Sample Magic East Coast House Review

East Coast House is a recent entry in Sample Magic’s White Label series, comprising jackin’ drums, pumping bass lines and classic organ riffs inspired by 90s New York House and New Jersey Garage.

Manufacturer Sample Magic

Price £16.90 (individual folders available separately)

Contact via website

Web www.samplemagic.com

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The pack contains a total of 361 24-bit loops in WAV, Apple Loops and REX 2 formats, plus 213 drum and chord one-shots spread across six folders. You can also choose to purchase each folder separately, although this would prove much more expensive.

As we’ve come to expect, the loops and sounds have been mixed and mastered to perfection, nicely balancing lo-fi 90s crunch with modern production sheen.
Let’s start with the bass loops. These are big, rounded and with very little top end to allow space in the mix for other elements, and while there’s not huge variety in the sounds and vibe, the well programmed grooves are as funky as hell.

Next we have the kick-free top loops and the drums, which include a full mix plus component parts for maximum flexibility. You won’t find much out of the ordinary here, but they’re characterised by a solid yet spacious sound.

Things get a little more interesting with the music loops, which include a variety of garage-style organ and piano stabs alongside deeper synth chord progressions, combining an old-skool vibe with tight, up-front production. As with the drums, many of these appear in several versions, so you can work with the individual layers.

Last up on the loops front are some decent chopped-up vocal snippets that could be used to add extra flavour to your grooves. Our favourite part of the pack, however, is the one-shots, where you’ll find a highly usable collection of thuddy basses, a blend of both garage and house-style claps and snares, and some sizzling lo-fi cymbals. There are also some superb, deep-sounding chord one-shots, although you’ll need to build your own sampler patches to get the most out of these.

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All in all, this is a fantastic pack of on-point house sounds that fans of artists such as Disclosure and Dusky should consider essential.

 

Verdict

A great-value collection of classic house loops and sounds with infectious jackin’ grooves and a modern production punch.

9/10

 

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