Happy New Year Everybody! this month we are kicking off the new year with some really great orchestral products. Putting together an orchestral section and mixing it well can be very difficult and extremely time consuming, so this month I want to highlight two of my favorite products for arranging quick and easy orchestral and string sections for any genre.
Cinematic Orchestral Themes contains 20 full-length cinematic orchestral tracks, composed, orchestrated and conducted by “Beethoven-Award” winner Kostas Varotsis. Each track is a full stereo mix split up by SECTION rather than INSTRUMENT. The benefit of this is that the whole track comes pre-mixed and ready to be arranged in any order you want. This library is perfect for putting together ultra-fast full orchestral pieces with little to no mixing. No more time spent balancing, EQ-ing and adjusting, just simple arrangement and you are on to the next step. Cinematic Orchestral Themes is formatted in Apple Loops, REX and Acidized WAV. All loops and samples are recorded in the highest quality 24-bit rate and cut for easy arrangement. This product is a must have for producers who need extremely high quality sounds without sacrificing too much time in this fast-paced industry.
Urban String Sessions is a product that fuses Classic and Urban genres in the styles of One Republic, Fort Minor, Rihanna and more. These loops were recorded with just enough players to make a lush sound but not too many to overwhelm your tracks. These strings are inspiring, simple and catchy; everything the Hip-Hop/RnB producer needs to make a track pop. Each loop is also broken out by section giving you greater flexibility over the mix as well as the ability to create more extensive arrangements by bringing in and out different sections throughout your music. This product includes nearly 700 MB of original content, 214 total loops and is formatted in Apple Loops, REX and Acidized WAV formats. Urban String Sessions provides you your own professional studio string players without breaking your studio budget.
This Months products are really amazing production tools for anyone looking for inspiration from compelling guitar and drums sessions. Both libraries are incredibly diverse and cover even more ground when used together. They are both formatted in 24-Bit Apple Loops, Acidized WAV, REX, and Kontakt 4/5 formats (KLI Series, and are cut perfectly to bar lines so mixing, matching and original compositions are a piece of cake to create on the fly. If you need grab and go tools for pop, rock, alt and indie styles (to name a few) then look no further than Songwriter Drum Sessions and Guitar Sessions: Contemporary Pop Guitars!
Songwriter Drum Sessions is a library that defines “solid” playing, in a straightforward, catchy and easy to use format with 16 full drum loop sets. In addition 75 drum hits have been included for custom beat making. Pop, rock, downtempo, soul, dance and everything in between is covered in this amazing Drum Session library built for the producer who needs high quality, inspiring drum loops that are a cut above the rest!
Guitar Sessions: Contemporary Pop Guitars contains a huge assortment of loops ready to help you create chart topping hits of tomorrow. Covering rhythm, lead, ambience, and real melodic groove and a plethora of styles, Guitar Sessions covers everything you might need for the Pop genre. Incredible guitar tone is mixed with original creativity in this must have library for any pop producer. The library is massive, boasting 3.5 GB of truly usable original WAV content. Any guitar you need for pop music can be found right here, clean and distorted electrics, strummed and picked acoustics, ambient and steel guitars are all at your fingertips with Guitar Sessions: Contemporary Pop Guitars.
Hello Everybody! hope you all have had a great month and for those of you who went to NAMM a great show!
This month I want to highlight two of my favorite libraries that are breaking ground in the Electronic Cinematic genre. These are not your standard cut and dry cinematic loops, they break the boundaries of film scoring and give a pro-ready setup for some amazing possibilities.
First up, we have Altered Reality: Dark Cinematic Elements. This library is the definition of out of the box, from glitchy lightning infused impacts and transform sounds to ambient atmospheres of different worlds, Altered Reality has it all. The depth of quality in these samples is unmatched. Without needing any outside reverb or compression of any kind, the sounds are huge in quality and depth of design. Altered Reality contains over 500 loops, 404 one-shots and is organized between those two categories. The product has been formatted in WAV, REX, Apple Loops, and Kontakt as part of our KLI Series. With so much diverse content and infinite layering possibilities, Altered Reality will be an invaluable resource for a long time.
Next is Titan Filmscapes – Electronic, Industrial and Dramatic Filmscapes. Titan Filmscapes is a hot new filmscapes product by Dieguis Productions and it sets the bar for contemporary film scoring. Titan Filmscapes showcases composers and films such as Hans Zimmer, Cliff Martinez, Chemical Brothers, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Social Network and many more. Titan is incredibly diverse, with instruments ranging from electric guitar to ambient pads to marimbas and even flute. The product has been formatted in WAV, REX, Apple Loops, and Kontakt as part of our KLI Series. Boasting over 800 Acidized WAV loops and taking home 4 out of 5 subs from SoundsandGear.com, this product is a hands down winner and a must have for any working on a film score.
