Product Review + Free Horn sounds from Diginoiz!
“Orchestral One Shots” contains 202 perfectly sounding multi-format one shot sounds in Hip Hop, R&B, Modern Pop and more genre.
So yeah, I picked this up from Diginoiz and had some pretty high hopes after hearing the demo. This product does not disappoint. I loaded up the 202 bits of juice into NI Maschine and was inspired instantly. I place this Orchestral One Shots into the category of essentials since it’s just so useful. I know there will be a point where I’ll be working on a track and ask myself “What goes there?” and answers like these usually fit nicely. They also pitch well, so the options vary.
“…a package of over 200 orchestral one shots, ready to use in Your compositions and productions. If You are in love with hard and dynamic sound or You are looking for something that will enrich Your music, You are in the right place. In “Orchestral One Shots” You will find hip-hop strings, brass, pianos, orchestral drums, hits and more! All of the sounds are in one-shot form with root key included. Have a nice and creative time with our “Orchestral One Shots” “
“Orchestral One Shots” contains 202 orchestral one shots, 288 mb multi-format material (24 bit WAV, 24 bit AIFF and 16 bit WAV) ready to use in your favorite sampler or sequencer, both hardware and software, including: Logic, GarageBand, Soundtrack, Digital Performer, Sony Acid, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, Pro Tools, Emagic EXS24 and many more.
Every purchase you make is containing 1 multiformat ZIP files
Wav / Acid / AIFF (237 MB)
– 202 instrument sounds (24bit WAV)
– 202 instrument sounds (16bit WAV duplicate)
– 202 instrument sounds (24bit AIFF)
INSTANT DOWNLOAD PRICE: €20.00 EUR
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This is free and free is a lovely price. I have no idea why it’s free…buy anyhow. Pretty simple: 50 horn/brass loops/ They sound like hooks to beats, but can be easily chopped and rearranged to be whatever you need to choose to flip.
How do I get them?
Follow the normal and simple procedure like it was a purchase and after checking out with your cart (cost of zero) you’ll get the download link.
Produced specially for You, a product of the highest quality in the Urban genre, that will bring Your tracks to the next level. “Heavy Hop Brass” is a collection of 50 heavy, melodic and climatic brass loops. All loops were prepared on professional equipment with highest attention to detail in order to obtain the highest standard of sound. All of this You can find exclusively at Diginoiz.com to free download!
“Heavy Hop Brass” contains 50 perfectly sounding loops (85-105 BPM) in Hip Hop, R&B, South Style and Modern Pop genre.
Wav / Acid
– 50 instrument loops (24bit WAV)
– 131 MB total size
INSTANT DOWNLOAD PRICE: FREE
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IsoBuster: Powerful Data Recovery Software
Return of the ASR-10 Part II
The tool for recovering and retrieving the difficult grabs.
–words by Drew Spence
After replacing the floppy drive with an SD card reader, I needed a way to create the images of my floppy disk library so that they could be archived and later transferred to the SD disk- mounted in the ASR-10. The problem is, Ensoniq uses a unique file system that a standard PC floppy drive can’t read. The ‘image’ is a complete and exact copy of the floppy disk stored as a regular file on your PC that can be moved around and manipulated like any other type of data. The ASR-10 will see this image and treat it like an actual floppy disk.
OmniFlop [that doesn’t flop like Reggie Miller]
We need to get Windows to see the floppy drive in an Ensoniq sort of way and so we replace the Windows drivers with the OmniFlop drivers.
[Griffin’s note: make sure you grab the right drivers for your system. 32 or 64bit]
We had to put in a little extra work to circumvent the Windows 7 driver system, but that process went off without a hitch. You can find out the Whys and Hows on that same Omniflop website under Overview. With the new drivers working, I basically have an ASR-10 floppy drive on my PC.
Enter the Iso
For a very reasonable $39.95 USD, you get a robust and feature laden software recovery tool. It can pull from CD/DVD, Hard Drives, USB Flash drives, Zip drives and on and on. Mind you, I had tried just about every free solution out there, including some recommended by the hardware manufacturers themselves, but none worked. I mostly got two errors No floppy in the device or continuous prompts for formatting. Not good. I spent hours trawling through forums and always saw damaged hardware as the suggested problem. I know my floppy drive worked fine on the PC and I know my floppies had projects on them.
