Bassbin Twins

Bassbin Twins

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Bassbin Twins, aka Pete Houser, has been releasing records since the first wave of Breaks music in the 1990's. Early white label output includes the initial Bassbin Twins EP series, the Bassbin Loops records, 'A 1 Love', and so on which lead to releases and remixes on labels like Skint, Southern Fried, Concrete, Harthouse, Bassex, SSR, D*Fusion, Mute, etc. The 2000's have included official remixes for DJ Punk-Roc, Evil Nine, Koma & Bones, Meat Katie & D. Ramirez, Stanton Warriors, etc, and a label back-catalog remix collection for Marine Parade. Notable output also includes the tracks 'Woppa', 'Ruffest' and the Bassbin Twins remix of 'Stop The Revolution' on the Lot49 label. Fueled by a love of sampling and programming the Bassbin Twins project continues pushing beats forward.


Reviews

  • Jump Up DnB 2

    Rating: 8/10

    Concise pack of sharply focused jump up elements continuing from the solid vol. 1 collection. Favorites here are the one shot bass hits and especially the Short Bass Stabs folder which for me makes the pack: enough choice bits of bass to craft endless rough low end action. The Synth Loop folder has hooks and flavor to chop and roll for days. Great expansion to anyone's library of DnB tools and fire bass samples.


    Analogue Noise

    Rating: 10/10

    Good things come in small packages and this super-specialized noise goldmine delivers hugely when it comes to top tier buzzes, hums, static and other splendid electro-magnetic interference snapshots. With frequency ranges smartly covered (low ground-hums, grainy mids and tissue-like top layers) all with unique color and some having just enough flux to add a bit of movement within the grit. A true gem.


    Glitchtronica

    Rating: 9/10

    Delivering plenty of punch and feel this pack somehow connects dots from neuro-bass twists to skweee-like synths and hugely fun percussion including killer loops with isolated parts and stellar roll-your-own one-shots. With hook-y melodic loop files and 6 actual "inspiration kits" (with stems) this is a choppers paradise in addition to all the fantastic as-is material on offer. Really well done and the kind of pack that can assist breaking new ground.


    Sound FX

    Rating: 10/10

    Super tasty and tasteful assortment of FX delights: genre-less builds and breakdowns, pads ranging from lush and sparkly to dark and ominous as well as an entire trove of inspiring one-shot FX files. Everything is key-labeled which for a dedicated effects pack is a huge plus in addition to top-notch sounds throughout all adds up to a collection I'll be reaching for often. Instant love for this one.


    Awesome collection of organic percussion which is ready to stand alone or be layered with your own drums. Organization is well executed making for fast navigation and the one-shots and loops are provided both dry and with tasteful fx. 'Found Sound Percussion Hits and Loops Volume Two' amounts to an excellent pack of smaller details contributing to a more personal and powerful whole.


    Cloudtronica

    Rating: 10/10

    Incredibly usable assortment of audio slices exceeding expectations in both overall quality and unexpected gems including a foley folder within the drum hits and the selections of ambience / soundscapes as immediate flavor palettes. Further standouts for me include the warm glowing pad beds and inspiring drum loops broken down to individual elements.

    Twist

    Rating: 10/10

    One of the best multipurpose FX packs I've heard and the kind of collection that stays permanently useful. So much ground is covered and each of the 17 sub-folders are like drawers full of well organized razor-sharp sound design tools. Infinite layering and combination possibilities plus top fidelity throughout make 'Twist' worth getting excited about.


    Bass Hop

    Rating: 9/10

    Dirty, dusty, crusty and crispy: Bass Hop delivers stacks of ammo drenched with attitude and conviction. Worth it for the drum loops / sounds alone and the same could be said for most of the other folders here. A feat Ghost Syndicate pulls off is making packs that feel like sampling records: all the grit and brilliant artifact hits the bullseye for bass music with crunchy punch.


    House Vocal Glitches 4

    Rating: 10/10

    This is a winning recipe: vocal slice abstractions offered as Loops (101 files of instant funk) and single shots (270 pieces of a choice construction set) all Key-labeled and covering a healthy spread of style and tone. If you employ vocal chops / stabs in your production this one is essential. The whole pack really comes alive when one starts slicing and rearranging the bounty of percussive vocal gold here.


