Future Dub Orchestra

Future Dub Orchestra

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Future Dub Orchestra is the flowering of musical talent that is the brainchild of songwriter, producer and Musician J.T. Clarke. Committed to pushing the musical boundaries to take music in new directions and cites influences as diverse as Dub, Electronica, Reggae, Cinematic Ambient Soundscapes, and Film Music. From the outset the ethos has been that the music should form the centre around which a creative collective can grow... Future Dub Orchestra’s unique sound is the result of an evolutionary, but truly shared, process that continues through all the stages of composition – lyrics, instrumentation, backing vocals, right up to and including live performance.


Reviews

  • Hip Hop Lunar Cycles 2

    Rating: 9/10

    Really like this pack, full of great instrument choices for a more left field hip hop backdrop. But offers so much more from the Lofi to the abstract. Firstly one of things I look for in any pack is if it includes Midi, and yes this does which is excellent, this is also great as you are able to shape any sound you want and in any way with a great selection. Bass sounds are really good from the synthetic to an analog feel with a good variety of expressions to fill your speakers. The Drum Loops are so nice, very usable, with know specific genre in mind, giving you so many options to go anywhere with your overall productions .Also very simple patterns but that's really nice giving you tight grooves. Next you get a Music folder with a good range of sounds with lots of usable content, also giving you the ability to really layer the sounds with a choice of Synths to Pianos, Guitars and Music Box and more. Pads are next really nice that can instantly inspire you, also help with a good starting point to build from with fluttering sounds to swirly and shimmering atoms. Finally you get a small selection of Percussion and FX which you can add that final sound design across your tracks.


    Atmo Drum & Bass

    Rating: 9/10

    Melodic and lush sounding pack with a liquid cinematic feel, but also can fit into any modern music composition with now specific genre label. Captured really nicely here, with a moving and evocative sound palette. Your first offering delving into this pack is, you get a good selection of Atmospheric Loops which are really nice and set a great scene for building your next composition. Bass sounds are nice from the squelching to gnarly and low end subs and a good choice to choose from. Drum loops are next with again a good selection and a good pattern flow to give movement to your beats. FX are great - a really good offering of sounds to add dynamics and punch from Impacts to Sweeps and a variety of miscellaneous choices also. Melody folder is where this pack comes into its own, really well put together, lovely piano and strings with synth and guitars to set your productions apart. Giving you a good starting point to evolve your arrangement into a fully finished track. You get Midi which is great and a real stand out, as you can take all elements from this pack from the Bass to the Melodics and reinvent time after time with total flexibility. More Drums are also included with some half time loops and again a good variety of choice to get the right beats to fit into your final production. One Shots are a nice addition with a plethora of sounds from Chords, Bass, Crashes to Hi Hats and much more. Vocal loops are also included as well as rex files for even more flexibility for your Daw of choice along with Sampler patches which is excellent.


    Nu Jazz & Hip Hop Rhodes

    Rating: 10/10

    RV Sample Packs always come up with some tasty offerings, and this is no exception with the Rhodes piano selection. They are always on point with the funky soulful side of their libaries but also with a great nod to the past with that early and late 70s class and retro feel but future proof. You get Rex Files, very nice giving you a variety of software and Daws choice to chop and flip and shape to your individual sound design. Rhodes Hits are nice as you get Major and Minor giving you the option to put into your sampler. So pleased to see Sampler Patches with a variety of options for you to use giving you even more creativity to explore and get deeper into this pack. Finally you get the Wav loops in two folders from 80bpm to 95bpm with a generous selection nice loops. The licks are really well recorded and performed and are so usable with a broad spectrum giving you so much scope and choice on how you can use these sounds with no genre limitations. A timeless classic - hope there is a follow up with a midi folder included next time offering even more choice that will give it the ultimate flexibility.


    Atmospheric Chill Vol 2

    Rating: 10/10

    Some sample packs may go under the rainbow, but this is truly beautiful. If your into cinematic electronica with a deep chill vibe then this pack delivers on every level. You get all the files to construct your own atmospheric arrangments, very detailed sounds that deliver a haunting backdrop to your next production with the abillity to go in to any style and direction of music. The first time you look through sounds you get an insperation folder breaking down elements of the tracks to give you a great starting point tracked out as stems which is great. Then your given a loop pack which gives you more scope to sound design your own musical pallets. One of my favourite parts of any sample libiary is you get the midi files, which in my view opens up endless possibilities with maximum flexibility. Having a selection of one shots is so good as this helps you to truly have the ability to make the sounds unique, giving you the option to change the whole way you arrange the sounds to suit your own productions. Finally getting the presets is so good as you can experiment in so many ways, giving you the ability of having a pack with a long shelf life, to keep you coming back to.


    Atmospheric Chill

    Rating: 9/10

    The quality of these packs really stand out and have a really timeless quality with a moving and evocative take on electronic music but giving you so much more. Really rich elements of sounds here to start building soundscapes. No construction kits in this version which is a shame, but that aside you get all the elements to write some truly lush and ambient tracks, from moving dark brooding synth Baselines, to really detailed drum loops really nicely contructed with not just a boring looped beat but intricate programming which is great and makes your rhythms more interesting. To add to the mix you get atoms sonds and field recording which have be very tastefully delivered and extremely useful which have been sensitively put together which is know surprise. Synth Loops are really good and very evocative of the over all style for this genre of music, melding so many styles and textures. You get a small selection of vocals that will give you that extra layer and dynamic to add to your mixwhich could come in useful. getting the Midi for me is the icing on the cake as gives you the ability to do what every you want and reshape the selected sounds provided interms of Pads, Keys, Synths. Also included are One Shots providing more scope and options to your over all ideas and arrangements .


