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Review: Inspiration Sounds Pure Live Breaks Vol 1

Inspiration Sounds Pure Live Breaks Volume 1

Inspiration Sounds recently released Pure Live Breaks Vol 1, a collection of drum grooves played by International Session Drummer, Gary Widlake.

Pure Live Breaks Vol 1 features over 270MB of “rough and ready” drumloops recorded at tempos from 95-130 BPM.

You get a little over 120 dry loops and the same amount of processed loops, in Acidized .wav, REX2, and Apple Loops formats.

The drum kit used for the recordings sounds nice and clear, with a thumpy kick and crunchy snare. Although the sound of the drums is identical across the various loops, there is quite a variety of grooves which fit well in pop and funk music, and can easily be used in other genres as well.

Looping live drums is always a bit tricky, dealing with cymbals and such. Inspiration Sounds has done a great job crafting loops with natural sounding starts and looping points.

The processed loops sound a little more aggressive (multi-band compression, some reverb perhaps) and are probably better suited for pop/rock or electronic music.

So what do I think?

It’s rather hard to program drums to sound live, which is good for people like Gary. I’m quite taken by the work he has done on these grooves. They are diverse and many loops can be cut up so you can improvise on them in your music. I personally like the sound of the drums a lot: tight & crunchy, though laid back & groovy.

Inspiration Sounds has put up a demo track and some free samples, so check those to see if you think these are some of the freshest and phattest drum grooves around.

Pure Live Breaks Vol 1 is available for download for £19.95 GBP (about $40 USD).

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Inspiration Sounds releases Pure Live Breaks Volume 1

Inspiration Sounds Pure Live Breaks Volume 1

Inspiration Sounds has released Pure Live Breaks Volume 1, a new sample pack featuring original and contemporary drumloops performed by international session drummer, Gary Widlake.

Pure Live Breaks 1 includes over 270MB of ‘rough and ready’ drumloops recorded at tempos from 95-130 BPM and presented in Acid, Apple Loops, REX, and WAV Formats. You get some of the freshest and phattest drum grooves around. These drumloops are totally current and they represent the earthy sound that has become popular in many styles of music today.

Pure Live Breaks Volume 1 features

  • 270MB Content.
  • ACIDized Wave Files, Apple Loops, Rex2 Loops.
  • Loops from 95 to 130 BPM.
  • Dry and Processed versions.
  • All loops sync to BPM.
  • PC/Mac Compatible.
  • Royalty-Free (no exceptions).

Pure Live Breaks Volume 1 is available for instant download for £19.95 GBP / 24,95 EUR / $39.95 USD.

A a free sample pack with a selection of loops from Pure Live Breaks Volume 1 is available for download here.

Visit Inspiration Sounds for more information and audio demos.

Inspiration Sounds releases Dobro Sample Pack

Inspiration Sounds Dobro

Inspiration Sounds has released Dobro, a new collection of loops for country music producers and soundtrack composers.

It features 515MB of Dobro licks and slides performed exclusively by internationally renowned country legend, Bob Dixon, who has been active on the international Country Music scene for 35 years. Bob has worked with artists and bands including The Magic Numbers, The Kelvin Henderson Band, Roly Daniels, The Medicine Bow, Kalibre and Alison Moyet.

Dobro features

  • 515MB Download.
  • ACIDized Wave Files.
  • Apple Loops.
  • All loops are at 100BPM.
  • Licks and Slides in every key (A, B, C, D, E, F,G).
  • Includes ‘Dry’ and ‘Processed’ versions.
  • All loops sync to BPM.
  • PC/Mac Compatible.
  • Royalty-Free (no exceptions).

Dobro is available for instant download for £29.95 / 39,95 EUR / $59.95 USD. It includes both ACIDized WAV and Apple Loops formats in the same package.

Visit Inspiration Sounds for more information and audio demos.

Inspiration Sounds releases Funked Up Acid Loop and Apple Loops Editions

Inspiration Sounds Funked Up

Inspiration Sounds has announced new ACID Loops and Apple Loops editions of the Funked Up sample series (check here for a review).

