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Review: No Dough Music NDS-3 Classic FM Sample Pack

No Dough Music NDS-3 Classic FM

NDS-3 Classic FM is No Dough’s third release in a series of libraries for software samplers. This one focuses on the sounds from some classic Yamaha synthesizers, the DX7 and the TX81Z.

Before I start, it’s probably good to know that while I enjoy “modern day” FM synthesis, I don’t particularly like the typical pluck/thump bass or brass synth sounds vintage FM synthesizers are known for. I rarely use those kind of sounds in my own music, yet I do happen to have a soft spot for synth pop music.

My dad was a DJ in his younger years and his record collection included tons of early 80′s music, a time when synth pop was pretty popular. Nine hour summer vacation car trips to Austria were filled with the sounds of Ultravox, Level 42, OMD, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, A-ha, the Human League, etc. I guess this made quite an impact on my musical preference. Browsing the sounds of No Dough’s Classic FM sure brings back some happy memories.

The Hardware FM sound is very distinctive and has created some of the more unique and memorable sounds in modern music. This pack epitomises the best of Hardware FM Synthesisers, from the DX7 to Tx81z we have created almost 250 hybrid sample instruments that bring some of the most famous, and unique sounding synths to the sampler of your choice.

NDS-3 is No Dough’s largest sample library to date, with the sample content weighing in over 4.1 GB. The 246 patches are sorted in 6 categories:

  • 54 x bass
  • 37 x string
  • 56 x lead
  • 49 x synth
  • 26 x organ
  • 24 x percussion & fx

The samples were recorded with expressiveness and playability in mind, capturing the vibe of the hardware. Use of scripting and/or modwheel modulation would make things even more dynamic, but there’s none of this in NDS-3.

Generally patches average about 20 samples for single velocity instruments, with two to four times that amount for multi-velocity patches – even up to 140 samples for the rather deep sampled Lately Bass sound!

Outboard analog gear was used to process the samples, creating ready-to-play sounds that should fit right in with your productions. Patch names typically indicate the type of sound so it’s quite easy to find (back) what you are looking for. The samples folder reveals there are just over 100 individual sounds sampled, so the rest of the patches are designed variations, combos, etc.

Check the audio clip below for some sounds from the Classic FM sample library.

NDS-3 Classic FM is available in Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT, and HALion formats.

So what do I think?

Product: NDS-3 Classic FM by No Dough Music
Format: 24-bit Wav + sampler patches
Price: £22.49 GBP (regular £29.99 GBP)
Like: Large variety of sounds, high quality
Don’t like: No modwheel
Verdict: 9/10

FM synthesis is hit and miss for me. There’s some real love – complex FM pads and strings – but other sounds make me cringe, really.

Classic FM has its moments (ChibedRhmba is just gorgeous), but it was not made for me. Too many of those bass, lead and synth sounds that I simply can’t see myself using. I like my FM a bit more “modern” for lack of a better word.

That is not to say this library is no good. On the contrary. Personal preferences aside, I do appreciate the quality of this library. The sounds are solid and well recorded. NDS-3 reminds me of synth pop from the 80′s, but you know what, everything old vintage becomes modern again at some point. And so it is with acts like Justice, La Roux, Little Boots, etc. that the sound of synth pop is part of mainstream music again.

NDS-3 Classic FM lets you infuse that synth pop flavor into your productions, so if you want the sounds of the DX7 and TX81Z without having to use the actual hardware, this library is for you. Check it out.

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No Dough Music launches Happy Xmas Sale + NDS-4 announced

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No Dough Music has launched its Happy Xmas Sale, offering 25% off its sample libraries.

It’s that time of the year, mince pies are reaching critical mass, and we just can’t help but get into the spirit of things, so… We have decided during the month of December to knock 25% off all our products.

That includes NDS-1 The House Music Sample Pack for £29.99 (RRP £39.99), NDS-2 Super Alpha for £22.49 (RRP £29.99) and NDS-3 Classic FM for £22.49 (RRP £29.99).

All our packs are built around the concept of offering you a great selection of sounds at the highest quality, all sampled from the best hardware and tweaked through high-end chains of analogue gear. We offer you access to the tones of the big studios right inside your DAW.