    Hybrid Electronica

    Rating: 10/10

    This pack is so infections it delivers on so many levels, on hearing it i really loved the production really well constructed and so good. What struck me was the inventive nature of rhythms of the Drums, so much detail even though the may be in 4/4 they are so intrestding with really nice programming with a great selection to work with. Nice Atmos Loops with a wide selection of sounds moving, and evovolving soundscapes from Drones, Ring Mods, to Violin Pizz and so much more. Really musical baselines that are really nice just on their own, but when added as part of an ensemble with the sound provided, are even better also you get brooding and heavy squelching elements to give you even more punch and texture. FX loops are nice and really interesting and very useable giving you a hybrid of sounds when layered, making your track stand out. Music loops are so lush and varied, giving you so many directions on were you may want to go with your writing, from the glitchy to the very beautiful and you will be able to build with endless options. Vocal loops are haunting and really useful to add even more interesting layers. Finally you get One Shots which is good as they are key labelled for putting across you samplers and coming up with your own unique sounds. Would have been a a great bonus if their was midi included, but is not a deal breaker.

    Disko Tekk

    Rating: 10/10

    I always look forward to Niche Audio realeaes their is always a masterful authenticity to everything they do, especially there Dub and D&B packs. Again they have excelled again with their retro / future offering with vibes of the early dance music from the early days of New York & Chicago. Simply blissful with tinches of jazz, with the main template being house in its classy form but also can work in any genre which is so clever. Incredibly detailed which is know surprise to anyone who has discovered & purchased their sounds. I really like that you get Maschine and Ableton templates as you can see the constructions of tracks but also being able to deconstruct and reasemble in any configuration giving you so many possibilities. You have Chord Hits which are so delightful & useable in any production, Drums are excellently programmed, but giving you the option to chop, flip in anyway you like. The Bass sounds are so good, they are warm which just punch through & give your tracks that vital ingredient for a polished production. Plenty of One shots & instrument Hits to add even more depth to your arrangements which again offers a endelles resourse money cant buy. Delicious attention to detail which allows your creativity flow.


    On hearing Adam at the Royal Alber Hall With Goldie, and then discovering he had a sample pack, I knew I had to get it. If your drummer is unavailable for a session or your drum library just wont cut it. Dont worry this pack has you covered in so many ways, you have stems tracked out from full Drum Loops, individual hits its all here its excellent. A real treat if your looking for syncopated beats in the style of D&B but this is so much more and genre defying, the level of detail is amazing but not a surprise. Such a jewel to have all the folders with tempo and styles and various version of Loops, Breaks, and so much detail in Drum Hits, Drum Roles, the Hi Hats are so detailed with great groove, know drum machine programming here purely live and direct with such a great tone and warmth, the recording of these drums are top draw. So useable and is the perfect addition to your drum sound resourses. The rhythm patterns are absolutely fantastic and the fact you get all the elements broken down to their individual elements is priceless. You will come back to this pack time after time truly inspiring.


    Late Night Grooves 2

    Rating: 10/10

    Really great pack, having the option to hear the demos and then when you get to dig deeper in to all the sounds, you start to hear a sophisticated sample library. As the name suggest you truly get that night time vibe, very atmospheric but above all jazzy which I love and great to have volume 2 in this collection. Full to the brim of everything you need to create authenitc grooves that have that timeless quality. From Bass instruments which automatically gets your creative juices going, warm and deep with true live feel, Full Drum Sets and loops Hits, and Rides, lovley detail and the fact you get the kicks and snare so you can build back from stems. Organs, keys are so good with that warm feeling but also spikey and in your face to lock down the groove within this sample pack. You get Multis which is great and also the fact you get soft sampler instruments is another excellent addition, would be great to get midi files but can let that slide as the pack is so good. Looking forward to more of these samples as its a virtual crate digging delight.


    Future Deep Disco

    Rating: 10/10

    Apollo sounds deliver a really great pack, some how managing to get that old skool disco vibe with a very modern approach without compromising the original music arrt form. This sound pack is choc full of sounds, really impressive with quality from the moment you dig deep inside. I love the fact you get a massive folder of midi files which is a really great addition, this gets overlooked by so many other sound pack designers as this gives producers, sound designers, song writers etc, the oppourtunity to expand the packs shelf life. In this case, this pack will have you coming back for more. The versatilty of this pack is huge & cant be underestimated extremley generous offering as you can expand these sounds to any given genre, their are know limits on your imagination. I like spending time with these packs as it's like going through a needle on a record to get that golden nugget, finding a gem sample. You get sampler instruments, again full of sounds for working in more detail across most DAW'S which is excellent. You even get presets which is a great addition & shows attention to detail, and you know you have been given a quality pack. Very impressive. Sound quality is truly great & hope their is a part 2.


    Smokers Blend 3

    Rating: 10/10

    RV Sample Packs are increasinly becoming my go to sound librarys, in particular the Smokers Blend Series, or should I say Trilogy..... As they are just so good. I love the fact the sounds have that classic sound the 70's vibe with the future styles of today fusing old skool Funk, Jazz, with Golden Era Hip Hop with a firm eye on the future. Always looking out to see what they are going to come up with next. Well I am happy to say this does not disappoint, really love the Boom Bap vibe also with a dusty timeless feel whats not to love. As soon as you open the sound pack, you are given a huge choice which is so good, your very own sound source to great sample material to chop, slice, & re invent your true classic. Beautifully recorded Keyboard sounds, sultry synths with a new age space funk vibe really nice indeed. Beats are knocking & so well programmed & have a nice jazzy swing. Bass sounds are so good just holding their space, but giving that warm fuzzy vibe. You get Brass & Woodwind which is so nice to have a ensanble of sounds at your finger tips, also fusing jazzy Guitar licks. Oh yes it gets better as you are treated to sampler instruments which takes you to anywere you want to go & lets your imagination run riot. All their is left to say is may the trilogy of sounds continue.


