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JungleJungle: 1989 – 1999 samplepack by Blu Mar Ten—Sounds of early drum & bass

JungleJungle 1989-1999

Blu Mar Ten has released the JungleJungle: 1989 – 1999 sample pack, exploring some of the sounds use in early drum & bass productions.

This pack is made up of samples taken from tracks in our record collection. It started as a bit of fun to kill time in between proper music work and suddenly became quite large, so it seemed a shame not to share it.

These are not some secret special sounds only available to ‘jungle legends’. Anyone with the tracks and some time to waste could have made this pack.

JungleJungle: 1989 – 1999 features

  • Size – 390mb.
  • Contents – 650+ breaks, basses, pads, riffs, hits, vocals & FX.
  • Format – All samples taken from vinyl or CD and saved as 16bit WAVs.
  • No mp3s were involved at any point in the process.
  • All samples are cropped & normalized.
  • The earliest sample in the pack is from 1989 and the latest is from 1999.
  • This pack was created for fun and is not to be sold. All rights remain with the original creators of the samples. If you use these samples for commercial purposes you need to seek the appropriate clearance.

The sample pack is a free download at Blu Mar Ten.

More information: JungleJungle: 1989 – 1999 samplepack

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Kickstart Peter Adany’s Helix DJ Precision Turntable for iPad

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Peter Adany has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Helix, an exacting turntable for DJs, producers & record fans, with unprecedented features & graphics.


Helix Beatmix demonstration.

So you are not into DJing, but you still love music? You can enjoy your favorite songs in a more engaging way. It’s like the satisfaction of playing your favorite vinyl LP, but in an advanced way: with an elegant, color-customizable turntable on your iPad, PC or Mac.

Do you play your own instrument? This app lets you easily and precisely adjust the pitch of songs so you can play in tune with your music.

The project is looking to raise $30,000 by Saturday September 15th, 2012.

More information: Helix

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ToneBytes launches Noise Bundle – 3 plugins at 25% discount

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ToneBytes has announced the release of its Noise Bundle, a collection of three plug-ins at 25% off.

From 15 Aug 2012 to 15 Sep 2012 get all the noise plugins for only $45 in one bundle that includes: Analog Noise, Ambient Nature Noise, Industrial Noise

ToneBytes Noise Bundle

Noise Bundle features

  • Industrial Noise — is an easy-to-use virtual effect plug-in for Windows which adds the sound of different mechanisms, machines and technical devices to your recordings. The purpose of the plug-in is to add sounds typically found in various industries, plants and factories. It has 21 sound profiles, including the sound of motors, pumps, fans, tools, and machines and much more other.
  • Ambient Nature Noise — is an easy-to-use virtual effect plug-in for Windows which adds the sound and atmosphere of alive and lifeless nature to your recordings. It has 21 built-in sound profiles, including the sound of birds, insects, bats, trees and other flora and fauna, and the sounds of lifeless nature such as sound of waterfall and rain, wash, fire crackling and much more other.
  • Analog Noise — is an easy-to-use virtual effect plug-in for Windows which adds the sound and atmosphere of analog recordings to your tracks and mixes. It has 21 built-in sound profiles, including the sound of magnetic tape with various coverings, the sound of vinyl records, and the sound of the signal of various tube and transistor devices, such as Hammond Sounder, Moog Liberation, Akai Ax-73, JVC MI-5000, etc.

The Noise Bundle for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $45 USD until September 15th, 2012 (regular $60 USD).

More information: ToneBytes

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Producers Choice releases HD SSL Vinyl drum kit sample pack

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Producers Choice HD SSL Vinyl

The Producers Choice has released the HD SSL Vinyl, a collection of drums processed with the legendary SSL 4000G analog console.

Ever wondered why songs on the radio sound so warm and full? Most engineers will print mixes to analog tape, then mix using an analog console to achieve a warm, punchy and full mix.

If you want the ‘analog’ sound without the time and expense, then use this drum kit to inject some warmth and legendary SSL sparkle to your mix!

HD SSL Vinyl features

  • 56 Warm Kicks, 29 HD Snares, Claps, Warm 808/Basses, Percs & More!
  • Over 100MB of High Definition, 24bit WAV drum samples. Easy to use in your favourite audio software or sampler.
  • Perfect for boom bap, hip hop or any other urban/pop music!
  • Launch bonus:
    • 50 Gorgeous Vinyl Drum Breaks/Loops (Limited release of 50 copies).
    • 20 Vinyl Crackle samples to overlay and add unique warmth to any track.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $34 USD.

More information: Producers Choice / HD SSL Vinyl

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Samplephonics releases free Tortured Vinyl sample pack

Samplephonics Tortured Vinyl

Samplephonics has released the Tortured Vinyl Freebie, an exclusive free sample pack containing over 100 free 24 bit wav samples and audio loops.

The sounds have been recorded using a dusty old record player and a bunch of old records, various bits of paper and plastic, carpet and other textured material, to create a selection of glitchy one shot samples, strange ambience loops and dirty vinyl crackle effects.

