Elemental Studio Percussion is great for making quick and easy percussion parts without having to dig through tons of libraries to find a simple percussion loop. For example if I need a basic shaker to accent the rhythm section of a song I’m working I can quickly find exactly what I need. I got a beta version of this product from our production director about 2 months ago and I’ve used this product over and over since. This one is a must have.
Cinesamples’ Drums of War was used extensively throughout James Horner’s score for AVATAR by James Horner’s Synth programmer, Aaron Martin.
“As a Synth programmer working on Avatar, Drums of War were the first percussion sounds I would grab for that incredible impact that the score deserved. The massive scope and width of these drums were a perfect choice for this groundbreaking blockbuster film. Cinesamples has an Oscar winning hit with this amazing product.”
–Aaron Martin (Synth programmer for composer James Horner)
The most common question I get is, “How did you get started making and selling loops?” When I was in school I met Nile Rodgers and he explained the use of loops from old records in making many of his disco hits. I was fascinated and ran out and bought an Akai S1000. Right out of college I got a great job selling orchestral sample libraries for the Synclavier. My friend Chris Lang and I produced “Drum Loops Volume 1 by Prosonus” and we sold quite a few of them. My boss was convinced and turned the whole operation over to me so he could focus all his time on his music. Since then, Big Fish Audio released hundreds of loop libraries and distribute many more.
For years I played the role of “A&R” but others do that now. I still sit in on all the A&R meetings and I highly appreciate everyone who submits material to Big Fish Audio. We get some great material and we get some that’s not quite ready yet. But I can always tell that a lot of hard work has gone into the submissions.
I have always used our loops to make my own music and enjoy hearing our loops in movies, TV and many top-charting records. Last year I got a kick out of hearing a construction kit from “Notorious: Hip Hop and R&B” in Slumdog Millionaire. I’ve had some of the greatest hip hop, RnB, rock, house and even jazz producers reach out to me just to say thanks for the inspiration and for keeping it royalty-free and not requiring crediting or disclosure. (We all have our secret weapons.)
One of our most popular partners, Cinesamples, just announced that they’ve got a new series of percussion libraries up their sleeve for release later this month. Those of you who enjoyed Drums of War should have a lot of fun with their new offerings! They tell us there are extensive dynamic layers and round robining, three mic positions, and tempo-synced crescendo rolls that’ll benefit the suspended cymbals and snares. As a composer myself, I’ve gotten great mileage out of Cinesamples‘ huge action drums and meticulous attention to sonic detail, so I can’t wait to get to work with these.
Congratulations to Michael Clark for being the grand prize winner of the Big Fish Audio 2009 Product of the Year sweepstakes! Michael won all 20 nominated products.
At Vir2 Instruments we use the Kontakt Player engine to drive all our products. Many new customers ask us why we use this plugin sample engine. We actually chose the Kontakt player for several reasons. It’s a very stable sampler engine that is both memory and processor efficient. It can run in standalone, or as a plug-in in any of the current DAW applications available on the Mac or PC platforms. It’s well known and widely used by many musicians, composers, and sound designers. The biggest reason we chose Kontakt is because of the powerful scripting engine; the scripting engine allows us to program real-time, performance enhancing features that make our instruments more musical and more enjoyable to use.