    Hebe

    Rating: 10/10

    Ghost Syndicate have got it spot on with this pack. Hauntingly beautiful, but heavy which I love. Really cinematic and dramatic, really well put together. I really love the fact you get the tracked out individual Beats, so you get a full versions & the the seperate hits, which is so good & we are seeing more of this which is good as you get a chance to see how beats wre constructed with being able to utilise every element. A very decent size sound libiary, with plenty of choice, really like the Instrument Loops really well put together and sound really nice, from mellow & beautiful Piano's to agressive Synths. I really like this contriction of sounds as you can build very dramitic & tence arrangements for your latest production. You get a good selction of Bass, Atmos Loops, with percussion & FX. A real shame their is know choice of Sampler Instruments, but its not a deal breaker but it would be a nice addition.


    Really nice pack from looptone they always have very intresting library's and ocassionally you get one that stands out. I really like the production thats gone into this pack, very detailed beats extremley useable loops and you can use them in a variety of ways. Also you get separate drum parts to fully immerse yourself creatively. The Instruments loops are really good with a nice sound palette, some beautiful and lush piano soundscapes, with pads, vocals, and a wide mix of sounds to set you on your musical journey. What I really like about all these sound is they dont restrict your ability to create any genre of music, which is so good allowing you to be free to construt your very own sound which can be truly unique. What would have been nice, is to have a choice of formats and patches, to extend the ability to have more flexibly.


    Timeless classic from Rawcutz, and so pleased to have this part of my sound libiray. Really love all the elements of this pack, full to the brim of excellent content. You will be spoilt for choice with some of the best sounds around in this genre of music, your imagination and ideas are truly endless, it's like walking into a record store and you have the best bits of sounds & music at your disposal. Golden age of hip hop, breakbeat culture, with funk, jazz, and everything in between. So much detail love the DNA of the sounds as every sound compliments one anther. In the true style of chopping up samples and being able to put across your drum machine or your keyboard in true style of triggering samples open up your imagination in so many ways. This will transport you back in time, but will also keep you working way into the future, a tresure trove you will be discovering sounds for a very long time.


    Dub Noire

    Rating: 9/10

    Ghost Syndicate are really coming up with some really great packs, and occasionally some really resinate. I love the authentic sounds that give you that dark atmospheric soundscape you could easily hear in a underground club anywere in the world right now, particulary in the genre of electronica & dub specific genres. Its brooding and thought provoking with heavy bass synth sounds and synth melodics and fx with nice beats. The pack is small but very useful, and hope they grow this style and genre with a follow up, as the sounds are spot on and hopefully look forward to hearing what they may come up with next.


    Future Funk & Soul 3

    Rating: 10/10

    Really look forward to the RV Samplepacks, and the series of Future Funk & Soul. You get exactly what it says on the tin. Beautifully crafted production with crystal clear clarity, so inspiring and top level sounds which will keep your creative juices following for a very long time. You get a folder full of Bass Loops, from squelchy synth lines to really nice electric bass sounds full of that future and past funk vibes. Then you get Drum Loops to kick off your productions with icluded percussion parts, a great wide range of choice, and so easy to mix and match loops. The music loops are really great with so much choice and really well performed and authentic sounding, from Piano's Pads, keys, Brass, you name it, it's in here very classy indeed. You get Midi files which is always excellent, Rex files for even more flexibilty, Sampler Patches which is so good to create your own sound design also you get a folder with Sounds and FX


    Very nice sounds, and imediatley addictive, really great production and you will be going back to this pack time after time, with so much varitety and endless possibilities depending on how you utilise the sounds included. Having these sounds available in Massive format gives you the opportunity to push the envelope with all sounds included and really shaping these sounds included in any way you want. You start by getting a folder full with presets, but this doesn't mean you just settle for the stock sounds provided as this is such a great oppourtunity to flex and bend these sounds in away you desire using your own creativity. Ranging from Stabs,. Bass, FX, Leads, Pads, with excellent sound design. You get Midi Files so your able to stretch time in away you want and change your sounds with any instrument you want and completley change the flow of sounds. Finally you get a folder with bonus audio which is so good giving you the starting blocks to write or produce your next Liquid Drum & Bass track, really nice addition.,


    High standard Liquid Drum & Bass in this sound pack, really well put together with a touch of class. The Bass sounds are really good, gnarly and very useable with a really nice low end tone. A vairety of different loops to choose from, also includes the Midi parts which is excellent to sculpt your own bass parts. Drum and Percussion loops are really useful and well constructed and not just your standard kick snare hi hat patterns for this genre, these loops have detail and movement which are infectious and have a great flow particularly the Break Beats. You get Fills which are very nice a along side Rides and Shakers. You get Keys which are very beautiful and really help to set the story line for your next track and not genre spacific, giving these sounds longjevity with the ability to cut up and resample yourself to come up with something unique. A nice choice of loops here. Synths are next and so good, as soon as you hear them you can already visualise were they may sit in your next production, nice clarity and have a timeless quality. Vox loops can be useful if you need to add vocal edits to your track, again you can cut them up and warp and sound design in anyway you want. You get all Midi Loops included, really pleased to see the Drum Parts included which is quite rare in most packs, so they have gone to the effort to supply you with all the production tools you will ever need. The One Shots in this pack gives you the option to construt all the seperate elements in anyway you want, which gives you the ability to come up with your own bespoke sounds. Finally Sampler Patches, really like having the ability to go deeper into all the sounds, you can take them in so many directions opening up so many possibilities.


