Contact: M-Audio, www.m-audio.com
Format: DVD-ROM of loop files: 201 WAV, 201 REX, 100 MIDI (50 drums, 50 synths), and 103 one-shots (about 1GB total); 24-bit/44.1kHz
Price: $49.95 list
My biggest complaint: The cover claims the WAV files are Acidized, but they aren’t; there’s no Acid chunk in any of the files. To do stretching, either use the REX versions, do your own Acidization (it’s not hard, given the rhythmic nature; just drop markers every 1/16th note), or process with some kind of DSP.
Musically, it would be easy for a disc like this to take the easy way out, but Electro Patterns pushes the envelope further than most. And while some loops might fit your needs better than others, there’s no filler.
As usual, the best way to get across what these sounds can do is with an audio example — check out www. eqmag.com. Note that this example uses one of the MIDI files to drive some standard drum sounds, and also includes a few fun one-shots.