Rhythm Lab releases Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks

Rhythm Lab Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks

Prime Loops has introduced Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks, a collection of 64 original drum breaks & vintage drum loops by Rhythm Lab, emulating that much sought-after vibe of classic drum patterns sampled from vinyl.

Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks by Rhythm Lab is a super-tasty selection of 64 charismatic drum breaks and loops, all lovingly programmed and engineered by Dmitry “Cyberworm” Vasilyev.

This is a premium collection of original drum breaks and rare grooves ranging from 60 BPM to 90 BPM, all emulating that much sought-after vibe of classic drum patterns sampled from vinyl.

Buy Vinylistic Breaks today and layer your tracks with some warm, dusty and truly authentic sounding drum patterns and grooves!

The perfect tool kit for producers of Hip hop, trip hop, ambient and many more genres.

The pack is available from Prime Loops for £9.95 GBP.

More information: Rhythm Lab / Downtempo Vinylistic Breaks


Review: Prime Loops Ambient Illusions

I never really quite know what to expect when something is labeled ambient. Closest to my personal musical preference, I think of the sounds of Aphex Twin, Biosphere, System 7, The Orb, Boards of Canada. That kind of thing.

Prime Loops Ambient Illusions

For creating Ambient Illusions, Dmitry Vasilyev took inspiration from Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, as well as the easy listening sound of chill-out collections such as Café Del Mar and Buddah Bar.

Kick back and relax! Prime Loops are extremely proud to announce this ultimate collection of mind-bending ambient & chill-out instrumental loops – prepare yourself for “Ambient Illusions”!

Inside this extraordinary sample pack you will find an addictive blend of over 120 unreal ambient textures, hypnotic arpeggio patterns, mesmerizing chord progressions, intricately crafted sound effects and beautifully sculptured wall-of-sound atmospheres, ranging between 65 and 140 BPM.

The loops have indicative titles, with type classification (synth, seq, music, etc.), tempo and key information included. The samples are quite lengthy (up to 49 seconds!) with an average of ~20 seconds, allowing for progressions and plenty of movement of sounds.

Dmitry steers clear of useless repetition so you won’t find the exact same 4 bar melody being repeated 8 times. Instead you get well thought out evolving sounds that still loop well.

The overall vibe of the sounds is quite positive/light, relaxing, sometimes deep and spacey, never very dark or disturbing.

Have a listen to the official demo track below, which is a good representation of the sounds included in Ambient Illusions.

So what do I think?

Product: Prime Loops Ambient Illusions
Format: 24bit/44kHz samples (various formats)
Price: £19.95 GBP
Like: beautiful sounds, long loops (well looped)
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

I hold Dmitry Vasilyev in high regard. Ever since I came across his work as Cyberworm – offering free samples on his Rhythm-Lab blog, I have been impressed with pretty much everything he does.

Ambient Illusions is no exception. This library is a stunning collection of ambient textures / atmospheres / sounds. Well produced, wonderfully creative, unique and inspiring, there isn’t a single dud to be found really.

This sample pack is perfect for adding an ambient, chill-out vibe to your work.

More information: Prime Loops / Ambient Illusions


Short links for December 3rd, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

Designing Sound TV

# Designing Sound TV

Miguel Isaza introduces Designing Sound TV, Television for Sound Designers.

Could you imagine the concept of television re-imagined for sound designers only? How would that be?

How would be a Field Recording TV channel? or can you imagine a show where you can see how the sound of a recent film was done? or what about watching some channels where you can find other guys like you recording sounds outside the world? What if you could watch interviews with different sound designers each night while you drink a cup coffee?

Well, I’ve created something like that, but using the Internet. It’s called Designing Sound TV, a new website packed with lots videos about sound for films, video games, tv, and more. There you can find all kind of stuff on sound design, field reording, foley, mixing, and more.

# Hiphop Experience vol.4
Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm brings the fourth part in series of free hiphop drum loops (36 loops in stereo wav format, 24bit/44.1kHz, 43 MB).

# Music Kits #1: DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Music Thing is back! (though Tom notes that “Normal service will not, I’m afraid, be resumed…”)

After almost two years since the last blog post Tom Whitwell returns with a list of 23 DIY guitar effect pedal kits.

