Sample Magic Festival Pop Review – The Sounds Of Summer

We get to grips with Sample Magic’s Festival Pop pack and recreate the sounds of the summer. Here’s what we thought…

festival pop

Price £34 (folders available separately)
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Festival Pop key features

  • Future bass, trap and electronica at 100bpm
  • 2GB of content, 9 Construction Kits
  • 809 24-bit loops and hits, 40 Serum presets
  • 10 patches for Maschine 2, Battery 4, Kong, EXS24, Ableton
  • 9 Cubase projects, 10 Ableton instruments

Festival Pop fuses elements of future bass, trap and electronica in a pristine 2GB collection that includes tropical beats, funky synth basses, pitch vocal leads, and mainroom FX. You’ll find folders of tight, drum loops, and layered musical ideas, and a varied collection of drum hits, with 10 accompanying sampler instruments.

The bulk of the pack however, comes in the form of nine extended Construction Kits with individual parts, wet and dry versions, MIDI files, Serum presets and even some suggested insert-chain screenshots and FX presets, although these are a little confusing when taken out of context.

You also get 40 Serum presets, 9 Cubase projects for each kit, and 10 multisampled instruments for Ableton Live, plus a couple of short sound-design tutorial PDFs with audio examples. Although we found the sound to be a little too glossy, digital and brittle at times, the accompanying writing and programming are both excellent.