chemical beats
18 June 2010
chemical beats review

Titanium Rhythms
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Produced by Big Fish Audio chemical beats
Audio 73:09
Tracks 74



Titanium Rhythms is a release from Big Fish Audio, a major American sample CD label, and as you'll see from the picture of the cover this release is all about Industrial Percussion. "Artist Silver presents the most inspiring collection of industrial and found percussion sounds and loops ever compiled. With the emphasis on the industrial, these sounds and loops are sure to find their way into new recordings by the premier talent of the industrial set, but the collection offers much more. Perfect for breaks and to dispel the monotony of vintage beat boxes, Titanium Rhythms are well suited to styles from Goa to Gabber, and with nearly 1000 samples, the creative possibilities are endless", or so says the back cover, lets see what we get.

The collection has been put together by one "Sliver" or Jason Jones to his family, I've no biographical information on him, though he has gone on to produce at least one other sample CD that we'll be reviewing shortly, Titanium Rhythms 2. A good sign in that at least Big Fish Audio thought it worth producing a second volume !

This collection is very much of the "industrial mode", there is almost nothing that I would say on the CD that is produced from a normal "musical" source. There is no indication of where the source material came from but one can only imagine that the producer must have spend many hours wandering around factories, warehouses, yards, docks and the like to source the sounds of drills, saws, clunks, bangs, vices, lathes, scratches, machines, motors, grinders and the like and then probably even more to make them into rhythms that make up the bulk of this collection.

Titanium Rhythms Inlay Card

The inlay card is pretty basic, each track is listed out with a bpm if appropriate, number of samples and if in stereo or dual mono. Would certainly have been more helpful if the loops in particular had been listed out more fully. As it is you'd need to go through the whole CD pretty much to find what you might be looking for.

Around half the CD comes in a "dual mono" format, where a different rhythm or hit has been recorded to both hard right and left of the stereo spectrum. This enables more sounds to be put on to a CD for sure but makes it a pain to audition these sounds, really as you need to listen to each one three times. In stereo, where the combined sounds often works well, then hard left and finally hard right. From tracks 2 to 42 it switches from stereo to dual mono and back again 18 times, so it can be a fiddly operation to listen to all the sounds that the CD contains. I noticed that this practised wasn't carried on to the second volume of the series, and I've only come across it on one other release. I think just about everyone would just prefer a second CD of sounds. It's a good idea - give the user more sounds - but doesn't work in practice because of all the messing around actually trying to audition the sounds.

The CD kicks off with short one minute demo track, there is no test tone.

On to the sounds...

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