    Smokers Blend

    Rating: 10/10

    Always Keen to check out the sound packs from RV, and never disapointed when it comes to their dusty blend of Jazz Breaks, Classic Old Skool Hip Hop, with a classic touch of Jazzy Blue Note instrumentation. From the get go you get 4 folders full to the brim of everything you could want, starting with Rex files which is so good for flexibility into loading into vaviours Daws or Samplers. Then you get Sampler Patches, whats not to love, this is where your creativity can take your production to another level and in any direction you want, and take total control of the instrument patches. Included next is the Sounds and FX, firstly you get all the Drum Hits you would ever need from Cymbals, Hats, Kicks, Percs, Snares, this is so good were you can start proggramming your own beats from Boom Bap, to Jazz, Bass Hits, Piano, Chords, you name it's all in here, not forgetting vocals and synths. Finally if that wasnt enougn you get the last folder of Wav files, over flowing with all the instruments you could wish for, truly superb. If I was being ever so picky, I would love to see midi files in these packs, but this is just a minor obsevation in the grand scheme of things. This is a must for any producer songwriter etc looking for the perfect classick pack of sounds for this genre.


    RV knock it out the park again, with a chilled venture into Chilled Hip Hop, On first hearing this pack, it was a no brainer wanted to have this in my collection. Great vibes from the off, and gives you the ability to utilise this pack in so many ways and direction when incorperating in your productions. 5 folders full with lots of all that good stuff, starting with Drum Hits, which is great as this is great for getting ideas quickly and having corresponding instruments to work in key if you choose. Next folder is midi, oh yes love the premise of midi out skool protocol, but future proof in terms of what you can do, allowing your creativity to take you anywhere with ability to stretch, play with time and tempo with the ultimate flexibility. you get the Bass, Drum files which so good, and finally music parts. Rex files again give you that flexibility to rearrange and flip to your hearts content giving you the ability to come up with something new and unique. Sampler patches, are great as you can get deep into your productions, and giving you the ability to layer, match your aarangement tempo and some, giving you lots of control to minipulate the sounds in anyway you choose. The final folder has all the sounds in Wav, with a all the content to creat in this sub genre with Bass, Drums, and music.


  • Hip Hop Soul

    Rating: 10/10

    Really loving the sounds of RV Samples in the genre of classic Soul Hip Hop, with Lovley touches of nostalgia from the classic days of early to mid seventies with the golden era of funk, soul, and jazz to modern day production. Giving you the instant create digging varitey of sounds. Starting with Midi Files, which is already going to give you the ability to be the best beat making architect, laying the foundation of creating your own sound unique to your production style. Digging deep into the Rex Files, you can chop up sounds from Vox, Drum Loops, Instrument Loops, also Synth and Bass. Sampler Patches included for most daw requirements, were you can start perfecting your Drum Production. Final folder of 5 is the individual sounds broken down to Bass, Drum Loops, FX and Vocal Loops, if that wasnt enough you get all the Instrument Loops from Keys, Horns, Strings, Guitars to Harps so much choice, but all really well produced giving a classic sound pallet for your next track.


    On Hearing this pack I knew it was instantly a classic and essential pack I had to have. Really great production the quality of sounds are top draw and has such a true and authentic feel with a timeless quality. The packs comes in 6 kits all meticulous recorded with individual arrangements, small but perfectly formed and in this case less is truly more. You have everything you need to get a classic soulful, funk, downtempo and any groove based sound right away which contains music loops, from Bass, Synths, Guitar, Strings, Keys and so much more. On first opening the pack you may feel your unable to construct your own arrangements but it becomes very clear when you see the Midi Folder, which for me and is always worth it's weight in gold for any pack, giving you so much flexibility forming limitless ideas. This is were you can truly stretch the boundaries of what you want to create & keep creating. Truly excellent.


    Nu Disco & Boogie

    Rating: 10/10

    Quality shines out in this pack, really well constructed it's like digging through dusty creates searching for that elusive sample or break. You will not be disappointed straight up and from the get go you are greeted with individual folders filled to the brim with Bass Loops, Drums, Guitar, Keys, Percussion and synths giving you a firm foundation to start a future classic, but all the tools to have the authentic sound of the past insuring your productions are future proofed. The pack come in Wav, and Rex format, so you still have a great deal of flexibility and having a modern Daw you can chop, flip and stretch the sounds to how you want. The sounds are so good and well recorded, the Bass loops are gritty funky and dripping with sweet funk and soul from acoustic bass to the synth bass they all sound tight. Drum loops are crisp and well put together from the Hi Hat patterns sizzling so clear, and the overall drums loops have such a honest authenticity, if you love your beats, you wont be disappointed. Guitars have a nice feel and extremely usable. Keys are so good and have a lush feeling giving you instant inspiration, a great selection of loops that would fit in any style of music. Percussion sounds are so usable, you can drop them into your production to add that extra layer & detail to your next track. Synth sounds are great as they fit this style perfectly, really nicely recorded to give a authentic yet modern feel.


    A decent array of sounds in the genre of Dub. You get Rex Files, Sampler Patches, Sound FX and a Wav folder. The pack has a more modern feel of dub, with the majority of sounds being synth sounding including the instrumentation from the bass loops which are very usable giving your speakers that low end rumble to your speaker box. Drums have been nicely programmed giving you loops & individual hits with a generous selection. You have 3 guitar loops, which you can chop & flip if you need to give yourself more options. Horns are a small variety of horn lines, with a choice of echo, filter, or phaser fx. You get Keys that give you a good option and choice to start your tracks off setting the sound palette for your next dub-plates. Finishing off with a small collection of synths that could fit in most genre.