    Track-ready vocals ranging from honey-sweet to dancehall-tough while always being soulful. All files are key / tempo labeled and offered both wet and dry. This pack includes a specific kind swirling falsetto style which is a favorite of mine and makes this collection a real find. As useful for taking smaller sections as it is dropping the complete parts 'Dub Vocals' is comprehensively laid out and packed with total quality.


    Hip Hop Ultra Pack 2

    Rating: 10/10

    Amazing hip hop themed pack that doesn't neglect the dust and grit that largely defines the genre to a lot of us. Everything that should be is key-mapped and both the Music Loops and Drumelody Loops serve as sample crates full of pre-sliced / arranged 16-pad inspiration for whatever you're using to produce with. This Ultrapack is complete enough and diverse enough to easily make entire tracks out of: All the basics are covered from solid boom bap to blunted and spaced out with tons of hidden gems throughout. Strong, strong pack.


    Amazing vocal pack evoking both traditional past and the present via the chops, tweaks and gated loop treatments. The 'Glitch Vocals' files take things further out and are exemplary of what can be done with the rest of the pack. Inclusion of FX Only and pre / post gated loops add whole new possibilities for crafting your own perfect cut-ups. So many micro hooks that can be built into bigger ideas or remain in the background as melodic / rhythmic pulse making this a must-have.


    A true megapack of pure 172bpm inspiration: Elastic bass that sticks to the walls and beats that go from solid centered to innovative experimentation. Every folder contains quality and (for example) there's so much that can be done with the Fills folder alone - this is a potent collection. Enough multi-kits and trackstarters to get solid frameworks up and running or if you're like me you'll be combing the whole pack for just the right bits and pieces and there are more than enough here to feed track after track.


    Minimal DnB

    Rating: 10/10

    Another Ghost Syndicate killer with all elements sharply on point: dark syrup bass that's just sticky.. percussion loops each with their own science that are as much texture as they are rhythm.. atmospherics that are both rough and smooth: exactly the kind of ambience I'm looking for. The synth loops range from lush to wonderfully whacked out and the drums are - as with all Ghost Syndicate packs I've heard - completely top notch.


    Dungeon Dub

    Rating: 9/10

    Once again Ghost Syndicate shines brightly with this pack of roughness and the signature recipe is intact: Fire-hot bass (and plenty of it) representing a full spectrum of subs, stabs and mid/high rubs + sharp as knives drum loops in full then broken-down to individual elements along with expert atmospheres, synths and fx making for a compelling and incredibly effective resource.


    Voice of the Machine

    Rating: 10/10

    Incredibly functional collection of human voice that often transcends recognition yet always retains warmth. Expert manipulation has turned vocal source into gems of melody, percussion and effects. The loops are both musical (Melody Loops) and rhythmical (Glitchy Loops). The FX and One Shots vary from evocative / ambient to abstract. This pack defies predetermined genre and is beautifully original. Excellent.


    Dub & Reggae Sirens

    Rating: 10/10

    A galaxy of dub sirens / FX that'll have you covered several times over: from familiar classics to So much more. Subfolders and file names make it easy to navigate through a library ranging from crystal clear to appropriately lo-fi with variety galore. The whole collection feels lovingly crafted and is one I'll be using a ton. If you have Any interest in this type of FX you have found the best of the best.


    Assault DnB

    Rating: 10/10

    Pure DnB excellence from Ghost Syndicate: expert sound design aimed at all things dark / punchy and hitting the bullseye in a big way. Full drum loops broken down into individual elements, plenty of twisting bass action and FX / ambience that's up there with the best I've heard to date. I'll be using this pack a lot and getting more of the Ghost Syndicate stuff without a doubt. Top level material.


    This is a much-needed / much-appreciated footwork pack in a world of sample collections that rarely dedicate to the genre. There's enough off-center funk here to get fully inspired: loops both as parts or as source for surgery. Plenty of excellent bass work in addition to the drum / percussion content which is both locked in and dizzying. Well thought out and well made: an excellent niche-specific pack.


    Lenny Dee - Kick

    Rating: 9/10

    A true grab-bag of Kicks: subfolders and file names offer a minimal amount of guidance so be ready to dig to find the gold within which there's miles of. No matter what you're starting or returning to there are kicks here to not only suit the task but elevate the track's bedrock on a dailed-in level. In addition to umpteen kicks there are hats, needle-wipes, and various odds and ends all useful for layering and creating highly personalized original drum hits. Saturated in character and covering the spectrum from polite to absurdly rude and everything in-between.


