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Gino Legaspi looks at six sound libraries from Bluezone, Loopmasters and Zero-G in an ongoing series of such reviews.

 

by Ginno Legaspi, Nov. 2015

 

Loopmasters – Fragments 02

Having reviewed the excellent Fragments 01 from Loopmasters in the past, I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to dig this sample pack. It just has the right vibe and sound of a very polished ambient sample library. And what’s appealing also is that it is produced and assembled by Ultimae Records’ Vincent Villuis (AES DANA) & Mihalis Aikaterinis (MIKTEK). Fragments 02 features odd atmospheres, abstract grooves and otherworldly sound experiments sourced from real world sounds, and then regenerated using the latest studio gadgetry. All samples are recorded and delivered in pristine 24-bit sample rate. The emphasis here is more on the left-field side of things, but it also covers a wide variety of genre especially if you’re into the dark side of electronica. The 729 MB of samples covers ambient, soundtrack, drum and bass, downtempo and electronica. I really like the ‘Interference’ samples’ modern nature because they can be used as good transitional sounds in sections of a song. Most of the samples included are also good and are ready to go into any production. Sonically, the samples/loops are very solid and full of warmth with enough punch to cut through a mix. Overall, I like this library because it’s innovative, inspiring and opens up new ideas when creating modern ambient tracks.

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

FORMAT:

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

PRICE:

$30.01 USD

 

Zero-G – Desert Tracks

Are you ready to put some special magic in your world, native music or ethno-tronica tracks? If so, take a look at Zero-G’s Desert Tracks, a 24-bit sample library suitable for desktop musicians, producers and instrumentalists who are into the traditional sounds of Northern Africa and the Middle East from countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Iran. This title is chock full of authentic sound and styles. Inside this collection, you’ll find eight folders by individual country with sub-folders of “percussion loops” and “themes”. There are also a healthy amount of melodic loops such as accordion, kanoun, oud, ney, flute and Eastern violin. I love the included percussion loops of darbuka, doholla, frame drum, riqq and sagat. These are some of the best ethnic percussion sounds I’ve heard from start to end. But I think the library’s strongest points are the Arabian and Egyptian samples. Additionally, the Persian loops are decent enough for song starter. If you’re running out of ideas when composing these folders are good for song inspiration. Overall, this 1.75 GB packs enough samples to get you going immediately in the studio. The quality of the inspirational ethnic samples is top notch and what you’d expect from Zero-G.

WEB:

www.timespace.com

FORMAT:

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

PRICE:

£55.95 GBP including VAT

 

 

Loopmasters – Visions of House

Veteran samplesmith Loopmasters is back with another tasty treat for producers called Visions of House. As the name suggests, this library aims to cover the EDM genre with its “dancey-style” nature. Inside this 800 MB, 24-bit library you’ll find ten brand new crafted construction kits that include samples such as funky drums, bubbling basses, classic piano and strings, skippy percussion, FXs, synth leads, house organs and pluck synths – all offered in WAV, Apple Loops, Reason ReFill and Ableton Live formats. Auditioning through different folders of sounds can be a nice sensory experience and, believe me, Visions of House has plenty of good content. The proper organization and labeling of each folder is a nice touch. The Acid WAV files provide flexibility in whatever key and tempo in which you are working. As I was auditioning the samples using Acid 6.0 music software, I noticed that the samples are recorded very well. They sound clear with lots of detail in the mid-upper end. Overall, a good starter collection of fine and fresh house samples, plus MIDI files are included!

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

FORMAT:

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

PRICE:

$30.26 USD

 

Bluezone Corporation World Percussion Loops and Samples

Plenty of producers out there know that it’s hard to find decent world percussion loop libraries. One that is authentic, well recorded, plenty of useful samples and an awesome performance by the percussionist. If you’re a producer looking for such sample pack then welcome to a world (pun intended) of quality percussion samples in World Percussion Loops and Samples by Bluezone Corporation. This percussion sample pack by Bluezone comprises many beautiful played percussion loops as well as one-shot percussion samples. Indian, Arabic and African percussion instruments were used to record the 118 loops (in 110 BPM) and various one-shot samples in this library. Format delivery is in 44.1/24-bit WAV and Apple AIFF file. What can I say? I’m impressed at how the samples sound. This collection is punchy and clean with a nice touch of room ambience. It will come in handy if you’re a producer of ethnic electronica. In closing, if you’re looking to add a nice set of percussion loops into your sample vault, World Percussion Loops and Samples is a library worth looking into.

WEB:

www.bluezone-corporation.com

FORMAT:

WAV/AIFF

PRICE:

€16.95 EUR

 

Loopmasters – Dark Atmospherics

Focusing on dark soundscapes, unusual textures and sound design materials, Dark Atmospherics delivers a selection of odd FXs, deep soundscapes, moving pads and deep atmospheric drones to help you create your own ambient compositions, film and TV scores, game music and experimental electronica. The material included in this sample pack is extremely good. An all-original sample library, Dark Atmospherics is so highly versatile that it covers much ground – whether it’s drones, drum and bass, dubstep, IDM, breaks, dark ambient or experimental electronica. Weighing in at 2 GB, this 48 kHz/24-bit library was created by Colin C using his Prophet 12, Virus Ti, Moog synthesizers, Apogee converters and various vintage compressors. All of the sounds were then glitched, processed, crushed and manipulated using high-end tools. The samples are offered in different audio formats such as WAV and AIFF, and there are sampler patches for users Kontakt, Halion, EXS24 and NN-XT soft samplers. The things that stand out in this pack are the 4 folders of rhythmic (196 total) loops. They are programmed and sprinkled with just the right amount of processing. The “Atmospheres and Textures” folders also have some superb sounds that are useable for any modern electronic music compositions. Overall, this is a nice toolbox of futuristic electronic sounds, so I highly recommend it. Thumbs up.

WEB:

www.loopmasters.com

FORMAT:

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

PRICE:

$45.33 USD

 

Bluezone Corporation Metal Impact Sound Effects

Also this month’s Sound Investment is an SFX library from Bluezone Corporation called Metal Impact Sound Effects. If trailer, video game and cinematic sound design projects are your area of production, then take note what this sample pack has to offer. Metal Impact is comprised of meticulously crafted and edited metal sound effects. From cargo container sounds to crashing metal debris and from heavy metallic hits to metal drops, it’s all here. This library has a total of 161 WAV (also in AIFF) files weighing at 339 MB.  The samples are mainly recorded in 24-bit one-shots. Since plenty of the samples sound good as-is, most of them are ready to be dropped into your DAW’s sequencer. For me, however, I love to manipulate them to make my own. You can create an endless supply of metal hits for future use. Of the samples included, my favorites are the “Various Metal Hits” and “Fuel Tank” folders because they are great for fills and they can add an “edge” to sections of your tracks. Overall, this is a nice collection of samples worthy to be added into your collection.    

WEB:

www.bluezone-corporation.com

FORMAT:

WAV/AIFF

PRICE:

€14.95 EUR

 

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