    Digital Dub Vol 1

    Rating: 10/10

    This pack is full of quality with the authentic sounds of Dub Drums & Beats for the digitized future but also retains the full weight of this genres heritage. Excellently put together, but this comes as know surprise with the team behind the production. I have been working with the sounds extensively over the last few weeks & so many ideas have materialized, the choice is vast. You are first greeted with Rex Files, which straight away offers you instant flexibility, in opening the files in the program of your choice & also giving you so many options to plan your programming needs. You also get Wav format with a variation of Drums from the full mix down, to Percussion options, which is great as you have so many ways to use these sounds & mix & match in any order that suits your needs which is really great. Finally you get the Kits & Patches this is were the treasure trove of sounds are hidden giving you total separation of every element this is so good. For any producer, songwriter, who loves creating the sound of dub in the modern era you get an education on the building blocks of this style of music. You have been given a small road map & template layout that gives you all the tools to start creating right away. A truly timeless pack you can you use again & again.


    This pack has the elements of times gone by, but the future is clearly in focus. I love the nostalgia aspect of these sounds which will fit so neatly in any of your productions. Really well detailed, & lots of choice. You get Tops & Percussion loops which are great with real clarity & very usable with a wide range of sounds. Moving on to the synth folder you get Riffs, Arps, & Chords this is were you see a meeting of the past & future, which is really highlighted, I really like this as it works really well on making things current but having a authenticity of a 80's feel. You also get synths tops, although a very small amount of files but could come in very useful to shape your main sound ideas. The Bass folder is were I feel this pack excels, I feel a lot of thought has gone into getting the sounds just right with a really great vintage warm feel. I like how the Bass loops flow & this gives you a lot of choice on how you could mix them into your next arrangement. You get a very generous helping of Drum loops, & I have to say they are very nice, I Like some of the drum machine loops that give you a blast from the past, but giving also giving you the opportunity to give them a modern twist, also a good bundle of modern drum loops having a very current & up to date sound palette. Hits Folder you get FX, Synths, Multi's which has a generous choice of sounds which are extremely usable, you also get Sampler Patches which is always a good thing in my mind, as this always opens up deeper possibilities to dig deep into every sound in detail. Finally you get a few Midi options, which I always feel is a positive bonus as this is the only way to get true flexibility & create your own sound & style within this genre.

    Neo Jazz Funk

    Rating: 10/10

    As soon I saw this pack, I new I was going to love it, & was not disappointed. Really well recorded & beautifully executed, with the vibe & authenticity of the golden era of jazz & the class of the 70's funk sounds mixed in great detail, with a modern Neo soul. A winning combination & great live elements through out. I begin with the Bass, oh yes warm vintage vibes really well played & performed & clear, you can hear every note with a great choice of notes especially on the live recorded bass parts. Synth Bass parts are really good, funky as you like.... Really deep. The Drums, all I can say is excellent, truly on their game here with really great playing, the live drum loops have been recorded brilliantly & have a wonderful feel very tight. If you don't have your own drummer in the studio, you do now, in this genre melding funkiness. Every element in the drum recording is present from the high hats, kicks, snares, I also love the detail of the push & pull especially on the off beats & ghost notes with a natural shuffle & feel & you get the variation of same loop to give you movement throughout your next arrangement. The Guitars are so lush & I could be in the heart of downtown New York or Philadelphia in the golden era of the 70's were the recordings & musicians were top notch with shimmer & with class. Keys / Piano's are next & the class keeps flowing with such a great choice of sounds & loops, the thought & quality is truly evident in the process in the making & recording of these sounds. It feels like being in a secession with Roy Ayers & immersing yourself into the world of great sessions players & everyone is on top of their game, a lovely array of Electric Piano, Organs, & Pianos. Simply timeless. The percussion Loops are so sweet & really usable with that old skool vibe, & will fit into your production so nicely only to enhance your production & arrangements. Love the synth loops, only a few, but less is more & really nice feel to give you a starting point to create something really nice. With the added bonus of having rex files. I hope there is a Part 2 of this pack, with some added lush strings of the Philly sound of the 70's now that would be perfection.


    Soulessence Complete

    Rating: 10/10

    A hidden gem, love this pack, full to the brim of quality sounds very classy. From Ableton ready instruments to session files broken down for you to flip and create your own composition. Attention to detail is clear from this soulful yet jazz library with a modern and future twist. It is excellent as you go through the various folders, you get separate bass notes, so you can program and put into your favorite sampler giving you that authentic bass sound, so if you bass player goes on holiday you can still get creative.. You get a huge pack of loops from Arps, and even more Bass, the Drums are excellent, from old skool 808's, Live Breaks, & Percussion which are great and giving you that extra texture across your beats. You get midi files, which is so useful and always rate a pack with midi included as this gives you the opportunity to truly make the sounds your own ultimate flexibility. Nice folder of One Shots again a multiple choice of instruments to choose from so you can dive right in and create on the spot. You even get a folder of Presets which is a nice touch and finally Textures folder to add even more detail to your arrangements.


    These guys always come up with the goods, quality throughout and always look out for their packs a wealth of talent involved. This pack is curious which I like, it is a pack which contains stems of fully formed tracks. So you don't get individual sounds or instruments, but you can formulate your own compositions and arrangements. The recordings are excellent and beautifully recorded, extensive instruments stems for each song is great and plenty to pick through and giving you inspiration to pick and choose which is nice. You get Rex Files which is good, as this gives you good flexibility regarding the stems and how you choose to manipulate them.