  • Drum & Bass Fx

    Rating: 10/10

    Perched somewhere between embellishments and features depending on use while incredible regardless. These files will serve equally well as audio connective tissue, track pixie dust and up-top music elements as everything that can be is key-labeled. There's a shimmer and character here that oozes quality as well as a timelessness: plenty of nods to oldskool jungle while somehow also future-bound and genre-less. One of the only packs I actually thought "I wish I got this one sooner".


    Basement Jams

    Rating: 9/10

    Basement Jams delivers a deeply saturated vibe which is warm and often wonky in all the right ways. The Construction Kits folder is essentially 12 super fresh mini-projects complete with full stems and similarly the Drum Loops include full loops as well as each element loop-isolated. The Bass, Synth, FX and Vox are all total quality and round out a pack that is sonically simmering and delightfully druggy.


    An instant classic and best-in-class pack of just blindingly great material serving all (and I mean All) of your ambient / mood / background / foreground needs. For anyone who's seeking installments of Vibe into their tracks there is no way to not love this collection: all frequency ranges are covered: deep bass, sparkling washes and miles of ambience key-labeled for instant usability. There are tons of FX files and stems folders full of key / tempo compatible parts. Massive both in size and quality (almost 5gigs and stunning, respectively) I can't recommend this one enough.


    Trap & Dub Collection

    Rating: 9/10

    So many stellar samples in one place with tip top quality throughout: the fidelity shines through as soon as you start plugging these sounds into a project. I'm usually more interested in one shots but the loops here blew me away too: so useful and so ripe for cutting up and deploying. Generally on the deeper and less aggressive / flashy end of the spectrum I consider this pack to be a bedrock go-to as everything just works so amazingly well and the collection actively inspires.


    Rawr! is a box of audio toys on the spicy side: sub-folders will narrow your sample searching and I love combing through for the perfect bit. A fine balance of organized yet full of surprises there's enough single shot action to launch umpteen hooks as well as solid drum hits and the loops which despite being 140bpm can be chopped and spliced to great effect. The root keys in file names makes this library all the more useful and it all adds up to a killer pack.


    Raw Skillz

    Rating: 10/10

    A true "fantasy vinyl crate" bevy of outstanding samples from Rawcutz. 'Raw Skills' packs a one-two punch of inspiration: absolutely top-notch quality and the formatting to let any user blast right off into production mode. The loops are incredible out the box but the real fun begins when you start cutting and chopping bits together and despite all the variation everything feels wonderfully compatible here when mixed and matched. The Loops folders corresponding with the One Shots allows for maximum flexibility and is a comprehensive way to zero in on single sounds when navigation through the bounty on offer. I consider this a can't-go-wrong pack and another must-have gem from Rawcutz.

    Three Zero Three

    Rating: 9/10

    A spacious playground of all things Acid in nature: immediately familiar 303 action as well as farther out spacey bubbling brews which come to twitching life when placed against the simplest of rhythms. In addition to the loops are several folders of single shots and slides all of which add up to a fantastic acid construction kit.


    Lo-Fi House

    Rating: 10/10

    All manner of gorgeously smudged and wonderfully squashed audio serving your lo fi needs. The term "lo fi" all too often equates to mere bit-crushing or routine distortion processing but with a pack like this there's a truly wide spectrum of low fidelity flavors suggesting studio wizardry that's worth investing in. All bases are covered here and there's not a weak link in the subfolder chain: everywhere you explore reveals more goodness. If lo fi is on your radar this one's highly recommended no matter what kind of music you're making.


    Super solid grab-bag of single shots which are often rough around the edges and uniquely gritty. Instead of a perfectly-clean batch of hits this is a smorgasbord of "sampled-sounding" audio and what makes this pack especially interesting are the vinylesque artifacts which can become a secret "x factor" within a mix . 937mb of crunchy source material including drums, various stabs, bass, vinyl clicks and fx.


    If these type of sounds are of interest to you look no further: folder upon folder of on-point retro game samples to tickle and delight. Having this many quality files at ones fingertips is lovely: chirps, bloops and all manner of 8-bit-ish source that's as much dub-ready as it is chiptune-y as well as being insertable into both well worn and yet-to-be-named genres. All samples are in both stereo and mono here ready to load up and go to work.


