18 June 2010

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The collection is divided up into three main areas, tracks 2-66 (Track 1 is a data track) consist of long loops, 76 in total, mainly one to a track. The second section, tracks 67-93 consist of 27 loops and their component parts that correspond to the MIDI files in the data section. Finally tracks 94-99 comprise of an assortment of individual hits - all kicks and snares.

As you might expect from the collection title the loops on the CD are unashamedly electronic in nature, if there are any acoustic instruments hidden in here, they certainly aren't prominent at all. The loops on offer range in BPM from 68 to a manic 214, the majority though are in the 100-140 BPM range.

The styles of the loops vary considerably, from straight dance type loops, to hard industrial sounding loops, vocoder loops to slow shuffle loops. The loops are presented in a "long" format, up to a minute long. During the loop there is some movement and evolution to the sounds, a fill effect changes, effects altered, sounds dropping in and out and so on, there is little in the way of distinct fills or crossovers though, some of the loops though do have "proper" endings to them, though some others just fade out. I certainly felt a little more effort could have been made in providing some more variation within the loops, would have made the transition from loop to complete track easier, as it is a lot of the variations are pretty straightforward. With the MIDI loops of course it's a cinch just to add these yourself, much harder though with the main section loops.

There are a lot of fill effects to the loops and this does make some of the loops sound very full indeed, one or two I'd struggle to think of anything that you could add to, they sound that complete. Many though are just ideal for layering with a bass and pad/lead sound and then a vocal line on top. The range of fill effects go from distorted vocals, scratches, bleeps, wails, ethnic percussion, screeches, industrial type sounds, sweeps and the odd low pad sounds or two not to mention some odd weirdness that defies adaquate description.

Although billed as an "industrial" CD in the main you would have to say that it's quite mild sounding, the odd loop like 24 "Sorry You Asked" which feature a grating grinder sound, is the exception rather than the rule. There isn't a lot of the bite, grit and noise that some CD's of this type have. The production overall is certainly very polished and the loops mostly have a smooth sound. Whether that's good or bad depends on your point of view of course, if your looking only to make hard as nails industrial tracks then this probably isn't going to be for you, if on the other hand you want some diverse and more "industrial" sound then this may be ideal.

There has been a fair amount of effecting of the sounds on many of the loops, lots of distorted hits and EQ, reverb, delay and compression much in use one suspects, it isn't as extreme as we have heard, but some of the sounds are no doubt a long way from what they were.

The loops that contain the MIDI files are a little simpler in structure than most of the main section loops, but not significantly different continuing the themes outline above. The addition of the MIDI files enables the use of the loops to go far beyond the regular loops, at least without the use of Recycle or some similar loop chopping software. It's certainly a welcome addition and I'm surprised it's not caught on as an idea more, especially for this type of collection. It's an interesting exercise, especially for beginners, to be able to deconstruct a loop and add/remove/change various parts. Ideal for example if you wanted to introduce a big kick drum sound or change a "noise" fill effect to a "bleep" effect.

The individual hits at the end are nothing to get too excited about, but may well be useful to you, especially if your looking to experiment with the MIDI file loops, swapping in and out kick and snare samples can certainly add a new character to a loop.

Summary & Overall...

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