On one site, IsoBuster was suggested as an end all-be all solution and I realized I never thought about using recovery software to get my images made from the ASR-10 floppies. IsoBuster saw my disks and made images easily. The newest update, which is 3.3 reads the ASR-10 formatted Disks and creates an image that is 1,600 KB. That means everything is there and the job is done. They have full instructions on their site and have tech support should you need any help with their products. Now that I have this tool, I’m digging through all my old CDs and DVD+Rs that wouldn’t mount and getting back my lost files. Life is good. http://www.isobuster.com/isobuster.php Demo version is available.
BEATCLEAVER by Oscillicious
Software Review BEATCLEAVER by Oscillicious
Mac OS X and Windows PC, Words by Drew Spence
"Warp and repitch your samples with a new state-of-the-art time stretching engine. Four presets for stretching different source material like drum beats ensures your transposed and time-stretched samples keep their character. Better yet, BeatCleaver preserves transients so your drums remain punchy and crisp."
I remember the early days of beatmaking when your music didn’t have an exact tempo, well it did but it was determined by the ‘proper sounding pitch’ of the main sample. Whatever speed made it loop right was the setting for everything else around it. With the amount of remixes and exacting sub-genres to land in, controlling tempo is more important now than ever before. Beatcleaver by Oscillicious promises to give us BPM freedom while preserving quality and punch.
The standalone software (No VST) presents an open window with several slicing options at the top. I chose file Open Audio and was taken to an included library of 13 drum loops ready for editing. They are sponsored by MPC-Samples.com and have an authentic mid 90s bend. I jumped straight to my own library and started working on a 120 bpm loop. I was able to shoot it up to 127 with no problem. Next was dropping it down to 100 bpms in order to convert this loop into a hip hop drum kit. Once again, we had no problems. So far, so good.
My next task was bringing in a raw sample, running at an unknown speed and adjusting the starting and ending points. Easy enough. I was able to add slice points while the sample was playing by hitting the shortcut S. After, I adjusted my new slice points manually with a simple click and drag. The highlight of Beatcleaver is the amount of control and quality-preserving options you have for time stretching. In most cases, the preset settings will get the job done -once you’ve set ‘cleaver for drums (percussive) or music (harmonic). You can even select a smaller area to work on (getting it perfect) and then apply that edit to the entire sample. And finally, there are fade settings for the beginning and end of slices to eliminate any pops and clicks.
Chopping as a Way of Life
Aside from the straight studio tool meant to change and adjust the tempo of samples and loops, there is another use for chopping up music for in-studio or live production. You cannot miss the header that says Slice in 4, 8 and 16. Perfect for those of us who want to chop longer sections of music into parts and then retrigger those parts in a new order. Whenever you hear a drum machine or beat tool discussed, the invariable question of “how does it chop samples?” always surfaces.
Quite well is the answer. You can dial in slices by bars or beats and cleave all the way to 64 slices or gross quarter-of-a-bar. This is also a simple choice for live producers or DJs who want to chop their songs into smaller sections for live triggering. Seeing how the iPad is so cumbersome with import and export options, it makes sense to prepare the material on your main platform and transfer the finished bits after.
I have used Propellerhead Recycle to chop music into pieces and then drag and drop the slices into Native Instruments’ Battery to emulate a common MPC workflow. Now, with every DAW having some kind of sample container that combination is a very expensive solution to simply prepare chops of audio. Obviously those two products do a lot more, but for quick and easy chops or, um cleaves, Beatcleaver is going to be a winner at only $29.
MIDI Ins is in
You can use MIDI input to control the triggering and choose the base note. This option increases the usefulness and allows you to demo your chops and arrangements before final export. I have spoken to one of the designers and Beatcleaver has a few surprises coming. The only one I am cleared to tell you about now- is the coming ability to manipulate individual slices and add effects. Yes! There are a ton of other updates and added features coming so even if you don’t plan on buying Beatcleaver today, it makes sense to follow their blog and stay on top of this gem. http://oscillicious.com/blog/ (twitter @oscillicious)
Aside from my fantasies involving features including the kitchen sink, it would be nice to see a preview option so one can audition loops and samples before import and an automatic slice tool, based on some kind of detection sensitivity control.
