Whether you're making trance, trap, electro or downtempo sounds, there's something here for you
It's been a while since we did one of these, so here's a quick look at some of the latest sample packs to arrive in stores...
Coming from Producer Loops, Uplifting Psy Trance Vol 1 is the first release in a new series aimed at lovers of that classic acid-dripping Goa sound. The pack is made up 10 construction kits, which are in turn made up of some 353 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV audio files, plus Sylenth presets and MIDI files. Loops come in ACID WAV, Apple Loops, REX2, Reason ReFill and Ableton Live formats, and all are supplied in wet and dry versions for maximum flexibility. The pack's available now, priced £24.95. Also from the same stable comes Progressive Trap Vol 5. The spec here is similar to the psy-trance pack except that there are only five construction kits in this case, and loops come in just MIDI and ACID WAV formats - though on the plus side, they've been created at 44.1kHz/24-bit quality. Again, the pack is available now, priced £29.95.
Another pack that'll be of interest to any aspiring trap producers is Deadly Trap from New Loops. This one's available in WAV and Reason ReFill formats (sold separately) and comprises five construction kits made up of 736 sounds totalling around 1GB, including 159 audio loops, 111 one-shot samples, 466 synth multi-samples, 87 REX2 loops and 26 MIDI Files. The Reason ReFill version includes Kong, NN-XT and DrOctoRex patches, and both versions are available now, priced £17.99.
On a mellower note, Organic Chill from Zenhiser features a whopping 7GB of sounds for just £31.92, including live drums, flute, violin, trumpet, bagpipes, oud, electric guitar, qanoun, hang drums, Armenian duduk, electric piano, zourna, acoustic guitar and more. And while we're in chilled-out pastures there's also Scatter - Ambient Glitch Loops from Mode Audio, which features 150 loops, 64 drum one-shots and 139 synth tail samples, all for just £18.
Last but by no means least, Sample Magic has just released three new packs. Soulection (£34.90) features 927 24-bit WAV files, 624 Apple Loops, 624 REX2 files and 166 MIDI files as well as sounds for Kontakt, Maschine 2, Battery 4, Kong, EXS24, NN-XT and Ableton Drum Rack, and is said to combine "the dusty sampling techniques of old-school hip-hop with the contemporary sound design of trap". Disco & Funk Bass 2 (£18.90) is probably fairly self-explanatory and is made up of 242 24-bit WAV files, 242 Apple Loops and 242 REX2 files, while finally Detroit Electro (£19.90) is inspired by "the techno-infused sounds of Drexciya, Juan Atkins and Dave Clarke" and has 511 WAV files, 242 Apple Loops/REX2 files, 115 MIDI files and sounds for Kontakt, NN-XT, EXS24, Kong, Battery 4 and Ableton Drum Rack.
For more info on all above, to hear demos and to purchase/download, click the links to visit the manufacturers' own websites. Obviously.