Inspiration Sounds have completely re-formatted the series into ACIDized Wave files for ACID Pro and Apple Loops for Garageband, Logic, Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack.

Funked Up features

  • 760MB Samples/Loops
  • Over 1,800 files
  • Funky House Drums, Bass Guitars, Percussion, Vocals, Guitars, Horns
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • PC/Mac Compatible
  • File names indicate key
  • Loops include Key
  • 100% Royalty Free

Both libraries are available to download now for £49.95 GBP each.

Visit Inspiration Sounds for more information and audio demos.

Review: Inspiration Sounds Electro Grime

Inspiration Sounds Electro Grime

Inspiration Sounds recently released Electro Grime, a sample library featuring loops and sounds suitable for Dirty Electro House and Minimal House.

Dirty Electro House? Wikipedia says about Electro House:

Stylistically, it combines the four to the floor beats commonly found in House music with harmonically rich analogue basslines, abrasive high-pitched leads and the occasional piano or string riff. The tempo of electro house ranges approximately from 120 to 130 bpm. Dirty house is a derivative of electro, which is often much more commercial in its appeal and in general features more vocals.

Electro Grime seems to fit the above description with its 128bpm loops, 4/4 beats and analogue basslines. You’re going to have to come up with some vocals yourself though, as Electro Grime doesn’t have any (which is a good thing IMHO).

Browsing through the content you’ll find both one-shots and loops. The One-Shots include various synth, bass, drum and fx samples, while the loops folder is divided into drum loops, bass loops, synth & fx loops, and musical loops.

The musical loops include part mixes. Inspiration Sounds explains:

The idea being that novice producers can build up a track extremely easily with very little knowledge of electro construction.

Hmm… these don’t seem very useful to me, so I guess I’m not a novice producer! They are however a good indication of what Electro Grime sounds like, as you can hear in this demo mp3.

Electro Grime includes 2 types of drum loops, “Tops & Bottoms”. Tops feature hi-hats, snares and percussion in the middle to high frequency range. If you’re familiar with the term “no-kick” you’ll know what I’m talking about. Kicks and other low frequency sounds can be found in the Bottoms section. This is useful when you’re going to mix these loops with your own beats & percussion.

The 570MB library includes the following formats:

  • ACIDized WAV (key, beats and loop/one-shot attributes included)
  • Apple Loops (key, beats, genre, tempo & loop/one-shot attributes included)
  • REX2 (manually adjusted to pick out relevant notes/beats)
  • WAV (ideal for all hardware & software samplers & certain keyboards)

So what do I think?

Although I quite like Electro music, the harsh bass and synth sounds of Dirty Electro House music don’t appeal to me.

Having said that, Electro Grime delivers exactly the right sounds for this particular genre. Harsh, abrasive lead and bass sounds and fairly basic but solid 4/4 beats. The tops/bottoms separation of drum loops is a nice touch.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of time creating Electro House tracks from scratch, this library might be the ticket. There are plenty of samples in the one-shot samples section as well, so you can still construct your own melodies and beats.

Electro Grime is available for instant download for £29.95 GBP / 39.95 EUR / $49.95 USD.

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Inspiration Sounds releases Electro Grime

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Inspiration Sounds Electro Grime

Inspiration Sounds has released Electro Grime, a sample library created for producers looking for totally fresh electro synths, basslines, drums and synth fx for dirty electro house and minimal house production.

Electro Grime was created exclusively using analogue synthesizers and drum machines. All loops are at 128BPM and the pack offers producers a chance to use some of the most refreshing and inspirational content ever created in an electro sample pack.

As well as individual loops and samples for all of the elements included, Inspiration Sounds have also included approaching 40 “musical loops” which include part-mixes. The idea being that novice producers can build up a track extremely easily with very little knowledge of electro construction.

Electro Grime is in Acidized Wav, Apple Loops, REX2, and WAV and it is available for direct download to your computer today.

