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Review: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

When you need some solid electronic drum sounds, Goldbaby’s sample packs are always a good place to turn to. With Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1, Hugo once again provides quality sounds to help you cook up some delicious dishes, urban style.

Goldbaby's Urban Cookbook Vol 1

Want to cook up some delicious beats… well then you probably need my cookbook. The ingredients are full of saturated fat, MSG, a heap of sugar and are not suitable for a low cholesterol diet. The recipes are perfect for these dishes: Hip Hop, Dub Step, Drum & Bass, Breaks, Grime, Dance Hall, Electro… Although chefs making other dishes like: IDM, House and Techno will appreciate the varied high quality ingredients.

Punchy Kicks, Solid Snares, Hi Hats, Toms, Percussion, Claps, Cymbals, Layering tools, FX, Vinyl Hits, Chord Hits, Bass tools and Rex Loops… just over 1 GB of the freshest ingredients.

The sample pack includes various formats and comes with patches for most common samplers.

  • 3,398 samples (24-bit quality).
  • 200 REX loops.
  • 142 Maschine kits (plus 7 projects) and 13 instruments.
  • 49 presets + 145 kits for Geist.
  • 135 Battery 3 kits.
  • 136 Kontakt 4 kits.
  • 141 EXS24 patches for Logic (can also be imported in Kontakt, Ableton Live Sampler, Halion, etc.)
  • 50 Kong kits, 140 NN-XT patches and 9 Combinators for Reason 5 and above.

I checked out the Maschine version which also comes with the patches for Kontakt, Battery and EXS24. The Maschine kits are divided in folders – Combos (4), Drum Kits (52), FX (20), Hits & Chords (31), Percussion Kits (20), and Vox (15), and to help you find the right type of sound some of the kits are tagged in categories like analog, digital, sfx, etc.

The Kontakt instruments include bass, drum kits, FX, hits and chords, individual drums, layering tools, and vox. It may look like this is basically the same as the Maschine content but there are a bunch of different instruments in here (same for the EXS24 format which you can also load in Kontakt).

While browsing the different kits and instruments it struck me that Goldbaby’s samples always sound “fresh” and up-to-date. The Cookbook includes a fair share of sounds that are similar to the ones in other Goldbaby sample packs, but Hugo records all content for each sample library specifically for said library, which makes sense since Goldbaby’s studio equipment is regularly updated with new gear.

Besides all the kits and patches there is a lot more sample content than was used for the kits so there is a lot to explore, and swapping out sounds within kits is easy. In Maschine the kits come with some lovely patterns and the included projects are a nice bonus, as are the REX loops which feature various percussion loops, fx loops, grooves and more.

In all, this pack has lots of unique content with that vintage Goldbaby vibe. It’s kind of like crate digging without having to do all the hard work. Instant satisfaction!

Check below for an example of the type of thing you can cook up with Goldbaby’s ingredients. A few more demo mp3s can be found at the Urban Cookbook product page here.

So what do I think?

Product: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol.1
Format: 24bit WAV, REX / Maschine, Geist, Kontakt, Battery & EXS24 / Reason ReFill
Price: $49 USD
Like: fantastic sounds, well done kits and patches, phat!
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

With Urban Cookbook Vol 1, Goldbaby does what Goldbaby does best: deliver quality drum sounds with a vintage feel. I think Hugo did a fantastic job with the kits. The combination of sounds in each kit is inspiring and everything is really well produced to get that typical fat, punchy, deep sound. I know a lot of thought went into creating and processing the samples and making sure the kits work well musically, and it shows.

The additional sounds are fantastic. Beautiful chords, guitar strums, useful sound fx, string type sounds. Just love it. Now don’t think this is construction kit type stuff, but these are just a bunch of lovely sounds to compliment the drum/percussion content. Signature Goldbaby.

After spending some good time with this new pack (and already using it in some projects), I think the Urban Cookbook may well be my favorite Goldbaby library to date. Go check it out!

