Contact: Big Fish Audio, www.bigfishaudio.com
Format: DVD-ROM with 42 construction kits duplicated as WAV, REX, RMX, and Apple Loops files; 24-bit/44.1kHz
Price: $99.95 list
Reality check: Punk is well over 30 years old. So if you were a Sex Pistols fan in 1976 at age 20, you’re . . . uh . . . 51 now. So what? Like any genre that survived, punk has mutated: The Ramones and the Damned have given way to Blink-182 and Green Day. Punk lite? No, evolution at work.
This collection offers 42 construction kits (each with a full mix, the guitar, drums, and bass tracks that make up the mix, and a folder of the various drum elements, with different mikings and leakage), along with a folder of 11 sampled drum hits. Sure, if some film producer says “Hey, we’re shooting a film with a punk club scene, can you give me two minutes?,” you needn’t look further. But there’s an authentic, powerful vibe as well: The DVD-ROM itself is a bit of a mosh pit of styles and sounds, which have a tendency to collide happily.
You won’t find fills or transitions per se. You can copy and paste, but the sampled drum hits also let you craft your own fills. Due to the genre, you might feel somewhat locked in to the construction kits; but a host with good pitch and time-stretching opens up mix and match possibilities (as exploited in the audio example to the right).
Overall, this is aggressive, loud, nasty, and minimalistic — so yeah, I like it! But most of all, it’s a well-recorded, unique collection that fills a unique need.