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    Submersible Music Drumcore

    Groove Library/Audition Engine [Mac OS X]

    Featuring the performances of some of the world's best drummers, Drumcore is a software-based cross between a drum library and a custom loop-auditioning interface, allowing you to assemble rhythm tracks fast.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Intakt & Kompakt Instruments

    East West/Zero-G Sample Libraries With NI Plug-in Front-end [Mac/PC]

    Sample and loop libraries have come a long way from being delivered on a humble audio CD — the most recent trend is to include a specific playback front-end for easy integration with your sequencer.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    FXpansion BFD

    Virtual Drum Instrument [Mac/PC]

    When it comes to drum sounds, BFD and its XFL expansion pack offer unprecedented levels of detail and flexibility, totalling over 30GB of sample data. Is it overkill, or the rhythm programmer's ultimate weapon?

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Hot New Sample CDs

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    Appraisals of Sample Lab Drum Fundamentals 4* • Tekniks Blue Shock 3* • Smart Loops Pro Drum Works (Volume One) 4* • Cycles Volume Two: Unnatural Rhythm 4*

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Sonic Implants Symphonic Brass Collection

    3-DVD Gigastudio-format Orchestral Brass Library

    Sonic Implants extend their New World Symphony with an orchestral brass sample library.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Hot New Sample CDs

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    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs: VSL Chamber Strings 6* • VSL French Oboe 6* • Zero-G Akoustik Bass Hitz 6* • PMI Consolidated! 3*

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    SPL Surrounded By Drums

    DVD Review

    This DVD disc is intended to demonstrate 5.1 surround-sound techniques, with four world-class drummers providing the source material.

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    Ultimate Sound Bank Ultra Focus

    Vintage Synth Library & Virtual Instrument

    Rather than using modelling technology to emulate classic synths, Ultimate Sound Bank have created an eight-Gigabyte sample library and packaged it with an accessible virtual instrument front end.

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    Hot New Sample CDs

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    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs: VSL Woodwind Ensembles 6* • VSL Epic Horns 6* • Loopmasters Percussionism 6* • PMI Baroque Organ 5*

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Hot Releases Tested

    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs: Tekniks Xtreme House 2 ***** • PMI The Emperor ***** • Tekniks Ghetto Grooves 2 **** • PMI The Old Lady *****

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Garritan Personal Orchestra

    Orchestral Sample Library (Mac & PC)

    Gary Garritan takes on the orchestral behemoths with a small but perfectly formed library packed with extra features.

    Reviews Oct 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Shop

    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs:Luscious Grooves 5* MULTI-FORMAT; Electro Magnetic Pulse 4* AUDIO+WAV+REX; SAM Solo Sessions 4* MULTI-FORMAT; Saophones 1 5* GIGASTUDIO/EXS24 MKII.

    Reviews Oct 2004
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    Hot new Sample CDs on test

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    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs: PCP-80 Electric Grand 5* •  Solo Strings 5* • Tool Shed Percussion 5* • Woodwind Collection Expanded Edition 4*

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    Hot New Sample CDs!

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    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs: The Legend Of China 4* • Freaky Jazzy Funky 2 4* • Glass & Stones 5* • Opus 1 5*

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Zero-G Morphology

    Kompakt-based Virtual Sound Module [Mac/PC]

    These days, if your sample library is going to be a success, it seems you've got to release it with a virtual-instrument front-end. Analogue synth fanatic and long-standing sample-library producer Ian Boddy does not disappoint with his latest creation...

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    Appraisals of the latest sample CDs: Alma Flamenco • A Funky Future • Vienna Overdrive • Cuckooland Completely Bonkers.

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Redmatica EXS Manager

    OS X Sample & Instrument Manager For EXS24

    Multi-gigabyte sample libraries offer unprecedented realism and lots of potential for confusion. Redmatica's neat OS X utility allows Emagic EXS24 users to tame their unruly sample collections.

    Reviews Jun 2004
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    EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra

    Orchestral Sample Library

    It's another multi-DVD orchestral library! Does it merit a thunderous introductory timp roll or a feeble tap on a vibraslap? Find out...

    Reviews Jun 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    We review: Cimbalom **** • Jazz/World *** • Neo Soul **** • Vienna Concert Guitar *****

    Reviews Jun 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    This month: Amazing Thailand **** • LA Riot V ***** • WEP ***** • White Grand ****.

    Reviews May 2004
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    Kirk Hunter Orchestral Brass Ensembles

    10-DVD Gigastudio Sample Library

    Retailing at a paltry nine GBP per Gigabyte, this huge orchestral brass library from the USA appears to offer a big-screen experience at a Blockbusters price. Is there a catch?

    Reviews Apr 2004

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