that will literally jump out of your speaker as soon as you put your hand on the keyboard. And that’s all that counts.
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By A. Arsov