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Review: Philtre Labs Bollywood Elements

Philtre Labs Bollywood Elements

Bollywood Elements is the 2nd sample library by Philtre Labs, a company which aims to provide “authentic” Bollywood flavour to your productions.

BOLLYWOOD ELEMENTS is a ‘premium’ sample library on a DVD-ROM, inspired by the sound of “Bollywood”, using the same melodic instruments and styles typically featured in songs, background scores of films of the genre.

Production directors at Philtre Labs are Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, two brothers who have scored for some of the biggest Bollywood films.

Authentic instruments

After the percussion loops of Bollywood Grooves, it is now time for the melodic loops of Bollywood Elements. This new library features recordings of various traditional Indian plucked and bowed instruments, played by seasoned musicians.

Bollywood Elements instruments

  • Bulbul tarang (Indian banjo), is a string instrument featuring two sets of strings, one set for drone, and one for melody.
  • Flute, the ‘bansuri’ is made of a single length of bamboo with six or seven open finger holes.
  • Mandolin, a musical instrument in the lute family (plucked, or strummed).
  • Sarangi, an important bowed string instrument of India’s Hindustani classical music tradition.
  • Sarod, the most popular and prominent instrument in Hindustani (north Indian) classical music, known for a deep, weighty, introspective sound.
  • Sitar, a plucked stringed instrument using sympathetic strings along with a long hollow neck and agourd resonating chamber to produce a very rich sound with complex harmonic resonance.
  • Shehnai, an aerophonic tube-like instrument which is thought to bring good luck.
  • Tumbi, a traditional North Indian high pitched, single string plucking instrument from the Punjab region.
  • Ravan-hattha, a royal string instrument made with horse hair and ghunghroos (small bells) tied to the rod.
  • Shankh, a conch shell that is blown to announce victory of good over evil.
  • NarSingha/RanaSingha (bonus instrument), a long horn of ancient Indian origin used in ceremonial and royal rituals.
Philtre Labs Bollywood Elements disc data

Each instrument has its own folder, containing a combination of licks, raga phrases, one-shots and FX.

The folder structure can be a little hard to navigate as each folder has different contents. One instrument only has a bunch of files in its folder, while the other has files three levels deep (i.e. Sarod -> Sarod Ragas -> Charukeshi -> Bandish). The licks folders are divided into BPM, and most files have the key in their names which is handy.

The sample library includes a total of over 1,000 unique performances, all recorded at 24bit/48KHz quality.

You can have listen to some demo tracks here.

Bollywood Elements is available on DVD (including .wav & Apple Loops) from Time+Space for £69.95 GBP inc. VAT (~84 EUR / $106 USD).

So what do I think?

It’s hard to find anything that can do traditional instruments as well as sample libraries. Sure there are some great virtual instruments out there (mostly sample based), but nothing comes as close to the real thing as… well, recordings of the real thing!

Bollywood Elements has all the sounds you would expect from a collection of Indian instrument loops. I am no connoisseur but they do sound totally authentic to me.

Plus: good quality samples, lots of variety, authentic sounds.
Minus: the samples could have been categorized better (some folders have .aiff files instead of .wav)

Visit Philtre Labs for more information and some audio demos.

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Zero-G releases Indian Dance Classics

Zero-G Indian Dance Classics

Zero-G has released Indian Dance Classics, a sample library featuring Indian rhythm styles.

Inspired by the unique sound of Indian dance music and using the same rhythm instruments and styles typically featured in Bollywood films Indian Dance Classics is a definitive collection of Indian rhythm styles.

Indian Dance Classics features

  • 750 loops in 1.7Gb of samples (Acidized WAV files, AIFF Apple Loops, Stylus compatible REX2 files).
  • Recorded in pristine 24bit using state of the art recording equipment with performances by top professional players from the Indian music industry.
  • The loops were created using the unique percussion instruments of India, namely Tablas, Pakhawaj, Mridangam, Ghatam, Khanjeera, Manjira, Tavil, Tamte, Khol, Dafli, Duffs, Dhol, Dholak, Udukai, Chende, Gungroo, Tambourine, Naal, Chimta, Dhollu, Tribal Big Drums, Dimdi, Duggis, Morsing, Nagara and Rhythm Vocals.
  • All the major Indian Dance styles are included: Andhranatyam, Bharathanatyam, Dhandiyan, Garba, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Kathak, Odissi, Bhangra, Manipuri, Folk, Goa Dance, Bombay Fusion and Rhythm Vocals.
  • Each Style is separated into Intros, Rhythms, Fills, Variations, Endings and Freestyles in order to give you the freedom and versatility needed to build your own grooves and songs.
  • Tempos ranging from 86bpm to 200bpm.

Indian Dance Classics is available now for $99.95 USD / 79 EUR / £59.95 GBP.

Visit Zero-G for more information and some audio demos.

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Philtre Labs releases Bollywood Elements

Philtre Labs Bollywood Elements

Philtre Labs has released Bollywood Elements, the follow-up to their worldwide hit ‘Bollywood Grooves’.

Freshly recorded licks, one-shots, raga phrases and fx by seasoned musicians in India, Bollywood Elements is a ‘premium’ sample library inspired by the sound of Bollywood, using the same melodic instruments and styles typically featured in songs, background scores of films of the genre.

Fusing Indian traditional melodic instruments in your contemporary genres of music can give you a palette which is limitless… making your music a class apart.

From New age to Hip Hop, Film Music to Jazz, Bollywood Elements can be used in a number of ways to spice up your composition like never before.

Bollywood Elements features

  • Instruments: Bulbul Tarang, Sitar, Sarod, Shehnai, Sarangi, Flute, Mandolin, Tumbi, Ravan-hattha, Shankh.
  • Bonus instrument: NarSingha.
  • Over 2.5Gb of data including 1000 unique performances recorded @ 24 Bit / 48 KHz quality.

Bollywood Elements is available for purchase from Time+Space for £69.95 GBP / €83.95 EUR.

Visit Philtre Labs and Time+Space for more information and some audio demos.

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Time+Space announces Bollywood Grooves

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Time+Space Bollywood Grooves

Time+Space has announced Bollywood Grooves, a premium sample library on DVD-ROM, inspired by the sound of Bollywood, using the same instruments and styles typically featured in films of the genre.

Instruments: Dhol, Tabla, Dholak, Duff, Ghunghroo-Tabla, Dholak-Tabla Freshly recorded loops with performances by top players in the industry. Instruments recorded in isolation / with natural room reverb / and in ensembles (e.g. 6 Dhols, 4 Duffs, etc.)

Bollywood Grooves features

  • Over 700 Loops in each format (WAV / REX2 / APPLE LOOPS) with tempos ranging from 74bpm to 135bpm
  • 4/4, 6/8 and 7/8 patterns
  • Carefully recorded, edited and mastered – using state-of-the-art equipment, by experienced sound engineers and musicians
  • Loops are in Bollywood song style format, including intros, fills and ends
  • Around 2 Gb of data with recordings @ 24 Bit / 48 KHz quality

Visit Time+Space for more information and mp3 demos.

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