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production Department Picks of the Month – August 11′

This month we wanted to highlight a couple of unique libraries that have been exceptionally recorded and have loads of musical inspiration.  Both of these libraries heavily feature acoustic guitars of various types and perfectly fill a niche of music that is a little off beat but is heard all over the place.  You’ll hear this type of music from top charting records all the way to commercials.  With both libraries being part of the textured series, these sounds are certainly ready to fit in your music with minimal effort or tweaking.

Island Guitars is a brand new library that features a blend of Pop, Reggae, Hawaiian, Calypso, and Soca.  This 4 GB collection (1.6 gb of original 24-bit WAV files) features Ukulele, Slide and Lap Steel, Acoustic, Nylon, Hi String and 12 String, Baritone and Electric Guitars, Resonator and Dobro and a very healthy dose of Percussion (Shakers, Congas, Cajon, Bongos, Djembe, Cowbell, Timbales, Tambourine, Maracas and Brushed Snare).  These sounds are certainly not contained to the island but have broken away to the mainland with sounds that fit the vibe of many current artists such as, Ingrid Michaelson, Bruno Mars, Train, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, Ziggy Marley, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole and the Black Eyed Peas.

Quirky Guitars is another library featuring various types of guitars with a unique vibe and sound that will fit with many popular genres of music.  You’ll find acoustic guitar (recordings include hi-strung, de-tuned, natural, etc.) banjo, mandolin, vintage electric guitars, glockenspiel, bells, music boxes, old synths, and organs that are perfect for weaving in unique rhythms, melodies, and textures into your music.

Both of these libraries contain such a unique and fresh approach for a loop library they are bound to just make you happy listening through them.  If you’re looking for a clean and polished sound but with character that’s a little bit “different”, then definitely check out Quirky Guitars and Island Guitars.

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Production Department Picks of the Month

Well it’s that time again for the pick of the month.  Not only is it a new month but a new year. Everybody is ready to work off the holiday weight and begin the uphill climb of keeping our New Year’s resolutions.  Here is a resolution for you that should be easy to keep: try something new.  Don’t fall into the musical rut of always doing the same things.  It’s a new year and a time to branch out and continue to expand our musical sound pallets.  So this month, in that spirit, I present two products to help you think outside of the musical box.

Gypsy Cafe is a new project recently released by Big Fish Audio in cooperation with Dieguis Productions as part of the Xtended Series.  This library is a little Gypsy, a little Parisian, a little Italian, and a lot amazing.  It’s a perfect blend of old meets new as expert production quality as well as authentic instruments and players were used in the making of this project.  Like all Extended Series products this library features construction kits that are packed full to the brim with intros, verses, choruses, endings, as well as multiple variations with each instrument included.

Next up for your consideration is the appropriately titled Mariachi.  This library is also a Big Fish Audio library in cooperation with Dieguis Productions, and part of the Textured Series. As you might expect this library contains all the essential elements of Mariachi, Guitarron, Nylon Guitar, Vihuela, Violins, Trumpets, Gritos, and Choros.   What you might not expect is how good these kits sound.  Just check out the demo and you’ll see what I mean.  So you are fairly warned, listening to the Mariachi demos will most certainly create an instant craving to drive down to your nearest mexican food restaurant for chips and guacamole with your favorite margarita.  You’ve been warned!

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