Loopmasters Origin Series Sale – 50% off sample packs

Loopmasters has announced it has extended its Origin Series sale.

All Origin Series Sample Packs Are Now On A MASSIVE 50% Sale. Sale has been extended until the end Jan 2012!

Loopmasters Origin Series

Loopmasters Origin Series

  • Soulful House Sessions brings you an incredible selection of brand new soulful house samples direct from Andy Lee at Slipstreem Studios. Inspiration comes from the DJ`s and Clubs round the world.
  • Jazz/World – Superbly recorded, engineered and played, Jazz/World is a consumate production from Harvey Summers at Swine Studios. Sublime playing by some of the best session musicians and African master drummers.
  • Funky House Producer brings you the best House Samples from the clubs of Ibiza, London, Paris and New York directly to your mix. Featuring the latest filtered funk loops, inspirational disco and more.
  • Producer Essentials – A ‘must have’ collection of sounds, loops, riffs, and multisamples that every serious producer should have in their sample collection. Featuring drum machines, guitar riffs and multis and more.
  • Lounge and Chillout – The perfect lounge and chillout sample CD of single sounds, lounge loops, ambiences, soft pads, live and synth bass, special fx, percussion loops, soft key grooves and live samples.
  • Drum and Bass Producer – A Killa collection of the freshest drum and bass samples, drumloops, jungle basslines, aggressive synths, special fx, quality pads and sound bytes from one of the hottest production teams.
  • Downbeat & Leftfield is the type of Sample CD that you open at Dusk and don’t put down until Dawn! This superb and completely original CD is packed with sampling inspiration.
  • Percussionism is a dream for musicians looking to inject some reality into their productions with an awesome collection of looped and single hit percussion samples from all over the world.
  • Broken Breaks – From swinging Jazz Breaks, Crunchy Snares and Filtered Kicks through Heavy Soul Samples and Chemical Beats, Broken Breaks moves effortlessly through the most important current Breakbeat genres and more.
  • Combinations – Reason Refill contains over 800Mb of content from the Origin Series range of award winning pro sample libraries, including hundreds of brand new combinator instruments and more.
  • Disco House Sessions takes you back to how we used to do it, recreating the sounds and flavours from seminal party places such as the Paradise Garage and Studio 54.
  • Raw Power delivers a six barrelled assault of blistering power and vitriol, from hard edged beats to the squelchiest analogue synths, the nastiest guitars and fuzziest basses and more.
  • Electro Breaks is the freshest collection of samples for Breakbeat, Electro and Breaks producers worldwide, with an eclectic selection of royalty free loops and samples.
  • Afro Latin Producer – From the beaches, bars and clubs of Brazil, Argentina and Cuba, Loopmasters bring you an exclusive selection of inspirational afro latin samples and loops to blend into your productions.
  • Cult Club Synths brings an exhaustive collection of 300 pads, leads, basses and hit patches to your sampler in an easy to load format.
  • Session Drums – If you need real drums with feel and energy for your music, session drums brings you all the live drum loops you will ever need for Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz, Soul, Indie, Dance and Breakbeat, and more.
  • Davide Carbone’s Drum and Bass Masterclass is an unparalleled collection of pure drum and bass samples produced by one of the scenes most respected producers, Davide Carbone.
  • Urban Soul from Loopmasters is the latest resource for urban producers looking to make the freshest Soul, RnB, and Hip Hop tracks. A collection of more than 1,000 brand new samples.
  • Polyester Loops – Glitches, pops, stutters, and all manner of chemical electro samples and loops are the mainstay of this truly inspired and original sample collection.
  • Hip Hop Progressions is the latest Sample CD from Loopmasters created exclusively for Hip Hop Producers Worldwide.
  • Deep Trance and Techno is dedicated to the producers of underground Trance and Techno music worldwide, featuring a mind blowing collection of over 1,500 brand new samples.
  • Airwave – Triloops Dance Breaks – Airwave has exclusively produced a superb collection of breaks and beats designed firmly for producers working in electronic music and sub genres.
  • Elektro House Producer – Electro House has become the most sought after genre of house music this century and Loopmasters have teamed up with Andy Lee of Barcoda.