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Urban Cookbook Vol 1

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Standard Beat Company offers massive beats with Boiler Room Beats

Standard Beat Company Boiler Room Beats

Standard Beat Company has introduced Boiler Room Beats, a new collection of drum samples and loops.

Loosely influenced by both the architectural qualities of the Standard Beat Co. recording studio and the roomy stylings of mid-nineties Beastie Boys records, Boiler Room Beats gives programmers a set of unique tools to create everything from massive hall beats to intimate down-tuned classics.

We took a makeshift kit, threw some bad mics on the floor, put some classic mics in the hall, and put a really good AEA ribbon overhead. We also sampled various percussion pieces including bongos, cowbell, bodhran, and doumbek.

Boiler Room Beats features

  • Multi layer, velocity sensitive drum kit for Native Instruments Kontakt 4 and Battery 3.
  • 299 individual hits in 24 bit .wav format.
  • 42 processed loops in both .rex and 24 bit .wav formats.
  • Composed using all original samples recorded with Lavry Blue conversion.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Standard Beat Company / Boiler Room Beats

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ISR Dirty Alley Drumstep – Breaks & FX by 6Blocc

Industrial Strength Records has released Dirty Alley Drumstep, a collection of breaks and fx by 6Blocc.

6Blocc Dirty Alley Drumstep

These sounds were designed with the 6Blocc chops that twisted dubstep remixes of Fugees, Dr. Dre, Method Man & Redman, and Bone Thugz n Harmony. 6Blocc has been heard collaborating with Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs and San Fran’s Bassnectar. On top of running his 6DUB label, his recent releases can be caught on Foul Play, Ultra, Terminal Dusk, Moonshine, Mad Decent, and Lo Dubs. This man’s music never relents!

Dirty Alley Breaks comes ready to wreck with all its essential elements keyed up at 175 Bpm. Tear any Drumstep or Drum ‘n’ Bass track in half, max out your production, or seamlessly weave edgy breaks into Hybrid Hardcore. Dirty Alley Breaks is Acid Wav, REX2 and Apple Loop-ready. All drum shots are nailed in Battery 3, Logic EXS, and Native Instruments’ almighty Maschine.

Dirty Alley Drumstep features

  • 1.11 GB content, 24-bit quality.
  • Includes 152 breaks, 271 Apple Loops, 170 REX2 files, 23 hard claps, 31 hard cymbals, 27 fx loops, 20 hard kicks, 19 hard snares, 24 hard subs, 50 overdrive bass.
  • Kits for Battery3, Maschine and Logic EXS.

The sample pack is available from Loopmasters for £23.95 GBP.

More information: 6Blocc Dirty Alley Drumstep – Breaks & FX

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Pavel Vladykin releases Acid Bass (+ Acid Drums & Acid Arps)

Pavel Vladykin has released Acid Bass, a soundset featuring 34 bass sounds for the Sylenth1 software synthesizer by LennarDigital.

Pavel Vladykin Acid Bass

Purple at the traffic lights. We continue to move on Acid way. Today, we are met by Acid Bass. Tight, solid, massive, sharp as razor, fast as the blade, it spreads everywhere. You can not hide from it, can not leave, can not escape. All that you can – it is surrender, surrender to his power. Perfect for Acid but not only =) Can be used on any style which needs energy of Bass.

Acid Bass is available to purchase from Sampleism for £3.50 GBP. A free preview featuring 12 Sylenth1 presets can be downloaded from the product page.

Pavel has also recently released Acid Drums, a collection of Battery 3/Kontakt kits, and Acid Arps, a soundset featuring 32 programmed acid arps for Sylenth1. These titles are available at £3.50 GBP each.

More information: Pavel Vladykin at Sampleism

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Standard Beat Company releases Dark Downtempo 4

Standard Beat Company has released Dark Downtempo 4, a construction kits beats sample library.

Standard Beat Company Dark Downtempo 4

A continuation of the top seller from the beatserv days, Standard Beat Company’s release of Dark Downtempo 4 integrates elements of dub, trip hop, and down-tempo into an essential set of tools for cinematic chill-out production.

