Review: DJ Krust Bristol Drum & Bass

The mid 1990’s was an exciting time for me musically. Coming from a staple diet of bands like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi and the Cure, getting into music production with computers meant my interest in various genres of electronic music grew fast.

With drum and bass it was love at first sight. I instantly fell for the sounds from the likes of Goldie, Source Direct, Photek, J Majik, Dillinja, Lemon D, Ray Keith, Zinc & Hype, Trace, Ed Rush, and naturally Roni Size and his Full Cycle label mate and fellow Reprazent member Kirk Thompson aka DJ Krust.

DJ Krust Bristol Drum and Bass

I’m not sure which Krust track I heard first, but I know the one that made a big impact was Warhead. Whereas Krust’s previous tracks resembled a lot of other early drum and bass tunes featuring the same classic breaks and 808-ish sine bass sounds, Warhead was different – jump-up if I’m not mistaken. I can still hear this tune without listening to it any time of the day.

Anyway, obviously I was excited to see one of the key players of drum and bass release an Artist Series sample library at Loopmasters: DJ Krust – Bristol Drum & Bass

“Bristol Drum and Bass” is a collection of sounds and samples direct from the studio of DJ Krust, and should inspire new and established DnB producers worldwide and give access for the first time to some of the Tones and sounds which have been responsible for a large chapter of Drum and Bass History.

And guess what, the Warhead breaks are on it!

Here’s a breakdown of the content of the Bristol Drum & Bass sample pack:

  • 30 bass loops – 8 to 32 bars.
  • 64 drum loops – mostly 8 bars with some variations.
  • 30 music loops – mostly string, pad and fx type sounds.
  • 24 percussion loops – congas, bongos, shakers etc.
  • Patches (and single shot sounds): 5 + 12 multi bass, 99 drum sounds (26 hihats, 39 kicks, 5 perc, 29 snares) + 5 drum kits, 7 + 9 multi instruments, and 62 sound fx.

The bass loops set the stage for this sample library. They are rough and raw. This is Krust alright. Same with the drum loops, tons of beats with the classic Krust sound – uncomplicated yet full of life. The music loops are a bit sparse. Most of them are pad type sounds and some come with accompanying tail loops so you really only get about 20 melodic loops. The percussion loops are spot on and mix well with the other content. I especially like the fast bongo percussions. All the loops have key and bpm info included where relevant.

The one-shot sounds included in this library are mapped in instrument patches and multis in various formats. Most of the multis have about 3 or 4 samples each so don’t expect any deep sampled sounds. For bass, drums, and melodic instruments these sounds fit in perfectly with the loops. You can tell they come from the same place. The sound fx samples are a valuable addition to the pack, and once again add to the “Krust-factor” of this collection.

Check the video below for some more details about the sample library from the man himself.

So what do I think?

Product: DJ Krust Bristol Drum & Bass by Loopmasters
Format: Multi-format samples and sampler patches
Price: £24.95 GBP
Like: Authentic sound, valuable single shot sounds
Don’t like: A bit sparse on the music loops
Verdict: 8/10

Drum and bass is a tricky genre. I happen to like pretty much all of its (sub)genres, but I can imagine if you’re into jungle you might not like drumfunk. As far as Bristol Drum & Bass goes though, this is the real deal. I reckon that if you like drum and bass tunes by Krust, you will most definitely like this sample library as well.

The sounds are raw and authentic. It basically feels as if you were browsing samples on Krust’s personal hard disk, which from the video I understand is exactly what this sample library is all about – a collection of sounds straight from the vault of a drum and bass legend.

Make sure to check the interview at the Loopmasters blog to learn more about Krust and this sample library.

More information: Loopmasters / DJ Krust Bristol Drum & Bass

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Loopmasters releases Drum & Bass – Dubstep & Breakbeat sample pack

Loopmasters Drum & Bass - Dubstep & Breakbeat

Loopmasters has released Drum & Bass – Dubstep & Breakbeat, a collection of some of the best samples from existing Loopmasters Drum and Bass, Dubstep and Breakbeat sample collections.

From Dark and Dirty sounds, Cone Blowing Subs, Tearing Breaks and Cinematic Soundscapes, to evolving Musical Pads and Synths – Producers from the Darkside will love this collection of some of the best samples to come from Loopmasters in recent years in one handily priced package.

We have handpicked some of our best samples from collections including Aquasky, Bop, Broken Beats, Danny Bryd, Dark Matter, Deekline Wizard, Drumsound and Bassline Smith, Dubstep, Full Cycle, Hyper, KJ Sawka, Nick Thayer, Pure Dnb, Ray Keith, and DJ Untold.

