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Review: No Dough NDS-4 Underground House

No Dough NDS-4 Underground House

No Dough’s fourth release in the NDS sample pack series is titled Underground House.

Simply put, this is the heart and soul of the underground house scene in a massive collection of over 7000 professionally crafted WAV sounds, designed to give you that authentic House music vibe you hear from your favorite artists but in a format that is useful for any style of music that requires a punchy analogue sound.

The sample pack features:

  • 4,700+ drum and percussion hits.
  • 59 multi-sampled instruments.
  • 161 bass and synth loops.

The drum and percussion hits include various classic sounds of drum machines and sampled sources, with three variations; Original recordings, driven, vinyl and Revox (Studer tape machine) versions. No Dough used some various outboard gear to get an authentic vibe. Everything is nicely categorized in folders by the type of drum hit. No drum kits are included though.

To record the multi-sampled instruments, No Dough used gear by Oberheim, Roland, some old EMU samplers and FM synthesizers. The sampler patches are split up in various sections. There’s bass, strings & pads, leads & synths and organs and misc. A good amount of sounds.

The bass and synth loops sound very authentic as well. Actually, playing them individually they almost sound kind of low quality, lo-fi. But in a good way.

Loops are ready to be chopped, smashed, distorted and resequenced, each loop features a Recycle version and we have also included a selection of Midi files so you can get at the notes themselves to twist, mash and create.

I’d say that is a good thing, because these loops are meant for chopping. You are not going to get much of a good result by simply tossing the loops together as there are some tuning issues and files have no mention of which key they’re in. This set of loops just isn’t a construction kit type set so unless you stick with using just a single loop and create additional melodies around that, you are supposed to do some of the work yourself. The sound is there though.

Check out the demo track to get an idea of what NDS-4 Underground House is about.

So what do I think?

Product: NDS-4 Underground House by No Dough
Format: 24bit WAV, REX + sampler patches (Kontakt/EXS24/HALion/NN-XT)
Price: £39.99 GBP
Like: authentic sounds, good variety
Don’t like: no key info in loops
Verdict: 8/10

Even though No Dough prides itself in recording in high quality 96kHz/24bit, it’s still vintage synths, gritty sampler sounds, tape machines, and analog processing chains we’re talking about. NDS-4 is not about pristine quality, it is about the vibe of classic underground house music.

No Dough’s key description for the Underground House pack is “tone, warmth and musicality”. I hear that, and I would sum those up and call it authentic. Individually the samples and loops sound somewhat raw to me, lo-fi, perhaps slightly dated. And that’s how it is supposed to be, because once you start putting things together you quickly end up with something that sounds like the real deal. Go check it out.

More information: NDS-4 Underground House

Propellerhead updates ReCycle to v2.2

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Propellerhead Software has updated its ReCycle loop slicer to version 2.2.

Propellerhead ReCycle

Sporting a completely overhauled graphical user interface, ReCycle 2.2 adds new key commands, workflow enhancements and a new Online Help system—making Recycle even faster and easier to use.

Version 2.2 is a 64-bit compatible application with full support for Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion operating systems.

ReCycle 2.2 is available to purchase for $249 USD / 229 EUR. The upgrade is available as a free download for any registered owner of ReCycle version 2 or higher. Upgrades from 1.x of ReCycle can be purchased from the Propellerhead web shop.

More information: Propellerhead / ReCycle

Image-Line updates DirectWave to v1.4.9

Image-Line DirectWave

Image-Line has released version 1.4.9 of DirectWave, a sampler instrument for Windows.

DirectWave is one of the most complete VSTi samplers currently available.

It loads and edits most of the existing sound formats out there (WAV (any), SF2 (Soundfont), AKP (Akai), Propellerheads Recycle, Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt (nki), GIGA (gig) & eMagic EXS24, …) and it can even sample your existing VSTi instruments.

Changes in DirectWave v1.4.9

  • Fixed loading old states saved with total recall.
  • Save wave files before saving the .dwp file.
  • Now responds to FL max polyphony value.
  • No more drag and drop of foreign formats in DW Player.
  • “Save program” now shows a dialog window if the filename isn’t valid.
  • Minimize lock when loading of settings.
  • Update browser after saving a program or bank.