More information: Loopmasters / Origin Series

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Loopmasters Groove Tech, house samples by Andy Lee

Loopmasters Groove Tech

Loopmasters has released Groove Tech, a new sample library by Andy Lee of Barcoda.

Groove Tech take inspiration from what is being called “The New Sound Of Ibiza” and is without doubt the freshest House sound of the year.

Moving away from harder and tougher sounds that have dominated the club scene in recent years, and following the trend for tunes that have really solid and infectious grooves with original and innovative percussive elements that work in a main room just as well as the backroom. Often with a slightly jackin’ and swung out groove that can fuse Deep and Tech House, Techno, Disco and Jackin samples together to form a new and exciting sound that for now we are calling “Groove Tech.”

Groove Tech features

  • 935MB content, 24-bit House samples.
  • 500+ House Loops, between 125 and 127 Bpm.
  • 400 Single Sounds and Hits.
  • 29 Ready to play patches for HALion, Kontakt, SFZ, EXS24 and Reason NN-XT.
  • Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live Pack also available.

Groove Tech is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Groove Tech

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Review: Loopmasters Deep, Tech & Minimal House + Sample Magic Minimal Techno

Loopmasters Deep, Tech and Minimal House
Sample Magic Minimal Techno

Sample libraries geared towards the minimal techno genre seem quite popular lately. Two recently released titles covering this genre are Loopmasters Deep, Tech & Minimal House, and Sample Magic’s Minimal Techno.

I’m not terribly familiar with all these subgenres of house/techno music, so I took these libraries for a spin to see what they are all about.

First some details on the libraries.

Deep, Tech & Minimal House offers some 1.2GB original content, recorded and produced by house producer Andy Lee of Barcoda, while Minimal Techno is produced by Sample Magic’s very own Shahrooz Raoofi (who also did Loopmasters titles like Deep Trance & Techno).

Both libraries include tons of acidized wav files, Apple Loops, REX2 files and soft sampler patches. Deep, Tech & Minimal House also includes 10 additional Combinator patches in the ReFill version, and 73 sampler patches in the Ableton Live Pack (both available on the DVD).

House, techno, minimal… huh?

Minimal Techno includes 100s of sub-heavy big room belters and tweeter freakin’ tops, while Deep, Tech, & Minimal House features glitched out and tweaked up loops, and blissed out and jacked up sequences and chord patterns.

Reading the product descriptions might leave you scratching your head, wondering what are we talking about here?!

Basically, both libraries include all the loops, samples and patches you need to construct some slamming tracks. Drums, bass, melodic loops… it’s all there.

A picture paints a thousand words, so let’s hear it!

More mp3 demos are available on the product pages.

Loopmasters Deep, Tech, & Minimal House is available on DVD for £39.95 GBP (various download options are available as well, starting at £29.95 GBP), while Sample Magic Minimal Techno is available on a DVD/CD multipack for £58.67 GBP (also available as a download for £49.95 GBP).

So what do I think?

These sample libraries are pretty slick. Both titles include tons of quality loops and sounds and it’s a breeze to put some great sounding tracks together. And that’s perhaps the only thing I personally don’t like too much.

It’s interesting that the Sample Magic philosophy on the about us page says:

We DON’T: Sell “join the dots” style construction kits. C’mon, where’s the fun in that?!

Yet, that’s exactly how I feel about both these libraries. We are talking about loop libraries though, and I feel that a coherent loop library would be pretty much automatically be some sort of a construction kit.

Here’s what I did. I opened Ableton Live in the session screen and dropped loops from each category in different channels. Then I just started clicking around combining the various elements and before I knew it I felt like I was DJ’ing someone else’s music. Most loops work so well together that you can create full tracks in minutes. Some loops are actually complete pieces already!

Of course you can also just use a couple of these loops, cut them up, add some of the single shot sounds, or even use the instrument patches and your own samples and instruments to create melodies.

I really dig the sound quality of both titles, punchy & fresh. To me the Minimal Techno library seems to have more “edgy” sounds, which I like, but if you’re looking for loops in this genre you can’t go wrong with either title.

More information: Loopmasters / Sample Magic

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