    Designer Linn Drums

    Rating: 10/10

    One of history's strongest sources of drum machine DNA gets a truly dialed-in exploration and the results are golden. Along with the inherent legacy of the Linn sound we are blessed with the kind of custom-tailoring that might normally exist only in a producers secret stash of custom drum weaponry. Tuned kicks with added sub, snapping snares, crisp hats and cymbals etc all captured, combined and processed to expand far beyond the already-fantastic original Linn output.


    LA Beat Scene

    Rating: 9/10

    Great assortment of quirky, thumping and off-kilter sounds. The kicks whomp hard and the snares/claps crack (often with low-fi delight). The drum loops are separated into mini-stems for maximum flexibility and adaptation (and have the necessary funk and lean). These samples often have genuine dirt and imperfection within which I'm a huge fan of given the amount of perfectly clean packs out there: this is a genre that honors artifact. 'LA Beat Scene' is also an ambitiously complete pack: the main zip unfolding at a massive 3.6gigs of rewarding bang for the buck covering drums, bass, synths, music, textures and fx. Greatness.


    Chords & Stabs

    Rating: 8/10

    Lovely collection of chords and stabs all processed in three different ways beyond the original Clean files (I particularly love the 'Resampled' folders). Most of the stabs are tight chords so there's musicality and emotion in these hits compared to single notes while the chord selections ('chord', 'key' and 'piano') are super loopable / choppable bits of goodness. Excellent addition to any library - Chords & Stabs is a fantastic toolkit.


    Quality is intact throughout crisp drums, bright synths and goldmine bass. The drum loops are pitched-up goodness and presented as full beats with their corresponding percussion as well as top layers in subsequent folders making for a creative-sparking mini-stems package. The bass loops and hits are second to none in their genre. If you like the taster samples you'll love this pack.


    All thriller no filler selection of finely crafted D&B tools. Worth is for the breaks selection alone but everything here is weapon material: single shots and loops covering all bases wonderfully. Heavy without being brash and classic in genuine character: these are the Sounds!


    Jump Up DnB

    Rating: 8/10

    Smart set of rowdy Drum and Bass tools. The drum loops aren't overproduced which is refreshing and useful. Excellent selections of bass shots + FX and the folder of Top Loops are personal favorites here. Overall a tight assortment of instantly-usable gems.


    Buzzes Ticks Tones and Drones: This is your Portable Planetarium Of Sound. Pixar-like robotics and feature film level sub-shaking purrs and whirs. Both futuristic and retro in that there's doses of stuff touching on oldskool Jungle timestretch flavors ('Stutters', 'Granular FX' etc folders) in addition to hard impacts and delicate organics. The selections aren't sprawling which is a good thing: this feels like a concisely chosen collection of top-tier audio and one I'll be using a lot.


    Another killer package from Particular: insertable moods of an unknown origin that happen to work fantastically when chopped and dropped into a project. Ghostly faux melodies and harmonic poltergeist-ery abounds. When it comes to ambience and vibe 'Imaginary Textures' is pure audio psychedelics and even small doses of these shimmering bits can do absolute wonders within a track.


    'Atmospheres & Backgrounds' is a collection of moods ranging from unsettling to euphoric with every shade in between. Quality is fantastic as is the variety: not only a spectrum of emotion but also textures and brightness. The 'Atmospheres' folder has the longer files which evolve just the right degree and the 'Fragments' folder is full of bits perfect for looping / getting creative with. If you're looking for musical (and key-noted) ambience 'Atmospheres & Backgrounds' is one of the best packs I've found yet.


    Vintage Drum Machines

    Rating: 8/10

    A mighty fine collection of vintage drum hits processed in four distinct ways making for a solid menu of percussive goodness. The 'Desk', 'MPC' and 'Tape' folders offer subtle character variation while the 'Lo-Fi' files are aggressively crushed and especially useful with further shaping to fit your tracks grit-spectrum needs.


  • Insanely useful collection of audio snapshots. There are some excellent ambience / texture packs to be had but 'Magic Dust' goes the extra mile and Really dials in a supremely produced arsenal of inspiring files. A massive plus is that seemingly everything that can be key-noted is which saves tuning guesswork when employing within an arrangement. Hugely well rounded / endless possibilities.


    The 'Junkyard' series provides sounds galore for when I really want to zoom in and inject some micro rhythms and layering into a mix. No matter how many actual drum sources I have the addition of samples like these can embed another dimension within the beats. Layering potential is endless and using 'Junkyard Percussion' as an audio construction kit is pure percussive pleasure.


