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!