Electro Grime features

  • 570MB Data.
  • Loops are 128BPM: Drum Loops (Tops), Drum Loops (Bottoms), Bass Loops, Synth & FX Loops, Musical Loops.
  • Hundreds of samples (one-shots): Synth & FX Samples, Bass Samples, Drum & Percussion Samples, Kick Drum Samples, Snare Samples.
  • ACIDized Wave Files, Apple Loops, REX2 files.
  • All loops sync to BPM.
  • PC/Mac Compatible.
  • 100% Royalty Free.

Electro Grime is available for instant download from Inspiration Sounds for £29.95 GBP / 39.95 EUR / $49.95 USD.

Visit Inspiration Sounds for more information and audio demos.

Review: Inspiration Sounds Funked Up Complete (Sample Pack)

Inspiration Sounds Funked Up Complete

Inspiration Sounds has recently finished the Funked Up Series of downloadable sample packs with the release of Funked Up Complete.

The Funked Up Series aims to provide a timeless collection that producers could use in a wide variety of different production genres.

Funked Up Complete includes all five packs from the Funked Up Series, plus an additional 35MB of Funky House drumloops (only available in Funked Up Complete).

Funked Up Complete features

  1. Guitars, 564 guitar loops and riffs suitable for a wide variety of different production styles (clean and distorted versions of each loop).
  2. Horns, 120 of the cheekiest funky horn riffs ever recorded.
  3. Percussion, over 400 live acoustic Percussion Loops and Samples performed exclusively by one of the UK’s leading percussionists.
  4. Bass Guitars, 640 of the funkiest bass loops and riffs ever assembled (featuring a 5-string Bass and P63 Bass).
  5. Vocals, 92 vocals suitable for any style of dance music production.
  6. Funky House Drums, 52 funky drumloops, only available in Funked Up Complete.

All content was produced in a state-of-the-art recording studio using Pro Tools HD (TDM) mixed through a Control 24 mixing desk with Focusrite Class A Preamps.

When first auditioning the samples, you might think they lack a bit of that “phat” funky sound.

This is intentional, as leaving the samples dry (without effects) allows you to mix them exactly the way you want to. There’s nothing worse than samples that have been over-processed making it hard to fit them in a mix.

Check this lovely demo featuring Bass Guitars and Percussion to hear what these dry samples sound like.

Key and tempo information can be found in most filenames. The Percussion and Bass Guitars loops are BPM synced so they can be stretched to various tempos while maintaining a high quality. It’s a breeze putting a funky track together with Funked Up Complete.

You don’t necessarily need to stick to Funk music either, as these samples can easily be used in a variety of other styles.

So what do I think?

Funked Up Complete has funk, no doubt about it. I believe Inspiration Sounds has accomplished their goal of presenting a collection of usable loops and samples. You basically have everything you need to create funky tracks.

The versatile Bass Guitars and Percussion samples are my favorites. Obviously these samples are great for funk music, but they can easily be used in many other genres.

Funked Up Complete sells for £59.95 GBP, more than £20 GBP off the total price of the individual products, so if you’re looking for a complete package of funky loops and samples you should definitely check it out.

More information: Inspiration Sounds / Funked Up Complete

Inspiration Sounds releases Funked Up Complete

Inspiration Sounds Funked Up Complete

Inspiration Sounds has released Funked Up Complete, a 760MB sample pack featuring over 1,800 live acoustic loops and samples.

Funked Up Complete includes all five packs from our Funked Up Series PLUS an additional 35MB of the finest Funky House drumloops around, which are only available in Complete and cannot be purchased separately.

Funked Up Complete features

  • 760MB Samples/Loops, 1,800+ files
  • Funky House Drums, Bass Guitars, Percussion, Vocals, Guitars and Horns
  • .WAV Format, PC/Mac Compatible
  • Loops sync to BPM
  • File names indicate key

Funked Up Complete is available for download for £59.95 GBP / $123.93 USD (including 17.5% VAT). Funked Up for Garageband and a REX version for Reason/Stylus RMX are in the works.

TuneCore customers can get a copy of Funked Up Complete LE, a special sample pack featuring 40 megabytes of free .WAV files unavailable anywhere else, selected from the Funked Up Series. Check here for more info on that offer.

Visit Inspiration Sounds for more information and demo mp3s.