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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    This month's reviews: Atsiã ***** • Blister Pak ***** • Dub Basis **** • Evolution ****.

    Reviews Apr 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    We review Project SAM Trumpets ***** • PLP Essential Dance Collection **** • Samplecraze Drumm ****.

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    VSL Orchestral Cube & Performance Set Pro Editions

    Vienna Symphonic Library

    The eagerly awaited upgrade from the VSL team breaks all records for size, depth and scope. Is it the be-all and end-all of orchestral sound libraries?

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

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    We check out: Amps & Pickups 2 **** • Post-Estonia Grand Piano **** • Brush Artistry **** • Distoteque **** • Tower Of Funk *** • Post Orchestral Instruments ***

    Reviews Feb 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    Auditioned this month: Xtreme House **** • World Winds **** • Scott Rockenfield Queensryche Drums ****

    Reviews Jan 2004
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    Latest Sample CDs

    • LA Riot: Big Rockin' Beats Volume 2 • Smokers Delight • Punch ERM  • World Traveler

    Looking for rockin' drum kits, classic synths and world instruments? We sample the delights of four more library CDs.

    Reviews Dec 2003
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    Latest Sample CDs

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    • The Dark Side Of The Groove **** • Kick-ass Brass ***** • Drum N Bass Fast Forward **** • Phat Beats From The Box ******

    Reviews Nov 2003
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    We sample the delights of: Bombay Loops & Sounds **** • Da Nu RnB Hip Hop Two ***** • PMI Yamaha C7 ***

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    • Drumkit From Hell Add-ons **** • Nu Metal **** • PMI Historic Keyboards **** • Pukka Masala ****

    Reviews Sep 2003
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    East West Public Enemy: Welcome To The Sampledome

    Sample Library

    With PE main man Chuck D (alongside Gary G-Wiz) on production, this library features 49 original construction kits spread over two audio CDs.

    Reviews Aug 2003
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    The Sound Guy: SFX Machine RT

    Plug-In Folder

    This Adobe Premiere plug-in has now been ported to two different real-time plug-in formats: VST (for Mac OS 9, OS X and Windows) and Apple's new Audio Unit standard (for OS X).

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Lapjockey Flatpack

    Sample Library

    Flatpack contains a large selection of patches and sample sets for each of the modules in Reason v2 and, though largely electronic in character, it steers clear of catering for any single, specific style or genre.

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Sonic-O-Tool 2

    Sample Library

    Considering the kinds of cutting-edge dance music styles that are usually associated with Reason, the idea of a General MIDI Refill might appear to be a bit of a strange one...

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Sonic Foundry Scoring Pack 1

    Sample Library

    Cinematix Vol. 1: 3* • James Johnson Spektral Minimalism: 5* • Robert Rich Ambient Atmospheres & Rhythms: 4* • Numina Emotional Peak Sounds For Cinema: 5* • Orchestral Series 3: Cinematic: 4*

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Vintaudio Upright Piano Collection

    Sample Library

    **** While you might think that the large number of high-quality sampled pianos already available would cater for most musicians' needs, there has always been a breed of piano largely absent: namely, upright pianos...

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    SAM Trombones

    Sample Library

    ***** Following their excellent SAM Horns title comes a Giga set dedicated to a three-trombone section, augmented by a fruity solo bass trombone.

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    Ultra Magnetic Beats

    Sample Library

    **** Programmed and produced by Lukecage in the heart of LA, Ultra Magnetic Beats is AMG's latest hip-hop sample library

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    Escape From The Planet Of The Breaks

    Sample Library

    5 stars ***** Two audio and two Acid-ready Wave CD-ROMs of drum loops and basic construction kits.

    Reviews May 2003
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    Homegrown Sounds

    Sample Library

    4 stars **** Homegrown Sounds have eight sample CD-ROMs available, each offered either in Soundfont format or as a combined NNXT, Halion, EXS24, Kontakt and Wave set.

    Reviews May 2003
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    AMG Simeon Dirt Bag

    Sample Library

    **** Dirt Bag by Simeon promises "hundreds of grungy, fresh and inspiring dance samples", and that's a fairly accurate description of what's on offer here...

    Reviews May 2003
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    Tekniks Rizing Drum & Bass

    Sample Library

    4 **** Rizing Drum & Bass is an extensive collection of drum & bass samples, presented as audio...

    Reviews May 2003

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