    Quality sounds, heavyweight yet melodic dub vibes. If you love your Dub, then you know from this producer you're going to get the real deal, always looking out for what he will bring next and you won't be disappointed. In a true style and fashion you get a wealth of sounds in this pack with Rex Files which is great addition and always welcome. Really love the fact you get the Sampler Patches, this is were the pack comes into its own, as you get all the chosen sounds mapped for you, and this gives you the ability to get deep and creative. Authentic Dub Bass brooding baselines, earthquake subs to make your sound system shake. You get wicked Drum Kits and Drums, and love the fact you get the separate stem elements all tracked out for you, really great and broken down to its raw elements. Very nice Brass, excellently recorded and really useful to add to your productions. You get a great pallet of music loops giving you a really nice selection to build your own Dubplate's,, Vocal Shots and Phrases and you even get the Acapellas to add to the mix, FX, included, Guitar Loops which are a plenty. Hope they're will be a part 2 excellent.


    Vintage Electric Piano

    Rating: 10/10

    Exquiset pack really like this. Pure class and so well put together for that vintage sound of the electric piano. You get 6 main wav folders of various tempos full to the brim with chords & riffs giving you authentic sounds and really useable, also a folder in rex formatt for even more flexibility. What I also love is you get a separate folder of the midi files which gives you the ability to do what ever you want with total control, which is so great for maximum creativity & crafting your sound design which is always a bonus. Really well recorded and a perfect addition to your sound library.


    Stunning pack, was really excited to get this. Meticulous attention to detail really well recorded. These guys have done their research and homework at every level of bridging the gap between old skool retro 70's funk & soul and everything in between and firmly in the future and beyond. From the bass sounds including the mini moog and many more well know synth bass generators, funky as you like with a great selection. Drum loops are excellent really have that vintage feel, just like sampling of a record when your deep beat digging, it's all right here for you. Great selection to choose from and the hard work has been done for, in your pursuit of the perfect beat. Keys although not many which is a shame.. would have liked to have seen more, but it truly leaves you wanting more which is a good thing, really nice none the less. You get a great selection of synths and again great detail and care has been crafted to get these sounds to give you authenticity really great. Some nice FX and you get a great inclusion of the rex files which is always good for audio flexibility. Finally you get the sampler instruments which is so good, and this is were you can get creative and sculpt your own sound designs, but still maintaining the heart of this sound library. Would have loved to have a midi option but this is me being picky. Truly great pack, you can use time and time again.


    Really wanted a follow up to this sound pack and was really pleased to see Vol 2. When you get the producer of this calibre on the production you know your going to get quality throughout. Always look forward to his sounds, and was not disappointed. A generous amount to choose from which is excellent. From instrument and drum hits for starting your ideas in this genre which you can experiment with the one shots. Moving through this pack you realise how extensive it is first folder is loaded with bass loops which are really well put together, instantly getting your creative juices flowing, sounds are so good and already setting the scene for your next composition. From Muted bass licks some giving you 2 choices of the same loop but with added scratch textures. You get synth bass choices some pulsating, some dark and evocative of the genre, perfectly captured. Drums loops are excellent, really great good to have the kicks and snares tracked out giving you real flexibility with the separate parts, also those parts broken down even further to give you individual one shots. Heavy vibes here.... crusty as you like and lots of choice. You get fx loops which is so useful setting the over all tone and atmospherics. The music loops are packed full of unique and stunning pallets of sounds that give you you instant building blocks for your arrangements. Really great attention to detail, ranging from synths stabs,, melodic guitars, tripped out arps, keys with dissonant overtones, and haunting vocal loops. Sampler files and Rex Files included breaking down sounds even further giving you the ability to hone your own sound and design giving your tracks true originality.


    Hip Hop Lo-Fi Lab

    Rating: 8/10

    Dusty Melodics filled with static vibes, giving you that true golden age of hip hop sound and a great choice of instruments to make your next classic. Really tasty pack with gritty beats with the boom bap swing, really nice as you get all the building blocks for making your own break beats with loops or separate kicks, snares, hi-hats. Lots of bass to choose from to give you weight, also giving you the added presets to give you total control and inspiration. You get a good selection of instrument loops from guitar, horns, keys, and added samples to give you that authentic touch. Synths are also included to give another layer of texture.


    Dimensions Sounds

    Rating: 10/10

    Ive been working with this pack for a while now and absolutely love it, so inspirational and pure class. This is a treasure trove of sounds, beautifully recorded at the very highest level. You get only audio files, there is no multi-format but don't let that put you off. You get 3 folders with pianos, percussion, and synths, which are so good and you will be using these for a very long time, and timeless is not an understatement. These sounds could be integrated into any arrangement and style of music.


    Quantum Drum & Bass

    Rating: 10/10

    Big things can come in small packages, first time I heard this pack I knew I had to have it in my sound library. A classic and a must have if you're serious about your Drum & Bass. This pack is minimal in its size but the sounds are great. Really well produced and you can use in any D&B production as it's got all the benchmark qualities to keep your inspiration. From melodic one shots to the full melodic loops, you have a good choice to get your creative juices flowing from very dynamic and heavy to atmospheric. You get FX & loops to add texture to your classic production arrangements. Also included drum one shots which is great so you can get programming your own patterns and beats, from kicks, snares, hi-hats including percussion. Last but not least you get bass one shots, and loops and very nice indeed, to give you that top level bass quake on the sound system heavy vibes to get you up and running quickly to get you inspired.


