General - Loops

Production Department Picks of the Month

It’s that time of year; schools out, vacations are set, and the pool is perfect.  In other words…it’s time to get your party on!  What better way to kick off a great summer than with a couple of Big Fish Audio scorchers in Electro Pop Hits and Risque´: Pop Kits.  If you’re looking for a couple of uptempo Pop products to get down to and make a few hits with then this is what you are looking for.

Electro Pop Hits leans a little more to the Electro sound that is so popular these days.  There are tons of great sounding synth leads, arpeggios, pads, as well as sfx, four on the floor drums, and a ton more to drive your tracks to a whole new level.  The price is right as well at $29.95

Risque´: Pop Kits resides a few bpm slower than Electro Pop Hits but still brings the heat and some amazingly catchy pop construction kits.  Risque has a bit more of an urban feel to many of the tracks and would be ideal for making tracks in the style of Rihanna, Ke$ha, and many others.  Just like Electro Pop Hits, Risque´is also $29.95

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Production Department Pick of the Month

It’s February, and as it’s been cold up here in the United States so let’s heat it up a bit with a couple of products just begging to be used in your next chart topping track.  This month I’ll be looking over a couple of Hip Hop products that provide you with live instruments that normally wouldn’t be accessable to most people.

Nothing sets apart a track more than the use of live strings.  Live string players are expensive and it takes a lot of experience to record and capture the nuances of these instruments.  Big Fish Audio has made it a bit easier to include live strings in your Hip Hop, Pop, or R&B tracks with Urban String Sessions. Urban String Sessions provides and excellent assortment of live string loops recorded in a mid-size studio setting.  Each loop includes various parts and sections broken out to allow for further arrangement and custom mixing.  Any way you slice it I think you’ll love how quickly and easily these loops will fit with your music.

My second selection for the month contains live played Indian percussion played along with hip hop beats.  Hip Hop India was played by master percussionist Sanket Athale.  What truly makes this library stand out from ordinary ethnic percussion libraries is Sanket’s ability to incorporate expertly played Indian percussion with a modern approach. Take a listen to the demos and you’ll hear what I mean.  Every instrument was recorded in complete isolation allowing you to select and choose the exact group of instruments of your choosing.  No sample library one-shots will ever replace the nuance and feel of a live player and Hip Hop India is truly no exception.

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