Chris Octane Drum & Bass Core Review
The latest artist pack from Loopmasters sees producer Chris Octane delve into the darkest recesses of his studio for a unique collection of twisted neuro bass lines, glitched-out drum and bass-style breaks, and moody pads, leads and fx.
Manufacturer – Loopmasters
Price – £29.95 (download)
Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Web – www.loopmasters.com
There’s around 1GB worth of loops and hits, presented in Wav, Apple Loops and REX2 formats, with other options also available from the Loopmasters website. Most of the loops are divided into bass, breaks, music, and perc folders, with a further folder containing 10 construction kits of short tracks and drum ideas. From the off, it’s clear to see that Octane is a bit of a scientist when it comes to production and sound design, as every loop and sound is meticulously worked over and crafted.
The bass loops are particularly impressive, with unique and warped riffs in constant movement and processed through an array of different distortion, saturation and amp effects to give maximum impact through the speakers. Some also have separate layers alongside the full bass loop, which gives an interesting insight into the production process.
On to the drum and percussion loops and there’s a surprising amount of variety, from 140bpm glitch dubstep grooves, to faster 170bpm live breaks, with plenty of original and quirky rhythms and sounds thrown into the mix. Also of interest are the music loops that combine deeply spooky and eerily beautiful pads, with more snarling and raspy synth lines.
Alongside the loops you’ll find a large collection of bass and lead hits and multisamples, plus fx, percussion, and a superb folder of crunchy and interestingly-processed drum hits. There are plenty of rhythmic variations on the same bass and lead sounds, which offer an easy way to craft complex neuro bass patterns. However, at times, as with the rest of the pack, we found some of the sounds to be a little too complex and evolving, arguably making it hard to process further and make your own.
Although the unique programming and heavy processing in this pack may prove a little too off-the-wall for some users, this is the very definition of cutting-edge production.
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