Contact: Sonivox, www.sonivoxmi.com
Format: DVD-ROM of loop files: 794 Acidized WAV, 794 REX, 794 Apple Loops, 375 Audio WAV; 24-bit/44.1kHz
Price: $99.95 list
Electro meets drum ’n’ bass meets gabba meets glitch meets twisted electronic instruments, with sounds ranging from environmental to frenetic (with more of the latter). Produced by Ben Cantil, this isn’t a construction kit, but a collection of loops that start at 120 BPM and work their way up to 220 BPM. However, due to the above-average quality editing for Acidization and “REXing,” you can pull these puppies downtempo with decent results; just don’t expect to get into the sub-100 BPM rap range.
The demos on the Sonivox site give one slant on using these sounds, but the example I put together to the right shows another option — an almost classic electro rhythm bed at a locked-groove 133.33 BPM, with additional sonic anarchy thrown into the mix. While you can put together cuts using just the sounds on the DVD, the loops also work well when you want to insert mayhem in something that’s otherwise too tame.
One cool touch is the inclusion of the original audio from which the loops were cut (that���s why there are less audio files than loops). You can then extract bits of these, or cut your own loops.
At first, the loops seemed almost too insane; but after a little while, things fell into place. If you appreciate something different (and put together well), Bent Circuits offers purebred electronic sounds you won’t find elsewhere.