Eighteen (18) beats include construction kit style variations for a total of 80 loops. Also included are two kits of individual hits (101 total) in Native Instruments Battery 3 and 24-bit WAV format

Dark Downtempo 4 was composed using all original samples recorded with Lavry Blue conversion, AEA and Peluso Ribbon mics, and the Placid Audio Copperphone for a distinctly intimate and vintage sound.

Dark Downtempo 4 (24-bit WAV/.rex/NI Battery 3) is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Standard Beat Company / Dark Downtempo 4

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Goldbaby Productions releases Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

Goldbaby Productions has announced its Urban Cookbook Vol. 1 sample library.

Goldbaby's Urban Cookbook Vol 1

Want to cook up some delicious beats… well then you probably need my cookbook. The ingredients are full of saturated fat, MSG, a heap of sugar and are not suitable for a low cholesterol diet. The recipes are perfect for these dishes: Hip Hop, Dub Step, Drum & Bass, Breaks, Grime, Dance Hall, Electro… Although chefs making other dishes like: IDM, House and Techno will appreciate the varied high quality ingredients. Punchy Kicks, Solid Snares, Hi Hats, Toms, Percussion, Claps, Cymbals, Layering tools, FX, Vinyl Hits, Chord Hits, Bass tools and Rex Loops… just over 1 GB of the freshest ingredients.

With patches for Maschine & Mikro, Battery 3, Kontakt 4, Geist and Logic’s EXS-24. You will need the full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to use the Kontakt patches. The free player will only load them in demo mode.

Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1 is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

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Native Instruments announces time-limited special upgrade offer on KOMPLETE 8

Native Instruments has announced a time-limited special offer on KOMPLETE 8, to mark the official beginning of spring.

Native Instruments KOMPLETE 8 Spring Special

From March 21st – 29th 2012, owners of MASSIVE, ABSYNTH, BATTERY, FM8, REAKTOR, KONTAKT, GUITAR RIG PRO or GUITAR RIG KONTROL can upgrade to KOMPLETE 8 for the special price of $299 / 299 EUR / ¥29800. This offer is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop and applies to all versions of the single instruments, making this upgrade opportunity especially attractive to those owning older versions of the instruments.

KOMPLETE 8 is a comprehensive and inspiring collection of the highest-quality instruments and effects for musicians, producers and sound designers – the industry-standard bundle for studio and stage. It includes 27 fully-fledged products, 11,000 presets and over 100 GB of samples. The selection covers a wide range of instrument types and musical styles, from detailed sampled instruments to innovative synthesizers and a comprehensive arsenal of acoustic and electronic percussion. Even at full price, it offers tremendous value, with an 80% saving compared to the total MSRP of the individual instruments.

This time-limited offer is valid on purchases of the special KOMPLETE 8 Upgrade, available from March 21, 2012 until March 29, 2012, at the NI Online Shop only. Please note that according to NI terms and conditions, e-vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with special offers.

More information: Native Instruments / KOMPLETE Spring Special

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Soulviasound releases Percussive sound library

Soulviasound Percussive

Soulviasound has released Percussive, a new unconventional sound pack designed for Maschine, Ableton Live 8 and Battery 3.

The sounds are recorded multi velocity from some unconventional and traditional percussion, then post produced and in the end, tuned in MASCHINE 1.7, Ableton Live 8 (in Drum Rack) and Battery 3. You’ll find some agressive and industrial sounds combined with traditional percussion.

This sound pack:

  • 10 Drum Kits for MASCHINE 1.7, Abeton Live 8 & Battery 3
  • over 550 samples 24bit/44.1Khz

This sound pack can be used used in MASCHINE 1.7, Ableton Live 8.2.7 and Battery 3.2.3 or you can use the samples in your favourite drum maschine. If you don’t know about MASCHINE and never have had the chance of playing it, you should consider testing it or watch the videos on NI web site because it has a really nice work flow.

The Percussive sound library is avaialble to purchase for 19.99 EUR.

More information: Soulviasound / Percussive

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