Dub, the even more spaced-out mutant
strain of reggae, isn’t just about world music
but is also finding its way into chill and
dance clubs. This DVD-ROM contains 846
loops (690MB), 412 hits (34MB), and 117
rolls (78MB); the WAV loops aren’t Acidized,
so for doing the time-stretch thing, you’ll
need to use the REX2 versions.
Although most people think of dub as drenched in echo
and processing, that’s wisely not the case here. Loop files are
divided fairly evenly among lo-fi, hi-fi, ambient, and standard
recordings (these aren’t duplicated, but organized as different
sessions), and are all conservatively recorded. The downside
is that they’re not necessarily “production-ready,” but
as dub is often about adding your own unique processing,
it’s an advantage that you can customize the sounds as
you see fit, and aren’t “locked in” to an existing vibe.
The organization is straightforward, with tempos included
in the file names. The one-shots are helpful for fleshing out
arrangements or creating your own loops, but they’re again
recorded conservatively. If you want to put these in your
MPC, you’ll probably want to produce them a bit.
There aren’t a ton of dub libraries, but this is a good
one—and a useful library to add to your bag of tricks. As a
bonus, many of the faster drum loops are great for adding
flavor to dance music.
Contact: Future Loops, www.futureloops.com
Format: DVD-ROM with 800MB of unique content; 1,384
WAV files and 963 REX2 files; 24-bit, 44.1kHz.
List price: $79.96 (free worldwide shipping), $71.96