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Togeo Studios Audio Libraries (Mac/Win) Download of the Month

August 1, 2009
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Togeo Studios and sister site Togeo Music are labors of love from German/American father-and-son team George and Tobias Peterson. Togeo Studios hosts collections of samples, loops and presets for various synths, but its primary offerings are Live Packs for Ableton Live. You'll also find budding forum, blog, links and tutorial pages on the Website. Togeo Music provides artists both an outlet for their music and access to the music of others. All downloads are free, and all music is royalty-free for you to use in your own projects. Donations to help sustain the site are encouraged, and PayPal and major credit cards are accepted.

The downloads for Live come in the form of packed Live projects rather than the more usual Live Packs that automatically integrate into Live's library. Never the less, they're easy to install: Simply unpack the project (.alp file) in Live's browser and then use the Live Project Manager's Export function to move the files into Live's library.

The current 13 Live libraries offer a cross-section of material ranging from ambient soundscapes to sampled drum kits to synthesized and sampled acoustic instruments. Among my favorites are the Dreamscapes Series, which comes in three installments: the mammoth 107MB Soundscapes Texture Generator Version 2; and the Mixed Bag assortment of synth leads, basses and pads. The two-part Electro Excursions loop collection brings you 146 edgy rhythm loops laced with electronic percussion. Buhya Bass, which sounds as good as it tastes, comprises both loops and Live Instrument Racks with matching MIDI clips (see Web Clip 1).

In addition to grabbing free source material for your next project, be sure to visit and possibly contribute to the Togeo forum. And check out the music of the Petersons and others at the Togeo Music site.

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