August 7, 2007

Hey?!! What?

by Chris Randall

I got back to making music yesterday after spending the majority of the morning tracking down whatever was causing a CPU spike in Cubase 4. (Turns out the MOTHERFUCKING COCKSUCKING PIECE OF SHIT DONGLE needs to be plugged in a USB2.0 slot or it causes spikes. What the fuck?)

In any event, what I rapidly discovered is that I have no sounds. I'm used to my large (around 25GB) sample library that I've made over the last 10-odd years being handy. As it no longer exists, I keep finding myself annoyed that I don't have a sound I'm looking for. So I need to go get some sounds.

So, what's your favorite bread-n-butter loop and sample site? Or loop CDs that don't fucking blow. I don't mind paying for shit, and I'll even pay a lot, but what I don't want is having to sift through tons of shit. Obviously, I have BFD and Guru, so most of my stock drum needs are taken care of. And the first person that mentions Freesound is getting their IP banned. That site is a nice concept, but a useless tragedy in execution.



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Aug.07.2007 @ 10:46 AM
Probably not your style, but is good for some things.

Aug.07.2007 @ 10:48 AM
don't know if it'll end up being your bread-n-butter, but SoundSnap's got some stuff...

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Aug.07.2007 @ 11:10 AM
Chris Randall
Come on, now. Seriously. I've got the same Google as everyone else. None of these "free loops for Garageband" bullshit sites, please.



Aug.07.2007 @ 11:19 AM
tngregory i came across them when i was looking for an mbira sample, african thumb organ, they had one in their "free stuff" section. which also contained some very useable staples (acid pack, quite nice).

then i ventured into their glitch kits, which while being experiemental in nature, have come to contain some of my favorite kick/stick combinations. the way they integrated them into kontakt makes programming stutters and runs a snap.

they have since released a killer ebow set and the synthi aks as well. both are impressive.

prices are reasonable and they make tutorial videos for their kontakt kits which are a terribly nice addition to the fair price.


Aug.07.2007 @ 11:22 AM
i like the nskit stuff but maybe that is obvious.

i also like the breaks collections compiled by the dogsonacid people. i don't have the link here at work though.


Aug.07.2007 @ 11:22 AM
I just picked up Jeff Rona's Liquid Cinema set at Guitar Center and I really like it. Lots of booms, atmospheres and interesting loops, filmy but possibly interesting for you. GC Hollywood had a sale on all of the M-Audio Prosessions libraries last week, marked down from $50 to $10. You might go check those out while the pickins are still good (if you have a GC near your mountain town). They're still full price online.

Aug.07.2007 @ 11:40 AM
Chris Randall
Hmmm. That would exhibit a certain two-fold measure of hypocrisy on my part, purchasing an M-Audio product at GC. I don't think I need any sounds that bad. ;-)



Aug.07.2007 @ 11:48 AM
ZeroG have converted a lot of their catalog into download products:
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Loopmasters has a boatload of stuff, though I've never heard any of it: link []">link [] but it's a well built shop.

I don't know explicitly what format your looking for but link []">link [] has an extensive REX collection, and they have a group buy right now for 15 titles from their REX range that is currently around $300 but could go lower. But a la carte might be a better solution.

And, you probably have an extensive collection of Computer Music mags, right? There's a lot - a lot - of dreck in their sample libraries, but they are not entirely useless, and probably wouldn't take more than a couple of hours to sort out stuff that might be usable. Though, that might be a couple of hours you don't want to bother with since the ratio is skewed. Over the years I've managed to get a couple gigs worth of sounds I can pillage.


Aug.07.2007 @ 11:54 AM
If you are looking for synth samples, well you run a software plugin company! If you want lots of nice samples, write a program that randomly generates (and then catalogs, based on the parameters) lots of samples. It took me less than 20 hours of work, to write a few programs to do such a thing, and then maybe another 40-80 hours just letting the computer generate sounds (and it only took that long because I was generating 5 octaves of invidiual synth sounds for a lot of the sounds).

In the end I have a nice 50 gig sample library than I then copied to my MPC, of which maybe half the sounds actually sound good or might be useful (but it would take too long to actually listen to them and delete the bad ones).

I would imagine it would take a lot less effort for Audio Damage to do such a thing than for me, since you probably have most of the code already written for your plugins.

I just wish someone wrote a VST host that would do the same thing with plugins. Select a bunch of synth plugins, have it randomize all the parameters, and then generate 5 octaves of samples for each patch until you have however many gigs you want.


Aug.07.2007 @ 12:03 PM
I'll hand out another vote for Sonic Couture. I've been a fan of theirs for a while.
I have loads of Loopmasters CDs hanging around too, which I use from time to time. Pretty much all their libraries are well made, I probably turn to the Polyester Loops and Session Drums libraries more than the other ones I have, but that's just me.
I also really like Discovery Sound for ethnic samples.

I used to know the guy who sourced samples for CM and FM, did a few live-sound jobs with him, pretty good engineer. Not that that says anything about his ability to source samples . . .


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