DirectWave is available to purchase for Windows PC (FL Studio/VST), priced at $99 USD. It is also available as part of the FL Studio Signature Bundle. New Image-Line customers can get 10% discount on a purchase from the Image-Line store with this promo link.

More information: Image-Line / DirectWave

Livid Instruments announces Ohm Classic Recycling Program

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In an effort to cut down on waste, reuse expensive components, and fight the growing disposability of consumer goods, Livid Instruments has announced the Ohm Classic Recycling Program.

Livid Instruments Ohm64 recycling program

Our Ohm recycle program allows us to reuse the wood, fader and rotary knobs, crossfaders, rotary pots, ribbon cables, and fasteners in your Ohm, and repurpose them into an entirely new Ohm64 control surface. Your good-as-new Ohm64 will have a new aluminum faceplate, internal circuitry, backplate, and rubber button pads. The recycled controller will have all of the features of a brand new Ohm, but will reduce environmental impact and cost less then a brand new Ohm64.

While we do source our wood from mostly renewable forests, our wood bodies are hand crafted and do take a long time from being planted to becoming a controller. Our recycle program makes us feel better about reusing the wood bodies, and saves on waste and natural resources that would go into making a whole new body. Steel from the old faceplates are also recycled and will most likely eventually end up taking form as another consumer based good.

Current owners of the Ohm Classic (a.k.a Ohm36) can send their Ohm control surfaces in to be converted into Ohm64 Models for $349 USD (includes a free copy of Cell DNA that is customized for the Ohm64 controller).

Recyclings will be scheduled in limited runs, with the first run starting on July 23rd.

More information: Livid Instruments

SteamSHIFT releases REX2MPC

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SteamSHIFT REX2MPC

SteamSHIFT has released REX2MPC, a utility that allows you to easily convert Propellerheads Recycle files (rcy, rex & rx2) for use with the MPC 1000 and MPC 2500.

This essentially allows a producer to chop a breakbeat (or other sample) using their Mac instead of having to use the built-in chopshop and small screen on the sampler itself. It also makes sample CD’s with pre-chopped loops a lot more useful for MPC users.

REX2MPC is available (Mac only) for £11 GBP. A 14 day trial version is available for download from the product page.

Visit SteamSHIFT for more information.

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ASK Video releases ReCycle Tutorial

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ASK Video ReCycle Tutorial

ASK Video has released ReCycle Tutorial, an in-depth introduction to ReCycle 2.1 and Reason Adapted version 4 for ReCycle.

In the tutorial, ASK Video’s Mike Baggley will take you step by step from installing and setting up ReCycle on your system, to slicing your samples and turning concrete-rigid loops into musical modeling clay.

ReCycle Tutorial is available as a digital download from the PropShop for 25 EUR.

Note: This product requires Quicktime, available as a free download at www.apple.com.

Visit Propellerhead Software for more information.

Ableton updates Live to v7.0.2

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Ableton Live 7

Ableton has released version 7.0.2 of Live, the complete music solution for Mac OS and Windows.

The update includes:

  • Updated (or corrected) info texts, manual and lesson pack.
  • Support for Propellerheads Recycle 1 files (.rcy).
  • MIDI Surface Controller support for Faderfox LV1, LX1, LV2, LX2, LC2 & LD2.
  • Drum Rack support for Korg KONTROL49 & microKONTROL.
  • Control Surface support for the Korg ZERO8 and Akai MPD32.

Check the Ableton forum for detailed information on this update.

Visit Ableton for more information and a link to download a demo version of Live 7.

Peace Love Productions releases Modern German Synths

Peace Love Productions Modern German Synths

Peace Love Productions has released Mondern German Synths, a complete collection of the hottest club synths to date.

PLP used top of the line German manufactered synths, drum machines, and groove boxes to produce this amazing compilation of loops and samples. Modern German Synths includes Leads, Pads, Apreggiations, Basses, Drums, and Sound Effects. You’ll be producing that next underground club hit within minutes after downloading.

Modern German Synths costs $29.95 USD and is available as:

  1. ACID .wav (616mb)
  2. APPLE .aif (566mb)
  3. RECYCLE .rx2 (295mb)

Visit Peace Love Productions for more information and audio demos.