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Loopmasters releases Essential Drum & Bass Vol 2 + 20% off Drum & Bass packs

Essential Drum & Bass Vol 2

Loopmasters has announced the release of Essential Drum & Bass Volume 2, a collection of handpicked loops and samples from its award winning Drum and Bass Artist Series.

Essentials 27 Drum & Bass Vol2 is a must have collection for producers on a budget looking for a wide range of some of the best Drum and Bass samples released to date.

Essential Drum & Bass Vol 2 features

  • 100 loops, and 100 one shot samples from the following Loopmasters sample collections:
    • Octane and DLR – Drum and Bass Rollers
    • Friction and Icicle – Shogun audio Vol1
    • Enei – Critical Drum and Bass
    • Blokhe4d – Drum and Bass Vol8
    • June Miller – Dark and Complex Drum and Bass
  • Includes 30 Nasty Bass Loops, 32 Stunning Music Loops, 38 Heavy Breaks, 24 Bass Shots, 11 Instrument Stabs, 23 sharp SFX, 42 Punchy Drum Hits.
  • 418MB content 24-bit quality samples.

The sample pack costs £9.95 GBP.

Loopmasters is also offering its drum and bass sample libraries at a 20% discount in a limited time sale.

Drum & Bass Sale at Loopmasters

This offer ends May 7th, 2013.

More information: Loopmasters / Essential Drum & Bass Vol 2

Review: Friction & Icicle – Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1

When Loopmasters released Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1, the name Friction caught my attention. Friction aka Ed Keeley has made quite an impact on the drum and bass scene with his DJ skills and productions on various prominent labels like Hospital, Renegade Hardware, Valve, Tru Playaz, etc. I think I still have a copy of the Infantry E.P. with Friction and DJ Skinny (Nu Balance) on it, back from 1999.

Loopmasters Friction and Icicle Shogun Audio Drum and Bass

I am not so familiar with the Shogun Audio, Friction’s “diverse, exciting and forward thinking” drum and bass label. At the time K-Tee and Friction started Shogun Audio, I had already packed up my turntables and wasn’t keeping up with new drum and bass releases much.

Icicle aka Jeroen Snik did not ring a bell either, but after reading his profile tagline on Shogun Audio’s website I was expecting to like his work:

Inspiration from the dirty basslines of the likes of Jonny L and Optical and the drum patterns of Photek & Source Direct.

With this sample pack Friction and Icicle deliver a collection of 780 drum and bass samples, including 104 loops and no less than 676 one shot samples.

Here’s a breakdown of the content:

  • 27 bass loops
  • 40 drum loops + 8 bonus classic drum loops
  • 29 synth loops
  • 30 bass one shots + 8 multi-sampled bass instruments
  • 8 synth one shots + 12 multi-sampled synth instruments
  • 63 stab hits
  • 58 sound fx hits
  • 277 drum and percussion hits
  • 71 patches for Kontakt, HALion, EXS24, NN-XT and SFZ

The bass loops are generally silky smooth, understated yet brutal. Lots of deep sounds and plenty of filter action. Love that. The selection of drum loops is quite varied, with great overall quality. You get some beats done with sounds from classic breaks, as well as the more minimal beats reminiscing of Photek. Everything is very well programmed, though with an average of 8 bars per loop at 170+ bpm quite short in length.

I don’t quite get the point of the included classic breaks. Sure it’s just a bonus, but 5 short breaks and 3 amen fills with flanger effect? Not too exciting.

On to the melodic synth loops. There are no fillers here. Beautiful progressions (up to 64 bars), minimal tech stabs, moody pads, evocative dreamy keys. Very inspirational.

The single shot sounds and accompanying sampler patches feature a solid selection of sounds and fx. The bass sounds are good, but with a lot less filter and modulation they lack much of the appeal of the loops. The same with the synth samples. Great sounds – especially some of the pads – but you need to do some processing of your own to get the same vibe. Don’t get me wrong though, this is how melodic single shot sounds/sampler patches are supposed to be in my opinion; a collection of supporting sounds with not too much processing going on for maximum flexibility. The stabs folder is full of classic hardcore/rave type stab sounds, chords and hits, and the sound fx folder boasts almost 60 quality original effects. Great material for spicing up your productions.

Drums and percussion samples are divided into cymbals and crashes (14), high hats (44), kicks (71), percussion (47), shuffles (28), and snares (73). Nothing earth-shattering, just a good collection of useful sounds for creating your own beats or to compliment the drum loops. The sounds are also available in 5 drum kit patches.

Where applicable everything is tagged with bpm and key for ease of use, and file names typically indicate the type of sound well.

Check the official demo track below to hear some of the sounds included in Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1.

So what do I think?

Product: Friction & Icicle – Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1
Format: 24bit Wav+REX, Apple Loops, Refill, Ableton Live Pack + sampler patches
Price: £24.95 GBP
Like: Superb quality, inspirational loops + large collection of single shot sounds
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

Friction & Icicle deliver some top notch content with their first sample pack. Even though the collection of loops is just some 125 MB in size, this is the heart of the library. Incredibly well-crafted bass and drum loops, combined with beautiful melodic synth loops which provide you with the authentic vibe that can only come from the hands of this production duo. That is what makes these “artist series” packs so great. My only complaint/wish in this section: I want more loops!

With the exception of the sound fx, the single shot sounds are a lot more generic. Still, this useful collection of bass, synth, pad, stab sounds and more is of high quality and suitable for a electronic music of any kind.

In short, Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1 provides a solid collection of quality loops and sounds for drum and bass producers.

More information: Loopmasters / Friction & Icicle – Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1

Loopmasters releases Friction & Icicle – Shogun Drum & Bass Vol. 1

Loopmasters Friction and Icicle Shogun Drum and Bass

Loopmasters has released Friction & Icicle – Shogun Drum & Bass Vol. 1, a collection of Drum and Bass samples from two of the leading lights of the current D&B scene, Friction & Icicle.

For their Sample pack Friction and Icicle have come together to produce a vast collection of sounds and samples which are engineered solely with the dance floor in mind, and introduce a palette of inspirational beats, basses and musical loops which will no doubt feature in countless tunes in the coming weeks and months.

Shoguns Drum and Bass vol 1 weighs in at an impressive 820Mb, and includes 780 Drum and Bass Samples, recorded in 24Bit and split to offer 104 Loops and 676 One Shot Samples. Also included are a huge resource of 71 ready to play patches for Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS, SFX, and Kontakt Soft Samplers. Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live specific versions are also available.

Shogun Drum & Bass Vol. 1 is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Friction & Icicle – Shogun Drum & Bass Vol. 1