    Vintage Beats & Breaks

    Rating: 9/10

    Crisp quality and miles of variation make Vintage Breaks & Beats a powerhouse package. This title really shines in the Break folders: funky and punchy in all the right ways and truly well captured / processed. From sharp clean hi-def to various degrees of grit and dirt this pack is an excellent dose of raw beats ammo.


    Man vs Machine

    Rating: 9/10

    Man vs Machine is slam-dunk of a themed pack: everything feels genuine and cohesive yet also universally adaptable genre-wise. The subject may be nostalgic but the execution is tasteful enough for this material to simultaneously remain timeless. Instant love for so many of the sounds here. Man vs Machine is a collection done right: a nod to the past made with future-proof quality. This one is special.


    Space Rangers - Phrases

    Rating: 10/10

    Twisting effervescence: from spaced funny-mirror audio to sexy pulsing static this pack is giving me itchy production fingers. This is the third title by Particular I've gotten and truth told I want them all: so much originality, inspiration and the collections are wonderfully themed. These files offer a perfect spectrum of the type of background bits that can transparently elevate feeling in a track all the way to bold psychotropic sound meteors to whizz loud and clear through a mix. Love this one: 10/10.


    A considerably ridiculous amount of excellence which is no way limited to (just) deep house. There's so much more quirk and unexpected flavor within this mega bundle that's applicable to all genres with a little production flexing. 25 main folders of filler-free content (perfectly produced one-shots, freaky experimental loops, swinging full loops / top loops / bass, music and fx loops etc: all here) clearly categorized and labeled (tempos, keys) which is crucial given the magnitude of this pack: 5.7 gigs of downright firepower covering tons of ground with tons of variation. Immense.

    Smokers Unite

    Rating: 10/10

    Another absolutely killer assortment of vibe-encrusted goodness from Rawcutz. These samples are embedded with rustic warmth / history / texture and are the antidote to clinically clean sound packs. The one-shot drum hits are fantastic and many of the gems in the Loops folder are the phrased events which make Smokers Unite and the included Turf Smoke pack feel close to actually sitting down and sampling a stack of incredible vinyl. Aside from the other Rawcutz collections I can't think of any competition as Smokers Unite is as purposefully blunted as it is perfectly executed. 10/10.


    Heaps of organic percussive samples well organized and ready to enrich any production either as pixie dust or featured up front. These files are excellent for injecting a personal new-territory touch or adding various degrees of grit and space to the most dry of drums. Tons of variety / totally worth having and provides endless source for you to start digging and layering.


    12000 One Shots

    Rating: 9/10

    What I love about this mega-pack is how quickly one can whip up kits (be it drums or synths or fx) just by cruising through the 43 (!) main folders (which then include their respective sub-folders adding up to a dizzying amount of files). Another wonderful thing about the collection: because there are no loops more original programming and individuality will come through as users employ the one-shots as they see fit. There are just Tons of excellent samples here. Any producer in any genre could make entire tracks with this pack and I'll be digging into this one heavily.


    Fantastic concept and fantastic set of sounds. The one-shots are themed by general frequency range and file lengths are chronological making for an excellent layering toolkit: you'll know where to start looking within these bountiful folders as you work. The sustained folders are full of textural goodness as well. Downright lovely pack.


    Secret weapon grab bag of gritty textured sound. Three folders of glitched out loops in three subfolders of bpm (120, 124 and 127) which matters less (to me) than the fact that there's So much great material to be mined from within the nooks and crannies of these files: brilliant micro hits and blurping animated mutations all bound by a certain vocal quality that's pleasingly Not the typical vowel-filter stuff. Smaller in size than most packs but also more specialized and employable than many as well.


    Classic Synthology

    Rating: 9/10

    A surprising amount of excellent drum / percussion material here: both hits and loops (and loops that can be mined for hits). Overall quality is generally fantastic and the inventiveness is inspiring. In the best way possible 'Classic Synthology's content is less genre-specific and more timeless than a lot of sample packs. Great Moog stuff, wonderfully bizarre bits and head-turning originality within.


    Think of this collection as a drawer full of one-shot specialty sound tools that range from subtle to bold. Much of this pack is the kind of micro-percussion that plays behind the scenes providing a proverbial x-factor of nuanced character within a track. Sub-folders like 'Other' contain hits of micro ambience and excellent layering elements. I jumped on this pack because if one collects enough drum samples the dreaded overlap in character becomes inevitable and the only cure is seeking (and making) new sounds and spices to keep things fresh.


