Step on up and get ready for some serious pumping club house featuring groovalicious drums, uber phat bass lines, bouncy chords and soaring melodies brought to you in full by Andre Touhey (MIDI producer for the award winning Classic House Piano and Soulful House Sounds from 5Pin).
Inspired by big names such as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tocadisco, Eric Prydz and Thomas Gold to name just a few, Epic House Riffs delivers a skillful combination of MIDI and Audio Loops, which will put you on course to creating huge dance floor destroyers.
Epic House Riffs boasts a whopping 164 MIDI files spread across 10 construction kits, featuring Bass, Leads, Chords, Piano Chords, Pads, Strings, Melodies and Arps. All of the MIDI files are clearly labelled with musical part and key information for quick and easy recognition to use with any third party MIDI compatible sound source or any 5Pin Media Synth Presets or Sample Patches.
Epic House Riffs features
10 Construction Kits, 1.09 GB content (24 bit quality).
Includes 120+ drum loops, 60 bass loops, 200+ music loops in Wav and REX formats.
164 MIDI Files + 22 Bonus Groove Templates.
Epic House Riffs is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.
I don’t know what you think of when something gets labeled “Lounge music” but I simply associate this genre with downtempo music that makes me feel like… well, lounging I guess. Mellow beats and nice melodies, that kind of thing.
With Live Lounge, Andre Touhey delivers almost 480 loops in both Acidized Wav and REX formats, over 420 single sounds & fx, and 37 patches in various sampler formats.
Note: For this review I used the ZIP (main) version which includes everything I just mentioned. The Ableton version also includes 12 additional Groove Templates and 3 FX Racks, and the Reason version has 12 Redrum patches.
The wav loops are categorized in four folders:
Bass (61 loops), includes acoustic, regular, and synth bass sounds.
Drum (68 loops), with tempos between 90 and 130 bpm, includes 12 drum loops done on a vintage drumkit.
Music (278 loops), brass, guitar, keys, motifs, strings, and synth sounds all in separate folders.
Percussion (67 loops), various percussion instruments like bongos, congas, shakers, woodblock, triangle, etc.
Everything is neatly organized and labeled with sound type, bpm and key information. If you would toss all these samples in one big folder you’d still have no problem finding things.
The loops are mostly 8 to 16 measures long, with great melodic themes and authentic sounds. Have a listen to the demo track for Live Lounge below.
Besides some useful drum hits and five multi-sampled instruments (bass, 2x organ, piano & rhodes), the single shot sounds include some unique and original things like scratched up beats, stabs and fx hits, beautiful rhodes chords and some lush pad sounds. You can load the samples in your sampler with the included patches for Kontakt, HALion, EXS24, sfz, and Reason NN-XT.
So what do I think?
Product: Live Lounge by Loopmasters Format: Acidized Wav / REX + sampler patches (Ableton Live, Apple Loops, and ReFill versions also available) Price: £29.95 GBP
This is one of the best sample libraries I have come across lately. The sounds are spot on for the genre; the right instruments & the right vibe.
I am impressed with the sounds in every single category, but if I’d have to pick some highlights I would say the guitar loops are brilliantly done, and the scratches and stabs in the single shot section are outstanding. Some of the beats combine laidback grooves with little glitchy programming, resulting in vintage sounds with an up-to-date vibe. Exceptionally creative sounds all around; Very funky, very chill. I don’t have to tell you this is perfect material for chopping up in your sampler.
In short Live Lounge is a complete package for creating tunes in the downtempo and soulful style of the Cafe Del Mar artists this sample pack was inspired by. 10/10
Loopmasters has announced the release of Live Lounge, an eclectic mix of soulful, blissed out, and acoustic RnB backline studio essentials for producers looking for top class soulful samples to add to their sound library.
Live Lounge is a consummate collection of well crafted and original sounds, created by Andre Touhey of CueSounds, and inspired by the downtempo and soulful Cafe Del Mar artists, and the likes of Morris Capri, Bullitnuts and Luxury Grooves, along with RnB and Jazz artists including John Legend, Zero 7 and Ben Westbeach!
This pack draws inspiration from ambient electronica, funk, RnB and jazz – with over 60 Drumloops, 60 plus Soul and Funk bass lines, over 280 Music loops, including Brass, Guitar, Keys, Synths and String loops.
Live Lounge also includes a dedicated Percussion library with over 60 hand played loops, including Meinl Shakers, Congas, Bongos, Guiro and Tambourine samples. Rounding things off with an exhaustive collection of Drum hits and kits, Scratch loops created from the samples them selves for perfect syncronicity, plus a Pads and Fx library!
Live Lounge features
1 GB content, 474 loops & 424 single sound.
Includes over 60 drumloops, 60 plus soul and funk bass lines, over 280 music loops, including brass, guitar, keys, synths and string loops. Also 60+ hand played loops, including Meinl shakers, congas, bongos, guiro and tambourine samples and an exhaustive collection of drum hits and kits, scratch loops created from the samples themselves for perfect syncronicity, plus a pads and fx library.
Ready to play FX, Keys, Pads, Drum Kit patches for HALion, EXS, SFZ, Kontakt and Reason NN-XT (37 Patches total).
12 Redrum Patches for Reason, 12 Ableton Groove Templates.
3 Ableton FX Racks.
Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live versions also available.
Live Lounge is available to purchase in various formats for £29.95 GBP.