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Native Instruments launches Summer of Sound: 50% off KOMPLETE updates, upgrades & cross-grades

Native Instruments has announced its Summer of Sound special, which offers a 50% discount on most updates, upgrades and crossgrades for its KOMPLETE software instruments and effects in July.

Native Instruments Summer of Sound
All updates, upgrades and cross-grade available for half-price until July 31, 2012.

The special offer comprises updates and upgrades to the KOMPLETE 8 and KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE bundles from previous versions as well as crossgrades for users of MASCHINE, KONTAKT, REAKTOR, and GUITAR RIG KONTROL. Furthermore, discounted updates and upgrades to ABSYNTH 5, BATTERY 3, FM8, GUITAR RIG 5 Pro, KONTAKT 5 and REAKTOR 5 are included in the special, which also extends to the KONTAKT 5 crossgrade for owners of any KONTAKT PLAYER-based third-party instrument as well as the upgrade to SESSION STRINGS PRO for owners of SESSION STRINGS.

The “Summer of Sound” special offers are available at participating retailers and in the NI Online Shop until July 31st, 2012, while stock lasts. Savings described in this press release are calculated on the basis of suggested retail prices (MSRP). Please note that according to our terms and conditions, e-vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with special offers.

More information: Native Instruments / Summer of Sound

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Industrial Strength Records launches Future Clash sample library

ISR Future Clash

Loopmasters has introduced Future Clash, a sample library by Industrial Strength, featuring an original collection of modern Jamaican musical stylings.

Industrial Strength continues to push the limits of genre, this time by lacing the authentic sounds of Dub, Reggae, and Dancehall with futuristic flavor. Future Clash is specially designed for producers looking to delve deeper into material rooted in real foundation.

Spanning across six different tempos, and a diverse array of vibes and riddims, Future Clash features expressive samples to build from when creating in the studio. The pack includes heavy bass and sub lines, bright skanks, dark dubby organ loops, futuristic leads and pads, brass accents, tuned percussion, techy and booming drum loops, and a slew of versatile sound effects.

Future Clash features

  • 1.7 GB content, 24 bit quality AIFF format.
  • 490+ loops and samples, including drum loops, fx, synth melodies & more, in 6 tempos: 82, 90, 128, 133, 136, and 140 bpm.
  • Bonus: 30 Drumshots Vol. 2, 24 sub shots, 34 clash one shots, 26 Boba Saw vocals, 20 rewind bonus pack, 35 effected vocals.
  • Includes 199 REX2 loops.
  • 2 Battery 3 kits, 6 Kontakt kits, 1 Maschine kit.

The sample pack is available to purchase for £23.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Future Clash

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Industrial Strength releases Lenny Dee – Drum Shots Vol. 3

Lenny Dee Drum Shots Vol 3

Loopmasters has introduced Lenny Dee – Drum Shots Vol. 3, a new sample pack from Industrial Strength Records.

Legendary New York producer Lenny Dee reveals his signature essentials in Drumshots Vol. 3, the latest chapter in ISR’s encyclopedic collection of analog, digital, and live drum samples to kick the pulse of your productions through the roof.

Lenny Dee crafted these samples from his personal collection and culled them from more than two decades of material to bring you the drum sounds that have induced countless crowds into booty-shakin’ synchronization.

Drum Shots Vol. 3 features

  • 420 MB content, 24-bit/44kHz.
  • Includes 2 Claps, 35 Crash Cymbals, 8 Cymbals, 12 Rim Shots, 73 Closed Hats, 18 Open Hats, 297 Kick Drums, 133 Snares, 59 Toms, 5 FX, 20 ‘Climb’ FX.
  • Samples were recorded through myriad means and measures, with gear from the SSL E and G Series, Neve, Amek, Harrison API, Sound Craft, right on down to lo-fi Mackie and DJ mixers. Shots were also made in-the-box with modern software, and some were even captured on tape for that extra-warm tone.
  • 11 Battery 3 Kits, 11 EXS24 Kits, 10 Kontakt kits, 2 Maschine Kits.

The sample pack is available to purchase for £12.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Lenny Dee – Drum Shots Vol. 3

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Standard Beat Company releases In Search Of Angels

Standard Beat Company In Search Of Angels

Standard Beat Company has launched In Search Of Angels, the first in a series of thematic sound sets designed to bolster your production sound library.

Purposely lacking any kind of flash or processing, the singular goal of Angels was to create the perfect side stick.

Hundreds of samples from multiple sources have been painstakingly reduced to include only the most usable and interesting sounds.

The sample pack is available to purchase for Native Instruments Battery 3 (includes 59 hits in 24-bit WAV format), priced at $9.95 USD.

More information: Standard Beat Company / In Search Of Angels

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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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