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Review: The Raw Cutz Super Pack – 5,000 Breaks, Cuts & Samples

Raw Cutz is a new label by Erik Svahn of E-Lab and Equipped Music, and Loopmasters sample boutique owner Matt Pelling.

Together Erik and Matt have formed Raw Cutz, and hope this site will inspire musicians old and new to make exciting Hip Hop, House, Drum and Bass and other experimental forms using some of the inspirational sounds, swung beats, processed kits and found sounds that Raw Cutz and its Producers will be releasing regularly on this imprint.

Raw Cutz Super Pack

The Raw Cutz Super Pack takes the 30 launch releases from the new imprint, and bundles them in a giant pack with no less than 5,645 individual samples, good for 3.3 GB content.

Whether you are looking for Punchy Kicks, Crisp Snares, Mellow Rhodes, Ethereal Vocals, Dubbed Out Basses, Glitched Jazz Guitars, Drifting Flutes, Funky Horns, Ambient Sounds, and Dusty Breaks – these smoking beats are guaranteed to add the flavour, punch and inspiration to your productions that you have been looking for.

Raw Cutz Super Pack features

  • 300 81-99BPM Raw Break Loops
  • 3,510 Raw Cut Music Samples
  • 778 Raw Kick Samples
  • 468 Raw Snare Samples
  • 331 Raw Hi Hat Samples
  • 302 Rex2 Files

The pack comes with everything listed above in respective folders. You do get file listings of each of the 30 individual packs that make up this super pack, but if you want to find the sounds that are from the same pack you’ll have to use the file name tags to locate them.

A collection of 300 break loops (10 loops per pack) is good for 110 individual breaks, and 190 no kick/no hihat type variations. They have a nice vintage vibe, though when you audition the bunch some of the themes start to sounds a bit the same-ish. Of course nothing keeps you from chopping the breaks up, and since you also get over 1,500 one-shot drum samples so can easily make your own breaks anyway.

For me, the next bit – the “Raw Cut Inspirational Music Samples” – is what this pack is all about.

One of the first sample libraries I bought was E-Lab’s Xclusive Wav Xtension (10-disc pack including the X-Static Goldmine series). I remember it cost an arm and a leg (back then anyway), and it seemed that a lot of the content was simply lifted of existing recordings – nicely processed, but not very original nonetheless. Some samples were blatantly ripped from commercial tunes, but I always loved the vibe of these samples. Especially the melodic one-shot stabs/hits are fantastic, and this is the kind of sampling that in my opinion has its merit.

The music samples on the Raw Cutz Super Pack are much the same. Bass, guitar, electric piano, flute, saxophone, organ, atmospheric sounds, etc.
Short 1 or 2 second sounds, all with that fantastic vintage funky, soulful vibe. While the sounds mostly have a Hip Hop feel, you can easily use them in other genres as well. Many samples have that lovely delay and reverb processing that you would hear on early drum & bass records.

The Loopmasters website says:

These exclusive samples have been crafted carefully by our top producers using technology including MPC and SP1200 samplers, Technics 1210 mk2 decks, Analogue Tape Machines and vintage mics and instruments including Fender Jazz Guitars, Double Basses, Horns, Rhodes Pianos and much more besides.

I have read that text a few times, and I guess it doesn’t actually exclude crate digging. To be honest even if these samples weren’t created from scratch I don’t really care. Sampling has always been part of Hip Hop music production, and I would feel totally comfortable using these samples in my work.

Check the sound examples below to get an idea on what kind of sounds you can expect.

So what do I think?

Product: Raw Cutz Super Pack by Loopmasters
Format: 24-bit Wav samples
Price: £149.95 GBP
Like: beautiful one-shot hits/stabs, well processed for that vintage vibe
Don’t like: breaks could have bit more variation
Verdict: 8/10

This pack is perfect for beat makers. The Raw Cutz Super Pack will save you tons of time, no need to go crate digging!

The 3,500+ sounds are just what you need to create the perfect vibe for your Hip Hop tracks.
Yes, the breaks are nice, the single drum sounds are very useful, but for me, this pack is all about the brilliant stabs, chords, hits, bass & guitar licks, atmospheric fx, etc.

The samples are processed with care to get a great vibe, totally inspiring and full of character.

Get your samplers ready, serious head bobbin’ is inevitable.

More information: Loopmasters / Raw Cutz Super Pack

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Loopmasters releases Atmospheric Vinyl Breaks by Chemo

Loopmasters Atmosphere Vinyl Breaks

Loopmasters has released Atmospheric Vinyl Breaks, a new sample library by Chemo.

Producers can expect to find 30 all new Atmospheric Vinyl Drum Breaks plus all the separate components and bonus Drum hits from the mind of chemo, the UK’s premier break producer.

With tempos varying from 78 -132 bpm each one of the 30 drum construction kits comes with its own Drum hits, Drum loop parts and Atmospherics, giving you a huge variety of inspirational sounds to deconstruct and rebuild in the studio.

These 30 Hip Hop and Downtempo Breaks capture a variety of vibes including live shuffling grooves, dark and moody beats, Gritty grooves and live played experimental breaks. In Chemos words these drums are “crusted, tainted, mangled, flanged, taped and injected with secret psychedelic compounds”.

