Mini-review: Loopmasters Sultan
Loopmasters recently launched a new series of sample libraries featuring artists from the famous Global Underground music label, which is well known for its mix compilations by high profile DJs like James Lavelle, Sasha, and Darren Emerson to name just a few.
After Anil Chawla & Dale Anderson and Jim Rivers it is now time for Sultan (Ossama Al Sarraf) to share some of his sounds with us.
Nominee at the Beatport Music Awards, with a Billboard #1 hit under his belt and having remixed and collaborated with artists including Dirty Vegas, BT, Nadia Ali, Cedric Gervais, Sander Kleinenberg, Kaskade and Morgan Page, Sultan has gained respect for his unique productions by leaders in our industry such as Mark Knight, John Digweed, Sharam, Tiesto to name a few.
Global Underground: Sultan features
- 290 MB content.
- 28 Bass Loops, 80 Drum Loops, 26 Music Loops (also available as 136 Rex Files).
- Tempo: 125, 127 and 128 bpm.
- 10 Bass Multis, 30 FX Sounds, 125 Drum Hits, 8 Synth Multis.
- 26 patches for Kontakt, HALion, EXS24, NN-XT and sfz.
Sultan used various sound sources for his material, including a Moog Voyager, Access Virus C, Dave Smith Poly Evolver and a Custom Gibson Les Paul guitar.
Here’s the demo track for GU: Sultan.
So what do I think?
Format: 16bit WAV/REX + sampler patches
Price: £19.95 GBP
With 290 MB Sultan’s sample library isn’t going to break any records on content size, but quantity doesn’t mean quality. The drum loops are tight and quite funky really. Many of them have a good number of variations with the same drum sounds so you can use them like construction kits, adding bits and pieces. I really enjoyed the musical loops, which are very inspirational. I’m not into using bass loops much but I dropped them in with some of the beats and I think they’re pretty good too.
The single shot samples and sampler patches are a nice addition but nothing special, except perhaps the FX section which includes some lovely hits and glitchy noises.
Loopmasters is offering a free download with 10 samples and you can listen to the demo sounds on the Sultan product page so check it out to see how you like it.