The drums, bass, and percussion are what’d you expect, while the guitar updates some of the jazz and “Shaft”-type sounds of the ’70s. Don’t expect string pads and sweet synth melody lines; the pads tend to be more like movie atmospheres crossed with effects, and the synths often feature bubbly, arpeggiated lines—think acid bass up an octave.
However, there are also some more conventional options. As to the FX, they’re way cool: Throw them behind, or even instead of, a breakbeat, or to add some musical punctuation. Check out the example at www.eqmag.com — this is definitely the type of CD where the sum is greater than the parts, because everything fits together so well.
Contact: Sony Creative Software, www.sonycreativesoftware.com
Format: CD-ROM with 491MB of loops and 5MB of one-shots; demo song in Acid format; 16-bit/44.1kHz
List price: $59.95