Goldbaby releases Urban Cookbook Vol 3 sample pack

Goldbaby Urban Cookbook Vol 3

Goldbaby has launched Urban Cookbook Vol 3, an all new collection of delicious sounds from the very popular Urban Cookbook series.

Including more ingredients which are full of saturated fat, MSG, a heap of sugar and certainly not suitable for a low cholesterol diet. These new recipes are perfect for these dishes: Hip Hop, Dub Step, Drum & Bass, Breaks, Grime, Dance Hall, Electro… Although chefs making other dishes like: IDM, House and Techno will appreciate the varied high quality ingredients. Punchy Kicks, Solid Snares, Hi Hats, Toms, Percussion, Claps, Cymbals, Layering tools, FX, Vinyl Hits, Chord Hits, Bass Tools, Rex Loops and more… just over 1 GB of the freshest ingredients.

With patches for Maschine (V2) & Mikro (V2), Battery 3, Kontakt 5, Geist, Reason 6 and Logic’s EXS-24. The wav files can be used in other samplers as well.

Urban Cookbook Vol 3 features

  • 3,070 24 bit samples.
  • 109 Rex loops.
  • 127 Maschine Kits, 8 Projects and 39 Instruments.
  • 49 Presets and 131 kits for Geist.
  • 104 Battery 3 Kits.
  • 142 Kontakt 5 Kits (requires full version of Kontakt 5 or higher).
  • 148 EXS-24 Patches for Logic.
  • 49 Kong Kits, 109 NNXT patches and 11 Combinators for Reason 6.5 or higher.

The sample pack is available for purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby / Cookbook Vol 3

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Goldbaby releases free MPC60 vs VolcaBeats pack

Goldbaby has launched MPC60 vs VolcaBeats, a free sample pack for Maschine, Geist and wav.

Goldbaby MPC60 vs VolcaBeats

I’d like to wish you all happy holidays! Thanks for the great year.

Here is a little Christmas gift for you all. A free sample pack called ‘MPC60 vs VolcaBeats’.

This pack contains 89 x 24 bit wav drums. Created using a Volca Beats sampled by the MPC60 12 bit sampler. Recorded through a 1073 pre and then a UBK-Fatso.

The pack is available for download in .wav, Maschine, and Geist formats.

More information: Goldbaby

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FXpansion launches January sale on expansions – 50% off

FXpansion has announced a January sale on its expansions, offering a 50% discount for a limited time.

FXpansion January Sale

There’s never been a better time to expand your library of sounds! To celebrate the new year, all FXpansion downloadable expansion packs are available at half-price for registered owners of BFD3, BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM Synth Squad and Geist.

The sale includes over 40 products and is valid until 31 January 2014 at the FXpansion web shop.

More information: FXpansion

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Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back + M.D. Bundle nearly sold out

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

Tonebuilder has announced that the Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back + M.D. Bundle – featuring 4,805 designer drum samples for electronic music, is almost sold out.

LAST CALL!!

Only 25 licenses remain, then DMD Strikes Back is being pulled…

I get emails all the time from people wanting the first collection that sold out, and I have to politely say “sorry”. If you were on the fence, now is the time.

DMDSB + DMDMD Bundle features

  • 4,805 Samples
    • Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back: 2,072 Samples subdivided into 7 percussion types.
    • Driven Machine Drums M.D. Collection: 2,184 Samples subdivided into 4 machine types.
    • BONUS: FR-909 (Hi-Res) featuring 549 TR-909 Samples.
  • Formats: 24-Bit/96kHz WAV, 24-Bit/96kHz AIF, 24-Bit/44.1kHz WAV (Optimized for Elektron Octatrack), 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV (MPCs and Classic Sampler format).
  • 41 NI Maschine Kits, 41 Ableton Drum Racks, 41 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe only: 175 Kontakt Mappings (by instrument/texture), 175 EXS-24 Mappings (by instrument/texture).

The bundle is available to purchase for $97 (Standard) / $107 USD (Deluxe).

More information: Tonebuilder

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Review: Goldbaby Dirt and Layers sample pack

Goldbaby Dirt and Layers

Goldbaby’s latest sample pack Dirt and Layers features a collection of samples to enhance your drum and percussion sounds by adding some dirt, layers & more.

The dirt category comprises 140 sounds, including vinyl and tape noise, digital hash, guitar amp and pedal hum and more.

The dirt sounds can add subtle or not so subtle texture to your individual instruments or whole mixes. Add some vinyl noise to give the impression that your instrument was sampled off vinyl. Add some tape noise to make your recordings sound like they were done on tape before noise reduction was invented. Use the damaged cassette noise to fake your cassette sampling skills.

No less than 830 drum layering sounds are found in the layers category. These include kick drum subs, snare top sounds, sucking sounds, transients, and more.

The drum layering sounds are a fantastic tool kit for augmenting and beefing up drum sounds. Give your drums more depth and texture by experimenting with different layers. Boost the bottom end of kicks with tuned subs or add a transient layer to help it cut through a mix. Crispen snares with various top layers or add body and substance using the sauce and body layers.

For instant gratification you can drop one of the 50 loops (REX) in your track to get the authentic, characteristic sounds of vinyl, dirt patterns, etc.

While the pack is clearly designed to enhance your drum sounds and add character to (any) audio, many of the sounds are also great for using as is, or as the basis for further processing. If you like your odd percussion sounds like me, you will be in for a treat. Transient clicks and kick subs are probably best used layered with existing drum sounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them any other way. Hugo also included things like synth fx, random noises and vocoder sounds, so you really have a good variety of sounds.

Maschine and Geist users will be happy to hear that Dirt and Layers includes browser integration for these instruments, so everything is nicely ordered/tagged and good to go right off the bat.

Check this nice video demonstrating how you can use these tools to layer sounds in Maschine.

So what do I think?

Product: Dirt and Layers by Goldbaby
Format: 970 wav samples (24-bit) / 50 REX loops
Price: $29 USD
Like: Excellent tools, top notch sound design, browser integration, Goldbaby quality
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

I think this is one of Goldbaby’s best sample packs to date. Hugo has always delivered work of the highest quality, but to me Dirt and Layers is a bit special, something like a treasure trove.

Making sure you have good quality source material to work with is really important, but there usually is room for improvement. Dirt and Layers is like a toolbox filled to the brim with the best tools for the job.

Depending on the vibe you are trying to create you will want to add some of those character noises, fatten up your drum sounds, or add some excitement with sound fx type samples. This pack has it all.

And if you like a more experimental sound, you’re going to be using these samples for a lot more than layering or simply adding character. Get your creative juices flowing!

More information: Goldbaby / Dirt and Layers

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