    Excellent collection of longer synth textures and shorter FX events. There's a lot of warm glow nostalgia here and folders of shorter sounds ('micro' and 'nano') are very useful grab bags of inspiration and flavor in the form of smaller bursts. If you're looking for a fantastic synth-based pack that's got some grit and (thankfully) isn't preoccupied with sounding too trendy and du jour check this one out.


    Surprisingly fresh samples and body-twitching Funk in this pack coupled with absolutely forward-thinking formatting: In addition to the played / phrased / audio content every part of every element is also chopped into individual samples. Further still: within Kontakt 5 (via the RiffMatic instrument files) additional sound control and timestretch are possible adding whole new dimensions of flex potential. Tons of quality elements that can easily be reshuffled into whatever music deck you're dealing and there's a level of authenticity here that absolutely shouldn't be taken for granted earning Minneapolis Funk a solid place in my library.


    SOR Transformation

    Rating: 10/10

    Holy mechanical nuance: from delicate twitching to vault-slam heavy this is thrilling stuff for anyone who's building a sound library that's off the beaten path. The recording quality is supreme and the selection is outstanding. Often surprisingly rhythmical and suggestively melodic - pure inspiration that's strong on every level. For mechanical-based sample collections this is the "desert island one" for me.


    A treasure chest of expert audio minimalism. Clicks, bumps, effects and loops all incredibly versatile and useful. Amazing collection from beginning to end of non-agressive elements that feel alive with the warmth and punch dialed in just right. 'Minimal Techno Revolution 4' is so good that if you're like me you'll feel lucky that you found it and wish that more sample collections were on this level of quality.


    Subliminal Fx

    Rating: 9/10

    Aptly titled and the perfect antidote to overt FX sample libraries: nimble sounds that serve transitions, builds, hits, etc that meld into a track instead of taking center stage. Expertly produced movements in perfect 2, 4 and 8 bar lengths - these are the kind of support effects I'll come back to and use again and again. What this pack lacks in instant-gratification boisterousness it makes up for in being a set of tools free of trend that brilliantly live up to the packs name and have an unlimited shelf life. Truly excellent.


    Dark Dub 2

    Rating: 10/10

    Killer pack with a wide range of ultra useful tools. 'Dark Dub 2' is an audio playground of total quality and diversity. It's rare that I hear a sample pack that single-handedly contains enough fire to make entire tracks with and this is one of those packs: stellar hits, inspired loops, and microcosms of tops, phrases, builds etc. Get out your chopping tools and sculpt these into whatever genre you're pushing forward on .. Top notch.


    3.1gigs of BIG ambience and textures. Part of why this pack is so large is that the samples are (far) longer than your typical SFX files -- which is good to know if you're a producer looking to lay in some extended evolving feeling into your works. There's an overall 'Dark Science Fiction' feel to this library: it's big sweeping brushstrokes and splatters. Much of this can exist as background elements but compared to other FX-themed collections these sounds feel more like put-em-out-front features and in that sense feel closer to Stems than "one shots". This one's heavy, deep and widescreen.


  • Complete Drums

    Rating: 10/10

    The depth of Complete Drums is dizzying. For those of us who fetishize Drums there can never be too many samples on hand and for individual anlog-based hits this is the holy grail. Consider the number of possible combinations and layering one could do with these.... (head explodes). The 'classic' kits are the extreme minority here and there is So much rare / new terrain to explore. A word on the 'Paperskins Snare Toolkit': I've got plenty of similar concept layer kits for kick drums but this focus on snares is awesome. Drum Tools, Synth Drums, Drum Machines .. I'll be using Complete Drums a Lot: 10/10.


    There is a Hell of a lot of vibe in this one: serious and driving .. playful and bouncy .. it's majestic. While not quite circuit bent several of the loops have one foot in that domain via a processed bonky / quirky nature (which is Really good) and there's something of a signature EQ / filter / warmth to these sounds that further separates it from other collections. Everything about this is substantial: it's larger than your typical pack and you get things like a Break Loops folder with 89 wildly varied breaks. There are more sub-folders (full of greatness and surprises) than is usual or expected. Great balance between straightforward and reaching out beyond the norm into borderline experimental colors but always tasteful and retaining the funk. As far as tools go this collection is an epic set.


