18 June 2010

The Vinyl Frontier
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Produced by AMG
No.Tracks 61
Playing Time 70:53
2xAudio CD/CD-ROM 183 Mb
Released 1999

The Vinyl Frontier is volume number 6 of the AMG Catalyst series. (We've also reviewed Full Phat, 160dB: The Drum&Bass Interface & Ruff Cutz in the same series) and bill itself as "Lo-Fi beats from the darkside, join Simeon's exploration of the dark side of trip hop. Specially created but authentically sounding extended grooves with variations ranging from 72-111 BPM)."

So there we have it, a straight loops CD, with no extraneous material at all to act as fillers, just a single track of single hits at the end. The Vinyl Frontier, makes no claims though on quantity of loops, no "1000+ loops" here claims, indeed there are just 60. One per track. So lets see what we get.

The CD has been produced by Simeon, about whom there is no indication of who he is at all. I should say CD's as this a dual format CD. You get two CD's 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 alternatives 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 versions in your sampler/sequencer. No increase in price either !, just a regular full price release.

The inlay card is fairly spartan, but contains all the information you need, each track is numbered, named and a BPM is given. There are no sections at all, just a track at the end of "Hitz", assorted single percussive sounds and a test tone on track 61.

On the CD-ROM section there are a couple of licence documents in adobe pdf format. The licence agreement in particular is the first that 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.

Each track/sample is similarly laid out. There is a main loop which varies around 35-45 seconds in length. This is followed by the individual hits in both normalised and un normalised versions. The CD-ROM version only contains the main loop though, not the individual hits, which might be a bit of a pain, to extract the individual hits if you want them.

...On to the sounds...

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