    I Think this pack has potential, but feels a little lightweight on the whole. It would have been nice to have had more melodic passing notes that pull at your heart strings, with more moving parts with a lush cinematic feel and a dramatic resolve to work with. It does have a emotional elements, but not a variety of useable content to get you fully immersed into writing fully fledged tracks time after time to build long lasting composition. The strongest part of this packs comes into its own when you utilise the sampler Instruments were you can deconstruct & build a composition with the intent of an emotional piece of music.


    This pack instantly takes you back to the funk driven days of the late 70s 80s, but has all the sounds that could work in any of your contempoary composition. A wide variety of sounds, that gives you the ability to instantly start writing and arranging. A great selection of Bass sounds with great grooves from synths sounds to acoustic pallets. Funky Clavinet's with a authentic vibe, you get Keys, Pianos, Rhodes which are really well recorded & very usable with a great variation to set the tone for you tracks. The Strings are nice and have the right mood for this genre, also you get some cool Synths and Pads to throw into your mix adding the right feel to add another layer and texture. This has everything you need to construct your own cool throwback tracks. Very usable, and you will keep finding intresting sounds and instruments for a long time to come.


    Smokers Blend 2

    Rating: 9/10

    Super dope pack, really well put together and classy, a real understanding of jazz vibes, soulful ambience, and knowledge of the boom bap golden era, but funky as you like. Crisp snares, booming kicks, with every sound element clearly defined, really well programmed beats excellently put together. Really great electric pianos, strings, bass, percussion... I could go on about this pack, it is bursting with goodness. A real treasure and if you're into this genre it will have you coming back for more. What you can do with all the sounds is truly limitless, so many options available and can work in most genres of music.


    Live Downtempo

    Rating: 9/10

    Really love this pack, has some great sounds that are so infectious. Beautifully put together and instantly usable, the detail put into these sounds is outstanding a real understanding of melody and soundscapes. You get a large number of Pianos and Rhodes that are full of drama, soulful, and very moving for any genre. The Drum sounds are really well produced with a great sound & a clear distinction of every hit from Kick Drums, Snares and Hi Hats. You also get Midi Drum files which I love and don't get very often which is a real bonus and a excellent addition, this is were you can really craft your own drum patches really satisfying. As you go through this pack there are Synths and Textures which are full of emotive and moving drama giving your tracks a backdrop full of emotion, very usable. This pack is brimming with choice with Hits, Sampler Patches, Rex Files and so much more. A real treasure trove to delve into and a go to pack time after time.


  • Momentum, Movement, Atmos, setting you up for a heavyweight delight, love this pack, really great and conceived vision of excellence. Detail is immense, rolling baselines, lush pads, fx synths. Really inspiring without shouting from the rooftops. Very addictive and full of emotion but at the same time heavy and brooding. Lots of choice and having the sampler patches is great so you can delve into all the sounds straight away and immerse yourself even deeper.


    Dubtronic

    Rating: 9/10

    This pack is so on point, excellent attention to detail in every area. A instant classic & perfection within its genre. You know you're always going to get high quality. The construction in this pack of every sound is top draw. Having the project elements gives you the creative spark instantly, and giving you endless options to create your own heavyweight vibes. Having two masters working on this pack you can't fail to get a true & authentic sound palette. From instruments sets for you to break down & mix & match endlessly, & separate kicks, snares, claps, what's not to love. Great bass lines, FX, and this is just for starters. If you're into sound system culture, dub, and electronica, then you're in for a treat. I hope there is a part 2.


    As soon as you delve deep into this pack you are straight away given a multitude of sounds in very organised folders. The choice of sound are very good. The drums in particular are really nice, very well presented and mixed with swing & sway and really usable a lot of time and effort has gone into the programming. There are lush pads that evolve beautifully, you have a melody section which is great as you're able to start your ideas really quickly and then mix & match sounds effortlessly. You have a varied choice of saxophone and vocals to add even more melodics and FX to tie everything together adding atmos to your overall productions. Having the midi files is always a bonus giving you the ability to craft, design and sculpt your own sounds, which means you're not tempo restricted. If you like your drum & bass downtempo & chilled, you will really like this. Full of emotion you may well be pleasantly surprised.


    Drum & Bass Propulsion

    Rating: 9/10

    Great pack from Salaryman, as you would expect the detail is excellent and his understanding of the true art of Drum & Bass is all here to see. He never fails to give you so many options, but has the ability to make everything work really well, and is excellently put together. As you would expect the drums are tight and heavy, mixed expertly so hardly any effort on your part to get you up and rolling and sounding great instantly. Loving the synths sounds here, they are clear & emotive yet dark and with purpose, giving you all the tools to make some serious block rocking crowd pleasers. The bass sounds are really great and nasty in such a good way, I like the fact you can open the sampler patches and explore the bass sounds even further and at a higher level and get deeper so you can compose your own arrangements with excellence. Midi files are included which I always think is a must nowadays, extending your possibilities even further, you also get a sound folder and fx which are top notch. If you're serious about your craft the possibilities are endless in this pack as you can use these sounds in so many ways, with the knowledge you're given a high level of choice for your next track. You're not done there, you're given percussion files which is a nice touch as i feel that this is an important element to any pack in this genre as this will cement your tracks together nicely, giving you that extra detail you need to tie everything together. I always look forward to Salaryman packs, as you know the quality is always of the highest order.


    Drum & Bass Apocalypse

    Rating: 7/10

    As soon as I heard the demo for this pack I really liked it, instanly draws you in and immediate inspiration is guaranteed. Dark Rolling Break Beats, detailed patterns with really nice rhythms that evolve & grow which gives you the tools to be creative really quickly. The Bass sounds are really infectious, really well put together for any track you decide to build & there is plenty of choice. Synths sounds spiral with lots of atmosphere, also very menacing which gives you a great backdrop to build your next Drum & Bass production. FX and Sounds, Hits and patches are really versatile, which blend really well with all the sounds provided.