Beatcleaver supports the formats AIFF, Flac, M4A, MP3 and WAVE and exports to WAVE and AIFF. 16, 24 and 32-bits at 44.1 KHz. Beatcleaver retails for only $29 and is an instant download and also has a free trial version available. More info http://www.oscillicious.com/beatcleaver/
Oscillicious also has a groove station called Jam Deck, a synthesizer called Sodasynth and a modular-samples-based instrument called Analog Extracts that is also a VST. Check them out http://www.oscillicious.com/
Sounds and Samples review Prime Loops Party Anthems – Electro Synth Sessions-EDM Essentials Progressive
Prime Loops: Samples and Loops review
Party Anthems – Electro Synth Sessions – EDM Essentials Progressive
words by Griffin Avid
Prime Loops hit us with 3 packages this week so we are going to go in and explore what’s on offer in a trifecta of producer tools. Firstly, these are packages in zip file format that are downloaded instantly once your order is placed. After unzipping, you are usually presented with two main folders; one is MacOSX and the other PC. They can be ordered specifically as WAV, Apple Loops, Rex2Loops, Ableton Live packs and as Reason Refills. 24bit, 44100
Party Anthems ~ $27.80
In sub-folders you’ll receive 44 Basslines, 22 drum loops, 10 synth chords and 47 Synth Leads. Under one shots you also get about a dozen hits of every category including kicks, snares, hats, percs, claps and even a combination of kick and snare layered together. The Vocal FX loops and vocal one-shots (about 8 each) range from the sweeps used in breakdowns to little snippets of vox with delay effects.
The Synth Chords are several bars of a melody ready to be dropped straight into a mix by a live DJ. In the studio, you would need to build counter or additional melodies or use these longer loops with generous effects to add variation. They are straight [No chops] synth lines with the only accents being slight note bendings as if they were played from a touch pad like a KORG Kaossilator, iPad or Moog Voyager. Only a few have alternate versions, as in ‘this one is verse and this one is for choruses.
On both synth chords and Synth Leads, you’ll get BPM and key so working out the rest of the tune won’t be a guessing game. I’m going to suggest Party Anthems as being more pitched towards live DJs and remixers than producer-in-the-studio only because this is an offering of ‘perfect as they are’ elements and they have the polished sheen of effects already added. The drum sounds and one-shots are obviously meant to be added your arsenal of EDM sounds & kits. As a push for someone who creates much of their material from scratch, it would be the mission to change the small elements, like chord stabs or note pitches (a bit of work) or simply be inspired by the melodies and recreate or build off the ideas presented here.
Electro Synth Sessions ~ $26.25
The package starts as three folders of 43 Basslines, 19 combined synth loops (layered mix of bass + synth [more on that later]) and 148 synth loops of chord progressions. The basslines have that signature rezzed-dub-chopper feel that needs little more than a breakdown and backing drums to get you going. There are 8 main bassline groves with 5 or 6 variations. As a producer, you would build your arrangement with these variations and have the main elements of your track already lain out. Nice. The first loop is the main verse type pattern and the following set of loops grows to become more twisted and affected. These 148 loops are based on approximately 13 different foundations. This means you’d have (potentially) 13 different songs with a great number of similar, 2-bar length alternates. In the studio, it would be easy to create your song by stringing these loops together and spending your time on the total arrangement, like breakdowns and other effect (post) processing.
