Moog’s Subharmonicon has landed

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Legendary synth maker, Moog, wants you to explore evolving sequences. Its new semi-modular analogue synthesiser is inspired by the ideas in music technology that surfaced in the 1930s and 1940s. The Moog Subharmonicon “spirals through 6-tone subharmonic chords and organic polyrhythms”, the brand says, conceiving experimental, complex sequences and sounds. The Subharmonicon proudly boasts two […]

Busted Fake Oh 8 is a free 808 sample pack with a Eurorack twist

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“What happens when you take a perfectly good drum machine and run it through a gauntlet of Eurorack filters, effects, wavefolders and compressors?” asks wavparty. “Uh… this sample pack”. Busted Fake Oh 8 is a prime example of how far you can mutate simple and familiar sounds into something else. It’s not quite clear what […]

Review: Toontrack The Rooms of Hansa SDX

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Price £130 Contact Toontrack / Time+Space Toontrack’s Superior Drummer has become an industry go-to in the 15 years and three iterations since the sample library’s release in 2005. Its exceptional content improves with each new version but its makers aren’t content with simply tweaking what has become one of their most successful products – Superior […]

Review: Exmoor Emperor Celestial Downtempo

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Price £30 Contact Loopmasters UK production duo Henry White and Nathan Feddo, who go by the collective moniker Exmoor Emperor, have joined forces with Loopmasters for this pack of warped and atmospheric, electronic soul and pop samples. Its 141 loops stretch from 75 to 145bpm and cover inventive drum and percussion grooves that boast compelling […]

Review: Cinesamples CineBrass Sonore

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Price £150 Contact Cinesamples When it comes to brass sample libraries, the market seems to have been operating via a kind of big-is-beautiful rationale for years now, reflective perhaps of the trends that have permeated cinematic scores over the past 10 years or so. Thunderous and overblown low-pitched drones, commonly known as ‘braaams’, have embedded […]

U.S. Library of Congress builds royalty-free hip-hop sampling site

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In a bid to kickstart a new golden age of hip-hop sampling, the United States Library of Congress has launched a free online tool that allows access to its massive archive of royalty-free music and voice recordings. Dubbed Citizen DJ, the tool gives you access to audio recordings from the library’s collection, dating back over […]