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Review-Big Fish Audio Hip Hop Mood Swings

November 10, 2008
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BIG FISH AUDIO HIP HOP MOOD SWINGS

NOT QUITE BIPOLAR

This mischievous cover shot and title conjure up explosive images of gangsta rap. What a cool concept, I thought, considering the overstock of sugar-coated urban samplers we''re flooded with on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, this DVD (1.57 GB of 24-bit WAV) is far more chilled and anger-managed than N.W.A. would ever have been in public. But misnomers aside, this is a pretty decent library that caters to a more mature hip-hop/R&B crowd than those typical libraries do. In REX, RMX and Apple Loops formats, the 40 construction kits offer a variety of keys at 60 to 115 bpm. Each kit contains a full mix/audition track plus all elements broken out as individual instruments, also with hook and verse variations.

Styles vary mostly between West Coast and reggaeton, but other influences include rock, electronic, Middle Eastern and Latin music. Both electric and acoustic guitar factor heavily, including an Extras folder with 24 bonus riffs. The Spanish guitar riff and strummed phrases are particularly well done and go down like a shot of Patrón. The main drum grooves, on the other hand, left me uninspired and reaching for other libraries to cook up edgier beats. But the producers have a knack for intermingling dusty-Rhodes teasers, dripping Minimoog leads, signature sounds (talk box, harpsichord, toy piano, etc.) and sleazy chicka-wahs into almost every kit. I''m not sure they qualify as "mood swings," but the disc offers an attractive yin-yang between music for the 30-plus nightclub scene and breezy downtempo tracks that anyone would enjoy.

BIG FISH AUDIO

HIP HOP MOOD SWINGS > $99.95

At a glance: 40 construction kits built mainly around mature West Coast hip-hop and Latin-influenced themes. Apple Loops, REX, WAV, RMX.

Contact: www.bigfishaudio.com

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