    Great pack, really well put together and the detail is well thought out and every sound is truly excellent. A lot of time and effort has been spent on this and really well put together. You instantly get immersed into the world of Synkro weaving so much atmosphere and style which makes this a stand out and unique approach to Drum & Bass. From the bass sounds giving you a dark and brooding starting point, the journey truly begins with pads, pianos, synths, arps, with a small taste of fx which are very useable for so many things, just leaving your imagination the freedom to integrate into your next track. Then you have drum loops and drum parts with that classic half time feel, which sets the scene to go wherever you want to. You can use these sounds in so many ways and always finding elements of this pack very usable, and you can keep delving in at any time, allowing for creativity and inspiration for a long time.

    Really like the feel of this pack as you can construct a beautiful backdrop for your next production and get great results straight away. Extremely diverse sounds, that can't be pigeon-holed or put into a certain genre, as you have the ability to pick and choose what you like to take your next step into creating something special. You can create any style of music with these sounds and instruments that are provided, which won't limit you and your ideas. The Piano sounds add drama instantly and sound great really nice, pads and chords have a great cinematic quality and you're instantly immersed into a musical soundtrack. You have atmos loops that spiral and have a haunting feel but very useful to blend with other instruments included, like the top loops that have a wide range of sounds to draw you in. Very deep, thoughtful and inspiring and certainly not your average set of loops here, really well put together and no doubt you will be going back to it time after time.


    Really nice pack, with a beautiful selection of loops, a hidden gem for a chilled and cinematic vibe a must for your libiary. Can be used in so many ways, very evocative and pure. Instantly can set the tone of your latest music productions. The pack has a minimal feel but can translate to so many genres of music, from haunting pianos to dubbed out drum loops to one shots, analogue synths that vary from being soft to gritty with a nod to the 80s.


    Really like this pack, it has the sound of the golden age of hip hop, with a great classic jazz vibe. From lush rhodes piano to crunchy clavenet, nice beats, drums have that authentic sound and the one shots give you the flexibility to programme your own patterns, which allows you to be really creative allowing you to come up with so many variations and incorporate into your own sounds. Very useable as you can take something from this pack and apply it to your own arrangements and flip it in your next track. Very nice having the sampler instruments, this is were you can explore and delve in deeper and truly make the sounds provided your own. Great for anyone who wants that Boom Bap vibe but add a touch of class.


    Delve into the dark side of moving shadows and atmospheric soundscapes. Nice pack which makes you want to create something different with a really wide selection of downtempo drum breaks, superb scratching which is really cleverly weeved into the sounds, with heavy synths that then evolve into lush and melcholic sound pallets. From pads, guitar loops, percussion, and drum fx, your are able to tell a story instantly which evokes the early 90 perfectly, but has the future very clearly covered. Sampler patches are provided which gives you even more choice of sounds to utilise giving you endless possibilities for your next masterpiece. I aways look forward to any pack from Dubmatix every sound he produces is on point and his productions are of the highest level and quality. The sounds are great for that soundtrack vibe and love the raw and grittiness but touched with moments of beauty.. This has a timeless feel and you can always hear something different every time you come back to the sounds. The creativity in this pack is superb, very wide ranging and gives you limetless options.


    Jungle DNB

    Rating: 9/10

    This pack is full of authentic sounds, taking you back to the times of early warehouse parties and raves, which gives you a fantastic musical ride and retrospective of those days, yet maintaining a current and up to date feel. At your finger tips you have the Blue Print and DNA of Drum & Bass and Sound System Culture with a legedary sound-clash, giving you the tools to create your very own heavyweight Jungle Killa. Really well constructed kits and sounds you can dive into straight away, making it easy to construct your own arrangements really quickly and you will be up and running in know time. The Bass presets and Individual Kicks, Snares, and Hi Hats are excellent for that instant & timeless Jungle sound with great quality Subs and Reece leads to give you that grit to add to your latest production.


    Jazz Notes

    Rating: 10/10

    When I heard this pack I loved it straight away and had to add it to my collection, if you have ever tried to get that original jazz sound from a record or hearing it on the radio and never had the opportunity to hire the great musicians of this golden era and timeless genre to provide the instrumentation or you would try to find the perfect sample, search know more this is perfect for capturing the this great art form. You get that pure sound like it was on vinyl saving you from digging into the creates and using it to craft something new in so many ways. It's like stepping back in time & being in Bird land & the original Blue Note Recordings, really well crafted and you will keep coming back for more, a real gem. Beautifully put together and thought out, and all the sounds are really well recorded from Pianos, Double Bass, and Live Drums. What is also great is you get the song kits which you can dive in and deconstuct and rebuild in anyway for your own productions.


    This is a great pack, I have been enjoying working with all the sounds and especially the sampler patches as this is were the sounds come alive and you can dig deep into being truly creative. Having these signiture sounds at your disposal you have the perfect sound source to make your own productions in which ever genre you produce. Classy as you would expect love the Rhodes sounds, and the Strings are beautiful, the pack also offers individual hits which is great to start developing the foundations of your own arrangements. I suspect you will keep coming back and discovering more great sounds and the many possibilties you can create. Extremely flexible as you would expect from a pioneer in this genre and highly recommended.


    Soulful House Revival

    Rating: 9/10

    If you are looking for high quality sounds from the past present and future, this collection is just what you need. You will want to revisit this pack for inspiration for a long time. Brilliant for so many genres & very inspirational, the bass sounds are top draw & very versatile. From Rhodes Piano, to Lush Pads and Strings, a very authentic sound palette to kick off you next production.



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