It’s the perfect time to snap up some winter-warmers for your studio or for a friend as a present and now there’s a great deal to make it affordable. On top of that , when you buy our new packs and become a customer, you will always get a 25% discount off our future packs, including our next big one NDS-4.

No Dough Music has announced it will be releasing NDS-4 early next year.

NDS-4 will be based around some of the best sounding samplers by Akai and E-mu. Featuring over 200 Hybrid sampler instruments, loops , the pack will also feature a full complement of Drums and & Percussion, a mixture of 909′s and other classic machines, mixed with some more contemporary creations from us. All sampled from / re-sampled through some incredible sounding boxes in 96000hz. This pack is going be a must have for 2012!

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No Dough Music releases NDS-3 Classic FM Sample Pack

No Dough Music has announced the release of its NDS-3 Classic FM sample pack.

No Dough Music NDS-3 Classic FM

The Hardware FM sound is very distinctive and has created some of the more unique and memorable sounds in modern music. This pack epitomises the best of Hardware FM Synthesisers, from the DX7 to Tx81z we have created almost 250 hybrid sample instruments that bring some of the most famous, and unique sounding synths to the sampler of your choice.

We created a custom set of patchs especially for this pack and alongside them included some of the famous patchs from yesteryear (LatelyBass anyone?). All these are organised for ease of use invarious samplers, NDS-3 is the soul of hardware FM synthesis now available in your sampler, the tone power
and sheer weight of these instruments will blow you away. With over 4.1 gig of samples, the pack is our biggest yet.

NDS-3 Classic FM features

  • 6 categories of instruments covering: Bass, Strings, Leads, Synths, Organs, and Perc, Drums & FX.
  • Each sound has been sampled to provide the best expressiveness and playability right out of the box.
  • Multi-format library for Kontakt, Logic EXS24, Reason NN-XT & HALion + special patches for import into Ableton and others are included as well.

NDS-3 is available to purchase for £29.99 GBP.

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No Dough Music releases NDS-1X Taped Drums & Perc

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No Dough Music has announced the release of NDS-1X Taped Drums & Perc, a selection of taped drums and percussion taken from the NDS-1 sample library.

No Dough Music NDS-1X Taped Drums & Perc

Offering a broad selection of tonal characteristics for each sound, this pack puts into your hands the sounds of some of the most enduring & sought-after outboard equipment including Studer 1/4 Tape Machines, SSL Compressors and custom built Outboard EQ in specially designed and tweaked chains. A expertly crafted set of drums with the sole aim of adding a musicality to your sound that’s often missing, or hard to get in the box.

All the patches are organised for various samplers for ease of use, NDS-1X makes full use of all the tools and technology that allow the modern producer the ability to concentrate on writing great music with unique and cutting edge results that may otherwise be prohibitively expensive.

NDS-1X Taped Drums & Perc features

  • 4000+ samples, including Kick Drums, Claps, Snares, Hats & Cymbals, Drums & Percussion.
  • Each sound has 2 analogue tape variations.
  • Samples were processed through chains of high-end outboard and classic Studer A800 & Revox machines.
  • Includes custom instruments for Kontakt 4.
  • Sampler patches for Kontakt, Logics EXS24, Reasons NNXT and special patches for import into Ableton are also included.

NDS-1X Taped Drums & Perc is available to purchase for £19.99 GBP.

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No Dough Music releases NDS-2 Super Alpha sample library

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No Dough Music has released NDS-2 Super Alpha, a sample library featuring the sounds of the Roland Alpha Juno.

No Dough Music NDS-2 Super Alpha

Our NDS-2 pack is not just about sampling a piece of hardware, it was about sampling a piece of hardware at its very very best. You are not getting the sound of the Alpha Juno. You are getting the sound of the top records from the late 80′s and early 90′s and the sound of hits to come. In a package that epitomizes the sound of that classic era, we have taken the Alpha Juno and crafted over 160 hybrid sampler instruments, in super high quality and through chains of outboard equipment we have created a beast. This thing stinks of the 90′s and sounds great!

We have teamed the best of modern sound design on the Roland Alpha Juno, with the right hardware kit to capture some incredibly powerful and unique patches for use in your sampler. We created each patch by hand running it through a custom set of outboard gear to bring the classic sound of the Alpha right up to date.

