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    Vienna Symphonic Library

    Orchestral Cube & Performance Set First Editions

    The Vienna Symphonic Library is more than just a sample library — it's a tool that aims to help you create true-sounding orchestral performances of your own music. But are we talking Berlin Philharmonic or Portsmouth Symphonia?

    Reviews May 2003
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    Dan Dean Solo Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings

    Sample Library

    • Solo Brass **** • Solo Woodwinds ***** • Solo Strings ***

    Reviews Apr 2003
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    Rare Impractical & Deservedly Obscure Instruments

    Sample Library

    ****** 6/5 stars! Dave Stewart is a skilled musician and composer who's been reviewing sample libraries in SOS for years. With so much experience in this area, Dave has produced a library of his own, and rather than sampling conventional instruments, he's focused on a collection of unique instruments built up over many years.

    Reviews Apr 2003
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    Steinberg/Wizoo Halion String Edition (Volume One)

    String Library / Virtual Instrument [Mac / PC]

    Steinberg and Wizoo's latest collaboration aims to provide high-quality string sounds at an affordable price, with a software interface to make string arranging so easy that even drummers can manage it. Have they succeeded?

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    PMI Grandioso Bösendorfer

    Sample Library

    PMI's second Grandioso library takes a thorough approach to capturing every nuance of a Bösendorfer Imperial 290 concert grand piano.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Scarbee RSP 73

    Sample Library

    5***** We check out the mighty Fender Rhodes 73 Stage Piano, brought to you in a new 3GB sampled version by the Danish company Scarbee.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Dan Dean Brass Ensembles

    Sample Library

    An awful lot of blowing went into Dan Dean's new orchestral release - but is this the wind of change, or just a great deal of hot air?

    Reviews Feb 2003
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    Garritan Orchestral String Lite

    Sample Library

    Score = ***** 5/5 stars. Garritan has released GOS Lite, a three-CD version of GOS available in either Akai or Giga formats using samples from the full library.

    Reviews Feb 2003
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    AMG Orange

    Sample Library

    Score = **** 4/5 stars. Named after Waldorf's Microwave synth of the same colour, Orange consists of 216 NN19 presets, 12 Redrum kits and 65 REX2 loops on a single CD-ROM.

    Reviews Feb 2003
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    ProjectSam SAM Horns

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5. Many libraries offer a French horn ensemble within their menu of brass sections, but this is the first horns-only release we've come across.

    Reviews Feb 2003
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    AMG Seminal House

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4 stars. AMG add to their growing Catalyst series of sample libraries with this two CD collection.

    Reviews Feb 2003
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    Bardstown Audio Classic Accordions

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5. Bardstown Audio has collected together nine classic accordions in this two-CD Giga-format collection, and all are sampled from instruments made in the 1950s, when they were hand-made to high standards.

    Reviews Jan 2003
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    Zero-G Creative Essentials

    Sample Library

    ***** 5/5. Zero-G have reworked the entire contents of their extensive library into a single, three-CD Refill package for use with Reason, providing over 9000 individual samples.

    Reviews Jan 2003
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    Ueberschall Da Nu Hiphop Era

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5. Da Nu Hiphop Era is a two-CD set (both audio) made up of 27 construction kits.

    Reviews Jan 2003
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    Art Vista Cool Vibes

    Sample Library

    Score = **** 4/5 stars. Cool Vibes consists of a single GIG file containing 80 patches organised into 16 instruments, each with five stereo placements.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    Ueberschall Groove Shadows

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. These 350 rhythmic stereo loops, at tempos between 40 and 180bpm, are designed to be layered behind your own drum programming to add greater depth and ambient interest.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    Ilio: The Memphis Horns

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. A combination of melody lines and chordal riffs which evoke the golden age of soul.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    Yellow Tools Pure E-Basses Vol. 1 & 2

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 stars. We check out this pair of sampled bass guitar titles from respected German developers Yellow Tools.

    Reviews Nov 2002
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    Pure Hip-Hop

    Sample Library

    3/5 stars. Zero-G continues its range of lower-priced 'Pure' titles with this collection of hip-hop samples of drum loops, scratch loops and turntable tricks...

    Reviews Nov 2002
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    Scarbee J-Slap & J-Fingered

    Sample Library

    ***** 5/5 stars. What does a talented bass player do after developing wrist problems? If you're Thomas Skarbye, you use the capabilities of GigaStudio to develop the ultimate bass sample library.

    Reviews Nov 2002
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    Emagic Xtreme Digital & Xtreme Hip-Hop

    Sample Library

    Following on from the success of their Xtreme Analog library, Emagic have followed up with two more discs of EXS24 sonic ammunition in the form of Xtreme Digital and Xtreme Hip-Hop.

    Reviews Nov 2002

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