Drum & Bass – Dubstep & Breakbeat features

  • Over 240 drum loops, 140 bass loops and 147 separate inspirational music loops.
  • 24-bit REX2 format; loops can easily be tweaked in music software such as Reason, Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Sonar and Stylus RMX.
  • 100% Royalty Free.

Drum & Bass – Dubstep & Breakbeat is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Drum & Bass – Dubstep & Breakbeat

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Prime Loops releases The Temple Of Breaks

Prime Loops The Temple Of Breaks

Prime Loops has released The Temple Of Breaks, a collection of Drum n Bass and Drumfunk Drum Loops.

Deep within the pitch-black jungle, far from civilisation and urban safety, The Temple of Breaks awaits your arrival. Dare to explore this rhythmic fortress, carved out of heavy ancient rock by the high priests of Drumfunk, built to hold the power of the most frenetic oldskool beats known to man. Injecting venomous influence from a wide range of artists such as Paradox, Calyx, Prolix, Noisia, Chase & Status, Nicky Blackmarket, Ed Rush & Optical, Moving Shadow, V Recordings, Full Cycle and a host of up and coming and current artists and labels…

The Temple Of Breaks features

  • 75 full-on Drum & Bass and Drumfunk Breaks by Dmitry Vasilyev.
  • Tempo of 170-182 bpm.
  • Suitable for Drumfunk, Darkstep, Dubstep, Hardstep, Jump-Up, Liquid Funk, Sambass, Techstep, Neurofunk, Drill n Bass, Breakcore & more.

The Temple Of Breaks is available to purchase for £12.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / The Temple Of Breaks

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Loopmasters releases Full Cycle Drum and Bass Collective

Loopmasters Full Cycle Drum and Bass Collective

Loopmasters has released Full Cycle Drum and Bass Collective, a sample library featuring the sounds of Full Cycle.

Here for the first time producers can get their hands on the Full Cycle sounds and samples which helped make them the biggest force in Drum and Bass, with this heavyweight collection of sonic stimuli created especially for Loopmasters by the Full Cycle team themselves.

The breaks were recorded live at Full Cycle / Channel House studios in Bristol and everything was recorded using high end vintage outboard equipment and then processed digitally.

Full Cycle Drum and Bass Collective features

  • 578Mb Of Original Material.
  • 34 Cone Shaking Bass Loops.
  • 83 Hard and Broken live played and reprogrammed Drum and Bass Drumloops.
  • 43 Tearout Musical Loops.
  • 11 Vocal and FX Loops.
  • 46 DnB Percussion Loops.
  • 77 Deep Bass Stabs.
  • 70 Individual Drum and Bass Drum Samples.
  • 20 Instrument one shot sounds.
  • 68 Vox and FX samples.
  • 47 ready to play patches for Reason NNXT, Halion, Kontakt, and SFZ.
  • Total: 850Mb, with 450 Wav Files, 217 Rex Files, and 47 Patches.

Full Cycle Drum and Bass Collective is available in various formats, starting at £29.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Full Cycle Drum and Bass Collective

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Loopmasters releases Xmas Giveaway – Pack 2 & 3

Loopmasters has released Xmas Giveaway – Pack 2 & Pack 3, two free sample libraries.

Loopmasters Xmas Giveaway - Pack 2

Pack 2 features material from the new Artist Series, in which Loopmasters introduces world-famous producers in new roles.

A direction that we are sure to follow – releasing audio material from musical trendsetters and gurus – it has already enabled us to lead the way with a brand new way of publishing artists. As more and more people worldwide successfully hop on the producers’ bandwagon, we give them something that is even better than studio tips and tricks. We let top producers into their studios. Excellent sonic quality and the unique vibes that shake, rattle and roll are knocking at your door. So open it up wide: Aquasky, Marshall Jefferson, Chris Cowie, Harley & Muscle, Joey Youngman and Trafik share their tools with you in this free Pack. On top of that you will also get a slice of Dubstep, Minimal Houserock, Hip Hop Guitars & Bass and Funk Guitars. This stuff could be Nitro to your productions. And it is FREE!

Loopmasters Xmas Giveaway - Pack 3

Pack 3 is filled with material that is unavailable elsewhere in the world.

That is right! We are giving you loops and samples from artists that are on our release roster for 2009. Be the first to hear and use the audio building blocks that nobody has heard or used before. We will not explicitly reveal all our publishing plans, however, we can tell you that you will find loops from Zed Bias, Classic, Full Cycle, 2020 Vision, Nextmen, Todd Terry, Way Out West, Tim Healey and Marc Adamo. All of these will be widely available next year. And now – go ahead! Satisfy your curiosity! And be the first kid on the block with these cutting edge samples. Lay your tracks with the best of the best. And have pure fun this holiday.

All Xmas Giveaway Packs are available for download to registered users (registration is free).

More information: Loopmasters

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