Music Thing DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a few evenings building DIY guitar effects. It's fun to build things that you can use. If you want to get started, one of the hardest things is buying components. Try to buy a 10Ω resistor from Farnell, and you’re faced with a choice of 345 items. So, starting out buying a kit is a good idea. At least you’ll know the parts are right, even if when your soldering isn’t.

However, not many people sell kits. Despite the potential markup on a handful of bulk components, the customer service is – presumably – a nightmare. Here are 23 companies who will sell you complete component kits for guitar effects – many more people produce PCBs, or sell finished pedals. Stay tuned for similar lists on synths/noise boxes and tube amplifiers.

# Google Translate Beatboxing – If you haven’t heard about Google Translate’s beatboxing skills yet you probably spend a more than healthy amount of time away from the interwebs. Check it out, it’s cool.

# Home Recording Tactics

Home Recording Tactics

Jon Tidey at Audio Geek Zine shares some useful tips on editing & workflow as part of a series of 9 interviews with recording engineers from around the world.

What is Home Recording Tactics? This is a collection of audio interviews with 9 hard working, successful home studio engineers (including me). The interviews were led by Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. He got these guys to share all their secrets on a variety of home recording topics.

Also features sound design tips by Nick Maxwell of NicksTutorials.com

# Virtual Theremin Made with Kinect; Real Thereminists Will Make it Useful

Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn writes:

Who says technology has to move fast and die young? Leon Theremin may have been a full century ahead of his time, before computers, before transistors, before jet engines or atomic power or rockets.

ReacTable creator Martin Kaltenbrunner has a virtual Theremin prototype built with Microsoft’s depth-sensing, 3D Kinect camera. And what he really needs is some players of the real Theremin to help develop it.

SoundCloud Record

# Capture And Share Your Sounds

SoundCloud’s iPhone app makes it easy to record and share your sounds from anywhere.

Today, we’re excited about the release of the recording feature.

The Record button will make it easy for you to capture all kinds of sounds right on SoundCloud & with the iPhone app and share them from anywhere to everywhere on the web: your website, social network profiles or simply between friends & family.

# TouchOSC for Android released

From hexler.net:

Friends of hand-held devices not sporting the omnipresent “i” prefix take note: TouchOSC for Android has been published on the Android Market! And it’s free. Free as in beer.


Review: Prime Loops Ambient Fractals

Prime Loops Ambient Fractals

Prime Loops has recently released Ambient Fractals, a sample library featuring ambient sound effects by resident producer Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm.

Engineered to capture the true essence of ambience, “Ambient Fractals” will twist you through the mathematics of sound, bringing you a mesmerizing selection of waveform manipulations and spaced out oscillations from the sublime side of synthesis. It’s never been easier to find that extra layer of texture for your tunes and soundtracks, adding depth, tension and mystery to any mixdown.

The library includes nearly 300 samples and loops which Dmitry created with a number of hardware synthesizers, including the Waldorf Q, Access Virus, Roland JP8000, Korg Prophecy and Clavia Nord.

The focus of this library is on single shot sound fx samples. A total of 276 sounds are categorized in 15 folders, including things like Atmos, Glides, LFOs, Reverses, and Weirdos. Other than being serially numbered the actual samples within the folders do not have any additional descriptions. I prefer a more distinctive naming convention but since there is a reasonably small amount of samples in each folder it isn’t too big a deal. Unfortunately there is no info on which key samples are in.

While a number of one shot samples are short sounds (e.g. stabs, perc, blips) most are actually quite long, from several seconds up to nearly half a minute.

Have a listen to the product demo below to get an idea of the type of sounds included in Ambient Fractals.

Note: the audio demo includes some additional sounds not included in this library (e.g. the drum beat).

Let’s take a look at the one shot samples in detail.