The sample pack is available to purchase for £17.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Atmospheric Vinyl Breaks

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Patchbanks releases Butcher Beats & Breaks

Patchbanks Butcher Beats & Breaks

Patchbanks has announced Butcher Beats & Breaks, a sample library by Joe Nicolo featuring over 100 loops.

Patchbanks presents in coordination with nine-time Grammy award-winning producer, Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo (Cypress Hill, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Jazzy Jeff, Fresh Prince and Schoolly D), an all-original mash up of grimy beats and breaks for those in search of dirty Hip Hop loops to sample, chop, filter and create beats with.

Inside contains an assortment of musical beats and drum breaks sourced from unreleased 2” master tape sessions, along with newly produced compositions mixed-down with a dirty and dusty feel.

This is real Hip Hop. And a must have library add-on for music producers still in love with that old school sound!

The sample pack costs $19.95 USD.

More information: Patchbanks / Butcher Beats & Breaks

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Ableton intros Max for Live devices: Spectrum Effects, AutoBeat & RokVid

Ableton has announced the release of Spectrum Effects, AutoBeat and RokVid, three new Max for Live devices.

Max for Live offers the promise of unlimited sonic – and visual – explorations, within the familiar framework of Ableton Live.

Released today, three new products deliver on that promise and then some – providing a shot of inspiration that can be subtle or extreme. Coming from expert Max for Live developers, these devices extend into existing areas of sound and vision that will likely be brand new for many users.

New Max for Live devices

  • Spectrum Effects by Amazing Noises — Spectrum Effects includes two radical spectral processing devices capable of a range of effects. Warp and mangle your audio into mayhem, or add subtle harmonic touches – you decide which. In the studio and at the gig, Spectrum Effects adds an instant dynamic catalyst to your Live set.
  • AutoBeat by K-Devices — Set the rules in AutoBeat and discover endless rhythmic rearrangement possibilities. AutoBeat integrates seamlessly with Drum Racks, and can also function as a flexible phrase creator for melodic instruments.
  • RokVid by Adam Rokhsar — RokVid is a powerful video solution for live music performers. Designed with simplicity in mind, RokVid makes easy work of generating captivating video that dynamically reacts to your sound.

Spectrum Effects and AutoBeat are available to purchase for 29 EUR each, RokVid is 19 EUR.

More information: Ableton

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Drum Broker releases Kingsway Music Library Vol 1

Kingsway Music Library Vol 1

The Drum Sample Broker has released Kingsway Music Library Volume 1, a collection of 15 original samples (master clearance guaranteed) created by multi genre music producer and composer, Frank Dukes.

Frank has been composing original samples for the industries top producers including Jake One, Illmind, Cardiak, and more. Never have another record shelved due to sample clearance issues!

The Kingsway Music Library was created for the sample based producer, DJ, and beatmaker who wants original music to chop, flip, and arrange into headbanging beats without the hassle of digging through endless stacks of vinyl or worrying about sample clearance issues.

The Kingsway samples were recorded to 1 inch tape at 30 IPS, using an onslaught of rare vintage gear and instruments that the average beatmaker, producer, & DJ don’t have access to.

As a heavy collector of records and former sampling beat maker, Frank has an intimate knowledge of what makes a great sample and what makes a dope beat. These samples were created using extreme attention to detail specifically with the beatmaker and producer in mind.

The library is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / Kingsway Music Library Vol 1

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Sample Magic releases MIDI Elements: Jackin’ Drums

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Sample Magic Jackin' Drums

Sample Magic has announced the release of MIDI Elements: Jackin’ Drums, a collection of 101 MIDI beats.

MIDI Elements: Jackin’ Drums transports us back to the bumpin’ 90s heyday with 101 raw, jackin’ old school beats inspired by the best of old school house and garage, served up in fully-flexible MIDI format and bundled 120+ all-new analogue drum hits.

Each MIDI drum workout is mapped to general MIDI for instant drag and drop action in your DAW. Simply load up one of the 10 drum kits included in the pack or select your own hits to work the groove.

The MIDI pack costs £12.90 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / MIDI Elements: Jackin’ Drums

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The Loop Loft releases Beats Like Bonham – Stereo Drum Loops

Loop Loft Beats Like Bonham Bundle

The Loop Loft has introduced Beats Like Bonham – Stereo Drum Loops, a collection of 6 complete recording sessions inspired by the grooves and sound of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham.

Following the success of our hugely popular Bonham Complete Takes series, we have designed a new stereo loop set collection, giving you all of the beats in 24 bit 48 kHz clarity and in a wide range of formats including WAV, REX2, AIFF (Apple Loops) and Stylus RMX, allowing you to easily drag and drop the loops into the DAW of your choice.

The Beats Like Bonham stereo loop collection contains a massive selection of grooves and fills from some of Led Zeppelin’s biggest hit tracks.

Beats Like Bonham Stereo Drum Loops features

  • 6 Complete Song Sessions
    • Immigrant Song
    • All My Love
    • When The Levee Breaks
    • Kashmir
    • In The Evening
    • D’yer Mak’er
  • Intro, Verse, Chorus Grooves & Fills.
  • WAV, AIFF, REX2 & Stylus RMX Loops.
  • 24 bit 48 kHz WAV Files.

The sample pack bundle costs $29 USD. Multi-track sessions are also available.

More information: The Loop Loft / Beats Like Bonham Bundle

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