chemical beats
18 June 2010
chemical beats review

Phil Gould - On Drums
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Produced by AMG chemical beats
Audio 72:53
Tracks 76
2CD Audio/Wav/Aiff 488Mb



Phil Gould - On Drums is number 33 of the AMG producer series and as the advertising goes... "AMG brings you a brief history of time from ex-Level 42 drummer Phil Gould! This massive collection of fresh beats includes a vast range of feels and styles - from recordings made as far back as 1984 right up to the present day. Hundreds of impeccable grooves! - Huge variety of sounds - from extremely raw 'Trash Madness' to the intelligently processed SNAFU section! Includes loops featuring percussion by Miles Bould & Rupert Brown!... Another benchmark in drum loop CDs from AMG!"

The CD is essentially a straight live drums loops CD, generally of the "Loop plus variations" mode, though there are some single loops and tracks of individual hits at the end of the CD. The collection is a 2CD set for the price of a regular sample CD. CD1 being an audio version and CD2 having the identical contents but in .wav & .aiff format. AMG are to be applauded for providing the user with two alternative ways of using the samples. For those people who can use the CD-ROM CD this will come as a huge plus, you can easily audition the audio CD version and then simply use the .Wav or .aiff versions in your sampler/sequencer.

The CD has been produced by Phil Gould, who for many years was the drummer with the pop group Level 42. For those not familiar with the name, they were a very successful chart group from the early 80's to early 90's, with over 20 top 20 singles and 7 top 10 albums in the UK alone. For those who are familiar with Level 42 don't let that put you off though! Level 42 were a very "pop/funk" type band - the loops and sounds on this CD are very diverse and certainly not confined to the style of Phil Gould's best known work.

Phil Gould - On Drums Inlay Card

The documentation is very good, each track is numbered and named individually with a BPM where appropriate. In the "loop plus variation" tracks, which is the majority of the release, each of the variations is listed out in a descriptive manner too. This makes it very clear as to what your getting and where to find it, once you know what you want of course. The CD-ROM CD matches up pretty well using the track and sample number as an identifier.

On the CD-ROM section there are a couple of licence documents in Adobe pdf format. The licence agreement requires positive licence registration for any kind of commercial use. It's no major deal, just requires a signed form to be sent off to AMG and they'll issue you with a unique user number. (There is actually a space on the CD for you to write it on). Additionally AMG require a non-specific credit, a logo, notification of release and a copy of the work. It's a tightening up of the licence requirements, which in turn should help the artists and AMG, and in turn act as an anti piracy measure.

Track 76 is a test tone at digital level maximum, there is no demo track.

On to the sounds...

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