In a live context, this is more about a single song (of yours) being broken down into pieces and triggered on the fly. Although I really love the sound design and quality of the engine behind Electro Synth Sessions, there is a little too much sameness going on across all the loops. It does sound like the same synth patch (with some modifications) was primarily used to create the chord progressions part of the library. That’s good news if you like ANY of the demo samples, but not so good if you were hoping this package would cover your next several releases. Your best bet- would be to buy several different Prime Loop products or space out your release schedule to avoid too similar a sound. There is a third folder called Combined Synth Loops that has, what feels like, a random bassline mixed with a random synth line. I took this folder as a hint as to what is possible when…well…when you combine the loops. To my ear at least, only some of the 19 combined loops sounded useable. The big hint seemed to be what I could do if I were to chop up the different bass and synth loops and re-arranged the parts into my own (totally) original tune.
The bassline loops have a nice range of character. Some are background foundation-type elements that you build on and others stand alone and might be suitable for other genres besides electro if tempo-adjusted. As good as some of those basslines are, I would say the highlights of this package are the 148 chord progression loops. Those are records in the making. Enough said.
EDM Essentials Progressive ~ $20.05
This is a package that offers constructions kits. This would be something close to entire songs broken down into loop-able parts and presented in various folders. You have 20 bass, 10 SFX, 20 Synth loops and also 8 folders of full drum loops- further broken down into isolated kick, snare and hat/perc loops. You also get one-shots of SFX, bass and drums as kits. There isn’t a huge selection of individual hits (between 4 and 8 of each), but it’s enough to sprinkle extra hits in any of the included drum loops to add variation or further add-ons for your growing EDM drum library.
The idea here is pretty straightforward. You can combine different loops and sub-loops from these folders and create your own variations. You can choose to use as little or as much of this library as you see fit. The synth loops are very nice but you only get one exact 2-bar loop so creating variations enough to fill out a whole song is somewhat of a challenge. I consider the music to be suited for bridges, hooks or some kind of drop. A sweep or gate effect could increase the usefulness, but I do wish some of these did have alternate versions.
And so, EDM Essentials Progressive offers some very nice bass and synth lines, but the real prize here are the drum loop elements. They have the potential to be a key piece of ear candy or simply a role player adding support to one of your productions. I would consider this library to be the most universal and adaptable. The term ‘essential’ is appropriate as it speaks to the kind of foundation this series could provide if added to inspire and push you along.
All and Overall
Prime Loops creates a strange paradox and circular relationship with the EDM world. These libraries and offerings are inspired by today’s top records and artists and at the same time provide the foundation for tomorrow’s hits. They come in at such a low price point, it makes sense to grab one when you need a little nudge of inspiration. Each package offers something for every production style and scenario. So far, Prime Loops has found that perfect balance between giving us too much help and supplying enough elements to gently guide an artist towards a creative end. You get to decide whether these are a trail of breadcrumbs, a roadmap or a compass.
Prime Loops extended information
Prime Loops provide award-winning sound libraries, fresh in tune with the evolving music scene. We are an extremely passionate team of engineers, sound designers & DJs, hailing from London, UK. All of our loops, samples, sounds and presets are completely royalty free and have been designed to give you instant inspiration for your music productions, scores, sync projects and a whole lot more!
Big Fish Audio 25 Days of Christmas Sale!
Announcing the Big Fish Audio 25 Days of Christmas Sale! Starting December 1st on each day before Christmas, Big Fish Audio will have four products priced to spread holiday cheer! Save 40% off four new products every day!
The 25 Days of Christmas Sale includes products from our entire catalog. Look for savings on premium virtual instruments and the freshest loop products on our site. No coupon needed. Each set of four products will be on sale for only 24 hours and then we’ll roll out a new set of specials. So check back often and Happy Holidays!
Get this week’s free samplepack featuring one free kit of loops from Ambient Skyline. This pack only contains a partial set of loops from the included kit. The full library contains various other loops and samples from the kit. This set contains WAV, REX, and Apple Loop versions of each loop or sample.
Ambient Skyline is an inspiring and unique collection of ambient and cinematic chill out loops, rhythm beds, music beds, and a lot more. Recorded and performed by seasoned professionals on top of the line gear, these sounds will bring a new kind of magic to your music. With 5GB of original content (duplicated into acidized WAV, REX, Apple Loop, and RMX formats), and 2,266 loops and samples from ambient guitars to a collection of effected rhodes loops, these sounds can add an esoteric new dimension to many different musical settings.
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