Review: Spitfire Audio Ólafur Arnalds Stratus

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Price £250 Contact Spitfire Audio Stratus is London-based Spitfire Audio’s fourth collaboration with the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds. Their partnership has so far yielded three fantastic libraries, of which the strongest is probably Composer Toolkit, which among other textures features warm and intimate muted piano sounds. Native Instruments’ Noire and Una Corda […]

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 […]

Review: EastWest Hollywood Backup Singers

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Price £345 Contact EastWest Having taken steps to reinvent the way we work with orchestral, choral and world-music samples, Hollywood virtual-instrument maker EastWest strayed from its less conventional packages recently and seemed to set its sights on more commercial ventures. Last year’s marvellous Voices of Soul and Hollywood Pop Brass were proof – if any was needed […]

Review: Krotos Audio Concept

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Price £99 / €119 / $129 Contact Krotos Audio Edinburgh’s Krotos Audio is approaching synthesis from a different perspective. The software-development company’s core products are aimed primarily at those writing music for picture and video games, with sound design, vocal manipulation and effects processing their key components. Concept, then, is a logical step into synthesis […]

Review: Slate + Ash Cycles

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Price £279 Contact Slate and Ash Will Slater and Simon Ashdown may not be familiar names to people in mainstream music production but the sound-design duo, who bill themselves as Slate + Ash, have a lengthy list of professional credits that extend to Hollywood feature films and beyond. You’ve probably heard their work before – […]

Review: Cartography by ModeAudio

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Price £20 Contact ModeAudio Cartography sees ModeAudio explore downtempo electronica, with 20 construction kits containing 199 loops and 110 MIDI files. There are also 79 tail samples that bring the loops to a smooth conclusion, plus 144 saturated lo-fi drum hits. If you opt for the Ableton format pack, you also get 20 project files […]

Review: Ujam Beatmaker 2

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Price £65 Contact Ujam Founded in 2009 by music-technology pioneer Peter Gorges, hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams and film composer Hans Zimmer, Ujam’s range of instrument and effects products has seen the company go from strength to strength over the past decade. Its outstanding user-friendly instrument plug-in collections include Bassist, Drummer, Guitarist and the new Finisher […]

Review: Spitfire Audio Albion Neo

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Price £400 (Educational discount available) Contact Spitfire Audio Spitfire Audio’s ever-increasing catalogue has been boosted recently thanks to some large libraries. The BBC Symphony Orchestra package, for example, demonstrates how a symphony might sound in a world-renowned space such as the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. Not epic enough? Check out the monumental 344-piece player section […]

Review: Best Service Nada Meditation Sounds

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Price £180 Contact Best Service | Time Space We see all sorts of eclectic sample libraries from our lofty perch here at MT Towers, including fashionable orchestral collections and a near-constant stream of drum and synth assortments. But it’s the explorative, off-the-wall products that really seize our attention. For the past few years, such offerings […]