Michael “Nomad” Ripoll released his first project with us in November of 2009. Studio Guitars: The Michael Ripoll Project has been a top seller ever since. His ability to play multiple guitar styles with a mastery few guitar players ever achieve in just one style is one of his primary trademarks. Studio Guitars received rave reviews as well as being nominated for the “Best Sound Library” category in the annual Sound on Sound Magazine Awards. Soon after we also released Crunch: Rock Guitar Loops, a smaller collection focused specifically on rock guitars.
Now for full disclosure: We knew that Michael had long been touring with platinum R&B recording artist Babyface as his guitar player. In addition Michael’s plays at a prodigy level when it comes to flamenco style guitar playing. When we first started working with Michael we asked him to hold off recording R&B, Hip Hop, and his Flamenco styles for Studio Guitars since we wanted to create products with him that specifically focused on those styles.
Guitarra: Spanish Guitars features 30 loop sets of spanish style guitar loops. Each kit will showcase a number of loops that all work together to create complete performances. The loops contain various flamenco styles and techniques all played with precision and accuracy that only a master could achieve. The loops are formatted in acidized WAV, REX, Apple Loop formats as well as kontakt format as part of our KLI Series. For those with the full version of Kontakt 4.2 or higher, the KLI version of the product is a great way to take advantage of editing and tweaking the loops beyond what is traditionally possible as well as a number of multisample patches of sustains, tremolo, chord strums, (major and minor), and more. For more information check out the product page and make sure to take a listen to the demo as well.
The Urban Guitar Collection is the fourth release from Michael. This collection features nearly 500 hip hop and R&B guitar loops. This product includes acoustic and electric guitar loops that would be perfect for both hip hop and R&B styles. This product is also formatted in acidezed WAV, REX, and Apple Loop formats. Yet again, Michael shows off his uncanny ability to play multiple styles of music and simply nail it.
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This months picks of the month include two outstanding libraries featuring guitars played with various unique effects allowing the user to use them in many different musical contexts. Many of the sounds are specifically geared towards a more modern cinematic use while others would be great in rock, electronica, ambient, or other experimental styles. Each of the two libraries comes in both WAV, REX, and Apple Loop formats as well as in Kontakt format as part of our KLI Series.
First, let’s take a look at Guitar Soundscapes. Guitar Soundscapes has a specific lushness to the sound design and will immediately draw you in with its full spectrum of guitar parts from high soaring leads to deep more pad-like Guitarscapes. All guitars were recorded using real amps and all effects were created using outboard effects and top of the line guitar pedals. We think you will agree the result is stunningly beautiful. In total, there is more than 3 GB (24-bit WAV) of original content here.
Second up is the just released Eclipse: Ambient Guitars. This product explores a very wide range of guitars from acoustics to various different electrics. In addition there is a vast amount of different effects used and a lot of experimental uses of the guitars. From percussion effects created by a recorded guitar, to intensely unique and complicated delay effects. Some of the kits sound as if they could fit directly into a cutting edge rock song while others would be perfect content to find its way into a modern techie film score. Just like Guitar Soundscapes, Eclipse contains a large amount of content with nearly 3.5 GB (24-bit WAV) of content.
Sometimes you have to be a little different to get noticed. If you do the same old thing and sound like everybody else it can be a struggle to make it to the top. This month I want to look at a couple of libraries that are a little “different” from your standard loop libraries.
Quirky Guitar Vol.1 and Quirky Guitar Vol.2 are two of our most unique and original libraries. These loops feature but are not limited to guitars. You’ll also find glockenspiels, bells, music boxes, pianos, hand claps, and a few other “bells & whistles”. The mood of these libraries is light and playful while still containing content to create some series musical pieces. You may be reminded of some indie singer songwriter artists such as, Feist, Ingrid Michaelson, Lenka, and the like.
As part of the Textured Series, these construction kits don’t contain any drums but simply focus on the melodic instruments, opening up the possibilities with these loops to go in any number of musical directions. The recording quality is top notch and the musicality is simply outstanding. Both products have been formatted in WAV, REX, Apple Loops, as well as in our KLI format for our Kontakt users. At 69.95 each you will find a serious bang for your buck with loads of usable and inspiring loops for your next album, commercial, or tv spot.