NDS-2 Super Alpha features

  • 163 powerful analogue synthesizer patches sampled in hybrid instruments, compatible with all major samplers (Kontakt, EXS24, NN-XT, HALion, Ableton Live and many more).
  • Recorded in 96kHz double rates to capture every detail in the highest quality.
  • 3.5 GB of sample data covering Arp’s, Bass, Keys, Brass, Leads, Pads, PolySynths, Perc, Fx and Weird stuff.
  • Each patch is multisampled from the original hardware, also sampling numerous velocity layers in most patches to give you the expressiveness and responsiveness of the real kit.

NDS-2 is available to purchase for –29.99 GBP.

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No Dough Music Summer Sale, 25% off NDS-1 House Music

No Dough Music NDS-1 25% off

No Dough Music has announced a summer sale, offering 25% off its NDS-1 House Music sample library.

We thought it was time we gave something back to everyone so we have devised a special deal that will help you stock up your studio while its hot, for the long cold winter months spent making music.

No Dough Music is offering 25% off its flagship product NDS-1, which includes classic sounds meticulously sampled and tweaked so there ready to use in your tracks, featuring:

  • Tape Machine Drums & Percussion – Classic drum machines sampled through 2 different tape machines.
  • MPC Drums & Percussion – Drum samples sampled straight through one of the classic and highly sought after samplers.
  • 63 Multi-sampled Analogue Synths – We took some of the classic analogue’s that defined the 80′s and 90′s and with some expert sound design sampled an array of new and great sounding program instruments for you to use in the sampler of your choice. Get the vintage, fat and lush tone of the most sought after hardware in your mixes.

The sale pack includes much more, including a collection of inspirational loops and compositions which include the midi files to give you as much flexibility when your working.

Anyone who purchases the pack between now and the end of the sale will get an additional voucher for 25% off their choice, of one of 3 upcoming sample packs:

  • NDS-2 SuperAlpha – A synth that epitomises the sound of the late 80′s and 90′s, we have taken the Alpha Juno and crafted over 150 hybrid sampler instruments, in super high quality and through chains of outboard equipment we have created a beast. This thing stinks of the 90′s and sounds great!
  • NDS-3 ClassicFM – The FM sound is very distinctive and has created some of the more unique and memorable sounds in modern music. This pack epitomises the best of Analogue FM Synthesisers, from the DX7 to Tx81z we have created over 150 hybrid sample instruments that bring some of the most famous, and unqiue sounding synths to the sampler of your choice.
  • NDS-4 Ob8 – The Oberheim Sound, a thorough sampling of the classic sound presented as hybrid sample instruments, more info to come soon.

The NDS-1 sample pack is now available for –29.99 GBP.

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Review: No Dough Music NDS-1 House Music Sample Pack

Music label No Dough was originally launched by Antonio Monllor (aka Towie), as an outlet for his music. After a 2009 re-launch with fellow producer and friend Matt Sargeant (aka Broken), the label grew into a larger community, supporting a roster of artists producing and performing in various genres.

No Dough Music NDS-1 House Music

With NDS-1 House Music, No Dough takes the next step into sample library development.

The first in our Premium range of Sample-Packs for the Professional Producer, NDS-1′s extensive collection of samples offers the highest levels of quality and workability bringing together great tones in an instantly usable way.

Clever and user-friendly features such as Kontakt4 custom front-ends and the addition of midi files for all loop compositions are built-in to this high-end pack meaning your music will benefit from the quality, sought after sounds of the best equipment enabling you to concentrate on what matters most when composing … creativity.

NDS-1 House Music includes over 7,000 samples in total.
Here’s a breakdown of the content:

  • Drums & Percussion – over 4,000 samples in various folders/categories (kick drums, claps, snares, hats & cymbals, drums & percussion, and fx). Each sample has 4 recording variations: two analog tape machines (Studer A800 & Revox), an MPC, and the original, all recorded through a chain of high-end outboard processing units.
  • Loops & Progressions – includes 185 .wav loops, 178 REX2 loops, and 66 MIDI files. These are bassline and synth loops, no beats.
  • Synth & Bass Instruments – 63 multi-sampled instrument patches for Kontakt. Sound sources used include Roland’s Juno 60, Alpha Juno and Jx3p synths, and Oberheim synthesizers.

