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 @ 12:14 PM
I second REX's philsophy... DIY randomness. Or *gasp* a foley session. Or an all-out Chainer VSTi + VST(s) + pot hoot'n-any with an instance of TapeIt at the end, just after the brickwall limiter. The last is my favorite... you always get the best sounds just as the computer generates a string of numbers that it cannot possibly compute- and crashes spectacularly!

Wow, that's not at all what you asked for. I can make you one, but I cannot guarantee that it will not blow. Of course neither can any manufacturer. Damn subjectivity.


Aug.07.2007 @ 12:17 PM
I tend to use one-note/one-hit samples, and found the University of Iowa to be a good source for anechoically-recorded individual notes from orchestral instruments. See link []">link []

link []">link [] has quite a lot of different vintage synth and keyboard instrument samples, mostly individual notes/hits.


Aug.07.2007 @ 12:29 PM
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I found some great dub samples in there, but there is a wide variety.

Also, check out Goldbaby's MPC60 TR Series expansion pack for GURU, Battery, etc, blah blah link: link []">link []
Not free, but cheap


Aug.07.2007 @ 12:59 PM
Loopmasters and Vengeance...both are amazing.... ;o)


Aug.07.2007 @ 12:59 PM
I think you have (or can get access to) a good variety of acoustic and non-digital instruments...spend a month just recording them, then a month just editing samples and loops.
You could also boot up your Mac and use Logic's suite of soft-instruments...Sculpture for one.

Aug.07.2007 @ 1:25 PM
Chris Randall
If I had two months to do that silly shit, I wouldn't be asking. Got work to do!



Aug.07.2007 @ 1:53 PM
Hey CR, Modernbeats is not about free Garageband loops. They have good R&B/Hip Hop drumkits in many formats. I would not lead you to crap my friend.

Aug.07.2007 @ 1:57 PM
I've been using the ages old Dance Megadrums 1 & 2 collections for my basic electronic drum sample lib for quite a while... You probably have those bases covered with Guru and whatnot but if not, they're worth checking out despite the cheesy name. Not flawless but there's huge amounts of drum sampler fodder most of which doesn't totally suck.

"(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?)"

Seems like the crackers might have been right then... I remember that way back when SX3 was cracked the people who did it claimed that the software made insane amounts of calls to the dongle regularly... Googling around a bit finds this from the release info file:

"Unbelievable way you transform an application. We estimate that between 30%-40% of the application are wrapped in the script protection. Protection is one thing but this surely effects an application performance. You probably could get a performance gain of 50% without the protection!!"



Aug.07.2007 @ 2:03 PM
Chris Randall
I was talking about that ridiculous Soundsnap site, which is just with a snazzy "Web 2.0" interface, and even shittier content. Sorry if I didn't aim that very well.



Aug.07.2007 @ 2:05 PM
Wade Alin
Yeah, I should probably get to work on this loop concept thing i meant to do 6 years ago. In the meantime, MI7 Libraries (formerly Primesounds) has some decent shit.



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