  • Atmos (24 samples), averaging 10 seconds per samples these sounds set some great ambiance. Mostly darker sounds, brooding and with anticipation of something bad waiting to happen. Puts me in a space thriller type mood.
  • Blasters (16 samples), more space sounds in this folder featuring sounds of space aliens blasting their weapons at full force. Mainly shorter zaps and blasts.
  • Chords (24 samples), lots of suspenseful chord hits, sounds ranging from organ and piano to filtered house chords.
  • Delayed (26 samples), various melodic and percussive sounds treated with full force delay effects.
  • Glides (9 samples), kind of like drive by whooshing sounds, but then… you guessed it, from all kinds of space craft type vehicles.
  • Hits (20 samples), short sounds -mostly percussive- heavily drenched in massive reverb and other processing.
  • LFOs (18 samples), LFO modulated sounds, including some typical rippling sound fx and dub siren/alarm type sounds.
  • Noise (13 samples), includes some wind type sounds.
  • Other (37 samples), various 8bit sounds, blips, filtered sounds, vocal fx, sweeps, and more.
  • Pitched (12 samples), going up… going down! These samples create movement by shifting pitch in various ways.
  • Reversed (10 samples), some of these reversed sounds are particularly tense/creepy and intimidating.
  • Sirens (10 samples), various real-ish and not so real sounding sirens.
  • Stabs (27 samples), includes orchestral, choir, organ, piano, synth, distorted guitar… lots of mostly very shorts hits.
  • Synths (19 samples), nice variety of processed synth sounds (no “simple” sounds).
  • Weirdos (12 samples), some noisy, glitchy, bubbly sounds. Not sure why they are called weirdos as they sound similar to many of the other samples in this pack.

Besides the one shot sounds you also get a collection of 20 loops, ranging from 90 to 130 bpm. These are in the same vein as the single sounds. These noisy, glitchy, heavily processed tonal and atonal sounds do have some more descriptive names indicating bpm, and key info where relevant.

So what do I think?

Product: Prime Loops Ambient Fractals
Format: 24bit/44kHz samples (various formats)
Price: £16.95 GBP
Like: great sound design, lots of unique material
Don’t like: no key info for one shots
Verdict: 8/10

First off, the title might suggest otherwise but I don’t think Ambient Fractals is geared towards ambient music per se. It’s more of a sound fx collection, including tons of well produced sounds that are great for cinematic work, experimental music and to spice up any type of electronic music really.

The whole production has a bit of a dark undertone, which makes it great for science fiction or thriller type music/soundtracks.
If I had to come up with a title for this sample pack I would make sure it would have “space” or “alien” in it.

While having a good variety of sounds, many samples in Ambient Fractals are heavily processed with reverb, delay and other effects. Now much of the processing is what makes the samples unique so I am not saying this is a bad thing, but it obviously comes at the cost of usability. That said, the samples do sound simply great.

In short, Ambient Fractals includes a wealth of high quality sound fx for adding some zing to your productions.

Prime Loops is offering a free demo pack featuring 20 samples and loops so check it out and see what you think.

More information: Prime Loops / Ambient Fractals


Prime Loops releases Aquasonica, sample pack by Dmitry Vasilyev

Prime Loops Aquasonica

Prime Loops has released Aquasonica, a collection of loops and samples by Dmitry Vasilyev.

Take a high dive into a refreshing sea of soulful minimal techno with this 100% comprehensive library of sun-drenched sounds and patches, engineered for maximum atmosphere and straight-up 4×4 bliss.

Leave the ocean breeze above you and explore the depths of the latest product of synth-geek Dmitry Vasilyev’s imagination.

Aquasonica features

  • Over 200 glitchy techno drum loops, ultra-low bass loops, spaced-out FX loops, submersive synth loops and acid sequences.
  • More than 300 sparkling drum oneshots.
  • 150 synth patches (for NI Kontakt, Steinberg Halion, Apple EXS24, Sonar SFZ & Reason NN-XT) for programming your own underwater riffs.
  • Tempos for this voyage are set to a dreamy 108-120bpm, and all the loops are awash with reverb and delay, compressed to perfection by our three-stage quality control process.
  • Each file is labelled by musical key and preformatted to work seamlessly with your hardware and software.
  • 100% royalty-free license.

Aquasonica is available to purchase in various formats for £22.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Aquasonica


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