All the free loops and samples are presented in 24 Bit wav and ready to use in your productions, absolutely free. Enjoy!

More information: Samplephonics / Tortured Vinyl

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AfroDJMac releases Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle free Ableton Rack

AfroDJMac has released a new free library for Ableton Live: Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle.

AfroDJMac Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle

Last week I received an email from Oliver Chesler, aka The Horrorist, who writes an extraordinarily useful and informative blog called “Wire to the Ear.”  He is always amazingly on point and up to date, whether with production advice, great music, or the latest audio/ iOS gear.  Oliver asked if I do request for Ableton Live Instruments (which of I try my best on); he was looking for samples of cassette tape hiss.  While there’s an assortment of plugin emulators of the tape sound (including Ableton’s Vinyl distortion which I used on this freebie), as we all know, there’s nothing quite like the original.  Funnily enough, just the day before I was looking for samples from vinyl records, and one of the samples I got the most use out of was just the vinyl crackle right before the music starts playing.  So, naturally I thought Oliver’s suggestion was a good one.

After busting out my old Ka-Boom Box, and dusting off what remains of my cassette tape collection, I started sampling empty sections of the tapes.   While I was at it, I took out some vinyl records of varying condition, sampled those, and grabbed a few minutes of tape noise from my Tascam Reel to Reel (the bad boy used on the Super Tape Drums Ableton Pack).  I’ve used those samples to create a pretty excellent Ableton Live Pack for you all!


AfroDJMac’s Ableton Live Instrument #60: Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle.

The Ableton Pack is a free download.

More information: AfroDJMac

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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

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Review: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

When you need some solid electronic drum sounds, Goldbaby’s sample packs are always a good place to turn to. With Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1, Hugo once again provides quality sounds to help you cook up some delicious dishes, urban style.

Goldbaby's Urban Cookbook Vol 1

Want to cook up some delicious beats… well then you probably need my cookbook. The ingredients are full of saturated fat, MSG, a heap of sugar and are not suitable for a low cholesterol diet. The 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 and Rex Loops… just over 1 GB of the freshest ingredients.

The sample pack includes various formats and comes with patches for most common samplers.

  • 3,398 samples (24-bit quality).
  • 200 REX loops.
  • 142 Maschine kits (plus 7 projects) and 13 instruments.
  • 49 presets + 145 kits for Geist.
  • 135 Battery 3 kits.
  • 136 Kontakt 4 kits.
  • 141 EXS24 patches for Logic (can also be imported in Kontakt, Ableton Live Sampler, Halion, etc.)
  • 50 Kong kits, 140 NN-XT patches and 9 Combinators for Reason 5 and above.

I checked out the Maschine version which also comes with the patches for Kontakt, Battery and EXS24. The Maschine kits are divided in folders – Combos (4), Drum Kits (52), FX (20), Hits & Chords (31), Percussion Kits (20), and Vox (15), and to help you find the right type of sound some of the kits are tagged in categories like analog, digital, sfx, etc.

The Kontakt instruments include bass, drum kits, FX, hits and chords, individual drums, layering tools, and vox. It may look like this is basically the same as the Maschine content but there are a bunch of different instruments in here (same for the EXS24 format which you can also load in Kontakt).

While browsing the different kits and instruments it struck me that Goldbaby’s samples always sound “fresh” and up-to-date. The Cookbook includes a fair share of sounds that are similar to the ones in other Goldbaby sample packs, but Hugo records all content for each sample library specifically for said library, which makes sense since Goldbaby’s studio equipment is regularly updated with new gear.

Besides all the kits and patches there is a lot more sample content than was used for the kits so there is a lot to explore, and swapping out sounds within kits is easy. In Maschine the kits come with some lovely patterns and the included projects are a nice bonus, as are the REX loops which feature various percussion loops, fx loops, grooves and more.

In all, this pack has lots of unique content with that vintage Goldbaby vibe. It’s kind of like crate digging without having to do all the hard work. Instant satisfaction!

Check below for an example of the type of thing you can cook up with Goldbaby’s ingredients. A few more demo mp3s can be found at the Urban Cookbook product page here.

So what do I think?

Product: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol.1
Format: 24bit WAV, REX / Maschine, Geist, Kontakt, Battery & EXS24 / Reason ReFill
Price: $49 USD
Like: fantastic sounds, well done kits and patches, phat!
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

With Urban Cookbook Vol 1, Goldbaby does what Goldbaby does best: deliver quality drum sounds with a vintage feel. I think Hugo did a fantastic job with the kits. The combination of sounds in each kit is inspiring and everything is really well produced to get that typical fat, punchy, deep sound. I know a lot of thought went into creating and processing the samples and making sure the kits work well musically, and it shows.

The additional sounds are fantastic. Beautiful chords, guitar strums, useful sound fx, string type sounds. Just love it. Now don’t think this is construction kit type stuff, but these are just a bunch of lovely sounds to compliment the drum/percussion content. Signature Goldbaby.

After spending some good time with this new pack (and already using it in some projects), I think the Urban Cookbook may well be my favorite Goldbaby library to date. Go check it out!

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Urban Cookbook Vol 1

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