MacAbleton.com Review: Miami Tech
Miami Tech is from Loopmasters, and celebrates the Winter Music Conference in Miami. It comes in different formats, but most Live users will want to select the Ableton Live Pack. Installation is easy - download and unzip on your desktop, then double click the pack. Live will boot up and ask you where you want to install it. I chose my sample library. Locate it there in your browser and you'll find four main folders inside.
The four folders are REX, wav loops, presets and samples. The wav and Rex loops are obviously the same loops, so you could ditch one lot, if keen on space saving. There are 567 loops altogether, including 79 bass loops, 230 drum loops, 215 music loops and 45 percussion loops. The bass loops include acoustic and synth, the drums include 62 full drum loops, 132 fills, and 36 top loops. There are 31 Sampler multisample patches, and 236 individual samples, including 146 drum hits.
Ok, time to load up and get messing with the samples. I fired up a kick, hat and clap and started dabbling with the loops. They all seem to go together nicely and produce a chilled kind of dance vibe. Before I knew it I was working on a tune...
It all sounds very useable. Nothing gimicky, just nice sounds. The sampler patches are great fun, some really interesting bass patches, complex FX, useful leads and drum kits, all very organic sounding. I love the little snare and hat fills that come with the pack.
There are pad loops, shaker loops, top loops, perc loops, brass fills, arp glitches, FX, all sorts. I like the fact that a lot of the loops are fills rather than full loops, very useful. These little end fills are very 2012. And also if you don't like using too many loops, there are 146 drum hits, 10 bass and 7 synth multisamples. If you don't have Sampler it's no problem as all the separate samples can be loaded into Simplers. Here's another dabbling, the bass on this one is played on one of the bass multisample patches...
This is a good value, fun and worthwhile pack for tech house producers.