I never really quite know what to expect when something is labeled ambient. Closest to my personal musical preference, I think of the sounds of Aphex Twin, Biosphere, System 7, The Orb, Boards of Canada. That kind of thing.

For creating Ambient Illusions, Dmitry Vasilyev took inspiration from Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, as well as the easy listening sound of chill-out collections such as Café Del Mar and Buddah Bar.

Kick back and relax! Prime Loops are extremely proud to announce this ultimate collection of mind-bending ambient & chill-out instrumental loops – prepare yourself for “Ambient Illusions”!

Inside this extraordinary sample pack you will find an addictive blend of over 120 unreal ambient textures, hypnotic arpeggio patterns, mesmerizing chord progressions, intricately crafted sound effects and beautifully sculptured wall-of-sound atmospheres, ranging between 65 and 140 BPM.

The loops have indicative titles, with type classification (synth, seq, music, etc.), tempo and key information included. The samples are quite lengthy (up to 49 seconds!) with an average of ~20 seconds, allowing for progressions and plenty of movement of sounds.

Dmitry steers clear of useless repetition so you won’t find the exact same 4 bar melody being repeated 8 times. Instead you get well thought out evolving sounds that still loop well.

The overall vibe of the sounds is quite positive/light, relaxing, sometimes deep and spacey, never very dark or disturbing.

So what do I think?

Product: Prime Loops Ambient Illusions
Format: 24bit/44kHz samples (various formats)
Price: £19.95 GBP
Like: beautiful sounds, long loops (well looped)
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

I hold Dmitry Vasilyev in high regard. Ever since I came across his work as Cyberworm – offering free samples on his Rhythm-Lab blog, I have been impressed with pretty much everything he does.

Ambient Illusions is no exception. This library is a stunning collection of ambient textures / atmospheres / sounds. Well produced, wonderfully creative, unique and inspiring, there isn’t a single dud to be found really.

This sample pack is perfect for adding an ambient, chill-out vibe to your work.

More information: Prime Loops