    The beauty of a well made sample pack like this is that it can transcend genre. As House-oriented as this kit is it's also surprisingly versatile with a great range of thumping / grooving / up front / laid back material not trying too hard yet landing right in the proverbial pocket. Cohesive and despite being warm and friendly also packs a wallop. These sounds may be here because of Copyrite's love of House but check this pack out regardless of what you're cooking and get crafty with it. Solid!


    Loop Tools & Grooves

    Rating: 10/10

    So many great things to say about this one: there's a sort of eye-popping zest and zing to the fidelity and the other major ace in the deck of Loop Tools and Grooves is that it brilliantly strikes the balance between inspired bits of rhythm that individually don't go overboard and do too much. Truly a construction set that knows when to be minimal and feels targeted at the kind of producer who's going to build tracks out of near scratch into a greater whole as opposed to the borderline-Lego-block-remixing of many modern day sample packs. Incredible in both concept and quality -- a slam dunk on every level.


    Grime Revival

    Rating: 9/10

    Very well crafted set of tightly wound sound for pressure-cooked track making. Gritty enough in all the right places. Great balance of main-course elements and tasty sides 'Grime Revival' covers the non-wobble 140bpm bases with tons to explore and get inspired by and is useful far beyond any particular genre. Cohesive, consistent.. this one's a Killer.


    Robotica

    Rating: 8/10

    Warbly Gritty Goodness: bonky crushed drums, bass hits that sound like they were left in a furnace, circuit whacked synths, Lots of speech-related vocoded / vintage synthesized / words, numbers and noises. Each of the 'Glitch Loops' and 'Synth Loops' files are like mini menus to pull little hits of character from if not use as full or partial loops. Not a definitive Circuit Bent library but one of the more unique and off-the-beaten-path sample banks. There are endless ways to employ these noisy nostalgia-encrusted sounds.

    Robostep V2

    Rating: 9/10

    Every bit as essential as Robostep V1: Amazing selection of Mechanical twitchery and cinematic gorgeousness. As with volume one root notes are listed in the file names making this collection all the more ready to embellish works in progress or be at the core of tracks from the ground up. 13 subfolders of hydraulic / pneumatic top quality SFX: quick hits, transformations, emotive combos etc. I can't get enough of this robo-tech science. So universally applicable and rewarding to use that I can only hope a third volume is in the works.


    Robostep

    Rating: 9/10

    I've always been a fan of mechanical / foley sound effects and this pack is truly impressive. One thing that sets this apart as an FX library are the root notes listed in every file name: obscenely helpful. The 'Bass Cannons' folder is the only subcategory that's remotely genre-specific (the harsher side of noisy bass wobbles) while everything else is beautifully abstract shimmering sci-fi categorized into descriptive folders. Great mixture of short percussive bits and longer transformations / wipes / events. All the fat has been cut and what's left is a prime collection of audio ninja throwing stars. Excellent.


    This is a fantastic collection that covers a lot of ground: choice ambient scapes in addition to a ton of single hits primed for layering and vibing within tracks. Smart subfolder organization makes maneuvering the vast amount of material easy. Most everything here feels poised to act as support rather than feature but think of this entire collection as layers of dimension that have the potential to turn simple ideas into full 3D. Especially fantastic are the ambient / field / organic loops that adhere to actual tempo: lots of folders of various ambiences mapped to both 90 and 135bpm - some more overtly rhythmic than others and such a smart and useful set of tools. As far as texture / ambience / layering samples go this pack is near the top.


    The Raw Cutz Super Pack

    Rating: 10/10

    Warm and cracking high fidelity vintage essence: YES. The collection here is as vast as it is universally applicable. Consistent quality throughout is all the more refreshing given the sheer amount of samples included: Out of 778 kicks, 468 snares etc I'm hearing excellence no matter where I dip in. The breaks are incredibly user friendly with lots of separated elements (no kick, no hat..) as well as full loops making for a beat-chopping playground. Lastly the immense instruments samples folders: endless bits of audio which weave between bright / dusty / clean / scratchy / glowing .. this is an absolute candidate for the elusive "if I only had One" sample collection.


    Sappo has put together one of the warmest, smartest, least contrived sample collections I've heard: It's not flashy, it's not forced - just drenched in specific knowledge resulting in a truly gourmet audio toolset. The loops and hits are stellar both in variety of flavor and consistency of quality: punchy, always warm and never harsh. The Tape Sheens & Shuffles are a highlight and like the whole package incorporate amazingly well into productions. If you're looking for a dialed in palette which is cohesive, deeply funky, and immediately useful this one's definitive.



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