The single shot samples feature a good assortment of generally well recorded and useable drum sounds. By recording with different techniques you get slight variations, sounding a tad more muffled, or louder/driven, etc. The recordings are not always consistent, in that some of the sounds have a lot more tail than others.

Interestingly enough the drum sounds are all in stereo, and even though many samples are basically mono on a stereo track, for some of the samples the stereo field is quite apparent, underpinned by the use of reverb in the signal chain. Some of the samples in the hats & cymbals section – the crashes in particular, have so much juice on them it really makes it hard to fit them in your mix as is. Fortunately the majority of the samples don’t have this problem.

Loops come in bassline and synth folders, plus REX versions. Files are tempo and key tagged for ease of use (110-120 bpm for bass, and 105-124 bpm for synth). You also get 66 MIDI files in case you want to reconstruct or modify the melody of a particular loop. Some of the loops have similar titles across bass and synth folders, nevertheless this is no construction kit type library. NDS-1 provides a bunch of fine-sounding loops for you to work with, but there’s no connecting the dots here.

No Dough NDS-1 Kontakt patches

The last folder in this library features 63 patches for Kontakt (note that EXS24, NN-XT, and SoundFont versions are also available). Here we find lots of great multi-sampled bass and synth instruments, as well as some leads, strings, and a few piano instruments. The general tone is vintage, fat and lush.

When I first received the library the instruments didn’t have loop points, quite an essential feature if you ask me. I contacted Matt of No Dough to see what was up and it seemed this issue was due to a glitch that occurred when creating the patches from a different source format.
The same day I received updated patches with loop points (which are now also included in the online product). Note that the loop points still aren’t always perfect but I expect this, it’s real hard to create good seamless loops from sampled analog gear.

I ran into some other small problems like a missing background image for Kontakt instruments, but it only took a quick email to get things fixed so support from No Dough has been great so far.

Check the audio demos below to get a good idea of what you can expect from NDS-1.

So what do I think?

Product: NDS-1 House Music by No Dough
Format: 24-bit WAV/REX2 + MIDI
Price: £39.99 GBP
Like: All-round, Good sounds and Kontakt patches, great support
Don’t like: Some minor technical hiccups (got fixed fast though)
Verdict: 8/10

NDS-1 certainly has a bit of a house music flavor to it – especially in the loops section, however the sounds in this library will do fine for any kind of electronic genre really.

Comprising single shot drum samples, melodic loops, as well as the building blocks to take it your own direction with MIDI files and sampler patches, NDS-1 House Music offers a nice all-round pack of good quality sounds for electronic music producers.

No Dough is relatively a small-time developer, which may explain some of the small problems I experienced with design & consistency of the production of this pack. On the other hand I am seeing blazing fast support, something some of the big guys can learn from. Everything considered NDS-1 has plenty to offer, particularly when it comes to musicality. You can hear this sample library is a labor of love, done by producers, for producers.

No Dough is generously offering rekkerd.org readers a £10 GBP discount on NDS-1 for a limited time (£29.99 instead of £39.99), so if you’re interested make sure to check it out.

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25% off No Dough Music NDS-1 House Music sample pack

No Dough Music NDS-1 House Music

No Dough Music is offering 25% discount on its NDS-1 House Music sample pack for rekkerd.org readers.

No Dough presents an essential new samplepack for the professional producer, with unparalleled tonal variety and a wide range of sounds in 3 huge sections covering Synths, Bass, Drums and Loops.

NDS-1 House Music features

  • Over 4000 drum and percussion hits sampled through 2 classic tape machines and a crunchy MPC.
  • 250 inspirational bassline and synth loops provided in Wav, Recycle and MIDI formats.
  • 53 multi-sampled instruments featuring expertly crafted sounds from a mixture of modern and classic analog synthesizers such as the Juno60, AlphaJuno, Jx3p and Oberhiem’s.
  • Compatible with Kontakt / Logic EXS24 / Reason NNXT / Wav&Soundfont /AbletonLive and many more.

NDS-1 House Music is available to purchase for £29.99 GBP until June 30th, exclusively for rekkerd.org readers (regular £39.99 GBP).

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